5 Accessories You’ll Need This Fall (And Can Wear Now!)

Since it’s winter, and we just attended New York Fashion Week, which showcased the fall 2012 collections, we started to think to ourselves, “Even though none of these ensembles will be available until fall, can’t we start wearing some of the trends now seeing as how it’s the same temperature?” Well, of course the answer is obvious; it’s a resounding hellz YES. And if we get even more specific, why not isolate the kewlest accessory trends at NYFW so we can start building the looks a little early? It’s a no-brainer. (And we’re zombies right now, so perf! BRAAAAINS.) Thus, here are our favorite accessory trends from the shows which you can start adopting onto your person immediately.


Looks from the Rag & Bone, Jenny Packham, and 3.1 Phillip Lim fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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So, belts were everywhere during fashion week. Thick ones, thin ones, plastic ones, leather ones. The point is, get one and make sure it’s interesting and/or long enough so you can loop-de-loop that sucker over itself. At Rag & Bone, dark oxblood belts where cinched over blanket coats, so grab a blanket, pilfer your BF’s belt drawer, and go for it. Jenny Packham added thin belts to her Old Hollywood rockabilly gowns, and we love this idea for giving your prom dress some edge. At 3.1 Phillip Lim, belts were looped all ovah the place, and we’re especially fond of this thick translucent white belt over a white shirt, layers of gray knits, and khaki pants.


Looks from the Betsey Johnson, Karen Walker, and Anna Sui fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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There was a whole ’60s vibe going on at the shows, and sunglasses were often the main reiteration of the retro trend. Betsey Johnson’s mod, Beatles-leaning fall show had its fair share of Beatles glasses, and we were feeling the bright white ones. Ditto Karen Walker’s pink sunglasses paired with a fuzzy yellow sweater. (This is cute for spring, no?) Anna Sui was also all about the 1960s and several of her models wore round sunglasses (not to mention round reading glasses) and we loved the juxtaposition with colorful n’ kicky patterned dresses.


Looks from the Herve Leger by Max Azria and Tess Giberson fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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We predict these leather strapped accoutrement will be all over the high street stores come fall. Herve Leger by Max Azria attached leather harnesses to several dresses and gowns. We love this idea as there’s a way they tone down and edge-out the flouncy-ness of the dress with severe, crisscrossed brown leather. Minimalist designer Tess Giberson topped simple white shirts with thin, light, leather rib cage bib harnesses. Over a long silk diaphanous skirt, the look is modern and clean (and totally interesting). We don’t know about you, but the idea of a harness sounds dangerously fun.


Looks from the Mara Hoffman, Marc Jacobs, and Anna Sui fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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Hat Attack! Hats were a NYFW FAVE. If they weren’t boppin’ down the runways, they were spotted on the heads of street style lovelies just waiting to tip their heads to the photogs. We’d wear Mara Hoffman’s feminizied Western hat with a blouse, beat-up jeans, ankle booties, and a serape blanket. The fall 2012 Marc Jacobs hats, though? They were a carnival of raver pilgrim pimp craytasticness. We’d do a slightly less showy version of one of these with a more streamlined ensemble for funzies. We may have to go to questionable shops to find them, but rest assured they’re out there. Anna Sui included many knitted owl hats by James Coviello into her collection, and while they won’t be available until next fall, we can always break out the felt and make our own DIY version.


Looks from the Diane Von Furstenberg, Sally LaPointe, and Jason Wu fall 2012 shows at New York Fashion Week.
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Gloves often come across like part of a costume—something you’d only wear with your Audrey Hepburn dress or dead zombie prom queen outfit. But here’s the thing: GLOVES ARE AWESOME. Not only do they keep you warm (obvi), they are slick and instantaneously give you an air of she-means-business super spy chic. There’s just something about them that feels powerful, you know? Thus, take a cue from Diane Von Furstenberg’s fall show and pair neutral, long-sleeve leather gloves with a sleeveless dress. Sally LaPointe also went for long gloves on the runway, but our faves were the Drive-esque short brown ones that looked like the models delicately dipped their hands in matte wax. For something in-between, take a cue from Jason Wu and his studded black leather elbow-length gloves, which are glam, mysterious, and just ahead of the trend curve.

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