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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Categories: Anna James, Style Guide, Wear
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  • Melissa Panici

    Definately in love with the oxblood! I would love to get nail polish in this color and Lauren’s blouse. Great post Anna and have missed you on here!

  • Angela Celio

    All of these outfits are so cute. I just bought a pair of skinny mustard jeans from JCPenny for $27. They are an amazing steal and so cute on. Definitely my new favorite item.


  • Amy Breckenridge

    i cannot pull off mustard with my skin tone, but i LOVE oxblood and cobalt! i’ve been trying to add some pops of those fall colors to my wardrobe lately :)

  • Rachel Trampel

    All about cobalt and mustard too! :) Amazing colors and I love your outfits, so pretty :)

  • Amanda Gongleski

    In LOVE with oxblood so much right now!!

  • the blooming muse

    I love your outfits especially the cobalt coat and the oxblood bag.
    These colors sweeten up fall for sure! :) <3

  • Petra Zeller

    Wow so beautiful outfits. Love all of these three fall colors. Amazing post Anna.
    xo, Petra

    new outfit post on my blog –

  • Adrienne Scott-Trask

    Love this post! I agree, these are definitely the color of the season and should be in every fashion lovers closet!!
    -Adrienne. xo

  • Franci Gire

    These are all great picks Anna! I’m sooo glad I have all 3 colors already in my closet. I also found a great LC sweater in oxblood at Kohl’s on sale for $15! Woo! Also I’m glad cobalt is still creeping around, my cobalt skinnies are here to stay! 😉

  • Shannon H

    Love this post, Anna. All the outfits are stunning. That blue jacket is gorg.

  • Jandra

    I absolutely love the mustard yellow skinnies and the oxblood purse! I’ve got a couple of cobalt blue pieces but will be shopping for some oxblood and mustard pieces.

  • T Girl

    These are such inspiring outfits Anna. Really like the brown tights outfit.

  • Deanne Castro

    I am crushing on the Mustard with sequins!!!
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  • Cheyenne Weimer

    I’m such a fan of these colors right now. My favorite look here is the mustard with the sequins. That blazer would be great for New Years or something. Another awesome post, Anna. xoxo

  • Aminah Ahmad

    love the LC peasant blouse!

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    I love oxblood and cobalt. Love your shoes in the cobalt look!

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  • Kylie Miller

    I’ve been wearing these colors so much recently! Especially the cobalt blue. I just bought a blazer that color and everyone loves it!

  • Kylie Miller

    I’ve been wearing these colors so much recently! Especially the cobalt blue. I just bought a blazer that color and everyone loves it!
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  • Melissa LaRose

    I have been on the lookout for the perfect Oxblood pants &/or skirt for the longest time!!

    Love all your looks :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Cluny Grey

    The cobalt reminds me too much of the 1980s, but I love the mustard, and oxblood is universally flattering! I’ll be adding the latter two to my wardrobe.

  • Emilie

    I love oxblood colour – it is awesome!

    xo Emilie @

  • Yesenia Hernandez

    Gotta go shopping now! 😀

  • hooleywithaz

    mustard is one of the most “”you wouldn’t think so, but is so incredibly flattering”” colors out there. love it year round.

  • Katelyn Duggan

    I love all of these colors SO much this season, I hope they stick around for awhile! I just purchased a pair of oxblood skinny jeans (about 5 minutes ago online) and I am so excited about them! So thank you for the suggestions on what colors to wear them with – I never would have thought of pairing the color with mustard, but I’ll be sure to give it a try! -Katelyn

  • Lynn W

    Love the mustard yellow and burgandy this fall, especially mixing together! I feel like the royal blue is more summer-y but I am totally in love with that coat.

  • Meghan Conard

    Love the oxblood trend this fall!
    Check out my new post

  • Rachelle

    I’m in love with oxblood, seriously I cannot get enough of it.

  • Fashionizelife

    I love mustard and the oxblood! great post

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  • Leslie Arriaza

    love love love the cobalt blue. I actually bought a pea coat last year and I can’t wait to break it out this year!!!

  • Giselle Escamilla

    Love your outfit I will for sure give the colors a try:)

  • debora f

    I love your post anna!

  • Nathalie Maxey

    I’m loving this Fall’s colors! I posted about it not too long ago too. Hehe.

  • Christa Hampton

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANNA. I hope it’s filled with happiness.

  • Linh Ly

    love the oxblood sequined skirt and dress! great choices Anna!

  • Kelby Peachey

    Late to the game, but absolutely beautiful and very well written. I love your descriptions Anna!!




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