Fall Fashion Trend: Spice Colors

Choose hues like cinnamon and nutmeg.

Fall and early winter, before the chill sets in, is my favorite time to max out style; this season offers endless opportunities for layering, playing with textures, structure and volumes. The runways are always overflowing with new ideas, but many are unachievable and unrealistic for real life. So I have curated the trends that matter for those of us that lead an active life on the move, prioritizing pragmatism, those of us needing fashion to work for us, not vice versa—otherwise why invest?  Fall in love, go on, I dare you. There is plenty here to whisk you off your feet, or just keep them squarely on the ground. Follow along as I provide guidance on these trends, one by one, over the next several weeks. Previously, I discussed athletic layering, getting political, and practical bags. Below, my fourth trend: 

Trend 4: Earth Tones: Stay Grounded in Cinnamon, Caramel and Nutmeg

Few things say Fall more than these hues. Earth tones, when paired with the right skin or hair coloring, are perfect visual harmony. It's a quietly confident kind of chic, timeless and ageless. The wonderful thing about them is they can be combined with each other, worn uniformly, or broken up with a surprise element like a splash of scarlet, a hint of neon, or black. Like white, they can be the perfect backdrop to a statement piece, or just be the statement in themselves. In terms of getting the shade right, don’t choose cold neutrals if they drain your skin. Spice colors like cinnamon look terrific with red or very dark hair, Asian and black skin. Caramel looks sensational on blondes. Beige comes in so many muted variations, it’s a case of seeing if the warm, pink-ier tones or colder sandy bring you to life. Last of all, who can resist chocolate? It's a powerful alternate to black when you feel serious—go for patent or shiny satin for edible style.