Happy first day of fall! I’m not going to lie; I feel like I really thrive in quintessential fall weather. While I love the ease of throwing on a dress for summer, there’s something so fun about fall fashion. There are more shoe options, opportunities to layer, and in general just a lot more options when it comes to mixing and matching your pieces.
This year’s fall trends ironically feel less like trends and more like closet staples. In 2022, fall fashion is all about classics. These trends are extremely wearable, and you may already have some of these pieces hanging in your closet.
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The Best Fall Trends of 2022
At the start of every season, I like to take a personal inventory of items that I own. For fall, I’ll grab all the cold weather items that have been stowed. Do all my jeans and pants fit? Are there any holes in my sweaters? Do I need to replenish any basic tees that I’ve overworn in spring or summer?
I do this because fall weather, as we all know, can be super unpredictable. I’ve been in the position more than once where the temperature suddenly drops, only for me to realize my favorite fall items of seasons past don’t fit or suddenly feel outdated.
Give your closet a proper purge, then try out some of these fall trends.
I personally have always loved leather, so I’m happy to see that leather is making a comeback. If real leather isn’t of interest to you or in your price range, there are so many great faux leather options. (No more weird fake plastic faux leather, I promise!)
Leather pants, leather blazers, leather dresses, leather shirts. All big for fall. And if you want to really embrace the trend – go for leather on leather.
I already have some black leather pants, so I got this brown leather mini dress. It’s faux leather ad absolutely gorgeous IRL. If it’s warmer were you are, forgo the turtleneck under it; but I personally love layering like this during in-between weather days. (Runs TTS, but if you’re in between sizes, size up one size.)
Wide Leg Jeans and Pants
First, let me say that I don’t believe or support that the skinny jean is dead. If you live somewhere cold, then you know those are the only pants you’re tucking into tall boots. I will always have at least two pairs of skinny jeans in my NYC closet.
However, wide leg styles are making a comeback in denim and trouser form.
Here are some of of my favorites I personally own:
- These tan jeans (easy to dress up or down)
- These black wide jeans (they have an interior button so you can alternate between the regular and shorter length)
- These tan trousers (so comfy, I could wear them every single day)
- These light wash wide leg jeans (under $100 and great for a casual look with sneakers)
Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen shearling coats creep onto just about every website I’ve browsed.
If you’re bored with your leather moto jacket, try a shearling and leather aviator style. Or, update your denim jacket with one that has a shearling collar.
Blazers and Suiting
Menswear, like leather, will always be a big yes for me in the fall. Go all in with a matching set like this tan blazer and coordinating pants or start small by adding a blazer to your outfit. The key to 2022’s menswear trend is to embrace the oversized look.
Equestrian fashion and “clean girl aesthetic” are both having a moment, and a blazer or suit checks off both these boxes.
(FYI: Clean girl aesthetic is basically Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. It’s the opposite of maximalist fashion we’ve seen in years past. Think polished basics, like a white button-down shirt or white tee with rigid denim and – you guessed it – a blazer. 90s fashion is still here in 2022, but in a way that’s more Harry Met Sally than Nirvana.)
Which fall trends are you picking up this year? I love a classic look, and over the past couple of years I’ve been ditching cheaper, trendier pieces in favor of nicer closet staples. So, it’s nice to see that this year for fall, the entire fashion industry is going back to the basics, too. I think even if these pieces won’t be “trendy” next year, they’ll never ever fully go out of style.