Fall 2012 Trends for Jackets


In case the chilly temps and pumpkin-flavored everything hasn’t quite hit you: fall is here. Jackets! Tall boots! And that first crisp breeze that makes you realize — it’s time for a new jacket. Before the really big chill comes, take advantage of these last few weeks of figure-flattering coverups. We’ve rounded up the best of the best trends from the fall 2012 runways, and (of course!) where you can score them.


  1. Leather Accents: This season, jackets are all about leather accents – like leather panels, collars or trims. Luckily, leather doesn’t have to be bondage-inspire to have a major impact. As noted on the fall 2012 runways of Yves Saint LaurentDKNY, and Just Cavalli, a little leather goes a long way.
  2. Quilted Moto: Cropped moto jackets get an aesthetic upgrade with intricate quilting detail on the sleeves, as seen on the fall 2012 Versace runway. Celebs like Twilight’s Kristen Stewart love this$2,100 Balenciaga Biker jacket, but you can also find the trend for as low as $160 from brands likeASOS and Free People.
  3. Varsity: Relive your high school glory days (or pretend like you didn’t eat lunch alone) with a grown-up letter jacket. Get the full effect with colorful sleeves — bonus points if they’re leather — like from Anna Sui and JW Anderson for Topshop
  4. Mixed Media: The marriage of fabrics was all over the fall runways: Reed Krakoff mastered fur and leather, Bottega Veneta mixed leather with satin, and now retailers are mixing everything from wool, canvas, flannel, suede and more.
  5. Tweed & Leather: No longer for ladies who lunch, tweed gets an instant dose of edge when paired with leather. As seen on the spring 2012 runways of DKNYCharlotte Ronson and others, the boucle trend is now for the downtown girl as much as the uptown one.


Need more jacket inspiration? Check out the styles at this amazing Shopbop saleGwen Stefani’s bold trenchor the leather jacket Jessica Alba is obsessed with.


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5 Tips for Apple Picking Attire

apple picking


Last weekend, I had the pleasure of traveling from my measly suburban Central New Jersey town to thepicturesque rolling hills of upstate Gardnertown, New York to spend some quality time apple picking with my family. I hadn’t been for almost a decade, so I was inordinately excited to get my hands on some fresh apple cider and cinnamon donuts. I figured I’d enjoy the scenery and leave the hard work (i.e. actual apple picking) to my uncles, who could lift up my young cousins to take their pick, so I wore my favorite beat up flats, a pair ofboyfriend jeans and a sweater. I was seriously ill-prepared.


Now that I’m one apple picking trip wiser, take it from me: here are five essential tips for spending the day roaming through an orchard in October, straight from our new book, Wear This Now.


1. Wear sneakers or boots with thick socks. You’ll be doing tons of walking (it’s amazing how many types of apple trees there are), and you’ll regret wearing footwear without any support. If you’re wearing anything open-toed, a few rotten apples will probably land on your feet because, you know, Murphy’s Law.


2. Resist the urge to throw on a pair of leggings or sweats (or worse, a dress!) that could rip if you’re battling branches. Instead, opt for a pair of skinny cargo jeans with tons of pockets for storing the goods.


3. Bring sunglasses. It may be October, but you’ll spend a lot of the day looking up into the trees, right where the sun is hovering. Protect your eyes and look chic in a pair of oversized Karen Walker sunnies or Persol Aviators.


4. Now’s the time to break out that down vest that’s been hiding at the back of your closet since last fall. Layer it over a comfy sweater that allows for all the inevitable reaching. Store an oversized parka in the car just in case it gets chilly.


5. Bring a hat. Unless you’re up at the crack of dawn, the sun will probably start setting before you’re ready to check out. You’ll need the extra coverage then.


For more tips and tricks on how to dress for any occasion, pick up our new book, Wear This Now, or check out the 5 fashion commandments to live bywhat to wear to fashion week, or read up on the best styling tricks for when you’re sick of your closet.


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Fall Trend: Leather Pants


While leather pants can be tricky, getting the look isn’t. Whether you go for a coated denim, which looks just like the elongating leather pants trend happening now, or a pair that’s leather and cotton, it’s surprisingly easy to incorporate into your look. Here to provide proof that you don’t have to be pin-thin or supermodel tall to wear them  are a slew of celebs in all shapes and sizes rocking leather leggings, pants and the faux liquid/coated styles. From horizontally-challenged Pink (she’s 5’3″) to supermodel-tall Charlize Theron (she’s 5’10″) or curvy gals Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez to Victoria’s Secret-thin Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, there’s a pair for everyone! Check out our slideshow to see which fits you best.


(Photo: Splash News)



Shop more celebrity styleJessica Alba’s blazer and jeansKelly Osbourne’s $38 sunglassesMiranda Kerr’s skirt and sunniesBeyonce’s Brooklyn t-shirt, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s clutch.


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Pipa Middleton Embraces Hunter Green For Fall


Pippa middleton green jeans

In case you were wondering, colorful jeans are absolutely still “in” for fall — just replace your neon and pastel ones from summer with jewel-tone pairs (but you already knew to do that). Her big sister wrote the book on colorful skinnies, and now Pippa Middleton is proving she’s a fan, too. The heir and the spare have collectively worn pretty much every color of the rainbow; most recently, Pippa in a hunter green hue (that is also incredibly on-trend). Ditch your boring blues and go for green in these slimming Tory Burch ‘Ivy’ Skinny Stretch Jeans ($195).

Tory Burch ‘Ivy’ Skinny Stretch Jeans ($195)

Shop more celebrity styleKelly Osbourne’s $38 sunglassesMiranda Kerr’s skirt and sunniesBeyonce’s Brooklyn t-shirt, and Carly Rae Jepsen’s clutch.


Fall 2012 Trend: Geometric Prints

 Geometric Prints


We already gave you rundown of what prints you need for this fall, which included one of our favorites: digital prints. But what we forgot to mention—in addition to giving a shout-out to checkered plaid—is that a slew of designers opted to adorn their garments with geometric prints. Prada took shapes with a various number of sides and created a motif that adorned trouser pants, suit jackets, and coats. While Basso & Brooke created collages with a dizzying patterns on blouses and wide leg pants, as well as their accessories, which were made in collaboration with Cambridge Satchel Company. Anna Sui‘s geometric prints channeled a retro look, while Versace line Versus had geo-centric motifs that were fittingly flashy.


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Bluefly Dressed the CEO

Wouldn’t you love the chance to dress your CEO? You could give him/her a little styling lesson and take his/her look to a whole new level! Well, that’s what we did here at Bluefly! We challenged the team to create a designer look and contemporary look for our CEO, Joseph Park. Of course our team of fashionistas took to the challenge.


Are you ready to see some on-trend menswear? Here are the winning looks:


Designer Look



Clothing Details


Blazer: Paul Smith, indigo wool-linen blazer

Pants: Prada, khaki stretch cotton flat front pants

Shirt: Prada, white stretch poplin dress shirt

Belt: Brioni, brown leather square buckle belt

Shoes: Tod’s, coffee brown leather loafers

Bag: Ben Minkoff, cocoa leather ‘urz’ laptop briefcase


Contemporary Look



Clothing Details


Blazer: Jack Victor, navy cashmere 2 button blazer

Shirt: Harrison, navy gingham spread collar dress shirt

Jeans: John Varvatos Star USA, Gunmetal Wash Straight Leg ‘Bowery’ Jeans

Bag: Ben Minkoff, Cocoa Brown Leather ‘Nikki’ Messenger Bag

Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo, hickory brown leather ‘gerard’ penny loafer

Belt: John Varvatos, dark brown leather square buckle belt


Love the looks? Want to create your own? Start by creating a set on Polyvore–such an easy and fun way to create your fall look!



Trending Color: Forest Green

Forest Green Top Photo
We love neutrals as much as the next girl, but what really excites us finding a new shade that can be our go-to. This season, it’s the sultry, sexy, and subdued forest green. Suddenly, everything looks great when paired with the hue–whether its other neutrals like white and beige to brights like persimmon, mustard, and cobalt blue. We’re seeing forest green pop up on pants, dresses, tops, and accessories and can’t wait to embrace it this fall.
How do you rock the trend? Easy–pretend it’s black. We guarantee it’ll match any shade, and will look considerably less boring.
Other colors we’re loving this season? OrangeSilver, and Tribal Print (we know that last one’s not a color–we just can’t resist!)
[Originally posted on SHEfinds]

What To Wear During Fashion Week



We’re so excited about our book WEAR THIS NOW: Your Style Solution for Every Season and Any Occasion, published by Harlequin. And since we can’t wait for you to check it out in print at your nearest bookstore (next week!), we’re presenting our favorite bits to keep you stylishly satisfied. The average woman spends a whopping two years of her life standing in front of her closet, wondering why she can’t find a single thing to wear, so our book is a reference to keep on hand during those epic closet stares.


Here’s an excerpt, especially for you:


Despite its name, Fashion Week actually goes on for several weeks, and the biggest, most hyped blocks of shows happen in New York City, Milan and Paris, the fashion capitals of the world. If you score an invitation, you’ll find yourself in the same room as the most renowned designers, models and editors from around the world.


There’s no need to buy a designer item to wear to Fashion Week just because you have an invitation. It’s all about the way you put your clothes together, and the more confident you appear during the shows and at the parties that surround them, the better.


If you’re going to attend shows at Fashion Week, be aware that you will be judged, so make sure to edit your wardrobe accordingly. Pay close attention to fabrics, first of all. Go for gorgeous fabrics, a mix of textures and finishes (satin, patent, metallic, etc).


Most importantly, interpret the trends for your body, not just because they’re “in” right now. It’s always better to dress for your body than follow the latest fad any day. Throw on your leather jacket over a dress in a luxe fabric, whether it’s silk, chiffon, or brocade, push up the sleeves, add a belt that pops and a pair of sky high pumpsand you’ll fit right in. As a general rule, wear your most spectacular accessories: camel coat, brightly colored leather handbag and chicest heels, and one impressive jewelry piece—extra points if it’s vintage. If you’re sitting front row and you own something the designer has created, by all means, wear it, and garner some fashion brownie points. You never know where it could get you.

Below, are three easy outfits for Fashion Week in three easy steps. (You probably already have them in your closet!)


Easy As 1,2,3:
1. Leather jacket + silk printed dress + booties
2. Vintage statement necklace + bold colorful dress + strappy stilettos
3. Brocade skirt + silk top + over the knee leather boots

Get more insider tips from WEAR THIS NOW, by SHEfinds Founder and CEO Michelle Madhok and SHEfinds Senior Editor, Eileen Conlan.


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Fall 2012 Trend: Doctor Bags


While doctors are more likely to carry iPads with up-to-date medical apps than a traditional bag filled with patient-friendly tools these days, fashion designers have taken this vintage accessory and updated the iconic silhouette with lush materials and contemporary details. We love the strong structure of this bag, and designer, including Marni and Miu Miu, kept true to its physique while adding their own stylish spin with sleek hardware, leather cut-outs, and supple suede. Check out our slideshow to shop for your very own doctor-style handbag. Then stash your everyday beauty needs in it like these heatwave-resistant products.


Shop more fall trends: varsity jacketsmilitaryvelvetpeplumscobalt blueburgundycollarsgoldhigh-slit skirtstuxedo trousersleather accentslacewhitedigital printsgraphic sweaterslurexcap toe shoes, and checkered plaid.


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Fall 2012 Trend: Military



Ah yes, the inevitable and obligatory military reference on the fall runways. While this season is bound to nod to our dear soldiers for inspiration, the creations are always fresh and new. Tommy Hilfiger and Salvatore Ferragamo designed outerwear with militant hints of high collars, long lengths, oversize pockets, and glossy gold buttons. Victoria Beckham channeled the armed forces throughout her own namesake collection with army-green hues, shoulder tabs, and chest pockets, while Rochas combined soldierly outerwear with the silhouette of a knee-grazing dress to create a shoulder-baring number fit for any stylish general.


Shop more fall trends: velvetpeplumscobalt blueburgundycollarsgoldhigh-slit skirtstuxedo trousersleather accentslacewhitedigital printsgraphic sweaterslurexcap toe shoes, and checkered plaid.