How to wear an orange top and jeans

A pop of colour can really liven up a mood and citrus colours like yellow and orange seem to be amongst the favourites this season. But how do you wear an orange top? What does one style it with? And can all skin tones handle this powerful colour? We think that with the right makeup most of us can wear this look.

For this outfit we’ve borrowed items from various of our favourite South African designers, all available on Equilibrio – a puff sleeve top by ERRE, relaxed jeans from Smudj, velvet loafers and a leather crossbody bag by House of Cinnamon and multi-way earrings by Kirsten Goss.



This ERRE top covers two major trends of the season: the puff sleeve and striking, fresh colour. This season, bigger sleeves are better! They broaden shoulders and balance hips. So don’t be shy of bold sleeves or bold colours.

This top is also available in other colours.


The tough question is: with what do we wear this orange top? Often we buy a statement item and don’t know how to style it, and just ends up gathering dust in our closet.

We recommend balancing this powerful style and colour with carefully chosen neutrals:

The Smudj jeans with a small embossed flower have a relaxed fit. They’re made from stretchy Cotton Spandex which makes them soft and comfy. They’ll also look great with a simple white blouse or T-shirt.

The Popper earrings from Kirsten Goss pick up the circular flower shape on the jeans beautifully, and their small size doesn’t interfere with the bold sleeve of the top. Available in gold or rose gold vermeil or silver. We chose the gold vermeil version here to match the gold-colour chain strap of the bag.

We always think that navy shoes look great with blue jeans, but they can be hard to find. These ultra-comfy navy velvet loafers by House of Cinnamon are the perfect go-to. This outfit can also be glammed up for dinner with a sexy platform heel.


Yes! Likely you can if you choose the right shade and the right makeup. Orange is a strong colour and many of us may feel a bit intimidated at wearing it. But just like all colours, orange has various hues. If you have a “cool” skin tone go for a shade of orange that contains more red than yellow. Likewise, if you have a “warm” skintone you may look better in an orange that contains more yellow than red.

In both cases, it is important to wear the right makeup with an orange garment. Barely-there browns won’t do. A strong orangey-red lipstick and/or a peach blusher will look great. And don’t forget to wear tonnes of mascara – orange can really brighten the colour of your eyes!


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