Must Have Fall Fashion Trends 2012

Fashion week…or should we say month…has blazed by leaving visions of Fall accessories, Winter coats, and sigh-worthy evening gowns dancing in our little Spring-minded heads. Since every well-read budget fashionista knows to look to runway shows to get ahead of the curve, we’ve compiled a list of the top seven trends for Fall 2012, so you can keep an eye out for key pieces along the journey back to colder months.

The Top Fall Fashion Trends 2012

Wine Red

Wine Red

This Fall’s top trend has us seeing wine red, deep garnet, oxblood, etc. Whatever you want to call it, it’s dark and fabulous. Between outerwear, accessories, and cocktail dresses, designers splashed the runway with deep reds for a moody punch of color that can easily be mixed with Spring’s transitional warm shades. It’s the front-runner in the return of traditional fall hues, but keep fellow fashionistas on their toes by continuing to work in hints of tangerine tango and golden reds.

Relic Classic

Relic Classic Remix Push Lock Cross Body, $30.40 from eBags

A classic bag in the signature tone with a matching deep lip or polish can easily tie an outfit together. Use it with your staple Fall pieces until you can work bolder red garments into everyday wear.

V-Neck Dress

V-Neck Dress, $69.50 from Victoria’s Secret

Take a cue from Jason Wu and Alice + Olivia, and develop the shade into a fall neutral by rocking the color full-length in a dress or coat. Dramatic shapes and elaborate fur collars will carry these pieces through holiday seasons.


From all-over prints at Herve Leger by Max Azria to horse head knits at Altazarra, equestrian styling got a revamped persona for Fall. We’re a long way from riding boots last, and this year’s sexy stable gal style focuses just as much on accessories as garments, making it easily accessible and achievable for our budget fashionistas.

Watte Tote

Watte Tote, $50 from Aldo

Look to wrap bracelets, shoe, or bag embellishments to ease your way into the equestrian trend.

3 Strap Pastel Harness Belt

3 Strap Pastel Harness Belt, $32.23 from ASOS

Once you’ve channeled your inner champion, go bold with a harness belt over a dress for some edgy-equestrian sex appeal.
Dripping Metallics

Dripping Metallics

While we don’t all need floor-length red carpet gowns, it doesn’t mean we can’t participate in Fall’s dripping metallic trend, featuring glitzy and slinky column styles. Seen at Rachel Zoe, Prabal Gurung, and Badgley Mischka, the glittering numbers that graced the runways can be translated into Fall party wear.

TFNC Cut Out Racer Sequin Midi Dress

TFNC Cut Out Racer Sequin Midi Dress, now $58.19 from ASOS

Slim and shorter picks in body-con fabrics still channel the painted-on styling seen on runways.

The Siren Dress

The Siren Dress, $75.00 from American Apparel

Over the Top Hats

Over the Top Hats

Playing on the masses’ fascination with fascinators, designers chose to take headwear to new heights for Fall 2012. Skyhigh raver top hats and fluffy-textured floppy hats at Marc Jacobs and Michael Kors have us reminiscing of Deon from cult-classic Clueless. Structured chapeaus like mini fedoras and jockey-esque cloches seen on the Donna Karan and Tracy Reese runways are easier to wear in the real world, and are sure to pop up all over street-style blogs.

Marc by Marc Jacobs

Marc by Marc Jacobs Striped Rabbit Knit Hat, $98 from Bergdorf Goodman

While it may be hard to pull off the whimsical Suess-style seen on runways, fur hats in neutral shades are the perfect way to parlay the trend into everyday wear.

Pistol Chloe Cap

Pistol Chloe Cap, $16.99 from 6pm

Tiny-brimmed caps add a sporty, menswear-inspired vibe to any outfit. Replace Spring’s baseball hat trend with mod hats styled after jockey helmets for Fall.

Patent Leather

Patent Leather

High-shine leathers were a favorite coat textile seen across multiple runways. Glossy sheen and bold color juxtaposed with winter accessories, like furs, create the idea of a cold-weather rain coat. Besides outerwear, designers shows patent pants, and event shorts, paired with tights.

Airtex Shiny Plastic Mac

Airtex Shiny Plastic Mac, $90 from Topshop

Look to glossy raincoat styles for the appearance of patent leather on a budget.

West Coast Wardrobe Faux Leather Short

West Coast Wardrobe Faux Leather Short, $29.99 from Boutique to You

Whether faux or real leather, shorts will always be cheaper than a full-length pant. Layer with chunky stalkings or tights to take the patent look into colder temps.
Oversized Coats

Oversized Coats

Spring’s swinging shapes are staying through Fall as we saw all sorts of oversized coats from Jil Sander to Celine. Everything from floor-length robes, bell cuts and 80’s boxed blazers will be keeping us cozy through Fall 2012 so if you can’t find a variety of shapely coats at realistic price points, don’t forget to check vintage, consignments, and thrifts.

Boyfriend Coat

Boyfriend Coat, now $89.53 from ASOS

Pair oversized coats with slim bottoms like skinnies and tights.

Long Reversible Fleece Robe Coat

Long Reversible Fleece Robe Coat, now $39.00 from Newport News

Look for coats with contrasting inside color to keep swinging shapes from looking bulky and bogged down.
Prints on Prints

Prints on Prints

Who says bold prints are reserved for S/S collections? Fall shows saw head-to-toe print styling in pant suits (like those at Prada and Miu Miu) and mixed print dresses and skirt/blouse combos. Whether your style is matchy-matchy or eclectic, you’ll find a dose of prints that suit your fancy for all of Fall’s casual, work and party needs.

PETITE Pants in Floral Print

PETITE Pants in Floral Print, $71.62 from ASOS

Buy printed suiting to wear together through Fall, then separately, to maximize the pieces worth in your wardrobe once the trend has passed.

Forenza Mixed Print Dress

Forenza Mixed Print Dress, $89.90 from The Limited

For those of us less adept at mixing prints, let designers do the guess work, by buying dresses with multiple prints included.


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.