New Pantone Colors for Fall Winter 2017 – 2018: Upscale Earth Tones
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Most women over 50 or 60 don’t slavishly follow fashion trends as much as younger chicks. That’s because we’ve seen the endless rotation of new colors wax and wane throughout the seasons. On the other hand, there’s nothing wrong with wearing new and fresh color concepts, like the upscale earth tones we’re seeing for Fall-Winter 2017-2018.
Pantone palettes are a set of 10 hues that have been created to be worn together. You, of course, can bring in other colors from prior seasons, but sometimes it takes a bit of experience and judgment to figure out if a certain color blends and balances (or opposes) another color in just the right way to make your outfit feel right.
However, just as there are no hard-and-fast rules about what colors you should use in a painting, there are no hard-and-fast rules about what colors you should wear together in an outfit. So throw all your old-standby color rules out the door and experiment like you’re a five-year-old.
Obsolete Color Rules for Clothing
If you’re a baby boomer woman, you may remember the old clichés from the 50s and early 60s, such as the following rules I learned from my girlfriends in junior high:
- Redheads should never wear red.
- Redheads should never wear pink.
- Blue and green clash. Never wear them together.
- Pink and green clash. Never wear them together.
- Red and pink clash. Never wear them together.
- White shoes should never be worn before Memorial Day or after Labor Day.
- Only sluts wear red and black on Friday.
Okay, you probably didn’t hear that last one unless you attended junior high in a white trash neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 60s, but most schoolgirls remember comparable dictates handed down from the “in crowd”.
Fortunately, Jimi and Janis came along later in the decade to help teenyboppers break free of those imperious, idiotic rules of propriety.
Pantone Earth Tones Fall 2017 & Winter 2018
Despite being freed from the shackles of arbitrary fashion standards; all women should have some idea of the direction in which color trends are heading. You and I may be rebels, but we might want to buy a top, a purse, a scarf, a belt or a pair of shoes in a color other than black… something I wholeheartedly recommend for every non-Parisienne.
The color palette for this season is somewhat similar to last year’s fall-winter earth tone color palette. Both sets of colors are filled with opulent earth tones that bring to mind the romantic styles of the early 70s.
1. Grenadine: It’s party time! (See red sweater top right.) This upper-class red is flattering to almost every woman, making it easy to wear this organic, lipstick-like red near your face with a scarf, sweater, or hat. (Well, I lied when describing this color. The privileged class is forced from birth to wear blue, gray, and camel. So, make yourself a Tequila Sunrise, dance on the table, and taunt the old-money crowd... they've always been so stifled and regimented.)
2. Tawny Port: This essential burgundy leans towards brown. It’s been grayed down to a somewhat “flat” hue, making it a perfect neutral for an old biddy like me. Those of you who are also “mature” women should try wearing Tawny Port add a scarf of Ballet Slipper pink, Marina blue, or Autumn Maple to jolt your outfit (and your face) to life.
3. Ballet Slipper: Here’s the Ballet Slipper color I was just talking about. This pale watercolor pink is a perfect accent to wear next to your face whenever some other color (black, dark brown, gray, whatever) doesn’t light you up. Ballet Slipper is a spiffier color than nude for your accessories.
4. Butter Rum: When I was a kid, we called this color camel, as in “every woman should own a camel-colored coat.” It’s a polished, moneyed neutral. However, some pale, old white ladies (like me) look like downstairs maids in Butter Rum and must add a flattering hue near our grimaces to keep from being hauled off to the mortuary. On the other hand, Butter Rum blends well with every other color, so use it for a jacket, a purse, a pair of boots, etc.
5. Navy Peony: This navy blue is a tiny bit softer than traditional navy. Sometimes it looks purple-ish. Later it looks like it leans more towards teal. I guess it depends on the lighting. At any rate, Navy Peony is way more flattering than black, and it’s an excellent hue for women who are too timid to wear Grenadine from head to toe, which includes most of us.
6. Neutral Gray: Ughh. Gray. I hope you look good in gray. It makes me look weak and weary. However, many of you older chicks with gray or silver hair have delicate features that actually glow when next to gray. However, I love to read conspiracy theories whenever I get bored, and I’ve heard that you and your kind come from a planet ruled by reptilians.
7. Shaded Spruce: This gorgeous deep-green teal feels like the perfect shade for an elite girl’s boarding-school jacket. Of course, the colors chosen for this fictional finishing school were voted on by rebellious rich kids who demanded they finally be allowed to wear trendier uniforms in a color other than blue or gray.
8. Golden Lime: This deep green chartreuse is beautiful next to Shaded Spruce. The girls in the snooty boarding school voted to adopt knit scarves and berets in Golden Lime as part of their uniform.
9. Marina: Marina blue is a tough color to find. Well, it’s ubiquitous, but I wanted to show you what this light, almost bright blue looks like. However, almost all photos with Marina show the blue to be a little too dull, a little too pink, a little too dark, a little too blue, a little too green, a little too light, etc. I can tell the online outfit is Marina-colored in real life, but the difference in photos is extremely subtle. See the actual color at the bottom of the photo for the true hue.
10. Autumn Maple: If you remember earth tones, you may have worn something almost exactly like this orangey-brown swing coat back in the 60s. The color may be slightly different now, but the feeling is the same.
So, whether you do your shopping at Goodwill or Bergdorf’s, the color trend for fashion seems to be heading towards rich, tasteful, aristocratic colors for stylish women of all ages. You can’t go wrong with these new Pantone fashion colors for fall and winter.
You can find where these items are from in Photo Credits. I don't get paid by sponsors. I just tell you what I think about fashion for practical, everyday, regular American women.
Photo Credits: Prshots.com.
- Main Photo: M&Co.
- Grenadine Red for Fall n Winter: Marks & Spencer.
- Tawny Port Puffa Jacket: Marks & Spencer.
- Ballet Slipper Pink Hat & Shoes: River Island.
- Butter Rum Knit Outfit n Shoes: River Island.
- Navy Peony Party Dress: M&Co.
- Neutral Gray Mod Dress: Wallis.
- Shaded Spruce Winter Snow Jacket: M&Co.
- Golden Lime Pantone Color: M&Co.
- Marina Blue Scarf: M&Co.
- Autumn Maple Coat Fall 2017: La Redoute.
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