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Port, Autumn Maple, & Butterum

This week is about Fall 2017's color trends! We've already talked about the color of the season, Grenadine, and today we'll take a look at a trio of warm browns: Port, Autumn Maple, and Butterum.

From Pantone:

Taking the Red family to new depths, Tawny Port is elegant, sophisticated, and tasteful.

A quintessential autumn color, Autumn Maple is tawny and russet, introducing warmth into the palette.

This snug, warming, and toasty shade is evocative of drinking a glass of Butterrum by a roaring fire on a cool autumn evening.

Very dark red is essentially brown, and can be down-to-earth and relatable but can also be seen as less sophisticated than black. As we get lighter and brighter with maple and butterum, the connotation becomes more sociable, outgoing, and adventurous - but some may also react to in these colors as cheap or something of a "show-off."

How to Wear It

Thankfully, this season provides a range of both light and bright browns to wear as neutrals! However, they do skew warm and may not work for everyone when worn next to the face.

IF you decide these for you, wear them near your face when you have a:

  • Warm undertone
  • Contrasting skin tone (e.g., avoid maple, butterum shirts if your skin is tanned like mine)
  • Similar depth of coloring (e.g., avoid deep port if you are very fair and low-contrast without significant lowlights in your features)  

You can also tone down the effect of these earthy autumn colors with: 

  • Clear, saturated brights
  • Sophisticated jewel tones
  • Sleek, powerful black (LOVE brown with black!)
  • Clean, sophisticated tailoring & craftsmanship
  • Sumptuous fabrics like silk, satin, or velvet

If you love the colors but they don't flatter your skin tone, you can wear them:

  • Away from your face, in pants, boots, or handbags
  • Cooler shades, like chocolate, taupe, or saddle 
  • In small doses such as a belt, brooch, or clutch

I'm all about natural, approachable colors, so I love the idea of these browns, but they don't all flatter my features. For me, port is an easy color that I often wear as an alternative to black. However, maple and butterum make me look a bit sick when worn near the face. I'll be swapping those out for bright orange, taupe, deep cognac, and bronze. 

How do you feel about these colors? Do they remind you of Autumn in New York... or an awkward growth spurt in the '70s? Are they easy to wear?