Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango

Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango

Color of the Year Tangerine Tango

Pantone has announced “Tangerine Tango” as the official color of the year 2012. Anyone who has been following the SS12 trends on the ramps has probably already noted this bright trend. This is what Pantone says about the latest ‘it’ color:

“The 2011 color of the year, PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle, encouraged us to face everyday troubles with verve and vigor. Tangerine Tango, a spirited reddish orange, continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.  “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

tangerine tango

Tangerine is an orange-colored citrus fruit closely related to the Mandarin Orange.  The taste is often less sour than that of an orange. However, these facts don’t matter as it is definitely the juiciest color to be seen in the coming months!

One fact cannot be denied – “tangerine” is definitely a “young” color and adds a lift and certain perkiness when introduced into an outfit. So, choose this on days that you are raring to go :-).

Now, looking at the swatch above, you can guess that this is not a color for the weak-hearted. In case, you are wondering if it’ll suit you, know this – Tangerine is supposed to be best for tanned or bronzed skin; hence, it should work with most Indian skin tones, Yay!!!

Color Combos:

tangerine orange

In order to tone down the natural vibrancy of the color, you can pair it with neutrals.

For a day/casual look – white, off white, beige.

For an evening/formal look – black, navy blue.

For a nice contrast to break the monotone, you can go with turquoise or hot pink.

Gold beautifully complements tangerine and is great for jewelry options.

How To Wear Tangerine?

You can go for a single toned dress, or a dress with prints, as long as you change the color of the accessories.

Check out the neutral footwear on these ladies:


Look at the contrasting belts on these:


Here’s the most stylish Friend flaunting the look:

Jennifer Aniston

Another option is to keep one item of clothing neutral, one tangerine and go for a pop with turquoise or hot pink accessories. One really chic way to wear this would be a nice tangerine blouse with blue jeans and hot pink shoes or bag.

Pink shoes

Tangerine also works in Indian wear. Check out Anushka’s pretty ombre kurta here:

Anoushka Sharma

Wondering if it’ll work with sarees? Of course, check out these sexy ladies if you have any doubt:

Shruthi Hassan

Tango Accents:

If you’re still wary of actually “wearing” tangerine, you can go ahead and use it in accessories. Bags are a safe bet and comparatively easy to carry off, in terms of color. Check out these Marc Jacobs beauties:

Marc Jacobs Handbag

Again, check the color combos while pairing your accessories; you don’t want to look like you moonlight at the circus!!

Still scared of wearing tangerine?? Well, you can always try tangerine lingerie, after all being a girl has its perks (pun intended)!!! ;-P

Tangerine Orange Lingerie

Tangerine on My Face:

Tangerine makeup can be a little trickier, though nail paints are relatively safe. You can try to work a tangerine mouth, keeping the rest of your face drama-free. Look at Kim Kardashian here rocking tangerine lips with gold tones every where else:

Kim Kardarshian

The lioness-hearted among you can go ahead and try tangerine eyeshadow, tangerine blush and so on!!

orange eyeshadow

MAC orange lipstick

Tangerine in My Home:

This is an area where you have to tread very carefully; you don’t want to end up with a headache! Try a single focus piece like a chair, or use it in accents around the room, like a headboard or cushions.

tangerine tango

Orange chairs

Now, you are all set to include this lovely color in your hearts and home!!! Try it out and see the positivity and energy radiate from the color into your personality!!

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.

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30 thoughts on “Color of the Year – Tangerine Tango

  1. gorgeous color if it can be used right..perhaps start small like blush, bags or lipstck and then move onto bigger things like clothes, home decor etc..:)

    1. Exactly, Aru!! If you haven’t really tried this color before, it’s definitely a lot safer to start with accents and then see how much your comfort level with it develops.

  2. Wow :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: ….I love this color…. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: such a leo color if I may say so 😛 :toothygrin: :toothygrin: ….and the bag in the pic seems to be same as Rati has…no? Nice article fab 😉

    1. I would have never known if it weren’t for Rati, Fabida & great IMBB members, that we have color of the year too ! 😛 Excuse my ignorance.

      Thanks a ton for sharing Fabida.

      1. Prati, I was ignorant till last year too!! Not just this, but a lot of other beauty-related stuff. :makeup: Not any more, not when I have IMBBians to guide me towards beauty-light!! :jaiho:

  3. Tangerine is actually one of my favourite colours. :dumb: :dumb: :dumb: Bright,fun,and bubbly! :shying: :shying:
    I’m seriously going to get some tangerine coloured things soon. :pompom: :pompom:

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