9 Fall Fashion Trends You Can Wear Into Spring 2012

Alden Wicker

Fall to Spring FashionWant to get in on a fashion secret?

It may be fall—and that ushers in a whole host of new trends every year, without fail—but it doesn’t actually mean you need a whole new wardrobe.

In fact, what if we told you there’s a better way to buy—by investing in a few new pieces that will keep you in style clear through to spring?

You see, fashion is actually one season ahead of the rest of us, which means all the hottest looks for spring 2012 just sashayed down the runways.

So we snuck a peek, did a little fashion math and—just as we did in our spring-to-fall feature in April—picked out styles that will go the distance, making them great investments for more than one season. Below you’ll see our Venn diagram of what’s hot for fall, what’s cool for spring and the nine trends with staying power.

Better yet, we broke down how to wear each, depending on the season. Read on.

fall and spring trends

How to Make Them Overlap

Victoria Beckham

1. Orange You Glad? (Actually, We Are!)

It’s a good thing we advocated for orange in your spring shopping list, because it’s back again for another season. Wear it with your fall plaids, and then freshen it up with nudes and neutrals for a cheerful spring look.

Peter Som

2. In Love With Athletic

Mesh weaves, racing stripes and rope jewelry abound. In fact, designers are letting us relax a little in sport-inspired fashions. You can embrace this look in many ways, but we suggest layering on a chic, athletic hoodie—not showing up to work in your yoga pants.

3. Get Sassy With a Slit

This is one way to show a bit of skin and still exude ladylike decorum. Plus, it adds a bit of sexiness no matter what your shape or size. Try pairing your slitted pencil skirt with a sweater in the winter or a light silk blouse for spring. If you’re feeling daring, it’s a great look with a sexy tank when going out on the town.

Jason Wu

4. Put Me in Peplum

This year, peplum will be a household word. With pleats popping from the waist, this girly yet sophisticated trend looks good on runway models and curvy women alike. We love peplum cocktail dresses, but if you want something more versatile, go with a peplum jacket or shirt.

5. Take Note of Neon

Nostalgia for the 80’s is in full swing, as glowing pinks, greens, yellows and blues call out from the fall clothing racks. The trend continues for spring, so grab yourself an eye-popping accessory, like a cheeky necklace or clutch that can be worn no matter what the season.

Rebecca Taylor

6. Peekaboo Crochet Sweaters

Snuggly and saucy at the same time, the loose knit of a crochet sweater lends itself to all sorts of weather and all sorts of outfits. Some designers showed them tossed casually over pants; others had them tucked into skirts. Keep it ladylike and layer your own crochet top over a camisole in the spring, and over a fitted long-sleeve shirt in the fall.

7. There’s Nothing Like Navajo

You can’t walk ten feet without seeing some version of Native American-inspired patterns this fall, and designers will remain smitten come spring. This trend can be worn in many ways: dresses, purses, scarves and capes all look edgy when emblazoned with the earthy, geometric patterns. We like capes as an easy way to transition to and from cold weather.

Anna Sui

8. Prints Charming

An artsy printed dress is in for fall, and you can wear it again come spring. For cold weather, pair with wool tights and chunky heels, and, come spring, freshen the look by wearing sandals or mixing it up with other prints like textured tights, or a light cardigan.

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9. Pop in Polka Dots

This classic pattern is back in stores for fall and shows no signs of leaving once spring arrives. You can’t go wrong with a light, three-quarter-length blouse that you can layer under a jacket this season and flaunt with a skirt or shorts come spring.

Shop smarter: We found amazing fall finds for under $50! Check them out here.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much for the great post. I’m so glad for more information on Casual clothing.
    I have such a fascination with clothes and love to stay up on the latest fashion trends and newest clothes on the market. Especially when it has to do with Elan International.


  • Xiomarachavira

    oh that was fun

  • JillianRbaby

    I love that bright, deep colors are in this year!  I love bright red lips and burgundies.  Best place I have found to get red lipstick is from Red Apple because they are such high quality and are gluten & parben free.  Those two things are so important to look out for in cosmetics.

  • Daniegirl

    Or just make your own unique style that doesn’t change season to season. :)

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQKQQEH3BPAUVHMK7EBJP56WCY Jill R

      That works too!  I just sent in my photo to red apple to get a lifetime 10% discount!  I am a total bargain hunter and coupon queen, so this makes me very happy!  Throw in free shipping (yes!) and I am a happy red lipstick girl!