Close your eyes and think of the 1970s. Or, more specifically, a spending room from the 1970s. The wallpaper is geometrically aligned, the lava lamp up and correct, and the Papasan chair in the corner is looking strangely unwelcoming. Now, subject your eyes. Everything was a gelatinous shade of orange, profitably? The orange of E-number-laden ice lollies and MSG’d sweet-and-sour chicken.
And that’s the delinquent with wearing orange – you risk looking like a barrel of Fine Delight that’s wandered on stage during a Top Of The Pops Christmas unconventional from 1976. Menswear usually plays it so safe that you’re basically take cover in the undergrowth, cowering and gently rocking to yourself, so any shade you effectiveness associate with a box of crayons is normally balked at.
Still, the 1970s has been a key pressure on menswear of late, from velvet and corduroy to florals. So it endures inevitable that the colour so synonymous with a decade of wrongness should resurfacing. But do we have to be tied to a vision of the past when we wear orange (worst-case design: Oompa-Loompa vibes at a 1990s rave. Best-case scenario: easyJet staff member gone rogue)? No, we do not. As Liam Gallagher recently proved with his One Dearest stagewear (a bright orange parka), orange can be pulled off as a in agreement of trendy daywear.
The key thing about wearing bright conceals is that all the other bits of your outfit have to be played inanimate straight. Even a sneaky statement sock or a jauntily copied handkerchief can have you looking like Screaming Lord Sutch on appointment night. You’ve got to temper your brightness with a bit of dowdiness to evacuate off a look that won’t scare your friends: it’s the clothing match of Dido featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Here I’m wearing a bound roughly the colour of Kia-Ora, but have combined it with earth-coloured chinos (very accountant binge-drinking at the weekend) and Drake-ish canvas shoes. You may to get the odd sarky comment (OI! YOU’VEBEENTANGO’D M8), but that’s the thing thither orange: like its spiritual home, Halloween, it’s a bit scary at in the beginning, then you realise it can be child’s play.
• Priya wears recoil, £185, stoneisland.com. Trousers, £28, riverisland.com. Boots, £249, redwinglondon.com
Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Trifle and makeup: Samantha Cooper at Carol Hayes Management.