Hot Color for Spring: Tangerine

This bold, brazen hue adds an unexpected punch to your wardrobe

A few weeks ago, I set out to buy a jacket for this months breezy, rainy, not-quite-spring-yet weather. I wanted something in either neutral or black, but I ended up gravitating toward (and splurging on!) a coat in a totally random color: an intense, juicy burnt tangerine! The saleswoman assured me the shade is very on-trend for spring 2011, and ever since then I've been noticing that it's true.

This spring is all about bright, sassy colors, and it doesn't get much brighter or sassier than shades in the tangerine, orange, and melon families. It's not just my jacket (which if you're curious, is from Kenneth Cole): you'll easily find this color on gorgeous evening dresses, casual workwear, and everything in between. The hue looks good against every skin type and with every hair color, and it actually gives my skin, which hasn't the seen the sun in months, a healthy, glowing boost. You'll turn heads, too -- orange is so much more original for spring than pastels and florals!

So, where to start? I love this Three Dots Cotton Knits Cami Dress (pictured at left, on sale for $52.80 at Zappos) in blaze, which I'd wear under a denim jacket and pair with cute heels and a maybe a patterned scarf. If you don't want the boldness of a solid colored dress, the Scroll Print Timeless Tank (pictured at right, $22.50 at Banana Republic) in turmeric is a milder way to wear orange; the white pattern softens it up, and you'll still look fresh and classic. My only advice with orange and tangerine is to tone down the rest of your outfit: stick to white, denim, or camel and other earthy neutrals for your handbag, pants or skirt, and shoes.

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