The Cool-Girl Way to Wear a Slip Dress This Fall

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.

If you’re looking for a topper that’ll give you that instant cool vibe with minimal effort, Natalie’s go-to Phillip Lim parka is the ideal pick.

As Natalie mentioned, this bag may be a statement-maker, but the classic shape makes it a staple you’ll be able to wear season after season.

Turn to the runways or the street style set and you’ll quickly realize that the moto style is the go-to boot silhouette of the season.

The grommet details and embossed accents give this classic Lanvin style a modern twist—it’s the perfect bag to incorporate into any fall look (including Natalie’s outfit here).

This olive hue is very right now—and while we love it in the parka iteration, it’s just as gorgeous and cool in a bomber, too.

The beauty of this slip dress is that you can dress it down with a T-shirt, a denim jacket, and sneakers (or dress it up with mules and a moto jacket).

It’s all about the details here—the silver accent on the toe gives this chunky silhouette a feminine feel. 

How would you style this slip dress? Share your tips with us.