Style Advice for Baltimore Sports Fans: How to Manage Purple/Orange Friday

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How to wear purple and orange together

These are the kinds of complaints it’s fun to have:  it’s late September, and the O’s are making a glorious late-season bid for the playoffs, while the football season is getting underway. Purple Friday has long been a traditional way for Ravens fans to show support for their team… but then Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake called for “Orange Friday,” too. So how is a dedicated Baltimore sports fan supposed to display his/her team spirit? Why, with an exciting purple/orange outfit, of course. Some suggestions and fashion tips below:

Last spring, Glamour declared purple and orange “two of the chicest colors on the wheel this season, especially when they’re worn together.” Okay, it’s no longer that season any more, but we think the fashion mag’s advice still holds:  opt for the darker versions of the colors (eggplant; rust) for a toned-down option. Or you can always add some zing with your accessories — coral shoes or an orange handbag, for example.

The Daily Mail attempts an awkward coinage:  Porange. Tip #1:  don’t call it that. The Mail warns against harsh oranges, and argues in favor of color blocking (that’s wearing a big chunk of one color and then a big chunk of another, rather than patterning it up) to calm the potential craziness.

How to wear purple and orange together
Pop star MIA color blocks with the best of them in 2011
How to wear purple and orange together
Even Gucci approves!

The stylists that the Daily Mail polled recommended putting some kind of buffer between the orange and purple halves of your outfit:  “Some celebrity stylists will insist that an expanse of midriff is best. Others say a gold or aqua belt works nicely.”

How to wear purple and orange together
If Princess Di did it, so can you

As for men, there’s always the classic (well, classic-ish) purple shirt/orange tie combo:

Or just go all out; this man’s suit looks as though it’s cranberry red, but it’s actually a rare purple/orange pinstripe pattern:

How to wear purple and orange together



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