Back to School Fashion: Top 5 Color Trends for Fall 2012

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Fall 2012 Color Trends


Jason Wu, Jil Sander, Milly by Michelle Smith, Narciso Rodriguez and Reed Krakoff Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

Welcome to part two of CF's annual back to school fashion guide! Last week, we told you all about the hottest fall 2012 fashion trends and this week we'll be focusing on the season's most popular color trends.

Color is a fantastic way to update your wardrobe, and from opulent jewel tones to light and airy hues, this season's trendiest colors include something for everyone. Read on to discover the top 5 color trends for fall 2012, as well as some of our favorite clothes and accessories in each shade.

1. Oxblood

Oxblood on the fall 2012 runway


(L to R) Jason Wu, Peter Som and Rodarte Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

Tangerine Tango may have ruled over spring, but this season's new "it" color is darker and a whole lot moodier. Oxblood is a deep, rich, wine-colored hue that will be everywhere throughout the fall and winter. This color is strong enough to stand on its own, so simply pair oxblood with neutrals for a luxe autumn look.

Get the Look:

Oxblood clothes and accessories


Product Info: Bag- Fred Flare, Nail Polish- Essie's "Lacy Not Racy", Hat- French Connection, Skirt- Miss Selfridge, Sweater- Dorothy Perkins, Jeans- Dorothy Perkins

2. Pink

Pink on the fall 2012 runway


(L to R) Christian Dior, Jil Sander and Nina Ricci Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

While pink is usually considered a springtime color, Pantone has listed two pink shades in their fall 2012 color trend report, thus making it a hot hue for fall. The colors -- Pink Flambé (a vibrant, saturated pink) and Rose Smoke (a soft, muted pink) -- offer something on both ends of the spectrum, so whether you want something bright or mellow, any of the pink-colored items below would be perfect for fall.

Get the Look:

Pink clothes accessories


Product Info: Earrings- Kate Spade, Top- J. Crew, Coat- Nordstrom, Dress- Charlotte Russe, Bag- Zara, Loafers- Gap

3. Cobalt

Cobalt blue on the fall 2012 runway


(L to R) Stella McCartney, Tadashi Shoji and Milly by Michelle Smith Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

In a similar vein to garnet-colored oxblood, another jewel-tone shade that will be popular for fall is cobalt. This bright royal blue is both refined and trendy, so wear it with black for a sophisticated vibe or pair cobalt with other bold colors (like fuchsia or yellow) for a fashion-forward look. Check out a few of our favorite fall-appropriate cobalt pieces below.

Get the Look:

Cobalt clothes and accessories


Product Info: Dress- ModCloth, Cardigan- J. Crew, Blazer- Nasty Gal, Belt- J. Crew, Skirt- Piperlime, Shoes- DSW

4. Green

Green on the fall 2012 runway


(L to R) Charlotte Ronson, Narciso Rodriguez and Tommy Hilfiger Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

As Caitlyn reported a few weeks ago, wearing mixed shades of green is very "in" right now, due to the fact that Pantone chose two green shades -- Ultramarine Green and Bright Chartreuse -- for their Fall 2012 color report. In addition, there are tons of olive-colored items popping up in stores right now, thanks to the military-inspired trend. Not sure which shade of green is right for you? Check out our guide to finding your perfect colors, then sneak a peek at some trendy green clothes and accessories below.

Get the Look:

Green clothes and accessories


Product Info: Blazer- Modcloth, Bag- Topshop, Skirt- Pink Mascara, Blouse- JCPenney, Jeans- Kohl's, Vest- Old Navy

5. White

White on the fall 2012 runway


(L to R)  Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and Reed Krakoff Fall 2012 RTW |  ELLE

Lastly, no list of color trends would be complete without some kind of neutral, and for fall 2012, stark white clothing and accessories will be uber-popular. Since we all know that it's A-ok to wear white after Labor Day, rock some winter white this season with a LWD, structured outerwear or a cozy sweater, as seen below.

Get the Look:

White clothes and accessories


Product Info: Dress- Delia's, Pants- Mango, Sweater- Mango, Hat- H&M, Ankle Booties- Zara, Vest- Topshop, Coat- boohoo.com

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these color trends? Which hue is your favorite? Any shades you don’t like? Will you be rocking any of these colors on campus for fall? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!