Which Pantone color trends will you be wearing this Fall?

The tastemakers for fall 2012

River Island one shoulder dress
$70 – riverisland.com

Cotton cardigan
$59 – johnlewis.com

High heels

Proenza Schouler satchel bag
$1,750 – brownsfashion.com

Last night I re-watched The Devil Wear Prada – a classic film for anyone who loves fashion! Even though I’ve seen it before, I still laughed out loud at many of the scenes – if you’ve seen the movie then “cube of cheese,” “6 is the new 14,” and “The National Guard … can I do that?” will immediately put a smile on your face, too!

One of my favorite scenes, though, is during a run-through when Miranda Priestly (played with aplomb by the divine Meryl Streep) attempts to explain to the hapless Andie (adorable Anne Hathaway) how “the tastemakers” influence your life, whether you realize it or not:

Miranda Priestly explains, “But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. … [long rant]… However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room…“

Which brings me to Pantone’s color selections for fall 2012. Like it or not, each year the tastemakers at Pantone deem certain colors “in.” Once you’re aware of the color palette trends, you’ll begin to notice that color selections in women’s clothing are actually rather limited, and why last year’s favorite begins to look “dated.”

This year I admit that I like many of the Pantone selections. In women’s fashion you’ll see:

• PANTONE 19-4056 Olympian Blue
• PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango
• PANTONE 18-5338 Ultramarine Green
• PANTONE 17-4014 Titanium
• PANTONE 15-1142 Honey Gold
• PANTONE 18-2133 Pink Flambé
• PANTONE 16-3817 Rhapsody
• PANTONE 14-1506 Rose Smoke
• PANTONE 19-1012 French Roast
• PANTONE 14-0445 Bright Chartreuse

And, when the weather begins to turn a bit colder, I will likely reach for a piece in Olympian Blue or Bright Chartreuse, two of my top choices.

Which of these colors will you be wearing?

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Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur and the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! In addition to Susan Said What?! Susan also writes for It’s how you play the game!Success Won’t Wait! and Have the Best Christmas EVER! 

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