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Is orange really the new black? How to wear Orange.

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Pretentious fashion post is a go!
Who else is obsessed with Orange is the New Black?
The Netflix original is back with it’s third series and even though it only came out on 12th June, I’m pretty sure half the population stayed in for the whole of that weekend and watched them all in one go!

I’ve only just finished, but it got me thinking about the title and the phrase. A great way to make a prison drama more appealing to women (whether you like it or not, it’s true!), ____ is the new black is a phrase I remember being really common in the 90’s and early 00’s. Is there ever a new black anymore? Or are people less uniform than they used to be? Were people ever mad for one colour or was it just a lazy way of selling gross coloured clothing? Obviously, we still have seasons of colour throughout fashion, but it seems less prevalent than back then. Regardless, I thought I’d check out whether orange really is the new black…

I’ve never been one for orange, except one bright orange dress that I LOVED years ago, but there is so much, I feel like I have to get some now! Check out a few of my finds: New Look have a great range, and a lot of it is on sale right now.

£24, New Look

£24, New Look

£7, New Look

£7, New Look

And this top for only £3!

£3, New Look

£3, New Look

Every high street store right now has plenty of orange to offer!
(Sorry about the line up of pictures, they won’t quite go how I want! Tips welcome!)

£19.99, Studio 21 @ New Look

£19.99, Studio 21 @ New Look

£30, Topshop

£30, Topshop

£40, Office

£40, Office

£12, Dorothy Perkins

£12, Dorothy Perkins

£20, Dorothy Perkins

£20, Dorothy Perkins

Brompton Suede Mini Bag, £85, Karen Millen

Brompton Suede Mini Bag, £85, Karen Millen

These pieces are perfect for pop of colour, and while I wouldn’t suggest wearing all of these at once, some people can make it work! Just check out these celebrity outfits.

So what can you wear with orange? It’s not as scary as it seems.

I’m not going to give any set rules, do what you want!
However, I do have some tips that you may or may not ignore.

1. Avoid black, unless it’s Halloween. It’s too much of a risk, and why wear it when other colours can compliment orange so well? I think black jeans and orange are fine, but tie it together with a black and orange scarf or something.

2. Pairing it with yellow will create the ultimate summer outfit! How summer can you get? Really?

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3. Wear it with brown. Brown sandals and bag will tone it down and keep it (almost) neutral.

4. Denim! Denim never fails us. An orange top with pretty much any colour denim works.

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5. White is a great colour to work with orange. Accessorise with gold or blue and you’re onto a winner!

6. Gold jewellery is perfect with orange. Or a mixture of both.

£6.50, Dorothy Perkins

£6.50, Dorothy Perkins

7. Navy blue is great too, and again mix up the accessories, including some white.

8. With pink! Pink and orange look great. I have seen a lot of people pair it with red too, but I think that’s a bit much. You want the orange to take the limelight (lime, really?).

9. Now for my favourite, orange and purple! But it can go oh so wrong!
Just look at this lot. No no no! It was a hit look in 2011, all the designers decided to bring out their ideas, but I don’t think it went well.
There’s still a risk of Halloween-esque style, but it can work. Promise!

Nicole is the only one that managed to pull it off, except for those hideous shoes. They’re fine for casual outfits, but not with a mini skirt.

Cheryl’ stylist had the right idea, although highly criticised for the outfit, turquoise does somehow magically pair the colours better, but I don’t like her ruffled top and matching hair combo!

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They look more orange usually…


While we’re on this colour, check out the horrible dress that made it onto two celebrities and magazine covers.
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What’s with this dress? It’s like a market top for slutty teenagers. However, it’s actually Gucci from 2011!  Honestly, I think Kim looks dreadful, like somebody twisted her into the top and squeezed her into the skirt. No very flattering. (I’m sure this look has been discussed at great length elsewhere, but I’ve never seen them due to my avoidance of anything Kardashian)

Anyway, I think the trick is to start small. You could use a pop of orange in your make up palette…

£8, Topshop

£8, Topshop

Add some accessories…

£14.99, New Look

£14.99, New Look

£7.99, New Look

£7.99, New Look

£8.50, Dorothy Perkins

£8.50, Dorothy Perkins

Purse, £8, Topshop

Purse, £8, Topshop

And when you feel more comfortable, go all out!

Katy Perry poses in a Cheeto costume at Kate Hudson's halloween party Featuring: Katy Perry Where: Los Angeles, California, United States When: 30 Oct 2014 Credit: WENN.com

Katy Perry poses in a Cheeto costume at Kate Hudson’s halloween party
Credit: WENN.com

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