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What to Buy at Old Navy

There are many reasons I frequently feature Old Navy.

Their inclusive size range and well-priced clothes make the brand a go-to.

Today’s round-up looks a little different and maybe even boring compared to what we usually share.

But each item is a key piece, like a satin midi skirt that includes all sizes, a shorter version of a sweater dress that works perfectly with boots, and skinny velvet pants that make a holiday party outfit come to life.

Basically, these are pieces I want you know exist, in case you’re looking for something similar. 

So let’s jump in …

What to Buy at Old Navy

What to buy at Old Navy in October


There are many new arrivals featured below that are not on sale but still well priced. 

What I can tell you about Old Navy is that, yes, they have a lot of sales, but certain full priced items will sell out with needing to be marked down.

So if you like it, the retail price is still very reasonable. 

And their sizing is awesome. Everything below is available in a full size range, XXS – 4X in regular, petite and tall. 

Car Coatcar coat in raisin

Car Coat, $70 

First up, this simple car coat, for well under $100

If you live in a part of the country that only needs a light coat, this might be a nice option. The fit is relaxed, will hit at your hip and the hand is a soft, brushed feel. 

Available in raisin (above), camel and black.

Sherpa Shacket

white sherpa jacket

Sherpa Shacket, $85

I like this shacket option, in sea salt, if you need a casual, extra layer. 

Add over a plaid button down or thin knit sweater or turtleneck and go ahead and wear this with a slim bottom, either a legging or skinny jean, otherwise the look is too boxy. 

Available in sea salt (above) or bark. 

Ruffle-Trimmed Tuxedo Shirtruffle trimmed tuxedo shirt in white

Ruffle-Trimmed Tuxedo Shirt, $40 

We’re seeing a lot of these ruffle-trimmed tuxedo shirts in retail, in a range of prices. 

I really like them, especially for this time of year, as an alternative to a classic button down. But, I can’t stomach spending $100+ on one. 

So I ordered this option for $40

Pair with your favorite jeans, slim lined trousers or a straight or a-line skirt. It’s pretty on it’s own, or works as a feminine layer under a sweater or blazer. 

Velvet Pants



Black velvet pants

Velvet Pants, $25 

If I were putting together a Holiday Wardrobe Capsule (maybe I should?), I would include these inexpensive velvet pants in black. 

I love playing with textures, so I would take these and wear them with a cashmere sweater, like this reader favorite from Quince, and these embellished Sam Edelman mules

Or, I would grab a faux leather blazer and a pair of sock booties for a cool, rocker look. 

Either would be fun to wear to your neighbor’s holiday open house or festive cocktails with your girlfriends. 

Satin Maxi Skirt

black satin maxi skirt

Satin Maxi Skirt, $35 

Over the past several weeks, we’ve highlighted a few satin or silk maxi skirts, but unfortunately, many of those brands stop at an XXL.

So I’m thankful for brands like Old Navy, who continue to make their size range more and more inclusive, now offering sizes XXS – 4X and almost every style in petite and tall.

This one is lovely. It’s high-waisted, with a side slit, and is only $35.

Puffer Jacket

Black puffer jacket

Puffer Jacket, $90 

This is another practical and chic cold weather coat, for under $100. 

It’s water-resistant, with a packable hood. It’s not too long or too short. Great for jeans/leggings and boots. 

Available in four colors. 

This style will sell out quickly. 

Utility Button Down Shirt


Utility button down shirt in red

Utility Button Down Shirt, $40 

This gorgeous color is like a burst of sunshine in our round up of neutrals. 

I love the drape, and loose fit throughout the body. You’ll see similar styles at Nordstrom for a LOT more. You can wear this to work or on the weekends. 

Available in four colors. 

Long Sherpa Coat

Long sherpa Coat in white

Long Sherpa Coat, $100 

There is no practical reason to own this sherpa coat, and yet it went right into my cart. 

I love it in white, making it even less practical, and super cute with jeans. 

Mini Sweater Dress


Mini Sweater dress in gray

Mini Sweater Dress, $70 

There are a lot of sweater dress options available, but many of them are midi length. 

So if you would like one that hits above the knee this one is a nice choice and would look cute with tights and either ankle or knee high boots. 

Available in gray, green or black. 

Faux Leather Pants

black faux leather pants

Faux Leather Pants, $45 

Finally, I like the look of these faux leather ankle pants and you can’t beat the price. 

These are more like a legging, so they don’t have the 5 pocket detail we see in a coated jean or trouser. 

 Pair with a chunky sweater, tunic or an oversized blazer. 

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Tuesday 1st of November 2022

I'd love to see a holiday mini capsule! And that long sherpa coat is so much fun :)

Tracy Gray

Monday 31st of October 2022

I love the mini sweater dress. Perfect for the more relaxed family holiday events!


Monday 4th of April 2022

I have been a fan of Old Navy for many years and I'm 57! Thanks to you, I have learned to mix their items with other brands to create a much more well rounded, classic style. I agree with you 85% of the time to skip their shoes but have had luck a few time thru the years with a great fake. I have a pair of "suede" heeled booties and a pair of "snake skinned" mules that I get many compliments on. I spend time with my husband in NY for work often and he even comments on how appropriate the mules look in NY.


Monday 4th of April 2022

Just ordered the black midi dress, the sweater in yellow, and the white jeans. I picked up that shirred blouse in white and black last week, as well as the pink dress! I sized down in the blouse and got a medium instead of my usual large. Stuck with the large in the dress, but I think the cute little sleeves might drive me crazy, as they seem to slip down easily. Any tips for helping them stay up? Could a tailor tighten the elastic?


Monday 31st of January 2022

This post was worth reading for this line alone: "The goal is not to look like a bear mauled you." You crack me up. :-)


Monday 31st of January 2022

I would LOVE to see some of the pieces & outfits on actual people - can we have a fashion show? I'm wearing a cardigan today & feel like I am looking VERY old-fashioned (like a school marm) instead of smart & on trend.

Megan Kristel

Monday 31st of January 2022

Are you in our Private Facebook Group? We share lots of real life pictures and everyone is happy to give kind, constructive feedback and tips.

Tracy Gray

Monday 13th of December 2021

I never think of old navy as a possible shipping site for clothes for myself. I have purchased items there before for my daughters So thank you for this!!


Monday 13th of December 2021

I'm loving these joggers - especially since I'm WFH until July 2022.

Mary B.

Tuesday 6th of July 2021

Summer! Bought two pairs of the high-waisted denim shorts from Old Navy and have been wearing them ALL THE TIME. With a nice top, on zoom, still for work every day...

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 6th of July 2021


Tracy Gray

Wednesday 28th of April 2021

I love these ideas. Thank you. I’m going to order the wrap dress. I two work well for me this summer as I have several baby showers and bridal showers.


Monday 26th of April 2021

Yes!! I own two of these longer sweatshirts; can't beat them for wearing over leggings. And you are spot on when you suggest adding these items to your higher-quality pieces to make fresh combos that look like a million bucks without spending them! Love this article. So. Much. :)


Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Thanks Megan! I ordered the jogger set in a light blue and it somehow (somehow it arrived today yet I'm still missing things I ordered in Dec lol) - it's sooo lovely and super soft! I just ordered a 2nd one in the oatmeal color, weekend dressing just got upgraded ;)


Monday 11th of January 2021

Thanks, Megan! I ordered the jogger set and a sweater.