The Buzz on Fall Colors

by Lori Sciame | May 9th, 2013 | Current Trends

fall leavesWomen’s fall clothing colors will be rich in 2013 to say the least.  Gone are basic black, utilitarian beige, and nautical blue. They have been replaced with more regal sounding (and looking) colors such as acai, koi, samba, turbulence, carafe, and mykonos blue. Intrigued by these descriptive colors?  Read on to learn more about the color trends for women’s clothing – fall 2013.

No Shy Colors Allowed

Direct from Pantone, a global authority on the subject of color, the buzz is that color trends will be prominent, not shy, this fall. According to their website, pantone.com, “This season, designers express the many moods of fall with skillfully arranged collections that will enhance and enliven customers’ outlooks as the colder months set in. Similarly, colors come together to create moods that range from sophisticated and structured to lively and vivid, encapsulating our inherent need for wardrobe variety to reflect emotions that run from thoughtfully introspective to irrepressibly elated.”

We all have varied emotions, and these lively colors will enhance these emotions by reflecting and enhancing them.  For instance, mykonos blue can enhance a tranquil state of mind, while koi will help portray an already ecstatic feeling.

Pinpointing Color Trends

How does Pantone know what colors designers are currently using for collections?  They ask! This company has become the color experts, as for the past 20 years, they have been surveying leading designers concerning seasonal colors and color inspirations. By communicating directly with designers, Pantone can envision the current color pulse.

Color: Not an Afterthought

As stated by Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman, the palette for clothes this fall reflects fallen leaves in a forest. She states, “If you ever walked in the forest or the woods in the fall when the leaves have fallen, there is such a gorgeous mélange of color. This palette reflects those wonderful fall colors but at the same time there are colors that ring a certain sturdiness and structure” (qtd. in Glamour). This beautiful description places color at the forefront instead of in the background.  In essence, the mood evoked by color of a garment will almost be more important that the structure of the clothing itself. This fall, then, one of the hottest trends is color!

Pantone’s Must Haves

Ella Moss by Pamella Protzel-Scott Eco leather and print mix dress — hard and soft fabrics mixed together to create a balanced look.

Herve Leger A beautifully engineered jacquard dress.

Jenny Packham A Beaded cable knit body suit in Ink Blue.

Kelly Wearstler Two amazing leather jackets in spirited yet wearable colors: One in a beautiful Muted Periwinkle and the other in an amazing textured Aqua leather.

Lela Rose A V-neck dress in silk matelassé made in a hand-inked floral in Golden Forsythia.

Mara Hoffman A vibrant oversized sweater is definitely important for those dreary fall days!

Nicole Miller Our new wrap sweater vest in Heather Gray cashmere can be worn so many different ways — it’s an instant, and cozy, wardrobe must-have!


Color will be even more important in fall 2013. Research trends now to find out what will work for you.




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