A display of shoes at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

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I still have part 3 of my Uniqlo summer review coming up (part 1 here and part 2 here) but it’s time to take a break to talk about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I can’t believe I forgot that Early Access (for Nordstrom card holders) started on July 13. I usually put it down on my calendar. The sale is for fall season (my favorite fashion season!) and it’s a decent sale. Most items seem to be around 25% to 35% off.

I happened to have an appointment downtown today, so I stopped by at the end of the day to take a quick look. Let’s start with shoes, since Nordstrom got its start selling shoes.

These Sam Edelman flats topped with a bow come in a lot of colorways and seem like a classic wardrobe staple. This brand unfortunately doesn’t work well for my wide-ish feet, but I think it’s a great buy if it works for you. Another good option are these Cole Haan ones which have a stacked heel and are sans bow. (The loafer mules were also part of the sale, but I’m not a fan of their look.)

Sam Edelman Raisa Bow Flat, $79.90 (regularly $119.95)

I liked these simple sneakers because they remind me of moon boots. And they seem really comfy. Didn’t get a chance to try them on, but it’s a comfy brand, Gentle Souls. The leather was soft and it had arch support. Might have to go back to try them.

Gentle Souls Carole Zip Sneakers, $79.90 (regularly $119.95)

These two Blondo booties seems like a good option for waterproof footwear. The one on the stand (the Liam) has a side zip while the suede ones (the Ida) are Chelsea style. They both have a rounded toe that’s not too round. The style is straightforward and classic. This Sorel bootie is also a great option for a waterproof boot if you want a lower heel.

Blondo Liam and Ida waterproof booties, $99 (regularly $149)

There’s so much more good stuff in the shoe department, including the rag & bone Margot bootie ($329.90, regularly $495). (Other colors, like black, are not on sale.) They always seem to have one color of the Margot in the sale, and I always lust after them, but I know they won’t work for me. At 4 inches, the heel is too tall for me. (But they are the most comfortable 4-inch heeled boots I have ever tried on.) They are SO cute on. Sigh. I wish they made a version that was 2.5 inches. There’s also a rag & bone boot with a lower heel in the sale, the Wesley, but it doesn’t look as cute. ($349.90, regularly $525, two colors).


Anyhow, I recommend taking a look at the website first — even if you’re going to visit in person — to get an idea of what’s there. I always see stuff online that I never seem to come upon when I’m browsing the store, and sometimes it’s just too chaotic. This sale is a competitive sport.

I love the Anniversary Sale for coats and jackets in particular — but I’m going to put those in the next post since I saw so many. So here’s a few random women’s clothing items that caught my eye.  First, a pleated midi skirt. I don’t have one in my wardrobe, but I often wonder if I should.

Halogen Pleat Faux Leather Midi Skirt, $79.90 (regularly $119). Halogen Pleat Midi Skirt, $49 (regularly $79). Both come in petite too.

I’m not that into scallops on me, but I think this sweater is really cute if you like to wear them. It comes in seven colors online and also comes in petite.

Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater, $39.90 (regularly $59)

This shirt by BP (Nordstrom’s line aimed at juniors) is the one item I brought to the fitting room. It looked like it could be an interesting minimalist-yet-girly piece with the tie in the front, and it was one of those items that was hard to judge by how it hung on the hanger.

BP Tie Front Blouse, $31.90 (regularly $49). Also comes in a blue stripe and a light pink.

Welp. I don’t think that’s how it’s supposed to look. I feel weird about my belly button showing. I’m even wearing high-waisted jeans. (Follow me on Instagram for other #fittingroomfails.)


I considered this crossbody bag by Allsaints. I love the clean, simple lines of their bags. It was the end of the day and they had exactly one of each color left. In the end, I passed because it was a little heavier than I like (1.9 pounds, says the website) and I’m not into pebbled leather. But it has so much good stuff going for it. Love the outside pocket and the interior pockets. I also like that it has a crossbody strap as well as a shorter strap in case you want to carry it by hand.

Allsaints Mast Crossbody Bag, $198.90 (regularly $298)

The home section even had some items for the sale. I don’t remember this being the case before, but I can’t say I’ve ever paid that much attention to the home section. Found this mirrored bar cart. It was quite big and would have gone in my post on gold bar carts had I encountered it before. I would have never thought to go to Nordstrom to look for a bar cart!

Metal Mirrored Rolling Bar Cart, $149.90 (regularly 225)

OK, that’s it’s for now. In the next post I will show you lots of jackets, particularly leather moto jackets.



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