When it comes to color trends, Pantone knows all. Consistently nailing down what hues we'll see on and off runways, their trend reports are key for knowing what we can expect to see everywhere. This season, we are seeing designers debut all of our beloved fall classics—from puffers, blazers, sweaters, jackets and more—in those aforementioned tones reserved for warmer months, which is a sharp turn from the trending colors we saw last year. Following a tumultuous 2020 (to say the least), designers stuck to familiar color palettes showcasing tried and true fall shades, a way of mirroring the comfort most were seeking via loungewear and comfy WFH getups. But this year, we're seeing vibrant, joyful shades of bright yellows and greens, fierce fuchsia, dreamy blues, and so much more.
Of course, autumn's go-to shades are in the mix this year, but we're also seeing vibrant, joyful shades of bright yellows and greens, fierce fuchsia, dreamy blues, and so much more. So, to help you get your autumn wardrobe ready, we’ve rounded up the biggest colors debuted during FW21—and included in Pantone's Color Trend Report—so you can enter the coming season truly wearing the rainbow.
1. Olive Branch
Olive is a fall mainstay and we love it for its ability to go with practically everything, whether you pair it with other various green shades, a muted red, or even vibrant neon hues as pictured above. But we also know that this can be a tricky color to wear since certain skin tones can look sallow next to this particular type of green. But never fear, there are a ton of flattering options in this timeless hue, like the return of cargo pants, which have been elevated from their usual style and tapered to flatter your leg. Still skeptical? Try this color trend via your accessories...just don’t be shocked when an olive-green leather crossbody becomes your go-to handbag.
2. Mykonos Blue
When you think of the vibrant blue domes of Mykonos, your mind probably associates it with summer. After all, what better way to spend those toasty months than by lounging next to crystal blue water? If you're stumped on how to incorporate this shade into your rotation of autumn-themed pieces. We think making a monochromatic outfit showcasing other blue hues (think navy, indigo, aegean and denim) is a lovely way to show off this bright color.
Get the look: Jeffrey Campbell Endorphin High Top Sneakers ($105); Anthropologie Satin Slingback Flats ($120); Stuad Felix Nylon Shoulder Bag ($195); Cabana Ribbed Cropped Cami ($25); Ray Bans Photos Sunglasses ($198)
3. Illuminating Yellow
This extra bright tone is reminiscent of spring, picnics and freshly sprung daffodils which is why we think the best way to implement this hue is by pairing it with some of fall's classic neutral tones. Light grays and muted browns and nudes all complement this happy shade, making it a wonderful addition to your Autumn mix.
Get the look: Nike Blazer Mid '77 SE Sneaker ($100); Steve Madden Lilah Sandal ($80); Tularosa Nola Dress ($218); Generation Love Delilah Crepe Blazer ($348); Meghan Los Angeles Wild Orchid Pleat Jumpsuit ($114)
4. Leprechaun Green
Named after the infamous Irish trickster, this is another spring color that has made its way onto Pantone's list of fall's trending colors. Both bright and fun, this shade certainly mixes things up and is guaranteed to make your outfit pop. Our recommendation for adding this peppy color to the mix? Don't shy away from combining it with other highly pigmented colors. We especially love it mixed with lavender (Daphne from Scooby Do is a style icon after all) and various blue tones for a glorious, fashion forward outfit that is guaranteed to turn heads.
Get the look: Loeffler Randall Gina Platform Sandal ($348); Beechfield Plain Basic Knitted Winter Beanie Hat ($13); Steve Madden Dignify Croc Embossed Crossbody Bag ($75); Superdown Molly One Shoulder Dress ($68); Beaded Hoop Drop Earrings ($48)
5. Adobe Clay
Interrupting the stream of unusual trending colors to bring you a tried and true fall time go-to's. This warm, rusty clay hue is one of our absolute favorites. We love its ability to be dressed up or down, whether it's an adobe shaded sweat set or a tailored pair of slacks and a statement-making trench coat. Moreover, we think this earthy tone slays when combined with knitwear (also, a major trending category this fall). Or, let this shade take center stage and pair it with various edgy, yet autumnal leather pieces. Just imagine a clay colored turtleneck with a brown leather mini skirt, knee high boots and an oversized jacket.
Get the look: Coach Swinger Glovetanned Leather Shoulder Bag ($195); Sofia Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater ($44); Levi's 507 Quilted Faux Leather Puffer Vest ($100); Show Me Your Mumu Penny Lane Coat ($216); Leather Loop Drop Earrings ($48)
6. Fuchsia Fedora
Now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. Coming in (extra) hot, this ever vibrant fuchsia shade stands out from the rest. Feel free to pull an Elle Woods and mix and match this bad boy with rose and millennial pink shades. Or, tone things down and pair it with a dusty gray jacket and some dark wash denim for an unexpected, yet fall appropriate fit we can tip our hats—or in this case, fedoras—to.
7. Root Beer
Sweetly dubbed by Pantone as "Root Beer," this rich, earthy shade is both autumnally appropriate and so chic. While brown shades can be tricky to pull off, we think this extra cozy hue is ideal for the upcoming season and works seamlessly with all skin tones. Ideal for those brisk fall days, a Root Beer-shaded sweater paired with some bellbottom jeans gives off the perfect retro-vibed outfit to snuggle up in. Or, snag a sleekly tailored jacket and a pair of sky high booties to strut through the fallen, crunchy leaves in. Either way, this shade just screams fall.
8. Fire Whirl
When it comes to fall time shades, red is obvi one that is always going to be in the mix. But while we tend to see more muted tones of this color like warm rust and auburn hues, this classic firetruck tone strays away from the norm. But despite its vibrancy, this shade is one we think pairs nicely with practically anything, from warm neutrals, crisp blues and even yellow and oranges. Or if you're looking to keep things simple, utilize a cherry colored clutch or pair of flats for the ideal pop of color.
Get the look: BTB Los Angeles Riley Clutch ($84); Jeffrey Campbell Caviar Platform Slide Sandal ($140); Free People FP Movement Adventure Awaits Fleece Jacket ($168); Amanda Uprichard Josephina Tracksuit ($238); Urban Renewal Vintage Lightweight Blazer ($59)
Here’s a tip, if this shade of navy blue is throwing you off: Just wear it as if it’s black. Yup, that means it’s easy to wear this hue in big doses—like as a jumpsuit—or in the form of reliable albeit slightly unexpected outerwear, such as a leather jacket. We also like how this particular shade of navy, dubbed by Pantone as Rhodonite, looks in a monochrome style, as seen above, or when paired with another classic color, like a camel.
Get the look: Tory Burch McGraw Small Leather Bucket Bag ($328); Vince Camuto Brelanie Sandal ($99); Lovers and Friends Seana Mini Dress ($148); Le Specs Resumption Sunglasses ($79); Mallory Cowl Neck Slip Dress ($49)
This off-white hue is not only a universally flattering shade, it's a timeless one. We particularly love it on any type of knit, since it has more depth and can portray texture better than a flat shade of basic white. Or, opt for a classic trench or knee-length wool coat in the creamy color. That said, this stark shade is also striking on some waisted trousers for an elevated version of those khakis you wore as part of your school uniform all those years ago. Basically, you really can’t go wrong with Soybean—so long as you have a Tide To Go pen handy, in the instance of any unfortunate wine spills during brunch.
Get the look: Nine West Lola Chelsea Boot ($109); Perforated Ring Handle Crossbody Bag ($70); Chaser sweatshirt ($79); Open Edit Blazer Vest ($69; $50); L'Academie Ivanna Pant ($218); Sanctuary Knit Longline Blazer ($148)
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