Summer Trend to Try: Shades of Orange

A few days ago, I shared some of the Summer Trends I’m Seeing for 2023, and one of the big ones is shades of orange.

More specifically, I’m seeing tons of apricot and tangerine hues in both solids and mixed palettes, and I’ve been especially drawn to combinations of orange, pink, and yellow. They look so good with all my denim bottoms!

Sanctuary tank (M) // PAIGE denim at Neiman Marcus or 20% off at Bloomies, also in petite sizes) (29) // Dolce Vita slides (8) // Kendra Scott hoops // Victoria Emerson bracelet // DIFF 54mm sunglasses

This Sanctuary Twisted Floral Tank was a Nordstrom find when I was at the mall last weekend. It was this gorgeous color palette that caught my eye, but then I honed in on it because of the twisted hem design and short length.

I’ve been looking for shorter tops to wear with high rise-wide leg jeans and denim skirts, and this tank is perfect! It also comes in solid colors, if prints aren’t your thing.

The cotton/rayon slub knit is lightweight and breathable and adds a nice texture to the look, and I appreciate the wide, bra-friendly straps.

My only concern is that it might shrink, so I’m going to be sure to wash it in cold water on the delicate cycle and lay it flat to dry. Size up, if in between; I’m wearing the medium.

These jeans are the PAIGE Anessa, and I’ve been waiting anxiously to start wearing them. It isn’t that they look bad with sneakers or clogs, but I think they look amazing with slide sandals.

The raw hem with subtle distressing and sandblasting on the thighs, along with the flowy wide-leg silhouette gives them a great beachy vibe. These jeans also come in petite sizes, and if you want a similar option for less, Old Navy makes these A-Line Wide Leg Jeans.

I realize wide leg jeans aren’t everyone’s cuppa tea, and a wedge sandal would elevate the look and might be more slimming, but I think this is a fun casual look for spring/summer.

Another top I picked up lately that plays into the shades of orange trend for summer is this Sunset Rays Graphic Tank.

I got quite an interesting reaction from my friends when I wore this tank featuring the Grateful Dead the other night.

I’m one of those girls who will not wear a “band tee” if I don’t like the band, but I really do enjoy their music. But more importantly, I love the colors and the design of this top.

I tucked this top into the AMO Welder Skirt. It has an A-line shape and a raw hem, and I think the way the front seam is designed is fun. Again, Old Navy has a similar look for less, but unfortunately, sizes are limited.

I love the idea of this look, but I feel like something isn’t quite right. I tucked this tank in all the way around, but I think the skirt needs to set a little higher, closer to my natural waist, to really look right. Or maybe I just need a tighter top that doesn’t create extra volume around my middle, which seems to be getting thicker by the day. #thanksmenopause

Anyway! I wore brown slide sandals with interlocking straps and carried my brown Dragon Diffusion woven tote.

I wasn’t quite ready to wear this outfit out and about; I took these pictures to see how it looked, and figured I would decide on it later. But then on the way home from the photo shoot, I had to stop at Trader Joe’s, so I was sort of forced into wearing it, and you know what? I survived, and no one pointed and laughed.

By the time I got back to the car, I was feeling kind of cute and enjoying wearing something different from my standard uniform. It made me realize that while this may not may not be the ideal silhouette for me, it’s on trend, and I like it, and life would be pretty boring we only wore the safe outfits.

So yeah, I think this one’s a keeper, but I’ll keep trying other tops with this skirt. I might find something I like even better.

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26 thoughts on “Summer Trend to Try: Shades of Orange

  1. I just bought that second tank (the Grateful Dead) and really like it. I kind of wish medium would have been available, but I will just have to be careful when I wash it – on delicate and lay flat to dry. Love the color, which was why I ordered it. 😉 I also bought the Choose Joy tank that you showed a few days ago, and got a ton of compliments at work.

  2. Good Morning! I love the Last graphic tee with the skirt. The colors match so pretty with the skirt. I don’t wear too many concert shirts because of my age but I love them to a point. I think the skirt and both tops looked great on you. So glad your daughter made it home safe. Hope you have a great weekend.
    Linda W.🌷

  3. I also love these color combos. Did you notice the rainbow in the second photo of the graphic tee?? So cool!

    AND, your best statement…”and life would be pretty boring if we only wore the safe outfits”. Agree!!!!

  4. My favorite outfit is the first one. The skirt is okay. I think it would look better above your knees. You have nice legs with no ugly veins (like me) so shorter hems look good on you. I love the orange trend. I’m an autumn so oranges and corals are my colors. Orange and pink prints are also a favorite of mine.

  5. I forgot to ask earlier. What do you think of the “fruit” trend? I see Loft and Old Navy have tops with fruit icons . Loft has prints with oranges. Maybe this should be a Saturday question.

    1. Yeah, I like the color palette of some of those but I can’t get behind the fruit prints. I don’t know why they are any different than floral, but they just are, lol.

  6. You look great in everything. The Grateful Dead tee is so cute.

    I have to admit, you have me so scared to hit menopause! Ladies, am I destined to gain ten pounds around my stomach due to it? Does your appetite increase or just dumb hormones? Regardless, you look fantastic, Jo Lynne!

    1. It’s not my appetite, it’s just hormonal, and a slower metabolism. I should have never stopped running. I’m trying to get back to it, or at least longer walks. I’ve been really lazy this winter.

  7. Good morning, I always enjoy your posts. Thank you. This is not a fashion question but I like your wooden patio lanterns. Can you share where did you purchase them? I am looking for something of the same. 🙂

  8. I really like that top and actually have it on my wish list, but I’m concerned that it’s too short to distract from my tummy bulge. It looks like where it stops would draw attention to an area I do t want to focus on.

  9. I can’t wear full-on orange, but I love peach and coral in summer. I think it’s because those colors go so well with white.
    About jeans skirts, I love the look, but it’s hard to find a jeans skirt that’s built for my body type (straight up and down, and short waisted). I don’t tuck in my tops, so that’s another issue. What kind of top can you wear with a jeans skirt and leave it untucked? I’d love to see you model that.

    1. You can wear one that is shorter and fitted, but it can look matronly. I tried one on with this same skirt in last week’s try-on haul, and that was the general consensus. I don’t usually tuck either, as I’m very short-waited, but I’m learning if the rise is high enough, it can work, because then the waist sits where my body naturally narrows a bit, but it definitely doesn’t look as good on me as it does on women with a smaller waist. If you are a rectangle body type (straighter from shoulders to hips) it is tricky. You can also try a front tuck, which creates some curves at the waist area, but it needs to be a top that isn’t super long, or it’s too much fabric. I think a front tuck works better with a lower rise skirt on those of us who are high-waisted.

  10. Thank you for your honest and matter-of-fact commentary around bodily changes, the need to go up a size on occasion, etc.. It means a lot.

  11. You look adorable in both outfits but I like the first one best. Thanks for your hard work to help us make us look better. Sherry

  12. So thankful your daughter made it home safely! An answered prayer for sure! I’m sure y’all are ready to get summer started. We definitely are. On “the countdown” we have one last stop before graduation. Our seniors do a “Senior Grad Walk” at the elementary and middle schools they attended. They will be helping in our car line, wearing their caps and gowns, getting kids out of the cars for the day. Then they will walk down those old halls one last time, while the younger kids clap and get excited for them! My 8th grader and my 3rd grader are SO looking forward to seeing their big brother do that! 🥹 Well, I certainly did not mean to ramble! Love these fun looks and gorgeous colors!

  13. I love a band tee and am in need of a new one– or two. However, most seem to be of very heavy fabric and the combo of a high crew neck and heavy fabric doesn’t hang well on me. So I’m looking for light-weight — and I have to like the band, as well!

  14. I love the first top. I wish they could make it so the pattern would match in the front where the seam is. I hate to see a large pattern broken off. love the woven bag and shoes also!

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