Put away the pale pinks, banish the baby blues and spin the fashion color wheel this fall to pick a new hue that will give your wardrobe some fresh inspiration. Here's a look at the color palette for the season ahead:
—Start with the neutrals. They're the foundations of our wardrobes. And if you've done the black and white thing for a while, it's time to give the browns a twirl. Camel is one of the classic alternatives. If you don't have a camel coat, consider in investing in one. But chocolate browns are another fall favorite. Think the color of a chocolate milkshake. This warm taupe color makes an elegant statement when worn from head to toe, but it also easily pairs with other brighter colors.
—Or go gray. And if browns aren't your preference, go for a gray day. The dark charcoal grays are having a moment again, and they are the neutral that will go with everything. Try a dark pewter gray with a subtle metallic shimmer for even more effect. So if black has been your go-to neutral in the past, lighten up your wardrobe with a gradation of gray.
—Do blue. From dark navies to dusty sky blues, the blues are the stand-out favorites of the fashion crowd this season. These moody blues show up in everything from faded distressed denim to navy velvet boots to cobalt blue faux furs. Wear them monochromatically or mix and match them.
—Get ready for red. The pinks and corals of spring and summer have morphed into radiant reds for fall...brilliant blood reds, dusty roses and orangey rusts...all deeper and darker reds that will turn up the heat in your wardrobe, whether it's in a silky crimson bomber jacket, a glossy burgundy lipstick or a pair of ruby red slippers.
—Pick a green. The fashion rainforest comes alive this fall with lush, verdant greens that bloom in evergreens and emeralds and darker shades of teal blue-greens. Military-inspired olive greens are also getting attention this fall, especially when paired with dramatic reds. Watch for these fresh greens to be the hit of the holiday season in velvet jackets, cardigan sweaters and textured handbags.
—Spice it up with yellow. This fall, the yellows are anything but mellow. Instead, slather on a spicy mustard yellow for a delicious spin on the lemony hues of last year. This darker yellow gold makes an inviting background for the season's popular animal prints.
—Punch it up with purple. The color of royalty is still putting on a powerful fashion show. This fall, you'll find the color purple in shades ranging from dusty lilacs and mauves to brownish plums and bold aubergines. Pair these sophisticated purples with creamy pearl whites, chocolate taupes or charcoal gray for a sophisticated change of pace in your wardrobe...or even in your home decor.
And if you love that sky blue trench coat you bought last spring, then team it with a pair of charcoal trousers and turtleneck and top it off with a midnight navy velvet scarf. Give these "new" colors of fall a twirl and spin your favorite wardrobe basics into new combinations that will give you the best of all color worlds.
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