The 20 Most Wanted Pieces of the Fall 2022 Season

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Fall fashion is already landing in stores—and these are the red-hot drops worthy of your attention. 

Fall Fashion Trends 2022 See the Most Wanted Menswear of the Season

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Today’s hype-fueled fashion landscape yields a mountain of fresh menswear every month. Which is why every issue of GQ now includes The Drops, a guide to the best of the best new gear as it hits stores. This month, we’re running through the fall’s absolute hottest, hypest, most desirable pieces—from a statuesque pair of shiny bronze boots to a boxy button-up that doubles as a literal work of art.


Trippy Rugby

4SDesigns founder Angelo Urrutia is a master at manipulating fabrics and subverting expectations. Case in point: this rugby shirt in a gauzy viscose that’s been baked for extra softness and then doused in the moodiest of tie-dyes ($432).

Shiny Shades

Pearls are really cool right now. Big shades: also really cool right now. So these oversized pearlized Coach sunglasses? They’re really, really cool. It’s math ($266).

Far-Out Fleece

The furry, fuzzy fleece jackets that have dominated the sidewalks the past three or four autumns? They’re sticking around for another year—and, if this recycled faux-fur Herno hooded jacket is any indication, they’re only getting bolder, louder, and weirder in glorious ways ($900).

Travel Pants

Craig Green has always had a penchant for spacious utilitarian pockets. But his latest techy trousers actually are a pocket—roll ’em up tight and they zip inside a built-in easy-to-pack pouch ($860).

One Man’s Trash

If you were trying to sum up, in a single piece, the peculiar wit of designer Demna, this calfskin Balenciaga “trash bag” pouch might be it ($1,790).

Fit For A Goddess

Looking forward to keeping your summertime romances alive in the colder months? This slouchy shirt from Egonlab—an ode to Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty—will help set the proper mood ($368).

Bandana Belt

Toss into a blender two effortlessly chic accessories—braided leather belts and paisley bandanas—and you get this extra-louche, oh-so Parisian number from Ponctuations ($210).

Patchy Shorts

Kuon designer Shinichiro Ishibashi employs age-old Japanese techniques to craft crisp modern clothes, like these baggy khaki shorts constructed using traditional sashiko patchwork ($1,325).

Disco Boots

Just when you thought Chelsea boots were done, Hermès shines up the stalwart slip-ons in gleaming bronze and bolts on a hefty heeled outsole ($1,050).

Downhill Racer

On the slopes or the streets, this show stopping quilted jacket and trouser set from New York–based newcomer Nicholas Raefski is guaranteed to turn heads (price upon request).

Stubbly Sweater

The hairy, furlike exterior on this Rolf Ekroth pullover? It’s actually made up of hundreds of frayed paracords, which the Finnish designer— and his parents!—pulled apart by hand themselves ($2,900).

Louis Layer

Virgil Abloh’s posthumous collection for Louis Vuitton Men’s featured the ultimate flex: 19th-century French realist painter Gustave Courbet’s The Painter’s Studio printed on a flowy button-up (price upon request).

Splashy Sweats

Alessandro Michele has blessed Gucci’s signature jogging pants— the official trouser of Celebrities on a Coffee Run everywhere—with a swanky facelift for fall, courtesy of a blisteringly beautiful jacquard in sumptuous mohair wool ($1,900).

Serious Shine

In an era where every third fella you pass on the street is dripping in jewelry, Brooklyn’s Bernard James specializes in the type of pieces that’ll still make strangers stop and take notice—like this thick, hand-carved silver curb chain with a single yellow gold link ($2,150) or a working 14-karat-gold padlock dangling from a delicate necklace ($1,950).

A Vest For The Culture

In his first collection for Kenzo, Nigo filters his hyperspecific obsessions—’50s workwear, ’60s prep, ’80s Pop art, ’90s hip-hop—through the house’s Paris-by-way-of-Tokyo lens. This blocky Fair Isle vest manages to smash all those genre-hopping references into one supremely wearable package ($695).

Big Cat Cape

From the mind of Dior’s Kim Jones comes this leopard-printed taffeta concoction: one part technical hiking jacket, one part opera-ready cape, and 100 percent the freakiest mash-up of
the season ($3,600).

Polished Polo

Knit tennis shirts are having a moment, and this version from rising South African designer Lukhanyo Mdingi— with its swooping lines and retro zip collar—is a standout ($620).

Android Ornaments

As long as they’re as punchy and vibe elevating as these dangly Prada earrings, then we welcome our robot overlords ($725 each).

See-Through Boots

Loewe’s bulbous, transparent Wellies will both keep those fancy new socks of yours dry and give ’em the spotlight they deserve ($590).

Saggy Shoulder Bag

Some It bags are subtle flexes. Others, like this jet-black shearling carryall from Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, are meant for showing off and soaking up all available attention ($3,900).

Yang-Yi Goh is GQ’s style editor.

A version of this story originally appeared in the August 2022 issue with the title “The 25 Most Wanted Pieces of the Season”

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