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Harriett Hendren: Mint is the perfect match for spring pastels

Add a fresh accent to a spring outfit with these patent leather lace-ups ($120 from Topshop).
Add a fresh accent to a spring outfit with these patent leather lace-ups ($120 from Topshop).

Mint is having a moment. The color, once considered cold and institutional, now seems fresh and the perfect accessory for spring fashion's sherbetlike colors, including soft peaches, pinks and yellows.

Prada featured mint in its 2012 spring collection, pairing it with yellow and red accents in delicate pleated dresses. And Topshop, the young, style-setting British retailer, offers mint-colored bags, shoes, sweaters and even hot pants.

The color popped up in the spring ready-to-wear collection at Yves Saint Laurent in topcoats, jackets and skirts. And new YSL nail polishes include a cool mint sold in a limited-edition duo with a chocolaty brown, $30 at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Men, too, can ride the mint fashion wave. Bonobos, which specializes in men's pants, offers its "Old Money" chinos in a soft pastel green and "mint juleps" pinwale cords. Both styles feature gingham linings and are $98 at Bonobos.com.

In the home, mint is showing up in vases and pillows, and even wallpaper. Britain-based Charlotte Taylor created a design exclusively for Anthropologie featuring red fire ants marching across a mint-colored background, $198 a roll. It's a great, if expensive, way to add a bit of charm to a small bathroom or office.

To bring warmth to a mint-colored room, consider adding gold accents, including candle holders or frames. Or for a bold accent, add just a bit of red, tangerine or citrusy yellow with colorful pillows, trays and decorative jars.

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