1. The Sexy Turtleneck
We see this layering basic every season, but this time around it was sexy, interesting, and anything but boring.
2. Velvet & Velour
When velvet shows up in all the right forms, like it did at Karen Walker and Thakoon, it makes us wonder why we don't wear it more often.
3. Capes & Ponchos
Either tiny and tailored or big and dramatic, the cape is definitely our new fall cover-up of choice.
Above bottom, from left: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Alexander Wang; Rag & Bone; Vena Cava.
4. Big Beautiful Pants
As longtime fans of Katharine Hepburn trousers, we're always excited when big pants return...and thanks to Zac Posen and Richard Chai, we've got them in spades.
Instead of feeling awkwardly retro, the season's patchwork came off with a fresh, almost edgy vibe.
6. Artful Graffiti Pants
There's really nothing new about graffiti'd pants, but somehow designers like Tory Burch managed to give them an artful modernity we're totally obsessing.
7. Fantasy Ox Blood
This rich, old-world shade is the oldest winter trick in the book (SO '70s), yet, we loved it courtesy of Rodarte and DKNY just the same.
8. Classic Camel
With all the focus on purple and emerald green (again), fashion's most reliable neutral almost felt revelatory in the hands of Rachel Comey and Victoria Bartlett.
9. The Winter Crop Top
Because it wasn't really cool the first time, or even the second, there's no reason a crop top in winter should work—but Rag & Bone and Timo Weiland got the proportions and the layering exactly right.
10. The Tough Pleated Mini
While a few designers did pleated micro minis that came off like cheerleading costumes (you know who you are!), others like Alex Wang and Derek Lam fashioned theirs for the tough (ie: cool) girls.