How to Wear the Pantone Colours for Fall 2016


how to wear the pantone fall 2016 colours

Those in the Northern Hemisphere are just coming into spring, whilst we in the Southern Hemisphere are in Autumn (or Fall as you North Americans call it). Pantone has just released its predictions for the fashion colours of Fall/Winter 2016 and interestingly, neither “colour of the year” Rose Quartz or Serenity are anywhere to be seen, though Airy Blue and Dusty Cedar are relatives of these colours.

pantone fashion report fall 2016

How to Wear the Pantone Fall 2016 Fashion Colours

Firstly, let’s look at who they suit.

Warm Undertone Colours

Warm pantone 2016 fall

  • Aurora Red
  • Dusty Cedar
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Potter’s Clay

 Cool Undertone Colours

  • Cool pantone fall 2016Airy Blue
  • Sharkskin
  • Lush Meadow
  • Bodacious

 Universal Colours

  • universal pantone 2106Riverside
  • Warm Taupe

As always there will be a variety of these colours, lighter and darker, brighter and more muted versions.  There is always variation in the colours you see in stores.  You need to get in close and check them out to see if they work with your palette and flatter your complexion.  You will find that Warm Taupe will come in both more cool pinkish beige and warmer yellowish beige colourations.

Again with Riverside we have a lovely denim blue that will work with many palettes.  The warmer versions will be slightly more marine navy in their appearance (so having a yellower undertone).

Secondly, let’s see how easily they mix with other colours.


riverside and lush meadow


triad colour scheme with pantone 2016 fall colours


airy blue and riverside pantone 2016


warm taupe with bodacious and dusty cedar


Pantone Fall 2016 colour outfits


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  • Loved this post. It’s nice to be prepared in this way, for the next time I go shopping.
    I do have a question though–I have warm coloring (definite yellow undertone in my Italian-American light olive skin, brown-green-gold hazel eyes, and hair that had been a rich medium brown and is now almost all silvery white…is there ANY shade of yellow I could wear? I’ve heard that yellow is no longer flattering once you let your hair go gray.

    • I would look for a more light lemon yellow. Really what colours you wear and flatter is more based on your skin than hair. Some people go white and their skin cools down, others stay warmer.

  • Thank you for the ‘how to wear’ the new Pantone colors. I plan to use the Warm Taupe and Riverside blue extensively, including in combos of the two colors.

  • Thank you for this! I enjoyed seeing the line-up of the colors first, so I could try to figure out which were warm and which were cool before I scrolled down. I’ve been trying to improve my color-sense with your help, and I got about half right. I’m warm and I knew the spicy mustard and potter’s clay were my colors, and I got the two neutrals or universals right. So I’m getting there.

    I love to see the outfits that you put together. This is the first time I’ve commented–I’ve been appreciating your blog so much.

  • I’m confused — In the last image, the warm side with Potter’s Clay etc. — those pants are men’s pants. Would they fit any particular women’s body type.



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