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

New fall styles in the Labor Day Sales.

The Labor Day sales can be a great opportunity to pick up some fall wardrobe refreshers at reduced prices. I’ve been doing a little online reconnaissance, and wanted to share some of my sale picks.

Fall Styles On Sale

Though the official start of fall is still a few weeks off, my brain usually starts to shift seasonal gears around Labor Day. Shopping ahead of the season can be a smart choice for best selections and to take advantage of holiday weekend promotions.

I love “x % off site wide” promotions, as they’re a great opportunity to save on new and updated pieces can wear for the season ahead.


J.Crew cocoon sweater blazer in dried violet.

You can save 40% off your purchase from a large selection of new-for-fall styles with code HELLOFALL. The sweater-blazer I featured HERE is included, but if you prefer something with a front closure, this “cocoon sweater-blazer” might be more your speed. There are a few neutral shades, but if you’re looking for an unexpected color pop, the “dried violet” above could work for cooler palettes. Sizes XX-Small to 3X.

J.Crew cotton cashmere ribbed v-neck cardigan aqua.

For a more relaxed look, this ribbed cotton-cashmere cardigan is offered in multiple colors, sizes XX-Small to 3X.

J.Crew vintage straight leg corduroy pants in pine green.

And these Vintage Slim Straight Cords have been added to the promotion! (See mine in Pale Mocha here.)

J.Crew dot print silk twill shirt in caramel.

This silk twill shirt in a dot print has dress-up/dress-down potential. Sizes 00-24.

J.Crew pull-on plaid pants in English wool.

I’ve had plaid pants on my wish list for a few seasons now. This pair in English wool is a pull-on style, a nice marriage of structured and relaxed. Sizes 00-16.


Talbot's long sleeve tee in multi-color stripes.

Save 25% off your regular price purchase, and an additional 70% off all markdowns! This multi-colored stripe tee is a nice layering piece, available in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite sizes.

Talbot's quilted snap front jacket in Goldfinch.

I just received this little jacket in the Goldfinch color (shown above) and really like it! It’s not bulky, and light enough for transitional season wear. Other colors available in Misses, Petite, Plus, and Plus Petite. Runs TTS. If you want to layer over a thicker sweater, you may want to size up.


Aquatalia Caterina weatherproof ankle boot black.

Save 25% off SITEWIDE with code LDW25. I’m a big fan of Aquatalia for comfortable, well-made, weatherproof footwear. I love the piping detail on these block heel booties! I’ve been looking for an updated weatherproof pair for travel and just ordered the Midnight Brown color to try.

Aquatalia Perci loafer in oxblood.

I’ve been seeing a lot of burgundy/Bordeaux shoes and bags this season, which is another option if you’re wanting to branch out from black. These croc-embossed loafers are good-looking and also weatherproof.

Jenni Kayne

Susan B. enjoying a beer at Nepenthe. Wearing a Madewell bandana, Jenni Kayne cotton fisherman sweater, AG boyfriend jeans.

If you’ve been eyeing anything from Jenni Kayne, this weekend get 20% off with code FRESHSTART. The cotton fisherman sweater I’m wearing here is included!

Banana Republic

Banana Republic leopard print pleated midi skirt.

Banana Republic has up to 50% off select styles, plus another 20% off for BR/Gap cardholders. I thought some of you might like this pleated midi skirt.

Banana Republic striped canvas tote.

This striped canvas tote is the kind of thing you can carry now and into fall.


Paige Daytona floral print sweatshirt.

Save 20% sitewide with code LABORDAY2021. I happened to spot this abstract floral print sweatshirt at a local department store, and it’s much better in person than it looks online. It’s soft, not bulky, and seems to run TTS. I have on order, will report back.

Brian + MW

Save 30% on all eyeshadows, lipsticks, and mineral powders, PLUS get one of my favorite treatment products as a special gift when you spend over $200!

More Labor Day Sales Worth Checking Out

Eileen Fisherextra 50% off sale

Falconeriup to 75% off (beautiful Italian basics, yes they ship to USA)

Boden20% off almost everything with code K9Q2

Amour Vert30% off sitewide

Ann TaylorUp to 50% off your purchase with code LABORDAY.

Colleen Rothschildsave 20% sitewide with code LABORDAY

Bloomingdale’sup to 50% off wear-now styles

Chico’sup to 60% off sale styles

Lands’ End50% off your order, code SWIM

Madewellextra 30% off sale styles

J.Jillextra 40% off all sale styles

Lo & Sonsup to 50% off travel bags

Vince – end of summer sale, extra 25% off sale

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  1. Diane B
    September 3, 2021 / 5:10 am

    Fun stuff today, but the Banana R. site is not working, and although I love the sweatshirt, there is no way I could pay $285 plus duties for it. I will have to search for a similar look elsewhere. This gives great ideas to work from.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 3, 2021 / 6:46 am

      Hi Diane, ah, you must be in Canada? Yes, BR has a separate Canadian site here, so my usual links don’t work. And a shame the sweatshirt is so much more expensive there than here.

      • Kay Ganser
        September 4, 2021 / 9:24 am

        Susan, I don’t live in Canada but am having the same problem with many of the links not opening. It seems to have happened on your last 3 blog postings.I use an iPad to read them. I use your blog postings as a shopping guide so I am hoping it can be fixed.

        • Susan Blakey
          September 4, 2021 / 9:52 am

          Hi Kay, thanks for letting me know. If you’re having an issue on the ipad but not other devices, it may be an ad blocker that’s preventing the links from opening.

  2. Lizette
    September 3, 2021 / 6:30 am

    I love how you have really embraced your new colours. For instance the goldfinch jacket and the dotted silk blouse will be great on you. Can’t wait to see your pics wearing them.

  3. Maggie
    September 3, 2021 / 7:12 am

    Hi Susan,

    I love these items for fall! Of course, I have warm coloring too so the fall is when I can find my colors (warm autumn according to the system that I use).

    I would pair the dotted blouse with the plaid pants in a heartbeat. I am really into mixing prints right now.

    I know you have a navy blue print blouse with tigers on it? That would rock with the printed snap front jacket in Goldfinch.

    I wonder how that same blouse would go with the plaid pants or animal skirt that you show here.

    Thanks for the inspiration!


  4. Maggie
    September 3, 2021 / 7:15 am

    FYI – I forgot to ask you if you had ever considered a nice set of jogger pants to add to your collection of bottoms?
    I have 2 pairs, one in olive green and another in tan, and I wear them when jeans are a little too heavy/warm.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 3, 2021 / 8:34 am

      I have one navy pair, but don’t find myself reaching for them often. I’m keeping my eyes open for something in camel or brown.

      • Eve
        September 3, 2021 / 9:36 am

        Same here. There are are so many navy, black and grey but few in camel or brown. Well, I did find dark brown but it was almost black and I really want a golden brown.

        • Maggie
          September 4, 2021 / 9:18 am

          I will keep my eyes open. My olive joggers are from Goodwill and my grayish pair is from Aerie – this is the intimates/loungewear line of American Eagle. (I received them as a present two years ago and I could do with a smaller size but they are so soft.) I have been meaning to try AnyBody Cozy Knit Luxe Pants from QVC. They come in different inseams and I like a longer inseam because I don’t want to show ankle – I get cold. What I usually do with QVC and HSN is order one of each size and inseam that I might be in the range of colors I am interested in and and use the Easy Pay option. You still have to pay for shipping for each item but you get all of the options at one time. I make a choice and return the rest.

      • Maggie
        September 4, 2021 / 9:28 am

        I remember that you bought a soft blouse a while ago. (It was the June 4, 2021 post “Style
        Trying something new: The Big Sleeve.”) That might work with some softer pants such as joggers.

        I saw some cropped sweater knit pants – almost gauchos – in a golden brown somewhere with a french terry sweatshirt to match on QVC or HSN. If I see it again, I will let you all know.

    • Maggie
      September 4, 2021 / 10:02 am

      I also have one pair of jogger pants from Athleta in a heather gray. They were not cheap but they look the same as when I bought them over 5 years ago.

  5. Stefanie
    September 3, 2021 / 8:36 am

    Good morning! On the Nordstrom site reviews of the Jenni Kayne sweater say the sleeves are too long to be functional. Has that been the case for you? I really enjoy your blog!

    • Susan Blakey
      September 3, 2021 / 9:06 am

      Hi Stefanie, I haven’t experienced that at all, and I’m petite. They hit just below my wrists, and I push or roll them up if needed.

  6. Julia
    September 3, 2021 / 9:19 am

    I wonder what you are drinking in the photo where you are sitting on the concrete steps. It looks a bit like « biere rousse », and I thought maybe you are a fan of craft beer, but then I thought, no, Americans don’t drink (or not much). So maybe it’s some kind of red soda?

    • Susan Blakey
      September 3, 2021 / 9:22 am

      I can’t speak for the entire country, but here in California we are BIG fans of craft beers and there are probably hundreds of small breweries. I don’t remember specifically what this one was, but it was a local red ale. Cheers!

      • Julia
        September 3, 2021 / 11:54 am

        Great! I feel reassured that not all Americans are abstemious! I heard that in Washington if you order a glass of wine at lunch, they look at you as if you were a crazy drunkard.

        • Susan Blakey
          September 3, 2021 / 11:58 am

          I guess it depends on who you’re having lunch with 😉

  7. Sf-dre
    September 3, 2021 / 6:37 pm

    Usually not a fan of corduroy though I’d make an exception for the green color because it’s not leaning towards olive or sage.

  8. Kathy
    September 8, 2021 / 8:12 am

    Susan I had my colors analyzed by Red Leopard several years ago. I am a paint box spring. What do you think about the heather walnut sweater jacket at J Crew for a spring? I’m on the fence.

    • Susan Blakey
      September 8, 2021 / 8:23 am

      Hi Kathy, the color is a very close match to the Chocolate in our palette. It definitely coordinates well with the other Spring colors in my wardrobe. If the rest of your wardrobe is very light and bright, you might find it a bit dark (or not). The Heather Khaki is also a very nice Spring neutral, noticeably warmer than the prior version of that color.

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