Fall and Winter Fashion Trends A to Z

From snuggly coats to spiky jewelry, we've spelled out exactly which fall fashion trends you won't want to miss

A: Animal Collective

leopard clutch Designers have once again gone wild for animal prints. Namely, the iconic leopard print returns in fierce form. Go for timeless styles like pencil skirts, pocketbooks and ballet flats. Think: “I am woman, hear me roar!”

To buy: Oasis leopard purse, $45 at oasis.com 

B: Biker Jackets

biker jacket
The moto jacket is a gotta-have-it piece this fall. Whether quilted or sleek, colorful or black, wear it like a top and mix it with a coordinating skirt or upscale fabrics like velvet or brocade. You just can’t go wrong. P.S. This forever piece never goes out of style.

To buy: Warehouse quilted moto jacket with faux fur collar, $116 at warehouse.com 

C: Camo Prints

canvas camo wedges
As part of fashion’s spirit of rebellion, camouflage prints are back in fresh colors. Bonus: These desert boots do good, as part of TOMS expanded One for One program, new in the U.S., that aims to give one million pairs of shoes (and access to eye care) to children in need in 35 states by the end of 2014.

To buy: TOMS washed camo canvas desert wedges, $84 at toms.com 

D: Dark Lace

lace top
The latest lace pieces move away from pale colors into darker territory, and casually appear on unexpected items like high-top sneakers, wristwatches and easy sweaters—or mixed with tartan plaid and tough leather.

To buy: Topshop lace top, $76 at topshop.com 
 

E: Ear Cuffs

ear cuffs
This new version of the earring is a growing trend, with more elaborate ear cuffs making their way from the catwalk to the sidewalk. Keep the look sophisticated by wearing a single rock star-style ear cuff with clean-lined, tailored pieces.

To buy: BCBG multi-chain brass and copper single ear cuff, $34 at bcbg.com

F: Furry Touches

fur vest
From glamorous to wild, faux fur is flying. It is showing up everywhere, from trim on sweaters and jackets to handbags and boots that are full-on fluffy.

To buy: Mark ‘Style Faux Sure’ faux fur-trim sweater vest, $45, available in September at meetmark.com

G: Grunge Plaids

plaid dress
Plaids are anything but proper, straying from the preppy path into grunge territory this season. Think red tartans mixed with tough leathers and dark lipstick. But the look is street luxe, so everything still looks polished.

To buy: Uniqlo flannel-check dress, $39.90 at uniqlo.com

H: Heavy Metal

metal ring
A bad-girl vibe is in the air, but that doesn’t mean dressing head to toe in punk style. Add just the right amount of edge to your look with some cool, hardware-laden jewelry.

To buy: Joomi Lim ‘Metal-Luxe’ 16 kt gold-plated brass ring with silver-plated brass spikes, $79 at joomilim.com

I: Indulgent Knits

knit sweater Whether luxuriously oversized or adorned with unique embellishment, sweaters are being worn as an alternative to the tailored jacket, mostly paired with skirts. This fine knit version eliminates the need for jewelry.

To buy: H&M sweater with rhinestone and bead trim, $49.95 at hm.com

J: Joy for Jumpers

jumper Summer’s denim overall trend continues into fall, as the jumpsuit morphs into this new shape in a variety of fabrics. The trick is to pair the workwear-inspired jumpsuit with a dressier top and heels to make the look city-sophisticated.

To buy: Warehouse dungaree jumpsuit, $98 at warehouse.com

K: Knit Beanies

knit beanies
We’ve spotted black knit beanies with everything from lace dresses to tailored suiting to biker looks. And the contrast of wearing the relaxed, streetwise cap everywhere with everything is exactly what makes it cool.

To buy: Topshop net bow beanie, $24 at topshop.com

L: Linked In

chain necklace
Piles of chunky chain-link jewelry, from necklaces to bracelets, are the new armor. In fact, the hard-core chain adornments are also showing up on boots, gloves, belts and handbags. These heavy-duty links add just the right attitude to feminine looks and businesslike basics.

To buy: Topshop chunky curb chain necklace, $55 at topshop.com

M: Menswear Prints

tweed watch Tweeds, herringbones and other patterns borrowed from the men’s department are also on our most-wanted list. The way to wear them is mixed with dresses, skirts and hyper-feminine adornments, such as pearls, sequins and lace. Slip on this watch to get the look in one piece.

To buy: Timex Original Classics Round watch with tweed strap, $65 at timex.com

N: New Patchwork

colorblock top
This trend started last season, when the patchwork of craft fairs past was reworked into sleek pieces, particularly denim and leather. The patchfest continues for fall with the introduction of fur and menswear fabrics.

To buy: Ann Taylor colorblock tweed top, $69, available on September 2 at anntaylor.com

O: Over-the-Knee Boots

over the knee boots Summer’s up-to-there gladiator sandals have morphed into a love for thigh-high boots, which also feeds into fashion’s tough-luxe vibe. Paired with skirts, they keep legs toasty when temperatures drop. Not ready for the tallest styles? Ease into the look with leather leggings and ankle booties.

To buy: Steve Madden suede over-the-knee ‘Baffel’ boot, $169.95 at stevemadden.com

P: Powder Pink

pink handbag
Shades of blush mix beautifully with all of autumn’s grays and blacks. Most notably, accessories in this delicate shade are showing up in clean shapes that temper any overt sweetness.

To buy: H&M pale pink handbag with gold chain-link strap, $79.95, available in September at hm.com

Q: Quite a Contrast

phillip lim dress
The two-tone color trend of black and white never goes out of style, but this fall the look moves away from Pop Art toward an elegant simplicity. Tuxedo-inspired dressing offers a clean, modern alternative for evening.

To buy: 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target dress, $44.99 available on September 15 at target.com

R: Red Lips

red lips hair clip Crimson lips are making a major statement in the beauty department, as fall’s must-have finishing touch, and this Ban.do clip takes the trend to your tresse.

To buy: Ban.do ‘Smooch Bobbi’ enamel molded hair clip on gold-plated bobbi pin, $25 at shopbando.com

S: Statement Coats

faux fur coat
So many standout coats are making a show this season that there is talk about “the coat wardrobe.” But a single, fabulous coat can update your entire look; after all, it’s one piece that you wear almost every single day. We love the snuggle factor and dreamy price of this one from H&M.

To buy: H&M faux fur coat with satin lining, $59.95 at hm.com

T: Tough Boots

tough boots
We can collectively sigh in relief to hear that spiky stilettos have been replaced by practical block-heel and lug-heel boots—the new height of fashion. Punctuate pants, dresses or skirts with a pair to get in step with fall’s relaxed and slightly rebellious attitude.

To buy: Zigi Soho ‘Punisher’ Boot, $72 at shoppeeptoe.com

U: Updated Capes

updated capes
Every supergirl’s topper of choice, the cape is back in a variety of styles and lengths to suit every fashion personality. Add leather gloves and a top-handle tote, as shoulder straps tend to slide.

To buy: Ann Taylor ruana cape, $148, available in September at anntaylor.com

V: Velvet Crush

velvet crossbody bag
The rich texture of velvet shows up on both ends of the fashion spectrum, adding luxury to ladylike looks and softening structured menswear-inspired styles. Try the fabric in saturated shades, like cobalt and burgundy, for maximum drama.

To buy: Topshop quilted velvet crossbody bag, $56 at topshop.com

W: Wild Florals

floral skirt and biker jacket
Rose patterns are the blooming print of the moment and a dark color palette keeps them looking grownup and autumn appropriate. Relax the femininity of floral prints with contrasting biker-inspired styles and tough boots.

To buy: Oasis ‘Winter Rose’ skirt, $72 at oasis.com and ‘Winter Rose’ biker jacket, $115 at oasis.com

X: XL Coats

mohair boyfriend coat
Oversize coats that look like you swiped them from the man-in-your-life’s closet are what to wear when the weather cools. Another big trend? Mohair—the touchy-feely knit adds to the feel-good factor of this coat’s roomy shape and softens the volumized silhouette.

To buy: Topshop slouchy mohair boyfriend coat, $178 at topshop.com

Y: Yum

donut bangle
Let’s be straight about every girl’s favorite fall accessory: We’re talking cronuts and any form of donut. Kate Spade collaborated with New York City-based artist Craig Redman, creator of the illustrated character Darcel, on a limited-edition collection featuring the sweet treat on tees, bangles and coin purses.

To buy: KSNY X Darcel limited-edition resin donut bangle, $78 at katespade.com

Z: Zebra Stripes

zebra print cotton sweatshirt dress
After years of leopard mania, it’s no surprise zebra prints are joining the herd. And we’re loving the ease of these fashionable sweatshirts that are all dressed up with prints and adornments. Because nothing beats comfort chic.

To buy: H&M zebra-print cotton sweatshirt dress, $24.95 at hm.com

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