Fall 2012 - Color Report
October 16, 2012
I have followed fashion ever since I figured out what it was. My formative years were in the '80's, and those were the days when fashion icons dictated everything from hemlines to the color of the season. Were the coolest pants skinny, or palazzo? If your shoulder pads almost reached your ears, was that just a little too much, or absolutely fabulous. My bible every March and September was the thick-as-a-phone-book Vogue magazine. I have been buying them every spring and fall since I was 15 years old.
Phone books may be almost obsolete these days, but those thick fashion magazines still call me to buy and soak in every page despite the fact my body isn't exactly up-to-the-minute fashion ready. Since I've matured into a sense of self and my body has matured past extreme fashion, I find that color is my go to seasonal update. This year it looks like black is back as the new black, but there are also some great colors that say fall 2012. My favorites this season are deep cobalt blue and rich burgundy.
Cobalt Blue is that deep yet bold shade of blue that's a little more sophisticated since it's not a bright blue or a navy blue. I have done a lot of ''snoop'' shopping in the last few weeks, and it looks like the most popular combination is Cobalt Blue with shades of Green. A combination that at one point in my life might have reminded me of a flight attendant's uniform, now looks rich. Accessorize with gold or silver jewelry because they both look great with these colors.
Burgundy is the color that fashion reporters are naming as the one to add to your wardrobe for fall. I would argue
that any shade from berry to wine to burgundy will fill the bill this fall. It can be classically paired with black or bittersweet chocolate, or electrically paired with lime green or mustard yellow for a beautiful yet stark contrast. Burgundy looks exceptional in fabrics with pile like velvets and faux furs. One of the major accessories this fall is a fur cowl, faux or otherwise.
Accessories are a great the way to put a shot of trendy color into the fall staples you pull out every year. Colorful shoes are also on trend lately, so that's my favorite way to put a shot of trendy fall color into last year's pants and sweaters. Scarves are still a great option to add a punch of print and color as well as some added warmth. However you do it, adding on trend colors to your wardrobe is easy no matter what your style.
Photo Credits in order of appearance:
Tory Burch Photo: Alessandro Viero / GoRunway.com
Anna Sui Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com
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