Call it an antidote to millennial pink. This season, the more strange (and typically unloved) the color, the better. Burnt orange, mustard, muddy green — the coolest colors right now evoke musty basements not touched since the 1970s, garish wallpapers and mothy thrift shop finds. But in luxe fabrics and modern shapes, these pretty-ugly, and nostalgic, shades feel fresh.
These pants are straight out of “That ’70s Show.” They’re best worn with a tailored blouse or a minimalist turtleneck to bring them quickly into 2017.
Acne Studios wool-blend flared trousers, $450 (on sale) at Totokaelo; totokaelo.com.
A grandpa cardigan feels especially geriatric (in a good way!) in deep ocher. Worn with vintage Levi’s and Blundstones, it’s perfect for a Sunday stroll.
Babaà boiled wool cardigan, $229 at babaa.com.
Miuccia Prada is recognized as a pioneer of jolie laide charm, so little surprise that these velvet Mary Janes strike the right balance. Wear with black opaque tights or thick woolly socks.
Prada velvet pumps, $650 at mytheresa.com.
Once derided as merely practical, puffer coats are now a bona fide “it” item. This one, in dirty orange, defies outmoded ideas of what’s cool.
Year One duvet coat with cropped sleeves, $490 at No. 6; no6store.com.
Why not step out in an ensemble the color of pea soup? Even better if it’s corduroy, the season’s surprise star.
Paloma Wool corduroy jacket, $176, and wide-leg pants, $171, at palomawool.com
This scarf is a delightfully odd mix of colors.
Acne Studios wool scarf, $220 at net-a-porter.com.
A very “now” alternative to black ankle boots: shiny ones in an unexpected bottle green.
No. 6 leather boots, $287 (on sale) at No. 6; no6store.com.
These slouchy velvet trousers in tarnished gold are a very fine take on the trend.
Attico velvet trousers, $1,001 at fwrd.com.
Masscob, an under-the-radar Spanish label, hits the right notes with a gold midi that’s ready to make the rounds of holiday parties.
Masscob velvet dress, $358 at Matches Fashion; matchesfashion.com.
The ladylike shape of this bag counterbalances the fabulously sick hue.
Mark Cross leather box bag, $1,995 at modaoperandi.com.
Even though these cinnamon-colored earrings are a little off, they’re surprisingly flattering to the face.
Lizzie Fortunato tassel earrings with an onyx stone, $195 at needsupply.com.
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