8 November 2016

How To Style Orange: My Top Tangeriney Tips

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How to style orange is a tricky one. Do it right and you'll look like a sizzling babe, do it wrong and you'll look like Snooki's upper arm. 

A few years ago, I was totally convinced that orange would never suit me. As a matter of fact, I would have rather worn a bin liner than donned this tangerine hue. But, lo and behold: I simply hadn't found the right orange for me!

Today I share with you my tips on how to style orange and show you this tangerine dream dress from Honey and Beau*

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Find The Right Orange Tone For Your Skin Tone

 This heading probably looks like I'm screaming at you through some sort of monstrous megaphone, but I seriously need to put across this point! When you style orange, you need to find that luscious shade that was practically invented to be draped across your skin. Each skin tone, hair colour and eye colour has an orange shade that will look totally babin' on them.

summer outfit orange midi dress with hanky hem

photoshoot in trinity beach cairns girl in orange dress next to lake

I recommend you try before you buy, but the following list will help you find the right orange for your skin tone.

  • Very fair skin: Opt for Autumnal oranges such as burnt orange, rust and oranges that are more towards burgundy.
  • Slightly tanned skin: Orangey red or tangelo is made for your skin tone! Coral is wonderful for you too.
  • Olive skin: Keep it on the pink or red side of the orange spectrum, more brown shades can wash you out.
  •  Dark skin: You lovely ladies can rock any orange in all its vibrancy!
orange dress outfit idea street style midi dress

As you can see, my dress is more on the fire-y side of things! Gotta love tangelo (yep: I totally learnt that word today!)

Use Dark, Contrasting Accessories

fold over oversized dark navy clutch eveningwear

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Colour contrasting is always a win, in my books. But as orange is such a vivid colour, styling it with something on the exact opposite of the spectrum (bright blue) may look as brash as the cast of Jordie Shore.

Instead, style orange with dark navy accessories, they will tone the bright tones, whilst adding a more sophisticated contrast.

Match With An Orange Lipstick

orange dress with matching orange lipstick

A strong orange lip has been on my radar for seasons, but there is something super appealing when you style orange clothes with a lipstick in a similar shade. Whether you opt for a cute coral or a tasty tangerine, an orange lip is always a win-win!

Tone Down With Nudes

how to style orange dress street style outfit idea
honey and beau orange midi dress and mon purse oversized leather clutch

When it comes to shoes, choose a neutral pair! Orange hues are made to be the centre of attention and attempting to attract attention to your shoes and other accessories may look a little bit too over the top.

Opt For Minimal

how to style orange for your skin tone
orange midi dress in tropical paradise lake

Let's be honest: my outfit today is enough to make proper minimalists cover their eyes and scream. Nonetheless, when you style orange, a less is more approach is vital! Keep jewellery clean, neutral and minimal.

summer orange dress outfit idea

Dress: Honey & Beau*
Clutch: Mon Purse
Heels: Asos
Watch: Klasse14*
Earrings: Lovisa


  1. I love this look, the colour suites your skin tone perfectly and how jealous am I of your location, pretty jealous haha, I'm stuck in freezing England. Have a lovely week :)

  2. You look fabulous in this orange dress, girl, and I really couldn't agree more with all the tips you've mentioned on selecting the most flattering shade; there really is a suitable shade for everyone! I also agree that navy looks wonderful paired with orange, it does have a strong sophisticated feel. Thanks so much for sharing, beautiful, and I hope you have the best week ahead!



  3. I always tend to steer clear of orange as I didn't think it suited me but I'm going to try out the shades for pale skin that you have mentioned and hopefully I can make it work. You look great in your photos and I love the colour on you :) x

  4. Orange is definitely your color babe!! So gorgeous on you :) Love the idea of styling orange with navy accessories..need to try that out!! <3

    XO, Jessi

  5. Love your dress ;)

  6. For me, orange is a difficult color to wear so these are some helpful tips! :D

    Joyce | Joycentricity

  7. I used to think the same thing about orange on myself, but don't mind it any more. Maybe because it was considered and "ugly" hue. I do prefer brighter tones though and have to make sure I have a tan happening if I do wear it though ;o)


  8. This vivid color is perfect on you!! I like orange,it's full of energy and brings joy, I will follow your advice to wear it!
    kisses dear!

  9. I love how you styled this! The nude pumps compliment the dress perfectly

  10. Orange is a really tricky colour. I only have a few orange pieces and I hardly reach to them. Whenever I wear orange dress, I pair it with navy shoes/bags, never thought about wearing nudes with it. Next time I wear orange, this is how I will try it. You rock in orange ;) x

    Ela BellaWorld

  11. Looking great! I agree with you on simply finding the right shade for you. That's pretty much my thoughts on all colors and styles. Just gotta find out what works for your skin tone and body type.


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  12. Orange sure is one of my fav colours and you wearing it so well. Gorgeous!

  13. So stunning hun! Love the dress and your earrings! Orange is not always a color I can pull of, but I think I could wear this shade. Looks great on you!

    xo, mikéla /

  14. Great tips, and I'm loving the dress...absolutely beautiful color!

  15. Love your tips! I have always loved burnt orange it is such a lovely colour. I have an orange lipstick that is amazing by MAC I love by Zac Posen. You look lovely with that orange dress it is so pretty and your lipstick is gorgeous as well. This background is just perfect and the pop of colour shines through :)

  16. You post title is cute and catchy! Great tips!

  17. It's really nice of you to post this because orange is a tricky color to style/pair with. It's a beautiful pop up color but if not carefully done, it could turn out to be a fashion disaster.

  18. You look stunning, girl!
    To be honest, I am not a big fan of orange but it looks great on you. Perfect purse for this outfit too!


  19. I agree, this is a very nice orange colour, sweet and pleasant to the eyes. You really wear it beautifully too.

  20. this colour looks amazing on you hun :) xx

  21. Love to wear orange, it's such an energetic and popping color. Love it! And lovely styling tips too, as always!! Gorgeous dress to, simple and perfect! Xx

  22. You look lovely in this dress! :) xx

  23. This orange dress and color look like they were made just for you. You look beautiful Rachel. I would love to experiment more with orange, so thanks for these tips.
    Have a great day <3 Radi

  24. I don't wear orange very often, I think I don't know how to wear this colour and this post has been very helpful! Wearing orange with nude accessories is my favorite combo, especially for summer! I need to start wearing orange more!


  25. I'm totally in love with that dress! The color looks so good on you! Perfect as always!

  26. The orange fits you perfectly! I find it so hard color to wear x

    Pink Frenzy

  27. beautiful photos§

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  28. Such a fun and vibrant outfit, love it!

  29. I love that dress! you look stunning!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other's blogs and social media?

    Deepti xx

  30. Orange is a tough color to pull off but you made it work!


    Tamara -

  31. Orange suits your perfectly and that dress is gorgeous! Great tips Rach!

  32. Such a beautiful color on you - and I love that lip color!

    Love, Lindsey

  33. This is such an elegant look…I love the dress!

  34. I could never feel comfortable in this much orange these days, I used to wear it a lot more but now it is too much for me. Looks great on you! You will certainly stand out in the crowd! Perfect for the summer party season.
    xx Jenelle

  35. I love the cut of the dress :) I would never think to pair orange with nude but it looks amazing! Orange is my favourite colour! Thanks for sharing,
    Jaz xoxo

  36. Dear Rachel,
    how good you finally gave orange a chance! You look perfect in this colour and I love the cool cut of the dress, too!
    Personally I love orange a lot - but for me it must be very bright :) Unfortunately I find it hard to find perfect orange pieces ... and the perfect orange lipstick, too!
    Thanks for sharing this plea for orange!
    Happy weekend!
    xx Rena

  37. This orange is so beautiful on you, it goes so great with your skin! I love your lipstick too! You look beautiful!

    Much love,
    Marianne x

  38. This dress and color is so pretty on you. Love how you styled it. I hardly wear orange but I do wear red and I know that for any bright colors this would apply. Great post babe.


  39. I've never tried this orange, but it looks so perfect on you!

  40. Awesome outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Gil Zetbase

  41. The color is amazing! Love the dress!

  42. You are the dreamiest tangerine dream EVER Rach! Am totally using the word tangelo (what a fab word, haha!) I love this hue on you, as forever you are all the hawt and smokin' and show-STOPPIN'! Your gorgeous photos are blasting me all the way to summertime and I eternally love you for it! Sure you know it by now but you're totally my girl crush beaut! ;) I'm loving all your tips for styling orange to perfection. I had a love affair with the colour a few years back, went off it and this summer, bang, totally into it again! I'm adoring the beautiful orange lip you've paired with the dress, and your clutch and shoes make it the dreamiest outfit out there. You're killing it babe! <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

  43. This color looks great on you! Stunning xoxo

  44. That color really is fabulous on you! Orange can definitely be hard to pull off, but you absolutely nailed it!

  45. That dress! LOVE IT!
    xx Frederique -
    Ps. Wishing you a very happy new week!!!

  46. You look SO gorgeous in this hot orange shade Rachel! I stayed away from wearing orange for years and years as i'm so crazy pale, however eventually - as you've said - I realised it was just a case of finding the best shade for my skin tone!! Have a lovely week :)

  47. What a great dress. It's absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for the tips too.

    Gemma x

  48. Such a great post and tips babe! I really have a hard time finding an orange that looks nice on me, and I love this color on clothes so much! I have very dark hair and the skin of snow-white, so imagine how hard it is haha! On you though it looks fantastic! You are such a stunner and what a beautiful summer dress!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great start to the week!

  49. Blimmin love this post, I absolutely adore orange and have a few pieces that I always go back to. Such a bold colour but it can work so well for everybody. Fab tips lovely!


  50. You look so good in orange!

  51. This dress is so pretty, and you look so gorgeous in it...

  52. I have a very warm, yellow under tone so anything that is orangey red is lovely on me which is why Mac Lady Danger is my favourite to wear!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  53. The colour of the dress suits you so well, you look beautiful!

    Shakira / Shakira Sacks

  54. These are some great tips. Hubby thinks bright colors like orange looks good on me but I actually fine that it can be a difficult color to wear so these are some helpful tips! xx

    Ann-Marie |

  55. Great tips !
    This orange dress looks so good on you.

  56. I really like orange. You are so right, it's all about finding the right orange for you.
    Have a great day!
    Obsessed Fashion Blog

  57. I love that you wore it with neutral shoes!


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