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What's Trending for Fall 22'?

Prada, Wales Bonner, and the 1940s...

What's Trending for Fall 22'?

Fall fashion this year is looking to expand on Y2K styles, modernizing them while continuing with retro 40s and 70s inspirations…

Fall has always been a season where clothing gets conservative. Brands don’t typically experiment with this season because of the colder weather, layering involved, and a mimetic push towards classics.

But this season is a bit different. Pants are wider, tailoring has taken a mind of its own, and we’re seeing more creativity coming out of a summer season that was one to remember. So we’ll take a look at the new and improved trending styles for Fall 22’… what you should expect and what brands are doing it the best.

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Big Shoulders

Although it can look a bit comical, a major change this season is shoulder length. And this is happening across coats, jackets, suits, and everything in between. I will say, I do feel an edgy look from some of the runway items I’ve seen.

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Prada, @paper

One of the brands that came out with the most exaggerated look of this was Prada. But we did see this from Rick Owens, Dolce & Gabbana, and Casablanca.

The Dandy

When you do a quick search on Pinterest for 1940s looks, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how many items you recognize that are current styles today. And that’s being pushed even further by the Fall 22 looks.

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Wales Bonner, @vogue

We’re seeing a serious mesh of Japanese styles and the 40s, where brands like Kenzo and Rhude really honed in on. It’s preppy, with a casual twist.

Hourglass Tailoring

One of my favorite styles to come into this season is the hourglass look. I’m not sure why, but it’s one of my favorite looks of all time. We’ve seen over the last few seasons a more relaxed fit, and now we’re seeing tailoring a little closer to the body.

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Prada, @paper

The streets say this style originated from Balenciaga (let’s not give them too much credit, since this look came from the 40s, but a little more exaggerated today.) But brands like Louis Vuitton and Vetements took on this style to make their own version of the contoured torso.


Yup! You heard that right, sagging is back! And it’s exactly how you think it looks. On the Fall 22 runway, we saw several brands taking on the exposed boxer look. This is why I still think Y2K styles are in, but just a little bit of a twist.

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MSGM, @paper

We all know that exposed boxers originated from Black culture and 90s hip-hop. And these were one of the only Y2K trends to not be incorporated over the last few seasons. And brands like Dior and Louis Vuitton brought these out and built on the classic look that was born from Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger.


I’m not sure if you saw, but Flo Rida was rocking a sequins Celine shirt that blew up the internet (speaking of Y2K…). This was somewhat of a trend in Fall 21’ looks but it didn’t catch fire like a lot of the designers expected. But for Fall 22’ there is a renewed attempt to get men to wear more sequins items.

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Dolce & Gabbana, @paper

This time around, brands to a more casual approach to sequins. Working them into tailoring with a playful approach to make them a more possible item to wear for men. And not gonna lie… I dig it!

Not Real Fur

Sustainability is now at the forefront of fashion. We’re getting closer and closer to the fashion industry being fur-free. With that said, brands are still holding onto the look and looking at new ways to incorporate the style.

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Rhude, @paper

Brands tried to replicate long-haired sheepskin with faux fur, and it’s starting to look more and more realistic as they keep flushing out the style. Dries Van Noten, Loewe and Rhude went all out on this look, making it a huge focus of their runway.

And that’s a wrap for Fall 22’ fashion looks that caught my head. I’m excited to see the 40s and 70s being meshed together and continuing Y2K trends. Feels like fashion is having a moment they haven’t had in a long long time.

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August 3, 2022

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