Top 10 Color Trends for Fall

Which Will You Wear?

Here are the beautiful Pantone colors trending for Fall and Winter 2018, straight from the New York fashion runway.

While there are some of the usual suspects including rust, burgundy and olive green, several of the colors are not what we’ve come to expect.  This year’s surprising fall color scheme includes a lively blue, brighter orange and lemony yellow; all of which, at first, seem to have more to do with summer than fall.

The most important thing to remember about color schemes is that it doesn’t matter what the color trends are for the season, its what colors look good on you and are in your color palette. If the colors are in your personal palette, you will look good, feel good and exude confidence from head to toe. 

If one of the trend colors for fall is in your palette and you haven’t worn it before, why not try it this year? I’ve recently tried a color I don’t normally wear but it is in my palette – purple. Since adding it to my closet, I have been receiving numerous compliments, but more important, I feel great in the color! So of course, I was thrilled to see purple in the Pantone color trend report and I’m planning to wear even more purple this fall. 

The Pantone Color Institute, a recognized corporation that helps companies make informed decisions about color, reported the following 10 colors as being the most “seen” during the 2018 Fall Fashion runway shows.  And while the 2018 Fall runway took place in early Spring of this year, Pantone is famously known for its color trend projections and predicts that you will see or will be “seen” wearing the following colors in the coming months.

1. Violet

Ultra Violet Wrap Dress

For the past few years, violet has been offered and worn for nearly every season and it’s popularity was evident for spring/summer 2018, although the hue was lighter and more in line with a lilac.  For fall/winter 2018, the hue is named “Ultra Violet” and is a deeper, more jewel-toned, truer purple.  I absolutely love it!  And have made it my new color for fall.   Try Ultra Violet with red, burgundy, coral, creme or black. 




2. Red Pear

Designers are also showcasing this subtle shade of burgundy. It’s a mixture of red and brown so be careful with the darker hue, sometimes called merlot, which leans more to the brown side.  If you are darker skin-toned, this color may wash you out, in which case, look for burgundy with red or blue undertones versus brown.   This color is more brown than red and trends towards a rust.  The color is deep and looks great combined with red, mustard, forest green, and crème. It looks great tonal or monochromatic, meaning you can wear head-to-toe burgundy and accessories, as in the photo above. 

3. Poppy Red

“Valiant Poppy” is another color that crossed over from summer to fall.  Poppy red, like the flower it’s named after, has underlying tones, so make sure you’re aware of which tones look good on you.  Blue based red is in my color palette and I wear it all year.  Try Valiant Poppy with burgundy, purple, pink, crème or nude. 

4. Nebulas Blue

Navy blue has been a staple fall color for years, so the biggest color surprise this year was a brighter blue.  You will notice this color mixed in prints or by itself.  Wear Nebulas with crème, navy or burgundy. 

5.  Spice Yellow

Yellow has been featured on the runways for the past couple of seasons and shows no signs of going away.  The fall 2018 yellow trends to a mustard shade, which is a blend of yellow and brown, called Spice. Wear Spice yellow with burgundy, crème, black, nude, and of course, brown. 

6.  Sea Green

Sea green can be a lighter shade of green and is often considered a mint.  If more blue is added, it becomes teal.  Teal is a facorite color of mine for fall.  It’s not often you are able to find a true teal. This year you should find teal everywhere you shop. You can pair it with autumn shades such as mustard or spiced yellow, brown and neutrals. 


7. Bright orange

Another surprise for fall was the bright shades of orange. We usually see muted shades of orange including burnt orange and pumpkin for autumn. To tone down bright orange pair it with navy or neutrals such as crème or beige.

8. Meerkat  

Meerkat Sweater

This is considered a toasty brown and can have orange mixed in the color as well. Meerkat is a perfect shade for autumn. The color reminds you of falling leaves. I have no idea why it’s called Meerkat, but it makes me smile; so try wearing this fun named color with cream, rust, mustard, and teal.                                                                                 

9. Olive green

Olive green is rich and dark enough to be worn as a neutral in the same way as navy, and perfect for pairing with some of the brighter shades in the color palette including bold orange, rust, brown, or crème and beige.

10.  all shades of pink

Pink is another color that has been on-trend for the summer; however, you will see different shades of pink for the fall including a very light pink called blush. Pink looks great with crème, sea mist green, black, brown, burgundy, and teal. 






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7 Biggest Fall Fashion Trends for Women Over 60

Fall is here! And it’s brings us a variety of styles and colors for the season. The fall fashion trends have taken over the retail stores and online shopping websites and there’s plenty of options for women over 60 to enjoy!

Before you run out and grab the first pieces of clothing you find, here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your shopping experience:

  1. Figure out what colors look good on you. Make sure you pick shades that highlight your skin tone and avoid shades that make your skin look dull.
  2. Be aware of  your body shape. It will help you pick out styles that look good on you and will complement your figure. (If you’re not sure how, read my style guide to help you dress for your body type)

Keeping these in mind will help you avoid spending money on styles that look good on someone else but might not be the best choice for you.

When shopping for fall, try to pick out transitional pieces that you can pair with some things you already have. Fall fashion is all about adding layers and combining pieces, so make the best of it.  Focus on adding maxi-skirts, sweaters, pants, denim or knitted pieces to your wardrobe.

Fortunately for me, fall colors just happen to be my regular season palette so I have many of the shades already in my closet. Instead, I will be adding accessories to pair with these to spruce up my wardrobe.

To help you navigate the fall fashion trends, here’s a guide I put together for you.

7 biggest trends for the fall season for women over 60

EMBROIDERY Makes a Comeback

Embroidery is everywhere for the fall and winter. You will see this trend in floral design and on everything from handbags, jackets, jeans, blouses and shoes.

The trend isn’t for everybody so choose your favorite item and make sure you coordinate it with something complimentary. Avoid looking like a walking embroidered flower by overdoing it with the designs.

Make sure whatever you wear flatters your body type and makes you feel super special.

I checked my closet and found an embroidered denim jacket that I haven’t worn in years. Embroidered denim jacket Thankfully it’s back in fashion and has embroidered pink roses on the back (pink is one the fall colors this year). When I wear the jacket, I plan to match it with a pink tank top or sweater depending on the coolness of the weather. I am thrilled I get to wear an old piece that is back in fashion.

Velvet or Velour

Velvet or velour is a big trend for the season.

There is a difference between velvet and velour, so make sure you know to tell them apart.

Velvet is a woven cut-pile with no stretch; while velour is a knit stretchy cut-pile fabric. You will see lots of both this fall and winter. Tops, skirts and shoes are all going to be available in these soft and luxurious forms.

Be aware that velour and velvet have shiny and textured elements that will highlight every bump and curve you have. So make sure the pieces you have on work for your body type and draw attention to the right angles.


If you love ruffles, then you’re in luck.

You’re going to continue to see them on blouses, sweaters, shoes, jackets and skirts. It’s a great style element especially if your personal style is the feminine look.

The trick to wearing ruffles in a flattering way is to wear an item where you don’t mind more volume and attention. For instance, if you don’t love your neck area, then refrain from wearing a blouse where the blouse is open and has ruffles around the open neck area. Maybe choosing a blouse with ¾ inch sleeves will be more appealing.

Power Red Color

Of course, red is big for fall although you can wear it all year-long. If this color is in your season palette, then you should have items in your closet already.

For fall, bolder power red is the color. If you wear it to work or a business meeting, make sure you wear it as a “pop” of color and not as an all over color since it may come off as too overwhelming

You can wear a pair of slacks, jacket, skirt, coat and dress and match it with brown, pink black or leopard.

If you can wear a red lipstick, this will also “pop” your outfit.

Red is the color that just makes you feel good. If red is a favorite of yours but you’ve shied away from it so far, go ahead and try it this season. There are so many styles to choose from.

There are more colors for the fall that are absolutely beautiful including Mustard, Mahogany, Pink, Chocolate Brown, Marine Blue, and Olive Green. Pick a color that looks great on your complexion and add simple pieces to your wardrobe.


This style was really big in the 90’s and it’s made a comeback this year.

If your personal style is feminine or bohemian, you will love the vintage looks this year. The vintage style incorporates elaborate patterns and rich textiles like velvet, floral, plaids, ruffles, embroidery and lace. Retro hats are in vogue, including any cloche (close-fitting bell-shape) or beret.

Clothing with Victorian collars such as a high neckline especially with lace can be so romantic and beautiful. Vintage inspired fur coats or vests are especially fun to wear this time of year.

Plaid has returned with bright and bold colors with everything from coats, skirts, dresses, blouses and shoes.

Gray Booties

If you had something more subtle in mind, gray is a fresh neutral that would be a great investment for your wardrobe. Gray or “greige” (gray and beige) is a neutral that you can wear with blacks, and browns, making it more versatile.

If you are in the market for a pair of gray booties or planning to purchase another pair, make sure you find the right fit and are comfortable. Invest in shoes that love you back. Designers are more aware that we are looking for style and comfort and they are making it possible.


Brocade is a pattern that has raised measures of fabric giving it texture. It is often made of gold and black thread or done in a floral pattern. As elegant and opulent as it can be, brocade is not always the most appropriate choice when it comes to wet fall and winter seasons. Make sure to treat your brocade pieces with care and consideration and store appropriately.

The trend can make a strong statement so make sure to pair it with simple basic pieces and jewelry so it can stand along and tell a story. Overall you should find some nice, unique and detailed pieces for fall. With so many great fall fashion  trends to choose from, you might have quite a hard time deciding between pieces you “need” and “want”.


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Easy Ways to Add Fall Colors into Your Wardrobe

fallFall is my favorite time of year to update or refresh my wardrobe. I love to check out the colors for the season along with how I can utilize what I already have in my closet. It’s also the time to layer your outfits depending on how cold the weather is.

Fall is about color, deep rich color, and you can be on trend without spending a lot of money. You may be surprised that you currently have some of the season colors in your closet already, so check before purchasing anything. After all, the same colors come in and out of style over the years. Fall2

Here are my favorite fall colors that are currently on trend for the season. Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors to make several outfits. Perhaps try a different color this year that is part of your season palette. Why not purchase a scarf or jewelry in that color to pop an outfit? You will feel and look good in the new color!


I already have red in my wardrobe since it is my ‘go-to’ and favorite color. So I’m excited that it’s selected as a color trending this fall.

If you have a red jacket, you can match it with a leopard top or blouse along with black or brown slacks. Red and leopard look so rich together. If you haven’t tried it, you should. You can also wear cream (off white) and, of course, black.

Since red always makes an outfit snap, don’t forget to wear it other ways including pants, jeans, dresses, jumpsuits, blouses, tops, shoes, handbags, ponchos, jewelry, scarves, and my new favorite thing, glasses. Yes, red-rimmed glasses, I love them!


Mustard is a combination of yellow and brown combined and it creates a muted yellowish-brown color. This is another one of my favorite colors, and it’s been many years since mustard has been selected as a season color.

Most of the time when I wear mustard, I wear it as an accent color, such as a blouse, shoes, handbag, or scarf. This year I might step it up, add a little boldness to my wardrobe, and purchase a mustard jacket or coat. It’s nice to have a burst of color on those cold and dreary days.

Mustard matches well with brown, olive, navy (denim), cream, and as always, black.

Blue (Marine)

This is my new favorite color for the season. Blue is not a color that I have worn, but once I tried it on, I absolutely loved it! It is one of my season colors, but I never tried it before since I was concentrating on other colors. You can always tell when a color is something you should wear — when feel good wearing it and you receive compliments!

The blue this year is a marine ocean color. You can match it with cream, light blue, navy, mustard, mahogany and black.


Mahogany is a reddish-brown color. You will need to be careful with this color since it could be a dark color on some skin tones. You will need to make sure to lighten the outfit with a contrast color. For instance, if you wear mahogany slacks and jacket, add a blush (pinkish), or cream top.

Wear mahogany with teal, marine blue, mustard, blush (pinkish), rose and cream. Keep the outfit balanced with light and dark pieces.


Olive is another one of my season colors, and I’m so glad it is included in the fall palette this year. Olive works with many colors, and you can match it with tan, pink (blush), brown, orange, cream and mustard.

As you can see on the color grid, there are more colors for fall including pink (blush), plum, orange, sky blue, gray, green, autumn maple, and navy. Do you already have some of these colors in your closet? I bet you do!

Once you know your season colors, you will be able to coordinate colors and create many outfits for any season. Since I know my season colors, have them in my wardrobe and they happen to be in the color palette for fall, I will be able to create many outfit combinations for the season. I have also saved money since there is not much I will need to buy for the season. However, I will purchase a few accessories in the blue since I want to try a different color this year.

Due to the richness of the new fall colors, you should be able to find pieces in your closet that you can mix and match and create many spectacular outfits. The colors this season are so versatile that you can add just a few pieces and bring your wardrobe up-to-date for fall.

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