Shades of Style

Shades of Style

How to wear Pantone’s 2018 fall/winter color palette

By Madison Rutherford


It’s officially fall – the leaves are changing and so are the styles. So what’s this season’s fashion forecast? According to the color connoisseurs at Pantone, it’s an eclectic palette of sophisticated neutrals, posh pastels, vibrant citrus hues and rich, resplendent primaries.

Each season, the style-savvy team at the Pantone Color Institute generates the Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report, an outline of the top ten colors featured on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. These colors dictate the season’s design and fashion trends, which appear everywhere from ad campaigns to celebrity ensembles.  

The Fall/Winter report features a slew of unique autumnal tones that are evocative of fall flora and dazzling sunsets, ranging from rich and romantic reds to light and playful yellows.

Be on the lookout for these ten shades to add a striking element of surprise to any outfit this season.

Red Pear 

Deliciously deep red, whose luscious depth entices

This dark crimson color shrieks “chic.” Pair a red pear accessory with an all-black outfit to add a subtle pop of color. Consider embracing the beret trend or find a red pear-tinged purse to add an extra oomph to any fall outfit. A red pear flannel is a fall staple that’s easy to style. It’s also an eye-catching color for a semi-sheer blouse for a night on the town or a blazer and slacks for the office.

Valiant Poppy

Brave and outgoing red shade effusive in its allure

This bold scarlet hue stands out, whether it’s paired with other vivid colors or neutrals. If you’re feeling extra valiant, look for a velvety lipstick or eye-catching nail polish to add vitality to an otherwise ordinary outfit. Although Phoenix thermometers might say otherwise, October is synonymous with “sweater weather,” so finding a poppy-colored pullover might become your go-to garment this season. Throw on a rosy cardigan to dress up a casual T-shirt and jeans or over a dress or button-up to refresh your workplace wardrobe. Valiant poppy is also a versatile color for accessories, so keep an eye out for sunglasses, earrings and shoes in this shade.

Nebulas Blue

Reminiscent of twilight, a thoughtful, starry-eyed blue

Think of nebulas blue as sapphire’s hip, young cousin. This shocking shade of blue is the perfect color for statement jewelry, so keep your eyes peeled for chunky necklaces and bracelets, chandelier earrings or cocktail rings to add a pop of periwinkle. Pair nebulas blue with bright yellow, coral or teal for a festive look, or rock with black or navy blue for a more professional vibe. Denim and chambray will probably be popular fabrics for nebulas blue this fall and winter – think blouses, jumpers and wide-legged jeans.

Ceylon Yellow

Savory and spicy yellow adds an exotic touch

Ceylon yellow’s name stems from the former designation of Sri Lanka, and also refers to a type of tea brewed there. It is also a species of tree native to India that sprouts yellowish green blossoms. This brazen color evokes exoticism and will certainly boost the confidence and mood of those who wear it. Pair a patterned Ceylon yellow blouse or dress with bright magenta or turquoise accessories for a vibrant aesthetic. Dress up drab outfits with Ceylon yellow ties, scarves and socks.

Martini Olive

Smooth, sophisticated and urbane green

This might be the most muted tone of the collection, but that doesn’t mean it can’t make a huge statement. Martini olive is the sophisticated older sibling of the ultra-trendy army green. It’s all about understated elegance, so expect to see a lot of business attire in this shade for fall and winter. For martini olive with a twist, pair it with unlikely partners like pastel pink, bright orange or silver. On the catwalk, this gender-neutral color showed up on everything from flowy skirts to raincoats.

Russet Orange 

This forest floor orange speaks to earthen warmth

Orange is the quintessential fall color, and this one might be the boldest and brightest of the bunch. This fiery hue is ideal for patterns like plaid, stripes and animal print and daring pieces like cut-out dresses and rompers. Keep an eye out for russet orange accessories like acrylic jewelry, vinyl clutches and velvet shoes. Orange is having a moment in the beauty world as well, with many makeup companies coming out with bright tangerine-centric eye shadow palettes.

Ultra Violet 

Inventive and imaginative

Voted Pantone’s “Color of the Year” for 2018, this powerful purple is a symbol of creativity and confidence. Historically, the color was reserved for royalty and was brought to the forefront of modern culture by legendary musicians like Prince, David Bowie and Jimi Hendrix. This year, it popped up on runways in the form of everything from pantsuits to satin dresses to oversized sweaters. It is also an up-and-coming color in the beauty industry, with makeup companies coming out with eye shadows, lip glosses and even cheek highlights in the show-stopping shade.

Crocus Petal

A cultivated and refined hue adds a light and airy spring-like feeling demand

A crocus is a pale lavender-tinged flower that blooms in the winter, so it’s the perfect color to bring a springtime sentiment to fall and winter fashion. Crocus petal is a fun and funky color that can be dressed up or down; this versatile hue is ideal for a variety of fabrics – corduroy, silk, chiffon, satin, velvet, linen. It’s laidback and feminine, but can also be lively and eye-catching depending on how it’s styled. This luminous lilac shade is a good color for a solid jacket or dress, or a flashy conversation piece like a pair of dramatic drop earrings, a backpack purse or a chunky belt.  


Animated and effervescent, a pungent yellow-green becomes the center of attention

Limelight is a soft, pale yellow with a wild side. It can be dainty or daring, depending on what you pair with it. If you’re feeling plucky, go for a bold pattern like cheetah print or plaid, or a floral or gingham print for a vintage vibe with a cutting edge. On the other side of the coin, limelight cardigans, clutches, ascots and blouses give it a very classic, delicate feel. You can rock this multi-faceted color at a parent-teacher conference or for a rowdy night on the town.

Quetzal Green

A deep elegant blue-green hue suggestive of rich plumage

This blue-green hue is named after a rainbow-colored species of bird native to Central America that touts jaw-dropping red, yellow, orange and teal feathers. Quetzal green obviously looks great with these colors, but stands out on its own on solid-colored blazers, shirts, pants and purses. Fashion Week featured the color on jackets, jumpsuits, larger-than-life belts and floor-length skirts.  

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