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Off the Rack: Easing into Fall at Old Navy

Today was so humid, my glasses actually fogged up on a morning walk. Despite the strange weather, I know fall is just around the corner, so I stopped by Old Navy yesterday to scope out the early fall offerings. From lightweight cardigans in the latest animal prints and popular polka-dots, to stretch cords and skinny jeans in updated hues like mustard, plum and gray, I found myself wanting a lot of these wearable pieces. Highlights include a dark denim jacket, the aforementioned stretch corduroys, and front pocket blouses in sleeveless and long-sleeve (although I have a feeling these rayon pieces will look like a used tissue after they're washed). I still have trouble with the fit of the Rockstar jeggings, otherwise I would have scooped up a pair in dark purple; next time I'll look for the Sweetheart as recommended by a couple readers. I ended up splurging on a striped faux-Crew blouse ($29.94) and a polka-dot chambray shirt ($24.94) which had a nice weight to the fabric and will go with just about everything.

More pics after the jump...what have you bought at Old Navy lately?

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Cute!!! Yeah, I totally love those dark purple jeans but there's just no way. They are sooo tight, thin and show every little bump. I wear a 4 - I can't imagine what those 14's I saw would look like on. ;-) My thing is I need tall sizes and it's impossible to find online. Even all the cute blouses/shirts and such. ON has gotten better with tall sizes I will admit!
I have picky feet but some of their shoes I have worn with no issues. The pointy flats are perfect for me. Love love love. I purchased the white with black spots - OMG aren't those the cutest!!!?? I have a million other pair I have yet to wear (gray leopard print from spring/summer is 1 example) but the new pointed plats (in brown, nude, black) are similar to my fave style from last year (the sueded ones) but just look a lot cheaper for me to want. Those magenta, green and red ones I saw online though... oooohweee those are cute!
Anyways, love love love! :-)
#1 SnackyJackie (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 17:16 (Reply)
mmm. Well depending on the face and personality of the size those prints will look way better than a mean and rude size 4!
#1.1 kareemtiheed (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 21:54 (Reply)
Love this comment!
#1.1.1 Davina916 on 2012-09-06 11:09 (Reply)
I love the tops you tried on and the polka dot cardigan. I miss wearing fall and winter items now that I live in Hawaii. I was hoping that Old Navy would have some nice summer outfits for me to snag and wear year-round, but all of their dresses were either see-through or too short or sleeveless. I hate it when that happens :-( You look fantastic in those tight jeans though!
#2 Lisa (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 18:02 (Reply)
So happy you posted about Old Navy! I haven't been in a while but I love all this! What great patterns and bright items! I love that striped dress, all the flats and that polka cardi!
#3 Kristal (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 18:23 (Reply)
i'm loving everything! i saw a polka dot sweater dress that i really want and a leopard tunic sweater. great fall stuff!
#4 Niki Cheapskate (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 19:13 (Reply)
I bought that same polka dot chambray shirt, too! I haven't shopped at Old Navy consistently since 2005 because the quality kept getting worse, but with offerings like this, I will reconsider. It has good reviews on the website. Since it's still too hot in the Southeast, I haven't worn it yet. Can't wait :-)
#5 gmc on 2012-09-05 19:17 (Reply)
I had to have the cream colored polka dot boatneck sweater! It's a lightweight sweater, so it's a good transition piece. It's so cute in person!
#6 fitandfab220 on 2012-09-05 19:28 (Reply)
Where did you buy the leopard print loafers you are wearing in the pictures?
#7 loveabargain on 2012-09-05 19:54 (Reply)
Target! I've Pinned them here:
#7.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-09-06 11:41 (Reply)
I'm trying just to stay out of Old Navy all together because it's impossible to stop in and not buy anything. Last time I was there I got the white sweater with black polka dots even though it is still in the 90s here. That is the power their clothes have on me :-)

Oh the Rockstar Jeggings. So cute, so tiny. I don't even bother trying them on any more.
#8 Sara (Homepage) on 2012-09-05 22:26 (Reply)
I got the polka dot chambray shirt - agree, love the weight and it's nicely fitted.
#9 Emily on 2012-09-06 07:28 (Reply)
I'm in Polka dot heaven! I'll have to use their app to see if I can get a coupon.
#10 Elizabeth on 2012-09-06 09:06 (Reply)
I am heading there this week for a pair of ankle booties. Plus I have been wanting the stripe dress that you photographed. I cannot do the Rockstar cut jeans either! I think you have to be about 50 lbs to wear them! Also on a side note, the leopard flats you are wearing, are they the ones you bought at Target?
#11 Robin on 2012-09-06 10:23 (Reply)
I recently ordered the Rockstar jeggings in Dark Wash. I hope they fit!
#12 Davina916 on 2012-09-06 11:15 (Reply)
Where did you get your iPhone case? I love that red print!
#13 Evaline on 2012-09-06 13:28 (Reply)
Shopbop! It's DVF, $24. I earned a $25 credit for referring a friend so I got it. :-)
#13.1 The Budget Babe on 2012-09-06 16:12 (Reply)
Thanks for writing these kinds of posts! it makes me feel like I'm shopping without having to go to the store :]
#14 Kathy on 2012-10-01 03:03 (Reply)
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