The Affordable Edit: Scotti’s NSale Try-On


Mom & I look forward to shopping the Anniversary Sale together every year. The entire vibe is just so exciting–the party atmosphere (hello, live DJ!) makes shopping in person so much more fun. We usually spend the entire day together, trying on all the things, with a break for some lunch and bubbly halfway through (we highly recommend the margarita pizza, btw!).

And although I don’t intentionally create an “affordable edit,” my preference for lower price points (with a few exceptions for truly awesome investment pieces) typically results in a more budget-friendly wardrobe inspiration. I mean, this isn’t exactly a fall wardrobe on a super-tight budget, but it is an affordable way to snag some great pieces that mix and match without breaking the bank. I’ve learned that sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more, and sometimes those budget-friendly options are perfect.

With the exception of three things (this coat—worth it, these boots—gorgeous but skippable, these heels—they go with everything but are on sale for less here), everything here is under $200 (with most items being under $100).

Affordable Fall Wardrobe Updates: Cropped Blazers, Denim Midi Skirts, Leather Vests, & More At The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Steve Madden metallic silver knee high boots

Steve Madden Boots

The biggest surprise and my top pick this year are these incredibly fun silver boots. I’m always on the lookout for something unique that can elevate an entire outfit, and these boots are exactly that.

My second top pick? This coat. It’s one of the three investment pieces, but trust me, it’s absolutely worth it.

My last pick was a pleasant surprise—this sweater vest. It honestly didn’t look like much on the hanger, but it turned out to be incredibly easy to style and a fantastic way to modernize my closet!

Top 3 Outfits

My top three outfits really capture what I’m grappling with in fashion right now: how to update and modernize my wardrobe without losing my personal style. I mean, I want to stay current but also still stay true to myself and what I love.

1. Denim On Denim

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale affordable fall outfit idea: denim on denim

top (xs) | jeans (29) | shoes | bag

For me, the denim-on-denim monochromatic look is a timeless classic. The subtle shade variations, paired with the high-waisted wide-leg silhouette of the pants (the Veronica Beard Taylors are one of my current favorites!), keep it stylish and modern, steering clear of the Canadian Tuxedo stereotype.

NOTE: These Paige boots are gorgeous, but not worth the cost, IMO. I’m going to return them.

2. Layers of Gray & Silver

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale affordable fall outfit idea: gray sweater vest, black jeans and silver boots

top | jeans (8) | boots

Here’s that sweater vest I mentioned earlier. The strong shoulders help balance the proportions (especially with cropped wide-leg jeans), while the silver boots add a stylish lift to the whole outfit.

3. Tall Boots + Skirts

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale affordable fall outfit idea: tall boots and a midi skirt

sweater (xs) | skirt (s) | boots

I’ve owned and loved this sweater for quite some time, and I’m really digging this neutral cream color. Its oversized fit makes it unexpectedly versatile with tighter or shorter bottoms, while pairing it with a metallic skirt and boots adds a modern twist.

Cropped Blazers

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale affordable style: cropped blazers

blazer (4) | top (s) | jeans (8) | heels

This cropped blazer was another unexpected surprise…like the silver boots, it helps to elevate any outfit, and the cropped fit keeps the highlight on curves and the waistline.

1. With Wide-Leg Jeans

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale affordable style: wide-leg jeans

blazer (4) | jeans (29) | heels | bag

It pairs especially well with high-rise denim (like my favorite Veronica Beard Taylors), and looks good whether buttoned up or left undone.

2. With Long + Cropped Layers

blazer (4) | top (xs) | jeans | heels

These proportions were a bit outside my comfort zone, but surprisingly, I think I’m liking them. The longer shirt adds a fun element, especially when paired with cropped jeans.

Leather Moto Vest

You might have to pry my moto jackets from my cold, dead hands, but this vest? It’s actually a fun alternative. I’m digging the length and those slightly capped shoulders—it’s surprisingly cool!

1. With a Stretchy Midi Skirt

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale budget friendly fall outfits

vest (xs) | tee (xs) | skirt (s) | boots

This stretchy midi is such a great find! It’s super comfy and surprisingly sexy, and it pairs effortlessly with everything from oversized sweaters to graphic tees and cardigans.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale budget friendly fall outfits

tee (xs) | skirt (s) | boots | bag

And I cannot overstate how easy these MOTHER tees are to style…the fit is absolutely on-point. I just bought my first one last month and cannot get enough (I actually wore it into the store to shop today).

2. Over A Chic Jumpsuit

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale budget friendly fall outfits

vest (xs) | jumpsuit (s) | boots | bag

By the way, this jumpsuit is so soft, it feels like I’m wearing pajamas. The entire thing is leg-lengthening and super stylish but it’s the COMFORT that does it for me.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale budget friendly fall outfits

jumpsuit (s) | boots | bag

Denim Midi Skirt (In Ivory)

sweater (s) | skirt (6) | boots | bag

I wouldn’t have given this skirt a chance if I hadn’t seen it in person. Made mostly of cotton (with a bit of stretch for comfort), it’s lightweight, soft, and the front slit adds both ease of movement and a touch of allure. (Plus, the fact that it’s under $40 is a major bonus!)

sweater (xs) | skirt (6) | boots | bag

Again, I’m loving the proportions of the oversized sweater with a longer skirt…and the monochromatic look is always a favorite of mine. (See the denim-on-denim above!)

Classic Wool Wrap Coat

coat (s) | top (s) | jeans (8) | heels

Of course, this coat was one of my top 3 picks this year. Last year, this Reiss coat was one of my top picks, and let me tell you, I absolutely do not regret splurging on that fabulous piece. When it comes to where to invest a little extra, coats are definitely worth every penny!

coat (s) | top (xs) | jeans (29) | boots | bag

I love how it elevates every outfit, whether it’s dresses, skirts, or denim. Plus, it feels more like a cozy cardigan than a stiff, structured coat and can be worn undone, wrapped and tied, or buttoned at the collar.

Sweater In A Pretty (And Unexpected) Color

cardigan (xs) | pants (29) | heels

Another piece I wouldn’t have chosen online, this cardigan is incredibly soft, fluffy, and the color is just perfect. Sizing up was key for me—I usually wear a small, but opted for a medium here. The cropped length works beautifully with both skirts and high-waisted jeans, which I absolutely adore.

cardigan (xs) | skirt (s) | heels | bag

Oh and this bag! Absolutely a keeper…I love that it’s spacious enough for my laptop yet maintains a sleek look. (Kurt Geiger always gets it right!)

Trendy Denim (Not-Shapeless Cargo Jeans)

sweater (xs) | jeans (28) | boots

Ok, so these jeans completely caught me off-guard. They evoke the style I wore back in college but are tailored perfectly for my mid-40s, post-kids body. The rise is more mid-to-low (10″ front, 14″ back) and ensures no muffin top, and the carpenter style adds trendy details without going overboard.

So that’s this year’s affordable edit! Let me know if there were any amazing pieces I missed…these jeans are on their way to me (😍), as well as these shoes (in camel) and this silk blouse from Vince. I’ll keep you posted!

Cheers to fun shopping experiences, finding affordable gems, and investing in pieces that are worth it!



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