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Spring 2012 Color Report — Tipsy with Tangerine

By now, you’ve likely heard of “tangerine tango” enough to send you into a tizzy, but don’t dismiss the perky, vivacious, practically edible shade without first giving the juicy color a squeeze. Below, you’ll find some citrus-flavored apparel, footwear, accessories, and home accents that will invigorate your look, energize your mood, and get you in the mood for spring. Whether in a yummy sorbet shade or a more intense orange peel tone, these tangerine treats will add a touch of citrus-flavored kick — all without you looking like the contents of a Florida’s Natural bottle.


Oscar de la Renta Beaded Tassel Earrings. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Made of tangerine-colored seed beads, these Oscar de la Renta earrings have a tribal flavor and enough movement to mimic a flapper’s fringe skirt. These small, resplendent beads cover the button-shaped earring posts and form a conical shape directly beneath it, with loose beaded strands dangling beneath them like jellyfish tentacles. Not only are these 3″-long earrings stunning because of their color, but they channel a sense of whimsy thanks to the ease of their movement.


Diane Von Furstenberg Accordion Pleated Top, $298. Available at ShopIntermix.com

You’ll feel like a Renaissance era poet in this silk Diane Von Furstenberg blouse, which features billowing sleeves secured by elastic cuffs, a split neckline with a dainty tie closure, and slim accordion pleats at the shoulders and on either side of the split neckline.

Donna Karan Small Cluster Necklace, $995. Available at NeimanMarcus.com

Made of tangerine-toned, spear-shaped spikes in both a clear and opaque finish, all threaded through a woven cord necklace, this Donna Karan piece will have you feeling as feral and commanding as the Lion King himself.

JJ Winters Large Envelope Clutch in Orange Boa, $129. Available at RevolveClothing.com

Measuring 13″ in width, 8″ in height, and 1″ in depth, this envelope-shaped leather clutch features a python print in a rich orange peel hue and a top flap with scalloped edges as opposed to one with the typical angular lines associated with this silhouette.

Michael Kors Ariana Ostrich-Effect Leather Wedge Sandals, $150. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

Boardwalks, picnics, and beach house porches are in your near future, so reinvigorate your closet with a pair of sophisticated but whimsical wedge sandals. These Michael Kors wedges feature tangerine-colored leather uppers with an ostrich effect, a 5″ cork wedge heel and 1.5″ platform, and an ankle strap with a metal buckle closure.

Leifsdottir Scattered Wing Skirt, $128. Available at Anthropologie.com

This skirt’s wide, pin-tucked waistband provides the right amount of structure to contrast the cascading flounce detail at the side, which itself creates a sense of fluidity and movement. The ease with which the skirt was draped and the asymmetrical silhouette created adds to the piece’s free-spirited vibe, already part of its DNA thanks to the abstract bird print.

Belle Noel Orange Enameled Cuff Bracelet, $110. Available at Endless.com

Who needs an orange creamsicle when you can savor this enameled bracelet, measuring 2.12″ in width and featuring an enameled center and 14k gold-plated snake chain details along the top and bottom edges.

Rebecca Taylor Silk Cami, $210. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com

Sun-kissed skin will look all the more sultry in this 100% silk cami from Rebecca Taylor’s Spring 2012 collection. The ultra feminine top features a drawstring halter neckline, a drawstring waist, and slim triangular cut-outs along the décolletage and the back for just a glimpse of flesh.

Nissa Jewelry Molli Bracelet, $38. Available at NissaJewelry.com

Add a surfer vibe to your ensemble with this zesty  braided rope bracelet, made of 7.5″-long nylon cord and featuring recycled metal on either side and along the lobster claw clasp.

Christian Louboutin Glory Patent Leather Platform Sandals, $895 . Available at Saks.com

Pump up the volume and kick things up a notch with these patent leather sandals from Christian Louboutin, which feature a covered 1″ platform in a woodgrain-like design, a 5 1/2″ heel, two criss-crossed patent leather straps above the toe, and a buckled ankle strap.

Ali Ro Ruched Cap Sleeve Dress, $169. Available at LastCall.com

Give your LBD a breather and, instead, take this cheerful dress for a night out on the town. Featuring ruched sides, cap sleeves, and a bateau neckline, this stretch jersey number is an eye-opening experience of the very best kind.

Givenchy Medium Pandora Satchel, $2020. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com

This Givenchy satchel’s silhouette resembles that of a zip-top insulated lunch cooler but, instead of that yucky nylon fabric, it features a soft and supple goat leather exterior. Measuring 9″ in height, 11 1/2″ in width, and 7″ in depth, this boxy handbag features an angled double-zip top, a tubular top handle with silver-tone rings, a removable shoulder strap, and a front zip pocket.

Thymes Bergamot Vert Body Wash, $19. Available at Thymes.com

This energizing body wash combines juicy citrus notes with fresh green notes, awakening your senses as you shower. The ingredients include softening panthenol, moisturizing glycerin, brightening vitamin C, and vitamin E, which protects the skin from free radicals.

Graham Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet, $55. Available at PinkMacara.com

This leather bracelet features 18k gold-plated hammered studs along its length and a toggle closure, plus it wraps around the wrist three times to create a louder statement.

Vera Wang Lara Embossed Snake Ballet Flat, $175. Available at Shopbop.com

Need a reprieve from all your sky-high stilettos? Then pick a pair of flats you’ll be equally excited to wear, like these snakeskin ballet slippers which feature a dainty rounded toe.

Giambattista Valli Floral Blouse, $1545. Available at KirnaZabete.com

Embrace the colors of a tropical garden with this Boho-flavored peasant blouse, which features a drawstring scoop neckline, drawstring cuffs, and a punchy print consisting of fuchsia Chinese hibiscus blossoms against a warm tangerine backdrop.

Nine West On Board Clutch, $69. Available at NineWest.com

Get a two-for-one on the style trends front with this color-blocked, envelope-shaped, tangerine clutch with slanted pleats on each bottom corner and a cream-colored triangular flap with a turnlock closure.

Ralph Lauren Collection Barton Stretch Silk-Crepe Flared Pants, $1700. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

Go for a Katherine Hepburn-esque look with a pair of well-tailored, high-rise trousers, but update the paradigm by choosing a vibrant shade like this juicy orange one. Made of stretch silk crepe, these Ralph Lauren Collection trousers feature flared pant legs, a button closure, and belt oops along the waistband.


KitchenAid Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixer in Tangerine, $299. Available at Target.com

In the 1950s, women tapped their heels and wished on a lucky star for their hubbies to gift them with pink or turquoise stoves. In recent decades, however, most kitchen appliances purchased come in basic white or black so that we have to rely on wall paint, dish towels, and tiles to spruce up our chef lairs. To add a bold splash of color to your kitchen, then, opt for this tangerine KitchenAid mixer, which comes with a 5-quart stainless steel bowl, flat beater, dough hook, wire whip and pouring shield. Plus, with a 325-watt power capacity and 10 available speeds, you’ll be nurturing your inner Julia Child in no time!

Plein Sud Tangerine Draped Dress, $590. Available at Stylebop.com

This elegant stretch viscose number features intricate draping along the bodice that creates an asymmetrical neckline, with the fabric twisted and secured by a golden jewelry clasp. The juxtaposition of one cap sleeve against one sleeveless side magnifies the alluring, off-kilter quality of the frock’s design.

Burt’s Bees Mango & Orange Energizing Body Bar, $5. Available at BurtsBees.com

This French-milled soap soap bar features softening and nourishing mango extract, sweet orange oil, and cocoa seed butter, plus it comes in an adorable cream and tangerine box with a round windowpane at the center through which you can see the bee design embossed atop the center of the body bar.

3.1 Phillip Lim Leopard Warped Ruffle Dress, $495. Available at KirnaZabete.com

This sporty maxi dress features a rounded neckline, a racerback, and an orange front panel juxtaposed against an earthy leopard print covering one warped ruffle at the side of the dress, along with the piece’s back panel.

Daniblack Wanda Slide, $108. Available at Amazon.com

These Daniblack slides are as flirty as they come — between the orange-on-tangerine polka dot print of the crepe satin uppers to the rounded toe opening, the triangular cut-outs at the sides created by the overlapping strips at the vamp, the perfectly shaped bow detail at the toe, and the  3 3/4″ cork heel , these sandals are the epitome of precociousness.

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