Kat’s NSale Try-On: Sexy Faux Leather, A Sweet Sweater Dress & Mermaid Vibes

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Gahhh, the 2021 NSale might just be my favorite yet! This was my first year being able to shop at the Icon Level and it was such an amazing experience! Not only was I able to shop on day one, but my local store totally upped their plus-size offerings and I found so many amazing things: a sexy sweater dress, a tie-dye print top that actually feels fresh, and even a few investment-worthy pieces (waxed denim? Yassss).

I am talking a LOT of amazing things.

Before we delve deep into my first round of try-ons, I have a little story to share…after we finished buying all the goods, we had too much to take to the car all at once so we coat-checked two garment bags that we intended to grab after lunch. (And ps. The Nordstrom lunch is 10 out of 10 and also free with your Icon experience.)

After lunch, I was blissfully full and ready to head back to Colorado Springs, and as luck would have it I forgot the two checked garment bags that had the majority of what I purchased. By the time I realized it, I was nearly home and wasn’t able to make the drive back to Denver. I immediately called my Nordstrom store, and thankfully they overnight shipped it to me. SO, stay tuned for round two of amazing plus-size finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

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I did, however, manage to bring home some seriously stellar jeans that surprised the heck out of me and all the shoes I had been dreaming about.

Okay, on to all the sexy, sweet, mermaid vibes! 

1. A Sexy Faux Leather Moment

This Levi’s faux leather bomber jacket is both sexy & a total surprise find. I’m wearing a 3X, a slight oversized fit for me. I love how deep the pockets are! This will be in heavy rotation come fall.

jacket | dress | boots

Hey now, hey now, this is what dreams are made of! This Levi’s faux leather bomber jacket is both sexy and was a total surprise find for me. It wasn’t in my wishlist, but after initial try-ons with my stylist, we perused the floor, and I found this gorgeous babe. I am wearing a 3X, which is a slight oversized fit for me, and I personally love how deep the pockets are! This will be in heavy rotation come fall.

The leather moto jacket that was in my wishlist was another banger item that you’ll see in round two of my selfies. It’s an ultra-sleek, traditional leather jacket that I have a feeling might sell out fast.

This Levi’s faux leather bomber jacket is both sexy & a total surprise find. I’m wearing a 3X, a slight oversized fit for me. I love how deep the pockets are! This will be in heavy rotation come fall.

jacket

The Vince Camuto High Rise leggings are the absolute best. They have a higher density than traditional leggings & unlike other leggings, they stand the test of time + friction from thick-thighed ladies like myself.

jacket | leggings | boots

Not only does this jacket work well with the cute hooded dress I have, it also pairs perfectly with my all-time favorite leggings that are also in the NSale! The Vince Camuto High Rise leggings are the absolute best. They have a higher density than traditional leggings, and unlike other leggings that I have purchased, they stand the test of time and friction from thick-thighed ladies like myself. These were one of the first items I ever bought in a Nordstrom sale, and they have lasted me for years! Oh and ps. they are on sale for just $38. 

The Steve Madden boots on the left give me Balenciaga-sock-sneakers-meet-Prada-lug-sole-boots vibes.. The other pair of boots on the right are GANNI & made out of recycled materials.

boots (left) | boots (right)

If you know me well enough, you know I LOVE designer shoes, and these two pair of high-shafted boots both give me designer-vibes at a fraction of the cost. The Steve Madden boots on the left give me Balenciaga-sock-sneakers-meet-Prada-lug-sole-boots vibes. They were incredibly challenging for me to put on — like I am talking 10 minutes of pulling, which then required a second set of hands to help put on — but I am hoping that after a few wears they will be easier to slip into, because they are just too cool to return! 

The second pair of boots on the right are GANNI and made out of recycled materials — which this sustainable babe loves! I think these are the most unique find out of everything I bought in the NSale. I love the black and white two-tone look. 


2. Chic Wax Denim Jeans

Lafayatte 148 NY are total investment pieces & their waxed denim jeans are worth every penny. The Thompson Waxed Denim jeans (also in straight sizes) are a lightweight Italian stretch denim w/ a dusting of wax that creates a faux leather vibe.

sweater | jeans | loafers | backpack

Lafayette 148 New York offers total investment pieces, but their waxed denim jeans are oh-so-worth every penny. The Thompson Waxed Denim jeans (also in straight sizes) are lightweight, Italian stretch denim with a dusting of wax that creates a slight faux leather vibe. But let me tell you, these are a thousand times better than any faux leather pants I have ever tried. I love that these are a true jean fit, with a wax finish. They are an elevated jean that can be dressed up or down, and are great for everyday wear, too. 

And they look great with a fun pop of color!

I love that these are a true jean fit with a wax finish. They’re an elevated pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down and are great for everyday wear too.

sweater | jeans | sandals | backpack


3. A Sweater Dress For Day & Night

This gorgeous sleeveless sweater dress from Club Monaco, which I’m wearing in an XL, was an #NSale surprise for me! It’s perfect for day and night!

dress | sandals

One of the things I love about shopping in-store is that I typically can find a few gems from the straight-sized collections. That my friends, is this sweater dress, which I am wearing in an XL. This dress is from Club Monaco, which turned out to be the most surprising brand in the Nordstrom Sale for me! This gorgeous sleeveless sweater dress is perfect for day-to-night wear! 

Not only does it look hella cute with the Adidas Ultraboost sneakers I snagged, it also looks so good with the ALLSAINTS convertible backpack + a great pair of heels!

dress | sneakers | bag

Not only does it look hella cute with the Adidas Ultraboost sneakers I snagged, it also looks so good with the AllSaints convertible backpack and a great pair of heels! The ones I am wearing aren’t in the sale, but these are identical and from another shoe brand I adore, and on sale.

This gorgeous sleeveless sweater dress from Club Monaco, which I’m wearing in an XL, was an #NSale surprise for me! It’s perfect for day and night!

dress | sandals | green backpack | plaid button-up | yellow shirt


4. Loafers & Cuffs For A ’50s Throwback Moment

A surprisingly perfect pair of jeans from Kut From The Kloth. The fit, the wash, the boyfriend style, are all so good. I absolutely love them for fall. Such a great price! Styled a satin cami & these hella cute loafers from AQUATALIA.

satin camisole | jeans | loafers

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of DL1961 and Good American jeans, and I don’t tend to stray from my tried-and-true favorites. But this year’s NSale didn’t have any available in my store, which led me to try these surprisingly perfect jeans from Kut From The Kloth. The fit, the wash, and the boyfriend style are all so good, and I absolutely love them for fall. Not to mention, they are such a great price right now for $58! I paired it with an oldie-but-goodie satin cami from Nordstrom’s in-house collection and these hella cute loafers from Aquatalia.

Now let’s take a closer look at the details of the shoes and the back of these jeans!

A surprisingly perfect pair of jeans from Kut From The Kloth. The fit, the wash, the boyfriend style, are all so good. I absolutely love them for fall. Such a great price! Styled a satin cami & these hella cute loafers from AQUATALIA.

satin camisole | jeans | loafers


5. Calling All Mermaids: This Tie-Dye Top

This RAILS top gives me all the mermaid meets zebra feels & I’m in love with it. I’m wearing a size L, but it goes up to an XXL! It pairs well with my favorite AllSaints bag.

green backpack | tie-dye top | jeans

I think I might have a thing for mermaid vibes…my wish list hints to that, too. This Rails top gives me all the mermaid-meets-zebra feels, and I am in love with it. I am wearing a size L, but for reference, this does go up to an XXL! And of course, it goes well with my favorite bag that I purchased from the sale. 

This RAILS top gives me all the mermaid meets zebra feels & I’m in love with it. I’m wearing a size L, but it goes up to an XXL! It pairs well with my favorite AllSaints bag.

tie-dye top | jeans | boots

OMG, y’all look at how amazing these jeans make my peaches look!!! I am in love with how the yoke stitching accentuates my ultra peachy bum.

OMG, y'all look at how amazing these jeans make my peaches look!!! I am in love with how the yoke stitching accentuates my ultra peachy bum.

tie-dye top | jeans | boots

This Rails top even looks great as an everyday lounge look too! And you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers. I picked up a new pair in the sale because mine are so old. I had been rocking the same pair for 3+ years and was overdue for a fresh pair. Of all the outfits I’ve featured, this will most likely be my most worn everyday combo!

This RAILS top even looks great as an everyday lounge look too! And you can’t go wrong with UGG slippers. Of all the outfits I have featured, this will most likely be my most worn everyday combo!

tie-dye top | biker shorts | ugg slides


Well, I have to say, I am absolutely in love with the things I found in-store so far, but I’m still waiting for the majority of my wish. list to arrive! I cannot wait to see the Cult Gaia Meta Slide sandals in person — they are my absolute favorite pick from the entire Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! 

This year’s plus-size selection is so good, and if you want to see what the rest of the team is loving in the sale, the best place to see everything is our ultimate guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — all you want to know about sale, all the good stuff like our wish lists, reviews, top picks, etc., And for the simple, get-straight-to-it, shopping guide, see our #NSale cheat sheet.

And please remember, if you want to be sure to support us throughout the sale, be sure to click a link from one of our posts before you shop and checkout. Your support doesn’t go unnoticed and it is so very appreciated.

Happy shopping!

xo,

Kat

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