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There’s a time and a place for wearing neon pink—and it’s usually during a workout or at a rave—so we’re pretty happy to see that garish, ultra-bright colors are not trending for the final months of 2020. In fact, it’s the total opposite. According to the experts at the Pantone Color Institute, the most popular colors for clothing and accessories this fall are the toned-down classics.

“The color palette for Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 highlights our desire for versatile, timeless color,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Reflecting a 'less is more' mindset that is becoming increasingly important to consumers prioritizing value and functionality, our color palette is stripped of excess." Phew, does hearing that feel like a total relief to anyone else? Excuse me while I wrap myself in a camel-colored cashmere sweater and take 15 minutes for self-care.

OK, I’m back. And I’m all about this pared-back trend because it confirms that the clothing we buy for this season will be pieces we actually want to hold onto for at least the next few years; a timeless blazer in military olive green, a trustworthy shift dress in sleet grey and a plush wool knit in a soft cream. Because while everything around us seems to be crashing and burning, it’s nice to know that we can shop for clothing that won’t let us down anytime soon. Here, the four core color trends for fall and some tips on how to wear them.

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almond oil color trend
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1. Almond Oil

This off-white hue is just as smooth as its name suggests. And it’s a universally flattering shade, in addition to being a timeless one. We particularly love it as any type of knit, since it has more depth and can portray texture better than a flat shade of basic white. That said, this stark shade is also striking as trousers or a statement coat. You really can’t go wrong with Almond Oil—so long as you have a Tide To Go pen handy, in the instance of any unfortunate spills.

Get the look: Kotn trousers ($75); Chaser sweatshirt ($79); 11 Honoré sweatshirt ($188); Naadam turtleneck ($325); Vince boots ($395)

blue depths color trend
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2. Blue Depths

Here’s a tip, if this shade of navy blue is throwing you off: Just wear it as if it’s black. Yup, that means it’s easy to wear this hue in big doses—like as a jumpsuit—or in the form of reliable albeit slightly unexpected outerwear, such as a leather jacket. We also like how this particular shade of navy, called Blue Depths, looks in a crisp cotton poplin fabric, as seen above, especially when paired with another classic color, like a camel.

Get the look: Eloquii top ($60); COS jumpsuit ($150; $75); Vince scarf ($295; $177); M.Gemi pumps ($278); Lth Jckt leather jacket ($595)

sleet gray color trend
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3. Sleet

No, this shade of grey should not be relegated to your go-to pair of sweats. This soft neutral can actually add a refined touch to any outfit, so long as you avoid wearing it from head-to-toe. Your best bet is opting for a pop of Sleet alongside your dark trousers or topping a white dress (yes, even after Labor Day has long passed) with a cropped jacket in the metal shade—try to avoid grey maxi dresses or jumpsuits, as too much of this timeless color might wash you out.

Get the look: Astars cami ($68); Lovers + Friends sweater ($188); M.M. LaFleur jardigan ($225); Marc Fisher LTD boots ($249); Salvatore Ferragamo bag ($695)

olive green color trend
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4. Military Olive

This is, hands down, this is the hardest color to wear on this list since certain skin tones can look sallow next to this particular type of green. (My olive skin tone is guilty of just that, but I’ve found the best way to wear this color is simply to keep it away from my face—i.e., no sweaters, tops or dresses in olive!). However, there are a ton of flattering options in this timeless hue, like the 2020 return of cargo pants, which have been elevated from their usual khaki and tapered to flatter your leg better. Still skeptical? Try this color trend via your accessories...just don’t be shocked when you learn that an olive-green leather tote is actually a brilliant neutral.

Get the look: Everlane bag ($35); Prosperity Denim jeans ($65); Universal Standard jacket ($150); Aje dress ($395); Veronica Beard blazer ($650)

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