Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pantone's Color of 2012: How to Wear it Throughout the Entire Year

Goodbye, Honeysuckle.  Hello, Tangerine!

According the Pantone, the color gods, 2012 will be a year of bright, saturated oranges.  To choose this color, Pantone literally scours world trends, pop culture, fashion, art, and even economics in determining their color predictions yearly.  

In case you're not familiar with Tangerine Tango, here's a swatch:

If you check out their website, you will see that this color really branches out into burnt oranges, rustic reds, and ruddy browns -- many options for even those of you who favor cooler ends of the color spectrum.

To get your creative juices flowing, I've compiled some swatches to inspire your 2012 polish pallette:

Moving away from pinkier and/or vampier reds, the winter is a great time to start the transition.  Using darker bases, interesting finishes, or dustier shades keep oranges from going too bright and bold during the colder months.
Sally Hansen Madame X
The Polished Panda: Sally Hansen Pumpkin Spice
Lextard: Hard Candy Lava
Nails and Noms: Orly Emberstone

I personally tend to veer towards corals when doing a spring orange.  Try to stick to muted cremes, pastels, or light shimmers to keep your manis fresh for the season.  Many of the upcoming spring collections have their token oranges (OPI A Roll in the Hague, Essie Orange, It's Obvious), so you might want to pick those up once they hit stores...though be warned, they suit summer more than spring.
Brucci Intrigue
Let Them Have Polish: Essie Haute as Hello
Wacky Laki: Sinful Colors Hazard
Nailed Blog: OPI On the Same Paige

Now's the time to go crazy!  Bright tangerines, neon glosses, and cool jellies are the best way to celebrate summer.  Be careful not to veer into Lisa Frank orange territory, since those highlighter shades say junior high more than high fashion.
Sinful Colors Thimbleberry
I know this looks similar to Brucci Intrigue, but this actually neon.  The camera went berserk trying to capture this shade.
Vampy Varnish: Nars Hunger
Livy Lu Lu: Sonia Kashuk Tutti Frutti
Polish or Perish: Essie Brazilliant

Cooler temps mean rustic, darker shades with edge.  That means red leaning browns, duochromes infused with bronze, and burnt shades of orange.  Neutral with a kick is how I would define the perfect tangerine fall polish.
CQ Idyllic
Scrangie: Zoya Lana and Zoya Gwin
Annie's Colors: Nubar Bronzo
Fashion Polish: Finger Paints Cordur Orange

How do you plan on incorporating tangerine into your 2012??

* * Thanks to Amy at Gotham Polish for inspiring the idea of this post's setup. * *


  1. This is such a cool post, I study this kind of stuff in school :)

  2. That's so awesome. What do you study?
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  3. What the what! ? Just kidding. Thanks for the info this is great to know. I wasnt familiar with this. Now I am. :)

  4. love this post:] i like all the suggestions!! also, i read on someone's blog [i can't remember where...] that if you put your hand underwater and take a picture of it, it's easier to capture the neon-ness!

  5. That's an awesome trick!  I'd love to try it, but with my luck, I'll probably drop my camera in the water :P

  6. I don't know what Pantone does the rest of the year, but you can get a visual high from just looking at the colors.  

  7. fashion merchandising...I want to be Lauren Conrad :D

  8. Sounds like fun!  And I'm loving the pink ombre hair she's been rocking lately, too ;)