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Snap Poll: Would You Wear Black and Orange?

Sandro's spring collection

On the surface, it’s a simple analogy: red, white and blue outfits are to the Fourth of July as black and orange ones are to Halloween.

And since I’ve already prodded you about where or not it's okay to wear red, white and blue ensembles (too festive, too cheesy?), you’d probably think I’d just roll that feedback over to black and orange.

But I don’t actually think it’s that simple.

It’s a matter of frequency: red, white and blue is way more common than orange and black, since it's so much easier to do by default (blue jeans, white tee, red jacket, boom). Orange and black, on the other hand, isn’t something that's you wear by accident. Most girls I know would have to actively try to cook up that combo; orange pumps and tangerine blazers aren't wardrobe staples in their worlds.

And that all makes perusing Sandro’s spring collection even more interesting than usual. So, so much of it is orange and black. The line’s French, so the hesitation about theme-y Halloween outfits probably isn’t there, but it's still a bit of a head-scratcher.

If they were worried about losing American customers, Sandro probably wouldn't have made orange and black the focus of their collection. Which means they assume the colors' ties to Halloween aren't really that big of deal. I'd agree, and I like the way the colors look together. But, honestly, I wouldn't wear them in October, for fear of looking like an overzealous, holiday-obsessed girl. The other 11 months of the year, I think the color combination's unexpected, punchy flavor is pretty great—especially in the options below. Do you agree?

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