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Fall Forecast: The New Earth TonesSeptember 13, 2019
While head-to-toe brown may not sound like the most exciting ensemble, this fall, earth tones are back in a new way that is sophisticated and cool. We checked in with our Senior VP of Design, Theresa McAllen, and Design Director, Amy Valentine for their tips on wearing this season’s color palette. “It’s all about the variating hues that make it feel so fresh,” says Theresa McAllen, “think of browns, deep reds, oranges and all the different shades within those colors.” That’s how to make earth tones exciting, by layering shades and prints.” For tips on how to wear the new neutrals as well the top picks from our Fall Collection, Theresa and Amy pick their favorites.
Look for Nature Prints
Think leaves, flowers or geometric patterns that have an artisan vibe. “This Merida Poncho has a classic leaf print that isn’t obvious when you first see it,” says Theresa. “And when paired with the fringe trim it feels outdoorsy but still chic.” Since the changing of the seasons is also the time to infuse your wardrobe with some transitional style, a poncho is a great layering piece—like wearing a cozy throw but way chicer.
Try A Little Spice
Think saffron, cinnamon and pepper. These warm, earthy hues are flattering to all skin tones and easy to wear together, whether on a dress like the Jolene Midi Dress, or as a separate. “Spicy tones warm up the natural tones in our skin so it’s flattering to wear in cooler weather, “ says Theresa. This midi dress is given an extra dose of on-trend style when paired with a suede boot. “Another way to introduce earth tones is with your accessories in luxe fabrications like velvet or suede.”
Wear One Standout Piece
Take your basics, say jeans and shirt, and wear them in your closet essential shades like bone, beige and brown, and then add a layer of bold with a floral-inspired reds, yellows and lavender. “This look, with the Nia Patchwork Hoodie, still feels earthy but when you get up close, there’s a rainbow of color in the embroidery design,” says Amy. “But it still feels neutral because the overall look is muted.” Also, having one standout piece is an easy way to add an edge to the rest of your closet.
Mix Black with Bold
While the little black dress is always a perennial favorite, adding a dash of fall-inspired beauty to the skirt elevates this Patchwork Mesh Dress to gorgeous heights. “The embroideries and printed fabrics that we pieced together on the skirt feel bolder because of the patchwork effect,” says Amy. “It still feels neutral with the darker top and keeping accessories to a minimum.” Look for earth tones in interesting colors or print combinations for autumnal style that is subdued but still stands out.