Early fall sale picks from Madewell - une femme d'un certain âge

I found some seriously good stuff on sale at Madewell

Madewell has pretty much nailed that laid back, effortless cool aesthetic, and can be a great source of basics if your style is casual or more relaxed. They just kicked off a “Fall Forward” event, with 30% off a bunch of great wear-now-and well-into-fall items.

Everything included here is 30% off with code LONGWEEKEND.

Jackets

Madewell knit double breasted houndstooth jacket.

I love the mashup of classic houndstooth and a softer knit fabrication. This one seems to be selling quickly, but is still available in several larger sizes.

Madewell single-breasted trench coat dark camel.

Here’s a single-breasted trench without a lot of superfluous detail. This warm camel color would work for Autumns and some Springs.

Madewell herringbone sweater blazer in ivory.

The slanted pockets and herringbone pattern weave are both nice touches on this sweater blazer. This style is available in both standard and Plus sizes. The “antique cream” color is great for Springs and most Autumns, and is in my cart as well.

Madewell oversized trucker jacket in green.

Here’s an oversized trucker jacket in an unexpected shade of green. (I haven’t seen this one in person, so don’t know if it’s as saturated as it looks here.) It’s also offered in beige and a mauve-pink that would work for you Summers.

Madewell corduroy cropped blazer in slate.

I just received this corduroy blazer in the chocolate brown color, and am very impressed with it. It’s not as oversized as most Madewell blazers, and I found the Small was a good fit for me. And this “faded shale” color is quite nice too, and looks like it would work for softer Autumns.

An assorted sampling of the rest

Madewell boucle sweater vest dark indigo.

This boucle sweater vest reminds me of one I was eyeing recently on a designer website. It’s available in this “dark indigo” color shown, and a heathered brown which is currently in my cart. You could wear this on its own, over a collared shirt, and/or under a jacket.

Madewell faux leather straight leg jeans in burgundy.

These faux leather “jeans” can dress up or down, and are machine washable. They’re available in standard, Petite, Plus and Tall sizes in 3 colors. I think this burgundy color could be a fun alternative to black.

Madewell Sydney hobo bag in light sage.

Here’s a simple-not-boring shoulder bag in a pretty sage color.

Madewell lug sole rain boots in Moss.

For those of you in wetter climates, these zip rain boots are kind of clunky-cool.

Madewell Bradley lug sole loafers in Cherry Wood.

If you’ve been lug-sole-curious, here’s a pair of loafers that’s just classic enough.

Madewell freshwater baroque pearl necklace.

The modern way to wear pearls? Casually, with some colorful beads.

Madewell also has an extra 40% off sale styles, with code LONGWEEKEND.

More of the best sales…

J.Crew30% off purchase (Passport members), extra 50% off sale styles with code PASSPORT

Talbot’s – Fall Style Event, 25% off purchase

J.Jill25% off soft & luxe styles

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12 Comments

  1. Deborah B
    August 27, 2022 / 4:28 am

    I always appreciate you saying for which “season” a particular piece/color would be best. I try to only purchase my best colors ( but it’s so hard to let go of my black pieces!). Most black matches black, even from different designers and seasons. Blue, not so much – I have 6 or more pair of navy blue pants and unless bought together as a set, have no solid tops that match them. The struggle is real!

  2. Patricia
    August 27, 2022 / 6:31 am

    I am suddenly getting tons of adds and pop up videos on your emails. Is it something I did?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      August 27, 2022 / 6:38 am

      Hi Patricia, I haven’t changed anything. Are you seeing ads on the email itself or when you click through to the website?

  3. Bette
    August 27, 2022 / 7:17 am

    The beautiful jade green trucker jacket is lovely — but when I went to the Madewell site, the jacket appears to be a washed out light green, much like Eileen Fisher’s Nori from a few years ago.

    In fact, I’m having difficulties imagining how color and season analysis will work using computer monitors. For example, the beautiful “faded shale” corduroy jacket you show above as perhaps being good for Autumns looks to be perfect for me, a Winter. The color on my monitor looks like a very cool-toned blue-green-gray, which actually is very hard to find. I love it.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      August 27, 2022 / 7:23 am

      Hi Bette, yes color on monitors can be tricky. I notice that a lot of retailers tend to give their images a washed out look, I’m guessing for a more “vintage” feel. So I’m often basing my best guess on the flat lay images. While the shale color may be on the cooler side, I think it would be too soft for a true Winter. Winters’ best colors are clear and bright.

      • Bette
        August 27, 2022 / 7:35 am

        I really look forward to hearing more about this in the future. As a Winter, I used to be “clear and bright.” But as I’ve aged, my colors have definitely become softer. Not pastels and not muddy — but definitely toned down and less bright.

        • MJ
          August 27, 2022 / 10:56 am

          I’m in the same boat as a spring. Clear brights overwhelm me. Softer shades are better now.

  4. Cindylou
    August 27, 2022 / 10:55 am

    Knit blazers are a game changer! I haven’t worn blazers in years, they’re too stiff and uncomfortable. I bought a glen plaid knit blazer from Talbots a couple of years ago and it’s so comfortable. It can be dressed up or down, worn with jeans or black pants and looks great with patterned scarves.. it’s my go to when I want to look casual yet polished.

  5. Sharon
    August 27, 2022 / 2:27 pm

    How I wish that we had a Madewell store in our city! I love all of these, especially the loafers. Have you ever worn their shoes, Susan? I was just wondering about the fit since the only reviewer said that they ran a half size too large. Thanks! I love your e-mails and especially look forward to more articles about color analysis.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      August 27, 2022 / 2:31 pm

      Hi Sharon, I haven’t tried these loafers. The most recent pair of Madewell shoes I’ve purchased were the fisherman flats. https://bit.ly/3e4B5LC I’m usually a 7.5 in closed toe shoes, and the 7 in those was a perfect fit.

  6. Susan M
    August 28, 2022 / 4:56 am

    I do like the idea of the knit blazers as they look smart without being overly structured. I bought a cord blazer earlier this winter and returned it because it felt stiff and uncomfortable. Same again for what I thought was the perfect plaid winter blazer. Only this time the shoulder pads made me look as if I had morphed into Krystal Carrington aka Dynasty. The knit blazers look perfect for travelling and hope to find something similar to the camel one you (Susan) packed on your recent .European travels

  7. Andie
    August 28, 2022 / 7:11 am

    Thank you so much including the “ season” when describing the clothes! I’ve just had my colors done here in San Diego and what a huge help it has been! I’m having so much fun!

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