7 Coat Trends That Might Actually Help You Hate Winter Less

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October 22, 2012

Toward the end of every fall, just the idea of impending cold is enough to turn the most social of butterflies into hermits. The leaves fall from the tress, and suddenly hibernation doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. The rains, the winds, the colds–all ready to ruin our cute outfits by forcing us to don a clunky top layer. But there’s no need to write off three months of your sartorial life! After all, a stand-out ensemble could be created based on one interesting element, like, say, your winter coat. Try on of these five coat trends from the fall 2012 runways–we bet they put your standard black peacoat to shame.

  1. Burgundy: Oxblood in all shade variations has absolutely taken over both the beauty and fashion worlds this fall (it’s “the new black,” remember?). So much drama is packed in one color, and is magnified when splashed across a coat. On the runways, Diane von FurstenburgAlexander Wang and DKNY all fell for the deep hue.
  2. Oversized: Never did we think that tightly belting our peacoats to create some resemblance of a curve would fall out of favor. Jil Sander pioneered the box-y coat look this season, and fast fashion quickly grabbed hold.
  3. Long Faux Fur: Toss thoughts of a grandmother’s wardrobe aside, because longer (faux) furs are wearable for everyone. Alexander McQueen and Hermès brought out big, dramatic furry shapes, while Fendi debuted sleeker styles.
  4. Military: Military is still a huge trend for spring. As seen on the runways of Tommy Hilfiger, Victoria Beckham, Rochas, and others. Look out for navy and army green wool coats with substantial buttons and closures.
  5. Box-y: Similar to the oversize styles, boxy coats are all about a different kind of shape. Square shoulders make a serious impact (but are a far cry from ’80s shoulder pads), like at Proenza Schouler and Balmain.
  6. Navajo: Native American-inspired prints continue to dominate as a trend, as noted at Altuzarra‘s Fall 2012 runway. By the way, Aztec print is perfectly acceptable, too–so says Missoni‘s Spring ’13 show.
  7. Mixed Media: The marriage of fabrics was all over the fall runways. Reed Krakoff did fur and leather, Bottega Veneta mixed leather with satin, and now retailers are mixing everything from wool, canvas, flannel, suede and more.

Find a coat you love? Pair it with a great pair of leather pants, these cold-weather accessories, and glam nails.

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