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Color trends for spring 2012

Tangerine and mint color-blocking
Tangerine and mint color-blocking
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Looking for a little spring style inspiration? It's all about re-exploring the colorwheel.

From lights to brights and everything in between, here's the scoop on spring inspired shades for every style - from preppy and sporty to whimsical or adventurous!

Primary Colors

We're getting back to basics with primary colors this season. We're seeing red, blue and yellow in all its primary glory. To take the trend to the next level, mix all of the hues together in one daring bright outfit as seen in the slideshow above.

Pretty Pastels

Mint green is on the up and up. This refreshing color can be paired with nearly any other color and is great for accenting a neutral outfit or as a main piece. Other pastel picks range from dusty rose to lilac. Think: candy coated. Feeling bold? Colored denim is huge right now so try a pair of seafoam skinnies.

Brights + Lights

Neon hues have already been spotted everywhere from nails to shoes. They're best complimented with metallics - another big trend for the season. Try a bright pink bangle or electric blue jacket. Or, for a pop of metal, add a top coat of glitter to your perfectly polished nails. Check out the platform sandals (pictured) that combine bright yellow and light-reflecting silver. Perfect!

Orangey Hues

Tangerine lips have been spotted on runways and red carpets, but how does this trend hold up in the real world? See Lip Fusion's lipgloss in "Fresh," my latest favorite color. It's one part red one part orange. It's sheer, so there's no fear of looking like a clown. Foolproof? Fantastic.

When in doubt, add a pop of color. Whether it's in the orange, peach, yellow, red or blue family, you're sure to be on-trend this season.

What are your favorite trends for spring? Any idea what you'll be splurging on this season?


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