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School started in our area this week, and I’m getting excited to start transitioning my wardrobe from summer to fall. I’ve already started moving the lighter fabrics to the back of my closet and bringing in more seasonal colors.
With so many people heading back to the office and more events than we’ve had the past few seasons, I’m getting lots of requests for transitional dresses this year! I found a bunch of great options at Nordstrom.
This first dress is one I picked up at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale back in July. It was one of the first items I tried on in the dressing room on that first shopping day, and I knew immediately it was coming home with me.
For one thing, it’s hard to find a dress with sleeves, even in the fall. I especially love that it has 3/4-length sleeves, as they are typically more flattering than full-length sleeves. I also really like the tonal plaid texture in the jacquard knit.
I went for a pair of taupe suede pumps for this post, and I carried a classic tote in a similar hue.
These two-tone “door knocker” earrings are in keeping with the classic style of the dress and pumps. I’ve been wearing them a lot lately!
This dress is full lined, except for the sleeves, and it runs true to size.
My next option is a little more wintry, but you can certainly start wearing it as soon as the weather turns cold where you live.
I always have a sweater dress or two in my fall/winter wardrobe, and this one is under $100!
Due to the ribbed texture, I was afraid it would be too clingy, but it actually skims the body easily without highlighting every imperfection.
The wide ribbed knit provides textural interest, and the fabric is soft and comfortable. It also comes in grey and navy.
I went with a medium because I’m between sizes right now, and I didn’t want it too tight. It still fits well in the shoulders, and doesn’t bulge around the arms or bustline, so I believe this is the right size.
I also love the button detail down the one side. You can unbutton a few, to your comfort level, but I left mine as-is for more of an office-appropriate look.
I styled this dress with black ankle boots to keep it modern and fun. I felt like pumps would be too stodgy, but an open toe bootie, knee boot, or chunky sandal would look good too.
These Mark Fisher booties have a classic silhouette, with a 3″ block heel and on-trend pointed toe, and they run true to size. They’re comfortable to walk in, and they also look great under flares or wide leg jeans.
My final outfit features a short-sleeve sweater dress with a funnel neck and raised pintucks at the waist in the front and back, which create such flattering lines.
This fabric has a little more structure than a typical sweater dress, and it’s the perfect above-the-knee length.
It has an exposed gold zipper detail on the back, and I just love this shade of green for fall. It pairs perfectly with these caramel suede knee boots.
These boots are super comfortable, and the quality is on point. The suede is soft and supple, and they have a stable wood grain block heel with an almond-shaped toe.
The zip-up design makes them easy to get on and off, and I’m wearing my regular size 8.
I carried a coordinating leather tote in a similar shade of beige, with contrasting black handles for another fun detail. I like how the warm brown tones contrast with the vibrant green dress.
For size reference, I’m wearing a large in this dress, even though I think the medium is probably the right size.
The medium fit very snug to the body, and I find the large more comfortable. All that to say, you may want to size up if you run between sizes.
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!
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photos: Alison Cornell