Batwing It

Fall 2012 Trends: Batwing It!

Halloween may have you thinking about another kind of batwing, whether it’s your Dark Knight costume or spooky decorations. But, believe it or not, it’s also a super-chic style for on-trend tops and dresses — better yet, the loose fit should give you some wiggle room to gobble up plenty of Halloween candy. With oversized sleeves and often rounded hemlines, the batwing trend has certainly taken off, so make sure to stay on top of fall fashion with these buys.

The sweater. Switch up your usual knit silhouette with a batwing sweater, which pairs perfectly with leggings or skinny jeans. Splurge on Acne’s cropped Darko Alpaca sweater, or save by scooping up She Inside’s cozy, Mr. Rogers–approved cardigan.

The tee. You don’t need a whole lot of sleeve to achieve the batwing effect. Look no further than Diane Von Furstenberg’s gorgeous belted Goya top for proof. If you don’t have the budget for DVF, try Romwe’s rock ‘n’ roll-ready skull top or Urban Outfitter’s sexy open-back Triblend Tee.

The dress. Find a frock with a batwing sleeve, and you’ll achieve a boho vibe without looking too much like a bum. Go for the bold in Trina Turk’s stained glass-esque Contrast Side dress, or keep warm with Urban Outfitters long-sleeved batwing maxi dress. For the best of both worlds, add some polish to this comfy-chic trend with Lauren Ralph Lauren’s color-blocked dress, which has an unexpected batwing detail.

Kara is a web editor, Brooklynite, and pop-culture junkie who isn’t sure what she wants more: Lauren Conrad’s hair, the ability to finish the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle without cheating, or a pulled-pork sandwich.