There’s just something about apparel that’s made specifically for wearing during the colder months.  It’s not just the layers, or the return of deep, dark, richer colors, but the textures that are used generously, during this season, add a complexity to otherwise simple silhouettes.

We adore almost any piece of clothing with extra interest and texture, so when we spotted quilted looks on the runways for fall, it pretty much solidified that our winter clothing budget would be well spent.

From leather skirts to bold brogues, quilting is taking front row for fall 2013. Designers like Anna Sui, Peter Som, Diesel Black and Gold, Elizabeth and James, Rag & Bone and Michael Kors all showcased a variety of cozy, classic and sporty luxe pieces in quilted fabrics.

But this is not the first time quilted classics hit the runway. A few years ago, quilted detailing on leather jackets had its moment. But, before that,  there was Chanel’s iconic 2.55 quilted handbag ,which was introduced way back in 1955!

Today, the heavily stitched trend has now developed into a sensation, with retail shelves stocking quilted tops, skirts, dresses, and almost anything you can think of.

Since the fabric can add more volume, depending on whether padding is inserted, we recommend not wearing it head-to-toe as seen on some of the models on the runways. However, some designers are skipping the padding and using the stitching to create a subtle, sculptural look.

We recommend trying  a quilted sleeve or midi skirt to experiment with the trend, or if you want to incorporate just a taste, choose a small detail like a quilted jacket sleeve or trim on boots. You can always add a quilted handbag or piece of jewelry to the mix, which will forever be a classic.

We’ve been lusting after pretty much everything in stores now, and so will you.  Below, find our favorite quilty pleasures.