Pantone’s Fall Fashion Color Trends for 2012

These are the “it” colors for fall, according to the fashion color report from Pantone. Thankfully, there are some carry-overs from spring, particularly tangerine and with a palette filled with so much, well, color we think saying ta-ta to summer will hopefully be a lot easier. Yes, we know! How could you even think of saying goodbye to summer when it hasn’t even arrived yet?! But this is the world of fashion, y’all and we’ve always got to be one or two steps, make that seasons, ahead to keep you up to date and in the know!

Color Trends for Fall 2012

Let’s start at the very beginning (which someone once said is a very good place to start) with

French Roast

French Roast. This rich brown is the perfect way to ease yourself back in to what you know be a winter most likely dotted with its share of black. Wanna know the best part? Not only will French Roast be a splendid replacement for black, it looks tres chic when worn together! Like a good, strong hug French Roast is reliable and dependable. Sort of like a high school sweetheart.

Honey Gold is soft and warm, kind of like a late autumn afternoon when you’re glad you wore your cable-knit sweater because the sun is beginning to set and you’re ready to snuggle up. Unlike it’s sassier cousin Lemon, Honey Gold has a certain sophistication about it. Wear it as a top or a bottom and pair it with blues, greens or grays.

Pink Flambe

Pink Flambe – Deeper than Rose Smoke, but not as flashy as fuschia, Pink Flambe is a lovely way to maintain color in your fall wardrobe. Take it up a notch by color blocking it with any of the Brights (Tangerine, Olypian Blue, Ultramarine Green or Bright Chartreuse) or let it be the center of attention by wearing it with grays and browns.

Tangerine Tango

We can’t say enough about Tangerine Tango! It is fun, vivacious and loud (in a good way). Tangerine is the best party date around and has been seen all over both the spring/summer and fall runways this year, on clothing and accessories alike. If this terrific color feels overwhelming, just take it in small doses; a bracelet here or a skinny belt there. If you love tangerine as much as we do, then go for it! The spring in your step will probably last you until, well, next spring!

Ultramarine Green

Ultramarine Green – What is it about this color that makes us want to sit down and discuss Tolstoy? It just seem so worldly somehow. The logical ascension from lime, this algea color is as rich as the ocean is deep. Though we wouldn’t recommend wearing it head to toe, we most certainly would suggest pairing it with neutrals like gray, beige or white and other sumptuous colors like navy or eggplant. (And maybe brushing up on your Nietzche before wearing it.)

Bright Chartreuse

Bright Chartreuse – Chartruese is kind of like the an unexpected crush. You never knew you liked it, and yet you may find you feel drawn to it somehow. Well, this fall will be the perfect time to see if there’s any chemistry between you two! While divine on some, Chartreuse is definitely not for everyone. You’ll know the minute you try it on whether it’s meant to be (kind of like a first kiss). No matter how big your crush, it’s good to start slow. Wear a chartreuse tank with an all neutral outfit or buy a chartreuse scarf until you’re ready to make a bigger commitment. You know what they say about colors? There’s plenty of ‘em in the rainbow! And if you and Chartruese are not soul mates then perhaps an Olympian is what you need….

Olympian Blue

Olympian Blue – that is. Much more universally flattering than (sorry!) Chartreuse, this shade of blue compliments just about everyone and is the kind of blue you’d want to bring home to meet the parents. Definitely easier to integrate into your exisiting wardrobe, this blue is cheerful, friendly and outgoing without being overbearing. Wear with other like, bright colors (a Chartruese scarf, perhaps?) or pair with black or white, giving this Olympian the top spot on the podium.


Titanuim – Despite its strong sounding name, Titanuim is actually a wonderfully soft neutral. It can be the backdrop for a veritable fruit bowl of bright colors like raspberry, lime or lemon, or, when worn tonally with other grays, it can definitely give you an elegance and a whole lot of je ne sais quoi!


Rhapsody – Like its name, this color is has an ethereal quality that evokes movement, as though you can almost see the swish of the hem of a long sheer skirt made out of this charmingly soft lilac. What lovely and romantic color for fall. When we are so accustomed to autumnal hues like reds, browns and oranges, this lovely lilac is a fresh twist on the season. Wear it with bright colors like tangerine or go for an all over soft palette pairing it with grays like Titanium or soft creams and beiges.

Rose Smoke

Rose Smoke – This baby pink is a splendid alternative to white. It is soft and sweet and will never ever break your heart. It will look fantastic with a bevy blues, a garden of greens and, yep you guessed it, Tangerine!

We love all these fall colors in different ways, for different reasons and, while we like a great love story as much as anyone, we think we’ll be keeping our (color) options open. And while a good love may be hard to find, a good color, well, we can find lots of those. Right in our very own closets.