6 Outdated Color Trends to Retire in 2020—and 6 to Wear Instead

We've just entered the season of wearing nothing but coats, sweaters, and ankle boots on repeat. Although our dead-of-winter wardrobes are heavy on the black, we're taking a moment to look ahead at all the glorious color trends that await us in 2020. I don't know about you, but there's nothing like an excellent power color to beat the winter blues. So before you fall back on your black-on-black ensembles, get inspired by the fashion colors you're going to see a lot more of in the coming year and a few that look to be on their way out.

How do I know that the below six fashion colors are going to trend next year? I tapped a handful of fashion girls who, in my mind, have mastered the art of wearing color. They always manage to create the most masterful color combinations in their outfits and are first to test out the latest buzzy shade before anyone else. According to their intel, we might just be (finally) saying goodbye to the neon and lime greens that reigned supreme and instead look to softer sherbert-inspired hues and bold primaries.

So without further ado, keep scrolling to read about the fashion color to retire and wear instead, according to the stylish women who say so.

Maria Alia, Freelance Creative

Retiring: Anything Neon

"A color I’m passing on is anything neon. Don’t get me wrong, I really do aesthetically still have a soft spot for these hues that dominated the past few seasons, but it just feels so tired for me now."

Wearing: Cerulean Blue

"A color I’m excited for in 2020 is cerulean blue! It’s a color I haven’t really played with much ever, and I’m excited to incorporate it via pops of color or even a nice monochrome moment."

Retiring: Pistachio

"Even though I backed-up the pistachio color phenomenon the second it was identified as a trend on the F/W 19 runways, I found that it actually did not vibe with the rest of my wardrobe. The hue always read a tad too pastel for my liking."

Wearing: Sherbert Hues

"I am excited to tap into the sherbert color trend that proved to be one of the most popular spring 2020 palettes. Inducing soft yet bold tones like a rosy pink and light tangerine, this dessert-inspired color palette is right up my alley."

Maria Bernad, Designer

Retiring: Camo Print Greens

"All greens in the camo print. I personally have never liked that palette of greens, and I try not to wear it."

Wearing: Orange

"Orange. I think that because I’m really into colors, I’m attracted to the ones that make you feel happy. And orange is such a happy and warm color. I love every palette around the orange color and I love mixing it with green—that I’ve been wearing a lot for a while."

Michelle Li, Fashion and Beauty Editor, Teen Vogue

Retiring: Lime Green

"I think I'm passing on lime green this season. I really tried my best to get into it, but honestly have found it so hard to wear with my skin tone. I have olive undertones, and the lime green just brings them out in an unflattering way. I love the way it looks on others, but unfortunately, it's just not for me."

Wearing: Navy Blue

"Okay, this sounds so plain, but I really love navy blue right now. I used to write it off as a why would I wear navy blue when I could just wear black, but wow the combinations are infinite with navy blue. I love it with a dusty pink and then some kind of small neon accessory, or monochromatic different shades of blue, or paired with black pants. I just love how dimensional and interesting and unexpected it can look. The color has really been inspiring me lately. "

Retiring: Neutrals like Brown, White, and Black

"I love wearing colors, and I’ve tried wearing more neutral colors as well lately, such as brown, white, and black, but I actually feel that those colors wash me out a bit."

Wearing: Blues and Greens

"Blue! I feel like blue is such an underrated color, and I don’t wear enough blue, so I’m excited to try it in 2020, as well as purple and green. Green is actually my favorite color as well. Whenever I buy something, I always check if they have it in green first."

Anna LaPlaca, Assistant Editor, Who What Wear

Retiring: Burgundy

I just did a major closet cleanout and I noticed that a few of the things I got rid of were various shades of deep red and burgundy. There was a point where I was wearing the deep shade alongside black, but now it strikes me as being a bit too somber.

Wearing: Poppy Red

I don't know why I ever forgot about true red. It's such a powerful color and one that always earns me compliments when I do wear it. True reds and bright poppy shades look great against my skin tone, too, which is always a plus. You can bet I'll be adding more of these vibrant reds to my closet in 2020.

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