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.