As the leaves begin to change and the weather turns crisper, I inevitably pull out my fall colors, dark red, burnt umber, mustard, orange, olive green.. those colors that remind me of the turning leaves and the changing season. If you’re sick of those colors, or if they don’t particularly flatter your skin tone, don’t worry, you have other options!
Every year Pantone, the authority on color, puts out a list of 10 colors for each season. The Fall 2015 color palette does offer some new options that still have an autumn feel, the key is how you pair them. Half the colors on this seasons list are exactly what you would expect for fall. Marsala red, oak buff (looks like mustard to me), dried herb (grungy green). The other half, on the other hand, are completely unexpected, Biscayne Bay (teal), Cadmium Orange (like a bright peach), and Cashmere Rose (dusty pink).
The trick to making these unexpected colors feel like fall is how you wear them. Here are four options:
1. Pattern Chose patterns that are reminiscent of fall, like plaid. Rachel Pally for example chose cashmere rose for a plaid dress.
2. Fabric Lela Rose used the same color in a tweed coat. Heavier fabrics with lots of texture feel more like colder weather. Fabrics like tweed, boucle, wool are obviously for fall, no matter what color.
3. Style Cynthia Steffe and Daniel Silverstain both used biscayne bay in a mod looking long sleeve, high neck dress. Chose styles that are more covered up. After all, it’s getting too chilly outside to show lots of skin.
4. Color combinations If you pair cadmium orange with marsala red like Yoana Baraschi, you’ll get a distinctly autumn feeling, but one that feels fresh and contemporary because cadmium orange provides an modern pop of color.
Now that you’ve got some new options for fall colors, spend the weekend digging through your closet and see what new outfits you can put together. It’s like shopping without spending any money! For more info on Fall 2015 Fashion Color Report visit Pantone!