Summer isn’t quite over yet, but we’re already looking ahead to the season of cozy cashmere, plaid skirts and pumpkin spice everything. Here you’ll find the top ten fall fashion trends for fall 2022 to start shopping (and wearing) right this very second. From supersized tote bags to sheer blouses and even the rise of the horse girl, here’s everything you’ll want to add to cart for fall.
These 10 Fashion Trends Will Rule Fall 2022
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1. XL Totes
Remember all those chic work totes you put in storage two and a half years ago? Well, the time has finally come to break them back out. Oversize bags that can fit all the essentials in addition to your laptop, gym shoes, two or three murder mystery novels, a bento box lunch, your makeup bag and maybe a spare lip balm are replacing ‘90s baguettes as the style du jour. (We’re exaggerating about the size, but you get the picture—the bigger the better.)
Shop the trend: AllSaints Ali Canvas Tote ($149); Madewell The Sydney Tote ($198); Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Tote ($195); A New Day Reversible Tote ($30); Tory Burch Perry Canvas Tote ($498); L.L.Bean Boat and Tote Canvas Tote ($40)
2. Utility Pants
Cargo pants and utility styles have been slowly gaining traction for at least a year now, but once the weather starts to cool down we expect they’ll skyrocket to must-have status. The key to making these sporty trousers look posh is to choose unexpected fabrics (like gray wool, silk or linen) and make sure to keep the detailing to a minimum. One or two pockets on the sides is fine, but avoid styles with three or more, and skip the wallet chains, excess zippers and colorblocking that were popular in the ‘90s.
Shop the trend: ASOS Curve Cargo Pants ($42); A.L.C. Augusta Pants ($350); JJXX Belted Cargo Pants ($70); Danielle Guizo Cargo Pants ($268); Mes Demoiselles Bendan Pants ($385; $158); Pull & Bear Cargo Pants ($46)
3. Barbiecore 2.0
Think less Barbie out on the town with her gal pals and more Barbie chilling at home in oversize PJs. Pink wide-leg trousers, silk button-up shirts, floaty midi dresses and even suiting will replace the mini skirts, corset tops and sexy bodysuits from summer. The good news is you can still rock any and all hot pink accessories—bags, hair clips, shoes—from one season to the next.
Shop the trend: Topshop Saba Shoulder Bag ($62); Normax Mini Tie-Front Shirt Dress ($165); J.Crew Cashmere Cardigan ($158); Ted Baker London Niyah Bag ($175); ASOS Blazer ($140) and Wide-Leg Pants ($116); SNDYS Leo Button-Up Shirt ($68); Call It Spring Megane Platform Heels ($70)
4. ‘90s Minimalism
This trend combines a few must-have pieces to create one super-chic look. White tank tops, slim-fit maxi skirts, ‘90s-era denim, pointy-toe boots and longline cardigans are all smart investments for fall ’22, but especially if you wear them together à la Rachel Green in her Ralph Lauren years.
Shop the trend: Levi’s 501 ‘90s Jeans ($98); WSLY Rivington Ribbed Tank Top ($68); J.Crew Cashmere Cropped Cardigan ($138); Abercrombie & Fitch Ultra High-Rise ‘90s Jeans ($89); Quince Silk Slip Dress ($228; $80); Free People Morgan Fauxchet Sweater Set ($108; $70); Reformation Lindy Top ($68)
5. Leather Jackets
Every fall a different style jacket comes to the forefront as the most popular silhouette of the year. Sometimes it’s denim truckers, sometimes it’s plaid blazers, but for 2022 it’s leather jackets. Classic moto jackets seem to be the leaders of the trend, but other cropped leather styles are also in play, so have some fun mixing it up—so long as you stick with timeless black.
Shop the trend: Blank NYC Faux-Leather Jacket ($98); Levi’s Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($150; $100); Madewell Washed Leather Jacket ($525); Rebecca Minkoff Tabitha Leather Jacket ($598); Abercrombie & Fitch Faux-Leather Jacket ($120); Overland Azura Washed Leather Jacket ($299)
6. Sheer Materials
Cut-outs have been having a moment for a while now, but they’re not the most practical option for cold-weather months. Sheer materials have a similar peek-a-boo effect without baring quite so much skin and can also be layered over (or under) other pieces to create cool new textures or patterns. Expect the trend to run the gamut from totally sheer cocktail dresses to more demure see-through sleeves on otherwise modest blouses.
Shop the trend: Free People Before Sunset Mesh Long Sleeve ($40); Only Hearts Cardigan ($84); Simmi Plus Maxi Dress ($43); Kiki De Montparnasse Henley Shirt ($184); Glamorous Oversize Button-Up Shirt ($50); Hutch Mesh Mini Dress ($88)
7. Maxi Lengths
The latest iteration of ‘90s revival, maxi-length skirts are back for fall 2022. Slim silhouettes, enough to show your curves without constricting your movement, are the way to go rather than billowing boho numbers. Pair them with simple T-shirts or tucked-in button-up shirts and a pointy-toe shoe to keep that ‘90s vibe going.
Shop the trend: Leset Jersey Skirt ($160); Eileen Fisher Knit Straight Skirt ($138); Cult Gaia Ozzy Skirt ($298); & Other Stories Fitted Skirt ($69); Enza Costa Silk Knit Skirt ($145); James Perse Maxi Skirt ($150; $105)
8. Classically Feminine Detailing
Multiple FW22 runway collections featured an abundance of bows, puff sleeves, empire waistlines, pastel hues, babydoll dresses, lingerie-inspired detailing and other classically feminine features. We like to consider this a continuation of the Bridgerton craze but prefer to style these pieces with contrasting items like black patent-leather boots, loose skater-inspired jeans or more masculine sharp tailoring.
Shop the trend: SNDYS Bali Top ($53); LoveShackFancy Elania Crop Top ($245) and Quill Midi Skirt ($395); Eloquii Corset Top ($80); MISA Pamelina dress ($440); Bardot Francesca Top ($128); 1.State Floral Midi Skirt ($89)
9. Boots, Boots, Boots
Usually there are a handful of shoe trends we’re excited about for fall, like ballet flats or loafers, but for 2022 pretty much all of the biggest footwear trends are boots. Chunky moto boots, thigh-high boots, platform Chelsea boots, embellished stilettos—you name it, it’s likely trending. It’s time to stock up on every style of boot you’d ever had your eye on and give your sporty sneakers a break.
Shop the trend: Caslon Miller Chelsea Boots ($100); Coconuts Telluride Boots ($160); Tory Burch Camp Boots ($378); Circus by Sam Edelman Layla 2 Booties ($120); Public Desire Obstacle Ankle Boots ($49); Schutz Mary Boots ($218)
10. Horse Girls
The equestrian aesthetic is always a chic option for fall, but we predict it will be a top trend, not just a cute backup, in 2022. It just makes sense as a natural progression from tennis skirts to country club prep to yet another upper-crust sport. So go forth and shop all the single-breast jackets, knee-high boots and slim-fit trousers your heart desires.
Shop the trend: Lauren Ralph Lauren Everly Boots ($195); Bernardo Cambridge Plaid Wool Blazer Jacket ($265; $150); Maeve Slim Leggings ($98); Wolf & Badger Isla Wool Skirt ($230); Spanx Look At Me Leggings ($68; $45); Favorite Daughter The Break-Up Blazer ($298); LOFT Horse Sweater ($70)