Top 10 Colors of Fall 2016: Predictions by Pantone

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016

The New York Fashion Week is as loud as it can get, with modern and edgy collections being debuted every day. Let’s admit that sometimes all that storm of fashion trends predicted to sweep over your city in a matter of months is too much to handle. So, while your mind is busy digesting all the prints and cuts you’ve witnessed so far, let us break down the major color trends expected to take over the 2016 fall season. The Pantone Color Institute’s new fashion report gives some insight about the top 10 colors of fall 2016 and shades that will soon invade the upcoming fall fashion. Also, you can check out our full fall 2016 color trend report based on the recent runway shows.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016

1. Aurora Red

We’ve already seen a lot of red during the NYFW and something tells us we’ll be seeing it more as the Fashion Weeks rolls over to the other fashion capitals. Aurora Red and similar shades will soon receive their stares during Christian Siriano and Bibhu Mohapatra’s fashion shows. The latter has already announced to have used Empress Red in the collection. A little red never hurt nobody!

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Aurora Red

2. Warm Taupe

We just finalized Iris Von Arnim’s and Cushnie et Ochs‘ fall/winter 2016-2017 collections, which had some of the most seductive Taupe on our list. According to Pantone, this close-to-nude (for some skin colors) shade will be prevalent in the upcoming fall season. And it might take more than a Kim Kardashian coat, maybe entire outfits. Similar shades like Cameo Pink, Espresso Brown, Cognac and Champagne will also be hot in the stores.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Warm Taupe

3. Lush Meadow

As fall brings its yellows and golds, make sure to have the trendiest green in your wardrobe. A perfect match for the warm earthy colors common in this season, this and similar shades of green will bring some positivity into your outfits. Let your charms remain evergreen!

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Lush Meadow

4. Dusty Cedar

In a year of Rose Quartz, you just need some pink in your life! The exquisite shade of Dusty Cedar is one great pink shade to consider this year. Can’t find the exact shade? Go for Inca Gold, found in Rachel Pally’s collection this season.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Dusty Cedar

5. Potter’s Clay

Inject the warmth of Potter’s Clay into your fall fashion, although a very traditional shade for the season. An alternative shade you can use as a substitute is the Mustard Orange, found in Kung Katherine’s new collection. One more alternative for this shade also made the Pantone list, read on to find out.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Potter's Clay

6. Bodacious

A flirty shade from purple-violet tango is a result of more gender-neutral choices we’ve seen on the runways lately, that’s according to Pantone. Bodacious is a slightly stronger shade of the pastel violet, which, together with pastel pink, literally ruled the beauty industry last year. There will be major orchid-inspired shades in collections by Rubin Singer and, hopefully, others.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Bodacious

7. Spicy Mustard

And there you have it, the alternative shade to Mustard Orange and Potter’s Clay. Spicy Mustard is warm, yet refreshing, with a tiny bit of citrus hue. Some of the color-blocked pieces by Charles & Ron use Saffron Yellow, very close to the hot Spicy Mustard chosen by Pantone.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Spicy Mustard

8. Sharkskin

50 Shades of Grey is out-of-date; next season you’ll need only one shade of grey, and it’s Sharkskin. This, in fact, is a very flexible choice you can match with both warm and cold colors. Nicholas K came very close to Sharkskin this season‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√묨‚àÇ well, much darker actually, a very mysterious Carbon.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Sharkskin

9. Riverside

Whether it’s confidence and security we need, as insisted by Pantone, or simply the absence of blues we’ve been craving for in the past few years, this season you have a lot of blue in the trend-book! Riverside has been picked as one of the most popular shades of blue for fall 2016.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Riverside

10. Airy Blue

Completing the top 10 fall 2016 colors by Pantone is another blue shade. Together with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Serenity, Airy Blue is a lighter version for those who like softness for fall. A more vibrant shade, Cobalt Blue is favored by Nicole Miller, Little Boy Blue by Yoana Baraschi.

Top 10 Pantone Colors for Fall 2016: Airy Blue

Photos courtesy of Pantone

Written by Larisa Aslanyan
Larisa is a digital marketing expert and a content strategist. She is also immensely in love with the fashion industry, with its hues and undertones. Larisa is convinced that fashion is a delicate way of reinventing ourselves, as well as discovering and connecting to the world around us. It is artistic storytelling, where universal beauty is the leading theme.