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Adding an Orange Beauty Bundle to Summer Outfits with Color

Today is my last post in this short series about accessorizing summer outfits with beauty bundles/accessory sets, and we will be discussing how to wear pieces from an orange bundle in outfits with other colors. I picked orange because I have been surprised at how often I turn to this color to add interest to my outfits, but the same principles would apply to a beauty bundle in any color!


Previous posts in the series:


Here's a quick review of items in my orange/coral bundle. Since I am focusing on colorful outfits that don't already include orange, I have only accessories (no clothing) in this post's orange bundle. One thing to note is that some of these accessories lean more toward a true Orange on the color wheel while others are more coral, which is a mixture of orange and pink that fits into the Red-Orange section of the color wheel. And that's OK! Your bundle doesn't have to be all a single matching color! It actually provides some depth and interest when your items fall into the same general color family but have some differences among them.

Orange/Coral Beauty Bundle
Orange/Coral Beauty Bundle

I think analogous/monochromatic and complementary color schemes are the easiest of the color wheel combinations to get right...probably because you are dealing with 1-2 colors (with or without neutrals) rather than the 3+ colors of the split complementary, triad, tetrad, etc. combos. So those are the combinations I'm going to address today with my orange bundle.


Orange + Neutrals + Analogous Color


My first outfit features a dark rusty-coral tank ("coral glaze"), which is probably a Red-Orange color, along with the neutral pants and topper. Since Red-Orange is adjacent to Orange on the color wheel, I put these two colors together in an analogous color scheme that was very easy to wear. You could also read the tank and accessories as all falling into the Orange/Red-Orange regions of the color wheel and treat it as a monochromatic color scheme. It makes no difference what you call it! The idea is that the colors are similar. I like that in this particular outfit, the orange accessories from my beauty bundle provide small pops of color to the more subdued outfit in a top-n-tails/bookended manner. (The white rabbits in the print also pop against the muted dark blue and "coral glaze" as an extra bonus.) Count of orange items = 2: earrings and shoes.

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OOTD #1: 8/19/22

Orange + Neutrals + Complementary Color


For the purpose of this part of the post, I am treating these orange/coral items as Red-Orange on the color wheel with Blue-Green as the complementary color opposite it. But since Orange's complementary color is Blue, and navy is a dark version of Blue, it works in that direction as well...which is probably why navy is my favorite dark neutral with orange, now that I think about it. But the main idea is that these reddish-orangey tones are opposite the bluish-blue-green tones. You don't have to get too specific about it for the complementary color scheme to work its magic!


In Outfit #2, I put my newish navy-and-white striped linen top (that I also shared in the orange + neutrals post) with a teal skirt but wanted to add some extra energy and oomph to the combination. Enter the coral scarf in a complementary color scheme to the teal that generates a lot of excitement due to the high color contrast. The navy, white, and teal is a really nice color combination all on its own (and one I absolutely do wear frequently), but adding the complementary coral color changes the vibe.

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OOTD #2: 8/21/23

I added a long DIY seed bead/tassel necklace in dark blue to provide a vertical element to the look, which I like against the horizontal stripes of the top.

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I added the orange leather leaf earrings with the scarf to continue the orange/coral color rather than compete with it. I like how the orange in my portrait area really frames my face. Even though orange is not my best color, I think that the scarf (with its extra bit of pink/red in the color) actually works quite well here! The reddish-coral lipstick probably helps sell it.

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I like the teal + orange combination well enough that I had made a DIY paper bead bracelet set in the teal/orange/gold colorway (details in this SIA post). I added the dark blue lapis lazuli bead bracelet to my daily stack so that color would be represented; even though there is no blue/navy in the paper beads, it worked well fitted into the middle of the stack.

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In a lot of these orange accessory set outfits, you've seen me wear the orange ballet flats, but in this case, I kept the orange to the top of the outfit. I thought that adding orange shoes along with everything else would be too much in this particular case so I used navy shoes that matched the stripes in my top. Count of orange items = 3: earrings, bracelets, and shoes.

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And by "too much" orange...that was an idiosyncratic judgment for that particular outfit/situation/day/mood; on another day, in a different mood, in a different situation, and/or in a different outfit, I might have found the additional orange just right! Another person might find this much orange always too much, and yet another person might find it too little - it's all subjective and variable...which is actually what makes the beauty bundle concept so great! It's like a nicely curated buffet table that you can pick from based on what you're feeling at that particular time. There are no strict rules.


Orange + Color + Complementary Color


My third outfit illustrates that the Red-Orange/Blue-Green complementary color scheme can also when you add it to another color. In this case, it's a peacock blue (that is somewhere in the Blue to Blue-Green area of the color wheel and which is itself arguably another variant on a complementary color to the orange/coral bundle). I thought this print mix was pretty successful considering that the only shared color between the striped top and floral scarf is the white (usually I like for the pieces to share two colors). Count of orange items = 4: necklaces, scarf (print), bracelets, and shoes.

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OOTD #3: 10/10/21

Do you like to wear monochromatic/analogous colors in your outfits? Complementary colors? Do you think about color properties when putting outfits together or do you go by instinct (or some combination of the two)?


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6 Comments


Joanne
Joanne
Sep 09, 2023

You created such lovely outfits with those pops of color. I often think of the color wheel when pairing colors together too; though I think I tend to stick mostly to complimentary colors.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 09, 2023
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Complementary color combinations are such a favorite of mine too, Joanne. They are so dynamic and fun to look at.

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mlrbanks57
Sep 02, 2023

I love a burnt orange color, but I haven't worn it since I went grey. I wonder if it still works for me. I love orange and navy together just like I like orange and teal together. And, yes, I always think of the color wheel when I'm getting dressed. It may be when I'm trying to come up with what accessories to wear or what bottoms to wear with what tops. The color wheel is my friend!


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 05, 2023
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"The color wheel is my friend" - YES! Even if a person only used it for simple combinations like complementary colors, it's a great tool. I like the combination of burnt orange or rust with grey, so it would be interesting to see if that color works with your hair.

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jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
Sep 02, 2023

Too much orange? LOL. Never!! But I'm one of those people that love color and it's nice to see others wearing colorful outfits too. OOOXX Jodie

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
Sep 05, 2023
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I know wearing color is associated with summer, but really, I think it's a very fun and cheerful option year-round!

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