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5 Hot Color Trends for Spring 2012


Spring 2012 Color Trends

It’s that time of year again — spring is just around the corner! With the warmer temperatures comes a bunch of new fashion trends, including the latest and greatest color trends. Rocking this season’s hottest hues is a surefire way to stay on trend without breaking the bank — just pick out a new piece or two in one of the colors below and you’ll have a completely updated look for springtime.

Want to see the five hottest shades for spring 2012? Scroll on down and check ‘em out:


tangerine on the spring 2012 runways
Marc by Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam and Jennie Packham Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

Pantone named tangerine the color of 2012, so get ready to see this bright hue everywhere this spring. Tangerine is a highly-saturated orange with a reddish undertone, which makes it a flattering shade on most skin tones. Once the warm weather hits, try wearing a bold dress, top or bikini in this shade. However, if you’re feeling a little color shy, start small by rocking a tangerine mani or accessory.

Get the Look:

Tangerine spring 2012 color trend
Product Info: Dress- H&M, Bracelet- Antik Batik, Top- American Eagle Outfitters, Pumps- Peacocks, Bikini- Topshop, Nail Polish- Essie’s Clambake


mint on the spring 2012 runways
Chanel, Vera Wang and Rodarte Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

Pastel colors are going to be big in general this season, but mint is the trendiest hue of the bunch. This frosty shade is a lovely mix between blue and green and gives off a light, airy vibe. Mint pairs well with many colors, but we especially love how it looks with yellow, pink and teal. Mix and match a mint-colored item with one of those shades for a gorgeous and spring-appropriate look.

Get the Look:

Mint spring 2012 color trend
Product Info: Shorts- Ruche, Dress- ModCloth, Necklace- Bloomingdale’s, Blouse- Topshop, Clutch- ASOS, Loafers- ASOS

Citron Yellow

citron yellow on the spring 2012 runways
J. Mendel, Rebecca Taylor and Nanette Lepore Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

This color is definite way to beat those winter blues! Citron yellow is just on the verge of being fluorescent, which is why we love it — this shade is b-o-l-d. Adding a citron yellow piece to your wardrobe is sure to brighten up your whole look and, as a bonus, will instantly make your skin look more tan — no fake-baking required!

Get the Look:

citron yellow on the spring 2012 runways
Product Info: Bag- Old Navy, Earrings- ASOS, Skirt- ASOS, Blouse- Nasty Gal, Dress- Urban Outfitters, Flats- Topshop

Kelly Green

kelly green on the spring 2012 runways
Jo No Fui, Diane von Furstenberg and Akris Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

We’ve been lusting after this color ever since Emily Blunt rocked a kelly green frock at the SAG Awards a few weeks back, so we’re ecstatic it’ll be über-popular for spring. This bright green shade is definitely a head-turner and we can’t wait to wear kelly green shorts, sundresses and sandals throughout spring and summer.

Get the Look:

kelly green spring 2012 color trend
Product Info: Shorts- J. Crew, Dress- ASOS, Bag- H&M, Wedges- Old Navy, Belt- J. Crew, Top- Patagonia

Coral Pink

coral pink on the spring 2012 runways
Jill Stuart, Tory Burch and Christian Siriano Spring 2012 RTW | Elle

No list of spring color trends would be complete without some pink, and this season’s most popular hue is a bright shade with just a hint of orange. Coral has a great blend of femininity and edginess that works in any girl’s wardrobe. Hopefully you’ll find a piece that matches your aesthetic below!

Get the Look:

coral pink spring 2012 color trend
Product Info: Blouse- ModCloth, Tee- J. Crew, Dress- ASOS, Sandals- LuLu’s, Earrings- Far Fetch, Bag- Topshop

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these colors? Which one is your favorite? Do you follow color trends? How would you wear each hue? Remember to leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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74 Responses to “5 Hot Color Trends for Spring 2012”

  1. 1
    February 12th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Well since I work at Plato’s Closet, I’ll be on the lookout for clothes in these colors to buy after work!!!

  2. 2
    February 12th, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Love all of them except the kelly green–for me, it’s one of those love-it-on-other-people kind of shade. I was super obsessed with coral last spring so I’ve got a ton of it; hoping to add some more mint green and tangerine!

  3. 3
    February 12th, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I’m pretty excited about mint coming back into style. I still have a cute mint polka dot camisole from high school that I haven’t been able to let go of :)

  4. 4
    February 12th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m not wild about the Kelly Green or the Tangerine, but the other colors are gorgeous pastel, muted colors that would go great together or by themselves! I will miss the jades, mustards, rusts and earthen tones of this past autumn. I hope they stick around for a while.

  5. 5
    February 12th, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Wow, lovin all these colors!!! The ones I would go with the most are the coral pink, the kelly green, and the citron yellow. The mint isn’t dark enuff for me, and the tangerine is a bit too bright for my taste. :)

  6. 6
    February 12th, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Tangerine is my favorite! But I want a piece in each of these colors!!! Great post! :)

  7. 7
    February 12th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I so love the kelly green , coral pink and tangerine color! The mint isn’t dark enough for me so it’s alright and the yellow is a bit too bold for me.

  8. 8
    February 12th, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Not wild about any of these colors myself but hey, not every trend is for everyone.

  9. 9
    February 12th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I absolutely love this kind of posts!!! They’re my fave!

  10. 10
    February 12th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    Great post!! Can’t wait to incorporate these beautiful colors into my wardrobe :)

  11. 11
    February 12th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    This makes me way too excited for spring! :D

  12. 12
    February 12th, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    I guess Lady Gaga was right about mint being “very big next spring” haha.

    I don’t know if it was just me, but when I saw this I immediately made a mental note to look for these colors in nail polishes. I already have Essies Clambake, so I’m on my way!

  13. 13
    February 12th, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m so excited for spring! All of these colors are so gorgeous and I’ll be sure to start picking out some clothes in these shades when I go shopping. I’m really excited to wear the color coral as well as mint!

  14. 14
    February 12th, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Love the coral! i think its going to be a huge trend!

  15. 15
    February 12th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    love all these colours especially the mint green and coral – can’t wait till these colours hit the shops – love the vibrancy! and so tried of boring winter colours.

  16. 16
    February 12th, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    I’m in love with the color trend! Theyre all so vibrant. My favorite would have to be mint. Thanks for sharing!


  17. 17
    February 12th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I love all of these. Is it bad that I have a nail polish in every single shade?

  18. 18
    February 12th, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    I’m still looking for tangerine & mint pieces to add to my wardrobe! Great post :)

  19. 19
    February 12th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Can’t wait to incorporate coral into my wardrobe!!

  20. 20
    February 12th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Finally, some nice colors for us redheads :D Usually it’s just pastells, which can make fair skin look pale. tangerine and green and corals *loooooooooove*

  21. 21
    February 12th, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    I love coral pink so much.. tangerine is strong and colorful… yellow isnt bad but cant wear it without other happy colors such as hot pink or red… green is relaxing but like yellow cant be worn as one color outfit.. ming isnt my style.. Im happy that this spring is gonna be COLORFUL :) I love happy colors only…

  22. 22
    February 12th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I love all of these colors! I can barely pick a favorite but I’ve narrowed it down to the tangerine and mint. The pastel mint color is everywhere and I love it.

  23. 23
    February 12th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Pretty colors! I love them all :) <3

  24. 24
    February 12th, 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Pretty colors! I love them all :) <3

  25. 25
    February 12th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I’m on that coral pink and mint. I love mint because it always fine tune an outfit and its never too loud. Corally-pink just because how feminine it makes an outfit. The other colors…ehh too loud for a gal like me.

  26. 26
    February 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love these colors, and I’d love to see a post with some tips on how to wear them. I just bought a citron yellow cardigan to dress up for work, but I’m not completely sure what to wear it with — my go-to is black slacks, but I have to avoid looking like a bumblebee!

  27. 27
    February 12th, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I’m so excited for spring! I can’t wait to wear bright colors again. Coral is definitely my favorite for spring.

  28. 28
    February 13th, 2012 at 1:06 am

    I love the coral pink – it’s just feminine. And the mint too – so easy on the eyes. Love the soft hue :)

  29. 29
    February 13th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    LOVEEE the coral and mint green! Already started adding these colors into my everyday wardrobe! :)

  30. 30
    February 13th, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Love them! Although I’m about to go into Autumn, I’m still going to work these in. Well, I’m not a big fan or Tangerine (or orange in general) and ANY sort of yellow just makes me look jaundiced and very ill, so it’s a pass on those 2.

  31. 31
    February 13th, 2012 at 8:20 am

    love kelly green….such a pretty gender neutral colour!

  32. 32
    February 13th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    I love the pink coral and tangerine the most! They are so bright and fun and I can not wait to purchase many different items in both these fun colors for spring. The floral tangerine halter top from American Eagle is my absolute favorite item out of all of them.

  33. 33
    February 13th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Great blog love the colours.

  34. 34
    February 15th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Mint green and coral – gorgeous.

  35. 35
    February 21st, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Spring!!! I am beyond excited about the bright colors this year. I’m already putting a pop of color in my outifts already in preparation. Colors! Where have you been all my life…lol ;)

  36. 36
    March 4th, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    That mint color is SO pretty :) I am pale with red hair and gray eyes, so I think it might work on me!

  37. 37
    March 9th, 2012 at 4:09 am

    need more information .. asap.. love fashion.. want to do a fashoin show launching designers… love all your work.. may i have a direct contact number please.. Thank you..

  38. 38
    May 9th, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Hi All,

    Anyone out there have the colour codes for the above colours?

    Would really appreciate it…

  39. 39
    May 10th, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I love the mint, citron yellow, and coral pink! They’re such cute colors. I really love the dress by ModCloth that you all displayed here, it’s super adorable. :D

  40. 40
    June 20th, 2012 at 2:37 am

    OMG so many cute colors in love

  41. 41
    June 20th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Love Them All Would Rock Every Single Style ;-)

  42. 42
    August 27th, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Waw! Best colors ever!!

  43. 43
    August 29th, 2012 at 6:47 am

    So excited about spring colour trends 2012.

    I live in Australia, only 2 days of winter left!!

    I am a fashion designer and I’ve just started my label and have designed a coral pink dress with a silk print train.

    So excited that my research paid off and was on the mark with that colour :)

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