In the fashion world, the winter and autumn seasons are incessantly plagued with dark hues and minimal prints. As such, come summer, we, fashionistas, crave light at the end of the style tunnel. This summer, as you find yourself stretching out on the sandy beach, why not freshen up your look with shades of tangerine? Having already made an entrance earlier in the year, featured all over New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2012 runways, tangerine has definitely become the ‘it’ colour of the summer.

As a deep orange with a reddish undertone, the best thing about this hue is that it flatters nearly all skin tones. So, no excuses, ladies, this colour deserves a try! If you’re of a confident nature, or merely used to sporting more eclectic shades, why not opt for a tangerine bikini or summer dress? It will give you a healthy appearance, as the orange shade will emphasise your tan. If you’re more comfortable with subtle hints of colour, then why not incorporate tangerine into your outfit through accessories? These can range from bracelets to beach handbags to even nail polish. Tangerine high heel shoes also add a tweak of elegance and represent an amazing contrast against tanned legs. However, I would advise you to avoid wearing these with a dress or outfit of the same colour. A great evening look, for example, would be tangerine high heels with a matching clutch bag and a simple LBD. You’d knock them out at the poolside! Oh, one last tip, you wouldn’t necessarily think it, but blue matches wonderfully with the new hot shade - take this into account, when accessorizing.

So, girls, whether you’re planning a trip to some exotic location or simply grilling at home, don’t forget this highly warm and magnetic shade. Not only will it attract positive attention, but it also matches the beautiful summer sunset. Tangerine is truly a must, and I’m not just saying that because it happens to be one of my favourites!

By Aurelia Clavien, Fashion Writer for A-SHU.CO.UK.

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