Accenting Tangerine Tango, Pantone’s 2012 Color of the Year

Do you get excited for Pantone’s color of the year? Last year, it was Honeysuckle – a surprising dusty pink. This year? It’s Tangerine Tango, a vivacious and appealing reddish orange. It’s a color that provides an instant energy boost. An exciting color. And one that is sure to warm you up, even if yours will be a winter wedding.

Plus, did we mention that bridesmaids look great in Tangerine Tango? It’s one of those mysterious colors that work amazingly well with any skin tone or hair hue.

The only problem that some brides who want to outfit their bridesmaids in Tangerine Tango may run into is accessorizing it. That’s where you have two options. The first is letting the tangerine take center stage and choosing crystal bridesmaid jewelry that will sparkle, but purposely underwhelm. The color is the star – the jewelry plays a backup role. The second is color blocking, aka pairing Tangerine Tango with complimentary (and sometimes surprising) colors like blue or purple.

Here are three bridesmaid looks that incorporate Pantone’s color of the year, pairing it with classic pearl bridesmaid jewelry, navy bridesmaid accessories, and if you can believe it, deep purple bridesmaid jewelry!

In the upper right, we took a saucy Tangerine Tango Alfred Sung bridesmaid dress and accessorized it with gorgeous deep purple bridesmaid jewelry and a beautiful purple clutch (that would make a great bridesmaids gift, hint hint). In the bottom right, an elegant example of After Six bridesmaids dresses gets the blue treatment with navy pearl bridesmaid jewelry and a pair of amazing heels from Badgley Mischka.

And finally, to show off how amazing Tangerine Tango can be as a showpiece color, we took classic touches like a white satin bridal handbag, a pearl bridal ring, a pearl bridal jewelry set, and a simple pearl hair comb and let them highlight the beauty of this versatile color.

All this works because even though Tangerine Tango is an incredibly vibrant color, it also works as a neutral.

What do you think of Tangerine Tango, anyway? Do you love it? Hate it? Think it’s just coral all dressed up?