Splurge & Save: Fall Picks

If there’s one thing that is guaranteed from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it’s that it’ll get me in the mood for fall clothes, pronto. In addition to this year’s sale closing (and the subsequent sigh of relief heard from my bank account), my gentleman-spouse and I have a trip to Canada planned for early fall, meaning those optimal temperatures are going to show up in my wardrobe a few weeks ahead of their mid-Atlantic start date. After a certain number of humid DC summer days in a row, I’m dreaming about sweaters and boots. Here are my fall picks, at a variety of price points:

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Jeffrey Campbell ($165) | Crown Vintage ($70)

At the top of my list for this fall are a pair of stacked-heel black leather booties. I’d wear these with black skinny jeans, tights and a skirt, or wide-leg trousers tailored just right.

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Citizens of Humanity ($258) | Gap ($69)

Everywhere you look these days you’re seeing high-rise flared jeans. My immediate reaction was “that’s for models, not us petite curvy ladies” – until I remembered that was my immediate reaction to skinny jeans 10 years ago. So now I’m determined to try ’em. Since this style is so, so casual, I’d wear them with one of Everlane’s effortless v-neck tees and delicate jewelry.

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Joie ($338) | Halogen ($128)

If for no other reason, fall is my favorite season because I get to start wearing cashmere again. It doesn’t come cheaply, but if you buy the right quality and treat it well, it can last for years. (Pro tip: scour consignment stores for good cashmere pieces at bargain prices; ThredUp has proven useful for this if you – like me – don’t like shopping in actual stores.) This Halogen sweater was one of my biggest scores from this year’s Nordstrom sale, and I predict it’ll get a great deal of use this fall.

How about y’all? What autumn items are you most excited to try out?

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