Fall fashion trend: sorbets

Welcome in winter with frozen-yogurt hues.

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've discussed athletic layering, getting political, practical bags, spice colors,plaids, hiking boots,oversized overcoats,and hats. Below, the ninth trend:

Trend 9: Winter’s Sorbet Shades For A Clean, Bright Palette

It’s normal to think literally about seasonal colors: we all instinctively veer to dark berry tones, mossy greens and the ever-easy black and navy once Thanksgiving is on the horizon. But I am a huge fan of black and chocolate for summer, and equally of pastels for winter, in all their mod-ish joy. Why not? In a sea of black traversing the streets or lining restaurant walls, a pop of icy pink, banana yellow or eau-de-nil is a delicious palette cleanser. The best of all: winter white. To make them feel just right, choose the most luxe wools, cashmere or, for evening, thick jersey or silk satin so there is no question that you didn’t mistakenly open your summer closet. Styling-wise, it's advisable to avoid too many pastels in one look, so always break it up with a hint of dark shades in either layering pieces, belts, scarves or shoes. Or best of all, for dresses, skirts and coats, accent with a really tough over-the-knee boot in a deeply mysterious burgundy or black.

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