Fall Outfit Inspo | #NSale 2020

Happy Monday, friends! There’s a nip in the air this morning, and it feels a little bit like fall, so I thought I’d share some fall outfit inspiration with you.

Of course, this fall will look very different than years past, but I’m hoping we can keep a lid on this Covid thing and continue to be out and about some. And even when we’re at home all day, it’s important for our mental health and well-being to get dressed and feel good about how we look.

Why not wear all of those cute clothes hanging in our closets!? No sense letting them rot just because we aren’t conducting our normal activities.

everyday fall outfit inspiration for women over 40

I’m trying to share things that are at least somewhat stocked, but #NSale pickings are getting slim. If something you love is out of stock right now, I’m confident there will be tons of restocks over the next few weeks from people making returns, so keep an eye on your favorites!

Also, I don’t know how many of you are aware, but a devastating storm ripped through parts of Iowa last Monday. There was no warning, so it caught people totally unprepared, and the loss of life and property (and crops, as much of the area is farmland) were is intense and widespread. Many are still without power, even a week later, and of course relief efforts are complicated by Covid. [read about it here]

I share this because one of Nordstrom’s biggest distribution centers is located in that area, and many #NSale orders are delayed. So if you’re still waiting on some, be patient; I’m sure they’re doing the best they can.

And if you are one who was affected by that storm, I hope you’re back up and running very soon!

There is no graceful way to segue from a natural disaster to cute fall outfits, so I won’t even try.

Fall Outfit Inspo | #NSale 2020

Some of these items you’ve seen me share before, but others have come in since my last Try-On Haul, so there are definitely some new fun finds in here.

As a reminder, I’ve linked all my 2020 #NSale coverage at the top of the blog so it’s easy to access. When you use my Nordstrom links to shop, it helps support this blog, and it is SO very much appreciated!

Outfit #1: Plush Tunic + Faux Leather Leggings

AllSaints sweater // Spanx leggings // Vince boots // Kendra Scott hoops

I’ve already shown the AllSaints Tara sweater with skinny jeans, but I recently got the Spanx faux leather leggings in the mail, and they seemed like the perfect pairing.

I will be honest, though, the Spanx leggings are a bit much for me. I might like them better with a knee-high boot and a tunic that doesn’t have that big side slit…

I don’t have a longer tunic, but I do have these Vince Camuto knee high boots.

Hmmmm… the leather boots on the faux leather leggings is a lot of shine.

AllSaints sweater // Spanx leggings // Vince Camuto boots (size up half) // Kendra Scott hoops

Suede would look a lot better, but I’m still not feeling the leggings. I like them when I see them on other women, but I don’t think I would ever actually wear them.

Alternative #1: Plush Tunic + Skinny Jeans

AllSaints sweater // Kut from the Kloth skinny jeans (similar option) // Vince Camuto bootie

This look is WAY more in my comfort zone. I feel like the sweater doesn’t do much in pictures, but in person, it’s absolutely scrumptious.

It feels so good on, and has such a nice flow to it as you move around. Plus, it’s just a little bit different than anything else I have. I love the color and the details in the knit…

Also, these booties are really good, but size up half.

And I highly recommend these jeans for a bargain buy.

Sizes are getting depleted, but this pair is very similar and also on sale.

Alternative #2: Faux Leather Leggings + Luxe Cardigan & Leopard Tee

Nordstrom Signature cardigan // Caslon tee (option) // Spanx leggings // Vince boots // Kendra Scott hoops

Before totally ditching the leggings, I thought I’d try them with a tee and cardigan combo.

The beige cardigan definitely tones down the leggings, but I still think I’d prefer the tee and cardigan combo with jeans.

This Nordstrom Signature open cardigan is still fully stocked, and I love it. I’m still trying to decide if I want to keep the black or beige.

By way of reminder, here is the black.

I guess this could be alternative #3, but we are really getting away from the original outfit formula!

Oh, well. It’s a rabbit trail of the best kind… the fashion kind!

Alternative #3: Luxe Cardigan & White Tee + Skinny Jeans

Nordstrom Signature cardigan // Caslon tee // Paige jeans // Sofft sneaker mules

FYI, the Paige jeans and Sofft sneaker mules are still fully stocked!

Here is another cozy cardigan optionthis one is under $50 and very thick but soft and cozy. Size down, though. I’m in the S and definitely need an XS in this one.

Treasure & Bond cardigan (option) // Caslon tee (option) // Spanx leggings // Kendra Scott hoops

Okay, moving on…

Outfit #2: Cozy Pullover + Skinny Jeans & Booties

This outfit is pretty much my fall/winter uniform. It’s so simple, but there is truly nothing I’d rather wear in the winter than a cozy pullover with skinny jeans and boots.

Vince funnel neck sweater // Mother jeans // Marc Fisher booties

The sweater is pricey, but it’s exactly the reason I love the #NSale. I never pay full-price for Vince, but if I can get it for 40% off right here at the beginning of the season, the cost per wear will be practically nill by the time I’m done with it. The classic style and stellar quality mean it will be in my closet for years.

I really like the combination of the pale grey sweater light wash jeans. FYI, these jeans are almost sold out, but this Paige pair is very similar.

Here’s another option with a classic crewneck sweater.

Vince crew neck sweater // Mother jeans // Marc Fisher booties

This one is also by Vince, and I think this pink shade is so pretty. It also pairs perfectly with light wash jeans and light grey boots.

I love these boots in the Cloud Suede. They pair so well with light and mid-wash denim, and they’re a nice way to transition from summer to fall.

To lighten up the look, you can always swap out the booties for loafers.

Alternative #1: Cozy Pullover + Skinny Jeans & Loafers

Vince funnel neck sweater // Mother jeans // Everlane loafer mules (option)

This caramel color of these loafer mules is really pretty with this outfit, but the taupe Steve Madden pair from the #NSale would work too.

Alternative #2: Oversized Pullover + Skinny Jeans & Mules

Chelsea28 sweater // Paige jeans // Steve Madden mules // Tory Burch crossbody // Kendra Scott hoops & layer necklace

Here’s another variation on the theme. This sweater is under $50, and I love the relaxed fit. It also feels really soft on and has a great drape. It has *almost* no wool content, for those who need that — it’s 40% viscose, 33% nylon, 25% polyester, 2% cashmere.

Those jeans really need about an inch hacked off the bottom… it’s driving me nuts. But I really love this bag.

It’s sold out online, but if you want it, I recommend calling your local store. A few people have told me they had luck finding one that way.

Outfit #3: Longline Cardigan + Printed Cami

Halogen cardigan // Halogen cami // Paige jeans // Steve Madden mules // Kendra Scott hoops & layer necklace

Cardigans and fall go hand-in-hand, and this cardigan has a beautiful drape, patch pockets, and a nice long, slim silhouette.

It’s soft and lightweight and has very little wool content — 40% viscose, 30% nylon, 25% polyester, 5% cashmere. You can definitely size down in this; I’m in the small but I think I’d prefer the fit of the XS.

This woven cami comes in several fun prints. I got the stripe and the leopard for layering under jackets and cardigans. You can also dress up the look with heeled sandals.

Halogen cardigan // Halogen cami // Paige jeans // Vionic sandals // Kendra Scott hoops & layer necklace

A chunky suede sandal like these Vionics are another great way to transition your outfits from summer to fall. These are sooo comfortable, and I really like the styling.

Alternative #1: Cozy Cardigan + Printed Cami with Skinny Jeans & Booties

While the longline cardigans are chic and fun, I usually gravitate to the shorter, cozier ones — mid-thigh or above is my sweet spot. I keep coming back to this Nordstrom Signature one.

But, black or beige is the question…

Nordstrom Signature cardigan // Halogen cami (option) // rag & bone Nina skinnies // Vince Camuto booties

For more casual looks, I like to wear a cardigan over a t-shirt…

Alternative #2: Cozy Cardigan + T-Shirt with Skinny Jeans and Mules

Nordstrom Signature cardigan // Caslon tee // Paige jeans // Sofft sneaker mules

Hey look, we’re back to this one. Ha! I guess I know what I like.

I found this Daily Ritual cardigan on Amazon to give you a more budget-friendly cardigan option. It comes in tons of colors and ships free with Prime.

Daily Ritual cardigan // Caslon tee // Kut from the Kloth skinnies (option) // Rachel Parcell belt // Everlane loafer mules

Outfit #4: Leather Jacket + Printed Tee with Skinny Jeans & Booties

ATM cheetah tee (options here & here) // Caslon leather jacket (options here & here) // Paige jeans // Vince boots

I know I’ve shared this look before, and it’s probably mean to post it again because the jacket and tee are both sold out, but it’s such a good fall look, so I had to include it here.

I am HOPING they restock these pieces at some point, but if not, you can recreate this look with similar items.

This tee is an Amazon Fashion find, and it has a very similar look to my ATM tee at a fraction of the price. I also found this one from J.Crew that I like a lot.

And while my leather jacket is fun because it has the hood, but I also love this more traditional Sam Edelman leather moto.

Alternative #1: Printed Tee with Boyfriend Jeans & Booties

ATM cheetah tee (options here & here) // rag & bone boyfriend jeans // Marc Fisher booties

When it’s too hot for a jacket in the fall, I love to wear a short-sleeve tee with ankle boots.

These are the Marc Fisher booties in the Cognac Suede. Both colors are so good, I had a hard time making a choice, and I still wonder if I should have kept both.

Also, these boyfriend jeans are a nice break from skinny jeans.

Alternative #2: Military Jacket + White Tee with Skinny Jeans & Loafers

Rails military jacket // Caslon tee // Kut from the Kloth skinny jeans (similar option) // Everlane mules

Sometimes a leather moto is a bit much, and a military jacket can be a nice alternative. This one is super lightweight, and I love the mini cheetah print.

FYI, there’s a solid colored one that’s part of the #NSale. I would typically gravitate toward the sage, but I’ve seen several bloggers style the pink, and it’s really cute on.

Alternative #3: Woven Tank + Leather Jacket

Coming full circle, this is the Sam Edelman leather moto I mentioned as an alternative to the black Caslon one that inspired the original outfit formula with the cheetah print tee.

Sam Edelman moto // Chelsea28 woven tank (not on sale; option) // similar flares // leopard pumps (not on sale)

I drug this photo out of last year’s Nordstrom sale picks because they brought this jacket back this year, and it’s good! It’s also available in black, and it runs true to size. I have the small.

This is pretty much my go-to outfit formula for a fall date night — the toughness of the leather jacket offsets the feminine woven tank, and then the casual jeans and classic pumps create more visual tension. It all works together so perfectly.

Incidentally, this jacket would be amazing over that stripe cami (and there’s also a tank version).

Outfit #5: Cargo Pants + Tee & Denim Jacket

I couldn’t possibly share a fall outfit roundup without a denim jacket and olive cargo pant combo…

Paige cargo pants (budget option) // Caslon stripe tee // Vince Camuto denim jacket // Vince Camuto booties

These Paige cargo pants just came in the mail over the weekend, and I like them more than I thought I would. They’re thick and soft and hug the body in all the right places. They came cuffed, and I left them that way.

There’s also a Caslon pair that will give you a similar look for less.

I like this look with the booties for fall, but I can swap them out for my favorite neutral sandals and start wearing this outfit now!

And that’s a wrap!

I have a few more, but I’m saving them for some collaborations I’m doing with Nordstrom later this week. I hope this gives you some outfit inspiration as you look ahead to fall.

Meanwhile, I’ll be back tomorrow with my Save/Spend/Splurge handbag roundup!

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