Finally we can actually say, orange is the new black.
For a moment there I thought that neon green was going to hold strong as the colour of the summer and I was having minor heart palpitations that I was going to look like a Twister for the next three months.
While I enjoyed the momentary injection of zing into my every day wardrobe, I am ready to take on a warmer hue for the summer. Something to offset my tan from the blazing British heat (that we have experienced for all of one day), something warm and inviting. Low and behold it came to me in a flurry of Instagram posts: tangerine orange.
The fashion community have given it the green light, or rather the orange light as the colour of the summer, debunking gen-z yellow to the colour of yesteryear. Maintaining yellow’s optimistic outlook and joy-inducing tendencies, tangerine orange is bringing a sense of euphoria to our wardrobes and we are here for it.
How To Wear Orange
Consider Your Fabrics
For orange to pack the stylish punch you want it to, and avoid looking like an inmate from OITNB, you have to consider your fabrications. This isn’t going to work with heavy set fabrics, you need light cottons, airy linens and slippery soft satins and silks. Avoid sweatshirts, woollen pieces and heavy set denim.
Orange Is Actually The New Black
So use it as such, swap it in for a neutral in your wardrobe and you won’t go wrong. A silk slip skirt with a white tee, a cotton sundress with a light denim jacket and even a smart pair of trousers with a lightweight camisole will keep you ticking over all summer long.
Bag It Up
Not quite ready to make head to toe orange your go to look, ease yourself in with an accessory. An orange bag makes for a seasonal change to your classic black or tan options. A pair of orange resin earrings will instantly elevate your look from tepid to scorching hot summer in the best way possible.
Ready to get your orange on? Shop our edit of the key pieces to transform your wardrobe now.
Topshop Orange Dress
Keep it cool in a cotton orange wrap dress from Topshop and pair this look with raffia accessories and classic tan leather sandals for an easy summer look.
Orange wrap dress, £95, Topshop Boutique
Loewe Canvas Orange Bag
For those inclined more towards a pop of orange as opposed to an all encompassing orange look, nothing is chicer than this Loewe canvas bag.
Canvas tote bag, £675, Loewe
Rosetta Getty Slip Dress
Doing the rounds on Instagram, this Rosetta Getta dress (as beautifully modeled by Monikh Dale above) is coming through as the piece of the summer.
Open-back satin midi dress, £765, Rosetta Getty
Orange is even making its way into our swimwear with an abundance of orange one pieces and bikinis on the high street. This one shouldered number from H&M is being thrown into our virtual holiday suitcase stat.
One-shoulder swimsuit, £24.99, H&M
& Other Stories slip skirt
You’ve already got a tonne of slip skirts in your wardrobe, so why not add another? All you need now is a crisp white tee.
Satin handkerchief skirt, £35, & Other Stories
Dinosaur Designs Earrings
Add a splash to your LBD, your go to work suit and your summer wedding outfit via these Dinosaur Design earrings.
Resin earrings, £185, Dinosaur Designs
Images: Instagram / Courtesy of brands