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Beyond The Puffy Coat

Outerwear trends for Fall 2012

Buying fall clothes on 90-degree days is weird. But that’s the way it goes in this town—if you want to get the cool stuff before it sells out. To get things started, we asked some of our favorite NYC baby boutiques to tell us about their favorite outerwear for the chilly season.
Baby CZ‘s Shanna Lorillard says it’s all about the poncho this year (again). Their hooded, pom pom-trimmed cashmere poncho just arrived and is already selling fast, despite the heat (and the $379 price tag). John Lowe, owner of Brooklyn’s hipster tot shop Junior Lowe, also named a unisex hooded poncho sweater as his favorite item for fall—this one is hand-knit by his own mother-in-law and great-granny, and will hit the floor in September (not priced at press time). Polar fleece seems to be getting some attention aside from the usual outdoorsy offerings: Barneys New York is featuring a brand-new three quarter sleeve coat and mittens set ($116) and crewcuts is stocking a boys’ winter fleece full-zip jacket ($59.50). Estella owner Jean Polsky is digging a lightweight down jacket from newcomer Jordon—they’ve bought it in lime green, purple, blue, black ,and orange ($95 in store); and Bronagh Staley, owner of Sweet William, is super-excited about a red plaid puffa jacket from Mini Rodini that will be in-store mid-August. For infants, the buyer at Lester’s has ordered 7 A.M. Enfant’s doudoune bunting bag in a Pantone-predicted trendy orange hue ($90). Overall, expect to see a lot of “great outdoors inspirations; bold patterns, knits and tweeds; winter white-on-white; peplum; and modern military looks, ” says Chic Child founder Christin Rueger.