11 Fall Wardrobe Essentials to Update Your Style (On SALE!)

Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves to Update Your Style

Huge thanks to Nordstrom and Collective Voice for sponsoring this post

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened up for everyone earlier this week! If you want to update your fall clothes, there are some great pieces in this sale that you should definitely check out, and I’m partnering with Nordstrom and Collective Voice to share them!

I often say that having the right pieces is key to being able to put yourself together easily every day, and that starts with having a good set of staples. Another key is that clothes are actually comfortable, or else you won’t want to wear them. Nordstrom is where I get most of my super duper comfortable clothes. Shopping there has seriously elevated my wardrobe in both style and comfort, and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the prime time to get great pieces that feel good at more affordable prices!

On top of that, Nordstrom has fantastic customer service! They offer free shipping and free return shipping on all orders which means you can order things and try them with peace of mind. You can also order online and utilize their in-store and curbside pickup. And, you can earn points on your purchases towards Nordstrom Notes, get clothes tailored and earn Nordstrom credit back(!!), and more if you’re part of the Nordy Club. It’s totally free to sign up! Learn all about it HERE.

Let’s talk through some fall essentials that will update your style and make getting dressed smoother—and more comfortable! 😊

SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

Fall Casual Outfit: olive utility jacket + black and white plaid shirt + medium blue girlfriend jeans + cognac suede bootiesFall Casual Outfit: olive utility jacket + black and white plaid shirt + medium blue girlfriend jeans + gold hoop earrings + gold pendant necklace

1. Utility Jacket
A utility jacket is a fall (and winter and spring) must-have. It’s an easy piece to grab and go and throw over almost anything to look put together, including t-shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, and blouses.

It’s key to find one that’s really comfortable to wear all day. Caslon utility jackets are always lightweight with some stretch and are easy to move around in, this one included! It has a classic, military-esque style and adjustable drawstring that allows you to cinch in the waist and create shape. Comes in two colors, HERE. I’m wearing size S.

 

Fall Casual Outfit: olive utility jacket + black and white plaid shirt + medium blue girlfriend jeans + cognac suede booties + gold pendant necklace

2. Girlfriend Jeans
Having several cuts of jeans in your wardrobe is helpful to mix up your outfits. Girlfriend jeans are easy to wear, and a medium wash pair like this is easy to dress down and dress up. I’m wearing them in an elevated casual outfit here with booties, and you can easily dress them down with sneakers and a tee.

I love these jeans! They are stretchy and comfortable with that game-changing elastic in the waistband. They are thicker than some other pairs, though, which is great for helping you feel held-in. Find them HERE. I’m wearing size 6.

 

Fall Casual Outfit: olive green utility jacket Caslon + black and white plaid shirt + Wit & Wisdom medium blue boyfriend jeans + cognac suede ankle boots side view

3. Booties
Booties are a fall and winter staple for elevated casual outfits! These are GORGEOUS and super affordable for good booties. The design is simple but really versatile and will help outfits look updated. The low heel is easy to walk in, and the pointed toe adds more polish and elongates your leg line. These come in tan and grey. I haven’t seen the grey in person, but this tan is beautiful. It’s light enough to go with a lot of outfits without overpowering the look. Find them HERE. I wear size 8.5.

Another pair that I own and love is the Miller Water Resistant Lug Sole Boots. They’re great if you’re looking for something more casual, and they’re water resistant! I wear them in size 8.5.

 

Fall Casual Outfit: black and white plaid shirt + medium blue girlfriend jeans + white casual sneakers

4. Plaid Shirt
Plaid is a quintessential fall print! This one has a relaxed and modern vibe, and it’s really soft with a good drape. Unfortunately, it’s not available in this color, but it is available in blue, HERE. Hopefully the black one gets restocked! I wear size XS.

A similar option that is also part of the sale is THIS one by BP.

 

Fall Casual Outfit: black and white plaid shirt + medium blue girlfriend jeans + white casual sneakers side view

5. Sneakers
Slip-on sneakers or low-profile sneakers are KEY to upgrading your casual outfits. This pair is a trendier option that will add a modern element to all of your outfits. I LOVE how much they update old outfits—just by changing shoes!

This pair has a cushioned footbed and soft leather upper. I can slip these on without having to tie anything, which is a MUST for me. The laces aren’t meant to be tied anyway. One note is the heel is shallow, so be mindful of that if you often have problems with heels slipping off. Comes in several colors, HERE. I wear size 8.5.

 

Casual Fall Outfit: Orange sweater + medium blue skinny jeans + cognac suede booties + grey crossbody bag + gold initial pendant necklace+ gold hoop earringsCasual Fall Outfit: Orange sweater + medium blue skinny jeans + cognac suede booties + grey crossbody bag + gold initial pendant necklace+ gold hoop earrings side view

6. Skinny Jeans 
Yes, you can still wear skinny jeans! Just be sure to pair them with modern elements like updated booties and an updated top. This pair is very soft, stretchy, and comfortable, and they are even MORE comfortable with a waistband that has elastic in it. Thanks to this waistband, these jeans fit a variety of body types and sizes. Plus, it’s so much more comfortable to sit in them! Unfortunately, this pair is currently sold out, but you can check if it gets restocked HERE. I wear size 4.

Another great option is this pair of jeggings, which was my first pair of Wit & Wisdom jeans ever. They are very stretchy and soft as well! They do not have the elastic strip in the waistband, but the waistband does stretch nonetheless. Be SURE to SIZE DOWN. Otherwise, there will be way too much material everywhere! Check them out HERE.

 

Casual Fall Outfit: Orange sweater + medium blue skinny jeans + cognac suede booties + grey crossbody bag + gold initial pendant necklace

7. Sweater
Sweaters are obviously fall staples, and my preference is a relaxed one like this for casual outfits! This sweater is thick and slightly oversized and works well as a tunic over skinny jeans, but it also works in a looser front tuck. It has details at the neckline and is speckled with green to add visual interest and style. Find the sweater HERE. I’m wearing size XS.

Another sweater that’s worth checking out is THIS one by Vero Moda. It’s much thinner, so it’s better for warmer fall weather, and it’s shorter, so it works well with other cuts of jeans. I wear that one in size M for a looser fit.

 

Elevated Casual Fall Outfit: grey floral blouse + cognac moto jacket + dark wash bootcut jeans + cognac suede booties + gold hoop earrings

8. Moto Jacket
A moto jacket is the perfect topper for elevating casual outfits and for work looks. It’s my go-to layer over anything dressy, too! This one is really, really soft, flexible, and comfortable. Comes in several colors, HERE. I wear size S.

 

Elevated Casual Fall Outfit: grey floral blouse Caslon + cognac moto jacket + dark wash bootcut jeans + cognac suede booties + gold hoop earrings

9. Bootcut Jeans
Bootcut jeans are another style that you can add! They elongate your leg line and add a polished vibe to outfits. This pair has been a PMT fan favorite for YEARS. These jeans are stretchy, soft, and SO comfortable! They have elastic in the waistband as well, making them extra comfy. I’m pairing them with the same BP booties from above.

Grab these jeans while they’re on sale, HERE. You can also find it in a medium wash HERE. For sizing, I wear these in size 8. Size 6 fit comfortably, but I prefer size 8 for a slightly looser fit around my fuller thighs. If you don’t have fuller thighs, go TTS in these.

 

Elevated Casual Fall Outfit: gray floral blouse Caslon + cognac moto jacket + dark wash bootcut jeans + cognac suede booties close up

10. Printed Top
Be sure to include a printed top in your essentials to add visual interest to your wardrobe staples! Bonus points if it goes with both jeans and with slacks so you can wear it in casual outfits and for work. This top is perfect for that and has a cute print that works in both the fall and in the spring! It’s lightweight and super easy to wear with details like buttons, seams at the shoulder, and a print to add style. Several prints available, HERE. I wear size S.

 

Elevated Work Outfit for Fall: grey floral printed blouse + black ankle slacks + black pumps + black tote + gold hoop earrings

11. Black Pants
If you work in a business casual environment, you know that black slacks are a must! But, of course, they need to be COMFY! This pair is smooth, stretchy, soft, and super duper comfortable. The caveat is that the opening has a hook closure but no zipper. The waistband is really, really stretchy, and they are more like a pull-on style. Check them out HERE. I wear size 4.

These are 11 fall wardrobe essentials that will totally make wardrobe function more smoothly and help you put together outfits more easily. For sure check them out while they’re on sale so that you can have some stylish and updated options that are also really COMFY!

 

More Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Highlights

If you’re looking for more recs to check out during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I rounded them up in the widget below!

 


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