Runway-Inspired Color Pairings for Autumn

Color matches for autumn usually feature darker hues. But in the past few fashion weeks, designers have managed to inject some vibrant shades to their fall collections.  Try these mixings by creating an outfit inspired by these dominant runway colors:

Marvelous in Maroon and Orange

Orange is a staple fall color, as it is usually associated with the season’s withering leaves and Halloween celebrations. Drawing inspiration from this is the brand Acne, which highlighted its collections with orange and a rather unexpected partner: the color maroon.

orange coat maroon top and pants orange top and maroon skirt

Beautiful in Blue and Gray

Blue and gray is an elegant color combination that can be taken to work. While navy and royal blue are safe shades to pick, designers such as Matthew Williamson and Balenciaga are advocating for brighter shades, such as sky blue and cobalt blue.

gray top and blue skirt

blue top and gray skirt

Nice in Navy Blue and Red

Another ageless color pairing for this autumn is navy blue and red. Jil Sander and Carven are just some of the brands that showcased these colors in their fall collections.

navy top red pants

navy and red dress

navy top and red skirt

Cute in Cream and Pink

Pastel colors are in this autumn, as seen in this cool pairing of cream and pink. While most designers chose the darker end of the shade spectrum, big-time fashion names Chloe and Jil Sander opted for these cooler colors.

pink top and cream pants

cream top pink pants

Wonderful in White and Black

A timeless color combination, white and black is perfect for fall – as well as the other seasons. Truly classic, this elegant shade tandem has been spotted on the runways of Alexander Wang, Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler.

black top white skirt

black and white outfit

Pretty in Pink and Yellow

Although autumn is all about darker shades, Diane Von Furstenburg’s collection shows that the season is about vibrant colors too. This girly combination of pink and yellow can surely add zest to your otherwise boring autumn ensemble.

pink dress and yellow shoes

pink blouse and yellow coat

Vibrant in Violet and Black

Emporio Armani and Erdem are just some of the brands that have used this combination. These names have managed to pair the timeless black hue with the vivacious violet shade. As expected, the latter hue brings excitement to an otherwise conservative black outfit.

violet top and black skirt

houndstooth jacket and violet skirt


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