It’s a stressful time in the world, which is why color authority Pantone has predicted a fall palette, “inspired by a desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism.” They’ve put together a list of 10 top fashion colors you’ll see in stores this Fall-Winter 2016/17.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll go more in-depth about these colors explaining how to wear them to step up your style, but for now here’s an overview of Fall’s strong, calming palette.
BLUE IS NEW: The most popular color of spring was a soft pink followed by soft blue . This fall, dusty blues have taken the lead. Blue is tranquil, peaceful and credible. Two are at the forefront:
1. Riverside is cool and calming blue with a subtle vibrancy and sophistication.
2. Airy Blue is weightless, serene and freeing in a world heavy with conflict. Other colors in the palette that work with blue:
3. Sharkskin is slightly edgy gray, the perfect neutral with any fall color.
4. Spicy Mustard is exotic, zest and unexpected.
5. Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing approachable neutral that is grounded and timeless.
Sharkskin and Taupe are a classy combination, and Spicy Mustard gives this outfit a nice touch of energy.
6. Potter’s Clay is an orange with russet undertones that is earthy and gives a grounded feeling.
7. Lush Meadow is a rich, elegant green with more brightness and depth than natural greens.
These earthy tones make you feel safe and cozy in times of stress and make you look friendly and approachable.
8. Aurora Red is a bold red that adds a warm, welcoming sensual punch. Looks fabulous as a sweater with jeans or an evening dress.
9. Bodacious is a bright, rich purple that lends itself to vibrant color combinations. This color can communicate your artistic side.
10. Dusty Cedar is a dusty rose-toned pink with some complexity that exudes warmth. A nice color for work, feminine but not too girly.
The Colors of Fall/Winter – Can you wear them all?
It’s always a good idea to add at least one or two of these new colors into your wardrobe, but be careful you are adding in colors that work with your seasonal palette. There is no sense wearing the latest colors if they look horrible on you.
Remember, you don’t have to wear every “in” color to look fashionable. Sure, you may get lucky one year and find that all the trendy colors may fall within your seasonal palette. But that’s not always the case. You can always wear a seasonal color that is not in your palette as an accent. It can be the color of your shoe, purse, or jewelry.
An example of this: If Potter’s Clay is not your best color, then wear it on your bottom half as a solid or in print, or just wear a touch of it up top. For example, carrry a purse in this color or choose a scarf with this color in it.
If Sharskin Gray is not the best by your face, wear Bodacious as your shirt and try a Sharkskin gray bag and Warm taupe shoes.
Other color combos that will be popular:
Sharkskin/Airy Blue or Riverside Blue, or all 3!- Chic
Aurora Red/ Warm Taupe
Spicy Mustard/Bodacious – Yes really, but more for creative types.
What’s you favorite shade for fall? There are some pretty unusual color combinations out there. Mix and match all the colors above and come up with your favorite combinations and let me know.
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