2022 Fall Fashion Trends: Tops & Sweaters

Are you all sick of my 2022 fall fashion trend series yet? I hope not, because today we’re talking about the trends in tops and sweaters for fall 2022.

photo credit: Evereve

I touched on a few of these in my Fall Fashion Trend Report a few weeks back, but today I’ve rounded up seven different trends I’m seeing in tops and sweaters this season.

2022 Fall Fashion Trends: Tops & Sweaters

As with all trends, I believe in being selective and staying true to your personal style. Wear what works for you, and disregard the rest. But if you do love any of these trends, and they work for your life and style, this is a good time to add one or two to your closet!

#1. Leather Details

photo credit: Anthropologie

Leather, vegan leather, and leather-look materials are all big trends this fall, especially in tops. This is a fun way to incorporate an element of toughness into your outfits, but the styles can still be quite feminine. I also love the luxe texture a leather piece adds to a look.

If you’re not a fan of a leather top, you may like tops with subtle leather accents, like the puff sleeves on the one in the shopping widget below.

#2. Henley Neck

photo credit: Nordstrom

This is the second year I’ve noticed a lot of henley style necklines on tops and sweaters, and I love this subtle detail. For one thing, it’s usually a v-neck shirt, or it allows a crewneck to unbutton into a v-neck, which I prefer. Plus, it adds an element of interest to a basic wardrobe piece.

STYLE TIP: V-necks (and more open necklines, in general) lengthen the look of your body and draw the eye up toward your face. This is especially helpful for ladies with short necks and/or broad shoulders. #raiseshand

#3. Moody Prints

photo credit: Evereve

Moody prints, like florals grounded on dark backgrounds, are trending this fall… especially on tops with short sleeves (or sleeveless tops) made of lightweight materials. This is a great way to transition your wardrobe from summer to fall because the autumnal prints give a nod to the season, but the style and material is comfortable for the warm weather that often follows us into the fall months.

#4. Sweater Vests

photo credit: Evereve

I’m seeing lots of sweater vests coming out right now, and this is one of my favorite 2022 fall fashion trends. In fact, I’ve already added a couple to my closet.

This is a nice wear now-and-later piece because they’re short-sleeved or sleeveless, with enough room to layer underneath when the weather cools down.

#5. Fitted Base Layers

photo credit: Banana Republic Factory

Base layers like t-shirts, tank tops, camisoles, and fine gauge sweaters are a fall wardrobe essential, and I’m seeing more fitted styles and bodysuits this season. These are what to wear under your bomber jackets and blazers and other “outfit completer pieces” this fall.

Because longer, boxier jackets are trending, wearing a more fitted base layer is the way to keep your looks polished and not sloppy. If you don’t like your clothing too body-con, that’s fine. Just look for styles that skim the body and follow your natural shape.

#6. Statement Sleeves

photo credit: Nordstrom

This year, it’s all about the sleeve — ruffles, bell sleeves, puff sleeves, leather sleeves… you name it. Fancy sleeves are making a splash this season.

If you have broader shoulders, a larger bust, and/or a short neck (I have all 3!) you will want to choose wisely how you interpret this trend, but there are lots of options, and something to flatter almost every body.

#7. Button-Up Cardigans

It may sound redundant at first, don’t most cardigans button up? Actually, a lot of cardigan styles aren’t meant to be buttoned, and some don’t have buttons at all. Open cardigans were trending for quite a while, as well as dusters and other styles that have buttons but aren’t meant to be buttoned.

This season, we’re seeing lots of boyfriend cardigans buttoned-up over a tee or tank, or worn like a pullover with nothing underneath. I like this look a lot. Since I’m a huge fan of v-neck sweaters, this is a fun way to get the same silhouette with the added interest that the buttons provide.

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27 Responses

  1. I agree. I always look to my favorite bloggers for all the newest fashion trends, especially for women over 40. It always makes it easier to see which trends are worth participating in vs. which ones are easiest to pass up. You are always very helpful!

  2. Always love these posts! Love the moody print look! I tend to gravitate towards prints but due to my shape/size I have to be careful, so this muted color would work well for me. Good point about the sleeves! I certainly don’t want to accentuate my flying squirrel arms! So much of what you feature can easily be adapted to my shape and size, as well as age! So thank you for always keeping us gals current!

  3. I am so glad that you are still doing this series, and I appreciate you sharing the trends with us in slices instead of giving us the whole pie at one time. The way you are doing it makes it easier for me to digest. Come on fall!

  4. Glad to know that some of these trending styles seem to be making a comeback (specifically, moody prints and statement sleeves, both of which I love). When shopping resale, I’ve been shying away from these lately, because I thought they weren’t in style any more, Makes me leery of getting rid of anything in my closet just because it might not be “trending” that season/any longer. Hang on to it for a couple of years and it’ll be right on trend!

    1. It definitely seems like trends are cycling through faster than ever. I’ve never been a fan of holding onto trendy items once they move out but it seems like it might be worth it with certain pieces, especially denim styles.

  5. Thank you so, so much for this! Tops are my biggest struggle. This is so helpful. Cannot wait to see which of these I end up with!

  6. Love seeing the “moody prints” still trending, I have been buying them for years, just adore them!!! And the button up cardis and vests and henley tops. Not interested in any of the faux leather tops (or pants!), but I do have a great faux suede moto jacket that I adore in a wonderful acorn color. Probably won’t be wearing it until October! Can’t wait to see bloggers wearing them more and more and putting together outfits.
    Glad you had a safe trip up and back to MA. That can be rough through NYC and north Jersey. UGH, we’ve done it many times, and not my favorite trip.

  7. These are some of my favorite posts! I wish I could wear leather anything (tops and pants) – BUT I’d be a sweaty mess..lol It makes me hot thinking about it. LOVE all the styles out this fall 🙂

  8. I’ve been looking a button up shorter cardigan. Not to slouchy and the sweater vest. Ordered one sweater vest from Nordstrom and it just got canceled. :(. I believe it was the BP one you posted but out of color I wanted I guess. Cyndi styled it and I liked it. Did you keep your Amazon one? I just haven’t been successful buying Amazon clothing. So glad Carolyn is back and settling in. Yes always a blessing when our kids are happy in their pursuits.

  9. These are wonderful posts thank you so much for putting them together l find them so inspiring !
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

  10. Thank you so much for another great post! Very interesting information. AM I the only person that looks at leather tops and gets hot? Guess I am at that age. I love leather jacket that I can take off. Leather tops are beautiful, but maybe when I was in my 20s.

  11. I enjoy your fashion trends posts so please keep them coming! I love that sleeveless turtleneck as it is so chic. Glad you had an uneventful trip dropping off Caroline at school.

  12. Also love the trend forecasts! Question on the statement sleeves… My body type looks good in puffed and ruffled sleeves. Im not usually into these styles but recently did purchase a puffed sleeve top at Ann Taylor. It has a nice business casual look to it but I don’t want to look like I’m trying to dress too young. I wore them in the 1980’s so you can tell I’ve been around awhile. Is there an age limit on these styles?

    1. No, but some styles are harder to pull off as we age. I would say this is one of them. It really needs to align with your personal style and of course flatter your body type. It also depends on how you style it (what else you’re wearing with it.)

  13. When I saw your email this morning I was thrilled to be getting another trend report! This series has been so helpful and I’ve referred back to the different posts multiple times while shopping for fall items. Thanks so much for your detailed research and reporting! 🙂

  14. I totally enjoy reading your thoughts and research on trends of fashion. I am older now and retired and have really changed how I dress now! It’s fun!

  15. Ugh…The stateent sleeves….LOL..Was hoping they would go out of style a bit….I am 49 yrs old, 5 feet, and 104 pounds, and as much as I love the look on the models, when I wear it I look like a clown and lost. I find many of them overly blousy and poofy. Don’t get me wrong, I love poof , but many of the styles have been overdoing it lately. I have been having issues wearing many tops I love .

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