Do you remember this song: “I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush”? That’s what sprung to mind when I put this outfit together. Having done a little research it seems Orange Crush by R.E.M isn’t as cheerful as I thought; there’s much speculation that it refers to Agent Orange used in Vietnam. That kinda kills the happy vibe! Despite that, it remains the only R.E.M song that I like. Apparently Orange Crush is also a brand of fizzy drink, so maybe that’s a better comparison.
I’ve worn these trousers on the blog twice before – including for last week’s link up post with the matching vintage shirt and bag. The muted marigold shade is very versatile and looks great with contrasting colours. However, I couldn’t resist trying them with this bright orange top that I found on eBay. The top is very 80s, so not really my favourite era fashion-wise, but I love the colour and the fancy details. It’s one of those pieces that I had no idea what I’d wear it with. However, I thought it was worth taking a chance. I’m glad that I did. I like it with the cut of these trousers so I will try pairing it with others in the same style but in a contrasting colour.
I knew exactly which shoes and jewellery I wanted to wear with this outfit. However, I was a bit stumped when it came to choosing a bag. Orange would have been too, well, orange. But a contrasting colour would have ruined the monochrome look. Then I remembered this velvet bag and it finished off the outfit perfectly…it even matches the centre section of my earrings. I would never have thought to wear this top with these trousers, but seeing them side by side made me curious. It’s funny how unexpected combinations turn out to be favourites. I’ve certainly got my orange crush!
Blouse from eBay | Zara trousers (from eBay) | Miss Sixty sandals (old) | Mango bracelet and earrings (old) | Oasis bag (old) | Roberto Cavilli sunglasses
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