See this new business casual look with my fav skirt

#fashionover50 over 50 years old fashion blogger in unmatched orange suit with brown sweater, tights, and accessories
  1. One color got promoted from accessory to full on clothing
  2. How do you know whether a garment will work for you
  3. Orange skirt and jacket styled as a fake suit
  4. What colors work with orange?

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One color got promoted from accessory to full on clothing

I had orange accessories as long as I can think back. And yes, I also had some clothing that had spots or even a sort of color blocking stripe in this strong, bold hue. I don’t know exactly why, but I never had bought a piece that was a full on solid orange. The reason may be that I was classified as a winter back in the 1980s. This palette doesn’t include any warm shades. However, actually I am a neutral or deep autumn-winter according to the new classification.

When I spotted this skirt new with tags on eBay, I knew immediately that I wanted to have it. Despite I new it would be a high score on eBay, it took me about six weeks (!) until my “buy finger” finally hit Check Out. During these six weeks, the clothing piece again and again popped up in my mind like from somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Like Russell in Independence Day when he shouts out at the Aliens “I’m back.”

In other words, cantaloupe got a promotion to be eligible as an attire. 😉

How do you know whether a garment will work for you?

A while ago, I wrote a post about how to know when to splurge or bargain. Another important aspect is to

Never buy a piece of clothing when you don't have already three outfits from your closet with it in mind. #frugalshopper Click To Tweet

Of course, I had already three pieces in my wardrobe in mind that I thought would work with this citrus fruit color. However, when I bought this skirt I didn’t expect to wear it that often. It had been my go-to this winter. See how I wore these leopard boots and the skirt in fall, how I wore the skirt with the patterned tight trend, and how to make an entrance with an orange skirt, just to give you some examples.

May be it’s its friendly color. It brightens up even the grayest winter day no matter how short the Sun is up. 😉

Orange skirt and jacket styled as a fake suit

You know I’m a big fan of fake suits. They instantly make a Business Casual look. In the case of this outfit, both the skirt and jacket have the same hue, but a distinct different shade works too. You can find a full guide on how to wear a suit and not look old at the link.

style blogger Nicole in casual business brown orange work outfit with wool skirt and puffer jacket
$streetchic midlife woman in casual office look with leopard print boots
mature woman in leopard print boots and orange suit spring style in Alaska

blogger sporting a businesscasual style with puffer blazer, wool skirt, boots and tights
Outfit details: Max Mara weekend skirt, Max Mara jacket, GNW tight, GNW Luxe sweater, LeatherCoatsEtc gloves, Gucci scarf, Ray Ban sunglasses, Yes Saint Laurent bag, Manolo Blahnik leopard print boots, statement necklace and Judith Leiber charm belt (all own)

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What colors work with orange?

Many women avoid wearing tangerine because they think it is hard to style. Yes, pairing it with green or black or even both easily gets you into Halloween. Not a promotional bell ringer, not even as a office appropriate Halloween look.

Well, brown-orange-leo is a great combo to try as this LOTD illustrates. What about pairing it with navy, a bright blue, khaki, burgundy or olive. Think of olive as the new black. Speaking of blue – a real classic neutral – denim is also great to try. Gray tweed is also a great match. When you are daring try a carrot skirt stunning look with a pink jacket.

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Which piece of your winter wardrobe was your go-to and fav this cold season? Had you expected it to be that way?

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14 thoughts on “See this new business casual look with my fav skirt

  1. I love that combo! and those boots are to die for!

  2. I love colour orange, I even have a skirt very similar to your Nicole sitting in my wardrobe. Love the way you made it look like a full ensemble and these animal print boots are gorgeous

  3. Nicole,
    That outfit is just adorable! I love the orange on you and the leopard boots are just the right touch! It’s fun to see all the snow up there, too! Stay warm!

    xx Darlene

  4. sure makes for a cool new suit the puffer jacket and the new skirt. Love the leopard as an accent

  5. Hi Nicole, I love the orange puffer jacket on you. Great color with the leopard boots and I love the cut of the jacket, very stylish!
    jess xx

  6. Those leopard-print boots are to die for—you have the best collection of boots!
    Cheryl Shops

  7. I love the bright orange, and those boots are fabulous!

    Emma xxx

  8. That’s so exciting!! Where’s today’s linkup?


  9. We are in the midst of summer, my fave piece that i’ve gone to over and over is a men’s cotton shirt.
    Lovely look in orange.

  10. Love your look. The skirt color is perfect for Spring and the jacket complements it beautifully.
    great look

  11. I’m a big proponent of orange and have a similar skirt. I love the faux suit idea. Yes, I mix leopard in, too, when I get a chance!

  12. Nicole, I love this look! Orange is not a color that I can really wear, but it is so fabulous on you. And those boots are amazing!


  13. Thank you so much for the feature Nicole! I love the shades of orange/red and brown. That is a beautiful color on you!

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