The lack of snow and sun makes the Salt Lake Valley a pretty dreary place. But not worry my fashionable friends, spring is coming and will bring with it pops of bright and happy colors like Tangerine Tango, Cockatoo, Margarita and Cabaret.

The folks over at Pantone, the world authority on color, surveys New York Fashion Week's top designers to pinpoint the hottest hues of each season.The big colors for spring 2012 span a neutral taupe (Starfish) to vibrant yellow (Solar Power) and deep blue (Sodalite) to dusty purple (Bellflower), and local retailers have embraced the Pantone rainbow.

So, go for it. Add a little brightness to your wardrobe before those April showers bring May flowers.

Pantone colors for Spring 2012, with sketch from Nanette Lapore's spring collection.

Flying Tomanto Lace dress (Margarita), $68, Q Clothing, SLC

Ruffle shirt (Cabaret), $24, Nineteen70, SLC

BB Dakota sequin top, $80; Rag & Bone leggings, $165; silk Rag & Bone Ceremony dress, $450, all with pops of Sodalite Blue; Cake, Park City

Rebecca Minkoff mini MAC (Tangerine Tango), $195, Purse Dreams, SLC

DL1961 Skinny Fit jeans (Cockatoo), $158, Apt. 202, SLC