How to wear sunset tones of yellow and orange from head to toe

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We take a deep dive into the newest colours of the season – sunset shades of fiery orange, mustard yellow and Kalahari reds.
Move over Millennial Pink, there’s a new set of shades in town. Kalahari reds, fiery oranges, mustard yellows and burnt cinnamon are front and centre this season, as seen on some of our favourite celebrities – including Priyanka Chopra, who was seen out and about in the Big Apple wearing a layered look of yellows. Here are the best ways to incorporate this palette into your spring wardrobe.
Written by: Emma Follett-Botha


For a colourful take on the coveted and classic plain white tee, try layering a crochet crop top over it and teaming it with a pleated checked skirt in complementary shades. Finish the look with a rust-coloured belted bag and a pair of red-hot strappy heels worn with white socks.

Free 2BU boxy T-shirt 129.95; Free 2BU crochet vest top 229.95; Free 2BU checked pleated skirt 279.95; Accessorize beaded tassel earrings 299; Accessorize layered necklace 199; stacking rings (set of 4) (worn throughout) 79.95; Accessorize crossbody bag 499; belt stylist’s own


One of the ways to make your mark with this trend is to embrace a feminine silhouette. An off-the-shoulder dress with '70s-style broderie anglaise or eyelet detail softens the boldness of the colour. Keep it flowy or cinch in the waist by adding an obi-style belt, and throw on a pair of strappy pointed-toe heels in a matching colour.

Kelso cold-shoulder dress 299.95; Accessorize beaded earrings 199; Accessorize earrings (set of 3) 149; Accessorize bangles (set of 6) 299; Aldo chain-strap bag 799; Free 2BU transparent-detail heels 349.95; Vogue sunglasses 1590


A cute romper in a vintage scarf print is one of the best ways to subtly wear this marigold colour if you’re not brave enough to wear it head to toe. You can always add on a relaxed white linen shirt, unbuttoned, which will downplay the brightness of the yellow.

Free 2BU chain-print jumpsuit 249.95; Forever New linen shirt 799; chunky necklace 129.95; chunky chain 79.95; Accessorize earrings (set of 3) 149; Footwork patent sandal heels 549.95


Who would have thought that layering a crop over a shirt was even allowed by the fashion gods? Create a masculine/feminine contrast by throwing a crochet V-neck crop top over a short-sleeved shirt in a classic print such as paisley. Button the shirt right up to the top to keep the look fresh and modern. If you’re feeling really daring, pair the ensemble with a pair of wide-legged or palazzo-style pants, leather belted bag, strappy heels and a cute and casual bucket hat.

Free 2BU printed shirt 299.95; Free 2BU crochet vest top 249.95; Jo Borkett wide-leg pants 899; Free 2BU belt bag 299.95; Accessorize earrings 149; Kelso bangle 79.95; Steve Madden strappy sandal heels 1299; hat stylist’s own


If stripes are more your scene, slip on a twinset – this matching crop top and skirt combo is showing no signs of disappearing any time soon. The vertical stripes will elongate the body, and the subtle strip of skin will draw attention to the smallest part of the waist.

Free 2BU striped top 199.95; Free 2BU striped skirt 279.95; Accessorize beaded tassel earrings 299; Free 2BU cuff bangle (set of 4) 99.95; Free 2BU body chain 99.95;

complete the look

Use yellow eye shadow
For a head-turning look perfect for a special occasion or night on the town, pack on a bright yellow eye shadow, concentrating on the base of the lid and creating a rounded shape up to the crease. Keep your eyes bare to really make the electric yellow pop.

MAC eye shadow in nice energy 265 (as seen on model); Kelso floral cold shoulder dress 499.95; Accessorize circle earrings 249; Free 2BU bangles (set of 4) 99.95; stacking rings (set of 4) 79.95

Try the orange lip
Ruby reds and blue tones are taking a backseat to make way for full-on tangerine queen colours. The coral lip is especially suited to darker skin tones, and with a dusting of gold eyeshadow, you’ll be good to go.

Bobbi Brown Luxe Liquid Lip Velvet Matte in Blood Orange 550 (as seen on model) SHOP NOW; Free 2BU maxi dress 349.95; Accessorize beaded tassel earrings 299

Fashion editor: Brittany Penebre. Junior fashion editor: Rushana Burton. Photographer: Paulo Toureiro/Hero. Hair & make-up: Shahnaz Cola Wrensh/SNCM. Model: Tanya/Ice.

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