Trends this fall are all about returning to the classics — plaid, checks and tweeds, structured silhouettes, and quality fabrics.
This outfit is my attempt to incorporate all of those elements into one chic, polished look that will take you just about anywhere you might need to go this fall, all available at Nordstrom!
I’m totally crushing on this wool blend reefer coat in the preppy plaid. It’s unexpected, but has a classic fit and fabric, making it the perfect topper for this outfit of timeless closet staples.
FYI, if plaid isn’t for you, it also comes in five solid colors. I have the camel and wear it a lot during fall and winter.
This coat runs a bit big, as indicated on the website. I’m wearing the 6, and as you can see, it’s a little big in the shoulders. I like that it buttons comfortably over my chunky sweater, but I might try the 4 before deciding to keep it.
All that to say, if ordering, I recommend sizing down, or maybe ordering two sizes. Nordstrom makes returns so easy, so when in doubt, it’s always best to order two sizes and return the one that doesn’t work out.
I have the Halogen turtleneck in the grey, so I can attest to the comfort and quality. It’s super soft against the skin, and it has a slightly relaxed fit without being oversized.
My jeans are the Good American Good Legs, and I like the 11″ rise for wearing with tops I don’t want to tuck. They have a 29″ inseam, and I should probably have mine shortened about an inch. If you’re on the taller end of the spectrum, these might be a good option for you! (I’m 5’5″, for reference.)
For a more budget-friendly option, this Wit & Wisdom pair has a similar wash (click the Dark Navy) and fit.
I kept my accessories simple with a pair of large pearl studs. I love the elegant simplicity of these earrings — the perfect complement to this classic look.
A good leather handbag will also last many years if you choose a classic style. I grabbed this one without realizing it’s no longer online in my color, but it comes in black, burgundy, and blush.
Finally, I went with a menswear-inspired loafer to finish off this look. Menswear-inspired styles are another hot trend this fall, and while I generally prefer more feminine silhouettes, I love a loafer with jeans for a change from my usual booties or ballet flats.
These Sam Edelman loafers are a lot softer and more comfortable than they may appear. I expected them to be stiff, but they are anything but. I wore them the first time to the mall for the afternoon, and I didn’t have any issues — they don’t rub anywhere, and the leather feels soft against the foot.
There’s a lot to be said for investing in quality wardrobe basics that can last many years. It’s fun to pick up trendy pieces here and there, but I’m really glad to see “trends” veering back into more classic styles.
plaid coat (solid version here) // similar cashmere turtleneck (J.Crew option) // dark wash skinnies (similar for less) // leather loafers // pearl studs
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photos: Alison Cornell