Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends
After spending four grueling/fabulous years carrying around Pantone swatches throughout the not so stylish halls of fashion school, the last thing I thought I would ever do was graduate and become a serious color connoisseur. Nowadays I’m constantly searching for the next must-have shade to add to my wardrobe. Knowing the hot seasonal colors can make shopping a cinch. Not only can you assess the selection from afar but color trends are much easier to adapt into your personal wardrobe then some style trends. This season my three must-wear colors are mustard, oxblood, and cobalt blue.


Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

Bar III Dress *Sold Out, Aqua Sequin Blazer $158, T+J Designs Luxe Pave Spike Crystal Necklace $96, Posh Locket Prism Ring $30, House of Harlow 1960 Nicole Sunglasses $125, Target Mossimo Pernella Fun Heel $29.99


What was once merely a condiment staple is now a runway favorite. From Target to J.Crew you can expect to find fab mustard pieces at every price point and in all of your favorite stores this season. This sunny shade looks fabulous with fall’s palette of earthy tones. Try pairing mustard with rich chocolate or burnt orange to create a fall ensemble with perfect color harmony.
Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

  1. ModCloth Mustard Dress, $49.99
  2. Target Mustard Dome Handbag, $34.99
  3. Mustard Skinny Jeans, $178



Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

Pink and Pepper Kanteen Boots $69, J. Crew Colorblock Skirt $138, Steve Madden Handbag $108, Ralph Lauren Top *Sold Out, Chloe and Isabel Stone Cocktail Ring $68, Bitz of Glitz Leopard Cuff $16, Tight and Knee Highs – Target


Referred to by some as wine or burgundy, oxblood is without a doubt the queen of color this season. This deep shade is lending its rich hue to sequin party dresses and luxe faux leather jackets. For a pop, pair the trendy hue with mustard or downplay its power with darker shades. Oxblood is such a hot color this season—not only will you be seeing it in fashion and accessories but it’s also lending its deep color to beauty products like lipstick and nail polish.
Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

  1. LC Lauren Conrad Embellished Blouse, $40
  2. TopShop Sequin Skirt£48.00
  3. ModCloth Oxblood Party Dress, $79.99

Cobalt Blue

Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

South Long Reefer Coat € 54.00, ShoeMint Ankle Boots, Skirt – Candies from Kohl’s *Sold Out, Jennifer Lopez Top from Kohl’s $54, House of Harlow 1960 Sunglasses $125, Target Knee Highs $10 


For my fellow color addicts out there cobalt blue is the vibrant pop of color that will help us remember our color covered summer of neons and pastels. The bold hue even made it onto some of my favorite pieces from Lauren’s LC Lauren Conrad collection. Pair this electric color with black and white stripes this fall for a classically chic look. While blending into the crowd may help tame any lingering social anxieties, I urge you all to be brave this season and pick outerwear that is splashed with this fun and vibrant hue.
Style Guide: Fall 2012 Color Trends

  1. LC Lauren Conrad Peasant Blouse, $48
  2. Pink and Pepper Alexa Pump, $65
  3. Cobalt Lace Dress, $483

Which of these trendy fall colors are you crushing on the most and how do you plan on incorporating them into your wardrobe this season?


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