Finding Colors that Go with Orange Clothes for Fall
Finding colors that go with orange clothes just takes a look around your closet. I bet you’ll be surprised!!
Why would I choose this quote for a post about color combinations? Because J.K. Rowling’s words are very powerful. We all have a wonderfulness inside us. Yet many of us aren’t comfortable showing it on the outside.
Quote of the day: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.” J.K. Rowling
At least I have found that personally. I’ve gotten into ruts about certain colors and styles, and I’m not sure that behooves me. Take the colors orange and brown for instance. They were my high school colors, so I rarely put them together. Therefore, I challenged us to add in a third color to the orange and brown to see the possibilities.
And in celebration of the upcoming Halloween time along with everyone’s love of pumpkins, we visited a pumpkin patch. Where else could be more perfect to figure out what colors go with orange clothes?
I’ll fill you in at the bottom of the post about the funny story for the first pumpkin patch we visited….
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit
Why I Wore This Outfit
Since orange and brown were my high school colors, I rarely think about them for an outfit. It’s a silly thing, because no one else is going to know that fact, yet I know my husband is the same way with his high school colors. Maybe we overdosed on them back in those years?
Needless to say, I was inspired by these new booties I recently purchased for $5 at my local boutique for my color combination. The addition of blue with orange and brown was not on my radar, but then again doesn’t denim go with everything?
This denim jacket was gifted from Ethyl this summer. It’s one of those pieces that really can be worn all year long. In the summers I need it for inside with the air conditioning, and in the winters I can layer it over sweaters and other jackets.
How You Could Change This Outfit
So the easiest way for anyone to put together brown, orange and denim, would be to start with a pair of jeans if you don’t have a jean jacket. In fact, many of you might be ecstatic to know that high waisted jeans and straight leg jeans seem to be making a comeback.
Now as someone who obsesses over shoes, I will point out that the footwear can make your jeans look fabulous or frumpy. We all want comfort, so that’s where the fun sneakers or even ankle boots come in. I’d keep your athletic tennies for your workouts.
Just look at how a print pair of sneakers could elevate any outfit. Or trust me when I say that leopard booties are going to be your best friend. Either of these options will make even mom jeans look modern.
These faux leather pants are a new purchase since I had some Banana Republic rewards burning a hole in my pocket. And for any of you that think you couldn’t wear leather pants, let me say you’re wrong.
Just like I foretold in the fall trends post recently, leather is a material to make any woman feel a little rebellious and wild. And that’s a good thing. But the best thing about leather? Pet hair doesn’t stick to it. In fact, any spills just wipe off super easy. So for those of you who can’t wear white because you’re messy, then leather is for you.
Nancy’s (70+) Colors that Go with Orange Clothes Outfit
Jeans: Gloria Vanderbilt (similar here)~~Cardigan: St. John’s Bay (similar here)~~Top: Coldwater Creek (similar here)~~Shoes: Keds (similar here)~~Necklace: Chicos c/o (similar here)~~Purse: Dooney & Bourke-thrifted (similar here)
Why Nancy Wore This Outfit
Nancy’s outfit is the perfect example of combining orange and brown (hers is more of a tan) with another neutral. In this case I asked her to wear white as the third color.
Yet look at how she even added in the olive green necklace and bracelet for a little more interest.
How You Could Change This Outfit
White is such a great color to add to almost any outfit. And now that wearing white after Labor Day is celebrated instead of shunned, you can have fun.
Just think how great this outfit would look with white jeans? You could have a column of color with the white jeans and shirt, and then the orange cardigan. Your brown could be the accessories including the purse. You could also pop the bottom of the outfit with brown booties which is most likely a staple for everyone.
I’d love to point out that I bought this Dooney and Bourke purse for Nancy at a consignment store when they put up their “Going out of Business” sale sign. Talk about a great find. It’s one of those purses that will go with everything.
And Nancy’s necklace is one of those statement necklaces that give pizzazz to any solid top. It was part of our Chico’s event last year, and it never goes without being noticed. So if you tend to wear a solid colored top, you too might benefit from adding a fun necklace to your collection. There are so many affordable ones, in metallics or bright colors.
Charlotte’s (80+) Colors that go with Orange Clothes Outfit
Why Charlotte Wore This Outfit
I requested that my mom wear these jeans as a fun print with her orange and brown. I wanted to show how you don’t have to match all of the colors when you’re putting an outfit together. The print of her jeans works nicely with the orange even though there isn’t orange in them per se. Actually up close one of the lines of colors is a subdued melon color, but from afar, it blends into the background.
And then look at my mom throwing in all kinds of other prints with the scarf, bracelet and purse. We have talked many times on the blog about getting more comfortable with print mixing. And I’m so proud of her for embracing it in this outfit.
How You Could Change This Outfit
Many of you can’t imagine wearing print jeans. I’d be the first to tell you to get over that and try it. Seriously, prints are better at hiding any lumps and bumps you’re not excited to show. (You know? Like those panty lines we just discussed)
But if it’s still not going to happen right now, and you want something a little more subdued, here’s an idea. Grab a print top and layer it under a neutral cardigan. Add in your khakis, and a bright orange purse or accessories. Just remember, your print top doesn’t have to have orange and brown in it. It could be very neutral in it’s print or even very colorful.
My mom isn’t usually excited to wear these jeans because they are tighter around her calves. If you aren’t used to skinny jeans, then you may feel the same way with this style. But even if they do bunch up around your calves slightly, you’re probably the only one that notices it. Just let it go and don’t keep tugging at them.
For my mom, her solution was to pair them with these taller booties so her ankles don’t show. I understand some women don’t like their ankles, but it’s very modern to show them off right now. Just like Nancy did in our color combinations with pink post recently, by rolling up her jeans.
Tips & Tricks
Finding colors that go with orange clothes can be as easy as finding an inspiration piece to draw from. You know, how interior decorators find a gorgeous picture and then style the room around that? Your inspiration piece doesn’t even have to be clothing. Just look around your house, nature or even in the stores. You may see a wonderful color combination that you can copy almost anywhere.
But if it’s easier to look at your clothing when doing this, then many scarves are the perfect item. There are so many fabulous print scarves, just like my mom’s scarf that she is wearing.
Or how about a print top in your closet? Sometimes we only concentrate on the main color in our shirts, while the other colors in it are really fabulous too. Those additional colors can give the print the layers and interest that wouldn’t be there if it were only one color.
And lastly, don’t be afraid of 3 or more colors in an outfit. If that’s a hard concept for you, then use neutrals as your second, third and/or fourth colors. Once you get more used to the idea, you’ll be having fun with all the colors.
These last two photos were from our first stop at a pumpkin patch I found online. The website even said “great photos ops”. But when we pulled in, there was a sign that said “closed for pumpkin delivery. Please come back tomorrow.” And this was on a Saturday no less. We took a couple of photos since we were there but there really weren’t any great pumpkin shots.
Luckily right down the street was the collection of pumpkins on the street corner that you saw in the first couple of photos. It just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read.
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