23 Jul 2015

Orange Is The New Crush

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About this time in the summer I start my orange crush.


Blame it on the heat.



Orange is one of those colours that work brilliantly in the summer. It is one of those colours that everyone compliments. It is one of those colours that make me feel happy.


It is exclusively a summer wear for me but when I can it is my go-to shade .



vintage vogue summerorange centred frangipanisolivia palermo wearing orangevintage vogue summer



 

The orange lip is like summer’s equivalent of a great red. The same impact but a little more playful. I have been wearing “so chaud” lips every day and while the wild hair might be a torment, the orange lipstick has saved the day.


Orange looks fabulous whether you are bronzed or pale. Bronzed like Giselle obviously helps but it is one of those colours that is kind to many skin types. My favourite dress this summer is a bright orange caftan style from Miguelina. I have worn it nearly every day alternating with a much loved Mexican style caftan.


Then there are espadrilles, this summer the shoe-du-jour.

Lace espadrilles go that little bit extra, especially in orange. I have worn mine with black, with white and with denim when the days have permitted.



giselle photographed by mario testino


Add some orange to the repetoire and tell me what you think. Maybe I am not the only one with an orange crush, xv.



Orange Is The New Crush

a touch

***halogen serene lace crochet espadrille  // mac so chaud lipstick  //  ***burberry pleated taffeta skirt



all the way

***t + c caftan cover up  //  ***eliza j scarf print wrap  //  ****halston heritage print




images giselle by mario testino, olivia palermo, vintage vogue archives

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31 Comments

Mimi Gregor

Orange is one of those colors that very few people seem able to wear successfully. You must obviously have the coloring for it. With my ash-toned hair and light-colored, cool-toned skin, I would look horrible in it. I don’t care what Netflix says. Black is the new black.

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Vicki

I can’t say I agree totally, Mimi… I love orange on many but it is a little bit about how you wear it. I think orange is a summer colour and works best with a casual vibe… :)

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Anita Rivera

Good morning Vicki! I must try orange lipstick; I’ve never considered it because I’m so used to my trusty red! But I agree that orange is a color that is so tied to delicious experiences (crush, sherbert, fruit) and I wonder what I’d look like in an orange shirt or skirt…I MUST TRY! Fabulous photographs!

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Vicki

You would look fabulous Anita… do a little test and see what you think… The orange skirt I featured is wonderful… but try the lipstick first, I think you will be pleasantly surprised… :)

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Vicki

I think that one got left back in the 50’s or 60’s… :) It’s heaven but I couldn’t come close to finding a similar shade or style… Perhaps someone else may know of a similar bathing suit?

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Tootsie

Just bought an orange dress for an August wedding. It made me smile when I put it on. Every wedding needs a smiling guest.

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Missi

I have orange on my toes right now! I don’t wear it a lot but I do like it. Especially as an accessory!

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Vicki

I have a flesh/nude coloured slip which works very well… :) If I want to wear it more casually I wear a classic one piece swimsuit in either orange or black…

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Cathy Wong

I was timid of orange too at first, and I now completely agree that it is all about how you wear it…..there are many shades and intensities for lipstick alone. (had a small panic last week when I couldn’t find my So Chaud-hadn’t worn it since last year, but it turned up). I wear it matte sometimes and over a dab of lip balm when i want it more casual. Also now have a wonderful scarf with greens, blues and orange which I LOVE and a few years ago would have said no to it without even trying! I found it took a bit of effort to find what you love and feel really works for you but is so worth it! Beautiful post as always and is inspiring me to try a bit of orange in clothing or maybe sandals??

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Vicki

Try teh espadrilles Cathy… you will love how they look with the neutrals, blacks or even navy… :)

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Michelle

I love a pop of bright orange in clothing. However, even though I have golden toned skin I’ve never worn a bright orange lipstick. I prefer a lighter version, such as peach or salmon. I’m curious to try it in a lipstick. I’m off later today to find a flattering orange lip color!

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Vicki

Have a look at the Mac’s Michelle… So Chaud is a real avourite of mine… it does not have too much blue or yellow in the pigment… :)

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FrenchGardenHouse

I love Orange, from the deep shades to the neon. Orange is such a happy color, when is put it on it lifts my mood immediately. I wear a glorious orange top with jeans, cream or white, add a beautiful necklace, and the day has a sunnier outlook! I agree with you, Vicki, I think everyone can wear orange, it’s just a matter of finding the right shade. Wishing you a beautiful evening! Xoxo

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Vicki

Orange, is happy isn’t it?
Funny how colours have their own personalities and evoke different sentiments in us… I like the idea of determining a colour for our moods and the way we dress…

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Pamela

Absolutely agree! Orange is such a happy colour. It sings. Have many orange things in my summer wardrobe – and believe it or not at least four different handbags in orange. Have noticed men often seem to compliment orange clothing. But I think you need to love it to feel confident and happy – those who have reservations or are afraid of it have difficulty carrying it off. As you say though, believe it can work for different hair and skin colours. Mostly it’s probably just a matter of personal preference and confidence.

Also works as a great accent with navy for winter. While in France this time I bought a fabulous v large size Sonia Rykiel navy silk scarf (in the June sale) with a few thin random stripes in dark green and lighter blue and the clincher of a stunning narrowish border in bright orange and white stripes. Had already bought four Bakelite stackable bangles in different tones of orange in Nice in the Cours Saleya brocante in May and later in the Place St Sulpice antique fair a large bright orange pendant that looks like a Matisse cut-out on a black leather string. The combo of orange and navy works so well. I wear with a navy jacket and NYD jeans or navy pants and white shirt. Great fun. Also have a bright orange pashmina – the real deal kind. Love it.
Have fun in orange! Best wishes, Pamela

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Karena

Vicki orange and a deep coral are in my summer wardrobe and I have earrings that have these colored stones as well. Love your caftan!

xoxo
Karena
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Vicki

Thank you Karena… you rminded me I have a pair of orange bracelets that I found in a market somewhere or other… I think they are painted seeds but somehow they have lasted and are the perfect colour! Maybe “orange is the new black” ;)

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Dianna Moynihan

Yes to Orange!
I am getting ready to go on a girls road trip & orange is my neutral paired with a pop of red.

This saids hot summer dress for me as much as white linen.

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Laura

So agree about having an “orange crush”. It is a happy surprise, whether in fashion or interiors. I’m not a person who is fond of red, (I know that places me in the minority), however, orange is a whole different story. Always refreshing & inspiring!

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Candice

I have a wonderful large handbag that is a perfect Orange .. I carry it only in summer.
I should buy something to wear in Orange ..

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susan

I love orange Vickii……..looks great with lots of white in summer in Australia,
Try the Mac lipstick, DANGEROUS……it’s the most fabulous colour and stays on!!!!!!
cheers,
Susan from Corlette

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Heather Schwarz

Hello Vicki! Nice to re-enter the conversation after a bit of a spell.
Talk about timing! Its interesting I read this question you pose regarding orange. Like you, I’ve also loved a good orange for many years. Sometimes shifting back to red and white combinations in my fashion and interiors. Currently however, in the middle of a very chilly Melbourne winter, I’m embracing the feel good factor I get when donning my sublimely drapy, navy & white striped top with side splits that sit flatteringly at buttock level, paired with flattering shapely midnight / navy jodhpur leggings. Or a favourite pair of denim jeans. Footwear varies. (depending on the location or occasion) Alternating between ballet flats, or my wedge heeled dark chocolate suede ankle boots with soft (faux) exposed fur lining around the top, or sometimes knee length dark chocolate low (cuban) heel boots. (Depending on the occasion). Top off with my well worn and loved, burnt orange scarf that never fails to attract compliments for both its texture and colour that really makes an outfit pop! This emotionally satisfying colour combo is a winner for me! (I also own a very well worn,(but still looking good), a deep pumpkin coloured thigh high anorak that is my “no brainer put it on and you’ll look great” choice when I’m flying out the door. Goes with almost everything “day wear” in my wardrobe.

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Deb

I think I’d stick to a slightly orange tone lipstick or nail polish. Never been a fan or orange or yellow. I think it’s probably more about the shade of the colour and definately the skin tone/hair colour of the wearer.
Debbie

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Cathy C

Hi Vicki,
Kindred spirits once again…just bought Mac CB 96 to go with some of the orange and corally-orange things I just got for a trip to Puerta Vallarta. I think that orange does require a bit of “glow” which I accomplish with a light spray tan. I know, I know…but it is a beach vacation. The flowers look like plumeria, yes? Beautiful!

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Pamela in Portland

Hi Vicki-Little late to the game on this one but a huge and definite yes vote on orange! As someone mentioned, it’s a color that works on some and not others based on coloring. That said, I think even brunette a can find a shade that works for them, probably a deeper hue. I am a strawberry blonde and it simply is the best color on me. I wear it year round and stock up when it is the “it” color. I think it’s the light haired persons version of red. I also think you can use it accessories or someplace away from your face if you don’t think it’s for you. But everyone should try…it goes so well with so many colors and is a unpredictable pop in a wardrobe!

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Kim

Hi Vicki,
I love orange and yellow but alas with my skin tone which is olive/yellow and blue/green eyes I just can’t wear it. It makes me look ill.
Perhaps the burnt sugar deeper orange which would be fine with brown or turquoise.
I looked everywhere for a particular orange lipstick, but my daughter convinced me to get a red.
Which I am v happy with.
Kim .

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