Women’s Fall/Winter Fashion Trends + Fragrances 2012

For some reason I try to keep up with fashion trends. I never buy any of the stuff and if I wear any trend, it’s by accident because I have something vintage like it in my closet. But, I do like to keep up. Fashion says so much about society and where we’re going and where we wish to go. In this post I’m pairing perfumes with the popular fall/winter trends of 2012 for women. Most of us won’t go out of our way to wear these trends. I have no desire to walk around in some crazy expensive brocade embellished thing even if it were given to me. But, many of us, if we go shopping at a department store or H&M this winter, will see variations of these trends made accessible – these colors, faux leather, too many gold-tone buttons, peplum, etc. With lower price department stores and the Internet, fashion trends come to us quicker than ever. I’m pairing perfumes to the runway…to the clothes you’ll see at your local department store. Peplum doesn’t flatter? Treat yourself to a “peplum perfume” and wear it with your most flattering jeans. Or pull an old favorite off the shelf to join in on the brocade trend without spending a dime (but you’ll still be Baroque).

Winter Trend Oxblood


Boy, I hate this word. It’s so gross. Oxblood is a dull brown-red shade, well, like dried blood. It’s a very “vintage” color to me. It reminds me of 80’s pleather jackets and ugly sofas. I prefer to use the term “burgundy”. But, I do really like this shade (whatever you want to call it). It’s a good color for me. Burgundy is one of my favorite “neutrals”. Plus, it goes with both brown and black making it the perfect color for a coat, bag or shoes.

  • Kelly & Jones #3 Notes of Cabernet – This is my favorite from the entire Kelly & Jones line. It’s a leathery, spicy black cherry pipe tobacco. It’s wonderful. And it does smell like it would be a deep red shade – carbernet. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $50 at Kelly & Jones. 
  • Nez a Nez l’Hetre Reve – This is spicy, stewed fruit fragrance with exotic woods and leather. It’s boozy and delicious but you don’t want to eat it. You want to inhale it. You won’t stop sniffing yourself. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $165 at LuckyScent.
  • L’Artisan Parfumeur Voleur de Roses – It’s a damp, earthy rose. Yes, a “dark rose”.The 3.4 oz bottles retails for $145 at Beautyhabit.

winter 2012 leather trend


To some of us, leather has never went out of style. When I say some of us, I’m talking about myself. Well, leather is “it”. One of my favorite pieces in my closet is a black leather pencil skirt. I can wear it with mohair sweaters or cardigans with pearl buttons. Leather adds an edge. I like to feel badass because I am a badass when I wear leather. My goal this winter is to lose 15 pounds and buy leather pants so I can be like evil Angel (yes, a Buffy reference).

  • Serge Lutens Boxeuses – This is ladylike leather. It’s like the black leather pencil skirt I talk about above. Boxeuses is plum and leather. Not available in the U.S., making it even more desirable, huh?
  • Esscentual Alchemy Queen of Punk Natural Perfume (sorry, no pic)- Studs, spikes and leather are in. This perfume is badass with civet, patchouli, powdery amber, and tobacco. This isn’t for the shy. It retails for $150 at Esscentual Alchemy. 
  • Keiko Mecheri Cuir Cordoba – Violet, benzoin, suede. Yes, it’s good. It’s soft, powdery and luxurious. It’s a pretty leather fragrance that will keep your head to toe leather look from being too S&M. It retails for $115 at MiN NY.

military 2012 fashion trend


This trend won’t die. I feel like it’s been 8+ years of military inspired coats for winter. Oh, well. I like the trend and I guess so does everyone else. I like olive and navy. Plus, military inspired jackets have nice lines and shape. They seem to flatter many body types. And I love the toughness of it. Military straight lines mix well with feminine elements like floral prints or stellar heels.

  • Burberry for Women – This is like the Burberry trench of fragrances. It’s timeless and works in the fall through spring. It’s  a posh fruity-floral over creamy vanilla. It’s one of my favorites for fall.  The 1.7 retails for $60 at Nordstrom.
  • Chanel No. 5 EDP – I have some explaining to do. I have always thought of Chanel’s fragrances as being very “rigid” and “strict”. Their fault, if there is one, is that they are almost too structured for daily wear. I see No.5 as an officer of a perfume. It’s smart, well-dressed and is a role model to many. Plus, it’s as timeless as many military inspired fashions. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $98 at Nordstrom.
  • Diptyque 34 EDT – This fragrance smells like antiques and a mix of waxes. It has always smelled “olive green” to me. I think of it as the green wool military coat of perfumes. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $100 at Nordstrom.

winter white 2012 trend

Winter White

Monochromatic winter white looks are back. Jennifer Lopez is like, “What? You’re telling me there was a time when monochromatic winter white looks were out!” People love the pureness and softness of this combo. It’s so very ski bunny or snow princess…or J.Lo. Many people don’t look good in dark, wintery colors; off-white can be flattering. However, many of us stay away from white on white looks. We’re clumsy. We’re self-aware. We know this about ourselves 😉

  • Atelier Cologne Vanille Insensée – This perfume reminds me of warm, fresh out the of the dryer vanilla scented towels. It smells very white, soft and cuddly to me. The 1 oz of this perfume retails for $65 at 
  • A Lab on Fire What We Do in Paris is Secret – This perfume is creamy and honeyed with almond and heliotrope. It reminds me of whipped cream. The 2 oz bottle retails for $110 at LuckyScent.
  • Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly – OK, this is my “lowbrow” on the list. Dream Angels Heavenly has always smelled “winter white angora” to me. It’s mainly some ambroxan, white musk and vanilla. It has some cardamom too. It’s a warm, casual fragrance. I don’t care. Judge me. I like it. The 1 oz bottle retails for $45 at Victoria’s Secret.

peplum fashion trend


We saw this a lot this spring/summer. The deal is that hips are in. There is an emphasis on vintage 1950’s silhouettes: large hips and a tiny waist. Peplum exaggerates the feminine figure. I’m not a huge fan of peplum but I do have one jacket that I like to pair with pencil skirts and skinny cigarette slacks. You have to keep the bottom half from looking too boxy.

  • Chanel Coco Noir – This is a great perfume that is like “modern peplum”. It’s well constructed, smells like a Chanel but does come across as “new”. I mainly get patchouli from this one and that’s probably why I like it. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $98 at Nordstrom.
  • Tommi Sooni Tarantella – Really all you need to know about this fragrance is that it smells like a long lost vintage that you’ve always wanted to try. It’s feminine, refined and it smells expensive. I think that is what the peplum trend is going for. The 1.7 oz bottle of Tarantella retails for $185 at LuckyScent.
  • Serge Lutens Bas de Soie – A cold iris that is structured and as silky as its “silk stockings” namesake. The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $120 at Beautyhabit.

brocade fashion trend


People are sick of a crummy economy. They want embellishments and gold embroidery. Luxe and 80’s gaudiness is back. People want gold and jewel tones. Rhinestones and pearls. It’s all about giving the appearance that you’re wearing the Sistene Chapel. They want to feel like they’re royalty and they want to be noticed.

  • iNeKe Evening Edged in Gold – This spicy white floral has always reminded me of gold embroidery on something silk. It’s bright, gilded but not stiff. It’s easy to wear. The 2.5 oz bottle retails for $95 and is available at Beautyhabit.
  • Dior Poison EDT – If you’re going to do big, then go big! So wear Dior Poison. And wear a hell of a lot of it, OK. Who needs embellishments when you have Poison? The 3.4 oz bottle retails for $90 at Nordstrom.
  • Tom Ford Black Orchid – This unusual floral amber has every thing in it, maybe even the kitchen sink. And it’s showy. It’s embellished and embroidered to the max. And it’s wearing a full face of makeup and probably has some foundation all over its collar.  The 1.7 oz bottle retails for $105 at Sephora.
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30 thoughts on “Women’s Fall/Winter Fashion Trends + Fragrances 2012

  1. Brilliant! If I weren’t testing another perfume, I’d put on some Boxeuses and skip off to town in my leather boots. Maybe to buy a leather jacket. 🙂 (You’ve got me thinking again that I really need to Goth up!)

  2. Yup, I found myself inadvertently participating in the oxblood trend this year too via my nails, a friend gifted me some nail polishes that turned out to be spot on trend for it (I’m sure she was not trying either). Also, so true that it really is a terrible name.

    I think the original Must de Cartier would also fit the bill very well for the oxblood trend.

    It may be cheap but in my life time I have complimented a lot of women wearing Victoria’s Secret Dream Angels Heavenly, it just smells really nice.

    As for the brocade most definitely Parfums de Nicolai Sacrebleu!. Love the post idea.
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    1. Oxblood is gorgeous. I would love to a nail color in that shade…just with a more pleasant name 😉 I agree. Must fits the trend!

      Heavenly is very nice and I feel it’s better than some niche stuff going for that vibe…Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume for example.

      Sounds like I need to try Sacrebleu!…and what a fun name to say!

    1. I mean oxblood does look like ox blood, soo…it’s a truthful word 😉

      Yes, that is another good one. I love rose and it’s always my “late winter” favorite.

    1. Of course I do!
      On my light complexion, I really like these and have been wearing them frequently:
      Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet (awesome moisturizing formula, sheer burgundy)
      MAC Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Good to be Bad (moisturizing burgundy)
      Revlon Super Lustrous Wine with Everything (satin full-coverage wine)
      Clinique High Impact in Cider Berry (more red, full-coverage, but really pretty, plus has SPF)
      MAC Lipstick in Viva Glam I (darker shade, matte)

  3. Great post. I like some of the trends like leather, oxblood, and brocade. I just can’t do all winter white. I feel like a marshmallow. I do have 3 winter white dogs though so I guess that makes me trendy in a way.

    1. Marshmallow…I totally feel that way too. PLUS the frugs are black and shed like crazy. Anything white/cream/tan gets covered in fur immediately.

      Your winter white pooches are the best accessory!

  4. Wonderful post! I’m really into the Peplum syle and oxblood color. I’ve been wearing Voleur de Roses a lot (I love deep roses for winter) and I’m really curious about Notes of Cabernet! I’m really happy to see Bas de Soie mentioned, it is a very underrated Serge Lutens fragrance in my opinion

    1. I love rose perfumes. I’ll start wearing those from like Jan. to June 😉

      Bas de Soie is gorgeous. I think it underrated because the Serge Lutens’ consumer expects a big ‘ole oriental and they complain when they don’t get that.

  5. Ooh, oxblood. I love that color.

    I’ve been unaware of fashion for, oh, twenty years or so. It’s only since I restarted sewing, and therefore took control of fit and color and had the potential ability to say “nyah!” to all those clothes that are right and don’t fit, or fit and aren’t right, or fit and are right and are incompatible with saving for retirement… that I developed any fashion interest.

    Sort of. On the recommendation of the folks in sewing land, I subscribed to Harper’s Bazaar, though I have to admit that I mostly look to see what perfumes are seen as worthy of full-page ads, and exactly which undead creatures are wearing the clothes. (The zombie presence is somewhat reduced.)

    I also have to add that Serge Lutens Daim Blond is my Winter White scent.
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    1. I really, really wish I had the space and better skills to sew. I’m so picky about fabrics and colors that I think this is why I don’t keep up with it. I’m also sick of settling with ill-fitting or “decent design” for a good color/print. I’m envious of your skills.

      I haven’t subscribed to fashion mags in ages but I’m doing PR now and subscribed to about 5, HB being my favorite. I of course, don’t “get” most of it. But, I do like the beauty features/perfume and some of the editorials are nice…sans the zombies.

      I love Daim Blond.

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