Afraid of colour? Don’t be: orange is the new black


Orange: it’s bright, it’s bold, it’s one of the happiest colours on earth and I think it’s underrated. I want to see more of it, even if it’s just a pop here and there. It’s a happy colour and it gets you noticed for all the right reasons.

I am all about colour. The older I’ve got I think it’s even more important. Colour can lift your complexion and it’s been proven to lift your mood. Adding more colour for me, is so important. Long gone are the days when my wardrobe was all black.

Orange isn’t a colour we automatically go for, but it’s a colour that is vibrant, it packs a punch and even just a little pop of it can elevate a look. Give it a try, you may well be surprised at how good you look and more importantly how good you feel.

Don’t just think bright orange either, the red hue orange colours are stunning. Witchery did a gorgeous pant suit combo in an orange/red colour. They called it red, but to my eye it’s a red/orange and looked sensational on Lindy Klim when she wore it to the IGM tennis party in Melbourne (below left). She stood out for all the right reasons.

Wanting to add a pop of orange to your wardrobe? Here’re some top tips
  • Don’t be afraid of colour, it can sometimes be your best friend. It can lift your complexion, lift your mood and can help elevate a plain outfit to a spectacular outfit. Just pick a shade that best suits your skin tone.
  • Orange looks sensational with denim, especially dark denim.
  • A simple orange slip dress can look incredible on those hot days, just pair with slides, a big hat and you are good to go. You can easily take it from day to night. It’s a versatile holiday piece. When I went to Fiji my orange slip dress was my go-to. Don’t forget the nude (skin coloured) underwear.
  • An orange blazer looks great with an all-black outfit. Don’t be afraid to be bold.
  • If you are confident wear a pant suit in orange. I’d keep the accessories to a minimum though.
  • For winter, I have my eye on a long-line check coat with orange in it. I can’t wait to wear it.
  • A pleated skirt looks incredible paired with a classic white skirt. It can be dressed up with heels, or down with sneakers.
  • Read the care instructions with any colour. It can fade, it can run and you need to take care of it.
In summary

Most high street stores such as Country Road, Witchery, Zara etc have been selling pops of colour. You can also get more exclusive pieces from high end stores. My advice is if you are new to colour, don’t spend much until you know you will wear it more. Then, I think it’s always good to invest in a statement piece that is great quality and will last a long time.

Most of all, don’t be afraid of colour and wear what you love and have fun with it. Forget the rules, just wear whatever makes you happy!

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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