Color Trends for Fall and Winter 2018


Each season the team at the Pantone Color Institute creates a dedicated Fashion Color Trends Report. This is an overview highlighting the top colors fashion designers are featuring in their collections for the unfolding season. With color on the catwalk a key indicator of the color stories we can expect to see showing up across all areas of design, the Fashion Color Trend Report is a highly esteemed and in the same time accessible guide to the season’s most important color trends.

Combining classicism with colorful expression, the 2018 report features a bold palette of autumnal hues complemented by some more unexpected shades. Continuing to underscore the desire for color that transcends the seasons, the report highlights the top 10 colors for men’s and women’s fashion, as well as five new classics.

Colors for Fall/Winter 2018 express our need for individuality, ingenuity and creativity. There is a continued transition away from cyclical trends, and instead a strong focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure. As a result, we are seeing some very notable non-traditional choices showing up in the Fall/Winter palette, such as Limelight and Crocus Petal. These unexpected shades reinvent the seasonal color story and allows for the artistry and originality that moves fashion forward.

While mixing and combining unexpected colors can result in a signature style or look, we are also seeing colors for Fall/Winter 2018 similarly impactful standing alone. More-so than in previous seasons, many of these hues are strong enough in their own right and are being used to make very specific color statements on their own.

Here is the Fall/Winter 2018 Top 10 Color Palette which is quite bright and cheerful, providing for various unique color combinations.

Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall palette of deep and rich tones with outbursts of colorful surprise.

The Fall/Winter 2018 Classic Color Palette is your safe bet that will proof “good value for money” in the years to come.

While there is no ‘typical’ anymore, there remains a need for structure and foundation in everyday fashion. The five core colors, easily worn across the seasons, are more crucial than ever. As ‘trends’ stay relevant longer, and consumers look to add variety through new textures, fabrics and beautiful combinations, these five core shades serve as the critical building blocks for your wardrobe.

Our advice is: Stick to the classic palette and add a few fashionable accessories in the boldest colors that look best on you.


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