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25 Fall Pieces to Buy This Instant, According to Nordstrom's Fashion Editor

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Nordstrom fall: A collage of women wearing fal items
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Is it just us, or is fall flying by this year? We’re nearly halfway through the season of pumpkin patches, the *best* treats at Trader Joe’s and cozy cocktails by the fireplace (or at least the yule log on Netflix—real ones know). It’s also the time of year that our sundresses take a backseat in the closet to our coziest sweaters, oversized jackets and fleece-lined everything. If your autumn wardrobe is looking a little worse for wear (or you just need an excuse to shop), we know just where to look for the best inspo: Nordstrom

From the most flattering jeans on the planet (yes, we're referring to the Mother The Hustler jeans, $195), to the most lumber-chic shacket ($45) around, Nordstrom has everything you'll need to round out your closet. We even spoke to the company's managing fashion editor, Kate Bellman, to get the inside scoop on what’s trending for the season and the pieces she can’t wait to snag for herself. The result? 25 of the best Nordstrom fall fashion pieces the season has to offer, pulled from more than 100 options on the site.

The Best Nordstrom Fall Fashion Picks at a Glance

1

Best Chelsea Boot

Mia Jonna Boots

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2

Best Suit Blazer

Nili Lotan Wool Blazer

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3

Best Flare Jeans

Mother The Hustler Jeans

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4

Best Faux Leather Leggings

Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

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5

Best Long Coat

Avec Les Filles Donegal Coat

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Meet the Expert

Kate Bellman is the head of editorial and content at Nordstrom, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the fashion and retail industry to her role. She has been with Nordstrom for more than ten years, having worked in various positions in designer merchandising, and has served as the company's fashion director in addition to her current role as the editorial team lead.

What’s New for Fall at Nordstrom?

For fall, Bellman says the company is “focusing on the key pieces that set the foundation for a forever wardrobe." As she explains, "This is the season to invest in those pieces you’ll love now and cherish forever.”

What Trends to Look for at Nordstrom This Fall

According to Bellman, “trends” this season mirror Nordstrom's selections in that they're pieces you’ll be eyeing to still pull out in a year’s time—or more. “One of the biggest trends for this fall season is the modernizing of classics,” she says. “Think about the elevated essentials you’ll wear everywhere and have in your wardrobe for years to come."

There's also a focus on heritage pieces that feel both town and country (think quilted outerwear, $130, or striped menswear, $1,420).

Beyond just choosing pieces that could slot into your capsule wardrobe, Bellman says tailoring is key. "It offers a level of versatility, from a polished blazer to an effortless trench," she advises.

In terms of colors, Bellman finds that "gray is replacing deep darks as the new neutral, and red emerges as the statement stand-out as we head into the holiday season."

How We Chose the Best Nordstrom Buys for Fall

Bellman's insights set the tone for our 25 top picks. In addition to her hand-picked suggestions, we utilized her fall fashion advice, combing through every inch of the site to find the highest-reviewed representations of her suggestion to round out our list. Below, you'll find foundational pieces that range from boots and shackets to sweater dresses, as well as some pricier items that are true investment pieces.

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Best Chelsea Boot

1. Mia Jonna Boots

What We Like

  • well-priced
  • cushioned sole

What We Don't Like

  • no wide widths

Mia

We love a Chelsea boot for fall, and this might be the perfect pair. From the pull-on construction to the chunky lug sole, these boots are both sleek and slightly edgy, aka just what we’re looking for. With the cushioned sole providing “all-day comfort,” according to happy shoppers, and a walking-friendly 2-inch heel, you’ll be pulling them out for seasons to come.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 6 to 11

Best Suit Blazer

2. Nili Lotan Wool Blazer

What We Like

  • roomy fit
  • good for layering

What We Don't Like

  • expensive

Nili Lotan

One of Bellman’s top picks for the season is this menswear-inspired blazer in the softest virgin wool. While the price point may be steep, it's an essential wardrobe staple you'll be wearing for eons. As Bellman says, "It’s truly a forever piece that will withstand any trend." She adds: "Its styling possibilities are endless. [It's] a great wear-to-work option or a polished look with jeans and boots on the weekend.”

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 00 to 12

Best Flare Jeans

3. Mother The Hustler Jeans

What We Like

  • ultra-flattering
  • hold their shape

What We Don't Like

  • expensive

Mother

A fall wardrobe isn’t complete without a pair of jeans you can throw on without thinking when heading out to grab that PSL or on a first (or second, or third) date. These ones from Mother, which feature a flare silhouette and are cut off at the ankle, are an instant confidence booster. One reviewer writes: “These jeans fit like a glove! So many jeans have so much stretch that they don’t suck you in and these are not as stretchy, which is perfect! These hold their shape and suck in the gut beautifully!" Some shoppers say they tend to run small, however, so consider sizing up.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 23 to 34

Best Faux Leather Leggings

4. Spanx Faux Leather Leggings

What We Like

  • available in petite sizes
  • luxe look
  • good compression

What We Don't Like

  • runs small

Spanx

Faux-leather leggings have long been a go-to for when you want to elevate your look but remain as comfy as possible. Our editors (and the rest of the planet) are obsessed with these ones from Spanx, since they don’t disappoint when it comes to style or compression. (In fact, if you order your regular size, they might suck you in a little too much—size up!) Follow the care directions (machine-wash but dry flat) to keep the faux-leather finish on point.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XL (regular and petite)

Best Long Coat

5. Avec Les Filles Donegal Coat

What We Like

  • adjustable tie
  • medium weight

What We Don't Like

  • may be too large for petites

Avec Les Filles

Pink is in the red family that Bellman says is trending for fall. It's also a great way to instantly brighten up a cloudy, sunless day. This coat, which has a classic plaid print besides, is made of a polyester and wool blend that buyers say has a medium weight. It's got an adjustable tie to help with the fit, too, which is a good thing—reviewers say this runs a bit large and may be best for taller gals.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Ballet Flats with Strap

6. Larroudé Leather Blair Flats

What We Like

  • trendy
  • memory-foam cushioning

What We Don't Like

  • may run large
  • pricey

Larroudé

Forget the season—take your basic ballet flat and add a strap ($99) and you’ve got 2023's shoe of the year. Larroudé's patented leather version is Bellman's pick for a “must-have," and it also comes in silver if you’re feeling like your wardrobe needs a boost of shine. Better yet, there's a memory-foam cushion for comfort.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 5 to 11

Best Casual Blazer

7. Open Edit Unstructured Blazer

What We Like

  • high comfort
  • pockets
  • good color selection

What We Don't Like

  • wrinkles easily
  • dry-clean only

Open Edit

This blazer has a boxy fit that's right on trend and also comfortable to wear, according to its fans. We also love the neutral, autumn-ready Tan Nougat hue. There are pockets at the sides and a back vent for a bit of circulation. You'll want to make sure you've got a steamer ($24) on hand, however, since the polyester/rayon blend reportedly wrinkles super easily.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XXS to XL

Best Fall Bag

8. Ferragamo Leather Hug Bag

What We Like

  • can be worn as a crossbody or clutch
  • sumptuous Italian leather
  • interior zip pocket

What We Don't Like

  • expensive
  • open top

Ferragamo

Bellman’s pick for fall's new "it" bag is this soft calfskin Ferragamo find in her top color pick for the season—Fog Gray (though we certainly wouldn’t say no to the vibrant yellow). “The soft gray color feels really luxurious and elevated," she explains. "I also love the multiple ways to wear it, from both a crossbody to a huggable oversized clutch. It’s unlike any other handbag I own.”

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: one size

Best Shacket

9. Thread & Supply Polar Shacket

What We Like

  • layers well
  • machine washable
  • soft

What We Don't Like

  • doesn't look expensive

Thread & Supply

Layers are the name of the game this season, and nothing says "fall Instagram story" more than a cozy shacket. The perfect transitional piece for chilly mornings that aren't quite full-on coat temps, this jacket/shirt hybrid can be paired with anything from jeans to a midi dress and boots. Unlike your favorite cashmere sweater, however, it can be thrown right in the wash, since it's made of a tough polyester that shoppers say is surprisingly soft. It comes in four neutral color combos, too.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Mary Janes

10. Open Edit Regina Mary Janes

What We Like

  • affordable
  • adjustable strap

What We Don't Like

  • may run narrow

Open Edit

If you love the look of the Larroudés above but need something a little more wallet-friendly, these synthetic Mary Janes fit the bill. The thin strap is delicate and elegant, and the pointed toe ensures the look is more runway than little girl—especially when paired with a classic trouser (see no. 15 below).

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 6 to 11

Best Sweater

11. Topshop Volume Sleeve Sweater

What We Like

  • balloon sleeves
  • machine washable

What We Don't Like

  • cuts off at the waist

Topshop

If your wardrobe doesn’t contain at least one slouchy sweater, are you even in fall? This fuzzy Topshop option, which features dropped shoulders for a cool-girl twist and a comfy oversized fit, is the remedy. Despite its fluffy appearance, the brand claims you can throw it in the machine, and the voluminous sleeves give it that extra bit of oomph.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to L

Best Barn Jacket

12. Lauren Ralph Lauren Barn Jacket

What We Like

  • machine washable
  • contrasting collar

What We Don't Like

  • limited color options

Lauren Ralph Lauren

If you need a lightweight-yet-warm jacket to take with you to the family cabin upstate (or you just want to look like you have a family cabin upstate), a quilted barn jacket is the look you’ll be coveting. (It's also PureWow’s pick for *the* fall coat of 2023.) This one from Ralph Lauren has a contrasting corduroy spread collar for some intrigue and a subtle embroidered RL logo. It's filled with polyester for warmth, and can go right in the washer when it's dirty.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: S to XL

Best Red Lipstick

13. Yves Saint Laurent The Slim Velvet Radical Lipstick

What We Like

  • long-lasting
  • highly pigmented
  • silky texture

What We Don't Like

  • expensive

Yves Saint Laurent

There’s nothing more classic than a French girl red lip, and this stick from Yves Saint Laurent is the ideal rouge for all skin tones, according to Nordstrom buyers. The texture is also silky-smooth and matte without being drying. Writes one shopper: “There’s absolutely nothing I don’t like about this lip color."

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: one size

Best Sweater Dress

14. Treasure & Bond Cable-Stitch Sweater Dress

What We Like

  • made with 30 percent sustainable fibers
  • can be altered for length

What We Don't Like

  • hand-wash only

Treasure & Bond

On days when you want to feel extra cozy, we recommend wrapping yourself in head to toe knitwear—i.e., a sweater dress. This cable-knit style is said to be as soft as it is flattering, with one reviewer stating it feels like “wearing a cozy blanket all day.” Since Nordstrom offers free alterations to card members, you can get it hemmed to your exact height, and we like that it's made with at least 30 percent sustainable fibers, too.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XXS to XL

Best Trousers

15. Paige Dallas Trousers

What We Like

  • lightweight

What We Don't Like

  • only available in one color

Paige

These classic trousers hit that perfect note between tailored and casual that Bellman says is so highly coveted this season. The linen blend makes them ideal for transitional weather, and the olive green color is surprisingly versatile. These are “so soft and comfy without looking frumpy,” writes one Nordstrom buyer. They also reportedly fit true to size, so you won't have to bother with sending them back and reordering.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 00 to 14

Best Scarf Coat

16. Ted Baker London Jilliya Scarf Coat

What We Like

  • warm
  • moisture-wicking
  • attached scarf

What We Don't Like

  • expensive
  • dry-clean only

Ted Baker London

For a statement coat that gives more of a whisper than a shout, look no further than this Ted Baker staple. Blended from polyester and virgin wool, both of which excel at wicking moisture, it's a great pick for a slushie day. The soft neutral color palette is always en vogue, and the built-in scarf and fringe detailing keep it current. Some reviewers say it runs big, however, so you may want to size down to get the perfect fit.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 2 to 14

Best Fall Candle

17. Homesick Pumpkin Picking Candle

What We Like

  • natural soy wax
  • hand-poured
  • 60 to 80-hour burn time

What We Don't Like

  • no lid for the jar

Homesick

When you want your home to smell like you've just stepped into a scenic hayride with the perfect pumpkin in tow, light this candle. It has notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla and more to fill your space with the scent of a "cool fall day." Hand-poured with natural soy wax, the company says it has a 60 to 80-hour burn time, too, giving you plenty of bang for your buck.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: one size

Best Teddy Coat

18. Levi's Teddy Coat

What We Like

  • standing collar
  • warm
  • lined

What We Don't Like

  • may run large

Levi's

Teddy coats have become almost as essential for colder weather as the puffer, and this snuggly version is quilted for a little extra fun. The standing collar is designed to keep the wind at bay, and it's got interior and exterior pockets to keep your things secure and your hands extra-warm. "It’s like wearing a giant hug," say reviewers.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XXL

Best Trench Coat

19. Burberry Heritage Chelsea Trench Coat

What We Like

  • sleek fit
  • waterproof

What We Don't Like

  • expensive
  • dry-clean only

Burberry

When we think trench, we think Burberry, and this new, slim-fit trench is the update we didn’t know we needed. The soft gabardine fabric is waterproof for those rainy fall days (it's also got a storm flap will help keep the rain from running down your back), and the entire look is full of classic details, from the epaulets to the tortoiseshell buttons. For a just-right fit, cinch the included adjustable belt.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 2 to 16

Best Knee-High Boots

20. Frye Leather Melissa Boots

What We Like

  • leather lining
  • low heel

What We Don't Like

  • hard to get on and off

Frye

Riding boots are to fall as sun is to shine. The 1-inch stacked heel on these timeless Frye beauties gives just a high enough lift to make you feel supported without sacrificing comfort, and we love the look of the smooth, burnished leather. They're also lined with leather inside for a luxe feel. One reviewer says they’re the “Best boot ever” and they “can’t believe [they] waited so long to purchase.”

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 6 to 11

Best Midi Skirt

21. Wash Lab Side Hustle Skirt

What We Like

  • side slit for movement
  • buttery material
  • asymmetric placket

What We Don't Like

  • may be too long if you’re on the petite side

Wash Lab Denim

Denim maxis have been having a moment. We like this one in particular for the angled slit, which helps with movement, and the asymmetric hidden placket, which makes it more distinct. According to buyers, the mostly cotton material is also “buttery-soft," making for a super comfy basic.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 28 to 34

Best Fall Sneakers

22. Veja V-10 Sneakers

What We Like

  • partially recycled materials
  • ethically sourced

What We Don't Like

  • difficult to break in
  • stiff feel

Veja

Everyone needs a neutral sneaker for fall, and we love the little metallic pop of color that sets this pair, which features unisex sizing, apart. Made of ethically sourced Brazilian leather, some reviewers do say they feel stiff at first, but after breaking these sneakers in they’ll be your new go-to’s.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: 35 to 40

Best Cardigan

23. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan

What We Like

  • machine washable

What We Don't Like

  • limited color options

Barefoot Dreams

From the makers of the coziest blankets comes your new favorite fall cardigan. The perfect long-but-not-too-long length, it's woven with the same fuzzy feel that the brand has come to be known for (even Khloé Kardashian is a fan), meaning it will feel good while you're laying on your couch, but with a delicate ribbed pattern that will look good in your Zooms.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XL

Best Scarf

24. Madewell Beattie Scarf

What We Like

  • long length
  • machine-washable

What We Don't Like

  • only 20 percent wool

Madewell

Even if it's not yet chilly enough for a scarf, temps will be dropping before you know it, and you’ll be glad you scored this cozy piece to keep you warm on nippier days. The three plaid color options would all look at home on a pumpkin patch photoshoot, but will be equally cute on your Monday morning commute. At 66 inches long, it will fully wrap around you when need be, and it's easy to care for per the cleaning instructions.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: one size

Best Faux Leather Jacket

25. Avec Les Filles Moto Jacket

What We Like

  • good for layering
  • machine-washable
  • faux shearling trim

What We Don't Like

  • may be too boxy for petites

Avec Les Filles

A moto jacket can make any fall outfit, but this faux shearling version will easily take you into winter, as well. We love that it looks über-luxe but is made of a soft faux leather that is (gasp!) machine-washable, so you can wear it every day without a care in the world. At less than $200, we also think it's a serious steal.

Fast Facts

  • Size Range: XS to XL

Does Nordstrom Price Match?

Excellent news for all you deal-hunters out there: Nordstrom’s price match policy is (almost) as good as its fall assortment. Per the company, “If you find a better price at Nordstrom or a competitor for an item you purchased, we’ll match it and refund you the difference.”

You'll want to note that the adjustment does not apply to outlet or flash sale prices or most already on sale at Nordstrom.

What is Nordstrom’s Return Policy?

On the off chance you don’t absolutely love the item you purchased from Nordstrom, you can easily return it either in-store or via mail. Nordstrom will provide the shipping label if you choose to send the item back in the mail or the QR code if you'd rather bring it back to the store. Once the item has been received, refunds can be expected in roughly three to 19 business days. (Note that in-store purchases are processed more quickly.)


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Anna Vognsen received her B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College. She has been writing commerce content for PureWow since 2023 and is forever and always a deal hunter...

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