STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Channel Orange

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Block colours come and go: from emerald greens, fuchsia pinks and rosy reds. But coming back on the scene is the blazing hue of orange. Peachy tones, blood oranges, burnt oranges and shimmery metallics are hitting the streets and the runways. From Victoria Beckham to Peter Som, everywhere you look is literally Clockwork Orange.

Channelling orange is a big thing right now so I thought I would make up a few theories as to why everyone is embracing the bright colour: first, perhaps it is the transition from summer to fall — striking sunrise and sunset hues with the thought of autumn leaves. Two: there wasn’t a balance between the two major colours last season: the heavily-used red and flamboyant neon yellow stood out on their own. Maybe that’s why they decided to mix the two! Three: I thought about my Chinese heritage and the meaning of specific colours; red means luck and yellow means fortune, but there is no specific meaning for the colour orange. Thus, wearing orange brings luck and fortune at the same time. Simple as that.

If orange is now known to be a lucky fortune, we need to embrace the bold colour! Striking as red, but mellow like yellow, the blazing orange hues will immediately brighten up your day. Like this Fashionista I found on campus, if you want to downplay the orange wear a hint of the colour with a simple skirt or dress — an easy way to brighten your outfit on a gloomy fall day. Add extra fall colours such as a plum knit to keep the happy colours intact. Or if you really want to stand out from the crowd, be strong and wear a suit. To stay in trend this season, wear the suit together and rock the androgynous look or consider wearing the separates. Either wear the orange tailored pant with a polka-dot blouse or the blazer with a light blue shirt and leather pants. Add extra accessories like a chic pair of heels. I couldn’t go past by mentioning Frank Ocean’s album title but go by his words and channel orange!

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