5 Sustainable Fall Fashion Trends for 2022

Sustainable Fall Fashion 2022

I finally succumbed to Covid this week. Yesterday was brutal. I really thought I was going to die. But thanks to cold medicine, pain killers, and lots of prayer, I am feeling a lot better today. With all this “free” time on my hands, it seemed like a good idea to share some of my fall fashion trend inspiration for 2022.

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A few trends are sticking out to me this season:

  • Y2K/early 2000s everything
  • cowboy boots
  • flare legs
  • baggy jeans
  • bright, warm colors
  • low rise pants
  • crop tops

Some of these I’m thrilled about. Others, not so much.

Though I love that the styles of my childhood are back in fashion, there is no way I am going to return to low rise jeans. They’re uncomfortable and unflattering on my mid-30s figure. However, I can get behind flare legs and baggy jeans, both staples of my preteen and teen years.

I would wear crop tops, but they’re not suitable to my profession as a clergy person. As a newly minted Texan, I’m slightly amused that cowboy boots are in again. I was already planning on buying a pair, so this is ideal.

And, finally, I’m glad that bright warm tones are joining cool tones this season. Lime green looks terrible on me, but I love warm oranges, pinks, and greens.

Here’s what’s on my list…

My Picks for Fall 2022

Sustainability, for me, encompasses both the ethics and environmental impact of production AND the usefulness of the product. I will shop from conventional brands when the style, fit, and fabric is more suitable to me. I do this because it keeps me from over-shopping and returning lots of things, which will likely end up in the landfill.

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1 | Pink Pants

These pink corduroy pants from J. Crew are everything I want in a pant this season. They’re 76% cotton, have a high rise and slight flare, and are the perfect shade of warm, Barbie pink.

Shop J. Crew Pink Pants

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2 | Cowboy Boots

I have been eyeing the Penny Boot by Tecovas since before I moved to Houston. Designed in Austin, TX and made in Mexico, they have a more minimalist design and come in shorter shaft heights. I just purchased a gently used pair on Ebay.

Shop Tecovas Penny Boot

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3 | Super Wide Leg Jeans

These Madewell super wide leg jeans remind me of my favorite jeans in the 4th grade. Very 1999. To get the look right, they really must be full length. I will likely wait to purchase until Madewell comes out with a curvy fit in this style (fingers crossed). Madewell uses Better Cotton Initiative cotton.

Shop Madewell Super Wide Leg Jeans

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4 | Rugby Shirt

Though less obvious, rugby shirts were a staple of early 2000s dressing, particularly between 2000-2005. This unisex rugby shirt from KOTN modernizes it a bit with oversized styling. KOTN has an ethical, audited supply chain.

Shop KOTN Rugby Shirt

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5 | Ballet Flats

Another staple of the aughts, ballet flats are in for fall. I had a different pair of Everlane flats in my cart for more than a year, but it seems that they’ve sold out. This more classic pair comes in a warm, avocado green that would work wonderfully with my clothing colors.

Shop Everlane Day Ballet Flats

My style has skewed much more toward interesting pants and shoes lately, because I wear a clergy shirt and collar most days of the week. I also like dresses and less-fitted tops to wear over my clergy shirt. It’s weird trying to adjust personal style to a uniform. But it’s also kind of fun.

It has definitely reduced my “need” to shop.

What trends and styles are you looking forward to this fall?

See last year’s trends and inspirations

Leah Wise

Leah Wise is the founder of StyleWise Blog. She has been writing, speaking, and consulting on sustainable fashion, the fair trade and secondhand supply chain, and digital marketing for over ten years. An Episcopal priest, Leah holds a B.A. in Religion from Florida State University and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School. When not working, you can find her looking for treasures at the thrift store.

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  1. I am mostly looking forward to the baggy jeans! It seems to me that the past few years, wide leg pants have been in BUT they still had to be fitted in the butt/thigh. I’m looking forward to letting it aaaaall go loose haha.

    1. Yessss, all comfort all the time.

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