I Thought Orange Outfits Were Hideous Until I Saw These

It seems like this season's trends are making me reconsider everything I thought I knew about fashion. It first started happening when I started coming around to the idea of wearing cargo pants (I know). But then I began to notice how cool previously "ugly" trends were becoming across the board. The next big trend that's already changed my mind? The color orange.

I won't lie—I pretty much considered any bright orange garments to be up there with the most revolting of fashion items to ever be worn. Any of my friends will tell you how I would go around offering my unsolicited opinion on the color just because I felt so strongly about it. Well, I don't know whether to feel apologetic or not, but I definitely owe a number of people my revised fashion advice. Suffice it say, I've been seeing a lot of orange outfits lately that don't make me want to go run and hide.

Whether via electric neon shades or subtler burnt orange tones, fashion girls are taking risks with their color choices as of late, and it's really paying off. Just below, I'm sharing the outfits that are so good they changed my mind on the color along with the orange pieces that I promise are legitimately cool now.


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Retro pieces like a bowling shirt are brought to life when rendered in the bright color.


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Take your swimwear game to level 100 in allover orange.


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Wear orange and teal for a fresh, summery look.


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Double denim is the perfect way to test-drive the bright color.


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Color-clashing is quickly becoming one of the biggest trends for summer, but it's best when done boldly. Try out the unexpected combo of orange and lavender.


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We'd probably wear a matching crop top and skirt set in about any color or pattern, no matter how experimental. So why not saturate the look in bright orange?


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Try out shades of burnt orange for a subtler take on the color trend.


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Wear gold jewelry to bring out the warm tones from an orange top.


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Yes, orange can and should be worn at the beach. Test out a floral pattern that already incorporates the color.


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Accent an orange piece with white accessories to really make the look pop.


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Combine brown tones and brunt orange ones for a cozier take.


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A look we'd 100% wear.

If you're not convinced on testing out an orange outfit anytime soon, I give up.


Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.