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Fall Fashion Update

Aug 10, 2012
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Burda 129

In Threads issue 163, Connie Crawford forecasts the key looks for the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 season. We’ve rounded up a selection of patterns that you can use to keep up with the leading styles, colors, and fabrics.

Connie looks ahead to this season’s essentials, including tailored suits, oversized coats, blouses, straight dresses, and knee-length skirts in various neutrals and winter brights. Create your neutral palette with colors inspired by wood and leather, such as mahogany and honey toffee. The brights, labeled by some experts as “neon,” include greens, turquoise, reds, and coral. Contrast is in, as you’ll find warm and cool colors as well as shine and matte fabrics paired together. Natural fibers and cozy wools, stripes, plaids, and faux furs are popular, especially combined with soft, feminine silks and laces.

Daywear
Classic pieces rule the fall season, with pieces that define the waist and emphasize the hip, creating feminine silhouettes.

Slim-fit masculine pants with defined pleats or a cuffed hem continue to be a staple garment this season.

Burda 129

Burda 129

Jackets with fur collars and a belt or tie at the waist to create a distinct shape are popular.

Vogue 8841

Vogue 8841

One of the key looks for fall includes peplum tops combined with a tapered pencil skirt.

Burda 113

Burda 113

Color blocking continues to be a popular style, with the added flair of Princess seams and structured yokes. These details spice up a classic sheath dress.

Vogue 1316

Vogue 1316

Kwik Sew 3932

Kwik Sew 3932

Weekend
Casual weekend wear embodies the contrasting theme, as slim-fits and voluminous pieces are combined in natural and stretch fabrics.

Oversized jackets with kimono sleeves or dropped shoulders are in, some featuring faux fur or leather details.

Vogue 1322

Vogue 1322

Lightweight, loose-fitting dresses lead the scene in weekend wear. Drawstrings and pin tucks give shape to the dress.

Vogue 1315

Vogue 1315

McCall’s 6600

McCall's 6600

A boxy top combined with slim-fit pants is the go-to look for the fall season.

Vogue 8837

Vogue 8837

McCall’s 6603

McCall's 6603

Evening
Long gowns and formal pieces are in for the fall season. Create them in soft, metallic fabrics or include faux fur accents to dress up a more casual piece.

Long, draped gowns and long-sleeved dresses are in, made in a shiny or soft fabric.

Vogue 8826

Vogue 8826

Try embellishing a draped mock-wrap dress with sequins or metal applique for a great evening look.

Butterick 5783

Butterick 5783

To dress up a daytime style, pair a faux fur, beaded, or collared top with your slim-fit pants.

McCall’s 6606

McCall's 6606

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