Bright hues, in general, are intimidating to wear — especially for anyone who is color shy. Bright orange, in particular, can be a tough tint to figure out; more so if you’re not used to wearing it. It’s very striking and it really catches the eye. It also has a tendency to enhance your skintone. That sounds wonderful to most of us, but for those who are dark-skinned and don’t want to appear darker for some reason, it’s best to avoid the color. Of course, we think anything that accentuates your complexion is a keeper. Would you agree?
Wearing a bright orange scarf is one great way to try this pop of color because the dose is minimal. To be able to rock a piece and own it, you need to carefully select the items you’ll be wearing it with. If you’re not too sure how to go about it, mixing the color with separates and accessories in achromatic hues (black, white) or neutrals (brown, grey, taupe, khaki, or beige) is the easiest way to go.
For those who are a little adventurous, you can also try combining bright orange with pastel hues like baby blue and light grey. This is a cue we’re taking from British catwalk and lingerie model, Abbey Clancy. The leggy beauty was spotted sporting the same mix while leaving her home in London late last May. She wore her bright orange scarf with a light blue blazer and light grey trousers. The extra was detailed with pompoms too, which gave her look a playful touch:
Abbey Clancy wears a bright orange scarf while leaving her home in London, May 25, 2014
How do you like the combination Abbey put together? Doesn’t it look neat?
Pastels are easy on the eyes, so they help tone down an intense hue while accentuating it at the same time. Pastels are tinted and they’re considered fashion colors. But because they are mild and subtle, they actually complement brights beautifully.
So will you follow Abbey and copy the combo she put together here? We say why not?!
If you don’t have a pastel blue blazer, you can mix your bright orange scarf with a light-blue denim jacket instead. For the ladies who work, here’s an office-ready combo we put together that you can try with your tangerine-tinted neck warmer.
If you don’t have the scarf to achieve Abbey’s look, try this whispy throw from Michael Stars. It has the perfect burst of fruity orange to it, and it only costs an easy $38:
Michael Stars Cool Breeze Woven Scarf, $38 (was $42)
Now if you’re the bold and brave type, and would like to know how to blend your bright orange scarf with equally bright separates, that one will require a whole different post so tune in and wait for it.