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Fall Color Trends for 2020

fall color trends 2020

Design by Susanna Hayward

Don’t be alarmed: I know summer isn’t over yet and I’m 100 percent not ready to retire my summer dresses and denim shorts, but we do have to chat about fall fashion for a second because it’ll creep up on us. (We’re more than halfway through 2020 already!) You’ve read up on all the trendiest bags, shoes, and general fashion trends for fall 2020, so I’ll speed along and chat about the popular colors you can expect to appear on your RTW. (Good news: neutrals are still “in.”) Amongst your black, caramel, and olive tones from the runways, you’ll find other colorful colors such as blush pink and bold reds. Depending on your taste, you’ll either stick with experimenting with one shade or embrace whole fall 2020 color spectrum. This is a judgment-free zone, so do as you please. Now enough chitchat, check out fall 2020’s most popular clothing colors ahead.

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Memorable Reds

You have nothing to fear from wearing red—it was one of the most prevalent colors to pop up on the fall 2020 runways, like this Michael Kors catwalk ensemble. The hue was also spotted at other shows like Lanvin, Prabal Gurung, Givenchy, and Marques Almeida to remind everyone not to shy away from bold colors. What’s the best way to break up your winter whites (and blacks?), red of course.

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Transparent Belt Rain Jacket

Stay dry in this transparent rain jacket during torrential downpours. The color is bright but still palette-able, especially if you wear more toned-down clothing underneath. 

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Solferino Medium Satchel

Saint Laurent
ysl.com

$2,800.00

Two reasons I want this bag: Blackpink member Rosé has one and it’ll never go out of style thanks to the timeless shape. The satchel has an unmissable gold YSL closure—luxurious—and comes in a gorgeous deep red hue.

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Cotton-Twill Straight-Leg Cargo Pants

Christopher John Rogers
net-a-porter.com

$330.00

If your denim collection is making you yawn, lock eyes on this pair of red cargo pants. They’re the perfect disruptor to your all-the-same-color bottoms.

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Shades of Pink

From Altuzarra (pictured here) and Khaite to Fendi and Alexander McQueen, varying shades of pink popped up as one of fall’s must-wear colors. Even if you’re not the type to get dressed in this ultra feminine hue, you might find yourself taken with the more muted tones. Looking for something even brighter? You’ll be inclined to show up at an event in something like this.

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Belt Shirt Dress

This shirt dress can be worn buttoned all the way with sandals or unbuttoned with a tank and pair of jeans underneath. Either way, it’s a good transitional piece to have in your closet.

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Wool & Cashmere Mock Neck Sweater

When a Mansur Gavriel piece is on sale and still comes in your sizing, it’s a good day. This sweater is currently 50 percent off! You know it’s already in my shopping cart.

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Marieme Dress

Diarrablu
industrieafrica.com

$235.00

The next time you have a special event coming up, wear something from Diarrablu, a black-owned business founded by Diarra Bousso. We love this pretty blush-colored dress, which was produced in a small ethical workshop in Dakar, Senegal.

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Deep Blues

Shades of blue span the spectrum and I love them all, so when it was apparent that this was one of the major colors for fall 2020, I was excited. From the cobalt blue peacoat and top at Monse to Loewe’s royal blue dress to MSGM’s blue wrap, the hue came in a rich tone that is both wearable and pleasing to the eye.

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Belted A-Line Twill Trenchcoat

& Other Stories
stories.com

$149.00

A trench coat for fall isn’t groundbreaking, but you can up your outerwear game with this option instead of your usual go-to beige coat.

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Spire Gauze Midi Skirt by Staud

Staud
modaoperandi.com

$195.00

Fall weather is great for layering summer staples (a skirt) with more autumnal pieces like a thin, knit sweater. Pair them with your favorite ankle boots.

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Padded Plaid Wool Blend Overshirt

Vetements
nordstrom.com

$1,795.00

This cozy plaid shirt has light padding on the inside to keep you extra toasty during those brisk nights in the fall. 

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Going Gray

Seeing Kaia Gerber in this all-gray look has inspired me to plan similar outfits for fall 2020. To keep your look from feeling drab, mix and match different shades of gray. Need more runway inspo? Check out Max Mara, a brand that does the monochrome look so well, or this Alberta Ferretti look.

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Dress Shorts

Like trousers, one should always have a pair of dressy shorts they can pull on at a moment’s notice. This tailored pair signals that you’re pulled together and ready to tackle that to-do list.

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Single Breasted Belted Blazer

Prada
farfetch.com

$3,000.00

What’s more luxe than a Prada blazer with a plaid print? A Prada blazer with a waist-cinching buckle belt.

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Simone Cardigan

Tory Burch
nordstrom.com

$171.00

This merino wool cardigan will allow you to wear that strappy summer tank top well into fall. 

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Embracing Olives

For a pop of color that also veers towards neutral territory, olive is the way to go. This color was spotted everywhere, from the Fendi runway (pictured here) to Richard Malone, where the color was used for a ruched panel satin dress. This olive-colored suede outfit from Longchamp is amazing too.

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Rowen Pants

Ulla Johnson
shopbop.com

$345.00

If you’re not too keen on wearing the color up top, rock it on the bottom instead. These Ulla Johnson pants have a fold-over waist and visible stitching to give it a cool design.

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Olive Overlover Magnolia True Linen Jumpsuit

Mother
motherdenim.com

$504.00

There’s no need to change out of this comfy jumpsuit if you have to leave the house to meet up with friends. The linen one-piece nails the casual but dressy vibe.

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Oversized Padded Jacket

This padded coat can be worn as a dress if you’re feeling lazy about peeling off your clothes indoors. 

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Back to Black

Black clothing on the runway is omnipresent, but for fall 2020 the trick is to look at your black pieces in a new way. From the fringe designs at Bottega Veneta (pictured here) to Dion Lee’s cutout black top to Valentino’s sexy sheer black gowns, designers made us appreciate the versatility the shade has to offer on garments. The black hue is definitely not boring for fall.

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Intarsia Knit Logo Dress

Off-White
farfetch.com

$396.00

This dress is conservative from the front, but don’t ignore that plunging cutout on the back. It’s just the right amount of detail to add sexiness to the piece.

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Puff Sleeve Top

The top you want to wear on Zoom calls when you’re feeling extra fine during Friday happy hours with the team. You can wear pajama pants on the bottom and still feel glamorous.

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Low Rise Biker Short

LaQuan Smith x Revolve
revolve.com

$295.00

For a pair of biker shorts that offer a little extra something-something, slip into this option from LaQuan Smith.

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Craving Caramels

We love a good woodsy, warm color for autumn and brown tones check off that box. Stella McCartney sent this faux leather caramel ensemble down its fall 2020 runways while Hermès worked the color into a pleated skirt and Loewe went with the hue in satin form.

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Taffeta Midi Dress

Self-Portrait
mytheresa.com

$460.00

This dress is made from lustrous taffeta and features a square neckline with puffy sleeves. To emphasize your waistline, cinch in the belt. 

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Medium Bobby Bag Camel Box Calfskin

You’ve seen this It bag everywhere, and it’s quickly selling out in all colors. Add yourself to the waist list or check your nearest location to snag the “Bobby.” This versatile bag has a removable shoulder strap, so you can wear it as a crossbody bag or carry it like a clutch. 

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Bronson Ostrich Booties

I will happily retire my worn-out black ankle boots for this caramel shoe from Tibi. Another plus? The boots are currently on sale for $318 from $795.

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