The Top Fall 2012 Color Trends

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Bright colors such as Tangerine Tango might have ruled over the spring and summer, but this season’s “it” colors are deeper and darker which is similar to 2011’s color trends. Color is a great way to vamp up your wardrobe and this fall/winter, you’ll instantly fall in love with oxblood, eggplant, and deep teal shades. We’ve scanned the looks from the fall runways and narrowed down the top fall 2012 color trends so use this post as guide throughout your fall and winter shopping.

French Roast

This rich and robust color was named one of the top trends by Pantone. It’s a tasty, sophisticated brown color trend that is a great alternative to the black and charcoal basics typically worn in the fall.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Doo.Ri, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg

Cobalt Blue

A bright and trendy jewel-tone shade that is often popular during the fall/winter season.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Balenciaga, Stella McCartney, Prabal Gurung

Burnt Orange

A warm, dustier orange with a 1960’s flair.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Thakoon, Calvin Klein Collection, Altuzarra


The hot new standout shade embodies hints of brown making it more versatile than traditional red. It goes with just about everything. (Read: How to Wear the Oxblood Trend)

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Peter Som, Rodarte, DKNY

Just Peachy

Peach is the new neutral for the fall season.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Chanel, Chloe,  Elie Saab Couture

Deep Teal

Not your ordinary teal color and neither blue or green. It’s a dynamic, stand-out color that looks great on any skintone.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Balmain, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab Couture


This bold, deep purple shade can really add drama and style to any look. (Check out 25 Ways to Wear Plum for Fall)

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Lanvin, Tory Burch, Neil Barrett, Jason Wu

Statement Making Red

This fiery cherry red is a bold hue that makes a statement. Designer’s had fun mixing this hue with this season’s strongest textures.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Jason Wu, Monique Lhuillier, Donna Karan

Honey Gold

Another color on the Pantone fall 2012 color wheel. This mellow, burnished yellow suggests the soft-muted tones of sunlight to brighten a fall day.

fall 2012 color trends

From left to right: Oscar de la Renta, Valentino Couture, Jean Paul Gaultier Couture



  1. Great article and so on point! I love all the fall colours such a great palette, something for everyone and I forgot teal works for everyone, good to know. As a fashion designer this is great research. Thank you.

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