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Reader’s Top 12 from October

As we enter a new month, and the start of the busiest time of year, let’s wrap up by highlighting our Reader’s Top 12 Purchases from October.

This is helpful for two reasons. 

First, it’s nice to know what worked for the community since we share a similar aesthetic.

Second, my purpose here at The Well Dressed Life is to help you create a chic and practical wardrobe, meaning you love what you buy and wear it often!

So we reuse items in our outfits guides throughout the season to help you build your wardrobe.

We worked with the items below all month long and will reference them over the next few months.

Reader’s Top 12 from October

Coated Jeans

Coated Jean, $40 plus 15% off

Maybe our best find of the season. 

These jeans are INCREDIBLE. They fit so well, have a little bit of stretch, and add a bit of extra style to any look. 

And the price, you just can’t beat. 

Available at Banana Republic Factory.

Chelsea Boot

Chelsea Boot, $70

If you are still looking for a Chelsea Boot, this option, from DSW, is well priced, comfortable and a Reader Favorite. 

Available in four colors, in all sizes. 

We featured a similar style in our Outfit Formula here.

Silky Wrap Maxi Dress

Silky Wrap Maxi Dress, $65 

A wrap dress with a high low hem is one of my favorite, universally flattering, yet hard-to-find styles.

So I scooped this up to have on hand for the holidays.

Available in regular, tall, and petite in XXS – XL, with the extra 15% off.

For reference I am 5’10 and the tall was too long on me. 

And it’s getting great reviews over in our private Facebook group too:) 

Pair with strapy velvet heels or slim ankle boots.

Fair Isle Cozy Shaker-Stitch Pullover Sweater

Old Navy Fair Isle Cozy Shaker-Stitch Pullover Sweater,$49 plus 50% off at Checkout 

This classic Fair Isle-style sweater from Old Navy, in three colors.

Pair with your favorite jeans and boots for a cozy Thanksgiving Day look. 

In sizes XS – 4X in regular, tall, and petite. 

Available at Old Navy.

Collared Sweater

Collared Sweater, $98 40%  + EXTRA 10% OFF WITH CODE 25HOURS

We’re really loving these collared sweater we’re seeing this season. They are like a polo and v-neck hybrid, super flattering on all body types. The v-neck is elongating, and the collar finishes the knit. 

You can wear these with any bottom, from casual jeans and flats to trousers with heel, or paired with skirt to the office. 

This one is just under $100 with 40%  + EXTRA 10% OFF WITH CODE 25HOURS in sizes XXS – 2X, in a range of colors. 

Rib-Knit Quarter-Zip Sweater

Rib-Knit Quarter-Zip Sweater, $55 Plus Take 50% OFF

Old Navy makes a quality knit for the price point. 

Available in regular, tall and petite in XS – 4X, with 50% off at checkout.

In colors ivory and gray (above). 

This is an ideal sweater to throw on with jeans and boots, but we shared three different ways to wear it, from the weekends to the office

You can see me in it here. 

Vince Camuto Boot

Vince Camuto Arendie Boots, $150 at DSW

If you want to add a clean, pointed-toe knee-high boot to your wardrobe this season, look no further than this option from Vince Camuto, available in brown and black. 

I picked up the brown, which works like a neutral, so don’t hesitate to wear it with black, navy, grey, and shades of tan. 

Available at DSW. 

Belt Bag

Belt Bag, $15

I use my belt bag all weekend long. 

This one from Amazon is a dupe for the popular Lululemon Everywhere Bag. 

Available in a ton of colors, and makes a great holiday gift on it’s on, or fill it with a gift card, lip gloss, etc. 

Available on Amazon.

Spanx Perfect Pants

Spanx Perfect Ankle Pants, $148

I featured the Spanx Perfect Ankle Pant last week (here) and so many readers scooped them up. 

I wear them frequently. They are thick so they keep you warm. 

Available in a fabulous range of sizes, including regular, petite and tall in XXS – 3X. Runs true.

Washable Silk Skirt 

Washable Silk Skirt, $59.50

I know a little bit about washable silk from my days as a buyer working with brands like Eileen Fisher, who really revolutionized this idea of washable luxury fabrics. 

So for this skirt to be $60 is crazy to me, in a good way. 

I ordered the black, also in a large to wear with the black cashmere crew neck above. 

You can also dress it down with a simple white tee and denim jacket. 

We shared a couple ways to wear it earlier this month.

Available in six colors in XS – XL. 

LOFT Jeweled Bow Sweatshirt



LOFT Jeweled Bow Sweatshirt, $60 NOW 50% off with code CHEER

An IMMEDIATE add to cart for me.

This is the easy, holiday-ready top I like to have in my closet this time of year. And the fact that it’s a sweatshirt with an oversized bow is perfect to wear when you’re hosting. 

On sale, it’s only $29, in sizes XXS – XXL. 

Available at LOFT. 

Cashmere Sweater

Cashmere Sweater, $50

This is the sweater that made them famous and I totally get it.

You would spend $200 for this at Nordstrom. Or, I should say, Nordstrom would charge $200 for it, I don’t know if you would buy it or not 😉 

But $50 for this kind of quality really makes me rethink the price of knits in general. 

Lots of color options available, I ordered the black, red and navy in sizes XS – XL.

Available at Quince.

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Tuesday 8th of November 2022

I love my cashmere sweaters from Quince and the even have a short sleeve option for those of us living in the south where it’s November and still in the 80s. You always share the best finds!


Sunday 2nd of October 2022

This is a great line up of items with a nod to the trends without overdoing it! Also - had to laugh at your comment about seeing yourself in a plaid shacket and looking like you were ready “to cut down a tree.” I need to pull out MY plaid shacket and double check…I really like the cream colored one you featured.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Lol. Thanks Jane :)