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These Are Fall’s Biggest Fashion Trends — Shop Them Now

With summer fully behind us, we welcome autumn's mood shift — and cooler days — with open arms. The biggest fall 2022 trends have much to offer as we move from sundresses and ballet flats in favor of chunky loafers, coats, and cozy layers.

From preppy wares to workwear-inspired standouts, there is something to satisfy all tastes and shopping impulses. A subversive attitude transpired in many designer collections from New York to Paris, offering a refreshingly rebellious take on closet staples. Think: deconstructed knits, re-worked tailoring, and lots of leather in the form of S&M and biker-style silhouettes. Similarly, a futuristic wave rippled through fashion month’s four cities with gritty, punk undertones influencing denim, fall dresses, cargos, and more. Plus, the official induction of the catsuit as a fearless approach to all-in-one dressing and trippy trompe l’oeil prints

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A flapper-era opulence emerged on the more glamorous end of the spectrum; rhinestones, sequins, and crystal-decked designs proved both extravagant yet effortless in tandem with daily blazers and boots and the ultimate in glamour when worn in their scintillating glory. Outerwear underwent the extra treatment, too, from floor-grazing dusters to ultra-oversized puffers and supersized faux fur destined for statement-making days. 

As for fall’s boot du jour, get ready for the over-the-knee revival to pair with the season’s micro-minis, ranging from classic leather block-heels to second-skin silhouettes doused in color and rugged moto styles. And while skin-baring Y2K-style dresses and skirts remain a fixture, prepare for maxi skirts and dresses, spanning full-volume designs to slinky ’90s style shapes, to lure you in this season. 

Ahead, a deeper breakdown of fall’s biggest fashion trends for 2022, complete with an edit to shop.

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Maxi Lengths


While minis no doubt remain, fall is all about floor-grazing skirts and dresses from voluminous shapes as seen at Proenza Schouler, Tory Burch, and Simone Rocha to weighty knits like at Alberta Ferretti and slim and slinky silhouettes á la Saint Laurent. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy.

Punk Futurism


Punk returns to the forefront of fall fashion as witnessed at Louis Vuitton, Dior, Givenchy, and more, with styles ranging from futuristic, rebellious, and gritty pieces done in plaid, leather, or with heavy-metal embellishments. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Miu Miu.

Not-So-Prim Prep


While tennis, golf, and country clubcore aesthetics have ruled spring and summer, fall ushers in an edgier version of prep. The new vibe, led by Miu Miu and Rokh, puts a fresh twist on classics from pleated skirts and blazers to varsity staples like bombers and knits via luxe touches like leather and faux fur. Plus, chunky platforms that add modernity and playfulness to schoolgirl styles like Mary-Janes and loafers. 
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Photo: Dan Lecca and Jonas Gustavsson/PatBo

Flapper-Era Opulence


From New York to Paris, shimmer, sequins, and rhinestones stood out from event-worthy attire (Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, Sacai, and Miu Miu) to dialed-up daily wares like suits and denim (Cinq à Sept, Dries Van Noten, and PatBo).
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Photo: Courtesy of Khaite.

Lots of Leather 


Leather undergoes a daring refresh this fall, as S&M and biker-style pieces emerged (see: bucked and overly strappy shapes like at Khaite, Versace, and Roberto Cavalli), as well as sleek and tailored head-to-toe looks in elegant neutrals and vibrant colors (Tod’s, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Sergio Hudson), offering slick options for even the most edge-aversed.
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Photo: Madison Voelkel/Eckhaus Latta.

Deconstructed Staples


With a rebellious tone often teetering into a raver aesthetic, tattered knits, disheveled denim, and frayed finishes appeared as more than mere accents but, instead, focal-point pieces styled head-to-toe, as seen at Acne Studios, Eckhaus Latta, Dion Lee, and Elena Velez. Consider these capsule closet staples 2.0.
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Photo: Courtesy of Coperni.

Extra Outerwear


Think beyond function with your fall outerwear. This season’s coats are made to make a serious statement as floor-grazing dusters, ultra-oversized puffers, and supersize faux fur and teddy coats reign. Look at the runways of Courrèges, Coperni, and Rick Ownes for proof. 
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Photo: Courtesy of Dior.

Catsuits


After a gradual accession over the past few seasons, catsuits ranging from knitted to sheer and leather iterations (Dior, Hermès, Stella McCartney showed some of the best) are the ultimate conversation piece as fall’s fresh take on all-in-one dressing.
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Photo: Courtesy of LaQuan Smith.

Slick Sportswear


Tailoring sees a modern and minimal approach for back-to-the-office dressing this fall, from cinched and spliced blazers like at Brandon Maxwell, Erdem, and Peter Do to timeless shapes deftly combined with plunging and cut-out shapes for a sultry skin show, like at LaQuan Smith.
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Photo: Courtesy of Isabel Marant.

Over-The-Knee Boots


Your favorite aughts-era boots are back, from thigh-skimming styles with a motocross edge to second-skin fits in bright colors and buttery-soft leather versions with timeless stiletto and block heels. Khaite, Victoria Beckham, and Isabel Marant debuted standout versions. 
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