Color Outside the Lines

“Black and White may be sufficient, but why deprive yourself of color?”- Christian Dior


What colors come to mind when you envision fall?

Orange jack-o-lanterns with a warm glow sitting on windowsills under a bright, full moon. Bright red leaves crunching beneath your boots with each step that you take. Tall  yellow corn fields on the horizon. Orange jerseys on the football field every Saturday afternoon of the season. Dark red embers of a bonfire with billowing gray smoke.

Drinking warm, brown, caramel colored hot chocolate out of your favorite mug. Eating orange pumpkin pie by the fireplace late at night. Knitting a beige, cozy scarf listening to the rain drops fall and the wind whistle. Stirring up bright red cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. A dark chocolate lab snuggled up at your feet.

Black, distressed, faded jeans and combat boots walking down an old beaten path. Red and black plaid button down shirt hanging in your closet. Over-sized, brown sweater dress warming up chilly, rainy days. A gray fleece jacket with worn leather gloves raking the leaves. Cozy blue sweaters searching for the best pumpkin in the patch.

Colors of the season shine through outdoors in nature, inside in home decor and food, in fashion and clothing, and many other areas. They have the ability to bring back vivid memories, wonderful aromas, delectable tastes, and feelings of comfort with friends and family. When it comes to fashion, below are the colors that Pantone’s color report for fall 2017 suggests to wear in the fall season. If you remember one of my previous posts, “Fall In Love With Color,” I encourage playing with color to create new and exciting outfit combinations.

Colors to experiment with this year are shades of reds (the most popular color for fashion this fall) and also greens. Navy, gray, and camel are fresh neutrals for fall compared to usual shades of black. The lime green shade, greenery, is Pantone’s color of the year and has transitioned from the spring season into Autumn for 2017. When you’re shopping, keep your eye out for these shades to rock an on-trend look for the current season.

  Haider Ackermann Fall 2012 ~ ParisMooi, net even anders en toch zakelijk genoeg ELIE SAAB - Ready-to-Wear - Fall Winter 2014-2015Ralph & Russo S/S 2014 RUNWAY LOOKSMax Mara ~ Fall Knit Midi, Camel 2015. Love the color!I really like the funkiness and yet remaining class of this number! I adore the nude and black sheer mesh torso with split sleeve, and the navy split skirt. Very fun yet elegant.
Fall 2015 Couture - Raffaella Curiel Couture//I love this shade of gray and the material looks so soft and comfy on the skirt and jacket.Marchesa  Couture Pre-fall 2017That's such a gorgeous color. And the fabric is really neat. It looks as though it would travel well, and be cool up on stage.Donna Karan. I love this. So graceful and it can be a formal or a dynamite cocktail attire. Look at it closely, it's allure is subtle. akbeautiful

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How to incorporate these shades into your fall wardrobe:

  1. Swap out black pieces and opt for navy, camel, or gray shades for neutral pieces such as jackets, pants, boots, bags, and hats.
  2. Look for prints, such as plaids or checks, that incorporate two or more of the shades above. It is a quick and simple way to add several on-trend colors to your look at once.
  3. Choose a bold burnt orange or lime green scarf, colored booties, or other accessory to add a trendy pop of color to your fall wardrobe.
  4. Stand out a bold red or burgundy shade by choosing a classic silhouette such as a simple sweater dress or trench coat and turning it into a statement piece this fall with all eyes on you.
  5. Invest in one blush piece this season because the shade can easily be carried into spring. I believe that blush is a staple for springtime no matter the color report.
  6. Look for vibrant shades such as emerald and baby blue in trendy fashion pieces that will compliment this season. Don’t spend too much on these looks because these colors will likely not be in trend next year, just as the clothing trend will likely not be in season either.

In this look, I paired several of the top Pantone colors into one cohesive outfit. I have on camel colored booties to bring in one of the suggested neutral colors. I am mixing three shades of red within the look. I have a deep red lace jacket, a blush lace dress, and burgundy lipstick. Personally, I am really inspired by the shades of red for fashion this fall. I love how bright and happy they are, as fall shades have a tendency to look bleak and monotone like the weather this time of year. This outfit is also a great example for wearing lace in the fall and using it to add texture and interest.

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