Sleeveless Cowlneck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans

Greetings, friends. Happy FRIYAY! Who has fun plans this weekend? I hope those of you in Florida are playing it safe. Irma sounds like one angry woman.

I’ve got another casual outfit today with bootcut jeans and a sleeveless cowl neck sweater.

Fall Fashion for Women Over 40: Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

I know, I know, jeans again. I really intended to have more variety in my outfits for this series, but I ordered about 5 dresses from Old Navy over a week ago, and I just got an email saying that my entire order was canceled. I am beyond baffled. That has never happened to me before. I mean, okay, maybe one, but all five? Weird.

And I know that some of you want to see more work wear looks with pants, and I’ll try to do one or two, but work wear really isn’t my jam. At least today’s jeans are bootcut, right!?! #workwithme

I don’t really know why, but I love a sleeveless cowl neck sweater. I always seem to end up buying one or two every fall, and it’s always a bonus when the color is as pretty as this one. I’m not even sure what to call this color. It’s not really red, but it’s not pink either. It actually has just a hint of rust going on, but all I know is, it’s a gorgeous shade for fall — or any time, really.

How to wear a sleeveless cowl neck sweater for fall

Don’t hate me, but I found this top at the LOFT Outlet so it’s not online. Normally I don’t buy things I can’t link to, but maybe that’s silly. I would buy a lot more at the outlets if they were online! That’s one reason I love J.Crew Factory… but that’s a post for another day. Like probably tomorrow.

Anyway. A couple weeks ago, I was invited along with a small group of local mom bloggers to the Philadelphia Premium Outlets to shop for fall and back to school. I hadn’t been there in a while so I was excited to see what’s new. They’ve moved some of the stores around, and I’m pretty sure I heard angels singing when I saw that a Tory Burch store is going in soonl!

I scored quite a few new pieces for fall, including this cowl neck sweater for $32. If you have a LOFT Outlet near you, go hunt it down right now! You’ll want to size down, though. I’m wearing an XS, and I almost never wear an XS, but the small was too long on me and the armholes were indecent. If you’re taller than my 5’5″ then you may be able to wear your regular LOFT size.

Fall Fashion for Women Over 40: Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

It’s split on the side, and the back is longer than the front, which I like. There’s also a really pretty knit detail on the back of the cowl, which is a nice feature if you have shorter hair — mine pretty much covers it, though.

Fall Fashion for Women Over 40: Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

I’ve already worn this sweater with black jeans, and it’s pretty with my grey jeans too, but a lot of you like to see outfit ideas with bootcut jeans so that’s how I styled it for this post.

I actually think it works well with the bootcut jeans because the sweater is a little too long for me so the bootcut jeans elongate the line of the leg and balance out the overall proportion of the outfit. These have a 33″ inseam, and my skinny jeans are 28″ or 29″. If you’re taller and need a longer length, this pair has a 36″ inseam.

Fall Fashion for Women Over 40: Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

I really love the fit and feel of these Seven For All Mankind Kimmie bootcut jeans, and they’re the perfect mid-wash to go with almost anything. They run TTS (true to size) but if you’re in between sizes, go with the smaller. For reference, I have the 28.

I could wear booties with this, or even pumps, depending on where I’m going, but I decided to wear these Lucky Brand block heel sandals. This brindle color is kind of a taupe/grey color, which works well into fall, and I like the ghille lace-up style and the cut out details.

I put away a lot of my sandals already, but I kept these out for our warmer fall days. As much as I love ankle boots for fall, I don’t want to wear them every day, so block heel sandals like these are a nice for a change.

Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

I carried a crossbody bag that coordinates with my shoes and accessories. I recently ordered this Rebecca Minkoff Love Crossbody for 33% off on her summer clearance sale, and I know I’m going to get a lot of use out of it. I like her Love crossbody collection because they look like Channel but at a fraction of the cost.

Mine is the regular size, which is perfect for holding my wallet and iPhone and a few other essentials like tissues and lipstick, and this mushroom color is super versatile.

Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater

Unfortunately my exact bag is discontinued, but this small size is available on Amazon in the same mushroom color with gold hardware, and the newest Love crossbody style for fall comes in a pretty embossed nubuck. There’s also a grey leather version with gunmetal hardware.

I kept my jewelry pretty simple with a pair of gold beaded drop earrings and a couple of gold bangles.

Fall Fashion for Women Over 40: Sleeveless Cowl Neck Sweater + Bootcut Jeans with Block Heel Sandals

sweater from Loft Outlet (similar) // jeans (option) // sandals // similar bag (option) // bangles c/o ksny // earrings

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the fall outfit she’s styling today!

And it’s Friday, so that means linkup day! If you have a fashion blog, I’d love for you to join us. If you’re here for your weekly dose of style inspiration, you’ll find plenty of that here. Have a beautiful weekend!

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