Happy weekend, ladies! If you’ve perused the NAS at all, you know that leather jackets are HUGE for fall. There are vests! Moto jackets! Suede jackets! Jackets with shearling or fur details! Hooded leather jackets! Coated denim jackets that look like leather jackets! Sweater jackets with leather details! Yellow leather jackets that kind of remind me of Hilary Swank and the (horrible) movie version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! My favorite iteration is the sort of drapey leather jacket with knit panels, seen here — at least for my own figure it seems more bust-friendly than the usual ones. (Here’s a nice gray version on clearance, also.) And it doesn’t hurt that this one is less than $70 in the sale — love it! It’s available in black and red, sizes XS-XL, in regular, petite and plus sizes, for $65 — the price will go back up to $98 after the sale ends. KUT from the Kloth ‘Ana’ Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket
Here’s a weird thing this weekend, in honor of the NAS: I’m going to recommend TWO weekend pieces because I’m kind of psyched about both.
First up: This awesome dress was in my workwear roundup until I realized I had a ton of stuff and, well, it’s kind of casual for work. But I love it — and that’s saying a lot considering my iffy feelings on gray in general. I like the waist wrap detail, and it feels casual and cool without looking like a potato sack. Huzzah! It’s $78 (it’ll be $118 after the sale), and available in regular and petite sizes 0-16.
Second: People LOVE these cardigans. They have a TON of glowing, happy reviews. But I can never tell if they’re more bathrobe than cardigan — and even as someone who works from home, there are certain lines I won’t step over. So I’m excited that in addition to the classic drapey cardigan, there’s this nice new circle cardigan (with pockets!), an actual robe, a travel shawl — and most in plus sizes too. Select colors are on deep discount in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
Sleeveless blazers, ladies — yea or nay? I am finally coming around to them as the “light jacket” option — and I particularly like them with wide legged trousers (ooh, or flared jeans) for the weekend. This Theory version looks nice, and it’s on a great sale: it was $455, but is now marked to $273. Theory ‘Skea Crunch’ Sleeveless Linen Blend Blazer
Happy Fourth of July, guys! May everyone have a long, relaxing weekend. I’ll admit it: I’m enough of a dork that I have holiday-themed PJs. I like these Make + Model PJs because they’re only kinda-sorta patriotic — if you end up wearing them into August (or, hey, year-round), you’re set. (If you prefer shorts, check out this style.) They’re $38 at Nordstrom, available in regular and plus sizes. Make + Model ‘Freedom’ Jogger Sweatpants
Psst: Have you guys seen the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog yet? It just came out — I’m excited to see the return of the shoulder bag for fall.
Psst 2: Don’t forget to check out our Fourth of July sale roundup for workwear — we’ll keep updating it throughout the weekend!
Block heels are where it’s at this summer, and these affordable beige sandals from Steve Madden are even more affordable than usual, considering Nordstrom price-matched someone else’s sale — they come to $67 (from $89). All sizes are still in stock, and the shoes are well-rated. (For some reason the glitter versions of the shoes are shown as having 37 mostly positive reviews and the others, none.) Another good sign: the models wore them in half of the outfit pictures on Nordstrom sales — someone told me years ago that models often get to chose which shoe they’re wearing if they’re running through different outfits quickly, so if they wear a particular pair in multiple pictures it’s because it’s comfortable. Steve Madden ‘Carrson’ Sandal
There are plenty of hot mama off-the-shoulder tops out there right now (like this one, which I like enough that I nearly posted it for the Weekend Open Thread). Still, if you don’t feel like Spanxing it up, this more relaxed look is still on-trend and date-appropriate — but a lot more comfortable if you’re just running errands or going to a friend’s dinner party. As always, hooray for hand-wash-cold instructions and for $48 trendy tops. Bobeau Off the Shoulder Top
Psst: note that Nordstrom is having a Designer Clearance event! Some great options include: