The return of fall usually signals the arrival of a rich, dark new color palette to fit with the changing seasonal tones. For the last several steamy summer months your dressing options have likely consisted of lightweight whites, breezy floral prints, and maybe a pop of pale yellow or another similar sun-stained hue. But as autumn creeps closer, fall 2019 color trends are worth dissecting anew. Especially because this year, they're not necessarily all that you'd expect.
For starters, there are a few popular options that you might typically associate more with spring, including a desaturated lavender purple that'll actually pair ideally with dark-wash denim and leather boots you'll favor in the months ahead. Of course, rich jewel tones haven't fallen off entirely, since they feel right at home with the season's chilly weather and cozy ambiance. But, they're styled together in ways which feel bright and festive rather than dark or drab. Take inspiration from some key Fall/Winter 2019 runway collections as well as recent street style looks spotted on Instagram to inform the colors you invest in this September. Then, once you've nailed down your favorites, shop new arrivals below to start weaving these color trends into your outfits.
Lavender is one of those color trends that for the last few seasons has slowly crept into the spotlight. For fall, cult-favorite designers like Tibi (above) and Nanushka proved the romantic color's staying power by incorporating it prominently into their collections. Look for cold-weather staples, like coats and knits, in the desaturated hue and wear it either head-to-toe or with luxe colors like camel and oxblood for an incredibly cool approach to fall dressing.
No more apt way to get in the spirit of fall than by wearing colors that reflect the changing leaves. Designers like Jacquemus (above) and Chloé nodded to this shift in season with Fall/Winter 2019 collections featuring warm tones like burnt citrus; a continuation of the fruit bowl trend no doubt. For a transitional look, reach for a burnt orange bohemian dress to welcome the new season in, and pair with bold pops of blue.
Olive green is the color equivalent of plaid — it's always "in" for fall, but it's still worth mentioning. Included in key collections like Loewe (above), olive green is also beginning to crop up in street style as temperatures steadily decline and everyone's proclivity for rich textures and hues takes hold. Shake things up this time around and wear the versatile color on something more unexpected, like a pair of swishy slacks or a matching set.
There are certain brilliant shades of blue that are so ineffably striking they're worth wearing all year round; such is the case with cornflower blue. It toes the line between bright and subtle and makes your features instantly pop. Thankfully, it was included in top runway collections including Tommy Ton's Deveaux (above), J.W. Anderson, and even Prada. Try contrasting the hue with other more spring-centric colors for an unexpectedly fun ensemble.
Green has been on everyone's minds for the last couple of seasons, arguably beginning with the formidable entrance of slime green. The newest tone on the docket is pistachio, it seems. This milky hue was spotted on the Marc Jacob's runway (above) and a slew of others, including Jil Sander and Ryan Roche. Though this cheerful iteration may seem like it ought to be slotted in for spring, it can be styled with other warmer tones and versatile textures (read denim and leather) to translate it successfully to autumn.