We're Obsessed by These 5 Autumn Colour Trends

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It might only be the first week of September and, yes, summer wares may still line the shelves of our favourite high street stores, but we can't help but notice that the new-in sections are slowly but surely being infiltrated by autumn pieces—from trans-seasonal jackets to sturdy boots—and we're not going to lie, we're pretty excited about it.

There are a few colours that inevitably dominate every single autumn, however, there are some new additions that are set to make a splash this September. While last year everyone lost it over browns and khakis, this year it's more about colour binaries: think lime green rubbing shoulders with burnt orange, and pale beige put into relief by fashion editor black (yes we know it's not technically a colour but... fashion).

Of course, we don't like to be too prescriptive about these things, but if you think about it, giving a nod to a new season hue is surely one of the easiest ways to freshen up your wardrobe. After all, you probably already own at least one piece in one of the below shades, so it's merely a case of experimenting with new combinations—for example, why not try a lime green knit with a pleated beige skirt? Or pack a punch with a head-to-toe black ensamble?

So, if you're desperate for a little autumnal inspo, keep scrolling to see the five colours that we are most excited to wear for the new season and 16 pieces that you can wear already.

1. Cobalt Blue

Style Notes: Taking over from the powder blues that proliferated last year, cobalt blue is the saturated hue coming to an Instagram feed near you.


Uterque Flowing Trousers With Tie Detail (£100)

Alexander Wang Cable-Knit Cotton Blend Sweater (£550)

Cos Slim Fit T-shirt (£25)

Jil Sander Tangle medium braided-strap suede shoulder bag (£810)

2. Bright Green

Style Notes: The general public seems to have a bit of a love-hate relationship with eye-popping shades of green, and it can certainly be a tricky look to pull off. Luckily, for 2021, it comes in softer shades and premium-feel fabrics that give it a vintage twist: Think linen and satin.


JW Anderson Knitted Shopper (£280)

Arket Kick Flare Cotton Stretch Trousers (£79)

Bea Bongiasca Baby Vine Tendril enamel, 9-karat gold, silver and rock crystal ring (£395)

Cos Gathered Midi Dress (£59)

4. Fashion-Editor Black

Style Notes: Yes, we know that black is technically an absence of colour, but we can't ignore the fact that head-to-toe black outfits have flooded Instagram this year. The black cardi seems to be having a moment, in particular, bringing with it a more quirky spin on the traditionally austere fashion-editor uniform.


Aligne Ellyse Quilted Jacket (£125)

Churches Kara 2 Prestige Calf Penny Loafer Black (£620)

& Other Stories One-Shoulder Midi Dress (£65)

Heist Studios The Outer Body (£95)

5. Burnt Orange

Style Notes: Fashion-lovers are coming over all autumnal with this fallen leaf-inspired colour trend. It's one of those shades that is surprisingly flattering on everyone, plus it's sure to look just as good now as it will in December. Win win.


Mango Textured Midi Dress (£50)

Vince Henley Burnt Orange Cashmere Jumper (£325)

Bottega Veneta Copper Silk-Satin Shirt (£2370)

H&M Regular Fit Wide Leg Joggers (£55)

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