…you obsess over Pantone’s Fall 2017 Fashion Color Report! Every year, a team from the Pantone Color Institute studies the runways at New York Fashion Week, looking for the colors designers use in their collections. Then they create a list of 10 colors that determines the fashion and interior design trends for the coming year. It’s always fun to see the colors pop up in stores – once you know what they are, you can’t not see them!
In an article on the Pantone website, Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, said this about the Fall 2017 Colors:
“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth. While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterum and Tawny Port.”
Autumn Maple. Butterum. Tawny Port. Can you see the girl in the chunky sweater with her Pumpkin Spice Latte, gazing at the falling leaves while she thinks about what to wear to the big game on Saturday? It’s a total cliche, I know, but fall is my favorite season! I think I was a New Englander in a former life!
Red is a power color associated with leadership, courage, and self-determination. This vibrant shade is an attention-getter – wear a red jacket to a business meeting and dominate the room or stand out from the crowd in a little black dress with the perfect red lipstick.
2. Tawny Port
Tawny Port is Grenadine’s older, more sophisticated sister. It has the energy and strength of red and the spirituality and integrity of blue. I love this color as a neutral in fall – it looks great with animal prints. If you already have black and brown booties, you might want to add this color to your closet.
3. Ballet Slipper
Combining the passion of red with the purity of white, pink represents compassion, nurturing, and unconditional love. This Tory Burch bag is the perfect accent to Tawny Port, Neutral Gray, and Navy Peony.
Brown signifies coziness and security – think snuggling up on the couch with a good book and mug of hot tea on a cold day. I love this toasty shade in a knit top with jeans or leggings.
5. Navy Peony
Given my obsession with blue tops, you know this is my favorite of the ten colors. Blue is the color of trust, responsibility, and sincerity. It’s flattering on all skin tones and less harsh than black as a neutral. Try this bold floral top from Talbots with jeans or a pencil skirt.
6. Neutral Gray
Gray is calm, quiet, and reserved, anchoring the fall color palette. You could wear head-to-toe gray and use any of the other colors (except Golden Lime) as an energizing accent.
7. Shaded Spruce
A balance between the head and the heart, green symbolizes growth, harmony, and nature. Shaded Spruce is an evergreen amongst the fiery reds and oranges of fall. This lace bell-sleeve dress from J. Crew is the perfect example of this color.
8. Golden Lime
This is my least favorite color of the ten. I prefer it as an accent color or in a pattern like this one. A little goes a long way!
10. Autumn Maple
The quintessential fall color, orange “radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.” (Source) These tassel earrings add texture and movement to any outfit.
Curious about where fashion trends come from? Click here to read my friend, Ellen’s, post to find out why trends like statement sleeves are so popular.