My Autumnal Color Palette
Topshop Dress (also in a saffron spot print) | Quay Sunglasses (current version here) | Zara Bag (an affordable version of my dream Mark Cross bag) | Zara Boots | Sonix iPhone Case | Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers
My autumnal color palette can essentially be summed up by the colors in this dress—a few of my year-round favorites (I see you, blush pink!) plus a couple of new additions too.
It’s so helpful to think of a few colors to stick to each season. Akin to my strategy in packing a suitcase, you want to minimize items you buy (or pack) and maximize the outfit options you have. Sticking to a few colors helps to ensure that any piece you pull out will probably go with at least a few other items.
That makes it simple for me to get dressed each morning and (a little) easier to stick to my quarterly budget (more about that in last week’s post).
So what are my colors for fall? See this outfit:
I’ll never not gravitate towards blush pink (sorry, Gen-Z Yellow), so it’s no surprise that it made the cut for fall. I’ve already got plenty of pieces in this shade in my closet, so it makes sense for this to be part of the palette.
Because it’s a color I’ve adored for ages, I know it’s very unlikely that I’ll tire of it, so I’m okay if I purchase so-called ‘investment pieces’ in this shade. These are items that I’ll use for years and won’t go out of style anytime soon. For me, that’s an item like a nice leather handbag or a jacket I’ll wear season after season.
TEAL (AND GREEN)
I must say, teal (and green) is a departure for me, but I love it! I found myself pinning looks in this color, but what really made me convert was seeing some Gal Meets Glam dresses in these shades. For some reason, I gravitated towards them more than any others and eventually added this dress (see it in this post) to my shopping bag.
I’ve also loved how green seems to match my next color obsession, saffron yellow. It’s almost like seeing the summer green leaves next to some that have just faded to yellow. A naturally perfect pair!
This isn’t your ordinary shade of yellow. It’s a deeper, richer, almost jewel-like hue that I’m loving. Ever since seeing, buying and infinitely wearing this skirt, I’ve been obsessed. The latest iteration of my obsession has been the addition of a rich saffron laptop case. I think it’s too pretty to be hidden away inside another bag, so I keep finding myself bringing it out as a clutch.
Since this is such a bold color and one that’s new to my wardrobe, I’m not investing too much in it—just a few smaller buys here and there until I know my love for this shade will go the distance!
This has been a gap in my wardrobe for some time! I never tend to eye things in this shade when I’m out and about shopping—it’s much easier for my eye to catch things that are a bit more colorful. I think taupe is so sophisticated, plus it goes with about every other color, so it’s true a wardrobe asset (which I was lacking).
So, this season, I sought out accessories like these boots and this bag. I’ve gotten so much use out of them already, that I’m looking to add some more taupe and tan items, like this skirt to my closet. It’ll also feature in my winter palette too!
BLACK AND WHITE
These two are a no-brainer. Almost like salt, pepper and olive oil shouldn’t really count as ingredients to a recipe—they’re just a given. Like blush pink, these colors are ubiquitous in my closet, so they really ought be considered neutrals at this point. But, I thought I would mention them in any case!
I’m almost never without a pair of black sunglasses and typically wear a black and white striped t-shirt when running errands. Now that the temperatures have dropped, I’m starting to add a few thick white sweaters to the lineup too—they should come in handy on our trip to Sweden next month!
What are your colors for fall?
Until next time,