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Our fall fashion curator Hillary Kerr, cofounder of Who What Wear, returns with hilariously wise style advice, social media tips and stories about her brushes with celebrities, on- and offline.

What are you looking forward to wearing this season? Are you planning to shake up your look in any particular way?

I’m really, really, really ridiculously excited to buy a new coat, mostly because I haven’t invested in one in a couple of years and feel like it’s time to do so. The textured Rebecca Taylor coat that’s in my Who What Wear guide is definitely on my list. Its fringed details make it seem like something Stevie Nicks would have worn while working on Rumours, and I appreciate the fact that it’s neutral and will go with just about everything in my closet. Additionally, I adore all of the faux fur outerwear options from Shrimps; they have so much personality and look so cheerful, which one needs desperately in the dead of winter. I also just purchased a pair of flared cords from The Great, which is one of my favorite new brands. The pants are crazy high-waisted but still super flattering and modern somehow. This purchase is rather outside the box for me because I wear pants extremely infrequently (basically never). Now, most people don’t hear “pants” and think “shake up,” but trust me when I say it’s totally wild for me.

What makes a great fall outfit?

Layers, layers, layers, layers and more layers! Also, texture! The best thing about fall is the fact that the cooler weather calls for layered outfits, which are infinitely more interesting to look at than, say, a simple summer slipdress. Embrace the season by adding texture (like suede, chunky knits or even fringe) and layers galore.

How did you select the pieces you chose for the Who What Wear Nordstrom edit?

First and foremost, the pieces had to feel spot-on for the season, whether that meant an incredible fringed coat that subtly nods to the ’70s or a casual take on the ’90s grunge trend with a boxy, buffalo-check jacket that could have come from the set of Cameron Crowe’s Singles. (One of my favorite movies, not that anyone asked!) Secondly, they needed to be versatile; the sort of items that can be styled in loads of different ways and worn both now, while the weather is still mild, as well as deep into winter, with just a few styling adjustments.


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Who What Wear Co-founder Hillary Kerr’s Fall Style Advice and Edit

Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr shares a cameraphone photos with a model

Hillary Kerr, co-founder and editor of Who What Wear, is our guest clothing curator this fall. And we couldn’t be more excited about her selections. Kerr chose pieces that offer that urbane femininity evident in her signature style, which often includes floral skirts, leather jackets, pretty blouses and cinched waists.

If you feel like your seasonal wardrobe could use a little oomph, look no further than this media entrepreneur with a yen for celebrity fashion. Here’s what every closet needs for fall, in Kerr’s words.

1. A sleek sheath
“There’s something so inherently elegant about a sleek sheath, especially one in a rich, autumnal hue. This Ted Baker London option is elevated by an embellished neckline, while the below-the-knee hemline makes it an ideal choice for the office (just add a sharp blazer) or your off-duty events (especially when styled with a cropped leather jacket).”

Theory Eldora Glen plaid vest2. An oversized vest 
“A long or oversized vest, like this one [from Theory], is a smart third piece to invest in right now. It adds significant interest to an otherwise simple outfit and can really help transition your closet into the cooler months. Wear it over a sleek, minimalist dress and styled with flat oxfords now, while the weather’s still warm, then pair it with form-fitting fall staples—like a turtleneck, slim pants and boots—when the autumn air gets brisk.”

3. A textured coat
“It’s all about texture, texture, texture this season, and what better way to embrace the trend than with this stunning fringed coat [from Rebecca Taylor]? It will add a little bohemian luxury to your favorite denim-and-T-shirt looks on the weekend, but also works with more feminine pieces, like a little black dress. The coat is one of those low-fuss, high-impact essentials that’s on every editor’s shopping list…including mine!”

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Who What Wear’s Hillary Kerr Selects Fall Looks at Nordstrom

Who What Wear's Hillary Kerr and Bobby Schuessler at Nordstrom the Grove

Sometimes you need an expert opinion. Usually that opinion is easier to hear if it’s delivered by a friend, or someone with a friendly air.

Hillary Kerr, cofounder of style site Who What Wear, was just the person to dole out fashion advice at Nordstrom the Grove on September 24. The ebullient hostess held court with an audience of shoppers and fashion bloggers present to hear her fashion picks from several Nordstrom labels.

Who What Wear at Nordstrom the Grove

Kerr and Who What Wear senior fashion editor Bobby Schuessler presented the curated outfits on models walking the runway to their fun commentary.

In attendance were 10 Crosby designer Liz Giardina, because im addicted blogger Geri Hirsch, Grasie Mercedes of Style Me Grasie, Chriselle Lim from the Chriselle Factor, Eat.Sleep.Wear’s Kimberly Pesch, Sazan Barzani, Carly Cristman, Devon Rachel and others. Actress Jessica Alba just happened to drop by. It was that kind of an event.


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As editorial and creative directors of one of the Web’s go-to fashion sites, Who What Wear, Hillary and Katherine have some serious style know-how. Hillary’s cat-eye glasses and polka dot dress are playfully retro, while Katherine plays on proportion with an oversize blazer and feminine midi skirt.

One of my favorite things about their look, is that they perfectly complement each other. When I mentioned that, they laughed and said it happens all the time!

xo, Crystal

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