Bright Colors for Fall

bright colors for fall

Color blocking was my favorite trend of all time and I have been waiting for the day that it would come back around. 2010-2012 was basically the peak of my style sense because I wore bright colors every day. I’d show up to work with pink jeans and a red silk top or out to dinner in a yellow dress with neon pink pumps and it was just the best.

My bridesmaids even wore yellow dresses with bright pink bouquets. It was glorious!

When I saw Mandy Moore’s Brandon Maxwell dress for the Emmy’s this year I literally jumped up and down with excitement. That dress inspired today’s post, a love letter to bright colors for fall and winter, something that you shouldn’t be afraid of. A hot pink sweater will brighten up even the gloomiest of winter days and these fun feather earrings add a colorful pop to any look.

If you feel up to it, mix and match your brights and take it back to 2011 with me. I would totally wear my orange Dudley Stephens with these pink pants or an orangy-red headband with a pink and red color block sweater. And I’ve been living in this cozy fleece zip-up sweatshirt lately with a pair of black leggings.

If wearing brights isn’t your thing, you can still rock this trend in smaller doses with a pink beanie or a pair of colorful flats with an otherwise dark outfit.

What do you think about bright colors outside of summer? Should I do a post to show you how I style them?

Dudley Stephens Fleece Turtleneck, $158
Hunter Rainboots, $99
J.Crew Sweater, $138 (Similar for $39)
Hot Pink Beanie, $39 (Similar for $11!)
Work Pants, $89.50 (Similar for $29)
Tuckernuck Feather Earrings, $68
Colorblock Sweater, $120 (Similar for $32)
Puffer Vest, $34
Winter Coat, $365 (Factory version for $142)
Pink Flats, $168 (Similar for $137)


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  1. EM said:

    Yes– color is always good. Personally I wear very little black, because so many of the people where I live wear it, and I think it looks depressing and draining. Once I was in a coffee shop and noticed I was THE only person not wearing a black coat. (Mine was red.)

    Maybe all brights in fall/winter would be too much but at least a little color. My dark neutral is navy blue– I love navy– and I like to add a touch of color (for example, a hot pink turtleneck with a navy sweater when it is cold outside).

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    • Julia said:

      I have been that same person in a coffee shop wearing color in a sea of all black coats! I also love navy especially with orange or hot pink.

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  2. Britta said:

    Amazing! I needed a new wool winter coat last year and headed to jcrew. I was about to pick my usual black, tan, or grey when I saw a this bright pink/magenta/orange (only way to describe it!) one in my size. I’m so glad I got it because come January and February everyone walks around Chicago in their dark coats and mine feels like a breath of fresh air on Michigan avenue. Also really comes in handy at coat checks bc I always can spot mine. I’ve received so many compliments and so many scarves and hats look great with it. Winter is long and dark here so anything to make it brighter is a plus.

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    • Julia said:

      It’s the little things that cheer us up in the winter! Love this story.

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  3. Alyssa Benson said:

    I LOVE this so much. These colors make me so happy. I tend to wear a lot of black and neutrals, but I loooove color blocking too. I agree, 2012-2014 for me was all about all of the color. I kinda miss those days!

    And thank you for including more affordable options! You’re the best!

    10.9.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I miss those days too! Best fashion years IMO. Glad it’s back.

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  4. Angela said:

    Why would you even have to ask?! YES!

    10.9.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Hahah perfect answer 🙂

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  5. Libby said:

    I have been loving adding a pop of pink this fall! I still am gravitating more towards my usually neutrals, but just can’t stop loving pink this season! I even bought the new Gal Meets Glam Margaux loafers in the pink velvet, and they are a dream, and add something fun to an outfit!! I love how much you love color in your style, Julia! 🙂

    xx Libby

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    • Julia said:

      Oooh I love those! So glad to hear they’re pretty in person too.

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  6. Courtney said:

    This is a fun twist on fall fashion!

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  7. Kathy said:

    Love this! I’m a bright colors all the time kind if girl. I don’t care if they are in or out, it’s just what I like to wear. They make me feel cheerful and energized which is especially important in the colder months living in the northeast. It so much a part of my style, people I know are taken aback when I don’t wear bright colors. And color blocking was such a good trend, I’m so glad it’s back. The J. Crew and Boden sweaters are both on my wishlists.

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