How to style the Pantone fall palette for grocery runs, Zoom parties and more Advertisement

How to style the Pantone fall palette for grocery runs, Zoom parties and more

Introducing the new classics

By Nishtha Bhalla  September 4th, 2020

Over the last few years, we’ve witnessed the reign of bright colours, so out-there, you could spot them from a mile away (we’re looking at you, slime green). This year though, our world has become one where the laws of fashion have been replaced by the laws of baking banana bread (pro-tip: use chocolate chips), and our runway-ready looks have been replaced by pyjamas all-day, every day. The pandemic has taken over everything in our lives, including how we dress and the colours we wear. And with autumn just around the corner, our fall palette simply cannot be a fail palette. But when neither dull, boring colours, nor bright, in-your-face shades seem to do the trick, what do we do?

According to the  Autumn/Winter 2020/2021 Fall report by the Pantone Color Institute, AKA the highest authority on all things colour, this season’s core hues are so versatile and so timeless, you can wear these colours for just about any occasion — even if you’re just going grocery shopping. Take notes on how to style the classic Pantone fall palette, and cop the most sought after looks this season.


Dependable, solid, everlasting — we couldn’t have described a colour like Sleet better if we tried. Perfect for the boardroom, if you ever wanted to wear a power suit, this is the colour to wear it in. Kaia Gerber shows us how to let our inner boss-lady shine, in a fitted Sleet-grey suit and slick hair, with minimal jewellery. Our only advice? Swap the kitten heels for a pair of black, glossy pencil heels, and trade the slick hair for a sleek ponytail.

Almond Oil
A tasteful, subtle, smooth off-white shade, Almond Oil may just be the perfect colour for Fall/Winter 2020. A colour that literally exudes warm and comfort, one may just write it off as a ‘sweater weather’ colour, but this versatile shade looks good in literally every form — especially as a graceful, festive ensemble. Alaya F has got us coveting this delicate Almond Oil kurta, which she has paired with a white salwar, and oxidised silver jhumkis. An easy to wear look, make this one your own by accessorising it with a choker to match, straight, sleek hair, and nude heels. 

Blue Depths
A rich navy that gives us an aura of mystery, enigma and charm, Blue Depths is the perfect look for fall nights, especially with festival season coming up. Wearing colours as bold as this one can be daunting, but Sonam Kapoor schools us on how to style it like a pro — by pairing an ikkat Blue Depths jacket with a patterned Almond Oil dress, and rivière-style jewellery lined with different gemstones. A little unsure about how to pull this one off? Style the jacket with washed-out denims and strappy tank tops, and finish it up with silver jewellery for a graceful, simple look fit for every occasion.

Military Olive
A strong and foundational green tone, Military Olive seems to be a fave with all our street style inspos, and can up your outfit game in a matter of seconds. And here’s the proof — Rihanna shows us how to rock the outfit by wearing an OG Military Olive (camouflage!) knit-dress paired with a brown sling, and cushion-y brown slides, complete with sunglasses and a bun. This look is so casual, you can wear it anywhere — even if it is to the couch. Own this look by pairing it with chunky sneakers and a fanny pack. Don’t forget the sunglasses though.

How would you like to style the Pantone fall palette?

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