Fashion forecast: Incorporate Tangerine Tango into spring wardrobe

Jamie Lauten

The year 2012 is all about Tangerine Tango.

Every year, Pantone (a color production company) declares a “Color of the Year” based on fashion and cosmetic trends that have hit the runways. Last year, it was all about honeysuckle, and the year before that, turquoise was all the rage.

This year’s color is a bold, reddish-orange color that has been showing up everywhere. Fashion designers Nanette Lepore, Elie Tahari and Adrienne Vittadini all featured the color in their spring collections.

Though you might not have the means to score these designer duds, you can still be a trendsetter and incorporate Tangerine Tango into your spring closet.


Have a hot date at the Cafe or need something fresh to wear to your sorority’s chapter meeting? Have no fear: Tangerine is here. Check out Anthropologie’s Torchon Embossed Ponte and their Pleated Optic Maxi dresses to add pop to any occasion.

Looking for something even friendlier to your wallet? Forever 21 offers amazing steals for less than $25. The store has a pleated bib dress for $24.80 and a nautical blouson dress for $22.90, showing that tangerine can be rocked at any budget.


Take pride in your complexion. Why not highlight your natural glow by incorporating tangerine into your beauty products?

Cosmetic brands such as M-A-C and Essie have embraced the color of the year. Emphasize your lips by applying M-A-C or Bobbi Brown bold tangerine lipstick. The color is sure to make a statement.

Feeling less daring? Try applying Essie tangerine nail polish to subtly sneak in some orange flare.


Feeling preppy this spring? Sperrys are the perfect way to be nautical and rock this spring’s hottest color. The company’s classic boat shoe now features the authentic color in a few of their styles.

Not in a preppy mood? Urban Outfitters offers a wide array of tangerine-inspired shoes ranging from pumps to sneakers.

It’s been said that April showers bring May flowers, so don’t hesitate to pick up a new pair of rain boots. Bright tangerine rain boots can be found at Gap along with tangerine wide-strap flip-flops.