We’re here. It’s September. The official start of fall is only weeks away. As reluctant as I am to say farewell to summer, I look forward to exploring the new fall colors!
The colors that the fashion world is embracing this fall and winter season are a bit unexpected. At least to me.
Fall 2022 Colors
The color Powers That Be have selected a colorful palette for fall and winter 2022-23.
“According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 New York reflect our hybridized lifestyles and our contradictory yearnings as we continue forward into this new landscape. Colors for Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 support our need for nurturing and tactility, as well as a calm and restorative space, fulfilling our yearning for comfort. Concurrently, the colors also illustrate our need to break free of restraint and embrace the joy of being alive through super bright hues expressing energy boosting vitality and the celebration of life.
“ ‘Colors for Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 contrast our competing desires for calm and comfort with energy boosting vitality through a range of restful and restorative colors, in tandem with exuberant tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “As we move forward into an environment filled with contradiction, hues for Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 enable consumers to move fluidly between a range of contrasting shades, allowing them to spontaneously express who they are and how they feel on any given day.’ ”
Take a look at this season’s Pantone color palette:
Don’t miss honing in on the names of the fall seasonal colors: Waterspout, Lava Falls, Caramel Café, etc. I love them!
What’s interesting to me is that some of these colors seem like carryovers from the spring and summer colors.
I like that none of the fall colors are out of the ordinary. Many of us have these colors in our closets already!
So I shopped my closet to explore incorporating these fall 2022 colors into outfits.
Check out your own closet; I think you’ll be surprised at how many of this season’s colors you already own.
Fall 2022 Colors IRL (In Real Life)
I was happy to discover that I already have many of the colors of this fall season. The images below feature some of the fall 2022 colors and ways they can be incorporated into outfits. Check your own closet. You likely have pieces in this season’s colors to. Though yours may not be what I pulled out of my closet, the outfits I created using fall’s fashion colors may inspire you to create your own looks.
This color seems to be a marriage of brown and tan. I think that any variation of browns this season will nicely fit into this color scheme.
I don’t wear a lot of brown. We probably all have these quirky reasons we love or don’t love a particular color. In the case of brown for me, I think it’s because when I was young – preteen age – I thought that I was limited to wearing brown since it was my hair color (seems weird thinking back!).
Incorporating this color scheme from head to toe, as I’ve done here, is one way to embrace it this season
Another easy way to incorporate the look is with a brown or caramel topper or coat.
I’m not a martini drinker, but I love the name of this shade! As the temps cool later this fall, warm and chunky sweaters are a way to stay warm and look stylish. It’s a classic look, so splurge sweaters are something I justify since they’ll likely never go out of style. This sweater is a darker shade of olive, and still fits in the color palette.
A note about the boots. First, I love these super comfy boots by Blondo (they’re waterproof like all Blondo boots and shoes). They’re from last year (still available!), so it’s good to know that combat and moto style boots are still very trending this season, as well as lug sole boots and shoes. In fact, you may see some very exaggerated lug sole styles this year.
This is a different take on an olive-inspired color. As mentioned above, incorporating the fall colors with a topper is a simple way to embrace for fall 2022 colors. I’m a fan of the bomber jacket style, particularly a lightweight version, like this jacket.
A fun pair of animal print oxfords elevates this fairly basic look. We’ll still be seeing animal prints this fall and winter – welcome news if you’re a lover of leopard, snake, zebra, etc., print.
I guess pinks do often evoke flowers, as the name of this color suggests. I’m a lover of all things pink (another peculiarity since as a girl I though pink was one of few colors a brunette could wear, so I got pretty sick of it). While this pale pink sweater isn’t exactly the same shade as the fall season’s Nosegay pink, it’s in the color family and, in my book, it’s a yes for fall.
I previously considered this sweater more of a spring item, but I’m excited to pull it into my fall rotation!
Another example of integrating fall colors via a topper, this perky color will certainly brighten some of the gray fall and winter days ahead. I do love me a pink coat (I have three). They bring a little surprise and whimsy into the style mix. Don’t be afraid to dive into the realm of bright toppers.
Peeking out from the flared jeans is a pair of cowboy inspired boots. Western-inspired boots are a BIG trend this fall season. In fact, many styles you’ll see will look exactly like cowboy boots rather just “inspired” by the style.
Samoa Sun + Midnight
Try experimenting with combining some of this fall season’s colors. The pairing of this golden color with blue is a perfect example of a complementary color scheme from the color wheel (stay tuned for my guide on How to Be Your Own Color Stylist).
And a quick word about skinny jeans, which I’m wearing here. You DO NOT have to purge your closet of all of your skinnies – that would be a disaster for me as I have quite a collection. There are ways to style skinny jeans so they don’t look outdated. One way is to wear them with tall boots. Also, keep in mind that the early adopters of some of the new jeans shapes are younger people. Women who are older are still wearing their skinnies, and I’ve been assured by many boutique owners and retail professionals that skinny jeans aren’t going anywhere . . . yet.
Orange! Tiger! Makes you feel ferocious!
I don’t wear much orange and have this one dress in a shade not quite as bright and fiery as the fall season Orange Tiger shade but in the color family. It works to embody the bold personality.
To transition this summer dress to fall, I added a pair of chunky booties and a jeans jacket. A jeans jacket can make any outfit magical. I thought I’d hate the look, but it’s growing on me. It gives a boho kind of feeling.
Obviously there are some colors from the fall season color palette that are missing from this post (although not many!). The intent is to inspire you to try some of the seasonal fall colors and to encourage you to look to your current wardrobe pieces before shopping. Let me know what outfits you’ve been able to create by commenting on this post below.
And in case you noticed the clothing rack:
I love the bamboo clothing rack visible in the photos. I use it for staging clothes for photo shoots and for overnight guests to use. A rack is also great when you just need some extra hanging space. I have a second rack where my lighter jackets live. It’s so versatile. This particular bamboo rack isn’t currently available, but if you’re interested in checking out some similar racks, here are a few (Amazon): one, two, three. Or browse the various styles yourself here.
Coats in Fall 2022 Colors
I mentioned a few times that a simple way to incorporate this fall’s colors is with a topper. Below are some beautiful coats in a rainbow of the season’s colors.
Also, shearling is very much on-trend this season, so I had to include a few of the cozy, fuzzy styles.
When I curate clothing or accessories for the blog, I always choose items from retailers that I shop and trust. Most of the styles below are under $150 and many under $100.