Back to School Shopping Guide: Fall 2011 Color Trends

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Back to School Shopping Guide Fall 2011 Colors

Although the smoldering heat suggests otherwise, it's almost time for fashion's favorite season-- fall! Soon enough, it will be time to break out some boots, throw on a comfy cardigan and layer, layer, layer. So, in order to prepare you for the upcoming change in season, we're putting together the ultimate fall shopping guide.

Earlier this week we briefed you on some hot fashion trends for back-to-school shopping and now we'll be discussing fall 2011 color trends. Color is a super-simple way to update your wardrobe, so rest assured that adding just a few cool-weather pieces in a popular hue will help you stay on-trend throughout the fall and winter.

Want to get the scoop on fall's hottest colors? Read on to discover the top five shadesyou'll see everywhere this season as well as some fall-appropriate clothes and accessories for inspiration:


Taupe on the fall 2011 runways

L to R: Dennis Basso, The Row, & Jo No Fui Fall 2011 RTW | Elle

If you love neutrals, you're in luck - taupe is going to be über popular this season. Taupe is a pretty mix between a cool gray and an earthy brown, so it's pretty much the ultimate neutral color. Pick up a pair of sturdy boots or some cozy outerwear in this hue for a trendy, yet practical cold-weather look.

Get the Look:

Taupe fall 2011 color

Product Info: Skirt- Lulu's, Blouse- Anthropologie, Coat- Dorothy Perkins, Cardigan- Forever 21, Boots- Target, Pants- Delia's

Deep Plum

Dark purple on the fall 2011 runways

L to R: Badgley Mischka, J. Crew, & L'Wren Scott Fall 2011 RTW | Elle

This rich, gorgeous shade of purple practically screams "luxury". A deep plum dress, skirt or coat will add a glam vibe to even the most casual of outfits, so invest in one of those pieces to make a bold impact.

Not quite ready to rock purple clothing? Try a plum-colored accessory - like the clutch or shoes pictured below - for a more subtle take on this trend.

Get the Look:

Plum fall 2011 color

Product Info: Dress- Modcloth, Sweater- John Lewis, Clutch- Baker's, Shoes- Modcloth, Coat- Debenhams, Tights- Revolve Clothing


Light gray on the fall 2011 runways

L to R: Cynthia Steffe, Gianfranco Ferre, & Max Mara Fall 2011 RTW | Elle

Grays are always popular for fall, but this year it's all about light, silvery-gray hues. This sophisticated color is a "goes with everything" type of shade, making it perfect for mixing-and-matching with other colors. Whether you buy a sharp silver blazer or a cozy sweater, you'll have a versatile and stylish pick for autumn.

Get the Look:

Silver fall 2011 color

Product Info: Socks- Net-a-Porter, Oxfords- DSW, Sweater- Old Navy, Blazer- H&M, Dress- All Saints, Bag- Net-a-Porter

Dark Teal

Teal on the fall 2011 runways

L to R: Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, & Valentino Fall 2011 RTW | Elle

This pretty blue-green color is the perfect statement-making autumnal hue. Dark teal is a mysterious-looking color with cool undertones, which makes it a popular pick for fall. Wear it on its own if you're feeling bold or pair it with neutrals to add a splash of color.

Get the Look:

Dark teal fall 2011 color

Product Info: Blouse- Nordstrom, Vest- Buckle, Pumps- Alloy, Scarf- Nordstrom, Sweater- Forever 21, Skirt- Miss Selfridge

Mustard Yellow

Mustard yellow on the fall 2011 runways

L to R: Bottega Veneta, Chloé, & Jil Sander Fall 2011 RTW | Elle

Since this is one of my favorite shades to wear, I'm happy to report that mustard yellow is going to be huge throughout the fall and winter. This cheerful shade reminds me of the color of fallen leaves -- perfect for autumn!

Not sure what other colors to pair this mustard yellow with? Believe it or not, this shade of yellow would actually look awesome with all of the fall hues mentioned above! You could wear it with plum or dark teal for a colorful autumn-themed look or combine it with taupe or silver for a chic, modern aesthetic.

Get the Look:

Mustard yellow fall 2011 color

Product Info: Bag- H&M, Coat- Target, Scarf- Urban Outfitters, Tee- Forever 21, Wedges- Ruche, Blouse- Topshop

Your thoughts?

What do you think of these colors? Which one is your favorite? Do you follow color trends? How would you wear each color? Remember to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

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