Shopping for fall fashion looks a little different this year: Not only are we commuting less and staying home more, but online shopping has all but replaced in-store browsing. And unlike spring and summer clothes, fall and winter fashion staples don’t just have to look good. They have an important practical job to do: keep you warm.
Sure, you might not feel compelled to change out of your sweatpants and leggings, no matter what’s on your social calendar. But Kate Bellman, Nordstrom’s women’s fashion managing editor, says that’s right on trend. “Fall fashion at Nordstrom is focusing on the familiar,” she says, nothing that now’s the time to return to timeless, classic pieces you’ll wear forever. “We’re reshaping comfort and casual with sophisticated materials such as cashmere and silk, which elevate cozy into luxe. Romantic tops with voluminous sleeves, high necklines and blooming prints make the perfect statement for the top-half spotlight in this new digital world. On the bottom, denim gets refined and cleaned-up, while drapey lounge pants transition seamlessly from work-from-home to around town.”
When you can’t shop IRL, customer ratings are one of the best ways to decipher fit, quality, and overall feel — and Nordstrom’s community is one of the most engaged. Ahead, 25 top-rated fall essentials that’ll stand the test of time, even if you’re not parading them outside the house too often this autumn.
Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Pants ($68; nordstrom.com)
These high-waisted pants have a hidden elastic that one customer says makes them feel more like leggings than pants. How’s that for comfort?
Paige Hoxton Skinny Jeans ($174, originally $199; nordstrom.com)
Paige’s Hoxton Jean comes in a faded gray wash that toes the line between trendy and timeless.
One shopper calls Adornia’s Paper Clip Necklace “edgy but wearable” — and the brand donates 10% of net profit to charities focused on female empowerment.
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings ($98; nordstrom.com)
Zella Live-In High-Waist Leggings ($59; nordstrom.com)
These moisture-wicking leggings will look just as stylish with sneakers as they will with a pair of black leather booties, and they go up to a size 2XL. The thousands of 5-star reviews sound great too.
Good American Good Legs High-Waist Skinny Jeans ($99, originally $165; nordstrom.com)
Nordstrom Signature Funnel Neck Cashmere Tunic Sweater ($299; nordstrom.com)
The sage green colorway in this cashmere tunic is a winner among customers, and you can pair it with jeans and boots for the ultimate fall look.
Alternative Adrian Print Zip Hoodie ($40.60, originally $49; nordstrom.com)
This star-printed hoodie is a major fall staple, and more than a dozen customers commented on how soft it feels.
Icebreaker 200 Oasis Merino Wool Long Sleeve Top ($95; nordstrom.com)
While this light blue, long-sleeve top is technically activewear, a few customers called it the perfect base layer.
BP. Turtleneck Ribbed Top ($19; nordstrom.com)
Season after season, this turtleneck from BP., Nordstrom’s in-house brand, is a bestseller.
Bella+Canvas Solid Crop Hoodie ($48; nordstrom.com)
This cotton-blend hoodie is “cropped so perfectly,” according to one of the dozen reviews that rated it 5 stars.
Champion Mock Neck Reverse Panel Crop Sweatshirt ($55; nordstrom.com)
This mock-neck version of Champion’s classic crew neck sweatshirt is a favorite among customers for its distinctive look. Pair it with leggings for a workout or with jeans for an off-duty look.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Ultra Lite Lounge Pullover ($98; nordstrom.com)
One reviewer calls this CozyChic pullover “the best purchase I have made in ages” for multiple reasons: Not only is the material super-soft, but it works just as well with sweats around the house as it does with jeans and booties.
Halogen Cashmere Scarf ($149; nordstrom.com)
This luxe, lightweight cashmere scarf comes in five fall-ready colors.
Marc Fisher Yale Chelsea Boot (starting at $178.95; nordstrom.com)
A sleek take on the modern Chelsea boot, this Marc Fisher style is the perfect everyday shoe.
Ugg Classic II Genuine Shearling-Lined Short Boot ($169.95; nordstrom.com)
It should come as no surprise that Ugg’s classic boot has more than 5,000 5-star reviews.
Naturalizer Callie Lace-Up Boot ($119, originally $169.95; nordstrom.com)
Naturalizer’s cushioned lace-up booties are comfortable, stylish and high-quality, according to the more than 50 5-star reviews.
Caslon Keaton Water-Resistant Lace-Up Bootie ($71.96, originally $119.95; nordstrom.com)
With more than 60 5-star reviews, these water-resistant boots are “definitely under-hyped,” and “comfortable,” according to one reviewer.
Patagonia Nano Puff Water-Resistant Jacket ($199; nordstrom.com)
This lightweight quilted jacket is warm enough to wear on its own, but layers just as well under something heavier — and the 150-plus 5-star reviews rave about how easy it is to wear.
Topshop Fred Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($88; nordstrom.com)
One reviewer says this top-rated faux leather jacket “looks pretty darn good for faux leather at this price point.”
Blank NYC Distressed Denim Jacket ($68; nordstrom.com)
Not only is this vintage-inspired, nonstretch denim jacket the perfect fall layer, but it has 22 reviews — and all of them give it 5 stars.
Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas ($65; nordstrom.com)
Given that most of our fall is probably going to spent inside, why not spend it in some of the comfiest pajamas we’ve ever tried. This set has more than 1,400 reviews and is perfect for cooler weather.
Halogen Side Slit Cardigan (starting at $41.40, originally $69; nordstrom.com)
Halogen’s Side Slit Cardigan is beloved by reviewers for its chameleon-like ability to go with everything. One customer says it’s “lightweight, drapey [and] unfussy.”
Leith Off-the-Shoulder Sweater ($59; nordstrom.com)
This off-the-shoulder sweater — which one reviewer says is “perfect for date night or just a fun night” — also comes in neutrals like white and heather gray. Another customer loves that it stays in place.
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan ($116; nordstrom.com)
With more than 3,000 5-star reviews, this Barefoot Dreams cardigan is one of the highest-rated products on Nordstrom’s site.