How To Wear Orange Dresses: 6 Ways Celebrities Wear Them

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After the popularity boom of cherry pink, orange has been making its rounds in the makeup industry for a few seasons now — and it looks like the color trend is steadily trickling down to the fashion industry.

Known to be quite versatile for its ability to go from a bright neon shade to a more subdued reddish one, the orange trend maintains its popularity with celebrities on and off the red carpet.

Here are six of our handpicked celebrity looks.

1. Taylor Swift in Red-Orange

Veering slightly away from her usual red lip shade, Taylor Swift decided to lean a little bit into the orange array by sporting a red-orange look while ironically promoting her then newly released single, “Red.”

Taylor Swift switches on Christmas lights at the Westfield London Shopping CentreTaylor Swift switches on Christmas lights at the Westfield London Shopping Centre in Shepherd’s Bush in London, England, on November 6, 2012

This girl definitely knew how to play with her sexy and sweet image with a sleeved dress that showed off just the right amount of legs.

Wear a lip color of the same red-orange hue and choose nude and gold as a supporting palette so as not to steal the spotlight from the main color.

Shop her look:

Orange dress with nude pumps and accessoriesPlenty by Tracy Reese Fashionable Firecracker Dress, $137.99 / Salvatore Ferragamo Susi 100 Patent Nude Pumps, $450 / Chloé Blush “Elsie” Grain Leather Shoulder Bag (Large), $1,895 / Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick in Spicy Orange, $27 / Irene Neuwirth Rainbow Moonstone & Gold Bracelet, £1,496 / Shy by Sydney Evan Hamsa Necklace with Diamond, $150

2. Myleene Klass in Lace Dress

Class is definitely what you’ll expect from the lovely Myleene Klass (our apologies for the bad pun) as she pulls out yet another gorgeous look in an orange lace dress from a past Anthropologie collection.

Myleene Klass at Jonathan Shalit's 50th birthday partyMyleene Klass at Jonathan Shalit’s 50th birthday party in London, England, on April 17, 2012

This English beauty paired her dress with nude pumps and metallic orange lips.

We recommend going over-the-top and throwing in a pair of orange patent pointed-toe heel beauties into the equation.

Shop her look:

Orange lace pencil dress with matching pumps and accessories Topshop Premium Lace Pencil Dress, £78 / Valentino Rockstud Pumps, $605.08 / Coast Perla Clutch, £60 / Sisley Hydrating Long-Lasting Lipstick in L30, £30 / Marco Bicego Delicati 18k Yellow-Gold Interlocking Link Bracelet, $595 / Tory Burch Lace Drop Earrings, $195

3. Naomie Harris in Ankle-Length Dress

Quickly becoming an icon of sophisticated statuesque fashion, Naomie Harris schools us on the how-tos of wearing an ankle-length orange dress.

Naomie Harris in an orange dress at the Elle Style AwardsNaomie Harris in an orange dress at the Elle Style Awards held at the Savoy in London, England, on February 11, 2013

Cinch the waist of this gorgeous pleated number by the talented Victoria Beckham using a slim black belt, and strengthen the look by echoing the black straps with minimalist heels.

Grab a gold clutch and some sparse gold accessories to sophisticate the playful look. Stick to neutral makeup to keep your ensemble looking polished.

Shop her look:

Orange pleated silk chiffon dress with black sandals and accessories Victoria Beckham Orange Pleated Silk Chiffon Dress, £830 / Manolo Blahnik Chaos, $725 / Kotur Espey Clutch, $450 / Kojis Gold Optical Diamond Line Bracelet, £1,975 / Michael Kors Disc Necklace, $95 / Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in Baby Lips, $23 / Jane Iredale Purepressed Eye Shadow Kit, Perfectly Nude, £39.95

4. Eva Longoria in Shift Dress

Fashion journalist Nina Garcia once said that a girl should always have a sizable amount of shift dresses in her closet, and this gorgeous orange number by Eva Longoria just about proved her point.

Albeit already a variation from its original definition, the modern shift dress tends to be a bit more forgiving when putting emphasis on the waistline.

Eva Longoria wears a modern shift dress while arriving back at her hotel in LondonEva Longoria wears a modern shift dress while arriving back at her hotel in London, England, on May 29, 2012

Rock this look with classy ankle-strap pointed-toe pumps in nude, and pick out a combination clutch to go with it. Pop a gold cuff onto your wrist, and you’re all set from morning until night.

Shop her look:

Orange dress with ankle-strap shoes and accessories Joseph Sara Crepe Dress, £344.46 / Schutz Pointed-Toe D’Orsay Pumps, Imra High Heels, $180 / Victoria Beckham Two-Tone Leather Clutch, £350 / Arme de L’Amour Gold-Plated Cuff, £280 / MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, $16 / Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette Eye on Neutral 02, $19.99

5. Julianne Hough in Peplum

Nope, peplum isn’t dead yet; au contraire, this waist-defining silhouette just got a fresh makeover as its orange variants start popping up everywhere.

Julianne Hough styled hers in a refreshing way by ditching the nudes and pulling out her metallic heels.

Julianne Hough leaving the Svedka Splash of Summer Party Julianne Hough leaving the Svedka Splash of Summer Party in Los Angeles on June 26, 2013

Pair it with a textured box or a structured clutch to balance out the femininity of the peplum’s orange ruffles.

Shop her look:

Orange scuba peplum pencil dress with metallic heels and accessoriesRiver Island Orange Scuba Peplum Pencil Dress, £50 / Kate Spade New York “Liliana” Metallic Snake-Print Pumps, $328 / Jimmy Choo Cosma Swarovski Crystal-Embellished Clutch, £1,425 / Boticca Gold-and-Black Drop Earrings, $99 / Lizzie Fortunato Jewels Pebbles T-Bar Cuff, $280 / Yves Saint Laurent Le Rouge Pur Couture 56, £22.50 / Estée Lauder Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo, $32

6. Heather Graham in Geometric Dress

Who would have thought that the eternally sweet-looking Heather Graham would slip into this geometric dress and rock it?

Heather Graham wearing a Robert Rodriguez dress and a Graziela Gems bangle at the Goodbye to All That premiereHeather Graham wearing a Robert Rodriguez dress and a Graziela Gems bangle at the Goodbye to All That premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival at the SVA Theater in New York on April 17, 2014

If you want to go a little crazier with the colors, we recommend wearing a dominantly orange graphic dress with a pair of strappy neon sandals and a combination clutch.

Make sure to pick out accessory colors based on the palette of the dress. Finish the look with barely-there makeup.

Shop her look:

Graphic-print dress with neon orange sandals and accessoriesPeter Pilotto Graphic-Print Dress, $2,020 / Jimmy Choo “Dame” Caged Leather Booties in Neon Flame, $995 / Victoria Beckham Two-Tone Leather Clutch, £425 / Janis by Janis “Savitt” Gold Amethyst and Red Crystal Cocktail Ring, $175 / Linn Gate Chain Collar in Gold, £6 / Dolce & Gabbana Classic Cream Lipstick in Nude 120, $33 / Lancôme “Color Design” Shadow & Liner Palette, $50

Several years have passed since color company Pantone selected ‘tangerine tango’ as the color of the year for 2012, but it looks like fashion still hasn’t had enough of orange.

We’ve been spotting bursts of the citrusy color here and there. This could either mean that fashion still hasn’t moved on from orange, or that the bright colors of spring are just up ahead!

Katy Perry in an Alexander McQueen Resort 2013 halter gown at the Grammys was the first to make us sit up and take notice of the crushable hue. The dress’s jeweled neckline and Katy’s stark black hair really brought out the orange.

Celebrities wearing orange dresses on the red carpetCelebrities wearing orange dresses on the red carpet: Katy Perry at the MusiCares 2013 Person of the Year Tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen in Los Angeles on February 8, 2013; Naomie Harris at the Elle Style Awards 2013 in London on February 11, 2013

Naomie Harris then brightened up the red carpet at the Elle Style Awards 2013 in her Roksanda Ilincic Pre-Fall 2013 ankle-length dress. You can see a bit of the contrasting pink back panel, which makes the orange pop even more.

It was a deluge of orange dresses after that. Rachel Weisz showed up to the ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ LA premiere in a red-orange Victoria Beckham Spring 2013 gown.

Emma Stone brought summer to the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in a white and orange Stella McCartney Spring 2013 shift dress.

Also, Julie Bowen shook things up at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards in a spaghetti-strapped gown with a drape front that revealed the satiny side of the dress’s fabric.

Celebrities wearing orange dresses on the red carpetCelebrities wearing orange dresses on the red carpet: Rachel Weisz at the Los Angeles premiere of ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’ in Hollywood on February 13, 2013; Emma Stone at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in Berlin on February 15, 2013; Julie Bowen at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards in Los Angeles on February 17, 2013

Get on board with this orange dress red carpet trend and get ready to be outstanding!

Take your pick from our orange dress choices inspired by these celebrities’ red carpet dresses.

Statuesque Long Orange Gowns

Statuesque Long Orange GownsSavee Couture Long Halter Dress, $214; Calvin Klein Collection “Nyx” Sleeveless Gown, $3,495; Roberto Cavalli Pointelle-Knit Long-Sleeve Maxi Dress, $2,670

Flowy Orange Flared Frocks

Flowy Orange Flared FrocksTadashi Shoji Fit-and-Flare Lace Cocktail Dress, $395; Vionnet Long Dress, $4,180; Diane von Furstenberg “Yakira” Silk Dress, $865

Short and Sassy Orange Dresses

Short and Sassy Orange DressesErin Fetherston Colorblock Shift Dress, $225; Roksanda Ilincic Wool Crepe and Cotton Tweed Dress, $1,424; Trina Turk “Edgewater” Embellished Silk Shift Dress, $368

Credit: Andres Otero / Daniel Deme / Ryan / WENN / Adriana M. Barraza/ Lia Toby / Nikki Nelson / Brian To

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