Colour Love: Tangerine Tango

Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2012.

Every year Pantone comes out with its Colour of the Year and for 2012 it’s a vibrant shade of orange they’ve dubbed “Tangerine Tango.” This energetic hue has been spotted everywhere from the Spring/Summer 2012 runways, including¬†Nanette Lepore and Eli Tahari, to home accessories and appliances, as well as cosmetics — like the limited-edition collection of products developed by Sephora and Pantone. We think it’s the perfect colour to add to your travel wardrobe, whether you’re en route to the beaches of Turks and Caicos, or the city streets of Manhattan.

1. Rag & Bone Racine Pant, $395, rag-bone.com.
Wide-leg pants made their way back into the spotlight last spring and are staying strong into spring 2012. While we aren’t ditching our skinny’s anytime soon, wide-leg pants are a great alternative. Best paired with heels and a more fitted top, not only will these trousers pack well, but will add a burst of energy to your travel look.

2. Nine West Actout Sandal, $130, ninewest.ca.
If you like the idea of incorporating some tangerine into your life, but would rather do it subtly, consider doing it with accessories, like with these wedges. A great pop of colour to any neutral outfit, the cork is also very on trend (and comfortable) too!

3. Rebecca Taylor All Tied Up Dress, $425, dealuxe.ca.
Perfect to wear to a summer wedding or even as a date dress, you won’t need to do much other than accessorize with some neutral shoes and handful of jewellery. Bonus: this dress has pockets!

4. Topshop Lips in Infrared, £8.00, topshop.com.
Lips sure didn’t take a backseat on the runways this spring, in fact statement lips in shades from purple to deep red and of course, orange were fair game. Feel like a change from your everyday shade? We suggest trying an orange-red, like this one from Topshop, which won’t break the bank either.

5. Sephora + Pantone Universe Color of the Year Enamel Set, $24, sephora.com.
The easiest (and lowest commitment) way to try this vibrant shade is by trying it on your nails. This is Sephora’s first collaboration with Pantone, and hopefully not their last. This set comes with four shades. We love the idea of using one of the solids as a base for a moon manicure, or laying with one of the glitters.

6. Vince knitted cotton sweatshirt, $145, net-a-porter.com.
Add some colour to your sweater wardrobe, with an energizing knit like this from Vince. Not only will this light-weight top be a great layering piece in the spring, but will easily make the transition into your fall wardrobe.

7. Tory Burch Robinson Chain Mini Bag, $365, toryburch.com.
While it may be the colour of the year, we suspect you’ll get much more than a year of love out of this gorgeous mini bag from Tory Burch. Perfect for a night on the town, if you’re just carrying your essentials (ie. phone, money and lip gloss), it’s perfect for shopping in the day or even museum hopping, when you want to be hands-free.