On My Style Radar: Fall Colors

Fall fashion colors from Eileen Fisher: merino cardigan in soft berry and silk top and pants in nutmeg. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Fall Fashion: It’s All About Color…

This early fall fashion season has always been my favorite. It’s the one time of year I get really excited about color. Even though many fashion colors have become more cross-seasonal (ballet pink, rust, and mustard yellow, for example), there’s often a depth and sophistication to the colors introduced this time of year that appeals to me.

A couple of days ago, I had a chance to peruse some of the new arrivals at Eileen Fisher. There are some really gorgeous colors in this collection! I’ve ordered that cardigan/jacket in the color shown above (Monterey). The color is a gorgeous soft berry that mixes well with either warm or cool colors. It’s offered in Midnight (Navy) as well. This is exactly the kind of unlined, softly structured, Not Black jacket I’m always on the hunt for. Also shown: shell | pants.  I adore that Nutmeg color too, though the wide-leg pants aren’t my thing. I might be persuaded to try the slim stretch crepe version.

V-neck sweater in deep wine color with navy pants. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I also really liked this soft, dark berry color (Raisonette). Above: v-neck sweater.  This is a really nice lightweight fabric, perfect for transitional seasons and for travel. Sweater is also offered in Maple Oat (natural beige) and a bright red.

BTW, for those of you who prefer navy to black, they’ve added a lot more pieces in the Midnight color, including many of the basics.

Eileen Fisher wool kimono jacket in dark berry worn with navy pants. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And that same Raisonette color looks even more vibrant on this boiled wool kimono jacket.

Mad For Plaid…

Plaid blazer with burgundy piping. Details at une femme d'un certain age.


Shifting gears…another big fall trend this year is the plaid jacket. While I love anything plaid, sometimes the menswear aspect is a bit overpowering. The magenta piping on this budget-friendly jacket is a nice detail that adds a feminine element.

Fall Colors You Can Wear Now

If (like me) you’re champing at the bit to begin incorporating some fall color into your outfits, accessories are one way to go.

Everlane v slingback flats in rust. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Footwear can be a great way to add an accent color to an outfit. I have these slingback flats in black, and love them so much I got the rust as well. The color is gorgeous and saturated, and these are a comfortable option that can transition into fall.

Everlane day glove flats in ivy leather. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you’re more of a ballet flats gal, these are also very comfortable and available in several colors, including this dark green.

Brahmin croc-embossed Mini Priscilla tote in Tart. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love, love, love the shape of this bag! And the wineberry color (“Tart”) goes with everything.

French Kande necklace cafe-au-lait mix with vintage French medallion. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

The warm tones in this French Kande “cafe-au-lait” stone mix will look smashing with fall colors.

What fall colors do you wear most often? Or does another season appeal to you more?

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  1. Thank you for introducing me to things I would not otherwise find. I made my first French Kande purchase last month and love my necklaces.

  2. Can’t wait for fall if nothing but to break out my unused Brahmin bag in a now discontinued plum color!!

  3. It’s not your long-over-lean look, but don’t write off the wide-leg pants. They are about as comfortable as you can get AND they usually have nice, big pockets. I am not comfortable wearing skirts and have found that a nice drapey pair of wide leg pants makes a great alternative.

    1. I recently purchased a shorter jacket to wear with my higher-waisted wide legged pants. It’s not that my waist has magically shrunk, but the flowing pant legs need a slimmer top half.

  4. I have been building up my “Midnight” wardrobe piece by piece. Glad to see more items available – soon I will have a year-round “core”.

  5. Love the rust flats and the berry Eileen Fischer jacket!! I’m trying to incorporate more color into my wardrobe and the past year plum and berry are repeated winners in my closet. Brenda

  6. The rust (or orange) and berry combo has been a “go to” of mine. I can even implement them somewhat during the summer. Clearly, EF is coping me-ha!

    1. Oh Goodness, Ms. Bijers; my family & I will be in Amsterdam in December! I’m in the process of exploring your blog & I am sure I will find great nuggets about the city. I’m so very excited to visit your country (as a slightly older person, 52, & my love of kind of funky fashion; it is a big draw to your blog). I hope to see you on the streets!

  7. I do have a wineberry satchel, so I’m good for fall. Most of those colors don’t suit me at all, except the green shoes.

  8. I’m really loving the Nutmeg pants but would pair it with a Midnight top. I was designated a “winter” back in the 80’s and it’s a difficult concept for me to ignore. I’ve followed my “seasonal” color chart for so long! I purchased a Paprika Vince skirt and shell and, although I’ve worn both pieces a few times, I can’t get it out of my head that those are not my colors! Crazy, I know.
    I am ordering the slim crepe Eileen Fisher pants. Somehow I don’t think those full pants would work on a short person.

  9. The wide trousers don’t appeal to me at all. I think of them on Katharine Hepburn or another tall woman. I love skirts, and am happy to see some with pockets now. The wide trousers would be VERY unpractical on a bicycle. Eva will see many chic cycling there in chilly December but they tend to wear narrower trousers – and rainwair. Great destination for tall ladies seeking clothing; not much for shorties there.

    I love that deep violet and have a merino pullover in that shade, but unfortunately it has a few mothholes. I have darned those, but can’t wear it to anywhere businessy, unless they are boho creative types. Hope I’ll find another.

  10. Hi Susan, I think the raisonette with the navy is so inviting for fall. I love black pants but the navy makes this outfit look a little warmer and fresher. These are beautiful color combinations and I can’t wait for cooler weather to snuggle into some gorgeous fall sweaters. Cheers, Deborah

  11. I will pass on the warm colors, but I love the raisonette and wineberry colors. They would work well with my grays and blues, and perk up my black pants.