Top 10 Color Trends for Fall/Winter 2016-17

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pantone fashion color report fall 2016

Pantone has revealed the top colors for fall/winter 2016-17 and I couldn’t be any more excited. The season’s color trends are anchored by earthy tones like Warm Taupe and Dusty Cedar with pops of vibrant colors like Spicy Mustard and Bodacious. A lot of these shades are definitely a departure from the more traditional fall shades.

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute:

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.

I like wearing a lot of earthy tones in the fall. I love the Dusty Cedar shade and I plan to incorporate a lot of it into my fall wardrobe. Bodacious is pretty shade as well and will make a fun color combination when paired with a neutral contrasting shade like light gray, cream or black.

For a bit of inspiration, see how these fashion bloggers incorporate the top 10 color trends for fall/winter 2016-17 into their outfits below!


A cool and calming blue shade that displays a subtle vibrancy and sophistication.

fall winter 2016 color trends riverside


Airy Blue

A soft blue shade that evokes feelings of lightness and freedom.

fall winter 2016 color trends airy blue



A dark gray shade that is pair-able with any fall color, bright or muted. One of my favorite fall 2016/17 color trends.

fall winter 2016 color trends sharkskin


Aurora Red

A bold red that is warm, sensual and immediately pleasing to the eye.

fall winter 2016 color trends aurora red


Warm Taupe

A hearty, pleasing and approachable neutral that pairs well with each of the top 10 shades of the Fall 2016/17 color trends this season.

fall winter 2016 color trends warm taupe


Dusty Cedar

A dustier rose-toned pink that exudes warmth and welcome. It’s a fall and winter version of the pinks we’re used to seeing in the spring.

fall winter 2016 color trends dusty cedar


Lush Meadow

A rich and elegant jewel-toned green that’s vibrant and sophisticated.

fall winter 2016 color trends lush meadow


Spicy Mustard

A spicier, zestier yellow that is an exotic addition to the fall 2016/17 color trends palette.

fall winter 2016 color trends spicy mustard


Potter’s Clay

A neutral earthy tone orange shade that has an added degree of sophistication and layering.

fall winter 2016 color trends potter's clay



A versatile bright, rich purple color with hints of a more sophisticated pink.

fall winter 2016 color trends bodacious


Which fall 2016/17 color trends do you want to incorporate into your fall wardrobe? Share your thoughts by commenting below!


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