Fall Inspo: Chunky Sweater Dress + NSale Boots Guide

petite chunky knit sweater dress over the knee OTK boots nordstrom sale

The weather outside may be sweltering, but my mind is on fall! One item on my wish list from years past is a slouchy fit, chunky knit sweater mini and I found a few (here & here) fully stocked in petite, tall, or regular sizing that fit the bill.

Best part is, they’re very affordable and ASOS ships internationally very quickly for me (I do have their annual expedited shipping membership for $19 a year, but they offer free regular shipping over $50). If you’re a casual dresser, these will be great with flat boots and tights or as the weather cools.

Boots and booties are the first items I shop for during the Anniversary sale, and there are a few flattering options this year. This post is focused on footwear so I will write more about the clothing items and jackets next week (and show how they fit on my petite mom as well!).

Ankle Boots

1. Timeless pointed leather bootie

These are your super classic pointed bootie, with stable block heels and a sleek silhouette. These were a definite buy for me after trying them on, and I know they’ll be versatile with tights, jeans & pants alike. See them on me below with bare legs vs leggings.

These are also narrow ankle friendly – thanks to the zipper, they had less gapping compared to all the booties I tried!

Steve Madden Nadalie leather bootie fit review

Steve Madden Nadalie Bootie $79.90
(Regular $120)

4 colors, including cognac brown & a chic teal croc

Fit: Runs half size small. I’m usually a 5 to 5.5 in most shoe brands and sized up to a 6 for these!

topshop petite faux leather moto jacket nordstrom sale

I got this straighter cut chunky sweater dress in both a 0 regular (cream) and 0 petite (grey). The regular hits above my knees when unbelted, and the petite is a true mini on me.

Steve Madden Nadalie leather ankle boots on sale

2. Leg flattering cutout bootie

These are the most visually flattering bootie from the Nsale, in my opinion, especially when worn with bare legs. The upper front part narrows in towards the top, making the ankle area appear very slender. The cutouts on both sides also help prevent ankle rubbing on me. For socks, I recommend these lower cut no-show socks.

I was seriously torn about what color to get in these, as I also loved the snake print or black! Ultimately I went with the Nadalie style for a black leather bootie – I think it’s a less unique design, but will go with more in my wardrobe.

Steve Madden Kaylah ankle boot fit review

Steve Madden Kaylah Bootie $89.90
(Regular $135)

5 colors, including black leather & a gorgeous snake print

Fit: TTS, pointy front is on the narrow side. I got my usual 5.5. Note: from talking to readers, a few of you went up 1/2 size to get in and out of the bootie easier since there is no zipper.

petite suede jacket ankle boots . nordstrom sale
KFTK moto jacket xs (sleeves are a little long on me), Zella maternity leggings xs (non-maternity), Socialite thermal xs c/o, Steve Madden booties 5.5
chunky knit sweater mini dress petite

3. Stretch Gore Top Bootie

Marc Fisher makes some great quality shoes that last years and years in my wardrobe. Their booties are usually pretty pricey so this is at significant savings! The cognac suede is a gorgeous shade of brown that will flatter many skin tones.

Compared to the SM Nadalies, these feature a stretch gore top instead of zipper, and have a slightly more casual vibe with the stacked heels. These are a tad wider than the Nadalies around the ankles, but still narrow ankle friendly.

Marc Fisher Oshay ankle boot fit review

Marc Fisher Oshay Bootie $99.90
(Regular $190)

5 colors, including a lovely “cloud” taupe as well.

Fit: TTS, trying on my usual 5.5.

Marc Fisher oshay suede ankle booties nordstrom sale

Tall Boots

OTK Boots in Cognac or Black

Over the knee boots can seem daunting for petite ladies but they can actually be very elongating, IMO! Amongst the many new arrivals this fall, this one is definitely my pick, from the rich cognac brown color to the sharp silhouette and value price point.

Fit-wise, note they come up to mid thigh on me (I’m 5′ tall), so might be too high on someone shorter than me unless you let the material slouch a bit, which I think also looks nice. There is a grip strip inside the top to help keep these from sliding down, and a zipper at the inner ankles for easier in and out.

Steve Madden OTK boots on sale petite review

Steve Madden OTK Boots $79.90
(Regular $130)

In black or cognac faux suede
Fit: TTS, I got 5.5 and they fit throughout my calves and thighs.

petite sweater dress nordstrom sale over the knee boots
Asos sweater dress 0 regular (under $50! More colors in petite, regular & tall), Steve Madden boots 5.5, Talbots belt, old (similar)

Investment Quality Suede Boots

Gorgeous-looking suede boots that I unfortunately couldn’t find in-store to review, but from what I researched, these look pretty darn classic with a medium heel and almond toe, and these stretch suede SW styles are generally very narrow calf friendly.

Note: most of the unhappy reviews on the listing page are for an older, rather odd leather color in this boot, not for the black suede! There is a second SW OTK boot included in the sale as well, but note that one is a velvety fabric and not real suede, which I would want at this price point!

Stuart Weitzman Zuzanna OTK Boots $499.90
(Regular $795)

Sizes 5 – 12

Splash-able Shoes

1. Platform Wedge Sneaker

I included these in my Top Versatile & Practical Buys from the NSale! What I wrote in that post:

Lots to love about this shoe! Water-resistant outer (note: water resistant means it can wick off light moisture drops if it happens to start raining, but is not intended to be water PROOF), comfy low platform with non slip rubber sole, and low wedge heel for some added height. $50 is a wonderful sale price for genuine suede sneaker-booties.


Caslon Wedge Sneaker $49.90 
(REGULAR $100)

Fit: Listing says runs narrow but I felt that they ran TTS. Trying on my usual 5.5 which felt very comfortable.

comfortable Caslon waterproof low wedge platform sneaker

2. Edgy Leather Hikers

Out of all the shoes I tried on in store, this one kept garnering questions and compliments from passersby, so I think it’s safe to say hiker style boots are sticking around from a fashion standpoint!

Blondo is known for their waterproof footwear (so a little more protective than the label “water resistant” ), and this might be one of their more unique styles especially in the soft mushroom taupe color. Btw, with lace-up boots like these, my tip is to keep the top row untied to minimize rubbing against your leg or ankle.

Blondo Helen waterproof hiking boot fit review

Blondo Waterproof Hiker Boots $99.90 (Regular $180)

Black or mushroom leather (a beautiful taupe)
Fit: TTS, trying on 5.5.

Blondo waterproof hiker boots fit review

3. Elegant, Warm Hunter Boots

These were also included in my top 9 picks and might be the most petite and narrow calf friendly Hunter style I’ve tried! The height of these falls in between their classic women’s Tall and Short boots, and hits me at my upper calf. The back buckle is adjustable, allowing me to get a pretty close fit.

These are definitely a more elegant take on Hunter’s usually preppy boots, and the quilting feels warmer as well. My store didn’t have the sale color “Dark Slate,” but from the video on Nordstrom they look like a pretty deep grey!

Nsale 2020 quilted Hunter boots

Hunter Refined Quilted Boots $109.90
(Regular $175)

Also available in black, though those are full price.

Fit: TTS but no half sizes. I wear 5 in all my hunters and 5.5 in leather or suede booties.

petite friendly Hunter quilted refined short rain boots
BP cardigan xxs, Zella leggings xs, Hunter boots (note I am trying on Black bc my store did not have the sale Slate color)

4. Stylish Spots for the Fam

Very different from the style I’m recommending above but OH so cute. Nori is going to be delighted when she sees the pink pair I bought her!

Compared to the quilted refined style above, the women’s short measures about 2″ shorter in the shaft and gaps a bit on my legs at that height, as you can see in the below photo. These leopard ones are actually a “refined” style as well, so Hunter’s traditional short boots would likely fit even wider.

Btw, for those who like the Big Kid print, I can wear a big kid size 4 in Hunters (and Im a 5 in their womens), so someone who is a size 6 to 6.5 in womens might get away with a big kid size 5 for a great price! Those are actually taller than the womens short – see my review on their kids Original boots.

nordstrom anniversary hunter leopard boots kids toddler

Womens Short $99 (Regular $165) – 8″ tall shaft

Kids Original $55 (Regular $90) – 12″ tall shaft

Baby & Toddler $35 (Regular $60)

hunter leopard refined rain boots on petites nordstrom sale
Gibson sweatshirt blazer xxs petite, Hunter boots 5 c/o (press gift), Uniqlo waffle tunic xs (comes in xxs)

Other Sale Shoe Try Ons

stylish Adidas sneakers Nordstrom Sale 2020

Adidas Swift Run sneaker ($49.90) – how cute are these? Runs half size big. Knit material is stretchy and the toe area is wider, which my mom loved since it’s very comfortable even over bunions. I got the kids instead:

nordstrom anniversary sale adidas swift pink sneakers

This is the kids version on sale ($39.90) in black or a beautiful dusty blush/gold! Sizing goes all the way up to big kid size 7, which according to their size conversion chart is a womens EUR 40 (or US womens 9.5-10)! I got those in big kid size 4, which fits similar to a womens 6.

Madewell leopard remi mule fit review

I got these Madewell mules ($49.90) last year in a different print, but if you missed out on those, I love the true leopard print and other colors offered this year! It says runs small – I am trying on a 5.5 and it’s a good fit, but perhaps go half size up if you have wider feet.

Caslon slingback flats on sale

Caslon slingback flats ($49.90) Trying 5.5, TTS and seemed comfortable off the bat. Caslon always delivers with well-made yet affordable everyday flats that come in extended sizes 4 – 13. My mom got these in black which I think is the most versatile and sleek color out of the bunch.

Blondo waterproof chelsea boot trying on a 5.5, TTS. Good if you like a lower chelsea bootie, personally I prefer higher shafted ankle boots. This particular color looks like it is temporarily unavailable, but should be back!

Other Keepers I’d Recommend (in addition to my Top 9 list)

  • Topshop jeans in “new grey” – beautiful true medium grey color in-person without unnecessary bells and whistles if you don’t want rips or fading. Petite-friendly length if you get “28” length – the inseam on a size 26×28 measures 25 inches long. Go at least 1 size up at the waist.
  • Socialite printed tee – ($15) an underrated item that my mom and I . both loved. Very soft stretchy material, casually oversized fit, and extremely versatile. I’ll be showing how to pair this with several different casual & WFH looks.
  • Zella kids active / lounge wear – Size kids XL (14-16) can fit a womens xs, and size kids L (10-12) can fit a womens xxs petite or someone similar to my pre-pregnancy size. Again my mom is 5’1″ 105lb, usually size 0P to 2P, and she loved all of these in kids XL (the leggings are still a little long on her): supersoft pocket joggers, twist front hooded tee, supersoft side tie hoodie, live in leggings in green urban. Note their kids live in leggings are a little lighter weight with less compression than their womens, and the rise doesn’t come up as high.
  • Gibson soft tops – cozy tunic starting in xxs petite is very soft and comfortable, will get lots of wear as a WFH or lounge top. I personally also like their wrap top in the same cozy fabric (see on me here in xxs) which can be worn tucked or untucked, but note this has a lower V neckline due to regular sizing – looks nice with a lace cami peeking out under!
  • Necessaire Body Duo ($35 ; $50 value) – love their more natural products including the Eucalyptus body wash, but hadn’t recommended because regular price is a bit much!
  • Oribe Dry Shampoo & Texturizing Spray set ($64 ; $96 value). This one sells out early each year!

I hope this NSale shoe guide was helpful! There were actually a LOT of styles I tried on that I did not care for due to fit, coloring, or off the bat comfort, so if there’s any particular styles you’re considering and unsure about, let me know in the comments and I’ll share my thoughts if I tried it!

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  1. Lucy wrote:

    Hey Jean, love this post! Any recommendations for flat boots (ankle and over the knee)? Thanks

    Posted 8.19.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Lucy, sorry for delay! I haven’t tried on any completely flat boots this year yet but will keep an eye out!

      Posted 8.27.20 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean!
    Did you try any of the bike shorts? Specially, the spanx everyday bike shorts? What are your thoughts on the bike shorts trend?

    Posted 8.15.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      I like the trend on others! With my pregnant belly the bike short trend is a little harder to pull off!

      Posted 8.27.20 Reply
  3. Sweater Dress! So lovely!

    Posted 8.12.20 Reply
  4. Steve wrote:

    It is beautiful. I loved it. Thank you for sharing with us and amazing designs.

    Posted 8.11.20 Reply
  5. Jessica W wrote:

    Nordstrom !

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  6. Lana wrote:

    I definitely will have to try the Steve Madden boots! Thanks Jean!!

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  7. Leslie wrote:

    Do you recommend the bag you use in these photos? What is the brand? I know I looked at it and it is expensive.

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  8. Michaela R wrote:

    Nordstrom! ❤️

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  9. Sena L wrote:

    Loved all the shoe recs!

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  10. Crystal wrote:

    Hi did you try the Vince Camuto Derika boot?

    Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  11. Kathryn wrote:

    Hi Jean! Did the Adidas Swift Run sneakers in kids size have the wider toe area as well? Looking forward to more Nsale posts!!

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  12. Valeri wrote:

    Jean. Beautiful, chic, pregnant lady. I remember, 37 years ago when I was pregnant… I felt so unattractive. You make pregnancy appear effortless. You are an absolutely lovely lady.

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  13. Emily wrote:

    Hi Jean! What is the black shirt that you’re wearing under these Jackets and sweaters? Any non-maternity basic T recommendations? Thanks!

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Emily – sorry it’s so old I can’t find a tag or label! It’s not maternity, I just buy very stretchy tops from various places like Uniqlo, Madewell, occasionally Theory if the material feels nice like it’ll last a long time.

      Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  14. Jade wrote:

    What color is your KFTK moto jacket? 🙂

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      It’s “buff” !

      Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  15. Petiteish wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Awesome recommendations as usual. Is there any difference between the Adidas women’s and children’s sneaker design/materials?
    Thanks so much!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi P – I just looked in detail and they are very, very similar with the leopard print womens being a little thicker in material than the kids blush. The stretch knit leopard almost has a jacquard like finish to it (not shiny though). Putting my feet in I didn’t feel any major differences!

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  16. Sarah wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Can you please tell me what color thermal top you were wearing with the faux suede moto jacket? Thanks!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Sarah! The color is oatmeal. It’s very soft to the touch and lighter in weight, but that was a gifted product from the brand and I haven’t tested out how it washes and wear over time

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  17. Alice wrote:

    Cute outfits!! Where did you get the cute tan buckle belt (in the sweater dress picture). Thanks!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Alice, it’s old from talbots, but if you check the outfit details box below the photo I included another option from H&M, which has a good selection of affordable belts in general that run small.

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
    • I-La H wrote:

      Would definitely choose Nordy’s!

      Posted 8.10.20 Reply
  18. Ashley wrote:

    This is so helpful! Did you get a chance to try on the Fedrilla by Vince Camuto?

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  19. Patty wrote:

    I’m 5′ 1″, 98 lbs. and have a really hard time finding right below the knee, low block heel boots. Have you ever included that style in your reviews?

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Patty – definitely the hardest category to shop for as someone who was similar to you in size pre-pregnancy. I do cover that occasionally when I come a cross a good find, but unfortunately it isn’t often.

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  20. Cayleigh wrote:

    Hey Jean,

    The Gibson blazer you love says dry clean only – have you had any luck machine washing perhaps on a delicate cycle?


    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Cayleigh, yes I have! I have washed mine a handful of times in the machine cold water delicates cycle and dried NOT in the machine dryer (lay flat on a sweater rack or hang using a petite friendly hanger) because the dryer is the most damaging. It came out fine. I wash many of my items that have some structure (not including tees, leggings, etc) minimally in general though, only when they’re actually dirty.

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  21. Bea wrote:

    Did you try the Naturalizer Sterling boots? I’m seriously considering getting these.

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Bea, I have not, but if you search naturalizer in my blog search box I have an older brown below the knee style from them with similar item measurements, so you can kind of see how that might look!

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  22. Kemley wrote:

    Thanks for reviewing N-sale items! I base my wishlist off of your recommendations every year. This helped me to decide on which booties I have been eying to add to my wish list!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Kemley – I’m so glad! Thanks for sharing that feedback : )

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  23. Steph wrote:

    How do you maintain your suede boots? Are you really good about only wearing them in good weather? I absolutely love the look, but am so afraid to wear them out 🙁

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  24. Joyce wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks for all your reviews, they are super helpful. I have a question on the Hunter quilted boots you tried on. You mentioned the buckle in the back was adjustable for your narrow calves, how are they for wider calves? Thank you.

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Joyce, there are 3 settings on the buckle (I set mine on the tightest for the photo) and the back top has a small slit design so it definitely has some leeway!

      Posted 8.8.20 Reply
  25. Joanna wrote:

    Hi Jean, thanks for such a thorough review! For the Blondo hiker boot, would you say that it’s actually a boot for hiking, or is it just more for the look?

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Diane wrote:

      I would like to know the answer to this also. Plus, was the inside padded for warmth? Thanks.

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Joanna and Diane – I’m not a big hiker but my opinion is all the “fashion” hiker boots in more supple leathers and suedes are not intended for actual hiking. I got a pair of suede Marc Fisher hiker boots last year but I would not wear them on a trail…would stick to more outdoorsy brands for performance hiking boots.

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  26. Kristen wrote:

    Thank you for this post! I always look forward to your Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts. Did you try the Vince Camuto Derika tall leather boots? I am thinking of getting them in Tortilla Suede.

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Kristen, yes I did! Love the tortilla suede look but the fit will completely depend on your calf length and width. It’s a pull-on boot so designed to be a tad loose and right below the knee, however on me it hit right at my knee and gapped a little too much for my liking.

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  27. Veronica M wrote:

    Hi Jean! I always love your content and reviews. Thank you for being so thorough and helpful! I’m wondering if you tried the Sorel Cate Lace Up Boot. I’d love to hear your insight if you did. 🙂

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you, Veronica! Sorry I didn’t see or try on the Sorel Cates!

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  28. Katie wrote:

    I had my eye on both Steve Madden booties so thanks for your comparison!! Planning to buy the Nadalie.

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  29. Lovely wrote:

    Your sweater dress is so cute! You’re so gorgeous!

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  30. jamie wrote:

    Were you able to try on the Vince camuto gradina booties?

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Jamie, I did – it seems that those are the updated version of the popular Gigietta from last year which I personally prefer since they’re a cleaner cut. I’m not a big fan of the look from the sides (on the plus side it will hide most socks unlike the GIgietta), but its a personal choice, as I tend to go for suede ankle booties with less detailing!

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  31. Lil wrote:

    The sweater dress looks really cute! I noticed it has dropped shoulders – does it fit comfortably under your moto jacket?

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Lil – yes its super cute if you like that slouch chunky look! It fits more comfortably under moto jackets that are not super fitted – the Topshop one is a little snugger. When the sleeves are unrolled / uncuffed, the sleeve shape is not balloon shaped though (they’re just tapered from wider to narrower at the wrists) so they aren’t as hard to fit under jackts as a balloon sleeve would be.

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply
  32. Laurel wrote:

    Thank you for this try on post! I’m wondering if you tried on any of the shoes that had lower heels (I prefer them). In particular, I have my eyes on: Cole Haan Taylor Waterproof Bootie, Chinese Laundry Finn Bootie, Blondo Elvina Waterproof Bootie, Charles by Charles David OTK boot, Caslon Lexie Slingback Flat, and Sam Edelman Evelyn Mule. I wear a size 5 and I have narrow calves/skinny ankles. Any thoughts would be appreciated. 🙂

    Posted 8.7.20 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Hi Laurel, I just updated photos of the Caslon Lexie for you – a great basic from a brand that has lasted me well with everyday commuting shoes over the years! The Evelyn Mule wasn’t my favorite toe shape personally with the squared off tip, but the construction and fit were just like Sam Edelman’s popular mules like the Linnie which I own. I love the look of the Blondo Elvina waterproof online (seems very classic chelsea style) but didnt find that or the others in store!

      Posted 8.7.20 Reply

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