This reversible faux leather tote from Nordstrom ($48) has received a ton of decent-to-good reviews and they just released it in gold/cognac. If you’re looking for an affordable, no-frills tote, this might be one to add to your list. 

Free People’s new Alpine Cuff henley ($68) is the best. It would look cute with a vest and boots. (It’s available in several other colors too). 

Free People’s new Alpine Cuff henley ($68) is the best. It would look cute with a vest and boots. (It’s available in several other colors too). 

This sequined H&M dress is REALLY fun. It’s $59.95. 

This sequined H&M dress is REALLY fun. It’s $59.95. 

Every fall I get a few questions about wide calf boots so wanted throw this pair out there as a contender if you happen to be looking. They’re pricey—$199—but they’re Naturalizer (so likely very comfortable) and they’re leather with a 17” calf circumference. Often retailers will consider a boot calf circumference from 15”-16.5” to be wide calf, but most of the questions I’ve fielded have been from women looking for 17”+. Boots with that calf circumference aren’t easy to find. If you can make the pricetag work, these will last you many, many seasons. The cognac color goes with everything and the 1” heel is much more comfortable than a fully flat-soled boot. (Trust me.) 

Every fall I get a few questions about wide calf boots so wanted throw this pair out there as a contender if you happen to be looking. They’re pricey—$199—but they’re Naturalizer (so likely very comfortable) and they’re leather with a 17” calf circumference. Often retailers will consider a boot calf circumference from 15”-16.5” to be wide calf, but most of the questions I’ve fielded have been from women looking for 17”+. Boots with that calf circumference aren’t easy to find. If you can make the pricetag work, these will last you many, many seasons. The cognac color goes with everything and the 1” heel is much more comfortable than a fully flat-soled boot. (Trust me.) 

If you want to score some end-of-summer deals on sandals, there are some good options on Belle and Clive. Sizes are running low.

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I have a bad habit of passing over the dresses in my closet in favor of jeans but since it looks like September is the new July…dresses it is. 
J.Crew Factory Dropwaist Dress (Similar from Piperlime)
Target Sandals (Similar from UO)
Cuyana Tote

I have a bad habit of passing over the dresses in my closet in favor of jeans but since it looks like September is the new July…dresses it is. 

--tigerlilly asked: Hi Jaclyn! I was wondering if you knew where I could get a nice winter parka without breaking the bank? Love your blog!

The best source for quality at an affordable price is Lands’ End. (They often run sales or promotions too. Get 20% off today with code FALLBREEZE and pin 1755.) For lightweight options, I like their fleece-lined parka ($80) and the really chic quilted PrimaLoft-insulated parka ($109). For a heavier, warmer coat, their heathered down parka ($159) is perfect. I like the dark stone color. 

Other cheap options under $100 include this padded parka from H&M ($50) and this similar H&M style for $60. Target doesn’t have a ton of outerwear available yet, but keep an eye out there too. I had a puff coat from Target several years ago and it was very warm. 

If you don’t mind spending a little more, check out ZARA’s ultralight parka ($129) and this insulated version by Noize marked down on Sierra Trading post to $140 from $199. A pricier (but high quality option) is The North Face’s insulated parkas. This one is $180. 

These Onitsuka Tiger by Asics sneaks ($85) are the perfect casual sneaker to wear with jeans/leggings this fall. 

These Onitsuka Tiger by Asics sneaks ($85) are the perfect casual sneaker to wear with jeans/leggings this fall. 

I get questions a lot about work bags, commuter bags, book bags, The Perfect Tote, etc., and this updated style from Madewell (The Zip Transport Tote, $188) is a really good option for those of you still hunting. It can be worn over the shoulder, has a top zip, some internal organization pockets and would look sleek carried over your arm with the attached handles too. The black/brown is really versatile but the cognac is really pretty. 

This merino wool shoulder patch dress from Gap ($80) is also available in a marled gray. Lots of ways to style this—with sneakers and a field jacket; with ankle boots and a scarf; with ballet flats and a trench. No promo codes right now (they’re in the middle of GapCash, $25 for every $50 you spend).

This merino wool shoulder patch dress from Gap ($80) is also available in a marled gray. Lots of ways to style this—with sneakers and a field jacket; with ankle boots and a scarf; with ballet flats and a trench. No promo codes right now (they’re in the middle of GapCash, $25 for every $50 you spend).