It is undoubtedly the season of Halloween in the city. Mini pumpkins are practically everywhere: tucked into storefront displays, perched on the bar ledge at downtown watering holes, and, of course, being sold by the dozens at the farmers market at Union Square. There’s also the inevitable onslaught of pumpkin-infused edibles and themed-candy-stuffed drugstore aisles.
This year, rather than give in and consume copious amounts of sugar, we’ve decided to take up a new challenge and find ways to wear the usually difficult hue of orange. Luckily, this fall’s offerings make the task a lot easier than anticipated, from a brightly hued faux-fur jacket to an eminently wearable checked sweater. Somehow, wearing orange has become a whole lot more appealing than eating it.
Kenzo’s leather-and-shearling long gloves are part Muppet and entirely fabulous. Slip on a neutral-hued jacket over your shoulders and these beauties will look stunning peeking out from underneath. $595. 449 West 14th Street (Ninth/Tenth Avenues); 212-206-1272; jeffreynewyork.com
Stick out from the sea of black coats on the city streets with Etro’s deliciously thick, wool coat. The loose fit and charming paisley lining make this an autumn staple. $2,120. 89 Greene Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 646-329-6929; etro.com
Leave it to ladylike label Preen to make orange downright chic. This asymmetric peplum top is made of thick wool-twill, and will look great paired with denim and heels. $1,555. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saksfifthavenue.com
The Toto sweater by Marc by Marc Jacobs is prep with a twist. The oversized graphic check motif looks ideal when paired with its matching skirt — seen on the fall 2014 runway, no less. $300. 403 Bleecker Street (West 11th/Bank Streets); 212-924-0026; marcjacobs.com
French fashion house Carven consistently makes pieces that are thoroughly feminine. Here, the label’s cozy, mohair-blend sweater is kitted out with two front pockets and button fastenings along the back. $620. 83 Mercer Street (Broome/Spring Streets); 646-684-4368; carven.com
Hannah Weiland, the brilliant designer behind Shrimps, makes faux-fur pieces that are true wardrobe standouts. The Agnes brushed felt biker jacket has a detachable orange collar and shiny gold zips. $840. 477 Broome Street (Wooster/Greene Streets); 212-941-9656; kirnazabete.com
Marni’s cotton-and-silk printed top has lovely pops of orange and navy that blend together for a dreamy, watercolor effect. Wear your blouse with slim slacks and you’re set for both work and play. $850. 161 Mercer Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-343-3912; marni.com
The neon-hued beanie has been popping up everywhere as of late, from atop model Cara Delevingne’s blond locks to street-style stars. It instantly douses any ensemble with a dose of cool and quirk — Opening Ceremony’s orange version is the perfect foray into the trend. $40. 35 Howard Street (Broadway/Lafayette); 212-219-2688; openingceremony.us
Tie-dyed in vibrant orange-and-red hues and made of a textured jacquard, this pencil skirt by Stella McCartney elevates the office wardrobe basic. Tuck a crisp, white oxford into yours and pair it with simple black pumps. $740. 112 Greene Street (Prince/Spring Streets); 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
This darling, striped rib-knit top by Givenchy will make you smile each time you pull it on. The contrasting olive green-and-orange will look as fetching in the fall as it will come spring. $1,250. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com