Orange is the new Black


Orange is the new black is not only a hit American TV series but a big fashion trend this season, with shades of orange dominating fashion shows and red carpets alike. From bright to burnished, orange was all over the catwalks for AW14. The power shade is a fun addition to any outfit, but it isn’t always easy to pull off such a bold look. If you follow a few simple rules you will be looking tangerine fine in no time.

Choose your shade

Orange is a cheerful but tricky colour, the right shade can lift your mood and brighten up a dull morning but if you chose the wrong tone it can easily become overbearing and make you look washed out. For pale tones, darker shades of burnt orange work well, while medium to bronze tones can pull off tangerine and carrot shades and darker tones can wear any bright and vibrant hue.

Choose your accessories

Orange can easily become overwhelming if worn the wrong way so pick accessories that will break up the outfit and bring balance to the look. Wearing chunky necklaces, bracelets, belts or a statement pair of heels can provide structure. Gold and black both work with orange.


Because orange is so vibrant, wearing it from head-to-toe could make you look like a pumpkin – sometimes thinking small is the best way to pull off this look. All you need is a flash of the colour to be in on this season’s hottest trend. Team an orange handbag or scarf with your outfit or even throw on an orange lip to get the look. Jessica Alba livens up her monochrome outfit by adding a pop of colour with her Persian orange designer bag.

Jessica Alba heats up a simple outfit with a bright orange bag

Jessica Alba heats up a simple outfit with a bright orange bag


TOWIE’s Lauren Pope rocks a PVC orange midi


Fashionista’s favourite daughter Olivia Palermo and her orange sleeveless waistcoat


Hollywood’s Golden Girl Reese Witherspoon and her orange dress looks stunning


So I decided to brave the trend myself for the Cosmopolitan #fashfast awards ceremony.


  1. Top from H&M
  2. Skirt from H&M
  3. Belt (although you can’t see it in the pic) from ASOS, similar here
  4. Shoes from Ted Baker
  5. Necklace from Miss Selfridge
What do you think of orange? Do you have some orange in your wardrobe?
@jessicaalba @CosmopolitanUK #fashfest @tedbakerwatchID @RWitherspoon
@hm @hmunitedkingdom @MissSelfridge @ASOS @TheRealOliviaP @LaurenPope



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