Mandarin Orange

June 3, 2013
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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  • Reply Elisabeth June 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I looove mandarin orange! My take on it, or coral, you'll find in this blog post:

    E from Helsinki

  • Reply Marissa at Style Cusp June 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    I was JUST going to say — this color looks amazing on you and is definitely your color! Wear it more, lady. xo

  • Reply Kate W June 3, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    I love the burst of sunny orange against the black shorts and jackets, such a great outfit and perfect for summer weather!

  • Reply Gabriele June 3, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    love the orange top.. perfect outfit!! love everything about it.

  • Reply Naomi June 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Love the outfit! Navy and bright orange are so fun together, and those shoes! Swoon~

    The Occasional Indulgence

  • Reply Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} June 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Yes, mandarin orange is definitely your color! You look so great in it! It brightens and warms your skin!

  • Reply Petra June 3, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    gorgeous style. You look stunning in this orange top with the black shorts.
    happy monday.
    xo, Petra

    if you get a second take a look on my new outfit post

  • Reply Heidi June 3, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Such a pretty color on you and LOVING those shorts! xo Heidi

  • Reply Emma June 3, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    I love this orange and navy combo instead of black or white

  • Reply aiyana jane June 3, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    i love this outfit, the fabrics look stunning.. is it silk, cupro? I just wanna reach out and touch it!
    xo, aiyanajane ||

  • Reply Faith June 3, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    i love everything about this look … you look fabulous. love the orange and navy together.

  • Reply Stefani June 3, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Extremely chic! Love the whole look and your heels are perfect!

  • Reply JennaStevie June 3, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I'm glad you've warmed up to this tone, because it looks aaaammmazing on you. Love it with these shorts and amazing heels! Such a fantastic combination 🙂

  • Reply shesseasonallyinspired June 4, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Love this color on you!! and the pairing of blue and orange is a perfect match for you!

  • Reply Marisa June 4, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Looks like we're going to be in Portland at the same time! Maybe we'll run into each other this weekend 🙂 Loving the orange on you too. I grew fond of it last year and have incorporated the colour into my life through clothes and make-up.


  • Reply Anca June 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    This color looks amaazing on you!!! I haven't seen many people who can pull it off but boy oh boy you do!!!

  • Reply Kacie Ellis June 4, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I love the way this color really pops!

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