This Just In: Pastels Are Fall’s True Champion

Come fall, blindly returning to the habit of sticking to neutrals is all to turnkey. Luckily, the new season is packing a surprising amount of soft pastels — with soft meaning they aren’t your typical Easter-ready selections. Between pink’s comedown from the millennial pink craze and washed out shades of yellow, we’re jumping head-first into a more colorful closet next month (sorry, all-black everything).

That’s not to say you have to forego your traditional oxblood reds and heather grays. In fact, this selection of pastels compliment those colors more than replace them. Tan camel coats and lavender handbags living side-by-side? We’re digging it. Ahead, we’ve rounded up four unexpected fall colors worth giving a try. If our autumn wardrobe can look this bright, maybe we won’t have to deal with those summer blues after all.

Ballet Slipper Pink
After millennial pink’s dominance bled into a short season of hot pinks, falling back towards a really soft version of the feminine color is a breath of fresh air. This baby pink tone is a pseudo neutral for fall when you need a bit more color than just tan.

Clare V. Faux Fur Waist Pack, $ 289, available at Anthropologie.

Isabel Marant Étoile Lana High-rise Straight-leg Trousers, $ 305, available at

Mansur Gavriel Wool Cozy Coat, $ 995, available at Mansur Gavriel.

Pixie Market Pink Ring Wrap Mini Skirt, $ 96, available at Pixie Market.

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Dusty Lavender
There’s something about fall’s most popular shade of purple that feels totally fresh. The soft pale color is unexpected, feminine, and versatile enough to be worn with whatever, wherever. To ease into pastels, start feet first and swap your all-white kicks for this sporty, lavender-hued pair — which is subtle but still packs a whole lot of punch.

New Balance 574 Sport, $ 109.99, available at New Balance.

Babaton Malik Blouse, $ 85 $ 34.99, available at Aritzia.

& Other Stories Wool Beret, $ 29, available at & Other Stories.

Topshop Amaze Boxy Shoulder Bag, $ 52, available at Topshop.

Sorbet Yellow
Mellow yellow was a runner-up for naming this sweet shade. It’s calming, unexpectedly electric, and pairs well with your arsenal of fall denim.

Mango Oversize Denim Jacket, $ 79.99 $ 49.99, available at Mango; Mango Buttoned Denim Skirt, $ 59.99, available at Mango.

Vince Shaggy Coat, $ 995, available at Shopbop.

Marni Cropped Cotton-blend Pants, $ 860 $ 344, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Poppin’ Peach
From coats to accessories, this bright take on peach is our numero uno pick for the upcoming season. Finish off a black cashmere sweater and plaid cropped pants with peach kitten heels, or layer a peach tone turtleneck under a gray sweater vest for the full effect.

Zara Fleece Jacket, $ 49.90, available at Zara.

Trademark Castaigne Satin Slide, $ 598, available at Trademark.

Calder Claudine Turtleneck, $ 110, available at Lisa Says Gah.

Bienen-Davis The Kit Wristlet & Chain Pouch, $ 1,995, available at Barneys New York.

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