If we had to guess which piece of clothing in Kim Kardashian’s closet gets the most use, it would be the Wolford Fatal dress. Except it wouldn’t be a guess, it would pretty much just be…fact.
Not only has Kim shown off just how versatile the seamless tube can be for her (a skirt? a dress? both?), she also proselytizes to her famous friends about its awesomeness, getting pals like Chrissy Teigen to add the $215 piece to their closets. But how easy could it actually be to wear such a skin-tight item day-in, day-out? Here, 4 ELLE.com editors find out, styling the dress for the streets of New York:
DEPUTY EDITOR SALLY HOLMES LAYERS A T-SHIRT AND LEATHER JACKET OVER HER WOLFORD DRESS.
“I’m no stranger to Kim’s second-skin, body-on-display dressing ways, but the Wolford dress is next-level. On its own, the dress is an unapologetic, leave-nothing-to-the-imagination fancy sausage casing. The cloth tube requires confidence—lots of confidence—to wear as an item of actual clothing you’d leave the house in, but as a layering piece, it’s kind of a game changer. Since, again, this is a piece of sausagey fabric holding in (ish) my bod, it looked and felt better on me when it was doubled and folded over itself and paired with a looser item on top. Worn with a big sweater or a T-shirt and leather jacket, I felt much more comfortable in the thing, and I’d definitely wear this as a skirt with sneakers for a casual hang. The downside? That shit hikes up. Like, what was a semi-tasteful just-above-the-knee lewk in my head (and when I left the office to take these pics!) transformed into full Pretty Woman–level mini after walking three blocks.” — Sally Holmes, Deputy Editor
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER GENA KAUFMAN WEARS THE WOLFORD FATAL DRESS AS A SKIRT.
“When I first saw the Wolford dress in person, I spent the next 12 hours in a panicked frenzy at the idea of wearing what is basically a body stocking made of thin tights. My lack of naked selfies on Instagram is a pretty good indicator that I lack Kim Kardashian’s fearless confidence, so I did not feel prepared to put my regular-person, non-Kardashian bod on that much display. I don’t mind a body-con look generally, but the Wolford dress’s lack of structure revealed all my lumps, bumps, underwear lines, cellulite, and probably even a few large freckles. However, once I realized you could double the dress over into a skirt, the game was changed. I paired my makeshift tube skirt with a turtleneck bodysuit and a leather jacket, and it transformed into an outfit I actually felt pretty great in. The skirt is a little difficult to walk in, but it’s also so soft that it’s like wearing a big hug for your hips. Frankly, I’d sleep in this dress, it’s that comfortable. ” —Gena Kaufman, Social Media Manager.
SENIOR BEAUTY AND FITNESS EDITOR JULIE SCHOTT TRANSFORMS THE WOLFORD FATAL INTO A MINIDRESS.
“The unadulterated Wolford body stocking is so many things—a snood, a sleeping bag, a sleeve—and I experimented with all of the above iterations. But when Nikki asked for real styling, I wasn’t sure what to do. My daily uniform is more Kanye than Kim. The only time I wear body-con anything is at the gym! Nikki suggested halving the skin-tight tube and throwing an oversized silk bomber on top. Since one thing Kim and I have in common is our height, I swapped my go-to sneakers for super high heels. As someone who rotates the same three looks, adding a new multipurpose piece to the mix makes perfect sense. It made me feel like a sexy sausage. Was my hemline choice office appropriate? No. Does Kim (or Kanye) play by the rules? NO. So why should I?” — Julie Schott, Senior Beauty and Fitness Editor.
SENIOR FASHION EDITOR NIKKI OGUNNAIKE TEAMS HER WOLFORD FATAL DRESS WITH A DUSTER COAT, KIM KARDASHIAN STYLE.
“As the editor on this story I kind of felt like a jackass for forcing my work friends to participate, but I felt it was really important to show the Wolford Fatal on various body types. When I first saw the dress, I’ll admit I was fairly apprehensive. I have boobs and a butt and wasn’t sure it would even fit. Furthermore, I like my body just fine, but that doesn’t mean I was ready for all of Midtown New York City to see it. But then I thought, WWKD (What Would Kim Do)? and tossed on my AYR robe coat and created what I think would be a Kardashian-approved look. Since we did this shoot outside, I was slightly self-conscious, but I tried to block out the stares. I generally prefer a more casual approach to dressing, but enjoyed getting this glam. I get why this piece is Kim’s go-to. It’s sexy, easy to put on, and hella comfortable. Wins all around.” — Nikki Ogunnaike, Senior Fashion Editor
Source Cowan: Elle Magazine