Summer-weight sweaters from Nordstrom - une femme d'un certain âge

Summer-weight sweaters from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Susan B. wears an ivory cardigan, striped tee, jeans, and chain embellished loafers from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Ah, summer in coastal Southern California…it can get breezy and cool in the afternoons and evenings, which is why I’m always on the lookout for summer-weight sweaters. (Not to mention the Arctic-level air-conditioning in many stores and buildings…🥶 )

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas and opinions are my own.

Wearing: cardigan | necklace | tee | bracelet | jeans | loafers

This little cardigan from Halogen was one of the first pieces that caught my eye in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The fabric is a soft and lightweight blend, and is available in several colors. It’s perfect now over a tee, and come fall, it could be worn as a mid-layer buttoned over a camisole or tank. I’m wearing the XS.

A summer-weight sweater: Susan B. wears a Halogen v-neck cardigan and Caslon striped tee.

I’m not kidding about the breezes…my hair was being blown all over the place when we took these photos!

Transitional season & summer-weight sweaters from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale…

But I’m not complaining…our (usually) mild weather is one of the best things about living here!

There are just a few days left to save during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Nordstrom always offers free shipping and returns. In a hurry? You can order online and pick up at a store near you (many Nordstrom stores also offer curbside pickup).

Planning to visit Los Angeles?

With many of us planning more regional and road trip travel this summer, you may be considering a visit to the L.A. area. I’m often asked about what to pack, and my answer is a resounding “it depends.”

What clothing you’ll want to pack will depend on where you’ll be spending your time and your activities. We have a lot of microclimates, and weather conditions can be vastly different even within just a few miles. One rule of thumb: the further inland you are, the warmer it tends to be (during summer months). The safest bet is to bring a range of lightweight layers.

No matter what, be sure to pack:

  • Sunscreen
  • Face masks (L.A. County is currently requiring masks be worn in all indoor public spaces)
  • A lightweight sweater or jacket (see above)
  • Walking shoes or sandals. While L.A. isn’t necessarily a walking city, many popular activities and attractions (e.g. theme parks, beaches) will involve lots of walking.
  • Patience. Traffic is back up to (and sometimes exceeding) pre-pandemic levels. Plan on it taking longer to get where you’re going.

Stay in touch.

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  1. Ginger
    August 2, 2021 / 4:07 am

    When I saw your first starting reach this morning’s post, I I thought, I LOVE THIS NEW HAIR STYLE! Not realizing it was the wind…lol. I really think you should change it up with that look; its adorable on you! As always, thank you for all you sound advice. I’ve ordered many of your suggestions from Anniversary. Best wishes.

  2. Diane B
    August 2, 2021 / 5:34 am

    I, too, thought what a great hair style for this post, and though you had a cut. It may be the wind, but that look really brought the gamine side to life.Those shoes look like fun on you, and I think on me they would say ” trying too hard”. Good thing there are so many different personalities out there.

  3. Susanne
    August 2, 2021 / 6:46 am

    I hope this sweater is restocked. Only large sizes left.

  4. Jill
    August 2, 2021 / 7:02 am

    Sorry I didn’t see this cardigan sooner. Now it’s only available in large sizes. Thanks for all of your recommendations.

    • Lagatta de Montréal
      August 3, 2021 / 12:39 pm

      It is available in XXS and XL in that lovely steel grey, but that might be only for Canadian orders. Too small or too large for my current size!

  5. Elizabeth
    August 2, 2021 / 7:47 am

    Susan, this outfit sings of gamine style and you look terrific in it.
    Just watched the Over 50 Style Team’s Travel tips video. It is one of the most informative ones the team has done. Thank you! I could relate to every comment. Couple of tips – I always pack a few tiny packets of laundry detergent (Tide makes these) to wash clothing in hotel sinks so I don’t have to pack as much. After washing, roll clothes up in a towel & they’re dry by morning. Always travel with a few different sizes of zip lock bags, elastics & safety pins. In the bottom of a mid size handbag, I always pack 2 panties, a thinner top, nightie, toothbrush & tiny tube of toothpaste, should my suitcase not arrive.

  6. Mary Ann
    August 2, 2021 / 8:36 am

    Hi Susan, I have to agree with the other ladies. I too thought you had styled your hair differently and loved the look of your bangs swept to the side. Actually, I thought your “new style” looked great and obviously you could go for that look if you wanted a change. Sometimes, for me, the same old hairstyle gets boring and a change can be refreshing. As always, I love your posts. Thank you.

  7. August 2, 2021 / 7:07 pm

    My daughter lives in L.A. and packing for down there is actually really easy, largely thanks to your blog! I get a good sense of the vibe down there (now, as opposed to when I lived there in the 80s) and the current temperatures. I personally always pack a dress, a skirt, a few thin/linen shirts/tops, and sandals or relatively casual closed-toe shoes. You don’t need much, but for me, I like to stay as cool as possible, hence easy dress and skirt. I usually bring a denim jacket when it’s colder weather and a light cardigan (kind of like the one you’re wearing above) when it’s hotter. Not a ton of jewelry, but I like to bring one outfit for nice dinner/brunch out, though most of L.A. is really pretty casual.

  8. Cinzia
    August 3, 2021 / 7:02 am

    There’s no time of year when I don’t love a good cardigan! I find storage of lightweight cardigans — especially those that are linen or linen/cotton — a bit challenging though. I know it’s best not to hang them, but folding them into drawers seems to cause wrinkling and creasing that then requires steaming or some kind of touch-up. When I’m busy, that means they just languish because of not being ready to wear… Do you have any ideas on how to store cardigans or other lightweight knits?

      • Cinzia
        August 4, 2021 / 6:28 am

        That’s ingenious! Thank you — will give it a try.

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