Fall Colors – Part 2

Fall Colors – Part 2

Welcome to Fall Colors Part 2!

The Pantone top ten colors 2017 fall colors are influenced by the colors shown by fashion designers during New York Fashion Week. This year Pantone added London Fashion Week to their seasonal report, so there are actually two color palettes this season.

My fall color exploration focuses on the New York palette, but we may as well take a look at the London palette too. Never hurts to be informed!

“There is a commonality between the colors we are seeing on the runway in New York and London.” says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “However, individuality is evident and we are seeing a distinct difference between the shows in the two cities in the way these same colors are being combined.”

New York:

“Bookended by a dynamic Grenadine red and a tawny Autumn Maple, the color palette for Fall 2017 leans more to warmth, “ says Eiseman. “While comforting, enveloping colors and ease are crucial to the seasonal feeling, standout shades include a pale pink Ballet Slipper, a refreshing Golden Lime, and a bright Marina blue. These hues add a striking touch when paired with the classic autumnal shades of Navy Peony, Neutral Gray, Butterrum and Tawny Port.”


“Led by a vivid Flame Scarlet, the color palette for Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 is comprised of strong classics colors complemented by a few unpredictable shades for the autumn and winter seasons,” noted Eiseman. “Unexpected combinations such as Royal Lilac and Otter Brown or Lemon Curry with Bluebell are eye-arresting and create an unusual color dichotomy.”

Last week’s fall color exploration featured Tawny Port, Shaded Spruce, Neutral Gray, and Butter Rum (or close cousins to them). Check out the post: Explore Fall Colors.

This week we are experimenting with Ballet Slipper, Butter Rum (again), and Marina.

As a reminder, nothing posted for Fall Colors is new. I didn’t go out looking for these fall 2017 shades; I looked at what I already had, and pulled out tops and bottoms that are close to the 2017 palette (we could call these colors “inspired”!). What do you already have that is inspired by the fall 2017 palette?

Ballet Slipper

I love the name of this color – so much prettier than “pink.” This isn’t a color I normally wear during fall and winter, but I think it’s striking paired with a dark neutral, like black here, or with gray.


The blue of this cardigan is a bit deeper and brighter that the Marina of the 2017 color palette, but it’s the closest I have. I think I’d like the more muted Marina for a fall blue. I paired this blue sweater with tan cargo pants (similar to the Butterum shade in the color palette). It’s always a safe bet to create an outfit from a bright color and a neutral. It would be really fun, though, to try this blue with another color, like mint green or a shade of red (maybe brick red or orange red).

And Next . . .

Stay tuned for the rest of the Pantone Top Ten Fall 2017 Colors.

Something I Need to Say

I prepared this post last Sunday while I was at my mom’s house. It’s been a challenging few weeks for our family and, more recently for our community.

My mom’s husband of 20+ years passed away almost two weeks ago following declining health for some time and a week in the hospital. My two sisters and I, along with my step-father’s children, have been working together to support my mom during this time in a variety of ways.

Then last Monday, while still at my mom’s house, I was awakened very early in the morning to learn of multiple wild fires that had broken out overnight very near where I live, an hour and a half from where I was at the time. It’s been a terrible time in Sonoma and Napa Counties, and several other neighboring areas with wild fires devastating whole neighborhoods. Fires are still out of control, and many people are evacuated from their homes or have already lost their homes.

Fortunately, our home is safe so far, although we did begin to gather important items just in case. However, we have friends who have lost everything.

I share all of this with you now because I’ve been struggling with whether publishing a fashion post is appropriate in the midst of what’s been going on personally and in the community. On one hand, I have been really committed to being consistent with a posting every week. And on the other hand, I know people would understand taking a breather for a week under the circumstances. On one hand, I don’t think people are in the mood or want to spend time on something so unimportant. And on the other hand, sometimes it’s nice to let your mind rest on something light and de-stress briefly.

I also recognize that while I feel the stresses of my family and our wider community, not everyone who is reading this blog is directly affected by what I’m experiencing.

So, obviously I have decided to proceed with publishing a post this week. I did enjoy the time I spent creating it, and I hope it gives you and others who spend a little time with it a few minutes of enjoyment.



  1. Julie
    October 12, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Love to you and your family. Please give your mom my condolences. Know how awful life has been in your community this past week, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all who are affected.

    • November 3, 2017 / 8:23 am

      Thank you, Julie. Things have been crazy in a lot of ways. Would love to hear about your new adventure.

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