Orange is associated with meanings of joy, warmth, heat, sunshine, enthusiasm, creativity, success, encouragement, change, determination, health, stimulation, happiness, fun, enjoyment, balance, sexuality, freedom, expression, and fascination. And yet, I was never fond of this color. For my entire life, I’ve been avoiding all shades of orange, until now. And why is that?

For years children have grown up to make fun of redheads. They called us carrots, squirrels, Annie. Some of the nicknames were nicer than the others. Nevertheless, not a lot of people called us by our name. The association of orange color with redheads is obvious, the reason why I had been avoiding it in my closet. As I get older I appreciate more this polarizing color. They say that either you hate it, or you love it, and I have to admit that orange became my favorite in the last months.

The orange color is not the easiest to wear. It can look tacky or overpowering. Even though there are many varieties of orange (depends on lightness, chroma, or hue), there is still a way to make it elegant, unique, and fun. The most stylish shades are Butterscotch, Persian orange, Alloy Orange, and (my preferent, like the Vanessa Bruno suit) Burnt Orange. No matter if you choose a dress, blouse, or suit in a tone of a sunset, mix it up with black or any other neutrals for the right balance. Add some bold jewelry, shoes, or a bag, and you will look like a fashion icon. Wearing a color can do many beautiful things for your skin complexion, hair color, and overall look. It can bridge the gap between street style and runway, and it will definitely spice up your wardrobe. 

Jacket: Michael Kors

Suit: Vanessa Bruno

Turtleneck: Uniqlo


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