Pre-Fall Sale Reviews: Sweaters, Moto Jackets, Booties, Oh My

army utility field jacket cropped nordstrom sale

Happy happy Friday! Nordstrom’s pre-Fall Anniversary sale is now OPEN to the public – I’ve got a bunch of new reviews for you guys on pieces from cozy sweaters to supple leather jackets to chic ankle booties (be sure to check out my last round of reviews too!). This post includes items I already own & love that are now on sale, as well as “dupes” for closet favorites that I wanted to review for those interested. Sizes are going quickly, but I’ve been seeing pop-backs every day, so it doesn’t hurt to bookmark something and check back! As always, there is free shipping & returns at any price, which is very helpful if you’re unsure of how something will work on you.

– AoS Sarah white skinny jeans (40% off) – my go-to affordable white jeans that I rotate around with my J.Brand ones. See them styled on me hereherehere, and here. Size down for a snug fit, and length may need a hem on shorter ladies. I have 2 pairs in both 23 and 24 and they fit similarly after being shrunken down in the machine dryer after each wash.

– Thread & Supply twill moto jacket sz xs – not on sale, but under $60. A chic little find by my cousin. This is a cropped and drape-able version of the army / utility jackets that are ever-versatile during fall. It is shrunken fit and pretty petite-friendly as shown above. The twill-like outer is 100% cotton, and the lining and sleeves are also cotton in a stretchy knit sweatshirt-like material.

sun shadow tan brown suede moto jacket nordstrom sale petites

Sun & Shadow suede jacket xxs, J.Brand jeans 24 (also worn here, here, here), Madewell tee xxs, Ann Taylor Elly heels c/o sz 5 (back in stock!)

– Sun & Shadow suede jacket in xxs – xl, $132 (originally $198). For those who wanted my BlankNYC tan suede jacket but missed out, this is a similar option at an awesome price for real suede. I updated my first post with more info and the measurements of this jacket in xxs. I know this one will not be in stock for long.

Ann Taylor Elly suede sandals – 40% off w/ code SHOP40, which also works on new arrivals. I get questions each time I wear these so thought it’d be worth pointing them out again! I absolutely love these sandals as they are so flattering on the legs and feet. The heel is not too high, the suede is nice quality, and the color is really versatile (was completely sold out but now mostly re-stocked). See them on me here, here, and here.

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Halogen cardigan one size, Zella leggings sz xxs (hemmed; see my review), Halogen boots sz 5.5 (see my review), Caslon tee sz xxsp

– Halogen open front knit cardigan – one size – How cute is this outfit for a casual fall look? Wrap me up in a cozy sweater with leggings and I’m ready for hibernation. I’m reviewing this one as a dupe for my Boohoo cardigan that I love for long trips, except this one is better quality and doesn’t have the weird fringe on the bottom. I did not expect this to work on petites given the “one size” situation, but it is cut to be slouchy and drapey and fits very similarly to the one I have.

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Halogen cardigan one size, J.Brand jeans sz 24, Talbots tee, Halogen owen flats sz 5

Halogen owen flats sz 4 – 12 (6 colors!) – $60 down from $90. I showed the tan suede color on me in this post, and this is the second color I own for wearing with black jeans and leggings. The blush is really pretty and would’ve been my first choice, if I didn’t already own a pair in that color by another brand.

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Vince Camuto Feina booties – (restocked in sizes 4 – 11!) Beautiful and classic booties in a versatile khaki color. I’m not keeping these as I own similar, but I wanted to show what they look like when on. Out of numerous booties I tried on from new arrivals, these were the most comfortable around the foot and one of the most flattering on the legs, in my opinion!


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Rag & Bone murray cropped jeans – These petite-friendly jeans are still full price at most stores but are nearly half off at Neiman Marcus with an extra 20% off right now. Nordies has them at full price but will price match if the same size is in stock on the sale site. See these jeans on me here, here, here.

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Caslon drape collar leather jacket (2 colors!) in xxsp. I know several of you are looking to splurge on a genuine leather one. This one comes in extended petites sizing and is both a good cropped length and slim fit, thanks to a few thick stretchy panels placed on the jacket sides and the inner sleeves. The leather is soft and pliable, and is a thin to medium weight good for milder climates or for layering. Fully lined with asymmetrical zip front and side pockets. Measurements of an xxsp are: 14″ across the shoulders, 16″ across the underarms, 20″ total length, 21.5″ sleeve length, 4.5″ across sleeves.

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ASTR floral romper size xs. I have a thing for floral rompers but the right fit can be tough to find! This one definitely runs small at the waist, with an xs measuring 12″ across the waist without stretch. Although it fit me there, this piece would be better suited for someone a little taller due to the torso length and overall length (I like my rompers short!). This one has an invisible back zip, side pockets, and a deep V neckline under which you can wear one of those lace bralettes to cover up. I’m trying this on over my Topshop crochet bralette in a size 2 which comes in 4 colors! It’s stretchy and pretty for layering under pieces that would otherwise be too risqué.

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Lush twist front top xs (4 colors) – I got this to review as a dupe for my other Lush green top, but ended up liking it more than expected! I’m waiting for xs in white to come back in stock and hope it won’t be too sheer. This has a simple but elegant drape to it and just gives off an effortless look when paired with jeans. It’s lightweight, breezy and cool in the summer heat. As with most Lush tops in regular sizing, the neckline is a little low but you can wear a bralette or camisole. The length of this in the front is good on me, grazing the top of mid-rise jeans, but wear high-rise if you want to be sure not to let any tummy peek out!

Also, Lush polyester items are always labeled dry clean only, but I usually wash mine at home with no issues. I use an at-home delicates wash (fragrance-free version) and a delicates bag, but more on these later in a post I’m working on!

topshop jamie jeans boyfriend cardigan fall outfit idea

BP cardigan xxs, Topshop Jamie high-waisted jeans sz 25 x 30 (not on sale; runs small)

– BP open front cardigan – xxs to xl. This one is a dupe for my long drape camel cardigan that I also love for travel and casual weekends. The versatile tan color sold out quickly but might get re-stocked! The fit of an xxs on me is slouchy and “boyfriend cardigan” style and the sleeves will need one fold up on shorter arms.

– STS blue cropped jeans (not on sale, but under $50) – these skinny jeans fit like a glove on me around the waist and hips in size 00, and I liked that the color was on the darker side without excessive bleaching or whiskering. The length is above my ankle and I thought I could roll these down easily, but the cuff is tacked on with a few pieces of thread that you’d need to cut. I’m returning as I like by ankle openings to taper in more, but wanted to share for anyone else interested.

bcbg ankle booties petite fashion nordstrom anniversary sale

BCBGeneration booties 5.5, O’Neill dress xs (read my review)

– BCBGeneration Devvin ankle bootie, sizes 5 – 13 – wrapping up the fit reviews with one that I’m currently undecided on! I don’t love the exposed metal zipper facing outwards, but I do love the close fit around the ankle. I’ll need to try these on with more pieces like jeans and skirts and see how they fare.

In case you missed them, here’s my first post for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale including several special value beauty buys on products I love & use regularly (get this Stila eyeliner set if not anything else!),  and my second post with several fit reviews including on petite-friendly boots!

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  1. I love the leather jacket on you! I've been looking for one and this may be a good option. Is there anyway you could post a picture of the jacket zipped all the way up? Even on Nordstrom's website, they don't show it zipped. Thanks!

    Posted 8.22.16 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean! Quick question – I bought the Lush Twist Front Top and have the Topshop Lace Bralette – but does your bralette's pattern show through the shirt? The shirt is so thin so I'm wondering if you have any other recommendations on what to wear under the shirt! Thanks!!

    Posted 8.18.16 Reply
  3. Jean wrote:

    Hi Caity! Thank you for your sweet comment. I think it runs a little small for womens sizing however feels true to size for Juniors sizing (which is usually a little more snug). It is also cotton so may shrink if you plan on machine drying, so keep that in mind.

    Posted 8.6.16 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    They are from Ikea!

    Posted 8.6.16 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Aw, thank you! I appreciate that. I'll keep your post suggestion in mind, although I have very poor eating habits and am trying hard to work on that.

    Posted 8.6.16 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi! I checked my order and that was the exact listing I had ordered from so it should. They are a medium blue, not dark blue (my lighting could be bad!).

    Posted 8.6.16 Reply
  7. Hi Jean! I love your blog even though I am not petite! You have great style. The thread and supply jacket is back in stock. Would you say in runs true to size, being petite friendly, should I order a size up? (I am a size 4)

    Posted 8.4.16 Reply
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  9. Mel wrote:

    Where did you buy the white photo boxes in the bottom left hand corner of your pics? 🙂

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    I love your blog and have followed it for a long time. Is there any way that you would consider doing a post on a food diary? I would love to know how you balance your day around food and activity.

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Hello, Are the Topshop Jamie Jeans in the shade "Blue"–yours look darker than the ones that are linked, and I just want to make sure?

    Posted 7.24.16 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your outfits !

    Jillian –

    Posted 7.24.16 Reply
  13. I bought that same BP cardigan – so glad I picked it up before it sold out! Great picks, Jean! Can't wait for your post on washing dry clean only items. x

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    Hi Serena – I know it's confusing when they list two sets of sizes online! Yes mine is grape leaf and I got the only XS that was available (I didn't see a choice to select either women's or juniors).

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hello – Yes I did order some items to try on and I wanted to be transparent about that. I saw some pieces that looked really similar to items I already own and love, like the suede moto jacket. However I wanted to personally make sure the quality and fit were good before recommending to others. I don’t think it’s different from trying items on in a store fitting room. Btw, the items you buy either in store or online have likely been tried on by someone else (several items I ordered here from online were shipped from an actual store, where customers could've freely tried them on).

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Thanks! It's OPI alpine white : )

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Hi! Sorry I saw this late, but there was only 1 color in the jacket so it is the same one.

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  18. Deasy Noel wrote:

    So many great finds! The Sun and Shadow suede jacket looks like something I need in my closet D:

    Posted 7.23.16 Reply
  19. Camille wrote:

    Love everything that you got

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  20. So. excited. for fall. Seriously I want every jacket and sweater in this post. Great picks!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  21. Silver wrote:

    The grey cardigan and the O'Neill dress are beautiful!

    ♥ Mia

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  22. Serena Liu wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks for this post!
    For the lush top, did you buy the "grape leaf" color? It looks like a darker green in your picture than the actual color. And did you order "XS" in juniors? The sizing on the website is a little confusing. Thank you!

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Based on your review, it sounded like you ordered some of these items with the express purpose of trying them on to do this review and had every intention to return them right from the start. I find that odd and candidly it also kinda turned me off on ordering online now as I would worry about getting someone's else returned or have-been-worn items even though I expect them to be new.

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  24. You have the best style! Loved every piece♥

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Is it weird if I ask what brand/name of your nail polish on your feet? Looks awesome against your tan!

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  26. everything is so cute!!
    xox Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  27. Hi, love your posts! I am in love with that moto jacket and am wondering what color yours is? I only see olive online and the color on Nordstrom's website looks so much different than yours! Thanks for the help 🙂

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply

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