Inspirationail’s Colour School – What to Wear with Reddish-Orange

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Inspirationail's Colour SchoolWelcome to the reddish-orange week of Team Inspirationail’s Colour School, if you haven’t already be sure to check out lessons on the basics & colour combos. We’ve already covered red, pink, yellow, green, grey, black, white, brown, beige, blue, orange & purple and this week we are looking at the best colours to match with rusty reddish-orange.

An Educated Guess

Reddish-orange is a colour that Team Inspirationail loves for autumn, but it should also be enjoyed during other times of the year. Not quite as bold as classic orange, reddish-orange is a colour that we think looks great in clothing, accessories, makeup and yes, even nails!

Here are a few tips you can utilize to help you decide what to wear with your favourite reddish-orange.

Reliable Reddish-Orange

Beyond being an autumn staple, this is a colour that makes a splash year round, and because it is a warm shade it looks great on almost any skin tone. However, remember that this is a deep, intense colour and should always be matched with colours of equal intensity.

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Skin Tone Matters

This is a deep colour that some of us at Team Inspirationail prefer to red, it’s a little softer, but every bit as fiery. Lighter skinned divas can enjoy almost any shade of reddish-orange, but should avoid overly creamy or matte shades. Darker skinned lovelies look great in most shades as well, but should also avoid creams & mattes as well as sheer pastels.

Tertiary Reddish-Orange

We love this colour almost anywhere under the right circumstances and it can easily transfer into accessories & cosmetics. Reddish-orange is a tertiary colour so it is slightly more muted than the bright primary & secondary colours. Our advice is to opt for warm luxurious fabrics, slim-cut items & bold accessories. To learn more about tertiary colours be sure to check out our colour basics lesson. There are several ways you can use the colour wheel to help you decide what to wear with your reddish-orange.

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Complimentary Colours

Complimentary colours are opposite to each other on the colour wheel and have a high degree of contrast. Luckily, the compliment to reddish-orange is bluish-green, and that’s actually not a bad match. Try iridescent sea greens, glittering grass greens or deep ocean blues.

Analogous Colours

Analogous colours are directly next to each other on the colour wheel, so they are monochrome & often an easier match. Reddish-orange’s nearest neighbors are red and orange, both of which are rather difficult to match with such a deep orange. If you are feeling unique, try bright cherry reds, intense happy oranges or deep vivid cranberries.

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Triad Colours

Triad colours are equally spaced out along the colour wheel & similar to compliments they offer high contrast matches. In reddish-orange’s case it’s yellowish-green & bluish-purple (both also tertiary colours). Both of these options actually provide great matches for warm, lusty oranges. Try warm limes, sparkling violets or velvety midnight purples.


Split-complimentary colours start with one base colour and then takes the two colours next to it’s compliment. Sounds confusing, but the concept is simple. When we use reddish-orange as our base, it’s split-compliments are blue and green. While bright, both of these shades can work with our base colour. Try brilliant grass greens, bold navy blues or natural leafy greens.

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Inspirationail’s Picks

We like using our colour wheel to help find combinations we’d never have come up with. However, we also rely heavily on our keen fashion sense to help with matching (luckily we have loads of that). For reddish-oranges we like shimmering silvers, soft sophisticated neutrals or deep charcoals.

Your Two Cents

In the end, you have to make the decision…you are the one wearing the reddish-orange. We’ve given you a few new ideas (and a few tried & true ones). Please leave us your deep orange-matching ideas in the comments below, we’d love to hear your ideas! Be sure to also check out the Inspirationail Colour School lesson round-up.


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