Welcome to the 2 weeks each year when bloggers pile on fall layers while it's 90 degrees out! All silliness aside, I did score several deals from the Nordies Anniversary Sale on well-fitting pieces, including a new arrival boot that narrow-calved ladies won't want to miss. Today's post is in partnership with Nordstrom - they asked me to do one this month, and I'm using the opportunity to post some of my hits and misses so far for pre-Fall! For those not shopping this sale, this post has several easy outfit ideas too that can apply to pieces already in your closet!
- BP autumn scarf - a definite keeper and is surprisingly still in stock. Super soft, plus the colors will go with everything come autumn. Btw this is on the thinner side (yet still warm), so for those who typically feel overwhelmed by the mass of big blanket scarves, this one is less voluminous overall and easier to fold/style.
- Halogen lace-up flats - the Chestnut suede ones I ordered arrived first and are lovely in-person. I'm squarely in-between a size 5 and 5.5 in these shoes, so would say order your usual size. They are comfortable out of the box and will get a lot of wear with skinny jeans and leggings.
- O'Neill Lucy dress - I haven't shopped this brand in ages but thought this print looked fairly grown up. The dress is made of thin jersey and there is not much construction to it, however they did take care to match up the pattern along all three seams. I'm keeping it as an easy breezy machine-washable piece to wear on hot days and layer with down the road. The armholes are lower cut so if you're worried your bra will show, a solution is to wear one of those knit lace bralettes that look cute when peeking out. Please note the length is nearly mini on me.
I also wanted to show ideas for transitioning a piece like this into the next season. Sleeveless swingy dresses can be pretty versatile, especially high-necked ones that can conceal various-style necklines of shirts layered underneath.
- Steve Madden Claara block-heeled sandal: these are now completely sold out in the camel color, so I hope some of you were able to snag a pair earlier! I also hope they will do a re-stock because these were just what I was looking for. Btw, the Vince Camuto Feina bootie in khaki was one of the first to sell out on Thursday, but I noticed most sizes were re-stocked today starting in sz 4! I got to try these on in-store and they were both comfortable and leg-flattering, like the pair I picked up by them last year (I take 5.5 in their booties).
- Socialite Lace Dress (2 colors) in xs - recommended for petites, as this may be micro mini on someone much taller than me. This was ordered for my cousin who is similar to me in size. It's an A-line swing silhouette and on the generously-cut side. Comfortable and very affordable for going out or date nights.
- Caslon plaid shirtdress (3 colors) - The images above show how a tiny bit of styling can take something from PJ nighty to a more put-together outfit. The dress was a little long and shapeless on me and the material (100% cotton) was not as soft as I expected, so this was not a keep for me.
- Cece Scallop Dress: I thought this dress felt Kate Spade-esque. The smallest size available is one up from what I usually wear, so this was a little roomy on me throughout. It's made in a lightweight crepe-like material and fully lined in the torso with an invisible back zip. I thought this was cute but wasn't excited by the overall fit & look on me (for starters I'd want to hem it, since I like my straight shift dresses shorter), so I think it's going back.
In the black leggings arena, I was overdue for a new pair and ordered 3 different styles to try for both workout and regular wear. Leggings get a bad rep but a good pair is incredibly versatile. The general rule (which I'm guilty of violating) is to just to wear a top or sweater that covers up your crotch. All three of these were of sturdy weight, and not thin or flimsy:
- Zella live-in leggings - I'm totally late to the Zella game and these lived up to their hype. An xxs fit well on me everywhere except for length, as predicted. These have compression and hold without being too tight, and I love the hidden pocket on the interior waist band. Material is listed to be sweat-wicking and anti-chafe for working out. These are also listed as reversible, but I'm not sure why I'd want to do that since they're black on both sides! Keeper for me but note the inseam is 29" long, so fellow shorties will need a hem.
- Halogen leggings in regular & petite - xxsp has a 26" inseam. These have wide, exposed elastic band panels on each side of the waist which lend a super holding power effect in that area. Some reviewers like this feature but I didn't care for it.
- Vince Camuto leggings in regular & petite - Loved these although the 27" inseam is still a touch long on my legs. The wide mid-rise waistband is a comfortable height on me with a mall amount of control. I also liked the back seaming detail which was flattering on the bum. Apparently the regular sizing in these runs big, but petites is true to size. Keeping these over the Halogen ones as my non-workout leggings.
- Caslon fleece poncho in xs/s petite - This is part of Mom's order and I had to try it on as a poncho lover. It's pretty warm, and feels like a fleece pullover but in a dolman-sleeved silhouette. If you prefer an open cardigan, here is an alternate option in the same light gray color.
- Halogen OTK boots (3 colors, sizes 4 - 11) - I'm so glad I added these to my cart, as they worked better for me than the SMs, and the calves fit 1.5 inches slimmer in a size 5 than the listed measurements! This is why I always emphasize using online measurement as a guideline, but only as a guideline because actual measurements may differ quite a bit for shoe sizes smaller or bigger than the sample size (typically a 7 to 8).
I'm usually between 5 and 5.5 and would say these run on the narrow side. I got a size 5 which is too small on me with socks, so I've ordered half size up (fingers crossed that the shaft measurements won't become much bigger). Even at the retail price of $189 I would've recommended these boots for the quality and fit, so at the current sale price of over 40% off it's a no-brainer. They remind me of these Ivanka Trump ones that I reviewed last year, with a major difference being the material on these is a sturdy-weight, good quality leather and not fabric!
- Steve Madden Eturnul OTK boots (2 colors, sz 5 - 11) - also a very good value at ~ $110 for tall leather boots. These measured similar to the Halogen pair with a few differences. A size 5 fit me in the foot, however the back of the heel "cup" comes up a little higher and hits the bottom of my ankle bone. I might have low ankles as this is a common problem for me. It's not an issue with flats as I usually just add an insert to elevate my foot, but for high heels it makes the shoe a no-go for me. Also the leather on these is very thick - they will definitely be warm in cooler weather.
Both of these are in size 5, and you can see the Halogen Noble style (on the right) is narrower in the toe area and has a slimmer heel. One aspect of the Steve Maddens that I like better is the upper back slit is smaller (see image below), for a closer fit at the thighs. A general tip to keep tall boots from gradually sliding down is to wear tall boot socks (here are some options, all on sale), which will provide friction.
Measurements of the Steve Madden Eturnul boots in sz 5: 4.75" across the ankle, 6.5" across the calves, 7" across the top opening, 18.5" shaft height (measured from the top of the heels), 3.5" heel height.
Measurements of the Halogen Noble boots in sz 5: 5" across the ankle, 6.25" across the calves, 6" across the top opening, 18.5" shaft height (measured from the top of the heels), 3.25" heel height.
Whew! That's it for today, but I'll be updating my original sale picks post throughout this week with notes on how items turned out. The Cole Haan boots sure went quickly in small sizes - I hope those who ordered will love them as much as I do!