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Colors for summer: 5 Hues to add to your wardrobe

Summer 2012 is all about color. When it’s hot outside, there’s no better way to look hot yourself than to add a splash of bright color near your face, bringing out rosy cheeks and stunning summer tans. Here are the five must-have hues for any summer 2012 wardrobe.

mint and black dress


This gorgeous light blue-green color looks great on anyone. Seriously. It flatters light skin and brings out blue eyes. It enriches a beautiful tan and makes dark skin pop. Mint is an instant way to look feminine without having to resort to pinkish hues. Go all out with a mint-colored sundress like this sexy number from ($70), or just add hints of it to your wardrobe with scarves, jewelry or cute wedges.

peach crochet top


Talk about a match made in heaven! Mint and peach go perfectly together, and that’s why both of these color trends are fantastic for summer. Sure, peach isn’t for everyone, but you’d be surprised how many women can pull off this color. It’s a nice, subtle swap for pinks and purples. Peach brings out the natural pinkish hues in your face, making you look bright, clean and pretty. Add a hint of peachy lip gloss to your makeup wardrobe, or go daring with a peach blouse, like this top from Urban Outfitters ($78), white skinny jeans and mint pumps.

mustard top


Before you snap to quick judgments, take some time to actually consider this “ugly” color as part of your wardrobe. Mustard is a color many stay away from, but once you have a mustard-colored piece on like this top from ($249), it’s tough to see why. It can act as both a “pop” color and a neutral. Pair it with black to make it shine, or go for a pair of mustard-colored slacks and a magenta top to make it a neutral.

margarita green dress

Margarita green

You can swap out the mint accessories this summer for something a little more obviously green. Margarita is a light yellow-white green that will look great incorporated into your makeup routine or as part of your wardrobe. Look super summery with a pair of margarita-hued shorts and a white top with contrasting peach accessories, or do an all-in-one look with this designer dress from Nordstrom ($695).

Tangerine topTangerine

Way to look hot! Tangerine is the brighter, more outgoing cousin of the subtle peach tone that’s hot this season. Keep it cool and casual with a pair of wedges with tangerine uppers, or go crazy with prints. Choose from the endless number of printed tops and shoes that contain sexy tangerine hues this summer, or go simple with a cute halter top like this number from Old Navy ($23).

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