Casual basics are elevated by a fancier floor-length skirt.
Regular WhoWhatWear.com readers know we've heralded maxi skirts as a must-buy item this autumn. There's something so enticing about this piece, from its dramatic-yet-simple silhouette to how effortlessly it can transform your most basic clothing essentials into a chic outfit. Andy, 26, from Amsterdam, demonstrated this effect flawlessly when she paired an olive green floor-length skirt with a plain white top and black leather jacket. Additionally, we love that she kept the rest of her look minimal, accessorizing with a sleek satchel, gold watch, and one chunky necklace. To imitate Andy's perfectly polished ensemble, you'll want to start by pulling out your best casual tops and outerwear. If you don't already have these key pieces, check out American Apparel's Basic Short Sleeve T ($15) and ASOS' Collarless Quilted Leather Jacket ($207). Now that you have your basic wardrobe staples covered, it's time to give them a dressed-up feeling with a floor-grazing skirt. Some of our favorites include LNA's Column Long Skirt ($99) and Charlotte Ronson's Pleated Long Skirt ($250), but if it's the olive green color you are after, Forever 21's Longline Modal Blend Skirt ($20) will certainly do the trick. Whatever you pick, just remember that for a true interpretation of Andy's amazing look, you need to keep the rest of your look refined and understated!
Black lace and a big '70s hat are a daring, darling combo.
We are head-over-heels for all things black lace this fall. The delicate, netted fabric has a great feminine air, but with a more exciting, edgier spirit than you get with white lace. Instead of playing up its vampy attitude, Claire, 20, from Australia, used her lace-accented top to create an adorable look with the perfect amount of girlish charm. She teamed her lacey shirt with a white skirt adorned with floral appliqués and buckled shoes, but we think her headwear choice made this a truly noteworthy ensemble. Claire finished the darling outfit with a big floppy hat, fit for a fabulous fashion icon like Anita Pallenberg. Looking to emulate this sweet combo? Try Nasty Gal's Matilda Velvet Top ($58) or Madewell's Silk Intermission Top ($95), then follow in Claire's footsteps and top off your ensemble with a large-brimmed hat like ASOS' 70s Floppy Felt Hat ($38) to give your look that extra bit of panache.
Slim pants and chunky-knit sweaters are a great combo.
When temperatures drop, keeping warm is a top priority, but that doesn't mean looking stylish has to be an afterthought! Luckily, the fall runways presented a selection of knits that are not only incredibly cozy go-to options this season, but are also an excellent complement to your slim-silhouetted bottoms. Sabrina, 22, from Amsterdam, shows us to do just that with the way she juxtaposed a slouchy gray chunky-knit sweater with a pair of black skinny pants. But perhaps the best part of Sabrina's cold-weather outfit idea is how easy it is to replicate. First, select a relaxed woolly layer--like Zara's Oversized Jersey Sweater ($80), Free People's Fuzzy Oversized Pullover ($168), or Vince's Thermal Sweater ($265)--and then pair either of said options with BDG's High Rise Cigarette Jeans ($58) in Black. We promise you will be stylishly toasty all season long.
Leopard-print accents work well with an all-neutral outfit.
We've never met a leopard-print accent we didn't like! They are impossible to resist, especially since there are so many excellent accessory options that allow you to incorporate a feline-inspired item into your daily rotation. And while it's a superb way to give your all-noir ensembles a playful touch, a subtle leopard-print piece can look just as intriguing against a neutral color palette. Accordingly, we were thrilled to spot Melanie, 24, from Paris, working this very idea into her polished daytime look. The Parisian stunner finished off her blend of nuanced shades--a peach button-down shirt, beige pencil skirt, gray cardigan, and tan shoulder bag--with an amazing pair of peep-toe leopard-print heels. To recreate Melanie's exact look, neutral basics are a must. We think either C&C's California Button Back Cardigan ($98) or J. Crew's Three-Quarter Sleeve Stretch Perfect Shirt ($58) in Olive Tree, and a slimming pencil skirt like America Apparel's Interlock Mini Skirt ($25) are certainly a good start. Just be sure to finish off your outfit with Jeffrey Campbell's Mariel Wedges ($169) in Leopard. Of course, shoes aren't the only way to give your look an animal-print accent! Tilo's Leopard Scarf ($175), Lauren by Ralph Lauren's Reversible Calf Hair Belt ($38), and Nasty Gal's Leopard Bucket Bag ($48) are also excellent options for livening up your look.
A shearling jacket or coat is a must-buy this season.
While there are many essential outwear options available this season, the shearling jacket is a hands-down favorite in our office. It's incredibly versatile--the comfy coat comes in a variety of styles and colors--and looks great with just about everything from a fancy dress to skinny jeans and tall boots. And while both looks are worth trying, we happen to be partial a model-off-duty interpretation as seen on La, 23, from Spain. She opted for a long, taupe shearling jacket, which she then layered over a gray top, cutoff denim shorts, and opaque tights for a smart play on proportions. If you like her outerwear pick, you'll be happy to know that there are plenty of similar styles to choose from right now. We suggest checking out our top picks in our Go Buy Now: Shearling Jackets story, but surely those aren't the only options. Topshop's Faux Sheepskin Cape ($170), Oasis' Shearling Aviator Leather Jacket ($259), and Nasty Gal's Shearling Aviator Jacket ($98) are also adorable alternatives worth trying.
Black booties and a slouchy tee modernize a retro full skirt.
We can't say enough about all of the ladylike silhouettes this season; some might say we are borderline obsessed! And sure, we do love a full-blown '50s-inspired ensemble, but it's always inspiring to see a fresh interpretation of these ultra-feminine pieces. For example, Barbro, 24, from Norway, gave her floral-print full skirt a completely current makeover by styling it with a pair of edgy black leather ankle booties and an oversized graphic t-shirt. To reconstruct a Barbro-worthy alternative ensemble, start with the essential piece; we are fans of Vero Moda's Full Floral Skater Skirt ($38) and TBA's Pom Pom Skirt ($168). Combine your selected skirt with Truly Madly Deeply's Geo Pieces Cape Tee ($39) and ASOS' Alesha Leather Platform Chelsea Boots ($90) or Stuart Weitzman's Topper Booties ($498) to further achieve her winning ensemble!--Jessica Baker