Color Combo I’m Loving: Camel + Black + Tangerine


Have you ever noticed that black pants, while a staple, actually look good with very little?  Black pants are often the default bottom layer in a rather tired work uniform.  Or what we throw on when we want to look dressier, but don't really want to try.  

"I don't know…I guess I could just throw on my black pants."


So I'm kinda excited about this color combo.  If you haven't heard, the Pantone 2012 Color Of The Year (Which Is A Very Big Deal Hence The Capitol Letters) is Tangerine Tango.  Aka this:

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Pretty, no?   I love how it's a softer version of a bright orange, but still retains all of the impact of the bright, bright orange.  Surprisingly flattering, also.

Anyway, this color has been making it's way down the runways for…well, actually, for a couple of years now.  But lately it has been paired up by retailers with camel and black.  The camel adds a richness to the palette, the black grounds it, and the tangerine is fresh and fun.  When paired with black pants, the look is cohesive…intentional.  Not like you just threw on black pants because you weren't sure what else would go.  You can wear black and camel and orange like you mean it.  


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(photo credits: J.Crew,


Of course, if you are really lazy (and yes. yes I am), you can just use a pop of orange lipstick to perk up the ol' black & tan.


 (wearing: J.Brand cropped denim, J.Crew sweater, happy socks)

It's amazing what a little Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur can do. 



The color is "Le Orange", people.  Not orange, but Le Orange.  Not gonna lie, I kinda love that.  Being, you know, so fancy and all (in my striped socks).




ps.  We have a new winner for the Ashley Ann Snapshop course…Courtney L?  Shoot us an email!!





  1. I just want to say you look super pretty in the last photo! So photogenic and it’s so natural. Very cute. 🙂 Love the camel/black/orange thing too… great idea!

  2. Shana – I dropped you an email about a consultation for my sister – style-challenged and super busy mom of two. Could you do it? Pls delete this comment if it was inappropriate to put it here!
    K. Hensley

  3. Thanks for such sweet comments, Mamas. And Robin – the sweater was a total find…in Michigan. All of my scores that sell out everywhere I almost always find when I go home for a visit…

  4. You tempted me to try orange lipstick & i found 2 at the drugstore that are fabulous! Cover girl’s “burn” is gorgeous (deep & dramatic) as is revlon’s “abstract orange” (more sheer for easy daytime wear). Thanks for the inspiration!

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