The 5 Color Trends That Will Be Winning Fall 2022, Guaranteed

This summer, there was a strong sartorial spotlight on saturated shades more than ever before. Even luxury brands such as The Row, whose collections usually follow a strict neutrals-only rule, featured bright colors amid the latest campaigns. While summer may be nearing its end, it looks like there's no shortage of vivid hues ahead. When I attended fashion week back in February, the first thing I took note of was the colors that came down the runways. Despite all the designers working with completely different aesthetics and an infinite number of options, there's almost always a theme of colors, and it enamors me every time. I'll save you from the Miranda Priestly rant about the way color moves across the fashion cycle, but it's an iconic movie line I have memorized by heart for a reason.

After spending hours sifting through the many runway shows of fall/winter 2022 and data given by color experts like Pantone, I'm here to give you the ultimate trend report for the next season. Ahead, I'm highlighting the top colors I predict will make it to the masses in the coming months. When most people think of fall, they might think of neutral autumnal shades like maroon and brown, so the picks ahead might surprise you. With bright blue, hot pink, and delicate pastels, we're in for a ride this season. Keep scrolling to see and shop the full report. The colors below will most definitely pack a punch. 


Courtesy of Cecilie Bahnsen; Christian Siriano; Ottolinger; Off-White

Shades like aqua and cerulean are seeing extreme popularity right now, but this striking cobalt blue just so happens to reign supreme. I know all colors look good against neutrals, but there's something about this blue that just pairs so beautifully with pared-back colors like beige and taupe.


Courtesy of Valentino; Abacaxi; Chanel; Carolina Herrera; Ester Manas

There's already been an overload of hot pink thanks to the virality of Barbiecore, but I doubt the momentum will be slowing down anytime soon.


Courtesy of Jason Wu; RTA; Carolina Herrera; Eudon Choi

While this wasn't a shade I was expecting to see so much of during fashion month, it ended up growing on me quickly. While a stick-of-butter hue has been the go-to shade of yellow for the fashion set, the direction for fall is brighter. 


Courtesy of Miu Miu

Pastels may be traditionally reserved for the springtime, but true fashion is about breaking rules—don't you think?


Courtesy of 16Arlington; Brandon Maxwell; Miu Miu

Yes, shimmer may not exactly be a color, but with how often it showed up in different fall collections, I had to talk about it. Shimmer is no stranger to holiday season, but these aren't your average sparkly dresses. Think crystal netting, sheer sequins, and various embellishments.