Fashion isn’t something I normally write about, as my blog is more about food, health, and self-development. But I thought it would be fun to write about clothes for a change of pace. You probably agree that looking good gives you confidence and makes you feel better, so I could argue that I’m not too off topic.

I’m not a fashion expert or an affiliate for any clothing companies. I actually spend most of my time in workout pants (see recommendations below) as I work from home. However, I like dress up once in a while and often get compliments on my outfits.

Normally, I don’t buy a lot of clothes, but I needed to replace everything after recently gaining weight. This is actually a good thing as I’m now at a healthy weight after being sick for several years. I look a lot better in my clothes now, unlike when I weighed 111 lbs. and was a size 0; I didn’t buy clothes for a long time as they hung off me. Yes, you can be too thin.

It was nice that I got to splurge more than normal, too, after receiving a nice check for my birthday. I spent a good chunk of it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (sorry, it’s over now) and bought some great pieces. I tend not to buy clothes online as I usually have to send them back, but I’ve been lucky lately.

This list of fall fashion trends is based on my personal purchases and also what I’ve been seeing online and in stores. Many of trends are holdovers from previous seasons, such as skinny jeans, slouchy sweaters, and booties.

My Fall Fashion Recommendations

Long Cardigans: I can’t wait for it to be cold enough to wear this one. It’s cashmere so was a splurge, but I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of it.

Long Ribbed Cashmere Cardigan Nordstrom

Booties:  Booties are back again this fall and are everywhere. I love the perforation detail on these. They haven’t arrived yet as they were so popular they were back ordered.

Vince Camuto Bootie NordstromSlouchy Sweaters:  Roomy sweaters such as this one are both comfy and warm. I love this shade of pink.

V-Neck Pullover Nordstrom

Cold Shoulder and Off-the-Shoulder Tops: I don’t own this one, but I have a couple of cold shoulder tops. Exposed shoulder tops and dresses are popular this fall, but they won’t be very warm once the colder weather rolls around.

Cold Shoulder Tee Nordstrom

Block Heeled Shoes:  I love these suede studded sandals and can’t wait to wear them out to dinner or to the theater. They have a lot higher heel than I normally wear, so I don’t know how far I’ll be able to walk in them.The thicker heel makes them more comfortable than a high stiletto, though.Dolce Vita Sandals NordstromSkinny Jeans: I don’t normally order jeans online without trying them on first, but amazingly these fit like a glove. They’re more of a “jegging” and have lots of stretch. I also bought a couple of pairs of these from Express, which are similar and fit perfectly (currently on sale for 40% off). Of course, skinny jeans aren’t for everyone but it’s a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

AG Legging Raw Hem Ankle Skinnny Jeans Nordstrom

Pink: I’ve received lots of compliments on this tee. I’ve seen a lot of choker details like this everywhere too (currently 50% off). I’m glad pink is back–I used to wear a lot of it when it was popular in the ’90s.

Socialite Cutout Tee Nordstrom

Bell Sleeves: The top I bought is sold out, but I like this one.

slim bell sleeved tee Nordstrom

Ruffles: I’ve seen a lot of ruffle details everywhere, like this tee.

 

Hinge Ruffle Tee Nordstrom

I also bought this navy dress from Dillards.

Michael Kors Stud and Ruffle Trim Flounce Dress Dillards

Some other trends I’ve been seeing are men’s wear suits and jackets, mules, and overalls, which I won’t be getting into.

As I said, black workout leggings are the main thing I wear most of the time as I like to be comfortable. I love the fit of Lululemon crop leggings and also own several pairs of Old Navy capris, which also fit great and are super affordable.

I recommend shopping in junior departments too as they often have reasonably priced, fashionable items. I just scored a couple of long-sleeved tunics and a pair of black leggings in the junior’s department at a local department store. I normally just look for tops there, as things like the jeans are cut differently and the dresses are too short for anyone my age.

You probably won’t see me modeling outfits on Instagram any time soon as I’m not a spring chicken. One thing I try to be mindful of is just because I can fit into something doesn’t mean I should wear it. I  probably push that sometimes. But you’re as young as you think you are, right? However, I don’t want to be referred as a “mutton dressed as a lamb,” as they say in England.

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration for your fall wardrobe.

Happy shopping!

xo,

Kate

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