Orange. I love it.
And happily ‘tangerine’ is one of Pantone’s spring colours for 2015.
I thought about doing an interiors colour story, to begin with, but that would be too easy. There are so many beautiful — iconic — things for the home in this shade; Arne Jacobsen’s Swan chair, Orla Keily’s Gian Stem wallpaper, Roberts Revival radios, to name a few.
So I’ve put together a little collection of wearable pieces, rather than home pieces.
Orange is a great colour to wear — it lifts my mood and makes me feel instantly happy — but too much of it and you definitely run the risk of looking like an Oompa Loompa. And that — unless you are going to a fancy dress party — is not a good look.
Anyway — I digress — back to our colour story.
Tangerine is the 8th colour in Pantone’s spring palette. Leatrice Eiseman — who’s the Executive Director of the Pantone® Colour Institute — says:
Tangerine is a juicy orange shade that is energising, yet not jarring to the eye. Versatile Tangerine is striking enough to stand on its own and adds vitality to a printed pattern. Good natured and friendly, but with a tangy edge, this fun-loving colour invites a smile.
I totally agree that it invites a smile! How can you be gloomy when you have a pop of orange in your life? Whilst the pieces I’ve chosen aren’t necessarily meant to be worn together, a little flash here and there can really lift an outfit.
And if you’re not brave enough to wear tangerine clothing, there are loads of lovely, zesty accessories which give a little nod to this zingy shade.
1. Orange Batchel — The Cambridge Satchel Company
2. Acrylic Ring in Orange — Block Design
3. Orange Strap Watch, Nine West — Debenhams
4. Orange Apples Printed Scarf — Boden
5. Tangerine Cropped Trousers — Marks and Spencer
6. Gommino Driving Shoes — Todds
7. Bright Orange Nail Polish, Kelly Brook — New Look
8. Stripe Dockside Top, Ace and Jig — Liberty
This is my favourite collection so far — I love a stripe, teamed with a pattern, so I’d definitely be wearing the printed scarf over that gorgeous Ace and Jig top.
Next time, we’ll be looking at: