Get Ready: This Unexpected Color Trend Will Be Everywhere This Fall


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When I think of colors for fall, I tend to conjure rich blacks, tawny browns, and deep burgundies—autumnal shades that blend in with the approaching season. This fall, however, one of the biggest color trends is anything but dark and dialed-back. Brace yourselves because pastels will be one of the key ways people will be wearing color this fall. The delicate shades are most commonly seen in the spring collections, so it's especially noteworthy that we're seeing them play out so strongly for fall.

While lilac and ballet pink are picking up steam as the specific colors to have in your closet, there is a range of pastels we're expecting to see in addition to those. Soft yellows, minty greens, and muted tangerine are amongst the sorbet shades that will be making their way into the wardrobes of fashion insiders in the coming month. Ahead are the pastel shopping finds to add to your cart now.



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WIth Barbiecore and Balletcore in full swing, it's no surprise that we're seeing an uptick in all things pink. Build out your closet with pretty on-trend pieces from sequin skirts to ballet flats to embrace the color for fall.



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Soft yellows are a personal favorite when it comes to pastels. As someone who typically sticks to neutral, I find that pale yellow pieces are easier to mix into my wardrobe than some of the other color families.



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For the last several years, green has been the go-to color for fashion insiders. While last year, we saw more pigmented shades, designers are now introducing more muted shades ranging from celery to mint.



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Lilac is hands down one of the most talked-about colors from the F/W 22 collections. With designers including Bottega Veneta, Khaite, and Sergio Hudson embracing the delicate hue, there is no doubt that purple will be one of the most talked-about colors this fall.



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Each season, a new shade of blue takes center stage in fashion. While cobalt blue is also having a major moment for fall, there is plenty of evidence that softer sky-blue pieces will be just as dominant. 



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Hot on the heels of the orange color trend that took over for spring and summer, as we move into fall those shades will be dialed back to shades of cantaloupe and apricot. Take a note from Victor Glemaud and wear the color from head to toe.

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Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.