Of all the color trends we’ve seen so far this fall, the one we’re crushing on the hardest is The New Pink. Far from the Barbie brights, flamingos and fuchsias of yore, the rise of dustier, more muted rosé and mauve in activewear follows what’s been trending in interior design (where blush pink has been crowned the new neutral) and on high fashion runways.
“I definitely think its coming down from the apparel market and runways,” says Kari Kristan, Creative Director at SweatStyle, a subscription-based service that delivers curated boxes of high-end active wear to your door. What’s more, Kristan thinks the trend is only going to get stronger for Holiday and Spring 2017. “It is feminine, without being too pink or bright, and works nicely both inside and outside the gym,” she says.
Pantone—the guys who are considered the authority on determining what’s hot and what’s not on the color wheel—named Rose Quartz (along with Serenity, a shade of periwinkle blue) the color of the year for 2016, a prophecy that has been fulfilled by sport brands ranging from Puma to Outdoor Voices.
Seasonal standouts include Adidas’s cropped petal pink pullover (to pair with grey and pink accented cropped leggings) and Alo’s Grenache collection (a wine-soaked shade on the darker side of the spectrum) and Lululemon’s Define Jacket in fireside red.
Free People’s Movement line also offers a ton of the looks, everything from harem pants to hoodies, all channeling that effortless, cool-girl vibe.
On more dance-inspired cuts, like wrap sweaters and leggings with those back-of-the-calf, ballet-shoe-inspired cutouts, the paler tones are more expected—though still classic and pretty—but we really love them when they’re shown with a sporty, modern edge. The tone really pops against black, but it works with plenty of neutrals. “We like to pair it back to navy, black, tans, white and grays,” says SweatStyle’s Kristan.
Or just throw on a pair of kicks in the hue and say, yes way, rosé!