Coats to Fall For!
By Aly Walansky
What…. summer is over already? Sadly, yes. But just because the weather is turning cool doesn’t mean you can’t look hot!
Thanks to the great new coat styles from this year’s runways, you can greet the season with outerwear that looks both fresh and beautiful. Here’s what’s in this year:
Coats are typically symmetrical -- matching pockets, collars cut evenly on each side -- right? Well, not this season.
“Fall 2012 offers asymmetry in abundance,” promises David Zyla, Emmy Award-winning stylist (and 2012 Emmy nominee). “Gorgeous coats in soft leathers and shearling are cut with asymmetrical abandon.”
CAPTION: GUESS Asymmetrical Collar Bouclé Coat from Nordstrom.com
CAPTION: Nicole Richie for Impulse Long-Sleeve Faux-Fur Faux-Leather MotorcycleJacket from Macys.com
Blankets aren’t just for keeping you warm at bedtime. This fall, they’ve been reinvented into street wear, says Zyla. Cozy lodge-inspired fabrics appear to have minimal seaming as they drape across the body. This trend is hitting every editor's must-have list, so snuggle up to the trend.
CAPTION: Coat with Leather Sleeves from Zara.com
MAKINGS OF MAROON
It’s “a color once forsaken on the fashion color wheel (and mostly dedicated instead to Adam Levine and all of his greatness),” says Stephanie Harary of popular blog www.StyleByMixtress.com. But this season, the warm red hue is taking center stage as a popular color for jackets.
Look out, ladies! This season, oversized fur collars are back and better than ever in gorgeous new fabrics and presentations. Furs both real and faux appear in new, unexpected tailoring and silhouettes.
CAPTION: BB Dakota Miko Knit and Faux Fur Belted Coat in Black from Misskl.com
This season, designers were inspired by uniforms both past and present of all branches of the armed services, says Zyla. Outerwear from pea coats to greatcoats accented with military-styled buttons, epaulets and pockets stormed the runways of Fall 2012 Fashion Week.
CAPTION: Stones Eric Twill and PU Leather Sleeve Military Jacket in Olive from Misskl.com
COLORFUL AND PRINTED PIECES
Familiar outerwear shapes drawing upon vintage silhouettes have been given a fresh take and interpreted in horizontally striped cashmeres and wools. And the season’s hottest pattern? Stripes! Whether wide or narrow, bold or subtle, formal or informal, you can’t go wrong. Stripe-loving designers this season include Michael Kors and Philosophy's Alberta Ferretti.
CAPTION: Asos Petite Exclusive Leopard Print Coat with Ears