Fall Color Trend Report

With a new season comes a new color palette, and while summer saw pretty pastels and neon brights, fall is all about rich, sophisticated hues perfect for cooler weather.

Burnt orange skirt

Burnt orange

Tangerine may have owned the spotlight in spring and summer, but a darker, more elegant orange is moving in for fall. We spied rich orange hues on several fall runways, including Rodarte and Proenza Schouler. The fall-ready hue pairs well with black, but looks equally chic with white, blue and charcoal.

Wear it: We can’t get enough of this bold orange 3.1 Phillip Lim pencil skirt sure to give your office wardrobe a seasonal boost ($375).

Royal blue jacket

Royal blue

We were pleased to see this classic hue make a comeback for fall (Stella McCartney and Chanel used it in their fall collections, just to name a few). Royal blue is versatile, eye-catching and gives neutrals a boost when worn as an accent.

Wear it: Bring on the blue with this vibrant tailored jacket with playful polka dot cuffs ($57).

Deep red twill pants

Deep red

While it never truly goes out of style, some seasons see more red than others. This fall, red is getting another turn in the style spotlight and we couldn’t be happier. It’s dramatic, elegant and definitely gets noticed. Whether you wear it on your lips, your nails or throughout your fall wardrobe, red is here to stay for the season.

Wear it: Paint the town red in a pair of expertly tailored stretch wool-twill pants ($225). Add your favorite fitted T-shirt and a leather jacket to round out the look.

Yellow tank

Yellow

Move over neon! This season’s yellow is deeper and more sophisticated. We saw some gorgeous pieces in primrose yellow come down the runway at Oscar de la Renta and Chloe, and the hue has us pretty excited for the cooler temperatures to move in. This mustard-tinged or turmeric yellow pairs easily with most colors, in particular royal blue, cream and even some pastels.

Wear it: We suggest wearing this silk blend tank in a rich marigold yellow under a tailored jacket ($85).

Purple

We noticed several collections (including Ferragamo and YSL) that showed a penchant for purple. This season the hue is eggplant-inspired and an ideal match for softer neutrals, basic black, gray and yellow.

Wear it: Why not inject your footwear collection with a dose of deep purple? We love this pair of stylishly structured John Fluevog riding boots in one of this season’s hottest hues ($349).

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Comments on "Color crash course: 5 Colors we're falling for this fall"

Krista September 25, 2012 | 11:14 AM

I adore that orange pencil skirt. Such a classy color, especially with a nice creamy blouse, perfection! And I bet it would look great on a night out too with a ier black top and heels.

Nancy September 19, 2012 | 8:58 AM

Deep purple is a great hue for fall this year. I like the idea of incorporating it into my boots as opposed to just sweaters and blazers. Thanks for the fun idea!

Lauren September 19, 2012 | 8:57 AM

I am sooo happy that Royal Blue is "in". I LOVE royal blue and always have! It's so bright, though, and it's something I would more think of as a summer color. But paired with a great blazer and boots? Perfect for winter! Thanks!

Lauren September 19, 2012 | 8:57 AM

I am sooo happy that Royal Blue is "in". I LOVE royal blue and always have! It's so bright, though, and it's something I would more think of as a summer color. But paired with a great blazer and boots? Perfect for winter! Thanks!

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