Denim Inspirations: The Best of Pre-Fall 2012

By Ann of Holier than Now

The Pre-Fall Collections are always a great source of inspiration in the midst of Winter – and unlike the core Fall or Spring collections, the timing means you can translate your favorite looks for today’s weather.  With Pre-Fall, there’s no struggling to translate that pastel chiffon floral dress you’re craving into something you can wear with tights and boots!

Denim cropped up in unexpected ways in these micro collections.  Stay ahead of the pack with 3 simple ideas you can pull into (or out of) your closet now:

1. Denim-Dyed Knits – This phrase might call to mind something your mom wore in the 80’s, but Carven and Thakoon showed beautifully soft-looking sweaters dyed in denim hues.  These could be an amazing way to create a denim-on-denim look with your favorite jean jacket.  Keep your eyes out when scouring thrift stores, or put these luxe pieces on your wish list.

2. Cuffed Details – The chambray shirt is a wardrobe staple for me, so I’m really inspired by this simple-yet-chic way to wear it.  Wear an oversized, boyish denim shirt with long sleeves popping out of your favorite wool coat, like the look shown at 3.1 Phillip Lim, or push up the sleeves of your favorite trench coat and pop out your cuffs, a la Dsquared2.

3. Drapey LDDs – The little denim dress is another piece destined to become a wardrobe essential.  If you’re in the market for your first – or looking to expand your collection – consider a drapey-er cut along the lines of Diane Von Furstenberg or Zero + Maria Cornejo.  It’ll take you right through Spring/Summer to early Fall.


What were your favorite Pre-Fall collections?  (Mine was Prabal Gurung – a predictable choice as it got a ton of buzz, but I really loved it all!)


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  1. January 23, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Adore the cuffed peek on the 2nd looks. Perfect to style this way now even, I’m thinking I’ll do it soon.

  2. A Reader
    January 25, 2012 / 10:49 am

    I like this idea in theory, but in fact, I don’t think it works unless one is really, really, really slim. Size 0 slim. And unfortunately, I’m not.
    I also think it looks out of place in areas such as mine that get very cold in the winter.
    Oh, well.
    Hurry, spring!

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