Colour Blocking: Orange

Orange has always been a favourite colour.  When I was growing up I had a gorgeous pair of orange linen shorts which I wore to death.  It is a colour that reminds me of the hot summer sun, Fanta and Frosty Fruits iceblocks.  It also reminds me of autumn because of the colour of the falling leaves and the shades of the afternoon sky when the sun is setting.

Orange comes in many different shades.  While red is associated with fiery heat, orange is associated with the benign warmth of the sun. Even Vivienne Westwood loves orange as her signature shade hair colour is testament to its versatility, don’t you think?

Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.

A dynamic color, orange offers a more thoughtful control than explosive red. Curiosity is a driving characteristic of orange, and with it comes exploration of new things.
Put some orange in your life when you want:

  • to spice things up when you feel time is dragging
  • to become more involved in something
  • to increase creativity
  • relief from things becoming too serious

Take a look below at the lovely model on the catwalk here – her hair is such a gorgeous auburn and in no way does it clash with the fiery red of her gown or her red lipstick, which by the way is perfection.

Of course, like any colour, some people simply refuse to indulge or don’t have the confidence to wear such a bold colour.  But as I have said before, anyone can wear any colour, it is just a matter of finding the right shade!  

Orange is the signature colour of the house of Hermès of course and if I had the choice, my first Hermès bag would be in burnt orange.

Orange makes a statement at Michael Kors, and when used as a contrasting colour it adds vavoom!  

Mrs Beckham has never been one to shy away from making a statement.  She stands out here among a sea of at this fashion show.

Wearing orange during times of stress, or shock can help to balance your emotions. It can bring about the willingness to embrace new ideas with enjoyment and a sense of exploration and creative play.  Orange is also the color associated with the Sacral Hara Chakra (sexuality and reproduction), so if you need some help in that area, put some orange sheets on your bed or buy some sleepwear in a similar shade.  You never know, it might just work!

As an accessory or a major fashion piece, orange is undoubtedly a bold colour choice, and one which you shouldn’t shy away from just because it is so. 

If you have been too serious lately and you need to lighten up and have a good belly laugh – then spread a little orange around your life. Remember this is the colour of the the Buddha Belly. Who can resist smiling back at a laughing or smiling Buddha statue?  As a blend of the raw energy and physicality of red, and the sheer happiness of yellow, ORANGE is truly the colour of joy, interaction, creativity and playfulness.


Sources:,, garancedorè.com,,,, paintcafè.com

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3 thoughts on “Colour Blocking: Orange

  1. I love the orange dress with the tan belt, delish!
    oh…and the orange phone- what a cool and unexpected way to use colour xx

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