The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is over, but it clearly got us all in the mood for fall fashion because I keep getting questions about 2022 fall fashion trends.
Everyone always wants to know what’s in, and even more importantly what’s out, as we assess our closets and determine what stays and what goes and what we may want to add in preparation for the fall season.
Styles seem to be a bit more in flux this season than in recent years, so I’ve been paying attention to the new fall styles at my favorite retailers and reading fall trend reports on fashion blogs and websites, and this is where I see things going.
As always, I have to make this disclaimer when discussions fashion trends: Just because it’s trending doesn’t mean you have to wear it. Be selective with trends and incorporate them into your wardrobe only if they align with your personal style, body type, lifestyle, etc. At the end of the day, you should wear what you love, no matter what the “trend reports” say.
Okay, with all that said, let’s get to it!
Fall Fashion Trends: What’s IN For 2022
I’m planning dedicated blog posts for a lot of these 2022 fall fashion trends, so I didn’t do any shopping widgets for this post, but you can click on the link below each picture for more details on each featured item.
photo credit: Evereve
Flares are not the only denim style we are seeing, but they are definitely the most fashion-forward denim style for fall 2022. All washes are trending, but medium and light-to-medium washes are the ones I’m seeing the most. I will definitely have a few different options in my fall closet.
Wear flares with clogs, booties, and wood platform sandals. You can also wear them with mules or fashion sneakers, but heels are the easiest shoe pairing. Even a 2-inch heel will be more elongating than a flat and give you that legs-for-days look that flares are known for.
#2. Fitted Base Layers
photo credit: Anthropologie
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, like the one pictured above.
#3. Bomber Jackets
photo credit: Nordstrom
This doesn’t mean I’m getting rid of all my moto jackets, but I’m definitely adding a bomber jacket or two to my fall closet. In fact, I have a couple from last spring that I’m excited to start wearing again, once the weather cools down. Unfortunately, they’re no longer available so I don’t have links.
Wear your bomber jackets over tanks and tees now, and fitted sweaters when it gets colder. If you don’t like the bomber jacket, there are other jacket styles that are trending this year… keep reading!
#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. Clogs & Wood Platform Soles
photo credit: dolce vita
Speaking of clogs and chunky sandals, these are definitely the biggest shoe trend going for fall 2022. If you have finicky feet, you can find comfortable styles that fit into this trend. They even make slingback clogs, if you have trouble keeping backless styles on your feet.
Wear clogs and wood platforms with everything from jeans to dresses this fall, and you can wear the chunky sandals with shorts too.
#6. Utility Jumpsuit
photo credit: Revolve
This is not the most wearable of the 2022 fall fashion trends, but I wanted to include it because it’s definitely a big player.
There’s something to be said for a chic one-and-done outfit, and I won’t say I’m passing on this one, but it will have to be the unicorn of utility jumpsuits to take a place in my closet. By that, I mean it has to be super flattering and comfortable, and the styling would need to have some classic features to make it fit my personal style aesthetic.
#7. Autumnal Colors
photo credit: Evereve
I realize there’s nothing ground-breaking about this one, but I’m noticing a lot more lightweight wardrobe pieces (namely, tops and dresses) in autumnal colors coming out right now. I love this because in many areas of the country, it’s hot well into September and October, and this way you can look seasonally appropriate while remaining cool and comfortable.
You can wear autumnal colors with white denim or shorts while it’s still warm (as shown in the featured image above) and then pair them with flares and boots when the weather cools down.
#8. Western-Inspired Boots
photo credit: Shopbop
The pair featured above has a very subtle Western vibe, but there are definitely more literal styles out right now. (I had to look far and wide to find a picture of a boot on an actual foot, and that was the best I could come up with.) I love the Sam Edelman Agnes from the #NSale, for example. The Dolce Vita Silma is fun too.
But really, what I’m most excited about, is the lower heels! I’m seeing lots of 2″ heels available, which is so much more walkable than the 3 1/2″ heels of the last few seasons. I will still wear my higher heels, especially with flares, but I’ll integrate some lower styles into my fall wardrobe as well. I love the Vince Kaye, for example.
#9. Boxy Blazers
photo credit: Nordstrom
One of the best things about fall fashion is all the layering possibilities, and having a variety of “outfit completer pieces” is the best way to keep your wardrobe interesting. Blazers are having a moment this fall, especially longer, boxier styles. I’m seeing a lot of plaids as well as some solid colors. To keep it modern for 2022, wear blazers over fitted base layers, especially crew and mock neck styles.
Blazers are not my thing and never have been, but if I’m going to wear one, it needs to be fitted and I prefer a collarless style. All that to say, this is a trend I am sitting out this year, but I’m sure it will appeal to many of you!
#10. Retro Sneakers
photo credit: Shopbop
Fashion sneakers are here to stay, and one of the most comfortable of the 2022 fall fashion trends. While retro styles are taking hold, that doesn’t mean you have to get rid of your clean white sneakers or court styles. It’s nice to have some of each.
Final Thoughts on What’s IN for Fall 2022
There are definitely more 2022 fall fashion trends, but I wanted to keep this list to 10, and those are probably the most prominent ones so far.
Just remember, trends are just that. They come and go, and some stick around longer than others. If it’s not your style, just skip it. Not sure? Test it with something less expensive before you commit to a higher priced item. But if any of those trends feel like your style, you might want to lean into those a bit more over the next few months.
Fall Fashion Trends: What’s OUT For 2022
I’m planning a more extensive post on what styles are out for 2022 and what to wear instead, so I’m going to keep this section brief.
#1. skinny jeans // While they’re still plentiful in many stores, skinny jeans — at least the painted-on legging skinny jeans — are on their way out. I’ll keep a pair or two in my closet to wear with knee-high boots, but otherwise, I’m packing most of my skinny jeans away or donating.
#2. lounge sets // I think it’s safe to say everyone is done with loungewear. We wore enough of it in 2020 and 2021 to last us a lifetime.
#3. animal prints // Animal prints, especially leopard and python, are a classic but they also trended so big for a while there that they’re starting to look tired. I’m not saying I won’t wear any, but I’m very selective about the style of the garment and what I pair it with.
#4. infinity scarves // These have been “out” for a while, but I still get questions about them, so I wanted to include them here. Especially the lightweight, fashion scarves in the infinity style look dated — like this one. I might make an exception for a wool or cashmere version as an outerwear accessory, but even then, I’ve gone back to wearing only the more traditional oblong styles.
#5. patterned fashion leggings // These were never a good look, but wearing them now definitely dates your style. The only exceptions would be for workout wear, and then I would only wear them to the gym or with a stylish jacket or hoodie to run errands afterwards.
#6. puffer vests // This is another classic wardrobe piece that is practical for certain climates and certain situations, but as a fashion trend, they’re definitely on their way out. I kept that faux layer hooded one that I loved in my closet last year, but I didn’t reach for it, so I finally donated it at the end of the season. The one I did wear quite a bit was this faux leather puffer. I think I kept it, to see if it feels current to me this year. The jury’s still out on that one, but I won’t be buying anymore of this style.
#7. long pendant necklaces // I get questions about this one ALL the time, and yes, these are looking tired at this point. Again, it isn’t that all long pendants are terribly out of style, but specific styles like the big stone tassel pendants that were huge trends for a short time are definitely out. I have a few longer necklaces that I hold onto because they are such nice quality, like this Yurman pendant necklace that I wear from time to time.
#8. riding boots // Again, these are a classic style, but they are not fashion-forward right now. I have one pair of Frye boots that I’m keeping for when they come back in style because they are such good quality, but I passed on the rest a few years ago.
#9. camo print // This is another print that has seen brighter days, and I don’t think I have any left in my wardrobe. I loved it, too! It will be back, I’m sure, but it doesn’t look very modern at the moment.
#10. long cardigans // I hesitate to include these, but I get asked about it a lot. Long cardigans aren’t really aren’t fashion-forward right now, but sometimes they just make sense. This is the only wishy-washy item I’m putting on this list. I do have one or two I keep for those days that I just want to be cozy, and I try to pair them with modern pieces.
And that’s a wrap! I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Just remember that trends exist on a spectrum, and it’s totally okay to wear a variety of styles and phase them in and out of your closet as your budget allows. You don’t have to stop wearing any of the things on this list, and you may still see them in stores. I just wouldn’t recommend investing in more of these this season, unless it’s something that uniquely defines your personal style.
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