Orange is the New Black

A self-professed “30-something who dresses like a 20-something on the budget of a teenager”, Ian Megrath writes for Rogues & Brogues, offering advice on personal style to the “everyman”. Follow him on Twitter.

This is not a review of the Netflix prison comedy drama (although it is excellent) but an overview of the abundance of orange this autumn.

Not a common colour in many men’s wardrobe, this overlooked shade is actually pretty versatile and its warm tones are perfect for the season. I did a little preview of this trend a few posts back in my autumn forecast, but I thought it deserved a full article.

The catwalks and high streets are awash with orange ranging from zingy citrus to rich sienna. Depending on your style or the occasion, there is ample opportunity to incorporate a little of this glorious colour into your wardrobe.

I’ve picked up a pair of rust orange cords and while the weather here is still a little mild, I can’t wait to break them out. I went for cord rather than denim or chino as I see it as a much more autumnal fabric. The texture, even the sound as a I walk, conjures images of crisp mornings. I went for the deeper rust colour as I think it will go with more in my wardrobe, both casually and formally.

I’ve pulled a few looks for some inspiration:

First up; formal. I’m wearing it here with a simple white button down shirt and vintage grey wool tie. Pull on a jacket for a smarter look or lose the tie and add a cardigan for a smart casual look. (Left)

A grey wool jumper is a classic must-have and works with pretty much everything. I’ve layered it over the white shirt and a white tee for contrast. (Mid)

Finally for a more casual look I’ve put them with a denim shirt. I think the darker top helps break the orange up and contrasting the cord with denim keeps it more relaxed. (Of course I’m wearing Converse with them too.) (Right)

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  1. […] You’re never too old to have fun with fashion, so we think everyone should try the red trouser trend. It’s a refreshingly bold change from the usual grey, black and navy menswear offerings and will help spice up your winter wardrobe. But if red is too bold for you, go for orange instead – a surefire hit for AW13. […]

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