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How to Wear Fall 2012 Fashion Trends

Updated on June 19, 2013
Designers have gone mad for plaid for Fall 2012
Designers have gone mad for plaid for Fall 2012 | Source

It may still be 90+ degrees outside but the fashion world is all ready for fall and the 2012 fashion trends have me dreaming of and longing for shorter days, changing leaves and a little nip in the air. Fall 2012 is bringing a variety of trends, patterns and colors that no matter what your shape or style you can look stunning next season.

Prep Rally

Write a love letter with Stella McCartney's embroidered skirt
Write a love letter with Stella McCartney's embroidered skirt | Source
Chloe Checked Loafer
Chloe Checked Loafer | Source
Wool strap  by Glam Rock Watches
Wool strap by Glam Rock Watches | Source

The New Preppy

Think classic college style of a bygone era, but updated and edgy. The runways have been showing letter man sweaters, varsity jackets, turtleneck tees and sweaters, and penny loafers. The new preppy’s big print is check – from small classic checks to large abstract checks.

As with any trend look for the items that look best on your figure and ignore the ones that don’t. For items that are obviously trendy, look for discount versions. For items that will stand the test of time, you can confidently invest in more costly and high quality pieces.

If you are a slender ruler shape, (tall, thin and with very few curves) try this season’s turtleneck, slim ankle pants, slouchy socks and penny loafers. Top it off with a leather trimmed varsity jacket or letterman sweater. Steer clear of the turtleneck if you have a short neck, a round face or double chin. Turtlenecks only make it worse. Opt instead for another fall trend. Look for blouses with cute collars in cute cotton fabrics. Look for Peter Pan collars, dainty lace collars or contrast pointed collars.

If you are lucky enough to rock and hourglass figure look for a letter print graphic pencil skirt with a soft blouse and sleek pumps. You can still rock this even if you are a little less than the perfect hourglass. If you are an inverted triangle, you most likely have a smaller lower half with slim hips and a larger upper half with broad shoulders, ample bosom and no waist definition. Go for a large graphic letter print, perhaps in a bold black and white print with a dark deep cut V-neck shirt or cardigan. Wear a wide belt to create illusion of a waist. If you are more of pear shape, opt for an A-line skirt.

If you don’t feel comfortable in lettered clothing you can still follow this trend with accessories such as a personally monogrammed ring, pendant or bracelet.

Don’t hide you checkered past wear it! Checks play a big role in the new preppy. Try a cute checked dress, an abstract black and white checked blouse, or fashionable watch with a wool checkered wristband.


Granny Chic

Not the most sexy sounding name for a trend, but there are some very fun looks out there in this trend. Look for longer hemlines, feminine details and textures, paired with loose knits, over sized to the point of cartoonish knits and fur details, as well as all things warm and fuzzy.

Try slim caramel colored ankle pants, with a soft white tee, pointy toe black pumps and fuzzy, soft knee length navy blue open cardigan. This would look fabulous on tall women. If you are short try it with a pull-over, cropped, angora, crew neck sweater. If you are busty or curvy try a V-neck, hip length sweater and a long heirloom necklace.

Also try a tweed suit cut for your figure type and a large fur, or preferably faux fur, stole and some long leather gloves and pointy toe pumps. Yes, pointy toe pumps are back in style. YAY!

Another fun and flirty look that is part of the Granny chic is soft floral dresses paired with loose knit capelets.


The Rod and Gun Club

Borrow from the gentleman this fall and incorporate hunt club looks of buffalo plaids, bold tartans, tweed, leather and shearling. Think Ralph Lauren classics styles, country club chic and British fox hunting. Rulers and petite women can try slim fit camel hair cargo pants, a cream fisherman’s sweater and ankle high lace up booties. Curvy women, inverted triangles and hour glass figures can belt a chunky knit cardigan in a warm fall color such as rust over a neutral colored print dress or tweed pencil skirt. Pears can switch out the pencil skirt for an A-line or circle skirt. If you are a pear who is proud of her hips and posterior, go ahead and rock the pencil. Show off those dangerous curves.

The more adventurous fashionistas can try a plaid pencil skirt, bulky fisherman sweater, ladylike leather gloves, double breasted car coat with a fur collar, slouchy socks and funky pumps. One word of caution, if you are busty, don’t wear a double breasted anything. It just makes you look larger. Switch out the double breasted car coat for a 60s style swing coat. If you are petite look for a coat that stops at the hip; longer coats will chop you in half and make you look even shorter.

Almost all figures can wear a belted plaid coat dress with leggings or opaque tights and lace up booties. For extra warmth you can layer a turtleneck under it or a faux fur wrap over

Magical Mermaids

Cristian Siriano's fish scale gown is an elegant twist an animal inspired couture.
Cristian Siriano's fish scale gown is an elegant twist an animal inspired couture. | Source

Aquatic Creatures and Reptiles

Interesting textures are definitely very on trend for fall 2012. From reptile prints, fish scale inspired design and tortoise shell prints (to wear with your turtlenecks) this is another trend you don’t want to wear head to toe. Less is more when it comes to these prints and they can be difficult to carry off, but don’t be afraid to try. Maybe a PVC Python print raincoat in fall’s big color – burgundy?

Magnificently Modern Military

Military styles are still going strong into fall 2012, just a little toned down and in new colors like navy blue. Look for jackets with epaulets, fitted dresses with military details and cargo pants. Mix your military style fashions with simple pieces so you don’t look like you are wearing a uniform.

This burgundy dress by Lepore is both girly and ultra feminine.
This burgundy dress by Lepore is both girly and ultra feminine. | Source
Winter white for evening is elegant and the soft sweater is on trend for Granny Chic as well.
Winter white for evening is elegant and the soft sweater is on trend for Granny Chic as well.
This black leather dress is edgy and girly.
This black leather dress is edgy and girly. | Source

Falls Big Colors

Fall 2012 runway shows featured burgundy, winter white and the new color power couple – navy and black.


Fashion mavens are touting burgundy as the new black. Burgundy is a good rich saturated color that looks good on all skin tones as it gives your skin a nice healthy glow. From cranberry to dark wine this color looks amazing in a variety of textures. Pair a shimmering silky blouse with a wool skirt both in rich burgundy. The monochromatic color scheme will make you look taller and slimmer and the contrast of the soft silk and warm wool will create interest. Pair cranberry with this season’s winter white for another refreshing look.

Winter White

Winter White as well as black and white suiting is a fall trend that lends itself to all body types. Forget the little black dress and opt for the little white dress instead. Designers showed long flowing white skirts with creamy cable knit fishermen’s sweaters for evening. Curvy women have been told to avoid white. Pish-Posh. Curvy, and plus size women can and should wear white. Just pay attention to the tailoring and details to get the style that is best for you. Curvy and plus size women can look stunning in a one shoulder white cocktail dress.

Navy and Black

I have always been a huge fan of navy blue. It’s not quite as severe as black and is just as classic. Navy can be treated like any other neutral and is therefore very versatile. Color blocking with navy and black is a more subtle take on this year’s summer color blocking of bright colors.

Black Leather

Black leather is playing a role in all the trends for fall from fit and flair leather dresses, to skirts and pants. If you aren’t comfortable in that much leather look for pieces with interesting leather details and accents.

Find Your Perfect Fall Look

With so many styles, textures, patterns and details to choose from this fall finding your perfect look should be easy and fun. The only thing that truly matters is what makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find your personal style. As always these are just suggestions on how you can make the fall trends work for you. Remember, confidence is always in style and is very, very sexy.


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