Orange you glad?

Is it true that nothing rhymes with “orange”?

Why is it that the name “Macaroni and Cheese” makes an orange Crayola crayon far more appealing than any other stick of wax in the box?

Do the orange gummy bears really taste different than the other colors?

Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers to these head-scratchers. If you need to waste a few hours, though, try Googling them and share your opinion on any of the numerous (and surprisingly passionate) discussion boards.

While my knowledge about certain aspects of this bold color is limited, there is one thing I know for certain about orange. Are you ready for this? Fans of grays, mauves and other muted tones, hold onto your taupe hats because — drumroll, please — orange is the official “it” color of 2012.

If you haven’t taken a trip to the beauty salon or stood in line at the grocery store without children dangling from your arms recently, then you’ve likely missed the many magazine covers that are promoting this fiery fashion choice.

Never fear, though. I’ve included a video below from the savvy editors at the Wall Street Journal. (If you’re not a WSJ subscriber, you may want to consider it. I think it’s well worth the money. Fun fact: They discuss more than just fashion at that prestigious paper.)

So, what do you think? Will you be trading in your browns and navy blues for a sun-kissed shade of orange?

I must admit that Christina Binkley’s warning about this new “it” color potentially becoming the awful avocado of the ’70s has me worried. I wasn’t alive when someone made the dreadful mistake of slapping that sad, mushy color all over everything from drapes to pantsuits, and I’m grateful for that. (There are a number of things about the ’70s I’m glad I missed. Hot pants, anyone?)

So when we flaunt orange handbags and ballet flats next year, do we run the risk of giving our children just one more reason to question our sanity?

Perhaps. But I think our future children and grandchildren are bound to roll their eyes regardless of what we wear or how we tease our hair, so I say, “Welcome, orange.” I will embrace you in all your many shades and in most of your many possible applications.

I draw the line at orange eye makeup, though. I must stop somewhere. I want my children to believe me when I tell them to wear sunscreen and brush their teeth. Because those things, unlike an orange trench coat, aren’t likely to go out of style anytime soon.

  • Shauna

    Good thing I'm wearing an orange scarf today! Haha. Love your blog!

  • Emily

    You're so sweet, Shauna, and you're always very fashionable :)