Last year the Pantone Color Institute (the authority on everything color related) declared turquoise the shade of 2010. But at the fall 2011 fashion shows, that turquoise had evolved into a richer, more autumn-friendly teal, as seen on the runways of Fendi, Gucci, and Marc Jacobs. There’s no one perfect teal; it comes in a range of lush tones, from the peacock blue shown here to the deep, aquamarine-like shades on the following slides. And while black is always a reliable mate for teal, dynamic color pairings—with gray, saffron, and violet—really make a splash.
To buy: Elie Tahari wool dress, $368, elietahari.com for stores. Alexis Bittar ring.
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Pair Teal With...Gray
Opting for steely gray allows you to try a trendy shade and still be taken seriously at work.
To buy: Chaiken and Capone silk top, $178, Knit Wit, 215-564-4760. Pono by Joan Goodman resin-and-glass necklace, $190, 866-336-7666 for stores.
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To buy: Victoria’s Secret Catalogue acetate-and-rayon pants, $79.50, victoriassecret.com (available early September). Kotur brocade clutch, $190, 866-336-7666 for stores. Loft wool heels, $89.50, loft.com.
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Teal nails might be pushing it, but then again, they’ll look positively magnetic for a night out.
To buy: Sonia Kashuk Dramatically Defining Long Wear gel liner in charcoal gray, $9, target.com. Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Long Lasting nail lacquer in No. 43, $20, yslbeautyus.com. Nars Single eye shadow in Tropic, $23, sephora.com.
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Pair Teal With...Saffron
This exotic duo is more sophisticated (and seasonal) than its primary-color cousin, blue and yellow. Going with cozy knits, wool, and suede keeps this match fall-appropriate, but adding toasty brown tones (even when it comes to makeup) helps, too.
To buy: Elie Tahari wool dress, $298, elietahari.com for stores. Alexis Bittar powder-coated–metal bangles, from $170 each, alexisbittar.com (available early September).
To buy: MAC Cosmetics eye shadow in Outre and Aquadisiac, $15 each, maccosmetics.com. Wet n Wild Coloricon brow and eye liner in Turquoise, $1 at drugstores.
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Pair Teal With...Violet
These shades may be intense, but since blue and purple lie side by side on the color wheel, the effect is far from jarring. If you’re up for it, amplify the already opulent palette with a touch of satin, dangling jewels, or boysenberry lips.
To buy: Diane von Furstenberg stretch-wool skirt, $245, 646-486-4800. Echo wool-and-silk scarf, $98, echodesign.com.
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To buy: AK Anne Klein polyester top, $79, anneklein.com. L.K.Bennett satin heels, $395, 312-374-0958. Shoshanna stone earrings, $27, qvc.com.
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To buy: Nails Inc. nail polish in Warwick Way, $9.50, sephora.com. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Perle lipstick in Spellbinding Violet, $34, yslbeautyus.com.