6 Outdated Color Trends to Retire in 2020—and 6 to Wear Instead

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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.

Ellie Delphine, Digital Content Creator

Retiring: Neon

"I’ve been retiring a lot of my neon pieces lately as I’ve seen them a lot and I’m a bit tired of them, the only place I want to see neon is on my nails."

Wearing: Grey

"Even though I’m all about bright colors, I’m very excited to start wearing more neutral tones as I’m preparing to transition into fall. Rich terra-cotta browns, dark yellows and deep greys are all I’m looking for at the moment. Of course I will be wearing these neutrals with a fun color pop in the form of a cool handbag or a funky shoe."

fashion color trends to retire in 2020



Retiring: Tangerine

"I was so into tangerine last summer and tried to find ways to incorporate it into my fall wardrobe as well, but this season, it feels a tad too bright compared to most of the trending colors."

Wearing: Chocolate Brown

"Chocolate brown is definitely going to be my go-to hue this fall. I love how rich and warm it looks whether worn alone or as a head-to-toe chocolatey look."

Monikh Dale, Stylist

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Retiring: Overly Trendy Hues

"I think that with what has happened in the world this year it has changed the fashion industry. A lot of designers are now pushing against the static structure of seasons and trends, and I think it's a good thing. Time for timeless dressing and wearing colors which make you feel good."

Wearing: Mossy Green

"Every fall, those deep tones always work their way back into the fashion scene, they’re nostalgic. And with the weather here in London starting to turn a little colder I’ve already noticed my eyes wandering to those deeper hued items."

Maria Alia, Freelance Creative

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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."

fashion color to retire in 2020



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: Burnt 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

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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. "