I’ve spent a lot of time talking about fall 2022 fashion trends and the ones I’m wearing, but I thought it might be fun to talk about the trends I’m NOT wearing this fall. After all, just because something is trending doesn’t mean everyone should wear it.
When deciding what trends to wear and which ones to pass on, the first factor I consider is my body type, which is an hourglass.
There’s a common misconception that women with this “coveted” shape can wear anything, and that’s simply not true. The goal is to maintain my well-balanced proportions and highlight my naturally defined waist, but so many clothing styles throw off my natural balance and make me look top heavy or boxy.
And while there may be a good balance between my hips and shoulders, I’m very short-waisted, so that has to be taken into consideration as well. Anything flowy or oversized tends to obscure my waistline and make me look boxy, so I prefer structured tops and jackets and knitwear that clings to my curves without being too body-conscious.
It’s a delicate balance, and it might sound picky, but proper fit and proportion is key to good style. The more you understand about your body shape and its natural proportions, the easier it is to find clothes that fit and flatter.
The other major factor I consider when choosing trends to incorporate into my wardrobe is my personal style. My goal is to look modern and polished, and I feel most comfortable in styles that are understated and almost minimalistic. I like an edgy touch here and there, but I usually offset those elements with some that are more luxe and sophisticated.
I also live a very casual lifestyle, so I gravitate toward trends that are practical and comfortable. That doesn’t mean that everything has to be wash-and-wear, but I like to be comfortable and look appropriate for school activities, running errands, working at the computer, etc.
So, given all that… Here are seven of the 2022 fashion trends I am NOT wearing this fall.
7 Trends I’m NOT Wearing This Fall
As an aside, after writing all of this, I googled this topic, and I found a lot of bloggers I know who have written similar posts with this exact title. I guess this idea wasn’t so original after all!
#1. Shirt Jackets
photo credit: Evereve
I tried with this one, I really did. I even styled a few shacket outfits for the blog, but I never ended up wearing them in real life. It’s not that I don’t like the shirt jacket, I just don’t like it for me. It certainly works for my casual lifestyle, but every time I went to wear one, I would put it back and go for something else.
I finally decided the shacket is too rugged for my personal style, even when it’s not plaid, and they don’t really flatter my body either. I prefer a more structured top layer, or at least something more streamlined like a slim cardigan.
So this fall, I haven’t fallen for this trend even once. I see them at some of my favorite retailers and think they look cute on the models, but I know they aren’t for me.
#2. Oversized Blazers
photo credit: Nordstrom
This one is a no brainer; I don’t even need to try it. You might think a blazer would align with my refined, polished style aesthetic, and that may be true. But the oversized styles that are trending do nothing for my hourglass body type, and traditional structured blazers have never felt comfortable to me.
Even when I try to dress them down with jeans and a t-shirt, they always feel too corporate and stuffy, so this one is a hard pass for me.
#3. Wide Leg Trousers
photo credit: Anthropologie
I’ve never been a fan of wide leg pants, and that’s mostly because they do nothing for my body type. I have wide hips in comparison to my legs, so pants that get wider from hip to hem make me look about two sizes bigger than I am.
Plus, the best way to balance out a voluminous bottom is to wear a body-con top, preferably tucked in, but I’m too short-waisted to tuck my tops in. So basically, I just can’t make this pant silhouette work for me. it also requires heels, which I rarely wear these days, so yeah. This one’s a no bueno!
#4. Utility Jumpsuit
photo credit: Evereve
This is another trend I’m always tempted to try, but I just can’t pull it off. I think it goes back to body type. Collars make my short neck look shorter, and always feel kind of fussy.
Plus, this type of jumpsuit always feels too short in the body or it has too much material in the back and not enough in the front, which I think is because I’m short-waisted. I occasionally find a jumpsuit that works for my proportions, but it’s usually stretchy knit.
#5. Faux Leather Leggings
When will this trend die? Seriously, I feel like this one has been around for.ev.er. Again, I tried with this one. I really did, but I always feel ridiculous. And it’s not that I have issue with faux leather. I love my coated denim pants and jackets, but leggings throw off my vertical balance and make me look top heavy, especially considering the type of tops that look best with them. (Namely, longer and oversized.) Plus, the faux leather just calls even more attention to my spindly legs, haha!
In addition to all that, I find faux leather leggings dreadfully uncomfortable. It’s a workout just to to get them up over my thighs and hips and belly, and once they’re on, they feel hot and claustrophobic. Even though I like how they look on others styled with sneakers and a casual hoodie, I can just never get them to look right on me. I’m definitely sitting this one out for yet another season.
6. Ruffle Dresses
photo credit: Evereve
I spent more time than I care to recount trying to figure out what to call this trend, but whatever it is, I cannot wear these dresses. They look adorable on so many women, but on me they just look ridiculous. They have way too much volume for my already curvy figure, and they don’t align with the minimalistic/understated part of my style aesthetic. In fact, they’re pretty much the opposite. Give me all the sheath dresses, please!
#7. Head-to-Toe Pink
photo credit: Anthropologie
Speaking understated… ha! I think it’s pretty obvious why I’m sitting this color trend out. I can appreciate a bold magenta or plum or burgundy, but hot pink is just not my vibe. It makes me feel equal parts juvenile and conspicuous. And head to toe pink? Just. No.
Again, if any of these trends appeal to you, awesome! You do you! There’s nothing in here that I don’t like or don’t think should be worn. I just don’t like them for me.
I’m curious to hear, what trends are YOU sitting out this season?
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