The Pantone Color Institute announced its top colors for Fall/Winter 2020 in February, and, one month later, a pandemic abruptly upended everything about life as we knew it — down to even the most minor aspects, like how we dress. For the first several months of lockdown, all I wore were somber colors (black, navy, and gray) that matched my mood amidst all the uncertainty. But once temperatures warmed up and the curve began to flatten in NYC, my wardrobe did a complete 180 (lime green, candy apple red, soft lilac, and buttery marigold yellow). Now, rounding the corner into fall neither dark neutrals nor cheery brights feel quite right for the unusual seasons ahead. This brings us back to Pantone’s color report, and one subtle yet sumptuous color that stood out among the rest: Almond Oil.
Conceived to highlight a “desire for versatile, timeless color” along with a “less is more mindset,” Pantone’s Fall/Winter 2020 palette is full of louder hues (radiant orange, acidic yellow-green, and rich scarlet) that would have ordinarily dominated the trend scene. But instead, it was the unassumingly beautiful off-white hue called “Almond Oil,” that caught us by surprise. A palate cleanser of sorts, this creamy shade feels like safety with a touch of optimism. Think almond-milk-colored clouds in clothing form: off-white soft knits, French terry sweats, and chunky sweaters perfect for cocooning yourself in at home. And when combined with crisp lines or delicate fabrics? Almond Oil radiates sophistication, too.
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