I found these fab fall basics at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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A core of good basics is the foundation of any cohesive wardrobe. They’re the pieces we reach for most often, and make getting dressed easier. I’ve found some great wardrobe basics in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. And now that it’s All Skate! (Public access), the sale is open to everyone.

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Wardrobe basics from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


If denim is one of your wardrobe basics, you’ll find plenty of it in this sale. I was happy to see two of my favorite boyfriend and slim-leg styles included, and opted for darker washes in both.

Wardrobe basics on sale: Susan B wears a navy utility jacket, leopard print top, boyfriend jeans and nude slide sandals.

jacket | top | jeans | shoes

It’s hard to go wrong with a medium to dark wash jean. While lighter washes have been “in” the last few seasons, I think there’s always a place in the wardrobe for a dark wash pair or two. Relaxed and wide leg jeans have been on trend, but slim leg, boyfriend and bootcut styles are perennials, IMO.

I’ve been eyeing this leopard print top for some time, and decided to take advantage of the reduced price during the sale. I’m so glad I did! I’m wearing the XS here. This one is sleeveless; here’s the same style with sleeves. If leopard print isn’t your thing, here’s a polka dot version.

Casual jackets

Jackets are another of my wardrobe essentials. A jacket “finishes” and makes even a casual outfit look more polished.

Susan B. wears a navy utility jacket, leopard print top, boyfriend jeans and slide sandals from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

I absolutely love this Caslon utility jacket! (Plus here.) I’m wearing size small and it’s roomy but not oversized. There’s a drawstring waist to give it some shape, functional pockets and snap closures.

It’s a perfect weight to transition into fall (or wear year-round in a mild climate). I liked this whole outfit so much I wore it out to dinner (outdoors) over the weekend. (Yes, it still gets cool here in the evenings.)

Here are a few more casual jackets and blazers…(click the arrow to see more options)


I’m always on the lookout for lightweight sweaters that will layer and travel well. I’m quite pleased with this one…

Susan B wears an Eileen Fisher merino sweater in aqua, dark wash jeans and suede ankle boots. More wardrobe basics on sale at une femme d'un certain age.

sweater | jeans | boots

This ribbed merino wool sweater is the one I featured here, and it’s still available in all colors and most sizes. It runs large; I’m wearing the XXS. The wool is soft, not scratchy, and it has a nice drape. The jeans are a little long, so I’ve folded them under until I can get them hemmed.

More lightweight sweaters & cardigans…

I also have to give a shout out to these booties, which I knew I’d be keeping as soon as I tried them on.

Aquatalia taupe suede booties in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.


These are SO comfortable!!! They’re weatherproof too, so will be great for cool-season travel. They run true-to-size. They’re also available in a dark gray “Anthracite” color.

Just a reminder: if something you like is sold out in your preferred size or color, keep it on your wish list, and keep checking back. Items are often restocked during the sale, and you may get a second chance at your first choice.

Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, and you can often order online and pick up in the store if you’re in a hurry. And don’t forget, prices on Anniversary Sale items go back up in August.

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