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Color Combo to Try: Black + Orange


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If you ever find yourself stuck in a style rut, playing with fun new color combinations is a great way to liven up your wardrobe. In this series, we feature unique and unexpected color combinations, then give you stylish outfit ideas so you can try out these color combos yourself. For more color-centric outfit ideas, be sure to check out our previous posts on combining Red + PinkMint + MustardPeach + GrayOrange + BlueFuchsia + Teal and Olive + Coral.

Since it’s my favorite holiday, I simply couldn’t pass up the chance to make this month’s Color Combo post Halloween-themed. Not only are black and orange the official colors of October 31st, but the pairing of a classic neutral with a bold hue creates a chic look that packs a punch.

Need some outfit ideas before you rock this spooky combo? Scroll on down to check out four stylish orange and black outfits that can be worn on Halloween or any other day of the year:

Outfit #1: Comfy & Laid-Back

For this first outfit, let’s start with the basics: pair an orange knitted sweater with black printed jeans for a comfortable and stylish color-blocked look. Simple black ballet flats continue the casual vibe, while a gold spiked necklace adds some edge. Grab a roomy printed messenger bag and you’ll have a low-key outfit that you can rock on campus.

orange and black outfit 1
Product Info: Sweater- ASOS, Jeans- Charlotte Russe, Necklace- Windsor, Flats-, Bag- Volcom

Outfit #2: Dressy & On-Trend

Now we’re going to flip the colors in the last look by pairing a classic black button-up with a light orange A-line skirt. Heeled oxfords give this look a fashion-forward touch, while a tapestry bag adds pattern and texture. Next, add some statement jewelry like these stacked rings and geometric earrings. Slip a sweet and simple headband into your hair for an on-trend and feminine fall outfit.

orange and black outfit 2
Product Info: Headband- Nasty Gal, Top- H&M, Bag- Debenhams, Shoes- DSW, Skirt- Forever 21, Ring- Aldo, Earrings- Kohl’s

Outfit #3: Casual Chic

If you just want to incorporate a small pop of orange into your look, this outfit is for you! Start by pairing a cream-colored maxi skirt with a striped long-sleeved tee for a casual, yet glam look. Next, incorporate a knitted orange infinity scarf and some unique cap-toe flats. Add a dressy vibe by accessorizing with sparkly cluster earrings and a knotted clutch. Last but not least, add several mixed metal bangles, which help to tie together all the colors found throughout the ensemble.

orange and black outfit 3
Product Info: Scarf- Urban Outfitters, Top- Forever 21, Earrings- Piperlime, Shoes- Dorothy Perkins, Bracelets- Madewell, Bag- ASOS, Skirt- Loehmann’s

Outfit 4: Girly Meets Edgy

Make a bold statement with this look, which pairs a pumpkin-colored frock with a tweed contrast sleeved moto jacket. A pair of sheer tights adds some extra coverage, while low-heeled ankle booties help make this outfit work for day or night. Next, add several stacked rings for an edgy vibe. For the finishing touch, accessorize with this stylish cross-body bag, which incorporates both orange and black.

orange and black outfit 4
Product Info: Dress- Mango, Tights- Lord & Taylor, Jacket- Target, Boots- ASOS, Bag- Nasty Gal, Rings- Charlotte Russe

What do you think?

Would you wear black and orange together? What do you think of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? How would you wear these colors together? Will you be rocking this color combination on Halloween this year? What other color combos would you like to see featured here? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

Posted on on October 21, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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16 Responses to “Color Combo to Try: Black + Orange”

  1. 1
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Love this color combo! Outfit #4 is my favorite is edgy and sophisticated and fun! Great post!

  2. 2
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Love the first look!

  3. 3
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Oh wow, these are great! Usually I avoid this color combo just because it is so Halloween-y, but these looks are so chic. Definitely going to try ‘em out!

  4. 4
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I love these outfits and the 2 colors, I will so wear this combo!

  5. 5
    October 21st, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This is perfect for Oregon State University! Black and Orange are our colors! Go Beavs!

  6. 6
    October 21st, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love the scarf from outfit #3. I’m very tempted to go find it now. The first outfit is easily my favorite though.

  7. 7
    October 21st, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Outfit #3 is my fav because just a bit of orange works best

  8. 8
    October 21st, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask, but could you do a post on how to wear cowl-neck sweaters? I bought a bunch last year before I was really into fashion, and while they’re cute I’m stumped on how to wear them; the cowl means I can’t wear any necklaces or scarves, and because they’re so chunky I can’t tuck them in and wear a belt. It seems like all I *can* do is wear the sweater with jeans, boots, and a coat……so not a lot of room for creativity. Please help!

  9. 9
    October 21st, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    @Emma- Our “Ask CF” column may be able to help you out! Definitely send your question via e-mail to

  10. 10
    October 21st, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    @Ashley – Thanks! Will do!

  11. 11
    October 21st, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    love this colour combo
    I have tried it out before and never thought about the Halloween reference (probably because I’m from India and living in Australia)

    But I will try it out for a Halloween party that I’m going too!!!

  12. 12
    October 22nd, 2012 at 12:45 am

    As much as I love Halloween and these outfits, I think it might just be a little bit too Halloweenie for me to pull off.

  13. 13
    October 22nd, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I’m an Orioles fan, I wear black and orange all the time. I really like that these outfits can be worn out to bars on Friday nights and I can still look cute while supporting my team :)

  14. 14
    October 23rd, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Cute outfits, especially #1, and those jeans are also found for $5 at Rue21! I own them (along with them in red) and they are SO comfy!

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    October 25th, 2012 at 3:17 am

    Today i m trying it :D i m so in the halloween mood :D

  16. 16
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