It’s that time of year again, CF readers — fall is just around the corner! Soon enough, classes will be back in session, and if you want to pick up some trendy back-to-school duds, you’ve come to the right place. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting together our annual fall shopping guide, so be sure to check back to get the scoop on the trendiest colors, clothes, shoes and accessories for Fall 2012.

First up, we’ve compiled a list of the hottest trends for autumn, with inspiration coming straight from the runway. Simply scroll on down to check out six major fall trends as well

as some college-friendly pieces that you can rock on campus:

1. (Faux) Leather

leather on the fall 2012 runway
(L to R) Alexander Wang, Theysken’s Theory and Derek Lam Fall 2012 RTW | ELLE

While good leather jackets, boots and handbags will always be classic wardrobe staples, this season’s leather offerings have been amped up style-wise. Be on the lookout for leather (or faux, depending on your preference) pieces that incorporate unexpected shapes, colors and textures, like the items below.

Get the Look:

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend Leather

Product Info: Dress- ASOS, Blouse- Forever 21, Skirt- Warehouse, Gloves- Mango, Shorts- ASOS, Jacket- H&M

2. Military-Inspired

military trend on the fall 2012 runway

(L to R) Burberry Prorsum, Max Mara and Victoria Beckham Fall 2012 RTW | ELLE

The military-inspired trend seems to make its rounds every few years and it’s back again in a big way for Fall 2012. Items like army jackets, skinny cargo pants and lace-up boots are easy ways to wear this trend and, of course, you can never go wrong by incorporating some olive green into your look.

Get the Look:

Fall 2012 Fashion Trend Military

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