Friday, July 13, 2012

Incorporate Orange!!

It's summer, it's hot, it's sticky, and I am missing home like crazy. I am from South Florida and nothing reminds me of home more than the color orange, and a beach of course. Florida's fruit is the orange, every team in South Flroida has orange in their team color, and orange is a totally tropical color that screams sun and fun. I am going to show two different types of ways to incorporate orange without it being too powerful and overdone. Usually when I wear a bright color such as orange or yellow, I like to incorporate it with a neutral or toned down opposite. I also like to add a small splash of one other bright color either with jewelry or a clutch or some other small accessory.
My day look includes an orange textured sweater tank with a little bit of sparkle that I bought from Express, and an orange cami underneath it that I also bought at Express. I paired it with white skinny jeans from Dillards, Guess brown leather T-strap flat sandals, a brown leather cuff watch from Michael Kors and these crazy fun skull studded mega hoops with a teal wrap from TopShop. If you wanted to dress this up you could add some fun wood toned wedge sandals, or even add a neutral toned blazer to it. I personally had a hard time finding white skinny jeans that I was comfortable wearing. Whenever I tried them on, I felt like they showed way too many of my imperfections. I finally found a pair at Dillards that I loved at a great price. I think they key is that they need to have somewhat of a thickness to them in order not to be too see-through or tacky.  The ones I bought were from OneBigStar and they were about $ 50. The Express tank was $39 and I just so happened to purchase it during a buy one get one at 50% off sale, so the cami was about $15. I bought my sandals last season from Macys for $29, but the newer versions are out this year and are very similar. I have no clue as of the price of my watch nor will I look it up because it was a gift. The hoops from TopShop are no longer available, but any large hoops with a splash of color will do.

For my night look that incorporated orange, I wore a Gianni Bini strapless dress (that I attached the optional straps to) that I bought from Dillards. I was a bit pricey at $138, but it was for a dear friends wedding so I couldn't resist. It had a geometric print all over it of orange and taupe, and it was fitted, but not tight, and gathered in the middle, acccentuating the waist. This dress is great for all sizes because it hides any imperfection in the waist my putting the extra fabric there. I have a boyish figure on top, so the straps allowed me to be comfortable in a "strapless" dress, and the length is right above the knee, which is great for all shapes as well. I incorporated this look with nude Jessica Simpson platform strappy heels, also from Dillards, which run about $80. I wore multi colored stone drop earrings of yellow, orange, and teal that I purchased from Dillards for $24. Baublebar.com has gorgeous earrings, consisting mostly of stone and metal for great prices! Baublebar.com is one of my favorite earring sites. I also wore one gold bangle of medium thickness. The dress had a lot going on and I didn't want to add too many accessories to take away from it.

If you want to add a little color to your summer wardrobe, look towards orange. It is going to be great heading into fall as well. Don't overdo it and try to incorporate a splash of another bright color with it. At the same time, tone it down with natural colors and you will have yourself a casually charming outfit!

7 comments:

  1. I JUST bought a little orange number to pair with some white slacks for my trip to Cali this summer, but I've been a little stuck on what shoes to wear and how to accessorize it. I love turquoise and I had some of that picked out, but what I was thinking would have made it too much, so I'm gonna scale it back and make you proud!!! Ha ha. This was right on time!! Thank you!

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  2. Loooving both outfits! You make me want to buy something orange now! :)

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  3. DO it! Im so glad you guys dig my ideas. I have been holding back for so long and now Im just gonna let it out. I was actually in Dillards today and spotted this orange and taupe zig zagged striped maxi and couldnt resist. I said to myself "girl, practice what you preach!" so i bought it and I will sport it soon. Its a Gianni Bini brand if you want to look it up. Neah, I think turquoise would look great with orange in something small, like earrings or a ring. But dont go overboard with it. If you feel like its too much, then it probably is. XO

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  4. You have a keen fashion sense and it reflects in your own personal style. Good for you helping these ladies--myself included--look our best selves. Fabulous!

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  5. Oooh very nice!! I tried looking it up but had no luck! You should post about it! :) Maxi dresses are so comfy and so pretty!! I only have one as it's not good weather around here :)

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  6. Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve that dress on you! Perfect tan.

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