It is considered THE color of the season. It’s fun, it’s bright and it’s sexy, it’s Tangerine Tango! In a season where pastels have officially taken over, this non-powdery and lively orange shade has taken the throne.
Last September, designers colored the runways tangerine: Derek Lam made it minimal and Haider Ackermann used it as the perfect complement to match his beautiful and architectural shapes. It was digital and printed for Peter Pilotto and Proenza Schouler went in for the kill and colored their leather tangerine.
Now that we’ve covered the catwalk, making the transition to high street has never been easier. Retailers seem to have the same style craving, after a sugar and pastel overload, a taste of sour orange citrus is just what we need.
Since it’s a strong color, it may seem overpowering at first glance. The trick? Don’t be afraid to grab tangerine by the horns— that means nail polish or a clutch is not enough anymore! The color itself is all about fun, but it gets even better when styling it and mixing it up in overpowering ways! We all like to see heads turning our way, and tangerine is just the shade to make that happen!
LOOK 1: BEJEWELED TANGERINE
Color blocking meets my jewelry box. More interesting than doing it with brights, more flashy than doing it with pastels.
LOOK 2: WILD TANGERINE
Tangerine is great mash-up material. If mix it with hot pink, it’s a match made in Vitamin heaven. Add a touch of leopard, now that’s what I call spicing things up.
Chiffon tangerine blouse, NASTY GAL
Pink Bouclé shorts, ZARA
Leopard long cardigan, NASTY GAL
Color-blocked sandal, ZARA
Vintage bag, CHANEL
Black and gold bracelet, MADE
Cuff bracelet, JUST ACCESS
Tangerine bracelet, ORELIA
Owl bracelet, RIVER ISLAND
Stone ring, RIVER ISLAND
Bazooka nail polish, ESSIE
LOOK 3: CREAMY TANGERINE
Mixing it with neutrals is a great way to make this color pop. It doesn’t get sexier than a bodycon skirt, tone it down with some flowy and soft garments.
Chiffon waistcoat, ZARA
Blush top, ZARA
Tangerine bodycon skirt, NASTY GAL
Metallic sandals, ZARA
Mirror clutch, DOROTHY PERKINS
Spiked bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Cross bracelet, DOROTHY PERKINS
Ribbon bangle set, FOREVER21
Stretch silver bracelet, ACCESSORIZE
Snake ring, LULUS
Pure Narcisse nail polish, LANCOME
Creamy, wild, or bejeweled? What’s your tangerine style?
Illustrations by Ana Sofia