If you’re still reeling over the pastel frenzy into which Pantone‘s Colors of the Year for 2015 sent us all, you’re in luck: Pantone’s Color Report for Fall 2016 is here, and it’s full of wearable jewel tones that you’d be proud to see made into an eyeshadow palette (hint hint, Sephora).
Fall’s biggest colors will include light blue hues, dark red tones, a deep green, a light, bold purple, a dusty pink, and more. Pantone Color Institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman said,
“The desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish Purples and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic.”
We’re all about stepping away from typical fashion and style expectations, so seeing different colors outside of the go-to fall shades (which for me really just means a combination of denim, dark shades, and black) is refreshing. This is also the second season in which Pantone has released one unisex report, proving that gender fluidity is more present than ever in fashion. Eiseman told WWD,
“It’s almost as though its time has come. There has been such an erosion between the sexes. Fashion doesn’t have to be male or female. This whole idea is reflected in the relevance of colors in that men are feeling more comfortable in nontraditional colors and women are more open to what used to be masculine colors.”
If the fact that, just the other day, I saw a man on the subway rocking a powder blue peacoat is in any indication, Eiseman is exactly right.
But enough chit chat. You’re here to see which colors you need to incorporate into you wardrobe come Fall, not listen to me prattle on about the significance of colors like some overly passionate high school art instructor.
Click to the next page for the top 10 Pantone colors for Fall 2016!
This actually looks pretty similar to a the main color in Madewell‘s spring denim collaboration with Daryl K, so if you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to wear those pieces year-round, you can just shut those fears down right now.
2. Airy Blue
This is the perfect color to wear if you’re feeling stressed. Just looking at the swatch is soothing.
The perfect color for a chunky knit sweater, cardigan, or nail polish.
4. Aurora Red
I actually prefer this kind of red to a bright true red, at least in terms of my clothing. You get to make the same bold statement without being too glaringly bright.
5. Warm Taupe
I’m calling it now: taupe is the new camel.
6. Dusty Cedar
If you’ve never tried it before, dusty pink is a surprisingly great neutral.
7. Lush Meadow
As a ginger myself, I’m always happy to see that shades of green are going to be big for any season.
8. Spicy Mustard
Looks like yellow is sticking around for the year, even if it is a somewhat difficult color to style for everyday wear.
9. Potter’s Clay
BRB, off to find a lipstick shade that looks exactly like this to wear for the rest of my life.