Best Ways to Wear Orange This Season
From Pantone’s color of the year to Dr. Seuss’s Lorax, 2012 is all about the orange, and we’ve rounded up some of the trend’s best fresh-squeezed looks.
Stephanie Johnson Cosmetic Pouches
These sunny pouches in crinkly, vivid orange patent leather are sure to inspire bright ideas during your daily makeup routine. Supremely versatile, they go way beyond stashing cosmetics. We use them to hold everything from hair accessories and jewelry to a mini first-aid kit. There are even glamorous gold wristlet bands to accessorize them with for an extra five bucks -- instantly transforming a travel pouch into a mini clutch that’s perfectly sized to hold the bare essentials (credit card, keys and lipstick) during a day at the beach or a night out dancing. Talk about working overtime.
Get it now: Stephanie Johnson ‘Malibu Orange’ cosmetic pouches, from $30 at stephaniejohnson.com
Ann Taylor Cargo Shirt
We’ve got a major orange crush on this look. Noted as a favorite pick of Ann Taylor spokesperson Kate Hudson (who also just happens to be our girl crush), this sophisticated update on the can’t-go-wrong cargo blouse is sure to wake up all the basics in your wardrobe. Sporty snaps, sleek epaulettes and a clean jewel neckline add up to one standout style staple. We adore it even more after finding out it’s machine washable!
Get it now: Ann Taylor cargo shirt, $88 at anntaylor.com
Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain
Orange has got to be the happiest hue under the sun, so where better way to wear it than to brighten your smile? A swipe of citrus lip color is possibly the easiest way to get in on the tangerine trend. And thanks to this innovative new buildable glossy stain by Yves Saint Laurent, you don’t have to choose between a lip gloss, a lipstick and a lip stain: It smartly combines all options into one.
Get it now: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture Vernis a Levres Glossy Stain’ in #8 Orange de Chine, $32 at sephora.com
J.crew Silk-Cashmere Wrap
Can a wrap make you happy? Here’s evidence. We’re always reaching for a scarf or shawl during in-between-seasons weather, and lately we’ve swapped out our old stand-by for this new favorite in vibrant orange. We’re obsessed with its perfection: the luxurious silk-cashmere blend, a seasonless weight, and the generous size that make it extra-versatile from A.M. to P.M. all year long. And call it a coincidence, but we’ve somehow been feeling just that extra bit cheerier since it became our BFF.
Get it now: J.Crew silk-cashmere wrap in cerise (71” l x 31”w), $75 at jcrew.com
Lipault Foldable Suitcase
Forget struggling to distinguish your black bag from all the others on the luggage carousel with this colorful tangerine case. It gets better: The prize detail is a compact, space-saving design that allows this bag to magically fold up flat for streamlined stashing. Crafted in France of durable, water-resistant nylon, the style-savvy suitcase has a retractable handle and sleek wheels to keep you constantly looking pulled together while on the go.
Get it now: Lipault ‘Soft 0% Foldable’ 22-in. carry-on suitcase, $189 at lipault-us.com
Skywatch Three-Hand Watch
Time to live a little more colorfully. The season’s hottest hue reveals its sporty side on this unisex, Swiss-made watch that’s water resistant to one hundred meters. Premium details like fine quartz moment, photo luminescent graphics and scratch-resistant crystal make it an investment piece that will give you no excuses for being fashionably late for seasons to come. Pair it with a flouncy skirt, a suit or jeans.
Get it now: Skywatch three-hand watch with 38 millimeter bezel, $295 at skywatchsite.com
Tory Burch Cat-Eye Sunglasses
Oversized cat-eye sunnies are the cat’s meow this season, and you’ll have it made in the shade with this sleek, understated pair by Tory Burch that make the citrus color trend completely wearable. We love the frame’s rounded, just-oversized-enough feminine shape with a slightly retro vibe that’s not over the top (tricky with cat-eyes). But what’s genius is the transparent plastic infused with brilliant citrus trim, so the sunglasses flicker with pops of bright orange as you move.
Get it now: Tory Burch rounded cat-eye sunglasses, $149 at toryburch.com
Emilio Cavallini Ruffle Dress
The year’s official color is made for spontaneity and serious flirting, so this story wouldn’t be complete without one saucy little dress. Let’s just be clear: This fun-loving, Italian-made frock is designed for frill-seekers. It’s a statement, but slip it over a t-shirt, add flats and a skinny belt and you’ll live in it all summer long, swear! The layered ruffles make it surprisingly wearable by camouflaging figure flaws, and the fabric is super-stretchy and comfy. No surprise, since the Italian designer is known for his high-end tights.
Get it now: Emilio Cavallini Ruffle Dress, $147 emiliocavallini.com
Demeter Tangerine Massage & Body Oil
All this orange color obsession has us dreaming about the scent of tangerines. So we turned to Demeter, known for their fun fragrances that capture some of our favorite everyday scents. After inhaling eau de...Orange Juice, Sweet Orange, Orange Cream Pop and even Sex On The Beach South Beach (with a twist of tangy Florida Orange, of course), we finally settled on the straight-up essence of Tangerine, inspired by tangy mandarin oranges. Body oils are the latest Demeter launch, and this uplifting scent is perfect to slather on in the A.M. for an extra wake-up call.
Get it now: Demeter Tangerine massage & body oil, $12 at demeterfragrance.com