What Can I Wear With a Bright Orange Shirt?

Orange tops are hot.

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Wallflowers beware. "The New York Time Magazine” declared bright orange the “it” color for Spring 2011. “Vogue” declared it a signature color for Summer 2011. Bright orange can be stylish, but it is anything but subtle. Muted pumpkins and blood orange may be nice, but they don’t offer the punch and pizzazz of true bright orange that you can see from blocks away. If you want to include this sunny color into your wardrobe, a bright orange shirt is a good place to start.

Bottoms

Black pants and skirts may be your go-to for colored tops, but wear them with bright orange and you'll look like a misplaced Halloween decoration. Bright orange goes with predictable neutrals such as khakis, white and your designer jeans. You can also pair it with a pair of gray slacks for something conservative yet unexpected. Warm-colored skirts and pants, such as gold and chocolate brown, also complement an orange top.

Outerwear

Orange also looks fresh with white, but white pants or skirts can be tricky to pull off. In summer, you might try a bright orange top with a white blazer or cardigan. Gray, brown, denim and khaki jackets also work with a bright orange top.

Accessories

Warm shades of teal make orange pop, but teal pants, a skirt or a jacket might be too much. If you like the idea of playing with color, pair a bright orange top with jeans and a teal bag or belt. Watch out for orange shoes — they might make you look too matchy-matchy and turn your trendy outfit into a costume.

Considerations

You could pair an orange top with a patterned skirt that has some orange embellishments. If you go this route, keep your accessories conservative to avoid looking overdone. Going orange from head to toe can make you look like you just escaped from prison or may have people whispering “pumpkin” as you pass.

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