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Colorful Fashion: Lively Colors to Spark up Fall & Winter Women’s Wardrobes

Read about trendy colors for winter

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

We all know that Pantone's Radiant Orchid, Bright Cobalt, Royal Blue, Misted Yellow, and Aurora Red will snap, crackle and pop next to your fall and winter staples in black, Aluminum gray, navy blue, and various shades of denim… but don’t forget about vibrant orange, chartreuse green, groovy purple, and all the beautiful shades of bright pink known to mankind. Every woman needs to add a bit of spice to her life whenever the skies get dark and gloomy.

Cute clothing ideas to help you through winter

Pink Goes With Everything

Well, I’m not going to tell you what to do to spice up your life… wink wink… but there’s always one option that’s legal in every state of the union: Retail Therapy. Hey, don’t spend more than you can afford, but don’t hoard all your gold either… life is short.

Brightly Colored Clothing

If you can’t afford to buy something bright and cheery at a tony department store, you can always browse your neighborhood thrift shop, E Bay, or your sister’s closet (when she's not home). However, it’s also fun to poke around looking for sales and bargains online. Not that I'd know.

So, keep an open mind and remind yourself that it doesn’t cost anything to look. Uh oh… famous last words… if you know what I mean.

Bright colors keep you from feeling sad in winter. Well, that's not a quote from some scientific study. It's just something I know from experience.

Trendy Color Combinations for Fall & Winter Outfits

Okay, I’m not going to talk (much) about the Pantone colors. You can find the list for spring/summer 2014 on a zillion other websites… zzzzzzz.

Instead, I’m going to show you some fun clothing colors and colorful outfits that I like. A few of the outfits on this page may be a bit much for your favorite little corner of suburbia, but you can still get a tiny tingle of inspiration from “just looking” at the ensembles.

So, let's start at the top. I'm going to use the outfits in the main photo (at the top of the page) for my examples of great, colorful outfits. (Note: Unfortunately, I was slow as molasses at writing this article. Some items are no longer available, some items are on sale, and some items come in limited sizes. Me bad.)

See photo at top of page:

1. Bright Red, Pink & Blue Outfit: Check out this adorable color combination. The vibrant Aurora Red next to the pink is amazing, and the unexpected, but grounding, addition of deep Royal Blue keeps the ensemble from looking too frou frou. I'm sorry to say that I'm only showing this outfit for inspirational purposes. It's pretty much sold out. Well, you can still buy the sweater and the pom-pom keychain, but you can find other goodies in similar colors. (Savida at Dunnes Stores UK)

2. Mustard Yellow, Gray & Off-White Outfit: Most women would play it safe and wear the gray tweed trousers with a gray (or black) cardi and a white blouse. Boring... zzzzzzz.... zzzzzzz. Stop it... just stop doing that. This outfit is something you can wear even if you're old as dirt, so stop being boring. Oh God, I hope no one recognizes me the next time I run out to the post-office store or the mini-mart wearing all gray... without any makeup. If you see an older lady hiding under a desk or crouching behind a potato-chip display, it's me. (Therapy at House of Fraser.)

3. Red, Black & Leopard Outfit: I know that all you plus-sized chicks think you should wear "all black", but look at this black sweater with the black leggings... and imagine it without the red cardigan and the cute leopard flats. Those shoes save the day. And, the fedora gives this a polished look. You can even wear this (plus-size) outfit in the suburbs without setting off any prison alarms. (Evans)

4. Red-Orange & Black Outfit: The website that sells this outfit says the color of this roll-neck blouse is red, but I would call it deep orange or Warhol Tomato Red or something like that. The trick with wearing orange and black is to keep the outfit from looking too much like Halloween. You can do that by wearing a darker (or lighter) orange or by adding a third color. Tossing your hair around and striking a pose probably helps, too. (Therapy at House of Fraser)

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Pink & Red-Orange Clothing Combos

Pink Goes With Everything

A million years ago, before I became a "writer", back when I could hold my arms up for long periods of time without pain, before my husband's dog pulled me, head first, into a tree (don't ask), I used to paint.

And, whenever I hit a roadblock... whenever I couldn't figure out how to finish a painting and make it sing... I added a touch of pink. Usually, I used a deep, dark pink like Quinacridone Rose or Quinacridone Magenta, mixed with a little white (which made a muted fuchsia), but sometimes I tried a lighter bright pink. And, it seemed as though the painting was always miraculously saved... eventually. (Either that or I burned the canvas and danced around the bonfire.)

And, that's why I say, "Pink goes with everything."

Pink Scarves & Tops Are Flattering

A billion years ago, when I was a teenager, I banned pink from my wardrobe. Pink was too Barbie, too bubblegum, and too Pepto for my rebellious, indie sensibilities. Well, these days, I know better. I know that pink makes me look pretty and healthy and... alive... as opposed to how I look when I roll out of bed.

The photo above (click to enlarge) shows two interesting, pink-and-red color combinations using fuchsia or vibrant pink.

Read about color trends in stores

Chartreuse Yellow Green Clothing for Women

Chartreuse Green Women's Clothing for Winter

There's a fabulous green color that's been popping up in all of the stores in London. I know Pantone has a similar color called Custard (for Spring/Summer), but I'm seeing tons of different versions of this hue. So, if you want to update your wardrobe, try a little bit of chartreuse in a print or as a solid.

All greens seem to be hot, but the newest, trendiest shades fall somewhere between true yellow and true green. I've seen various versions of the color I know as chartreuse called:

  • Winter Lime
  • Apple Green
  • Peridot
  • Leaf Green
what to wear in winter when it's gray and dark

Bright Colors for Winter Days

Brightly Colored Clothing for Women

I'm sure you'll agree that colorful clothes are fun, if you'll just think back to when you were a kid. What was your favorite outfit? I doubt it was something black, white or gray. My favorite coat was a magnificent magenta hue with a black velvet collar. What was your favorite coat... or shoes... or sweater?

There are lots of fun ways to wear color as a grown woman. Check out the photo above:

  • Complementary Colored Outfits: The first outfit consists of orange and blue, two colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel.
  • A Brightly Colored Coat: Whether you love purple or orange, you can find the perfect colored coat that will tie all your favorite neutrals together.
  • One Color from Head to Toe: If you want to look sleek and chic, wear the same beautiful hue from your cozy knit cap to your comfy winter boots. Then, go around singing, "She's a Rainbow," by the Rolling Stones.

Yes, there are trendy colors that women are supposed to wear this fall and winter, but clothing designers don't know what your favorite colors are. That's why we're so lucky to have the whole world online, showing us their best fashions from their best designers. The internet rocks.

More Groovy Articles About Women's Fashions for Fall and Winter:

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The 6 Trends of Christmas: My 6 Favorite Holiday Clothing Styles

Why Boho Chic Will Never Die

Holiday Party Dresses: Christmas Red Not Only Choice


read how to add color to wardrobe

Main Photo - Colorful Fashion for Fall & Winter

Photo Credits: Prshots.com.

  • Main Photo: See text.
  • Pink Goes With Everything: Marisota.
  • Pink & Red-Orange Clothing Combos: Dunnes, Very (UK).
  • Chartreuse Yellow Green Clothing for Women: Marks n Spencer, New Look, Miss  Selfridge.
  • Bright Colors for Winter Days: Bright tomato blouse at Marisota, coat at Marks an Spencer, Wallis.

If you're bored, leave a comment at the bottom of the page. The comment won't show up until I approve it... but you can keep resubmitting it all day if you have nothing better to do. Have a groovy day.

Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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  1. kay kerns

    Hi Tina I just bought a bright multicolored infinity scarf for myself...it has bright pink, periwinkle blue, cream and black in an abstract floral print. I got compliments the first day I wore it...my goal this winter is to dress more colorfully so, this is a very timely article! Thanks... The pretty colors always improve my mood too.

    • Tina-Boomerina


      I love colors. If it didn't make me look like a bag lady, I'd probably wear all kinds of clashing colors.

      Wearing nice colors DOES improve your mood, doesn't it? I'm not sure if it's the same for chicks in sunny climes, but color is a necessity in Washington State.


  2. Marcia

    I love yellow and mustard. I might look for a yellow scarf. I would never wear a yellow dress scarf might be the ticket