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I realized recently that my fall wardrobe was missing a crucial component. I was feeling frustrated and bored with my clothes when I went to get dressed in the mornings, which makes no sense, considering that we are right here at the start of a new season… and arguably, the best season for fashion!
Normally I can’t wait to start wearing my fall clothes, but this year I was getting cranky every time I tried to put an outfit together. My simple jeans and sweater combos seemed tired, and none of my layering pieces seemed quite right.
I have a few stand-alone sweaters with stripes or collared details that I love, but I was wearing them over and over again and neglecting a large portion of my closet because I couldn’t seem to complete an outfit with my favorite wardrobe basics.
I finally realized that what my fall wardrobe was missing was some fresh outfit-making jackets.
Leather and suede moto jackets were my go-to for many years, but they’re feeling tired to me these days, and it’s getting too chilly for denim and twill. I’m not into blazers, which are very much on trend right now, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was looking for.
I decided to go to the Nordstrom website and look around because they always have a wide selection of styles and price points, and I found exactly what I was looking for! In fact, I found TWO great jackets that I’ve been wearing on repeat ever since they arrived in the mail last week.
This oversized plaid wool blend jacket has the shape of a bomber jacket, but it’s made of a cozy wool/polyester blend. It’s fully lined, so it slides easily on over my sweaters, and it looks great with thermal tops and t-shirts, as well.
Here’s the outfit I was wearing without the jacket, so you can compare. As you can see, there’s nothing wrong with this. A classic camel cashmere crewneck pullover with a great pair of jeans and western-inspired boots is a great outfit base, and some days it’s all I need.
But now, look at the same outfit with the plaid jacket on top. It’s a whole new level of style. I love how the subtle blue in the print pulls in the blue from my jeans, and there’s also a bit of camel in there, as well.
I wore dark brown Western-inspired boots to bookend the look, and to keep the look casual yet elevated. A belt and bag in complementary shades of brown complete the outfit, and now I feel excited to get dressed and go somewhere.
The other jacket I found is also plaid, but it has a cooler color palette and more of a cropped fit. This jacket has a slightly more rustic appeal, almost veering into the shacket category, but I much prefer the cropped styling on this one.
The fabric on this jacket is slightly thicker and softer than the one above, making it quite cozy and warm. I also like way the subtle gathering on the cuffs of the sleeves creates a subtle feminine detail.
This time, I went a little more casual with my styling. I wore a grey ribbed long sleeve tee under the jacket, with straight ankle jeans and sneakers.
These jeans are the AGOLDE Riley, a slim straight leg style with a vintage aesthetic. The 28″ inseam allows me to wear them with both sneakers and boots, so they’re proving to be quite versatile.
This tee is super soft and stretchy, and I like it a lot, but it runs small. I would recommend sizing up one or even two sizes.
And my VEJA Esplar sneakers probably need no introduction. The low profile and minimalistic styling complements this casual outfit and keeps it current.
These jackets have instantly revived my fall wardrobe and made putting outfits together fun again. In fact, I’ve also got my eye on this olive green quilted corduroy jacket, and maybe even the solid black version of my Treasure & Bond wool bomber, as well.
If you’re in the same boat, I rounded up some more outfit-making jackets below for your shopping inspiration!
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photos: Alison Cornell