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The Perfect Fall Blazer for a Casual Lifestyle

July 14, 2022

It’s sweltering hot outside, but since I’ve been getting orders in from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale I wanted to share with you some of the new fall fashions. I’m very excited that the #NSale opens to everyone tomorrow (actually at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time or 9 p.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time tonight). The fashions are really exciting this fall, and the offerings in the sale are pretty impressive. Plus, this year inventory seems to be holding up a little better. So today I’m sharing a favorite cashmere v-neck sweater and the perfect fall blazer for a casual lifestyle…styled two ways!

This Nordstrom Signature cashmere v-neck sweater is a really great quality sweater. It’s definitely thicker than the other cashmere sweater by Nordstrom (which I’ll be styling in tomorrow’s post) that I picked up in the sale. While I find both of those inhouse brands to be trustworthy and consistent, the Nordstrom Signature brand is meant to be a step or two above the Nordstrom label. And it definitely delivers in this midweight true camel cashmere v-neck sweater. I sized down to a small for a closer fit, but you could go with your usual size for a more oversized fit.

Camel Sweater

Camel, like black, instantly elevates an outfit. And this year camel continues to be on trend, along with deep brown. Since this sweater is cashmere, it is pricey. But I think the #NSale price puts it at a great point for significant savings. Remember, while you will certainly find lower priced items and closet staples in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I prefer to spend my sale budget on real outfit makers at significant savings. I say you can spend less or you can save more. Since this is a pre-fall sale and I will have all season (and potentially several years) to wear these classic but on trend items, I prefer to spend a little more on higher quality items (that might be out of reach for me after the sale) to save more in the long run.

Sweater with Jeans and Jacket

Let me introduce you to what I’ve deemed the perfect fall blazer for a casual lifestyle. If you no longer need blazers for work, it may be time to switch to a more relaxed silhouette like this Rails Chelsea plaid blazer. Not only does this beautiful double breasted blazer have a looser, somewhat boxy fit, but it’s lightweight and roomy enough inside for multiple layers. The blazer is lined in a soft black lining. And the tight plaid in earthy hues is so on trend. SIZE DOWN. I’m wearing a small and it’s still plenty roomy.

Sweater with Jeans and Jacket

I carried my new Allsaints leather tote for this first look. I love the smaller size of this tote as compared to the bigger, bulkier ones I usually carry. And I appreciate that the interior of the bag is just leather; there is no other lining. Finally, the black leather trim makes this bag so very versatile with my fall and winter wardrobe. But the Allsaints leather tote is also available in all black. I think this is one of the best looking bags in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It also comes with a removable but attached leather zipper pouch, which is a nice size for essentials.

Fall Denim Trends Forecast with Outfit Inspiration
cashmere v-neck sweater // Paige flare jeans // suede waterproof block heel booties // molten pendant necklace // herringbone chain necklace // Camry drop earrings // leather tote

For the first look I paired the sweater and plaid blazer with my new Paige flare jeans. These Laurel Canyon jeans feature a high waist (10.5″ front rise), a raw chewed hemline and very minimal distressing. They have subtle fading and whiskering for that worn in look, but a nice mid wash. I especially like that the 31.5″ inseam (which measured more like 32″ for me) works for my 5’8″ frame nicely, and I can even wear boots with them.

These jeans are extremely comfortable. I did choose to size up for true comfort, but my usual size fit me. I may regret that later though because I do remember pulling them up a little at the end of this photo shoot. But I can probably just wear a belt.

Suede Block Heel Booties

These suede waterproof block heel booties by Blondo fit true to size and are very comfortable. I did purchase the dark brown in the leather, but I’m returning those. The leather top cut into my ankle when I walked. But the suede on these block heel booties is very soft, so I don’t have that problem with these.

So flare leg and wide leg jeans are definitely trending this year. Would you like for me to do a post about how to pair shoes with these silhouettes? And maybe also provide some other styling intel? But we’ll continue to see straight leg silhouettes, too. This year we’re seeing more ankle length straight leg jeans, whereas last year so many of them were a shorter cropped length. These are much easier to pair with boots and shoes this year.

With Black Jeans

For my second outfit with the sweater and plaid blazer I wore my Veronica Beard black straight leg jeans. These super comfortable jeans (TTS) feature a high waist and a slim straight leg. I appreciate that the black is consistent throughout and a really nice shade.

Jeans and shoes
Veronica Beard black straight leg jeans // black plaid pointed toe mules

The Veronica Beard black straight leg jeans are on the higher end, so I’m linking you to several other black jeans in the shopping widget below. But surprisingly the pair I’m recommending you try are the Caslon high waist slim straight leg jeans, some of the least expensive jeans in the sale. I’m sharing these Caslon jeans in tomorrow’s post and I am beyond pleased with them. They’re under $40 and the fit is great. I think those black Caslon high waist slim straight leg jeans look just like these VBs. And they’re also under $40.

Black and Camel and Plaid

I love mixing prints, and these black plaid pointed toe mules by Steve Madden were just begging to be worn with the plaid Rails blazer. The pointed toe mules come in other colors and fabrics. I have the sand suede, too. They run true to size for me, and yes, they stay on my feet nicely.

Coach Shoulder Bag

With this camel and black outfit I carried the Coach polished pebble leather shoulder bag in black. But the taupe or even the washed chambray would look nice with this outfit, too. This bag has two straps for versatility, but I like carrying it with the smaller strap close to my body.

Perfect Blazer for Fall

For both of these looks I wore the Argento Vivo molten pendant necklace layered with the Argento Vivo herringbone chain necklace, and the Kendra Scott Camry drop earrings in gold golden obsidian, which is a very dark brown with flecks of gold.

Thanks so much for dropping in today. If you have any questions about the things I’ve shown or anything else about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, please ask in the comments. I want you to be ready to shop it when opens to non-cardholders, if that’s you and you want to shop it. Remember, to open a Nordy Club account and go ahead and start a wish list. Shipping is always FREE at Nordstrom, and they make returns easy and FREE, too.

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Make no mistake about it. Everyone will indeed bow before the Lord Jesus Christ one day. But things will go better for us if we are among those who bow before Him now, submitting to His authority in our lives. How do you respond to authority? That’s a good check-up question to ask ourselves occasionally. If we bristle against all authority, we may also realize that we don’t really respond well to Jesus’ authority in our lives either. Whether our hang-ups with authority are due to some sort of abuse suffered earlier in life or a poor understanding of biblical authority, we do well to learn how to humble ourselves before authority in a proper, God-honoring way.

I remind myself that not only did God establish authority so that we could live with order and discipline and godliness. But He also established the very people who are in authority over me – at home, in my church, at work, etc. And I can trust that if those people who have been entrusted with leading and guiding and protecting me should falter or make a mistake, God will protect me and hold that person accountable. Yes, it’s a little scary to be respectful of authority at times. But we can trust the Lord in these matters, too.

Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Philippians 2:9-11

xoxo, Kay
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9 thoughts on “The Perfect Fall Blazer for a Casual Lifestyle

  1. Have a great time at your Bible study. I have been in a woman’s Bible Study group for a little over 6 years now. We meet twice a month on Thursday mornings.
    I truly do enjoy this time to study, reflect, and fellowship.
    I would enjoy seeing more outfits with the longer, straight leg jeans. Me being 5’3″ most of the ankle lengths are longer anyway.
    Really like your outfit with the black jeans you showed today. Nice BFMD. Bless you..

  2. Kay, a post on footwear with different pants would be so helpful. It can get very confusing, especially for petites. I hope to find a budget-friendly pair of flares this fall to try them out.

  3. Love the Fall jacket and sweater!! Praise the Lord for your Blessing today!!! Every knee shall bow to Jesus so if you don’t now you must get right with Him!!! He loves us!!! His creation!!!!

  4. So I purchased that blazer in a small. However it seems tight. Are you supposed to be able button the blazer?

    1. You don’t necessarily need to be able to button the blazer unless you think you’ll wear it that way.

  5. I think a post about what shoes go with which styles of jeans would be good. There are so many options now (which I am happy about), but it can be tricky to know how to style them in the fall/winter. Also, maybe you could give a little information about what lengths are good. I read somewhere that flares are trending a little shorter than before, even those considered full length. I am about 5’8″ as well, but I must have really long legs (34″ inseam is full length for me), so length can be tricky any time.

    1. Yes, bootcut and flare legs are trending shorter these days. I wouldn’t have worn mine even this short a couple of years ago. I’ve always needed 33” inseam to wear with heels or boots in the past. But these work well now and seem on point. And I’m even seeing them worn shorter.

  6. I learn so much from your posts and so appreciate your comments! I would love more about how to choose appropriate shoes with different outfits, pants, jeans, etc. I live in Florida so we don’t really have winter here but still enjoy boots! Blessings over you today!