Orange you glad Tangerine Tango is the color of 2012?

Tangerine Tango, an electric orange red, is the color of 2012, according to the Pantone Color Institute, and I for one am extremely excited about the news. It’s warm, uplifting, and energizing, and it happens to look great with almost every skin tone. The vibrant shade has already made its way onto fashion designers’ radars and surely there will be even more examples to come, as Pantone’s predictions influence all manner of consumer product manufacturers from cosmetic companies to paint suppliers. We’ve pulled together some fashion and beauty options that are already available to give you a jump on your 2012 style. Watch this episode and let us know what you’d like to add to your closet.


Each year the Pantone Color Institute forecasts the color for the year ahead and the due diligence is intense. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Institute who spearheads the project, notes Pantone experts scour the world and consider what’s percolating in every possible industry. They also put Eiseman’s background in psychology to good use. “There’s a lot of homework that goes into it. But it’s also, what is it that people are needing? There are a lot of concerns out there and serious issues we are facing. Color, from a psychological standpoint, can be uplifting. We arrived at this particular orange because it’s hopeful and optimistic and also has sophistication.”

There are many fun ways to incorporate Tangerine Tango into your fashion and beauty picks—some more extreme than others.

For a bold statement, H&M has an adorable retro brocade cocktail dress ($49.95), and the fit-and-flare cut goes with the ladylike vibe of spring 2012.

If you prefer separates, Forever21 has a structured blazer ($24.80) that looks great with denim.


Use the hue as an accent with a pair of tangerine heels from J.Crew. These Mona patent pumps are a splurge at $218.


Urban Outfitters has an attention-getting fringe bag with a gold chain-link strap for $59.


My personal favorite is to go with an orange-red nail polish or matte orange-red lips. Try the look with a gold or neutral brown eye shadow so your lips can take the focus.

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