She Leads, You Follow: OINTB Orangecon Edition

On Thursday, June 11, the orange carpet was rolled out for the stars of Orange is the New Black as the third season of the hit show on Netflix went live. And although the third season going live on Netflix is something to be excited about, the fashion on their Orangecon orange carpet certainly ‘arrested’ our attention. Here are just a few of THL’s favorite looks from the ladies of Orange is the New Black:

“Crazy Eyes”(aka Uzo Aduba) looks far from crazy in this gorgeous color-blocked gown. This gown not only pairs two beautiful colors together, it also pairs two textures: the bodice is crafted in a sunshine yellow leather, while the skirt is done in a turquoise chiffon. The cut of this dress is perfect for Aduba’s frame, with the yellow leather ending right in her natural waistline and the skirt pulling away from her hips into a slight A-line, while the thigh-high slit gives the fairly conservative dress just a hint of sexiness. Aduba paired the gown with neutral gold heel with a matching gold frame clutch, keeping her accessories quite minimal.

While Aduba kept her look sweet and simple, Laverne Cox walked the orange carpet in a much edgier look. Cox wore a leather motorcycle jacket, which she styled with a grey top tied at the waist and a black pencil skirt. What gives this outfit its true edge is its accessories: a spikey silver statement necklace, black leather driving gloves and black beaded pointy-toe pumps. The beading on Cox’s pumps isn’t just any kind of beading; this beading mimics the look studs, adding just a little roughness to something as girly as sparkly beading.

Color-blocking seemed to be the trend of the night, as Danielle Brooks also strut her stuff down the orange carpet in a color-blocked ensemble, this time in classic black and white. Brooks paired a simple black top with a white semi-sheer midi skirt, allowing Brooks to show a little bit of skin while still maintaining some modesty. She accessorized her outfit with a thick black and silver belt to accentuate her narrow waist, along with a marbled black and white clutch, a simple silver bracelet and sexy black lace-up heels.

Just because her look was simple doesn’t mean it’s not a showstopper! Vicky Jeudy wowed in this white-hot, one-shouldered jumpsuit that was tailored to perfection. Jeudy kept the styling of her outfit very minimalistic, wearing only nude single-strap heels and a long earring. What’s great about Jeudy’s jumpsuit is that not only is it dressy enough to walk the red carpet, but it is also a comfortable option – her jumpsuit even has pockets that blend right into the pleating around her waist!

Here are a few things to remember from the leading ladies of Orange is the New Black:

  1. Go for color-blocking – Both Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks wore color-blocked outfits to Orangecon, but both did so in different ways. Aduba went for bolder colors, but was sure to wear colors that had the same base; the turquoise in the skirt has a base of yellow, allowing to create a unified look with the yellow top. Brooks went for a more classic pairing with black and white, but she wore a semi-sheer skirt and bolder accessories to provide a fresh take on a timeless combination.
  2. Don’t be afraid to be a little edgy – Laverne Cox incorporated a lot of edgier pieces into her look, from her leather motorcycle jacket to her driving gloves to her pumps. If you liked her edgy look, but are afraid of looking too avant-garde, try incorporating one piece at a time into your outfits. For example, start out with a motorcycle jacket paired with something a little softer; leather and lace is always a great combination – the leather adds some toughness to the lace, while the lace can help to soften the severity of the motorcycle style. Or try pump like Cox’s that mimics the look of studs while keeping the girliness of the sparkly beading.
  3. Simple is a good thing – As Vicky Jeudy showed us, simple doesn’t mean boring. Sometimes, wearing a simpler outfit allows for the finer details of the clothing and accessories to be seen and truly appreciated. And what’s more: keeping your outfits simple and minimal can allow for not only the beauty of the clothing to be seen, but also for your true beauty to shine through!

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