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Fall Fashion 2012

Trends, Classics & How to Wear Both

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Fall fashion looks

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Fall Fashion 2012: Trends

Key Trends for Fall
Some trends -- like pantsuits -- are perennial fall favorites. But this year, this menswear staple is fresh again. But it's not all mannish: feminine peplums and collars top the fall trend list. And rich colors make news, too. Lush texture also plays a big part in fall 2012, as cozy knit sweaters and velvet pieces are strong looks for the season.

Leather (and How to Wear It)
Leather is everywhere this fall, from dresses to tops. Look for a timeless (and conservative but sexy) sleeveless leather shift or go bold with stretchy leather leggings: either way, leather has branched out from jackets and coats.

Timeless Fall Looks

10 Fall Classics You Need to Own
From the classic white shirt to a fitted blazer, these fall wardrobe basics will be in style year after year. These timeless pieces are a great investment, because they are wearable mixed back with trends and will never go out of style.

How to Develop Timeless Style
Break away from buying just for trends by looking to pieces that will always be in style. Things like neckline focus and movement in clothes are key ideas that help make a classic.

How to Wear It

14 Ways to Wear the Little Black Dress
Whether you choose to add a statement necklace, a leather jacket or red shoes to your little black dress, there are fresh, new ways to make the LBD look unique. Even something as simple as wearing head-to-toe black can work.

15 Ways to Wear a Cardigan Sweater
Belt it, open it, layer it, tie it: the cardigan is a fall season staple that can add loads of style (and a little warmth) to your wardrobe if you know how to make it work.

How to Wear a Belt
Give your waistline a little love by adding a belt. Not only does it change your silhouette, it can entirely transform your total look. A belt is a great way to show off a small waist or create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

How to Wear a Hat
Top off your fall look with hat. Fedoras and caps are cool-weather classics and can add the perfect, unique finishing touch.

How to Wear a Big Hat
Ready to kick up your style a notch? Try a 70s-inspired floppy hat this fall. Big, floppy hats frame the face and add a bold style statement if you wear them the right way.

How to Wear a Scarf
With cooler temps, the layers go on, including scarves. You can add one that will wake up your look (like a flattering color or print) or opt for a scarf that pulls your entire look together.

How to Wear Ankle Boots
Boots are a central part of fall footwear. While some boot styles are easy to wear (like classic tall boots) shorter boots may be more difficult to figure out. Here's an easy guide to pulling off ankle boots.

Before You Buy Fall Clothes

Before You Buy a Sweater
Cozy knits are a huge trend for Fall 2012. But not all sweaters are created equal: find info on wool, cashmere and cotton sweaters to see which fits your lifestyle (and budget.)

Before You Buy a Leather Jacket
The leather jacket has become much more than an afterthought for fall. Add one to a little black dress for a cool dressed-up/dressed-down look. Or go monochromatic for a sleek office look. Either way, here's the info you need before you shop this look for fall.

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