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7 of 2022's hottest fashion trends to shop at Nordstrom

From pearls to sweater vests, 2022's hottest trends have arrived at Nordstrom.

An image of a maroon leather blazer on a model, an orange and checked cardigan above a red New Balance 574 shoe, and a model wearing a colorblocked sweater vest on an orange, green, tan, and pink background. Credit: Nordstrom

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2022 is a great time to revamp your wardrobe, especially if you've been in need of a boost or are looking to change things up in the new year. While Nordstrom is home to staple brands and classic, timeless pieces, it also carries trendier pieces from popular brands like Topman, Madewell, and more.

From delightful cottagecore sweater vests to brightly colored, dopamine-inducing cardigans, check out the best on-trend items you can find at Nordstrom right now. If you want a more in-depth explanation of some of the trends listed below, you can also check out our roundup of 2022 fashion trends.

1. New Balance sneakers

Three images of the same New Balance 574 lace-up sneaker in tan, orange, and pink, respectively.
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Stride into 2022 in style with a comfy pair of New Balance sneakers.

New Balance still reigns supreme in comfy casual footwear this year, and the 574s are about as classic as you can get. Available in several different colors including neutral palettes and retro warm shades, these shoes are perfect for everyday wear and can dress down a work outfit or round out a casual fit. Reviewers recommended these shoes for their overall comfort and versatility as an everyday shoe. Several reviewers recommended that the 574s run a bit small, so if you have the option to go up a half size, you may want to.

2. Sweater vests

Two images of the same sweater vest, in burnt umber with a v-neck and an embroidered mushroom on the chest.
Credit: Lisa Says Gah / Nordstrom

Sweater vests can add whimsy or sophistication, depending on your mood.

Sweater vests are another top trend of 2022, whether you're looking for a basic cable knit or something a little more unique. Perfect for layering over turtleneck tops in the winter or wearing on their own in the warmer months, sweater vests can lend coziness to a work outfit or add a bit of personal style to a simple jeans and t-shirt look. Both of these sweater vests were recommended by our style editor—you can go for a more monotone, versatile piece in the Topman Oversize Cable Knit, or aim for cottagecore goodness with the Fangio Mushroom option from Lisa Says Gah, the most recent Nordstrom pop-in store.

3. Leather and faux leather

Two images of leather clothing, the first a pair of faux leather leggings and the second a washed leather jacket.
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Amp up your wardrobe with leather accents.

Even with The Matrix Resurrections in the rearview, leather is still having a moment. Leather and faux leather accents are very much on trend right now, from leather pants to leather dusters that would make even Keanu Reeves proud. You can purchase almost any clothing item you can think of in a leather-like fabric right now, including a slouchy, washed leather jacket from Madewell, or channel your inner Buffy Summers with a pair of faux leather leggings that have over 2,000 five-star reviews.

4. Pearl earrings

Three different pairs of pearl earrings, including a pair of freshwater pearl earrings with golden cross studs, a pair of plain Akoya pearl studs, and freshwater pearl studs on gold posts with a connecting gold chain.
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Accessorize with pearls in 2022.

Pearlcore is alive and well in 2022. If you're ready to have your Blair Waldorf moment in a statement pair of pearl earrings, you have a few options. If you're looking to invest in actual pearls, classic pearl vendor Mikimoto has a pair of simple studs available that feature Grade A Akoya pearls and 18k white gold. If you prefer to get on the trend without shelling out, you can try Madewell's freshwater pearl studs with gold chain detailing, or check out cultured freshwater pearl options from Tory Burch.

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5. UGG slippers and boots

A pair of short ankle-length UGG boots in caramel suede.
Credit: Nordstrom

UGGs are in again, just in time for winter.

UGG boots are back. Whether you're in the market for a pair of classic tall UGGs or looking to get in on the trend with a pair of shorter, ankle-length Uggs in a pattern, Nordstrom has a massive selection to choose from. The UGG short boots are available in patterns like leopard print and cowhide as well as metallic colors. If fuzzy boots aren't necessarily for you, consider checking out the UGG slippers, which have been making the rounds on TikTok and come in a variety of bold colors.

6. Brightly patterned tops and bottoms

Three individuals wearing brightly colored and patterned tops, including an orange and yellow checked cardigan, a colorblock sweater vest, and a lime green, oversized sweater.
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Dress in whatever makes you smile.

We've talked about dressing for happiness and dopamine dressing before—if your day-to-day wardrobe needs a pick-me-up, dopamine dressing can help. Dopamine dressing is essentially dressing to put a smile on your face—incorporating bright patterns, experimenting with prints, and generally wearing clothes that make you feel good. You can get started on your dopamine journey with a gender inclusive sweater vest from BP Be Proud, or stay cozy with a brightly checked cardigan from Lisa Says Gah. The Easy Street Tunic is a great option from Free People, warm and oversized for comfort.

7. Textured knitwear

Two individuals wearing textured sweaters, including a chunky, gray cable knit and a cropped, pink-striated sweater.
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Knitwear and sweaters are evergreen.

Sweaters and knitwear are one of the most versatile items you can have in your wardrobe, and with the ongoing pandemic people are prioritizing comfort in their daily dressing. If you want to express your personal style but still experience the delight of a soft sweater on a cold day, consider investing in textured, eye-catching sweaters in 2022. Heavy cable knits, like the Mix Stitch Wool Blend Crew Neck from Mount Tasman, or lightweight, visually textured options like the Free People Too Good sweater will lend your outfits a level of curation without sacrificing comfort.

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