Orange and Beyond: Who Wore It Best?


Traffic-cone orange shirts and outfits are all the rage! It’s a subtle, timeless look that can be modified for both casual and elegant environments. Some may say it’s too bright, but not us! Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable orange looks in film and TV. Who do you think wore it best?

Poe Dameron (with bonus BB-8), Star Wars saga

Image courtesy Disney/Lucasfilm.

Everyone’s favorite Resistance pilot can pull off just about any look, but we think you’ll agree this orange jumpsuit is in a class of its own. As if the uniform alone isn’t orange enough, he’s often accompanied by BB-8, who has adorable orange accents.

Velma, Scooby-Doo

Image courtesy Hanna-Barbera.

Velma Dinkley has been rocking the baggy orange turtleneck (and knee high socks) since 1969! This comfy dependable look is perfect for any monster hunting, mystery solving adventure.

Taron Egerton as Elton John, Rocketman

Image courtesy Paramount Pictures.

How does one sum up the magnificence of this orange devil costume in just a few sentences?! From the opening scene of Elton walking into the rehab, to the first musical number, to the group therapy, to the powerful ending of “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” this outfit plays such a great role in the movie and storytelling of Elton’s life throughout those years.

Leloo, The Fifth Element

Image courtesy Gaumont Buena Vista International.

This is the costume that launched a thousand cosplays. Not content to just wear the color orange in subtle suspender form, Leloo showed true commitment to the craft by dying her hair orange as well.

Charlie, Hereditary

Image courtesy A24.

Perhaps the creepiest child in recent movie memory, Charlie also has excellent fashion sense. Her bright orange sweatshirt is comfy, cozy, and perfect for standing out in a crowd or keeping you warm as you hang out the window of a speeding car gasping for air … you know, just in case that’s something you were looking for.

Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Image courtesy Lionsgate.

Effie Trinket has many outstanding looks, but a dress made entirely of monarch butterflies is easily one of her best. The details! The headpiece! It’s almost enough to make you forget the child murder and totalitarian regime. Splendid job, Effie.

From Resistance pilots and mystery solvers to rock stars and Supreme Beings, these are just a few of the most memorable orange outfits in pop culture history! With iconic outfits such as these, it’s clear to us that ‘Traffic-Cone Orange’ should be everyone’s go-to outfit color. With that being said, who do you think wore it best?


Nicole joined Nerds and Beyond in 2019 and is excited to finally get back into writing. As a life-long nerdy fangirl from New Jersey, she loves Supernatural and its fandom as well as anything Wayward, Kings of Con, Lucifer, Wynonna Earp, and the musical Bandstand. She’s constantly listening to Louden Swain, The Station Breaks, Briana Buckmaster, The Avett Brothers, The Mots Nouveaux, or any of Aaron Mahnke’s podcasts. When she’s not [procrastinating] on Twitter, you can usually find her binging Netflix with her dog, reading fanfic, or daydreaming about being back in Arizona or Disney World!

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