Coats to Fall For!

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.”

Our Picks:

CAPTION: GUESS Asymmetrical Collar Bouclé Coat from

CAPTION: Nicole Richie for Impulse Long-Sleeve Faux-Fur Faux-Leather MotorcycleJacket from

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.

Our Pick:

CAPTION: Coat with Leather Sleeves from

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 But this season, the warm red hue is taking center stage as a popular color for jackets.        

Our Picks:

CAPTION: See by Chloé Cropped Wool-blend Duffle Coat

CAPTION: Pull & Bear Tweed Jacket With Faux Leather Sleeves

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.

Our Pick:

CAPTION: BB Dakota Miko Knit and Faux Fur Belted Coat in Black from

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.

Our Pick:

CAPTION: Stones Eric Twill and PU Leather Sleeve Military Jacket in Olive from

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.

Our Pick:

CAPTION: Asos Petite Exclusive Leopard Print Coat with Ears

by Aly Walansky