How do I wear that trend…Tangerine Tango

Apr 17, 2012 by

Every year Pantone, the authority on color, earmarks a color to represent that year. This year they chose tangerine tango.

Now as someone who enjoys wearing red, orange and yellow, I was pleased with this color selection. However, I realize that this bold color could be intimidating to those of you that may be a bit color shy. I wanted to give some tips on how you can incorporate the Pantone Color of 2012 into your wardrobe and brighten things up this year. The great thing is that this color is bright enough to be a bold presence in the warmer months but it’s bold enough to take us through the colder months as well.

1. Accessories! You know I am a fan of incorporating color through accessories, especially shoes. You can pick up a pair of pumps that are exactly tangerine or in the same color family like these fabulous coral pumps by Jessica Beijo. Click the picture if you’d like to pick up a pair. They’re $69.95 at DSW.

2. Pants. If you’re more daring about your approach to color, you could give it a try in a pair of orange jeans. These are great because they can be worn by anyone, regardless of your skin’s undertones. One of the biggest obstacles to wearing a rich color like orange is if you have red or blue undertones in your skin. If you have red undertones, orange close to your face can bring out the red and not look the most flattering. If you have blue undertones, the orange could make you look washed out. So if you throw on a great pair of orange jeans, the color is away from your face and you can pair it with a neutral color like gray or off-white (or any variation of this color-eggshell, anyone?).

3. Makeup. Now wait before you scoff at this one! I know that some orange makeup can be very bright and garish. No, I don’t want you to wear crayon orange makeup but in lighter palates, orange is a wonderful spring makeup color. You can go for a soft orange lip gloss or a light orange eye shadow. In fact, I found a couple of videos that show you how to wear orange makeup.

This is one from Bella Sugar that shows how orange makeup can work well for a variety of skin types.

This is a great tutorial that shows you how to do an orange smokey eye. It’s definitely on the more advanced side but she really explained things slowly and did the tutorial with a great closeup on her eyes the entire time. I will be giving this a try and showing you my interpretation of it. I encourage you to do the same and share it with me! I’d love to see how the orange smokey eye turns out for you.

So there you have it. Some great ways to wear the Pantone Color of 2012, Tangerine Orange (or other colors in the orange family). If you dive into this trend, send me the pics! I’d love to see how you incorporate it into your outfits. Go forth in color!

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  1. ateli3r (1 comments)

    I’ve started seeing tangerine dresses in the stores and I’m very tempted to give this colour a try!

  2. Clueless Fashionista (46 comments)

    You definitely should and share pics when you do!

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