Every season brings its own charm, but there’s something undeniably magical about the autumn color palette. While spring pastels and summer’s vibrant tropical hues have their allure and even trigger dopamine rushes, it’s the comforting embrace of earthy neutrals that truly captivates me. And this fall, according to top stylists, the colors everyone will be donning in 2023 perfectly align with the season’s cozy theme.
Think of fall, and the mind conjures up images of nature’s changing leaves. The transition from bright green to rouge crimson, golden yellow, and burnt orange hues as temperatures drop is a sight to behold. Some leaves even take on a regal plum tone. These timeless shades have long been synonymous with autumn, but this year, the color story is expanding.
In Fall 2023, the spotlight is on complementary hues that can make their bold statement or blend seamlessly with other colors, offering a moody contrast. We reached out to four esteemed stylists and fashion experts to unveil the specific colors they predict will dominate the upcoming fall season, giving you a head start on the latest trends.
Color Prediction: Clay
Ramy Brook Sharp, founder and creative director of Ramy Brook, extols the versatility of earthy tones like clay, which flatter diverse skin tones, eye colors, and hair shades. These hues effortlessly transition between being a neutral backdrop and a vibrant pop of color.
Color Prediction: Viva Magenta
Not only is Viva Magenta Pantone’s Color of the Year, but it also takes center stage in the long-awaited Barbie movie. This striking color was showcased in the Valentino Fall/Winter 2022 collection and is set to be a statement color of choice for Fall/Winter 2023, whether in a monochromatic look or as an accent color.
Color Prediction: Chalky Cream and Bone
Angelique Joseph, SVP of design & development at Naturalizer, anticipates that cream, bone, and winter white tones will be prominent, fitting into the Quiet Luxury trend. These elegant colors have been a strong presence on runways and in trend forecasts, with a rising popularity in footwear.
Color Prediction: Red Dahlia
Bold red takes center stage in Fall 2023. Red Dahlia, featured in Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, and The Row’s runway shows, exudes sophistication. It can be a striking accent for colder months, effortlessly layered underneath coats, or paired with bold red accessories like a top handle mini bag.
Color Prediction: Burgundy
Celebrity stylist Jay Hines points to collections from Victoria Beckham, Hermès, and Stella McCartney, as well as social media trends, to justify the prominence of rich, deep burgundy hues this fall.
Color Prediction: Chocolate Brown
Singla draws attention to the Saint Laurent Fall ’23 show, where shades of brown graced the runway, including head-to-toe tonal looks. Prada also showcased chocolate brown alongside other neutrals, making it a versatile color for pairing with various shades. This hue is poised to be the new ‘black’ for Fall 2023.
So, get ready to immerse yourself in autumn’s alluring color palette, embracing the warmth of earthy neutrals and embracing the allure of vibrant hues as you step into Fall 2023’s fashion landscape.”