>> The season's most perfect boot might just be one that's lined in fur. Whether elegantly sleek like Manolo Blahnik's mink version or tough and rugged like YSL's beaver-cuff pair, one thing's for sure: these boots exude just the right amount of cold-weather cool. Click through to shop them all now.
>> Brush off the cold in this season's moody, full-spectrum blooms. Spring's favorite print gets darkly dramatic for Winter in high-contrast palettes and large-scale patterns — often digitized for extra impact. Spotted all over the Fall 2011 and Resort 2012 runways — think Jil Sander, Erdem, Celine, Givenchy, Mary Katrantzou, and more — these gorgeous blooms aren't your grandma's ditsy florals; these prints are bold, dramatic, and the perfect way to dress up the holiday. Click through to shop our picks in the slideshow.
Photo: Greg Kessler
>> The season's most versatile piece walks the line between dressy and dressed-down — and doesn't compromise on comfort. From the slim, belted styles of Fendi and A.P.C., to the fit-and-flare versions on offer from Tibi and Bensoni, there's a sweater dress for every mood. Pair with ribbed-knit tights and platform booties for a chic day-to-evening look, or, go for glam with ankle-strap pumps and statement jewels. Click through to shop 18 of the chicest sweater dresses currently online — here, in the slideshow.
Photo Courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld for Impulse at Macy's
>> This Fall, the perky little fedoras of seasons past get a much-needed update. Spotted at the Fall 2011 Gucci show — and on the streets of Spring 2012 fashion week (above) — this season's fedora is floppier, feminine, and just a tad '70s — perfect for adding a bit of mystique to any cold-weather ensemble. Look for wide-brimmed versions in rich hues with luxe trimmings — leather, feathers, and extra-wide ribbon look especially chic for Fall. See below to shop our picks — and make this look your own.
Photo courtesy of Stylesight
>> Leather skirts have always been a wardrobe mainstay, but this season's version is full-skirted, feminine — and suddenly everywhere. Whether softly pleated or hyper flared, the voluminous silhouette feels totally fresh for right now — and will take you straight through to Spring. Click through for a bit of styling inspiration, straight from the chic streets of Milan, Paris, and London.
>> Take a cue from Givenchy, Stella McCartney, and 3.1 Phillip Lim: A hint of leather goes a long way for Fall 2011. Cold-weather classics in cozy wool and collegiate tweed get tough with the addition of patchwork panels, contrast sleeves, and a bit of downtown trim. Click through for 26 super-chic leather-accented pieces — from a collared Cushnie et Ochs blouse to a DKNY colorblock coat — all here, in the slideshow.
Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fall 2011, photo by Greg Kessler
>> Smoking slippers are the new ballet flats. Retailers are reporting that the loafers — in all colors, price points, and styles — are in high demand this season. Not surprising that we've been spotting the Hugh Hefner-style loungers all throughout the fashion weeks. Street style favorite Giovanna Battaglia was spotted wearing a multicolored fleur de lis pair in New York (top left) as well as a plain black set in Milan while T magazine's Jane Herman trotted to the New York shows in tasseled patent ones (bottom left). And no wonder. This flat is super versatile — and it hits just the right note for Fall: a little preppy, a little garconne, and super comfortable to boot. Click through to browse some of the chicest styles around — from cap-toed Louboutins to gray leopard-print J.Crews — all here in the slideshow.
Photos: all Greg Kessler, except: top right, Christina Perez; bottom right, WireImage
>> While pilfering from the guys is nothing new — the Fall 2011 runways of DKNY, Ralph Lauren, and Marc Jacobs were chock-full of menswear-inspired styles, from tuxes to tweed — we've taken the concept one step further and gathered up some of the coolest meant-for-men pieces around. In fact, these styles are so chic, it would be a crime to let the boys keep them to themselves; there's a chartreuse Jil Sander "document holder" that would make the perfect oversized clutch, a slim-cut teal blazer that would look so chic over a floral dress, and much, much more. Click through to shop all the picks.
>> Add a bit of glam to a casual button-up with this easy styling trick, spotted on the streets of New York Fashion Week. Try tempering the glitz of a bold necklace by wearing it over your shirt but under the collar, just like you would a bow-tie. This allows just a little sparkle to peek out — without overpowering the rest of your look. See below for a few cute necklace options.