I don’t know how it took me so long to warm to it, but mandarin orange is officially my colour of the summer. The juicy vibrant tone is literally like a jolt of cheeriness, and surprisingly, it goes with so many different shades. Whether it’s paired with coral for an exceptionally bright look or with neutrals, like I’m wearing here, it adds the perfect bit of warmth. Bonus: it also makes for a great lip colour, so I can indulge in a matchy-matchy look by pairing my lipstick with my outfit.
Though this punchy tone can be a bit intimidating at first glance, it’s actually an exceptionally easy bold shade to work into outfits. Take baby steps: start by pairing a breezy, juicy-hued tank top with some denim cut-offs and if you take to the colour (and you most likely will – it’s flattering on almost every skin shade), start accessorizing with touches of the colour. It was a particularly popular shade this season, so you’ll undoubtedly see wedges, espadrilles, handbags and jewellery awash in mandarin orange.
Mandarin orange looks particularly fresh against summer neutrals like white or navy, but I’m equally as fond of it when paired with icy blues or peachy corals. I’ve also found that for whatever reason, mandarin orange always feels ever so slightly retro to me—it makes me think of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. I like to play up that vintage vibe by working it into ladylike, femme silhouettes that were popular during those bygone decades. For example, here I’ve very deliberately channeled a ’70s vibe: with navy as a grounding foundation for the pop of mandarin orange, I’ve focused on ’70s silhouettes (the strong blazer, flirty romper) and incorporated retro accessories, like these Baroque-inspired strappy heels and this vintage, ladylike purse. I have an exciting weekend planned this upcoming week (I’m off to Portland!) and I know I will undoubtedly be working this fresh and fun tone into a ton of different looks. Whether it’s a favourite orange-hued maxi that I’ll use to stroll around the city while taking in all the sights or an adorable mandarin bag that will be my night-out companion, I will be having a very orange weekend.
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