Fashion Bloggers’ Must-Have Fall Trends

By Jessi Roti
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Check out these great tips for fall from some of the top bloggers in the fashion industry.

Chicago Tribune

Fall is arguably the best season for creating a statement look.

This season’s bomber jackets, oversize knits and velvet everything are all statement-makers ready for that “outfit of the day” Instagram post. But fashion “It” bloggers Nadia Aboulhosn and Julia Engel aren’t focusing, for fall, on trends embraced by fashion fanatics. Instead, they went back to what they really love, essential classics that are always Instagram-worthy.

“I don’t follow trends unless it’s one I really like. I always tell my readers that they should do the same, find their own style and wear what they love. Be themselves.” Engel says.

Aboulhosn agrees, “I try to be as true to who I am as much as I can. There’s not one type of woman, one type of style.”

Make these must-have looks your own this fall.

Nadia Aboulhosn, Cocoa, Fla.
503,000 Instagram followers, 35,100 Twitter followers

Blogger, model and newly minted designer Nadia Aboulhosn is known for turning the tables on plus-size fashion, showing curvy women everywhere that no trend or style is off-limits just because the mainstream may think it is. Just take a look at her debut collection for Addition Elle (

Aboulhosn’s take on versatile street style has made her blog a go-to guide for all kinds of women from various walks of life.

“There’s so many women that identify with different parts of me. Women can appreciate my brand who don’t fully know themselves yet and look to me as inspiration, and then there are women who have a great vision of who they are already and sort of bounce inspiration off that as well.”

Fall favorite: Winter white. “Grey or cream works, but I’m more into pure white as opposed to the usual fall colors like brown, black or olive green.”

Must-have piece: Barneys New York twill open-front trench coat

How to rock it: “I’d pair it with light denim, which is everything to me right now. I’ll wear really short, light denim shorts with high, pointed, light-gray suede boots and an oversize Marc Jacobs men’s button-up (shirt) with a denim jacket.”
Trends that are over: Studded shoes. If it’s studded, it’s over. Also Uggs. “I just can’t.”

Julia Engel, Charleston, S.C.
1 million Instagram followers, 39,700 Twitter followers

Julia Engel shares her take on classic, feminine styles (think Lauren Conrad relocating to the countryside) on her blog, Gal Meets Glam, in hopes of inspiring women not only through fashion, but through her own adventures in life.

“Our readers are of all ages, some students, some professionals, some single, some married, looking to build not only a wardrobe, but a lifestyle. They look to GMG not only for fashion, but for travel destinations, home decor ideas and encouragement. Gal Meets Glam tries to go beyond just presenting products by telling stories that give readers a complete experience. I try to include items that I really use and feel would be of interest to them.”

Fall favorite: The classic peacoat and always in navy.

Must-have piece: Frame double-breasted wool peacoat

Why: “It’s a classic that never goes out of style and is the perfect length for anything, whether that’s a sweater and jeans, or a midi or mini dress.”

How to rock it: “I would layer it over a cashmere pullover and button-down shirt with a pair of slacks and loafers.”
The trend Nadia Aboulhosn and Julia Engel both agree on? The thigh-high or over-the-knee boot.

“I’m so obsessed with them! I feel like I can wear them even in the summertime. You can wear them with leggings or a skirt,” Aboulhosn says. “With time, (suede) stretches, so for girls who have bigger legs like me, it’s easier to jump into suede than something else.”

Engel prefers a lower-heeled style and also acknowledges the underappreciated warmth factor. “I would definitely wear them with a dress or skirt in the fall/winter months because they look great and do keep my legs warm,” she says.

Either way, personal style is where the heart is for these two.

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