Nordstrom Has Spoken: These 3 New York–Approved Trends Will Be So Big This Fall

Nordstrom fall 2022 trends


Courtesy of Tory Burch; Courtesy LaQuan Smith/BFA; Courtesy of Proenza Schouler

March is almost upon us, which means two things: the beginning of spring and the end of fashion month. And while many of our fabulous Who What Wear readers may be beginning to think about spring fashion—which trends to try, which strappy sandals to buy, and what spring dress will become their go-to—in the fashion industry, we're already thinking about fall. Jumping six months ahead to access every trend coming out of New York, Paris, London, Copenhagen, and Milan can feel a bit dizzying (even for an editor). So you can get why our team sighed in relief when Nordstrom released its fall trend report from New York Fashion Week 2022. Don't get me wrong. We love combing through collections and street style to spot which trends are poppin' off, but if a trend can make it on to Nordstrom's radar, it's worth buying into. So in that vein, ahead, we've spotlighted three trends from Nordstrom's report that you can shop right now.

1. Return of the Waist

Nordstrom fall 2022 trends, fashion trend: a-line waists, return of the waist


Courtesy of Jason Wu; Courtesy of Christian Siriano; Courtesy of Eckhaus Latta; Courtesy of Proenza Schouler; Courtesy of Tory Burch; Courtesy of Khaite

While oversize pieces may have been the dominating trend over the past few seasons, that tide has changed. According to Nordstrom's report, A-line silhouettes have returned. Just look to the classic A-line dresses (see: Jason Wu, Christian Siriano, and Khaite), tailored separates (see: Proenza Schouler and Eckhaus Latta), and waist-accentuating belts (see: Tory Burch) that dominated the runway. This upcoming fall is all about clothing that embraces and celebrates curves.

Shop the trend:

The subtle tailoring on this blazer will hug your body perfectly. 

The bust on this dress is so flattering. 

The easiest way to adopt this trend? Throw this belt over your favorite dress.

The faux-leather piping on this top is the only way I want to accentuate my waist. 

This is the perfect dress to wear in spring or fall. 

The ruching on this dress will accentuate your waist perfectly. 

A perfect addition to any work wardrobe. 

The elastic band on this slip skirt will ensure that adopting this trend is as cozy as it is chic. 

2. Cocktail Hour

Nordstrom fall 2022 trends, fashion trend: cocktail dress, little black dress


Courtesy LaQuan Smith/BFA; Courtesy of PatBo; Courtesy of Michael Kors; Courtesy of 3.1 Phillip Lim; Courtesy of Stella McCartney; Courtesy of Christian Cowan

Are we ready to dress up again? If Nordstrom has its way, the answer is yes. According to its report, one of the biggest trends to come out of New York Fashion Week was the re-envisioning of the cocktail dress. It’s no longer about this piece being the basic little black dress but rather it doing the most. With a focus on details like plunging necklines (seen at LaQuan Smith and 3.1 Phillip Lim), cutouts (seen at PatBo and Christian Cowan), and embellishments (seen at Michael Kors and Stella McCartney), the LBD is back and sultrier than ever. Someone make us a reservation, please, because we can definitely toast to this trend.

The subtle studs on this velvet dress are spectacular. 

3. Big-Bag Energy

Nordstrom fall 2022 trends, fashion trend: big bags, oversized totes


Courtesy of Ulla Johnson; Courtesy of Jil Sander; Courtesy of Gabriela Hearst; Courtesy of Social Work; Courtesy of Stella McCartney; Courtesy Peter Do

NGL, as a fan of the mini bag, I don't get all that excited by the idea of a big bag, but if Nordstrom can back it, maybe I can come around to it too. According to its report, New York’s collections carried the big-bag trend from micro to macro. From oversize sculptural bags (seen at Peter Do and Ulla Johnson) to minimal carryalls (found at Jil Sander, Stella McCartney, Gabriela Hearst, and Social Work), it’s clear that oversize bags are back and bigger than ever.

You can defiantly sneak a book into this bag.