The Top 10 Fall Colors and Outfits to Match Them

Pops of vibrant colors - like this bold Aurora red - anchor the dominant fall color, blue. (Photo Courtesy Pantone
Pops of vibrant colors – like this bold Aurora Red – anchor the dominant fall color – blue. (Photo Courtesy Pantone Color Institute)

Every season, just in time for the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week, Pantone Color Institute releases a selection of 10 colors that are expected to be popping up everywhere – from fashion and beauty to home décor. 

The new blue Pantone Riverside shade takes precedence in the fall collections. (Photo Courtesy Pantone Color Institute)
The new blue Pantone Riverside shade takes precedence in the fall collections. (Photo Courtesy Pantone Color Institute)

For Fall 2016, the blue family dominates the Pantone color palette. Led by an “Airy Blue” shade and a cool, calming and strong “Riverside Blue,” these blue hues are inspired by the desire for “tranquility, strength, and optimism.” Earth tones and pops of vibrant color also appear throughout the palette.


Pantone Fall Color 2016 Cheatsheet:

  • Airy Blue – blue sky
  • Aurora Red – rich jewel-like
  • Spicy Mustard – exotic golden
  • Dusty Cedar – dark rose pink
  • Bodacious – purple
  • Sharkskin – grey
  • Riverside – blue grey
  • Potter’s Clay – rich brown
  • Lush Meadow – emerald green
  • Warm Taupe – beige

Check out the fall collection colors from some of our favorite designers, available at Montgomery Village in Santa Rosa and online:  

TALBOTS Fall 2016

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Gramercy Wool Coat in Plush Camel $299
Perfect Cashmere Turtleneck in Dark Palomino $159
Edgemont Floral Pencil Skirt in Dark Peacock $99
Eri Pointy Toe Pump in Light Acorn Suede $149
Fall Berry Necklace in Acorn $79.50
Waterweave Wrap in Camel $159


Twill Double-Cloth No-Close Jacket in Roma Red $169
Country Tweed Collarless Shirt in Roma Rose $89.50
Flawless Five Pocket Boyfriend in Coastal Wash $89.50
City Scene Scarf in Ivory $59.50


Mira Pointy Toe Kid Suede Flat in Scotch Pine, Bright Orchid, or Rustic Gold $109
In Leopard $119


Double-Faced Flyaway Moto Jacket in Autumn Grape $249
Zigzag Print Merino Sweater in Indigo Blue $89.50
Flawless Five Pocket Boyfriend in Coastal Wash $89.50
Mira Pointy Toe Flat in Sour Lemon $109
Crossbody Suede Bag in Violet Berry $119
Turn-Lock Bangle in Begonia or Indigo $34.50
Waterweave Wrap in Navy $159



Trophy Jacket in Rosso $150.00
Pleated Shell in Rosso $68


Suede Moto Jacket in Whiskey $398


Floral-Print Woven Blouse in Black/Rosso $98

J. JILL Fall 2016

Smooth fit Straight Jeans from J. Jill

Smooth Fit Straight Jeans in Deep-Sea Wash $109


Versatile Open-Front Cardi in Scarlet $69
Shirred Back Tank Dress in Scarlet $69

Airy Blue Light Linen and Rayon Pullover from J. Jill

Light Linen and Rayon Pullover in Breeze $69

CHICOS Fall 2016


Striped Tee Midi Dress in Blue Combo $109


Lace-Up Denim Popover in Deep Delray Wash $99


Mikayla Coil Bracelet in Indigo $39


Malaysia Paisley Print Palazzo Pants in Multi $99.00

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