Sifting Through The Labor Day Sales (With An Eye Toward Fall)

Labor Day Sales: my favorite Fall styles on sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Gah! Labor Day already….it really snuck up on me this year. And the Labor Day sales are already in full swing. Of course there are lots of Summer items marked down. But I’m in a mood to look ahead, so took a spin through the sales and flagged some Fall pieces currently marked down.

Fall Styles On Sale

x percent off everything” markdowns are my favorite kind of sales, especially when they include new merchandise. J.Crew leads the pack with 40% off a large selection of new items with code BYESUMMER. (And an extra 60% off sale styles!)


J.Crew Sophie sweater-blazer in Burgundy windowpane. Details and more from Labor Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

I love my Sophie sweater-blazers, and was happy to see they’ve added some perfect-for-Fall patterns and colors. Above, in Burgundy windowpane

J.Crew Sophie sweater-blazer in Chevron. Details and more Labor Day Sale picks at une femme d'un certain age.

And in chevron. (I have this one on order, will report back.) Both are available in sizes XX-Small to 3X.

J.Crew striped poplin top. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

If you’re staring down a few more weeks of warmer weather, this striped top in cotton poplin has wear-now-wear-later potential. (Layer over a turtleneck, and/or underneath a longer jacket.)

J.Crew Liberty print shirt. Details and more Fall styles on sale at une femme d'un certain age.

And if you are a fan of Liberty prints, here’s a new one in a gorgeous Autumnal colorway. This shirt is offered in sizes 00-24.

J.Crew corduroy straight pants in Dark Spruce. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

And wouldn’t it look great with these pants? (Corduroy always says “Fall” to me. I have these on order in the English Saddle color…)

J.Crew cap toe ballet flats in tweed. Details and more from the Labor Day sales at une femme d'un certain age.

Ballet flats are back in a big way. This cap-toe style in tweed can dress up or down.

Banana Republic

Banana Republic twist front dress in modal. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Banana Republic is back on my radar, and they are also offering 40% off, including new items. This tie-front dress in modal looks comfortable enough to wear at home, but polished enough to wear out. (I’m picturing this under an elegant long cardigan when the weather cools down…maybe with knee boots?) The dress is offered in Misses, Petite and Tall sizes.

Banana Republic classic utility jacket in sand beige. Details and more fall styles on sale at une femme d'un certain age.

A classic utility jacket can be a real wardrobe workhorse. This one is also available in olive, but I’m kind of eyeing the beige. Sizes XXS-XXL.


Talbot’s has 25% off full-priced styles, as well as substantial markdowns on sale items.

Talbot's soft merino v-neck sweater. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Merino wool is one of my favorite knits. It’s lightweight, accommodates fluctuating temperatures, layers well, doesn’t pick up odors, and is washable. This v-neck sweater has a nice button cuff detail, and is available in several colors. Misses, Petites, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.

Talbot's quilted vest in ivory. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

A quilted vest is perfect for those in-between days. I like the longer length on this one. Machine washable and available in Misses, Petites, Plus, and Plus Petite sizes. Several colors too!

Talbot's stretch twill band jacket in Chestnut. Details and more from the Labor Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

This knit twill “band jacket” caught my eye. It’s available in Black as well, in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite sizes. Also in red HERE.


25% off sitewide!

Aquatalia Jemma weatherproof boots. Details and more Labor Day Sales at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m a big fan of Aquatalia weatherproof footwear. The quality is excellent, and I’ve found them to be comfortable and stylish enough to pack for Paris on several occasions. Shop now while the sizing selection is good, and you can get 25% off. Above, these Chelsea boots have such an elegant look!

Aquatalia Gracelyn knee boots. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Here’s a classic low-heeled riding boot that you’ll reach for year after year…

Colleen Rothschild

Colleen Rothschild luxury skincare: Face Oil No.9, Radiant Cleansing Balm and Extreme Recovery Cream. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

For those who were asking about discounts on Colleen Rothschild, you can now get 20% off sitewide with code LBDAY20 !

More Labor Day Sales Worth Checking Out

Chico’s – buy more, save more, up to 70% off already reduced styles

Soma – “Embraceable” sale…buy 1, get one 50% off bras, 6 for $38 panties

Eileen Fisher – long weekend sale, up to 60% off

Madewell – Long Weekend Sale, up to 50% off

J.Jill30% off all full-priced pants.

Soft Surroundingsextra 30% off select sale styles, extra 50% off final sale styles

Vince – Vault Sale, additional 40% off with code SEPTEMBER40

VOZ25% off with code ABRAZOS25

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  1. Robyn
    September 4, 2020 / 3:26 am

    Hi Susan,
    I bought the J Crew corduroy pants in ivory last year and wore them nonstop. They’re in my bag for this year. Secondly, I love the idea of the Sophie cardigan but they always look boxy on me. Any styling tips? Lastly, is it just me, but are other people with winter coloring finding it hard to find clothes in their color palette? Unless it’s black, gray, navy or white there are few other choices. Don’t get me wrong, I wear these colors most of the time, but a little variation would be nice.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 4, 2020 / 6:08 am

      Hi Robyn, I’m seeing a lot of dark spruce greens which can often work for a winter. The burgundy can work for many winters too, as long as it’s not “muddy.”

      • Robyn
        September 5, 2020 / 2:49 am

        I agree! Thank you for the suggestions.

  2. Jill
    September 4, 2020 / 3:46 am

    You need that dress Susan!!

  3. Linda J
    September 4, 2020 / 4:16 am

    Susan, I recently ordered a pair of corduroys from Everlane in a color similar to the J. Crew pants you have on order called English Saddle. I would love to see how you style them. I’m having trouble figuring out how to wear them. I am loving your new color palette!! Thank you

  4. Susan B.
    September 4, 2020 / 5:55 am

    Thanks for these suggestions, Susan. I ordered the cream colored utility jacket from Banana Republic and the Liberty print from JCrew. While I did not order them today, I agree with your enthusiasm for Aquatalia. Living in Chicago, my waterproof boots get good workouts, and Aquatalia look good after several seasons. In my experience, they run narrow, so I get the wide option when available.

    Thanks for the ideas!

  5. Karen
    September 4, 2020 / 6:09 am

    Hi Susan,
    I just purchased the utility jacket. Very excited about that one. We appreciate you and we need to see more of your Gigi. What a doll baby.

  6. Elizabeth
    September 4, 2020 / 9:30 am

    I too like the JCrew Sophie blazers and own several, but find that they pill with wear. Have you experienced this & if so do you have any suggestions on how to maintain best appearance?

    • Susan Blakey
      September 4, 2020 / 10:28 am

      Hi Elizabeth, I’ve only noticed minimal pilling with mine, but I find one of these sweater combs works great to remove pills from any sweaters. Sweater comb HERE.

  7. Wren
    September 4, 2020 / 11:04 am

    Oh my, tempting sales again, just like in the spring but nowhere to wear!
    Susan, have you received your Chelsea boots from Madewell yet? I have my eye on a couple of pairs but want to hear what you find in regard to size, specifically. Thank you, if you have comments.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 4, 2020 / 11:08 am

      I’ve received them, yes, and they do seem to be TTS. If you have a high instep, you may find that they take some effort to pull on, but that also keeps them secure on the foot. I also have another style from a different brand on order, will compare the two and keep one.

  8. Wren
    September 4, 2020 / 11:53 am

    Thank you for the quick response. I do have a high instep and wondered about that without a zipper opening. I like the look and may try them to see if the gussets help.

  9. Laurene Tiller
    September 4, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    Love all the fall fashions. Unfortunately here in SO CA it is at least November before we can wear them. September and October tend to be so hot.

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