Your New Hues
Because I am addicted to Fashion – and because I get a ton of junk emails just loaded with useless information –I have the scoop on the hot colors for this autumn.
The hottest of the hot is Burnt Orange. (Yup, Burnt is hot). This year it is softer and ‘dustier’ than last year’s orange. I’m not exactly sure how. Maybe some ashes got mixed in with the burnt part. Stylists are recommending that you wear Burnt Orange with navy. I’d have to agree. You can only wear orange with black on one day of the year. And if you wear it with brown you may look like your mother’s sofa from the seventies.
Next is Eggplant. Eggplant is very big this fall. According to the experts (also called the junk-mail senders), Eggplant is serious. Somber even. The problem with Eggplant (according to me, and I am an expert and, if not a junk-mail sender, I’m sometimes a junk-mail forwarder) is that it can make you look unhealthy. If you are dark-skinned you may look a bit gray – and gray is NOT a hot color this fall – although Titanium made the runners-up list. Titanium skin may not be the best choice, however. And if you are fair-skinned, or with the fading remnants of your summer tan, then Eggplant may make your skin look like the inside of the Eggplant. So stick with your lower half for your Eggplant color. Make sure your legs aren’t eggplant-shaped though. That could be unfortunate.
Venetian Red made the list this year. Did you know there are 285 shades of red? Looking at the Pantone color charts, I would describe Venetian Red as… umm… Red. Red is nice. Go for it.
Primrose Yellow is chic. This sounds like a sweet, cheerful color. But the experts describe it as Mustard. Now Ketchup is flattering (see Venetian Red above). Even Pickle Relish can be charming (though not on the list). But Mustard? Not unless you are playing “Clue.” And my idols, The Beatles, certainly didn’t think much of it. If you are determined to wear it, go with French’s, and not Grey Poupon.
Three Blues are on this Fall’s list.
Deep Teal is cool. It’s hard to describe, though. Blue, almost green, with a bit of black. No, wait. I’ve got it. Think “Old Bruise.”
And there’s Royal Blue. Worn with Black, according to the Fashionistas. I can see this, but I can also see “Dallas” – and not the new 2012 TV show. I see Sue Ellen Ewing, 1981.
My favorite is Cerulean. Cerulean Blue is a deep turquoise. Very complimentary to every complexion. Like Royal Blue, you can check it out on TV, as it’s worn by a big star, every day. Marge Simpson. Though you may want to choose Cerulean for your sweater, not your hair.
Finally, there’s Peach. Peach is trendy. Peach is “The New Neutral,” whatever that means. I like Peach, and it can be very flattering to your skin. A personal word of caution: You may want to skip Peach if your skin is also peachy. With the fashion trend this year towards colorful jeans –and with a closeout deal that I couldn’t pass up – I ordered a pair of peach cords from my favorite online store. They look pretty good up close. From a distance however, they look like I forgot to put on my pants.