Summer is winding down, school has started and many people are looking forward to the cooler weather, the colorful leaves and the pumpkin spice lattes of fall. Pantone, that bastion of color, has released their lineup for fall, so let’s dive in and see which colors will work for you!
Earmarking the importance of blue in this fall’s palette, the new blue shade of Riverside undeniably takes precedence in the fall collections. This blue is cool and calming, strong and stable, and displays a subtle vibrancy and sophistication. All blues are considered “cool” colors, so this is perfect for Light Cools, Cool Softs and Soft Cools. “Subtle” is a key word as this shade of blue is soft, not super bright or vibrant, so Deep Cools, Cool Clears and Clear Cools can also wear it, but it won’t be their best shade of blue.
Can’t get enough blue? Airy Blue’s lofty nature evokes feelings of lightness and freedom. While most cold weather fashion colors tend toward the rich and deep, this one’s a light and serene exception. Pair Airy Blue with Lush Meadow, Warm Taupe or Dusty Cedar for fresh approach. The same rules for Riverside apply here, although the lightness of this color makes it especially well-suited for Light Cools.
There’s an edge to Sharkskin, and yet it manages to remain neutral. Pair it with almost any fall color, bright or muted. It showcases practicality through a dependable but contemporary lens. This is the cool version of the fall palette’s two neutrals. Light Cools, Deep Cools, Cool Clears, Cool Softs, Clear Cools and Soft Cools can all wear this lovely grey.
In contrast to the stable backbone of the Fall 2016 palette, Aurora Red adds a welcome punch. It’s a bold red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye. It’s exciting and dynamic and breeds unmistakable confidence. “Warm” is the key word here, so this rich red is perfect for Deep Warms. Warm Softs, Warm Clears, Clear Warms and Soft Warms can also give it a go.
Warm Taupe is a hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016 season. The color speaks of reassurance and stability and is timeless. Of the two neutrals, this one is, as its name suggests, is for the warm-toned ladies. Light Warms and Deep Warms can both wear it, although Light Warms will look their best when they pair it with one of the lighter colors from their palette. Likewise, Deep Warms will look their best when they pair it with one of the deeper, rich colors from their palette. Warm Taupe is perfect for Warm Clears, Warm Softs, Clear Warms and Soft Warms.
Dusty Cedar gives a nod to the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz. It can be considered a fall and winter version of the pinks we’re used to seeing in spring. It’s a dustier, rose-toned pink shade with some complexity and it exudes warmth and welcome. This is a somewhat unusual color that may be hard to find in the shops, but for Soft Warms and Warm Softs it will be worth the hunt. Deep Warms will also look good in it.
Lush Meadow brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage. Okay, botanicals and foliage aren’t the first things that come to mind when you think fall/winter, but you might think of it as the rich, emerald green you see around the holidays. It is rich and elegant, vibrant and sophisticated. This shade displays a brightness, panache and depth of color that elevates it from more natural greens. It’s a shade that somewhat straddles the line between warm and cool, so both Deep Cools and Deep Warms can wear it. Cool Clears and Clear Cools can also make others “green” with envy when they wear it.
Spicy Mustard is an exotic addition that adds another splash of uplifting vibrancy. It’s a spicier, zestier yellow than what we’ve seen in previous seasons. It’s unexpected and unusual and, as you might imagine, it’s not for everyone. If your coloring is cool, this color is one of the absolute worst. Do not, I repeat, do not attempt. Deep Warms and Warm Softs are the lucky ladies that can best pull off this electrifying color. Soft Warms and Warm Clears may also give it a try.
It couldn’t really be a fall color palette without a rust or orange, right? Potter’s Clay has elements of russet orange in its undertones, giving it a grounded feeling that’s anything but flat. It’s a shade with real substance, rich and inviting. As with Spicy Mustard, this one’s definitely for the warm-toned ladies. Again, perfect for Deep Warms and Warm Softs, but can also be worn by Warm Clears and Soft Warms.
Oh, we saved the best for last! Bodacious – what a fun name – is a bright, rich purple with hints of a more sophisticated pink. Unlike Spicy Mustard and Potter’s Clay, this color is unexpected in fall/winter palettes, so if you’re the type that likes to be surprising and original, this is for you. Bodacious lends itself to vibrant color combinations and is versatile enough to be used with pinks and reds. It turns fashion accents into fashion statements. Cool Softs, Clear Cools and Soft Cools will look lovely in it. Light Cools will want to pair it with another lighter color from their palette.