When seeking inspiration for any new season, looking at the colors that are on trend is always a great way to shop your own closet or look out for something new. Just adding a top, pair of shoes, scarf or handbag in a new-season color can be a great way to update your existing outfits. Take a look below at the fall winter 2022 color trends and see which you like.

Fall winter 2022 color trends to think about

You’ll see below that there are plenty of colors you associate with fall (burgundies and camels, for example). But there are also unexpected shades you could wear for the cooler months like bright yellow or pink.

Sunshine yellow

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Gabriela Hearst – Michael Kors CollectionMax Mara

Yellow tends to be a color we associate with the sunshine months of spring and summer. However, designers have turned that idea on its head this fall to include all shades of yellow.

You can’t go wrong no matter what shade of yellow you choose from pale pastels to bright, sunny yellows, and spicy mustards, all tones were spotted on the catwalks for fall.

Also take a look at how to wear yellow to brighten up your day.

Statement reds

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BurberrySacaiJason Wu

Red always makes an impact, and featured on the catwalks of everyone from Burberry to Jason Wu. You could wear a statement coat or jacket to get you noticed every day, or choose a red dress for any upcoming events or a dinner date.

See how to wear red for more inspiration.


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Victoria Beckham – Emilia Wickstead – Sacai

Burgundy could really fall into the color or the neutral category, as this is a shade which goes with so much in your closet. It’s one of the traditional shades associated with Fall, and is a great alternative to black. For instance, rather than a black moto jacket or black leather pants, you could choose burgundy.

Pale pinks

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Stella McCartneyEmporio ArmaniChanel

Soft, pale pink is usually a shade you think about for spring or summer. But you could add a touch of the unexpected to your fall and winter outfits by wearing this shade for the cooler months.

You can see that Stella McCartney added knee-high boots to her catwalk looks to make her pale pink seasonally appropriate. You could choose a baby pink coat for winter, or you could opt for a pink party outfit look like the one shown on the runways at Emporio Armani. An easy way to add pale pink to your outfit would be to choose a sweater to go with your favorite jeans.

Also, check out this comprehensive guide to how to wear pink.

Shocking pink

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ValentinoCarolina HerreraMichael Kors Collection

While baby pinks have a romantic feel, if you want to get noticed, and add drama, you could choose a bright shade of shocking pink. This was definitely a big trend for fall, with lots of designers choosing to add this shade to their catwalk looks.

A shocking pink coat would be perfect to add drama to all of your outfits. Or, the maxi skirt worn with a white shirt at Carolina Herrara looks fabulous. If that’s too much for you, you could always add a shocking pink clutch bag or pair of shoes.

deep Purples

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Carolina Herrera – Elie Saab – Jason Wu

Apart from the pink shades, there weren’t an awful lot of pastel purples on the runways for Fall. If you want to be on-trend, choose a deeper shade. Designers opted for everything from coats to dresses to coordinates in tones of purple.

You can see how to wear every shade of purple in this article.

Lichen blue

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Proenza Schouler – Bora Aksu – Christian Siriano

Many designers chose to use a pale, but vibrant shade of blue, which mixed in some gray or green tones. If you really want to update your closet, this particular shade could be the one to choose.

Electric blues

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Alberta Ferretti – Elie Saab – Christian Siriano

You could also choose a beautiful, bright, cobalt shade of blue. Look out for cobalt blue coats and dresses. Or, choose a cobalt blue shirt or blouse to go with your jeans.

Gorgeous greens

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Emporio Armani – Giorgio Armani – Elie Saab

Green is one of those colors that can be associated with the rebirth of spring, or the darker, evergreen shades of the cooler months, making it the perfect color to wear anytime of the year. The key shade of green for this Fall is a vibrant, emerald shade that would be ideal for brightening up your day-to-day looks, or for the party season.

You’ll find lots more green outfits and ideas in this article on how to wear green and the colors that go with it.

Vibrant orange

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Michael Kors CollectionMax MaraBibhu Mohapatra

Just like shocking pink or bright red, orange is one of those colors that will definitely make your outfit stand out from the crowd. Designers sent their models down the runways in orange coats and dresses. Or, if you don’t want a full-on orange look, how about choosing one standout orange item like a pair of wide-leg pants (as shown at Max Mara) and teaming it with white.


You can of course, wear top-to-toe color, or you can color block. But, it’s likely that you will want to add at least one neutral to your outfits.

Take a look below to see the neutrals you could team with the bright and muted shades above.


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Michael Kors CollectionMax MaraBurberry

Shades of beige may have once had a “boring” reputation. However, they are anything but boring right now. They’re actually very on trend, and can look incredibly classy. You could opt for top-to-toe neutrals and add interest to your look by using different textures. Or, try pairing beige or camel shades with one of the bright options above, like red or shocking pink.

Also look at this article on can you wear beige over 40?


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Gabriela Hearst – Brandon MaxwellVersace

Black is, of course, a classic and it’s always on trend. If you haven’t updated your little (or long) black dress for a while, perhaps this is the season to treat yourself to a new one. Plus, black will go with absolutely any other shade in your closet, so is perfect for wearing with any of the other color trends in this list.


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Albera Ferreti – Michael Kors Collection – Bibhu Mohapatra

Metallics can add just as much drama to your look as any of the bright shades above. But they can also act as a neutral because you can wear them with any color. You could opt for a subtle metallic shade, like the dark silver tones at Alberta Ferretti or go all-out with a metallic dress. Wear a gold metallic dress with a beige coat, or a silver metallic dress with a silver coat for a classy look.

Glamorous grays

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Albera Ferreti – Michael Kors Collection – Emilia Wickstead

Gray is definitely more than just the preserve of the business suit. Gray would look super stylish for your winter coat choice this year and it’s easy to change up your outfit by adding a vibrant scarf. Or, you could choose a gray dress and bright acessories.

You might also want to take a look at how to wear gray.

Beautiful browns

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Jason WuTory BurchMichael Kors Collection

Deep coffee and chocolate shades can look very glamorous. They key to ensuring that your brown doesn’t look frumpy is to choose beautiful fabrics like silk and satin, or team with a bright color, as shown at Tory Burch.

Winter whites

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Michael Kors Collection Bibhu MohapatraJacquemus

While white is usually worn in summer – perhaps you have a favorite pair of white jeans or pants – it can also look beautiful during the cooler months. You could choose a white dress or jumpsuit for any parties you are invited to. Or, if you want to continue wearing your white jeans, add a pair of beige or gray boots.


Runway outfits for color trends for FW - navy | 40plusstyle.com

Bibhu Mohapatra – Christian Siriano – Bottega Veneta

Softer than black and just as versatile, navy can also have connotations of business attire. So, if you aren’t dressing for work, make sure to differentiate your work and leisure or evening looks with beautiful fabrics and dramatic shapes. Navy looks great worn with any other color.

Take a look at these colors to wear with navy.


fall winter 2022 color trends: creams | 40plusstyle.com

Brandon Maxwell – Emilia Wickstead – Max Mara

If white feels a little too bright for you for fall and winter, then you could choose a soft shade of cream instead. Wear as a dress, a sweater or a pair of wide leg pants.

I’m sure you have all of the neutrals in your closet? But how about the new color trends? Let me know which ones are your favorites to wear in the comments below.

Continue reading:

  1. Fall 2022 Fashion Trends: All The Best Trends For Women Over 40 This Season
  2. How To Wear Green – Which Of These Color Palettes And Outfits Is Your Favorite?
  3. How To Wear Navy: Color Palettes And Styles For You To Choose From

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