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Muted Earth Tones: The Classic Color Palette Returns Just In Time For Autumn

by Samara Morris

As we enter the realm of November, a palpable anticipation fills the air; fall is here. There's something enchanting about the eleventh month of the year, evoking images of crisp, golden leaves, the gentle chill of autumn, and the comfort that accompanies this season.

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This transitional phase, when the longing for summer hasn't fully set in, serves as the perfect time to embrace the shift in seasons. Fashion enthusiasts will find that many brands, like Victoria Beckham's Collection, have already embarked on their fall collection launches. Amidst the diverse array of these collections, there remains a steadfast constant—earth tones.


Earth tones serve as the very essence of autumn fashion. From the hues of falling leaves to the comfort of pumpkin-spiced lattes, the warm and inviting shades of burnt orange, toffee apple, and woody browns become irresistible. But what if we told you that the wardrobe you assemble for autumn could be a year-round staple? Fall clothing is intrinsically versatile, and this article is dedicated to exploring the timeless appeal of earthy tones.

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The adage "you are what you wear" holds a particular significance in the realm of fashion. Choosing to envelop yourself in earthy, natural tones fosters a sense of balance and harmony. In a world where we increasingly yearn for a deeper connection with nature, donning earthy hues and nature-inspired attire acts as a symbolic gesture.


It offers a means of connecting with the natural world even when confined within the urban expanse. Whether opting for a complete ensemble rooted in earthy tones or introducing earthy accessories and key pieces into your wardrobe, the outcome is a more balanced and grounded style. Picture yourself seamlessly blending into a tranquil woodland walk, and feeling entirely at ease amidst the verdure of office houseplants.


Beyond the aesthetic appeal, infusing elements of natural fashion into your style choices contributes to personal balance, influences your mood, and positively impacts those around you. While cream and beige may be the first neutrals that come to mind, many earth tones also qualify as neutrals. The spectrum of earthy shades extends beyond clay reds, encompassing muted hues like slate grays and more.


By integrating essential wardrobe pieces such as jackets, tops, and dresses in these shades, you unlock the potential for a versatile mix-and-match wardrobe that transcends seasons. In the realm of understated fashion, naturally muted earth tones rise to the forefront as the ultimate choice.


Accessories inspired by earthy tones also contribute to wardrobe versatility. Earth-toned scarves, hats, and jewelry provide you with the means to seamlessly coordinate your outfits while ensuring a harmonious ensemble. By pairing an accessory like a moss green necklace with an emerald dress, you not only establish a well-coordinated look but also find it easier to incorporate bold, vivid colors without appearing ostentatious.


Earth-toned high heels and strappy dresses may make a bold statement, yet this color palette readily accommodates comfortable and stylish fashion. Designers have embraced earth tones by unveiling collections featuring oversized brown jumpers, flowing green trousers, and warm burnt orange cardigans that envelop you in comfort.

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While these earthy hues naturally resonate with fall and winter, they can be incorporated into your wardrobe for spring and summer with equal ease. An earthy palette aligns seamlessly with a hippy-inspired wardrobe.


Hippy chic style is characterized by loose, flowing garments, including unstructured dresses and relaxed harem pants that offer a relaxed and effortless yet stylish appearance. The appeal of earth tones has not escaped the notice of celebrities, many of whom have incorporated them into their fashion choices. Perhaps most remarkably, they've done so throughout the year, transcending the boundaries of autumn.


Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham have elegantly demonstrated the year-round appeal of earthy tones, incorporating them into their summer wardrobes. Earth tones have even graced the summer red carpet, exemplified by Chloe Bailey's stunning moss green dress, proving that these shades are not confined to a single season. If celebrities can extend the charm of earth tones throughout the year, then why can't you follow suit?

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However, the success of integrating earth tones into your wardrobe throughout the year is contingent upon how you wear and style them.


Earth tones shine when layered with other muted shades, fostering a sense of depth, warmth, and texture in your outfits. Consider your entire ensemble, rather than focusing solely on individual earth tone pieces. Mix and match a brown teddy jacket with a gray pencil skirt and a pebble-toned shirt to create depth and dimension in your attire.

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