Our fall 2016 trend report is proof that Who What Wear editors love burning the midnight oil to deliver a guide to everything you’ll be seeing, shopping, and wearing this season. Curated shortcuts to the season’s top trends are a specialty of ours, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a backseat and let someone else guide the way.
Case in point: one of our favorite trendsetters, Natalie Suarez of Natalie Off Duty, who is showing us how to transition a feminine slip dress into a cool downtown-feeling ensemble that’s fall-ready. The key? “It's all about how you layer and play with textures,” says Suarez. “The slip dress, something so sexy and luxurious, paired with more boyish [pieces] is immediately toughened up.”
Hover over the plus signs to reveal the Saks Fifth Avenue pieces that helped Nat nail her look.
"The <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N4946.137940.WHOWHATWEAR/B9453460.138624361;dc_trk_aid=310860795;dc_trk_cid=68882425;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment= " target="_blank">Chloé shoulder bag</a> has an earthy element with its beautiful, bohemian suede patchwork. It totally flows with my warm, fall color palette. Plus, it's a timeless, transitional piece I can wear year-round."
“This is not like any other <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N4946.137940.WHOWHATWEAR/B9453460.138624363;dc_trk_aid=310860793;dc_trk_cid=68882425;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment= " target="_blank">parka jacket</a> . The fit is slouchy but slim-fitting. It also has tiny details on it that I love, like all the ties that dangle from the sleeves and sides. You can throw it over anything and it'll immediately make your look feel more put-together and chic.”
“I love the <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N4946.137940.WHOWHATWEAR/B9453460.138624362;dc_trk_aid=310860794;dc_trk_cid=68882425;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=" target="_blank">straps and neckline</a> so much. It's perfect for layering. During the day, I'll throw a white T-shirt underneath. And for night, I'll just keep it bare around my neckline and throw on a jacket.”
“These are <a href="https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N4946.137940.WHOWHATWEAR/B9453460.138624360;dc_trk_aid=310860796;dc_trk_cid=68882425;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=" target="_blank">boots</a> you put on and just feel so good in, like you can conquer the world. It's funny what a pair of boots can do to you! I love the patent leather and slim fit. So sleek and grungy.”
We love a vibrant slip dress as an alternative to your standard going-out look because it can be styled many different ways—with a jacket like Natalie showcased, or layered over a cool long-sleeve turtleneck.