Outfits over 3 years ago by Liz Adams

How to Successfully Shop for A New Season

marc fisher open toe booties from NordstromTopshop cold shoulder top from NordstromChloe bag and Marc Fisher shoes from NordstromMarc Fisher shoes for fall and frame denimthe top fashion and lifestyle blogsflutter sleeve cold shoulder topdate night style optionsChicago fashion blogger styles items for fall from Nordstromnew purchases for fall from NordstromChloe Hudson baghow to successfully shop for a new seasonhow-to-successfully-shop-for-fall-with-nordstrom-8-of-15I am as guilty as the next girl in that I tend to buy the same thing over and over again. It drives me nuts! I don’t notice it until I’m at a loss for what to wear and my closet is filled with identical items in an array of colors, textures and prints. Why? I guess on the one hand we know what we like and on the other hand we get too comfortable. I thought I’d share a few tips for successfully shopping for a new season. Fall always feels like a new school year and a season with fashion trends that typically have a long shelf life. Here is what I do when it comes time to revamp my wardrobe…

  1. Browse Pinterest. I love scrolling through my style page to see what I like, find repetition, and visualize where I have gaps in my own wardrobe.
  2. Make a list. This season I was in need of some new sweaters, date night tops, fall shoes that weren’t heels or boots, new jeans and a handbag.
  3. Decide what styles would get the most wear in your wardrobe! For me this what sticking to basics. Finding a classic white blouse vs. a printed blouse. Opting for the grey sweater vs. the colorful option.
  4. Give yourself a budget. It is really important that the items I buy get a lot of wear in my wardrobe. I use to shop based on novelty (I’m always eyeing the pretty dresses!) but in reality, they sit in my closet most of the year. This year I gave myself a bigger budget to invest in items that can add depth to multiple outfits.
  5. Add as much items to your shopping cart as you can! Compare and remove to fit your budget. I am so guilty of accumulating a shopping cart filled with $5000 worth of items (a girl can dream!). Eventually I get over the items that caught my eye initially and focus on what I really need. Seeing everything in one place makes it easy to find what you really need.

One of the biggest voids in my closet is date night tops. I found this Topshop cold shoulder top at Nordstrom and loved the fluttery sleeve. I also bought this off the shoulder blush option which looks super cute with flare denim. If you’re on the hunt for a fun pair of jeans for fall, I have gotten so much wear out of these raw hem Frame jeans. They look great with booties and heels! I know the price tag is hefty so I found an almost identical pair for way less here. I would size down if you want a tighter fit! So many of you asked about these Marc Fisher open toe booties which are my NEW FAVORITE (they are seriously so comfortable). I also picked up these Sam Edelman booties. A little more fancy for fall compared to my go-to closed toe booties. Next on my list: a fall coat.

What are you eyeing for fall? See more of my picks below!

What I’m wearing: Topshop Cold Shoulder Top  //  Frame Jeans (similar for less here)  //  Chloe Hudson Bag  //  Marc Fisher Booties  //  Karen Walker Sunglasses

In collaboration with Nordstrom. Photos by Heather Talbert.