Studies have shown that orange is the least liked colour in the world, (blue is the most liked). So I might be one of the few who bat for Team Orange as a colour. I also love it as a fruit, flavour, and scent. My favourite shade of red has a lot of orange in it, and as a Dutch citizen, orange is my national colour. I wear orange year round with white, cream, burgundy, shocking pink, bright red, yellow, mustard, navy, turquoise and denim blue. Yorkies Sam and Jo have bright orange collars, and hubs Greg has a pair of burnt orange AllBird sneakers.

Orange comes in many tonal variations and shades. Think orange like the fruit and you’re close to what I call Dutch orange. There are tones of pumpkin, and shades of burnt orange too. And some retailers have grouped cinnamon into the orange family.

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These outfit ideas are for Team Orange, and not in a subtle way.

1. Orange and Earth Tones

Remix tones of orange with brown earth tones like toffee, caramel, and chocolate. Here, an orange top and topper are paired with toffee bottoms. A skirt will work as well as the pants. Finish things off with brown footwear and bag. The brown footwear here looks a little dark to me, although it does work. I’d have preferred to see cognac or tan footwear, and some gold jewellery.

Orange and Earth Tones

2. Orange in a Sunset Pattern

Perhaps you’d like to wear orange in a pattern like it’s shown here, with shades of red, black, tans and taupes. A dress is an easy pull-on-and-go option but I can see the same type of pattern working in a top or skirt with solids to match. Here the belt and boots are black to pick up the black in the pattern. A shade of brown would work well too. I’m seeing a red or burgundy coat to top things off.

Orange in a Sunset Pattern

3. Orange, Cream and Burgundy

I LOVE this way of wearing orange. The burgundy enriches it. The blue denim cools it down. The cream adds a crisp, clean, soft and modern touch. Think of any way to combine these three colours in an outfit, and you’re good to go. Burgundy, tan or brown footwear and bag will work well as a substitute for the cream.

Orange, Cream and Burgundy

4. Shocking Orange and Fuchsia

This outfit is spectacular on the red-headed model. WOW. The patent cognac boots beautifully bookend the model’s hair, and complement the bright orange topper. The harmonious clash of the fuchsia and orange is delicious to my eye, and I’ve worn it often. I sometimes sub the fuchsia with shocking pink. The blue jeans act as the neutral that tones down the look. Add jewellery, eyewear, watch and headgear as desired.

Shocking Orange and Fuchsia

Here are my orange wardrobe items, and I hope to add a short orange puffer or long coat. I find orange yummy and versatile. Who else bats for Team Orange? Maybe cinnamon and cognac are your orange?