5 Color Trends for Fall

{By Lana Jackson}

Okay people—this is it. This is what we’ve all been waiting for, right? It’s fall!

The leaves are starting to turn, trips to harvest festivals and local wineries are on the calendar, pumpkin spice lattes and football are back, DVRs are cleared for new fall shows, and of course new Thanksgiving recipes and décor ideas will be splashed across the cover of every foodie magazine known to man.

Can you tell how excited I am!? I know, it’s too much . . .

But seriously, for me, fall always has this air of new beginnings—this slight tinge of excitement that holds the promise of all things new.

It’s as if God is whispering to us in the rustling of bronze-colored leaves, beckoning us to notice a change in our surroundings and in our own hearts as well. He’s inspiring us to look forward to Christmas—to the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and the newness his birth means for all of our lives.

Ah, fall. It rescues you from August heat and pre-games you for Christmas treats. That rhymes.

Anyway.

To make the most of this season’s crisp weather and spirit of newness, here are the 5 new “it” colors and patterns for the fall. I hope you’re as excited as I am about working these new colors into your autumn wardrobe. Kick back with a cup of warm cider and take notes!

fall color trends 2015

Marsala

wine colored outfit ideas

Not the beverage, but the “it” color for fall—you heard it here first. Of course, we expect to see it in lipstick shades and nail polishes, but I think wine needs a renaissance as an outfit color. It such a strong autumnal color that is more approachable than that Taylor Swift red we’re so used to seeing. Marsala has actually been voted the color of the year by the Pantone color company—you know the paint swatch people at Home Depot? Anyway, I have big plans to find Marsala in suede heel pumps for holiday parties, as well as in a pencil skirt or shift dress for the office. If you can’t find this specific shade, be sure to keep your eyes open for shades like: wine, aubergine, maroon, and oxblood at your favorite stores. To make this color pop add touches of animal print: leopard, snakeskin, tortoise, etc.

Icy Blush

ways to wear pink in the fall

A nod to the ‘60s and ‘70s, Icy Blush evokes a sentiment of optimism, fun and fantasy. It’s a youthful color that’s still sophisticated in its appeal, welcoming and subtly dramatic. This hue is striking enough to stand on its own or act as a bold contrast. Try it out in nail polish if it’s too bright for your everyday outfits. Personally, I just love this color, it makes me happy. For some reason, it makes me think of bunny rabbits playing in the snow? I like bunny rabbits. Do you?

Tortoise

tortoise outfit ideas

I have a crush on tortoise this fall. There is something very sophisticated and feminine about tortoise print—like a quiet, dainty sneeze from a lady. I really think tortoise is something special this fall for accessories. Think tortoise sunglasses, watches, statement necklaces, and bracelets. This almost, leopard-like pattern makes any outfit seem so Hepburn—smart elegance. Just something to think about.

Tartan’s back with a vengeance . . . a nice vengeance

tartan fall fashion trends

When I was 13 years old I wanted this enormous taffeta, tartan circle skirt from J.Crew. Of course I didn’t get it and rightly so, where in the world is an eighth grader going to go with a tartan circle skirt?

Ridiculous.

But ever since then I’ve been trying to make tartan happen in my life. I’ve recently figured out that tartan, blanket scarfs in red or green can be great accompaniments to any fall outfit. Tartan is such a special print, because it reminds us of what really matters in life: Christmas, Plaid, Brit-rock, and Braveheart. This fall, I’m on the lookout for a flannel, tartan blanket scarf. They’re perfect as a fashion accessory, or to wrap around you in frigid office/classroom temperatures, or to use as a blanket for a football game or fall picnic. Seriously, do it. And while you’re at it mixing prints is very on trend this year, so try mixing tartan with a simple stripe. As long the stripe is in the same color family you’re golden.


Leopard Print + Red Plaid

how to wear plaid with leopard

Apple pie + Vanilla Ice cream, Marley + Reggae, Skinny jeans + Tall boots, Jesus + the Church. Some things are just meant for each other, you know? The same is true for leopard print and red, specifically red plaid.

Red plaid . . . and leopard?

Yes that’s what I said. I know, I know. But trust me, would I lie to you? Never. And certainly not about this.

There’s something about the boldness of red that compliments leopard so well. Red operates as a very strong accent, restraining the leopard while still making it pop. But when you pair red plaid with leopard it makes the whole look a little next level. As long as you wear the leopard in small accessories like shoes, scarfs, or clutches it won’t look weird and super attention-seeking. The rest of your outfit should be mostly neutrals like: white, tan, black, denim, etc. This is a simple way to bring a bit of artistic edginess to your look—you just can’t go wrong here. Just promise me you’ll think about it, okay?

fall fashion trends

Alright folks, comedy aside, I’m praising Jesus for the fall and the newness it brings! I hope you all enjoy working these fall color ideas into your outfits this season. As always, we have the wonderful privilege of honoring Christ with our lives, our bodies, and our outfit choices. So remember to make good choices.

Dress to glorify,

Lana

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