If I wasn’t wearing neutrals last year, I was probably in some garish tie-dye loungewear set. But no more! 2021’s color trends are far more chic than last year’s popular camp-inspired colorways, especially the ones we’ll be seeing this fall. Say hello to a new season’s worth of tones, from punchy royal blue to dreamy, creamy caramel.
Of course, you can and should wear whatever colors you like or think look best on you, but experimenting with the season’s top shades is a fun way to get out of your comfort zone and add some trend pieces into your wardrobe. This year, there’s truly something for everyone, from more muted hues to standout shades for autumn.
The crème de la crème this season is emerald green, but don’t be fooled—any and all shades of green are welcome, from cool sage to rich olive to cool cucumber. The other amped-up color of the season is royal blue, a more elevated take on everyone’s favorite sky shade.
From there, we delve into neutrals like espresso brown and rich caramel, destined to replace black in almost every ensemble. In fact, I highly recommend channeling your inner Willy Wonka, because chocolatey hues are trending in a very big way.
With that, read on for a closer look at 2021’s top color trends for fall, plus ways to shop them all before everybody else.
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Pretty much every shade of green is trending this season, from Kelly to sage to my personal favorite, emerald. The latter of this trio is definitely one to try if you’ve shied away from jewel tones in the past. If you’re unsure how to style it, go for a one-and-done emerald green dress paired with your go-to black handbag and boots.
Double Breasted Long Blazer
This Zara blazer dress is a chic way to give emerald green a go without giving off Christmas energy.
Puff Sleeve Cardigan Sweater Dress
This Eloquii knit dress is insanely good. The blousy sleeves and chunky pockets give it tons of texture.
No surprise here, chocolate brown has been trending for months—and it’s not slowing down for autumn! Swapping your usual blacks and whites for chocolate brown adds a richness to your wardrobe that feels oh so fall, so lean into espresso hues for a wardrobe wake-up.
Brown boots are a must, but why not add a little spice? This sleek Steve Madden pair has a great heel height for dressing up or down.
Faux Leather Puffer Coat
Everyone needs a good puffer in their fall arsenal and this chocolatey brown one from Eloquii is a solid choice.
It’s been a minute since royal blue had its time in the spotlight, but the cheerful hue is back in time to pack a punch this fall. Royal blue is the perfect balance of bright and classic, so you can opt for either something trendy (like a unique bag) or an autumn staple (like a great blazer) when giving it a go.
Cairo Saddle Bag in Classic Blue
This SINBONO bag has a unique half-moon silhouette in the prettiest blue vegan croc leather.
Textured Double Breasted Blazer
Nothing says chic like a good blazer, so this blue textured pick from Zara is a must-buy.
Ah, chocolate brown’s sweeter little sister. Caramel is the richest of all fall’s neutral hues, designed to warm up absolutely any outfit. If you haven’t invested in a great caramel coat or boot just yet, do yourself a favor and put both at the top of your. to-buy list. Then, add a great faux-leather dress or blazer to the mix.
If you’re looking to splurge on an incredible fall boot, Vince Camuto’s Fenindy is it. The notched topline and stiletto heel create a beautiful shape, but the caramel croc is what’s really to die for.
Short Sleeve Shirtdress
Available in straight and plus sizes, this Who What Wear for Target faux-leather dress looks fantastic belted or worn on its own.