The 5 Winter 2021 Color Trends That Are Anything But Dreary

We know fall is an exciting time for fashion, but we promise that winter can be almost as good. Just let us prove it to you. While it can be tricky to navigate the chilly days and the sun sets earlier than we'd like it to, we're looking towards the positive of it all. The new season calls for thicker knits, fun outerwear, cozy accessories, and a plethora of trends trickling in that don't work as well for other seasons. We've given you the digital download on the main themes you'll be seeing this season (straight from the runways), but we also searched through social media and the market to figure out the colors we're seeing stick out the most. Oftentimes, many of the fall hues we know and love are taken with us into the winter, but a few new themes pop up around ready for the holidays and the New Year.

Since we are at the beginning of the dreary time of the year, you might as well supplement the lack of sunlight with some color. If you're looking for a place to start, try the options below. You'll happen to find a lot of the five below color on the market right now. We'd know, as we've already looked and shopped out A+ picks for you to choose from.


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Call this one obvious, but the surge of creams, whites, and beige always take me for surprise. This season, I'm not only spotting the neutral shades on your classic cable knits, but also on party dresses, trendy handbags, and more.


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It's not a secret that the colder weather and holiday season brings jewel tones onto the sartorial world's radar, but emerald green is certainly having a moment right now. We called out that Kelly green was the color of the year, so it only makes sense that its more muted version is rising in popularity for the winter.


Courtesy of Zara; Mango; @camillecharriere @nnennaechem

Holiday parties are among us, and that calls for all the glitz and glam. While we saw more metallic sheens donned in fall, it's all about thick shimmers, crystals, and sparkles as we head deeper into December.


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Many have noticed that red was a common theme seen on the F/W 2021 runways, but canary yellow and cobalt blue were also in company. It looks like designers are resorting back to their elementary school art lessons, because the trifecta is growing on the fashion scene. 


Courtesy of & Other Stories; Frankie Shop; The Style Stalker

If you're looking for a color to brighten up the winter days, this is the one that will do the job. Muted tones like rust or clay are a safe option, but we think you should take the risk with a bright orange if you're on the fence about it. You only live once, so why not?