It doesn’t take long before Tina Broccole’s eyes settle on one of summer’s top fashions. She plucks the white crochet dress off the rack and ponders the possibilities. With its bands of purple, coral, maize, magenta and black, it cuts an adorable, retro look.
“I would team this with a pair of gladiator sandals — super cute,” she says, as she slides the frock back into its slot. As she wanders through the rest of Alice and Olivia, a clothing shop on Greenwich Avenue in Greenwich, she finds pieces that speak to other summer must-haves — crochet, denim on denim and gauchos. Gauchos? One might think their 1970s heyday was enough, but they are back again in a big way. She pulls out wide-legged, denim trousers. “See, I told you,” she says, smiling.
Broccole, a 10-year Greenwich resident, tracks the trends and the enduring classics, not only for her own fashion sense, but for the many clients who depend on her expertise. She writes the blog Wardrobe Envy and hosts “Fashion Friday,” a talk show on 1490 WGCH. She’s also made her way in and out of a lot of closets as an organizer and personal shopper. For the past 17 years, she has helped others find their personal style.
This year, she says, women should expect to see lots of denim-on-denim options, the aforementioned gauchos and “crochet anything.” Lots of feet will be covered by slip-on mules, also called slipper flats, while ears will carry tassel and large accent earrings. For men, expect more luxury baseball caps (bye-bye canvas, hello suede), 1950s-inspired short-sleeved shirts, baggier pants (reacquaint those skinny jeans with the back of the closet) and shorter shorts. For that last one, we are not talking 1970s short shorts, by the way, just mid-thigh.
Of course, not every trend will fit every person, but the fun, Broccole says, is making each your own. “I try to get to know a person’s lifestyle,” she says. “I want to suggest something that makes sense to their personality and to their life.”
Denim on denim
On this day, Broccole is a walking advertisement. As she makes her way down Greenwich Avenue, she rocks a pair of dark denim gauchos — the hem of which she has frayed (another trend), tastefully — and a sleeveless chambray shirt. She cuts the all-blue views with a brown suede belt. In other words, don’t go cowboy. “If you are going to wear it, don’t match it,” she says. “Just make sure it is different and it won’t get overwhelming.”
The crocheted items weaving their way to boutiques this summer are not casual beach wraps, but rather maxi dresses or nearly embroidered works that can look as casual as they look tailored. Broccole says anyone can slip on one of these woven wares, just make sure it works with your silhouette. “There are plenty of options out there,” she says. “The A-line tailored look works well on anyone.”
Slip, no slide
No, these are not the comfy, fluffy slip-ons for bedtime. You may know their wedgier cousins better, but these sleek and low loafers coast close to the ground, which they will be hitting often this summer.
Ears have it
Broccole says people will be seeing the swing and sway of tassel or fringe earrings this summer. Top design houses like Lanvin and Gucci have lux options, while less costly options can be found at stores such as H&M. “This is really riding the wave of an overall trend of large accessory statements,” she says.
First worn by South American cowboys, gauchos, those wide-legged, cropped pants, famously made the leap from the plains to runways in the 1970s and have been cycling back into fashion from time to time. However, Broccole expects more staying power this time, as they have become intertwined with the resurgence in denim. There are more choices, too. “The gauchos are a bit longer this time around,” she says, picking up her phone to navigate to an image on her blog. There she is in black pants and a white shirt, platform black pumps and a white top, with a splash of a crochet accent. “I particularly like this capri length, with the wide leg and tight shirt.” Casual, chic, cool, collected and carefree, it’s the epitome of summer. “It’s just a great look.”