The 'beige' group
These words indicate various shades of the basic colours.
aqua auburn azure beige blonde buff carmine cerise crimson dun ecru fawn hazel indigo khaki magenta maroon mauve navy puce russet scarlet sepia tan taupe tawny ultramarine umber vermilion
The woman in blue obviously knew him and she'd introduced him to the woman in the beige coat: they'd shaken hands.
Newly-discovered mauve and magenta hues were all the rage for the mid-Victorians.