Runway To Real Way: Beat The Winter Blues With A Little Orange Crush

February 3, 2014 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way


It’s official: we’re sick of the winter. We’ve just finished our third straight month of record low temperatures, record high piles of snow and we are D-O-N-E, done. Unfortunately, there’s no end in sight of the apocalyptic forecasts yet, so we’re doing the only thing we do have control over in this situation: our closets. The only thing worse than climbing over snow drifts to get to your car and pulling on 3 pairs of pants each morning, is having to look at the endlessly drab landscape of black and gray coats (if dressing reflects one’s state of mind, then you can tell a whole lot of us are depressed these days). But infusing just a few fresh jolts of color into your every day — like an energizing orange — can do wonders for your mood and your wardrobe!

If we’re going to get through these winter doldrums, we have got to make something to look forward to on the other side. A fresh and zesty orange is just the trend to get amped up about now, in anticipation of spring. Costello Tagliapietra clearly got the memo with their simple sleeveless shift dress in their Spring 2014 collection. Practical and tasteful in this out of box hue, we’ll be dying to get our hands on staples like these to wear every day in the work place after 3 years, er months, in the trenches of black, brown, and gray. We’ve got a head start with this gorgeous ribbed-knit version by Issa.

Even when our prayers will be answered to not have 2 feet of snow dumped on us daily, we’re all realistic to know that it won’t exactly be tropically warm overnight. We’ll still have a whole season of outerwear to play with so why not infuse some color into that? Dennis Basso seemed to agree, choosing a structured, tangerine jacket to pair with his flirty florals. The boxy shape of the jacket looks amazing with the flowy, ethereal shape of the skirt, a trend that can easily be incorporated into our day to day wardrobes. This cropped leather biker from Alice + Olivia will get a ton a ton of mileage in your spring wardrobe, and bonus: will be equally as great for fall!

Nothing like a little orange punch to have you daydreaming of summer. That’s the best way to describe our feelings for Ralph Lauren’s Spring 2014 neon orange: a literal punch to our sense in the best possible way. Classy and tailored shapes presented in high-voltage hues are sure to have heads turning till the spring thaw. We love this slightly more muted (and incredibly budget-friendly!) trench from YesStyle for those damp and windy days to come.

Always a trendsetter in her own right, designer Tracy Reese featured bouquets of orange a couple years ago that we still can’t stop talking about. Carrot and carol, peach and apricot, Reese had citrus fever in her Spring 2012 collection, from which many of the trends are just as relevant today. We’re particularly coveting a pair of tailored, slim cut trousers — a must have for business and pleasure this spring. Reese played around with different shades and textures, inspiring us to find this unconventional pair from our friends at J. Crew. It may be a bit chilly to wear them now (remember what we said about things to look forward to!) but these matte crepe drawstring pants are sure to be your most mixed and matched item come May.

1. Orange Dress
Runway: Costello Tagliapietra Spring 2014 RTW
Real Way: ISSA Ribbed-knit Dress, now $310

2. Orange Jacket
Runway: Dennis Basso Spring 2014 RTW
Real Way: ALICE+OLIVIA ‘Cam’ Leather Biker Jacket, now $718.26

3. Orange Trenchcoat
Runway: Ralph Lauren Spring 2014 RTW
Real Way: YesStyle Z Knit Panel Double-Breasted Trench Coat, now $38.43

4. Orange Pants
Runway: Tracy Reese Fall 2012 RTW
Real Way: J.CREW Matte Crepe Drawstring Pants, now $110

–Alia Rajput

Runway photos: WWD and NYMag

Image Layout: Second City Style

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