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Karen Kane takes a tangerine turn with this U-Neck striped tunic; $68, in rayon/spandex; at Nordstrom, Garden City.

Tangerine: The color to wear in 2012

It's been called "invigorating," "dramatic" and "seductive." But only neophytes dare call it . . . merely . . . orange. No, the shade you'll be seeing lots of in coming months is tangerine, and not just any tangerine -- but "Tangerine Tango," a reddish-orange hue recently declared 2012's color of the year by Pantone, a leading color-forecasting firm based in Carlstadt, N.J.

Go for a double shot of citrus with
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Go for a double shot of citrus with Velvet Heart's collarless leather jacket in supple lambskin, $298, and Vince Camuto's leather sandal, $129.95; at Nordstrom and nordstrom.com.

Judith Leiber's minaudière in what they call hyacinth
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Judith Leiber's minaudière in what they call hyacinth but it's so sweetly tangeriney, bejeweled in Austrian crystals; $1,995 at neimanmarcus.com.

Looking ripe and ready -- this Neoprene coat;
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Looking ripe and ready -- this Neoprene coat; $99 at the Joe Fresh shop at Roosevelt Field, Garden City.

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FitFlop's nubuck sandal, $140, sits atop a cushiony,
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FitFlop's nubuck sandal, $140, sits atop a cushiony, three-ply Microwobbleboard midsole; at select Nordstrom stores.

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The folks at Joss & Main, a flash sale site, like Gilt Groupe, for members only (to join, just input your e-mail address) call this shade "mango," but it looks way more "Tangerine Tango-ish" to us, and it really pops on this leather Moroccan pouf, $129.95; available at jossandmain.com through Jan. 18.

Stay on trend and undercover with this brief;
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Stay on trend and undercover with this brief; $4.99 at American Eagle's Aerie shops and aerie.com.

Fruit for the feet -- Boden's satin plimsolls
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Fruit for the feet -- Boden's satin plimsolls for women, $58, with canvas upper and leather toe cap; at bodenusa.com.

Men have zesty options in tangerine like straight-leg
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Men have zesty options in tangerine like straight-leg pants, $29.95, or this plastic hoodie, $49.95 (available in March); at H&M stores.

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All polishes in the Nails Inc. line are
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All polishes in the Nails Inc. line are named after streets in London, like their tangerine "Porchester Place," $9.50; at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Get a jolt of this year's hottest shade
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Get a jolt of this year's hottest shade with Pantone merchandise, like this mug; $25 at pantone.com (click on "Products" and scroll down to "Pantone Accessories").

Soon to be a classic -- Eyebobs'
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Soon to be a classic -- Eyebobs' "Catcher in the Eye" frames, $75; at Ilori at the Americana Manhasset; Mustique, Westhampton Beach; and eyebobs.com.

Crate & Barrel goes juicy for Danish style
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Crate & Barrel goes juicy for Danish style with this slubby weave Parlour chair, $699 (there's also a matching ottoman); at CB2, Manhattan; or cb2.com.

On the runway: Tangerine was all over the
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On the runway: Tangerine was all over the spring collections, including this coat at Tommy Hilfiger.

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Coral Sunset top, $70, works with an assortment
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Coral Sunset top, $70, works with an assortment of jewelry; at Chico's or chicos.com.

H&M's spring line offers tons of tangerine, like
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H&M's spring line offers tons of tangerine, like this woman's coat, $99, print skirt, $39.95, and must-have wedgie platform sandal, $69.95; at H&M stores.

Urban Decay's Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $19,
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Urban Decay's Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color, $19, in a tangerine tone they call "Punch Drunk," comes loaded with plant derivatives like Phytosterol, which promotes hydration of the delicate lip area; exclusively at Sephora stores and sephora.com.

Men can test out this year's popular shade
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Men can test out this year's popular shade with Stetson's leather boot, with wide square toe, $229.95; at UrbanWesternClothing.com.

Plus-size brands don't shy from tangerine this season
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Plus-size brands don't shy from tangerine this season -- stop in at the "plus-size web mall" OneStopPlus.com and you'll find Jessica London's Lightweight Leather Jacket, originally $249.99 and up, now $169.99 and up, with a dramatic layered lapel and figure-flattering empire seam; at onestopplus.com (search "Lightweight Leather Jacket") or call 800-400-4481.

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Karen Kane takes a tangerine turn with this
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Karen Kane takes a tangerine turn with this U-Neck striped tunic; $68, in rayon/spandex; at Nordstrom, Garden City.

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail -- a new
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L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail -- a new nail color line from L'Oréal out this month -- comes in 42 shades, including Tangerine Crush; $9.99 at drug, food and mass market retailers and lorealparis.com.

Jay Godfrey juices up the spring line with
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Jay Godfrey juices up the spring line with a reddish-orange shade (called "Lollipop Red") for this Rota ruffle-neck dress, $375, in silk chiffon/silk CDC; available at jaygodfrey.com.

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