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
photo credit: Evereve (more sizes at Bloomingdale’s)
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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141 thoughts on “Trends I’m NOT Wearing This Fall”
One of the reasons I follow you is we have similar body types. So I am sitting out most of the ones you mentioned. The one difference is I love color so I have several hot pink things. I love my heels for date night and I have several hot pink cardigan sweaters. Not that I am going head to toe in that color but I do embrace color. I so appreciate your explanations as to why for each trend. Sometimes in dressing rooms I would just see a trend doesn’t work and blame my slightly over weight body for not being able to do it. But now I have better understanding and have found that I can now say that style just does not work for me. Thanks for helping me even if you don’t literally go shopping with me, I take your advice and info with me.
I agree with you on every one of these. I have broad shoulders and a wider rib cage so I am one size bigger on top than I am on my bottom half. I don’t have much of a defined waist, so none of these would flatter me either. And some, I just don’t like. Great post and fun too. I appreciate you being real with what works and what doesn’t and that just because it’s in style, we do not need to feel like we have to wear them.
I too agree 100%! Thank you for this post, loved it!
AMEN!! I am short-waisted, curvy, and tall, and none of these look good on me either!! I’m so glad someone said it out loud! I don’t tuck, except for a half tuck in the front, I can’t wear oversized anything, I like things that skim my curves without being super body-con, and I can’t wear certain colors without looking ridiculous. Thanks for being a voice of reason!
I love these type of posts as you learn so much. Gets me thinking about why i wear or won’t wear a trend, or even just a style…white button shirt. I am about 50-50 with you. I am a carrot so I am going to attempt wide leg pants but don’t wear heels so will have to see how that goes! I can’t wear midi dresses and so many are like that so that is a pass. Head to toe pink? I ❤️ Pink. It is funny I am really comfortable in hot pink or fuchsia but put me in red and I feel like I have a bullseye on me.
I am done with all the ruffles and puffy sleeves on everything everywhere. A little shoulder ruffle was ok at first. Then the clothing co’s started putting them all over. It’s just too much. I’ll be 51 in Nov, ruffles sb left for 6 yr olds. Just my opinion 😬
Some older ladies do look good in them, but I agree that it is a style that is harder to pull off as we age.
I’m not jumping on any of these trends either. Also, what’s with the cowboy boots?! I would feel so foolish wearing a pair, especially since I live on the coast but even if I was to visit Nashville (again).
I like the western details on boots, but I hear ya on the actual cowboy boots. 🙂
I love this post – I am with you in all accounts. The only one I am going with is the shacket for Little League games – Seems to work well there..
I do enjoy your posts!
Yes, it’s perfect for that!
Great post! I think the shacket will be one of those trends we laugh about in a few years. But I love them because 1. WARM and 2. COVERS BUTT! I wear leggings about every day, so the shacket is the perfect outer layer for me.
It really is a nice casual third piece. I WISH I liked it more on me! LOL
And I think we will laugh about most of these trends in a few years… it seems like that is true for almost everything. Once my eye adjusts to what is next, old pictures look so weird to me.
HOLY COW this might be the most comments I’ve seen on one of your posts! I’m 5’6″ but look taller, since most people are surprised to learn I’m not actually 5’8″ or taller. I have some of the same figure considerations as you– broad shoulders, fuller bust– but I’m a rectangle with athletic legs. My personal style is understated, effortless, and earthy (that’s a weird one, but I liked what Pinterest brought up when I used the term 😉) The only trends here I would not feel comfortable in are the head-to-toe pink (or any non-neutral, for that matter) and jumpsuits (which never fit me right either). I do think that every one of these could be translated for ANY body type, but I also don’t think it’s necessary to do so. I would say to anyone, DO YOU! That’s what makes fashion fun anyway, right?
LOL, right? I have spent all morning replying to comments. I need to get some work done, but this is more fun. Haha! I love your personal style words. I think “earthy” is so descriptive. I narrowed mine down to polished, modern, and understated. But I always wonder if I should use minimalistic instead of understated. I think understated is a little more the vibe I’m thinking, though.
Is there an app or quiz to take to find the words that describe your style???
It’s more about how you want to look, and it’s such a personal thing. When I took Adore Your Wardrobe, I think she had you come up with your three words, but I don’t remember that I ever nailed them down. Then I started listening to the Everyday Style School Podcasts, and this one in particular helped me come up with Modern, Polished, and Understated. https://youreverydaystyle.com/comfortable-isnt-style/
Now when I get dressed and I’m struggling with an outfit, I ask myself if that’s how I look, and if not, I try to tweak it so I feel like I do.
Yeah, I can’t with the shackets, either. Bought a quilted one in a lovely green from J Crew, but it just felt wrong. Maybe it’s the shirt tail cut. I can’t do the fake leather leggings, either, although I bought a pair of black coated jeans that I like and I also like the fake suede pants. I’m not sure why, for me, fake suede is more acceptable for pants than fake leather, but for some reason it is,
Ruffles – eh, depends on the ruffle. The dress you featured doesn’t look too bad, and the darker colors make it look more grown up (I might have to check it out for myself…). I don’t like the ruffles on tops that stick straight out from the shoulders, but I don’t mind a little bit of ruffle at the neck or a little pouf in the sleeves. I have a small frame but am busty, so a little bit of presence at the shoulders balances me.
I do have to differ with you on wide pants – I love wide pants! Especially slightly cropped ones that hit just a bit above the ankle bone. Love them. I feel very elegant in some and kind of edgy in others. It is a little tricky to match tops, I have a few that hit right at my hip bone, which works for me, and I also have some tops that tie in front so I can adjust the length. I also can’t do wide leg pants that have pleats, that is too much volume in the hip/abdomen area for me. I wore them with sandals in the summer and plan to try them with booties with shafts where the top is under the pants, with slightly pointed toes, in the winter. And lest people think only tall women can wear them – I’m only 5’3” and I think they work on me!
I think because suede is not as shiny as leather, it seems a little more subdued, and I can also see myself preferring them to leather. I just haven’t tried any in a long time. In college, I had a couple suede mini skirts (pencil skirt style, but mid-thigh length) that I LOVED. That was the early 90s and of course, that’s the decade influencing so many of the current trends. If I see a suede pencil skirt, I’m snapping it right up! LOL.
As for the the wide pants – the cropped length works better for me, I can do that if they aren’t too flowy. Like these: https://www.shopstyle.com/shop/Jo-Lynne/43506509
OMG I had to laugh as I was going through your list. I couldn’t agree with you more! I also have a curvy figure and these styles couldn’t be any more unflattering.!
This has been my favorite post! I learned SO much why I can’t get behind these trends and how to stay true to myself and body type. The voice of reason prevails! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Great post! A good reminder we all don’t have to wear the styles if they aren’t right for us. Love the honesty – sometimes we just get to say no 🙂
Agree with most of this especially leather pants. I did find a j plaid jacket / Shacket with a straight hem and it runs shorter. I’m enjoying it with jeans. Not an investment piece but looks modern for fall. At a certain age we can skip many trends.
That sounds really cute!
I actually like the blazer (for me: with dark, knit leggings) look! Hides love-handles, lol, and the stretch pants (though: certainly *not* the faux leather type) are my only AFFORDABLE option when trying to find proportionally cut dressy/casual pants for a 5′ 7″ ‘pear’ frame with a 30″ inseam.
That sounds like a great look on the right person.
Thanks! BTW: very informative post and, continued success with all you do for us! You and your blog seem, honestly, like the only resource for Fashion/Style advice (with sincerity!) for women in the (I guess what would be?) first-half of “Generation X” age range (I was born in ’66). I don’t think I’m “old” (even though the AARP mailers have already started coming, lol) — but, I’m so tired of EVERYTHING (else) out there now constantly pandering to the “tabloid Kims-of-the-world” you know(!). Thank you for being different.
Thanks, Cynthia. I really enjoy this space, and I’m glad you do too!
Thanks! As a petite woman (5’1″ & needs to drop a few lbs) my frame can be easily overwhelmed by oversized, bulky items. Oh for six more inches! People will give me ruffly things saying this will look cute on you – not getting that is *not* my vibe – aiming for streamlined, stylish, sporty, cool 😉
streamlined, stylish, sporty, cool — Those are all such good descriptive style words!
I agree with everyone you spoke of, I also have a short waist and short legs 5’2” lol, and those styles do nothing for me.
I really like all the blogs so far, I’m 60 this year and find that if I can wear most styles, most of the time but not those.
Love this, I can relate to many of the same clothing items” I will not wear”. I’m short waisted and dresses like this one do not look good on me. I wear many tops tucked in, but my jeans are best on my hips, not waist! The shacket is adorable, but every time I put one on, I feel I should be out in the woods Thanks for sharing this, makes me feel I’m not alone!
Lol! Love this post. The ruffle dresses on mature women make me think I should be on Little House On The Prairie. I am also a hard pass on these teens.
What an awesome post! I’m with you on the trends you are not participating in this fall. While I love bright pink, I am not wearing it head to toe. Just thinking about what my bum would look like in bright pink pants, of any kind, makes me laugh.
Amen! I follow you for your common sense and similar body type (I’m short waisted and hour glass shape, albeit have 10 lbs on you) and fashion style. I can’t get on board with the shacket trend either…. Too Lumberjack for me. I tried the faux leather leggings and felt like Sexy Sandy from the final scene in Grease. Plus so hot! Returned my leggings. Didn’t even realize head to toe pink was a trend! Eeeck. That one is a bit too Pepto Bismal for me. That’s the beauty of trends and being 40+. We can pick and choose what trends band wagons to hop on or stay off. I don’t live in NYC so pick and choose what is appropriate for my casual western lifestyle. Thanks for all of your hard work in keeping us current.
Sexy Sandy from Grease. Lol. I hadn’t thought of that. I do think shackets look lumberjack.
Ditto! Ditto! Ditto! On all of the above! I loved this post!
Great post! I agree with all except for blazers (I wear all the time and year round- I love a blazer and jeans!) and I love floral dresses. 😊 In fact I’d feel lost without a floral, flowy dress to wear in any season! They make me feel pretty and feminine; it’s definitely my style! And in the summertime they’re my go-to for a one and done outfit that’s comfortable and cool in the heat. I imagine I’ll be an old lady in my eighties still wearing a floral dress! 😁 But the message here (and you said it) is we need to stay true to ourselves! ❤️
I agree with everything on your list. I don’t think I want to wear any of these either. That said I did buy a pair of faux leather pants but haven’t worn them yet. I wouldn’t wear head to toe pink but I do like the hot pink color.
Oh amen and amen! The ruffled dresses…seriously…there’s few locations that a ruffle can possibly flatter me. Adding volume to upper arms, bust or hips just isn’t a great look. While I pulled it off great in the late 70s, I don’t particularly relish trying to channel my inner Laura Ingalls at 50. Can we please move past this phase, designers??!!
Great post. I’m similar in size and shape, and top heavy, and I’m so on board with no shackets and no flowy dresses. As for jumpsuits, I’m 52 and my bladder does not allow for jumpsuits lol
Great post!! Ruffle dresses ugh! I bought one online because it looked so cute on the “model”. Just no. Thank you for articulating the reasons. Too much volume everywhere and that is the last thing I need. Another one that I really struggle with are duster cardigans. I wore one in a family picture. My young beautiful daughters were like no mom. Just no. So unflattering on me. Thanks again for the timely post
Yeah, I wore them some when they were trending, but mostly just for blog pictures, lol. I always felt schlumpy in them. They can look great on some ladies, but I think you have to be tall.
Snort! That is another issue with them, for sure.
I’m sitting out the white bootie/boot trend. It seems to be popular on websites I visit, but it just doesn’t seem practical, maybe for my climate and my age.
Yeah, I have worn them a few times, but I ended up not keeping them. I prefer a very light beige suede bootie to white leather.
I agree with all of these too! (Except I wear the faux leather leggings with a few things). It’s nice to give ourselves permission to say no to things that don’t work for us even though they’re trending!
I agree on a lot of these! The shockers make me look like a lumber jack..I think it’s because so busty.
I think the leather leggings are ridiculous but I do like the coated denim as you said.
I however love trouser jeans because I think I look good in them.
Agree it’s totally how you feel and working with your proportions,
Love this blog!
Yes, absolutely. 🙂
I agree. I don’t like any of them especially the leggings. I laughed when you said when is this going to end. I say the same thing. Yesterday I saw a woman wearing faux leather leggings. They were so tight I could see her panty line since she had a short top. Too immodest for me. My body type is similar to yours except I am more long waisted with short legs. I don’t like emphasize on my thighs. I want emphasis on my waist. That’s one reason I don’t like leggings or skinny pants. Because of my short legs, I don’t wear tunics anymore. I used to wear leggings and skinny jeans only with tunics. So I am glad to wear at home only.
However I do like structured blazers. I have a thing about jackets. It’s been hard since I retired to let go my taste for tailored clothing suitable for an office. I like tailored with an edge.
One reason I like your blog is to get ideas on casual stylish clothes. You got me into liking bootleg and slightly flare jeans again. They do make my legs look longer.
Sounds like bootleg jeans would be perfect for you, they’re very leg-lengthening. And I hear ya on the tailored with an edge – it’s a great look and very “now”.
I’m passing on the trend of tucking in just one side of a button down shirt. Have you seen that? I can’t believe it’s even a thing; it just looks dumb… and sloppy.
I’ve seen some who can pull it off, but it doesn’t feel authentic when I try it. Of course, I rarely wear a button-up shirt anyway. Collars annoy me, and most button-up shirts have collars.
Hi Jo-Lynne! We are practically body twins, but I’m only 5′-ish. Hourglass, short-waisted, and short-legged, I’ve passed on most of these as well. I have pink, and I wear it but not monochromatically. I have a shacket-ish shirt, but it isn’t as long. And I love how blazers look but they forever remain corporate/dressy to me. They don’t work in my everyday life, though I have one for the rare interview or formal occasion 🙂 I picked up a black one at a thrift store last year and wore it with a red graphic tee and jeans…and felt ridiculous the entire time. Sigh. I am 52 and have a youthful spirit (I’ve been told), but I’m not interested in trying too hard anymore. You know?
I totally get that !
Amen! I totally agree.