fall 2012 fashion trends
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If you’re like us, you’ve been thinking about fall fashion for the past few weeks. And now that September has finally arrived it’s officially time to start shopping. What to put on your list? Here’s a rundown of the biggest trends of the season, along with our top picks for each.

Covered Up: Maybe it’s Downton Abbey‘s influence, but sleeves are long, collars ride high, and coverage is nearly total. Look for clothes with strong shoulders, a defined waist, and below-the-knee hemlines. Shop it.

Black and Gold Pieces: Brocade, foil, leaf, sequins and embossed surfaces, black-and-gold alchemizes Renaissance, hippie, Asian, and modernist influences in spectacular ways. Shop it.

The Full Skirt: Meet the working woman’s alternative to the pencil. It’s feminine but not girlish, structured yet flowy, and still it enhances every figure. Shop it.

Winter White: Oh, yes, you’ll want to add this to your closet. Layers of parchment to oyster to cream looks so appealing and cozy, even more so long after the summer sun sets. Shop it.

Magic Garden Patterns: Fall’s flowers blossom against a dark and moody sky, full of blooms made to be seen by candle-, fire-, and moonlight. Shop It.

Need more? Check out our full fall fashion coverage, including our favorite coats of the season and our top under-$100 clothing picks.