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Sick of Millennial Pink? Here’s the Cure

What looks fresh this season? Colors that are, shall we say, slightly off. Here’s how to wear them.

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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