What To Wear Now: The Fall 2016 Pantone Colors

A new season means new colors on the runways, in stores and in your wardrobe. And while we love our tried and true neutrals – marking the change in the calendar by changing up the colors that we’re wearing keeps things interesting and fresh. Of course, every season has its key trends and associated popular hues – and we’re loving the ones Pantone is reporting on this season. Here are the key colors for Fall ’16 and some of our favorite items in these shades.

Riverside Blue. A subtle, sophisticated medium blue with a touch of gray, riverside blue is one of those colors that’s got more personality and warmth than you’d expect from the first glance. It’s just a little more interesting than an expected navy, neutral and especially gorgeous done in fabrics like silk, satin or velvet; for instance this Lafayette 148 sleeveless turtleneck top is casual luxe done right.

Airy Blue. A slightly paler option still in the blue family, this icy blue has an ethereal feeling that should lighten up your winter looks. We love it done in a tailored blazer like this one by ASOS, especially paired with winter white.


* indicates required

Sharkskin. One of our favorite dependable neutrals gets an update for fall 2016. This is an excellent basic shade that you can pair with almost anything, and it makes for interesting accessories as well, like these Stuart Weitzman suede ankle boots.

Aurora Red. Red has always been an excellent way to add a pop of color, and this bright warm red is hardly an exception. In addition to being an ideal choice for accessories, it makes a great lip or nail color – you might try Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Nail Color in Mandarin Bolero or Carmin Escarpin instead of your standard fall burgundies or berries this year.

Warm Taupe. This is the ideal pale neutral for outerwear this fall – at once classic and luxurious, there is something that just feels rich about warm taupe or camel outerwear like this Rag & Bone single button wool coat.

Dusty Cedar. If you think true red is a bit too bold especially with fall’s autumnal palette, and the past season’s rose quartzes and blush pinks are too pale, this soft reddish pink might be your new favorite color, especially for every day basics like this whisper cotton tee by Madewell.

Lush Meadow. Lively and perfect for the holidays, this emerald hue is surprisingly flattering, making it a great choice for a scarf or top, like this drapey H&M blouse that’s just begging to be paired with high waist pants.

Spicy Mustard. The 70s redux continues, and this sunflower shade is perfect for adding a bit of a bohemian feel. We like it for accessories, such as this Chloe mini-Hudson saddle bag with top stitching, bronze studs, and a suede tassel that’s trendy and boho-chic forever.

Potter’s Clay. Another shade that can have a 70s feel, but it also can be elegantly earthy in a decidedly non-hippie type of way, or even quirky-preppy like this J.O.A. cable knit sweater.

Bodacious. This orchid purple-pink is somewhat of an outlier in fall’s palette – we’ll probably see it continue through the winter and into spring 2017, and for good reason. Cool toned but flattering on many complexions and perfect with all shades of gray as well as red or pink, we’re loving Bodacious for scarfs, hats, gloves, and tops – anything worn by the face, like this Gucci reversible wool scarf.

Which of these colors is your favorite, and are you planning on picking some new pieces in that particular shade for the upcoming fall/winter seasons? And there’s also personal favorites and flattery – if one or more of these colors suits you particularly well or simply speaks to you on an aesthetic level, there will be plenty of options in that hue in stores soon, so plan on stocking up!

Pictured Above (from left to right):

Lafayette 148 New York Bonita Silk Charmeuse Turtleneck Blouse, $298

ASOS Slim Tailored Jacket in Crepe, $68

Stuart Weitzman Grandiose Booties, $525

Givenchy Le Vernis Intense Color Nail Lacquer, $22

Rag & Bone Emmet Single-Button Wool-Blend Coat, $995

Madewell Whisper Cotton-Jersey T-shirt, $30

H&M V-neck Blouse, $19.99

Chloé Hudson Mini Whipstitched Suede Shoulder Bag, $1,890

J.O.A. Amber Cable Sweater, $80

Gucci Reversible Wool Stencil Scarf, Pink/Blue, $330

– Jacqueline Zenn

Image Layout: Fountain Of 30

Are you following Fountain Of 30 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest? We’ve got lots going on, so join in on the fun! Subscribe to our newsletter here. Oh and we are now on Snapchat too!


Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.