Knock knock. Who’s there? Orange! Orange who? Orange’ya glad tangerine tango is the official color of 2012, according to the Pantone Color Institute?!

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The world’s foremost color authority just announced its selection of the juicy hue yesterday, replacing 2011’s more subdued Honeysuckle as the color to wear.

The reddish-orange is all about warm, energetic vibes, as their press release tells it: “Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

We’ve already seen it on the runway for spring 2012 (above, from left): Charlotte Ronson, Tommy Hilfiger, Peter Som, Derek Lam, and if you’re itching to get it into your closet, we recommend starting small, with a pair of shoes, a handbag, or a simple scarf. Then again, no one will fault you for looking like a total ray of sunshine in the coming year if you want to go head-to-toe. Here are a few pieces to get you started:

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What do you think, dolls? Are you ready to hop on the tangerine tango train? Do you already own anything in this color? Discuss!


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