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Sizzling Style: Pantone's Color of the Year Tangos into Spring

Carnelian stones on a gold-filled chain. $85.
Carnelian stones on a gold-filled chain. $85.
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Are you feeling bold?

The Calvin Klein Collection, showcased Feb. 16 during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, features Pantone Color of the Year Tangerine Tango.
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I hope so, because the Pantone Color Institute has released its 2012 Color of the Year, and it's vivid.

Allow me to introduce the deep and vibrant Tangerine Tango.

Think of the skin of a blood orange. Think of a California sunset after a smoggy day. Think of a starfish. Think of a tight dress in a Cuban nightclub.

And think of ways to spice up your wardrobe with this sassy orange, because you're going to see it everywhere.

Reporting for duty

The color was crowned in conjunction with Pantone's Spring 2012 Fashion Color Report, a list of 10 hues expected to saturate catwalks and showrooms in the coming months.

The collection of colors starts with brights like Bellflower (purple), Solar Power (electric yellow) and Cabaret (deep pink). Then the palette shifts into subtlety with neutrals like the soft-brown Starfish and the cool gray Driftwood.

Some fashionistas argue that navy blues are neutrals because they pair well with every color in the spectrum. Whether or not you agree, there's no doubt that Sodalight Blue--"a classic maritime hue"--is versatile as well as refreshing.

The rest of Pantone's picks are a passel of pastels fit for an Easter dress: a blend of lavender and pink called Sweet Lilac, a blue-green called Cockatoo, and a soft lime called Margarita.

The rainbow connection

Because Pantone's Color Fashion Report gives you the advance word on what WILL be trending, shoppers on a budget can get started right away, picking up pieces here and there in key colors.

Whether you shop at a pricey boutique or the Salvation Army thrift store, I've found the best way to get bang for your buck is with accessories. A touch of color can go a long way, especially when you're dealing with a scene-stealer like Tangerine Tango.

With this in mind, allow me to share some shopping picks culled from the pages of, a vast online marketplace of vintage and handmade goods.

Whether you're ready to splurge or simply window shopping, I think you'll like my slideshow, which I've dubbed Tangerine Tango Touches.

Take a bite of orange. Just don't rock the Tango unless you're ready to be noticed, because this is a shade that screams for attention!

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