Tangerine: The Colour of 2012

Forget pastels or the starkness of pure white. Tangerine has been named by the Pantone Colour Institute as the colour for 2012. This vibrant reddish-orange hue is set to transform the fashion and home-decor industries this year, heralding what might be the start of a more optimistic attitude towards life in general.

So how can the average shopper transform their wardrobe without going over the top? From high-end designer pieces to stylish costume jewellery UK shoppers have a multitude of designs with which to make a statement.

A few stylish and well-chosen accessories make this colour easy to wear for just about everybody. A tangerine belt looks fabulous with a loose and casual white ensemble in the heat of the summer, allowing just a hint of the trend to show while still maintaining comfort when the weather heats up. Go one step further and slip on a pair of tangerine flats to complete the look.

The little black dress never goes out of fashion, but add a tangerine clutch bag to the outfit and you'll be bang on trend for those more formal occasions. Scarves have also had a renaissance in recent years, so choose one with a hint of tangerine or go all out and make a statement with a block-colour scarf if you want to make more of an impact. Be careful when wearing this colour next to your face, though, as it can be draining on some skin tones.

Be Bold
This colour perfectly complements the bold jewel colours of recent years and looks particularly exciting when used next to sapphire blues. This is a striking combination that would be sure to get you noticed, whether as a casual outfit on the beach or as a dazzling evening combo.

For those who just love to make an entrance, there is no end to the combinations of accessories that can be used to liven up an otherwise ordinary ensemble. When looking for costume jewellery UK shoppers will be inundated with choice in this trendy colour. Anything from chunky block-colour beads to more understated and delicate pieces can be found, so shop around and you'll be certain to find the perfect piece to complete your look. Bangles are still as popular as ever and are an easy way to include this year's colour into your wardrobe. They look good as either part of a set or as a statement piece on their own.

This is a lively colour that instantly lifts the mood. It is a vibrant and passionate, emanating energy and heat, so be bold with your accessory choices and don't be afraid to experiment. Even if you are not feeling brave enough to make a real statement, with a tangerine coat or dress, for example, you can still show your fashion nous by mixing and matching tangerine accessories with more subdued colours. With such a range on offer, there is sure to be something to suit you, no matter what your tastes.

Zoe is an avid blogger and experienced freelance writer, and loves to share her knowledge through content on the internet. Zoe is currently writing on behalf of costume jewellery brand Pearl and Butler.

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