I've Entered My Pant-Girl Phase—6 Trends I'll Wear This Fall

While jeans have always been a core part of my wardrobe, it wasn’t until the last several years that other pant styles became just as integral. With so many inventive takes on trousers and tailoring, the options are seemingly endless and I’ve officially entered my pant-girl phase with a closet centered on collecting the latest trends. The F/W 22 runways showcased plenty of directional pant trends and I’m laser-focused on adding some of the key styles into my new season wardrobe.

Designers are experimenting with silhouettes and proportions—among them extra-long puddle pants and super-wide jeans, both of which look great layered with everything from skin-tight bodysuits to oversize outerwear as we saw on the runways at The Row and Khaite. Pants are also getting more industrial with utility-geared interpretations including heavy leather and cargo pants, which are entering the sartorial scene for fall. No matter which side of the personal style spectrum you’re on, there is a piece to test-drive next season. Ahead, the 6 biggest pant trends to know for fall 2022.

Puddle Pants


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We've seen the rise of puddle pants on celebrities recently, and we have looks from the F/W 22 collections to thank for that. Brands including The Row and Peter Do showcased extra long trousers pooling at the floor, which has made a case for the directional silhouette.

Cargo Pants


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A trend that is already being embraced on the street style scene, cargo pants are one of the coolest ways to add a fresh trend to your fall wardrobe. Style them with a chunky sandals for a casual look or elevate them with heels.

Relaxed Denim


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Jeans keep getting wider and slouchier and that momentum is continuing into fall. Minimalists will style their denim with tees and blazers for the latest take on easy uniform dressing.



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Pastels for fall? Unexpected, but they're set to be one of the most defining color trends for the upcoming season. If you want to add an element of soft romance to your wardrobe, this is a cool way to do it with tailoring.

Heavy Leather


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Leather trousers have been a mainstay for the last several years but this season they're getting a twist. Instead of the light, trouser-like leather pants that have been popularized, we're seeing heavy duty leather that looks worn-in and finished with zippers and patches.



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Similar to denim, tailored pants continue to get looser and wider. Whether you're wearing them as part of a coordinating suit or on their own, fall will be a time to continue tapping into relaxed silhouettes.

Next: 4 Handbag Trends That Will Be Everywhere This Fall

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.