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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, $90 from Topshop
Look to glossy raincoat styles for the appearance of patent leather on a budget.
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.
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, now $89.53 from ASOS
Pair oversized coats with slim bottoms like skinnies and tights.
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
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, $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, $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.