As much as I love summertime and summer weather, I’m super excited to start dressing for fall. Having a few outfit-making jackets in your closet is my best tip for getting your fall outfits to come together quickly and easily, so today I’m styling an olive utility jacket two ways.
This corduroy jacket is from Nordstrom, and it’s surprisingly lightweight and comfortable. I also love the way the buttons are sort of an antique gold — they create a pleasing contrast to the dark olive-green jacket and make it look more expensive than it is. Plus, the fine-gauge corduroy adds texture to these casual outfits.
Unfortunately, this jacket started selling out yesterday after it went on sale. It was fully stocked when I shot the look on Wednesday, and even when I went to write the post yesterday morning. I know it’s disappointing and frustrating when I feature an item that isn’t available in your size, but sometimes it’s just the way the cookie crumbles.
I rounded up some other options for outfit-making jackets at Nordstrom. Maybe one of these will strike your fancy, or perhaps you have one in your closet you can use to recreate these looks.
This woven tank isn’t new to any of you regulars. It’s a workhorse in my wardrobe year-round, and I have it in both black and ivory. The raw-edge chiffon adds interest, and the straps are regular bra-friendly. It runs true to size; I have the small.
And these jeans are the AG Mari, a slim straight ankle jean with a 29″ inseam. My exact pair is from Nordstrom last year, but they have a lot of other washes.
If you’re having a hard time parting with your skinny jeans, this slim straight style is a nice option. They fit snugly through the hips and thighs, but they’re cut straight from knee to hem for a modern silhouette that’s very flattering.
Yesterday’s post was all about mules as the perfect transition shoe for fall, and I mentioned that block heel mules are gaining momentum this season. This pair is a great way to experiment with the trend because the price point is extremely wallet-friendly, especially now that they’re on sale. I sized down half, as I typically do in mules, so I’d say they run true to size.
Once again, I’m carrying my cat print Clare V. tote. It really does go with everything, and the pattern pops against all the solid colors in this outfit.
I looked for a t-shirt that’s a little more of an off-white or beige, but I couldn’t find one. The white works, or a leopard print or stripe would also look great with this look.
These jeans are a legging ankle fit with a raw hem in a classic black, and they’re very lightweight and stretchy and comfortable. I’ve had them since last year, and they’ve held up well and don’t fade quickly. I’m always careful to wash them inside out on cold and hang to dry. They come in both petite and regular sizes.
And can we just talk about these shoes? How fun is that asymmetrical vamp? I thought they might be hard to keep on my feet when I walk, but they really aren’t. They also have a good bit of padding in the footbed, and the leather is soft and comfortable. They’re also true to size, or size down half if you typically do in mules.
I wore the same accessories with both looks. These Gucci sunnies were a splurge a couple years ago, and I wear them almost every day. I love the bold, oversized, sleek black frames. Check out this similar pair by DIFF for a lower price point.
These gold double link earrings are by Kendra Scott, and they also just went on sale. They’re very pretty and lightweight and easy to wear.
And I’ve been wearing this Madewell mixed metal layer necklace with so many of my fall outfits. I love how it fills the neckline of a v-neck or scoop neck top, but it also lays nicely on top of a crew neck.
Both of these outfits use classic wardrobe essentials that most of us already have in our closets, and this corduroy jacket is the pièce de ré·sis·tance that completes the look. If you don’t have any lightweight jackets in your fall wardrobe, I highly recommend adding one or two. It’s a great way to level up your casual looks and keep your outfits interesting.
As always, when you shop at Nordstrom, you get their free shipping and free returns. And don’t forget about their BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options.
And if you aren’t already a Nordy Club member, be sure to sign up so you can start earning points toward Nordstrom Notes when you shop. You also get to enjoy exclusive perks like members-only access to sales, offers, and events — like the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, which is just around the corner!
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photos: Alison Cornell