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Fall & Winter Shades that Aren’t Basic

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Jacqueline Gubiani

Black, brown, camel: We see these colours over and over again every fall and winter season. It’s a sea of grey and navy-clad people moving through their day.

Part the sea and add a little flair to your winter wardrobe wearing the shades below.


We don’t believe that you can’t wear white after labour day, but we can argue that it looks a little harsh in the middle of winter.

Instead of stark snow white, wear creamy ivory. This soft, off-white shade provides understated class and is soft for the cold seasons. An ivory-coloured cashmere turtleneck is warm and chic.

Ivory could be your signature winter colour. This Cynthia Steffe coat, is the perfect piece of resale designer clothing to add your fall and winter wardrobe. Its round collar, shiny trim, and flare fit stand out against a slew of camel and black coats.


Neon is this season’s surprising fall trend, and while it’s are usually a summer favourite, we welcome these bold hues during a time of year that feels perpetually dark.

You can make a loud statement in a bright pantsuit or opt for a subtle look in painted nails. Regardless of the neon colour you a choose, it’s sure to make you stand out this season and keep you from feeling as drab as the weather.

Pistachio Green

Forest and emerald greens make sense in the fall and winter. Like navy and black, they provide a soft, muted tone that blends into the seasonal background.

This season, choose to wear a lighter shade, like pistachio green. It’s less over the top than bright neon above, yet it still provides a pop of colour not seen in the traditional fall and winter shades.


While red is traditionally thought of as a holiday favourite, you don’t have to wait until Christmas to wear it. This power colour stands out against the drab brown and grey of the season, particularly in blazers and shoes.

Just think of the bold statement these fire-engine red boots create. 


For those who can’t tear themselves away from dark shades, purple fits in nicely without being the same black or grey variety. It invokes a romantic vibe in printed florals or looks great as suede boots for a night out.

A wine-coloured long-sleeved silk blouse, like the one below, is a great way to add this deep hue to your wardrobe.

What’s your favourite fall/winter hues to wear? Let us know in the comments!

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