From pale peach to traffic-cone bold, orange is everywhere. Dress: Sofia by Sofia Vergara $29.99 / KMART.COM
Fashion has a crush on orange, from pale peach to traffic-cone bold.
“I saw it on more spring runways than not,” says Target and HSN designer Liz Lange. “It was everywhere!” What enchants designers about it? “Orange is nature’s bronzer: It flatters any skin tone or hair color and makes you glow,” says Banana Republic creative director Simon Kneen.
It has been long linked to Dutch royalty and Hindu holiness, but orange gets no respect stateside. Till Prada made a splash with orange/chocolate striped dresses a year ago, it was associated with pumpkins, life vests and fruit bins. Now frocks squeeze the most of what Pantone Color Institute labels 2012’s top tint.
A Halloween horror when paired with black, orange goes well with white, navy, brown, pastels, brights — and itself, Kneen says. He prefers solids to patterns. “And leave Day-Glo neons to utility workers. That’s when the color wears you.”