18 Aug 2016
August 18, 2016

Which Colors Will You Be Wearing This Fall?

Leatrice Eiseman, Exec. Director, Pantone Color Institute
August 18, 2016

Fall 2016: A Unity of Strength, Confidence, and Complexity

It’s that time again! For Fall 2016, Pantone Institute has revealed a 10-color palette. The desire for tranquility, strength and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpected vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades. Blue skies represent constancy as they are always above us. Grays give a feeling of stability, Red tones invite confidence and warmth, while the hot Pinkish, Purplish, and Spicy Mustard Yellows suggest a touch of the exotic. Check out the shades below.

RIVERSIDE – This is a cool and calming hue with a subtle sophistication.

riversideEtcetera’s EMPOWER     Carlisle’s CHLOE

Airy Blue – This shade is said to be a nod to one-half of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016, Serenity, said to evoke a feeling of weightlessness.

airy-blueEtcetera’s LOUVRE   Carlisle’s CHLOE

Sharkskin – This shade serves as a neutral with an edge that can work with almost any fall color, whether bright or muted.

sharkskin-1Carlisle’s GRAPHIQUE Etcetera’s TELLURIDE

Aurora Red – This color adds a welcome punch. A bold red that is warm and sensual, it gets the metaphorical blood of the palette and the collections pumping.

Aurora-Red-LookCarlisle’s SCARLET Etcetera’s NOVEMBER

Warm Taupe – This a hearty, grounded and approachable neutral, which pairs well with each of the top ten shades of the Fall 2016 season.


Carlisle’s AFFOGATO Etcetera’s COLDPLAY

Dusty Cedar – This is a dustier rose-toned pink shade that nods to the other half of the Pantone Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz.

Etcetera’s BRASSERIE Carlisle’s PASTIS

Lush Meadow – This shade brings to mind fresh botanicals and foliage. Rich and elegant, this green shade displays a brightness and depth of color.


Etcetera’s DAYDREAM

Spicy Mustard – An unexpected and exotic addition that comes through in both the abstract and the more defined geometric accents.

Etcetera’s FACETS

Potter’s Clay – Takes the palette back to what we might expect for fall with a warm orange-toned shade.

Potters-ClayEtcetera’s SCARAB  Carlisle’s SAFFRON & DIANA

Bodacious – This versatile purple shade can be used monochromatically with colors in the pink and red family or just as easily with Spicy Mustard or Potter’s Clay.


Carlisle’s NINA Carlisle’s COLLAGE

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