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Spice up your fall wardrobe with bold colors

Posted on September 19, 2012 | by Layla Ilchi

Now that summer is coming to an end, the season for bright colors has passed. Because of the cold weather, most women gravitate towards a darker palette, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Transitioning bold colors into a fall wardrobe is simple with the right accessories and layering.


Adding a colorful scarf or bold jewelry instantly turns a drab outfit into a noticeable one. Additionally, to make a simple black or gray dress more interesting, pair it with vibrant, colorful tights — like cherry red or hot pink — to enhance the outfit.

Color blocking is another useful trend for the fall. Pair white or black clothing with a statement piece, such as a maxi skirt or bomber jacket, to make the outfit stand out without looking too eccentric in the cold season.

Makeup can also play a crucial role in transitioning color. With neutral or dark clothing, wearing eye shadows in violet or blue and bright lipstick shades, like crimson red and neon pink, make an outfit pop and is a subtler way to experiment with color.

Colder weather also means more layers. Multiple layers add needed coverage and help temper a vibrant piece that might overwhelm on its own.

Finally, purses and shoes are a great way to add a pop of color to any outfit. These accessories have no limit. Any color or style can be paired with a dull fall outfit and instantly make it fun and eye-catching. The addition of a patent red bag or neon-hued oxfords can instantly elevate all-black ensembles.

Some of the colors seen on the runway for fall include dark red, burnt orange, mustard yellow, emerald green and cobalt blue. These colors are bold enough to make a fall wardrobe stand out, but are still warm hues fit for fall. Many of these colors also pair nicely with metallic shades — a little sparkle adds dimension to any outfit. Pieces with gold beading or sequins easily spice up neutral-colored outfits.


There are many staple pieces to incorporate into this season’s wardrobe. Look for a bold, patterned scarf, a colorful maxi skirt, statement jewelry, colorful tights, vibrant makeup and a head-turning purse. These pieces are affordable and can be found at stores such as Forever 21, H&M, Sephora and local thrift stores.

Even though it’s getting colder, vibrant colors can still be used in fall wardrobes. Adding a splash of color to your daily outfits will add a bit of warmth to a brisk day.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, Sept. 19 print edition. Layla Ilchi is a contributing writer. Email her at 




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