Easy Fall outfit ideas (& affordable over the knee boots)

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I had several hits from Nordstrom’s pre-fall sale, so wanted to share reviews while sizes were still in stock! This post also has several easy outfit Fall outfit ideas that can apply to basic pieces already in your closet!

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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. A definite keeper for me, but note the inseam is 29″ long, so fellow shorties will need a hem.

– 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.

– 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.

I know boots are on everyone’s mind come Fall –  I did a detailed review of the Halogen over the knee and  Treasure and Bond boots at the end of this post, so be sure to scroll down and read!

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Caslon dress (similar style), Steve Madden heels, similar leather belt, Tory Burch tote

– 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.

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Caslon poncho, Vince Camuto leggings xxsp (1.5″ folded under), similar leopard flats (see them on me)

– 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 a wool cashmere cardigan, here is an alternate option that comes in a petite length (see it on me).

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– O’Neill Lucy dress – I haven’t shopped this brand in ages but liked the print! 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.

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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:

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Steve Madden shoes sz 5, Hei Hei jacket xxsp, Gucci bag

– 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.

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– 2016 Halogen OTK boots (updated 2017 version – read note below**) – 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 in the foot area. 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). **Note, I did try on the 2017 updated Halogen OTK boots, and didn’t think the suede was good quality. See the 2017 version reviewed in this post.

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Treasure and Bond boots sz 5.5, J.Crew tee, Express jeans, Celine mini box bag (my review)

2017 Update: As an alternative to the Halogen boots, I’m excited to share a pair of well-fitting and comfortable boots for under $100! These Treasure and Bond boots come in extended sizes 4 trough 13, and I have a feeling they won’t stay in stock for long. They feature a round toe, low block heel, and pull on style shaft (no zipper). Note the material is faux suede, but I found the material to look and feel higher quality than the real suede on the 2017 Halogen over-the-knee boots.

Fit-wise, I had jeans on so cannot speak to how these look over bare legs (these are definitely not as fitted as Stuart Weitzmans). Over my jeans, they were a good fit both in the calf width (stretchy) and shaft height, hitting me just about an inch or two over my knees. I like that the top shaft opening of these boots is not split (typical of many OTK boot designs), which usually makes the boot look wider at the top and less streamlined on narrow legs.

Whew! That’s it for this post, but I’ll be updating my original sale picks throughout this week with notes on how items turned out!
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Thank you to Nordstrom for partnering on this post.

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  1. Jean wrote:

    I have thick socks that go up / past my knees and i've also recommended thin leg warmers (since thick socks can sometimes make the foot area too tight!) to wear inside boots. The traction created by the knits against the leather helps keep boots from falling down too much.

    Posted 10.12.16 Reply

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