Tina Broccole is a fashion stylist, influencer and the radio talk show host of “Fashion Friday with Tina.” We asked her to write about this year’s Fall Fashion Trends. Here are her top picks:
As with coffee menus and leaves on the trees, one other thing is undergoing a major change right now – and it’s likely your wardrobe. Enter: Autumn. Six months have passed and it is finally time to start wearing your favorite trends from the Fall/Winter2018 runways. One of the best things about the upcoming season’s trends? They’re more wearable than ever. Yes, floor-length foil dresses and puffer ponchos suitable for the subarctic aren’t the first things on our shopping lists. But there are countless other trends that are so intriguing, sexy, versatile and attainable, that only touching on five of them is just the tip of the pumpkin spice latte.
Leopard, zebra, and python – oh my! It doesn’t matter if you shop at Zara, Dolce & Gabbana, or somewhere else. Animal print likely has taken over your favorite brick and mortar in some way. But are we complaining? I’m definitely not. With a trend as timeless as animal print, it’s fascinating to see designers like Givenchy, Calvin Klein and Tom Ford reinventing it for yet another compelling season. With practicality as the guiding star for so many designers this year, now is the time to invest in your favorite jungle-worthy prints. Because whether you prefer to be dipped or doused in the stuff, its certain that animal print will make its rounds again after 2018. And matching leopard separates belong in everyone’s wardrobe, right?
Move over, wool-poly blend. There’s a new girl in the office, and her name is Tweed. Just because Chanel was doing it so sublimely a century ago (and still is today,) doesn’t mean that other brands have avoided the territory. Gabriela Hearst, Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the labels this year to utilize the classic fabric in a modern way that actually invokes excitement when shopping for suit separates. Something so heavy deserves a light counterpart, which is why I love to pair my tweed with a camisole or a silk scarf. Dress it up or dress it down, invest in a coat or splurge on a belt. No matter how you want to incorporate this girl-boss fabric into your closet, your fall ensembles will thank you for that element of chic structure.
Pick your muse – Princess Diana, Cher Horowitz, Rachel Green, John Bender…the list could go on all day. Because whether we’re talking about Prince of Wales or plaid, this pattern has been a staple for both men and women for the past few decades. Balenciaga and Fendi are doing it best right now, but your other favorite stores are bound to have either a tartan or gingham somewhere on the menu. Keep your eyes peeled, because soon the pattern will be everywhere. Wear it with an LBD, a favorite suit, or go all out with canary yellow Michael Kors overcoat. It doesn’t matter if you pair it with your go-to blazer or your party skirt – this is a print that is bound to look timeless.
Every now and then, we get a novelty trend back on the runway – sailor pants, lunch box bags, neon leg warmers – but its not often that these trends are universally well-received. This time, cowboy boots and fringed jackets are back with fervor. And depending on which runway show your watching, that fervor can either be sexy, or edgy, or cool, or classic. It’s clear that Etro, Missoni, and Isabel Marant (among others) have taken the tired trend and elevated it this year. I didn’t think I would ever say this, but the Western-Americana wave is just too fabulous to pass up this time around. The trend especially thrives in cooler months with its utilization of leather, shearling, and even burlap. If you were ever hesitant when this trend hit runways in the past, now is the time to dive in head first. Because who knew stiletto cowboy boots could be so elegant?
Goodbye millennial pink, hello magenta. And neon yellow. And traffic cone orange. Once a staple of the ’80s, the loud color palette has made a cameo appearance in a few of our favorite designers’ collections this year. Not only did it channel our classic ’80s memories (thank you, Marc Jacobs) but it also embraced new silhouettes and fabrics (thank you, Prada.) Now, you don’t have to dress yourself in head-to-toe neon green in order to make this trend work for you. Incorporate an electric blue layering piece in your workwear, or layer on a trendy magenta jacket for fall. Still not sold? So many of your favorite athletic brands are pushing neon right now. Something as simple as a pop of lime green in your running shoe can brighten your day…and your running trail.
Tina Broccole is a NY Fashion Stylist, Influencer, and Radio Talk Show Host of “Fashion Friday with Tina.” She has been involved in the fashion industry for over 2 decades, first as stylist for a major retailer, then as an entrepreneur of her own styling business, Style by Tina, while adding radio show personality and fashion commentator to her resume. Catch her weekly radio show and podcast every Friday at 9:30am on 1490-WGCH radio.