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Color Combo to Try: Orange + Blue


Color combo: Orange and blue

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 + Mustard and Peach + Gray.

This month’s color combo was particularly challenging for me, because — in my eyes — wearing orange and blue means you’re headed to a Florida Gators game. However, all preconceived notions aside, these two shades look amazing together, as blue and orange are complementary (across from each other on the color wheel) hues. Pairing a punchy orange with a cool blue shade creates a perfectly balanced and stylish look.

Need some outfit ideas before you try out this color combination? Scroll on down to check out four outfits featuring orange and blue:

Outfit #1: Backyard Barbecue

For an easygoing, yet stylish look that incorporates both orange and blue, look no further than the outfit below. Pair a pleated orange blouse with some cute printed navy shorts. Slip-on espadrille flats continue the casual vibe, while a slouchy brown tote adds a boho touch. Accessorize with a cool claw-shaped necklace and you’ll have a warm weather-appropriate outfit that’s perfect for a casual get-together with friends or family.

blue and orange outfit 1
Product Info: Bag- Urban Outfitters, Top- J. Crew, Necklace- Go Jane, Shorts- Old Navy, Shoes- Aldo

Outfit #2: Comfy & Cute

This next look swaps the colors of the previous outfit, as it features a blue top and an orange bottom. Start by pairing a sleeveless chambray top with an A-line orange skirt, then add some fun leopard oxfords for a trendy vibe. A printed dark blue tote bag is large enough to hold all your essentials, while a delicate headband adds a sweet and girly touch. For the finishing touch, add an adorable silver ring. This outfit would work well as a dressy daytime look.

blue and orange outfit 2
Product Info: Top- Urban Outfitters, Bag- Free People, Headband- ASOS, Shoes- UrbanOg, Skirt- MNG by Mango, Ring- Forever 21

Outfit #3: Beach Bum

Swimsuit season is in full swing, so the next time you hit the water, why not try combining orange and blue? Start with a punchy tangerine one-piece swimsuit, then add a blue and orange graphic tank top, which works as a cover-up. Dark blue rubber flip flops and a roomy backpack are perfect for the beach, while round orange sunglasses add the finishing touch.

blue and orange outfit 3
Product Info: Swimsuit- O’Neill, Top- Forever 21, Sunglasses- Urban Outfitters, Sandals- J. Crew, Bag- Roxy

Outfit #4: Summer Sundress

For our final look, I decided to play up this color combination using a summer essential — the sundress. Take a simple and sweet blue sundress and add a pair of braided white sandals. Accessorize with a tie-dyed orange clutch and geometric earrings for a stylish look. Finish the ensemble with a rhinestone-embellished watch and an orange friendship bracelet.

blue and orange outfit 4
Product Info: Bag- ASOS, Dress- Forever 21, Watch- River Island, Earrings- Swell Caroline, Shoes- Aldo, Bracelet- Shopbop

What do you think?

Would you wear orange and blue together? What do you think of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? How would you wear these colors together? 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 June 17, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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43 Responses to “Color Combo to Try: Orange + Blue”

  1. 1
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Love the last outfit the most.

  2. 2
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    hah, well, this is perfect for me since I’ll be going to UVA this fall! Nice article, and the last outfit is to die for.

  3. 3
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Very cute outfits! The first one is definitely a must-do! :)

  4. 4
    June 17th, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Just like Elizabeth, I’ll be going to UVA this fall! You did a wonderful job with the outfits. This post is absolutely perfect!

  5. 5
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Love these posts! Is it possible to do the combo of orange and black? I know it’s halloween colors but I’m going to princeton in the fall, so that would be very helpful(:

  6. 6
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Amazing! Great post!

  7. 7
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Seeing as these are the colors of my hometown’s lifetime school rival maybe not so much. haha But you should do articles on cute school color outfits in the fall.

  8. 8
    June 17th, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Yellow and purple please! :-)

  9. 9
    June 17th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    They really do make a great combo. Also works great with mani-pedis.

  10. 10
    June 17th, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    One of my favorite combos. It’s particularly flattering to warm skin tones! :)

  11. 11
    June 17th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    As a lifelong Chicago Bears fan, these outfits are perfect for showing my team pride even when it’s NOT game day! :)

  12. 12
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Just wore this combo recently! One of my new faves.

  13. 13
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Great examples in the photos.

  14. 14
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    awesome! plz so purple and yellow next ! :)

  15. 15
    June 17th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    lol sorry

  16. 16
    June 17th, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    These outfits are so cute. I do have a little orange problem since it’s my alma mater’s in-state rival’s color and blue (royal) is ours, but it does look really nice together. Might be a talking point at the next family get together. lol

  17. 17
    June 17th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Love the second look! I love this color combination, another one that’s good with blue is red as long as you make sure you don’t look to much like your going to a fourth of July party ;) Great post!!

  18. 18
    June 17th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    I love this color combo! I just started trying it recently so this post was the perfect boost to help me explore it even more! :)

  19. 19
    June 17th, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    The 2nd outfit is just cool. This combination is amazing. Bold enough but not crazy.

  20. 20
    June 17th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    I’ve actually done a combo with these colors using the colorblock trend. It was a daring look for me and a bit out of my comfort zone, but the look was good. I paired a corally orange top with royal blue matelot shorts and those new trendy loafers.

  21. 21
    June 17th, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Perfect for the Broncos games coming up! ;)

  22. 22
    June 18th, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Orange personally doesn’t work for my skin tone, but these are some cute outfits!!


  23. 23
    June 18th, 2012 at 2:12 am

    Just shouting out for the Auburn Tigers :)

  24. 24
    June 18th, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I like the outfits, but I could never wear these as I am a die-hard Alabama fan. Roll Tide!

  25. 25
    June 18th, 2012 at 9:58 am

    I would wear every single one of these outfits. To die for. Whoever did this article is fantastic!

  26. 26
    June 18th, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Love the outfit suggestions! I personally love the Orange + Blue combination and have tried this out recently! :)

  27. 27
    June 18th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Orange and blue are my favorite colors to wear together :) Awesome outfits, love them all!

  28. 28
    June 18th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Sadly, my school colors are blue and orange -__-
    But these outfits are waaaayy better than what I normally have to work with lol

  29. 29
    June 18th, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Glad everyone is liking this color combination! Be on the lookout for posts on yellow + purple and orange + black in the future :)

  30. 30
    June 18th, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Nice post and outfits! Go Gators :)

  31. 31
    June 18th, 2012 at 11:42 pm

    Obsessed with the 1st & lasts looks… Thanks for the inspiration!

  32. 32
    June 19th, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Love this combo! Most of my outfits for the summer is built around those two colors. Love ma home land top also lool :)

  33. 33
    June 19th, 2012 at 1:48 am

    Thanks! Now I have some outfit ideas to show my Gator pride :) GO GATORS!

  34. 34
    June 19th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Love all the outfits! The orange top and blue shorts is my fav :)

  35. 35
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Never thought this color combo would look great!

  36. 36
    June 19th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    I never thought about this color combination. It looks awesome, especially the last two outfits. I will definitely wear it soon. Nice post!

  37. 37
    June 20th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Nice post and GO GATORS!!!!!!

  38. 38
    June 21st, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Orange and blue are my favorite colors to wear together!! Could you do fuschia and teal next?

  39. 39
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    I love your combo to try section. That’s my favorite! Please keep posting! A big fan from Miami FL

  40. 40
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    @Emily K- Done! Next month’s color combo post will be on Fuchsia + Teal.

  41. 41
    September 4th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I loved the first outfit. Nice job, very well done, it helped me a lot. I am a fashionista in process!!

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