Let’s jump right into it. In my last Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Post, we talked denim. Albeit comfy denim, but as much as I am willing to invest in denim, and as much as I know I’ll continue to wear denim, this fall I’m also craving things with a little less…structure. Leggings, sweats, t-shirts. Stretch pants masquerading as trousers. We’ve all made room in our closets for an expanded selection of these soft, easy pieces, so it’s no wonder they’re going fast in the sale.
All Things Soft & Stretchy: Em’s Elevated Loungewear Edit Of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
First, let’s address a few sellouts. If you love these items, you can always bookmark this page and come back later to check if they’ve been restocked in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. (It seems like a few things have come back into stock since the first tiers opened, so I’m holding out hope.) That said, if you’re jonesing for something similar in this moment, I’ve provided a couple of alternatives for the following items:
I love Daydreamer tees because they’re soft, stretchy and knottable but they don’t feel like they’re going to get holes in them tomorrow. They’re also perfectly sized for slouch, so you can order your true size without wondering if it’ll be too fitted (remember baby tees?). If you want the exact tee, it’s fully-stocked at full price here. Shop more of my Daydreamer picks, below — and a couple of great Led Zepplin finds, too.
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This piece is a solid bang for its buck. Even when it’s restocked post-sale, I’d snap it up at full price ($88) — it’s sleek, warm but not too warm, and the barn jacket vibes are just cool. Plus, reversible? Hello, awesome. Linking up some similar options below that would serve the same purpose if you just can’t wait.
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This Elevated Sweatshirt
I can think of few things that will get more wear this fall. The pink is fully stocked (and it’s actually this really sweet almost-lilac) but if you want neutrals, there are some seriously cute (and well-priced) options around the web. (This affordable Amazon option is totally catching my eye – love the proportions.)
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OK, now that that’s out of the way, let’s take a look at all the soft, stretchy, versatile, work-from-home/school-from-home pieces that are still in stock.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Loungewear-Chic:
All Things Soft & Stretchy
Laura just did a whole post on these, so I’ll keep it brief. These Nike Sportswear Knit Palazzo Pants are really good. They’re the first thing I tried on when I got home from my order pickup, and I didn’t want to take them off. I know they seem really huge and oversized on the website, but they’re much more wearable in real life. Wearing my usual XS, and as S mentioned, they’re a little snug in the waist but not uncomfortable. Also, on my 5’5″ frame, the length was perfect. Just grazing the floor, maybe a bit longer. These platform Converse (the gold details are so fresh and cool, friends) are the perfect companion — size down a half.
And just in case you’re not yet sold on these — they’re only too cool to dress up. Dress up to go, uhhh, where? Who the hell knows, but if you needed to look kinda fashiony in that DGAF way, I can think of no better option. Especially if this outfit was paired with a swishy cardigan long enough to cover the logo, like this one (more pics of it in action in this post).
Oh, and let’s pause for a moment on this 1.STATE camisole, because it was on my wishlist and in my Adventure Capsule Wardrobe. Could it be softer and slinkier? Yes. We’re not talking silk, here. But it’s perfectly fine for an affordable piece (at the sale price, that is — not sure I’d pay full price) that is versatile as heck, and the drape is great. Even with the double layer, I feel like I’d need to wear a bra with the ivory (wearing my go-to Natori nude bra here — and it’s in the sale! TTS), but I bet in the black you could get away without one. Fit is TTS.
I don’t know if I would call these Adidas pants “tights.” Yes, they are tight, but in athletic apparel, I associate tights with more of a performance fabric, and these are stretchy, soft and on the thinner side. These…are leggings. But does that make me love them any less? No. Not at all. They’re easy, basic, comfy. Extremely high rise, as you can see below. (My belly button is about aligned with my middle finger in that picture, so you can see how high they hit.) I love that the logos are just outlines, so they’re graphic but not obnoxious. Really solid legging, but it feels more appropriate for lounging, or maybe yoga, than super-rigorous athletic endeavors. TTS.
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Mixed feelings on these Leith Ponte High Waist Kick Flare Pants. I adore the style and the fit; I don’t love the fabric. It’s on the thinner side and just feels a little cheap. I was hoping for something with a bit more heft and structure — something I could truly call a trouser.
But the windowpane pattern is literally the perfect graphic for pants — super clean, cool, wearable. And they truly do look great on. Slimming, chic, easy to dress down. I thought the length was great with the ivory boots, and they’d easily work with a low sneaker, like these Nikes, but they were bit long with the black boots. (I cuffed the hem in the last picture so you could see how I’d prefer for them to look.) For the price, they might be the perfect pants for the rare occasion when I’d need to look put together (and not just from the waist up), but…well…hmmm.
(yep, they’re worth the price)
This is my first time trying Sweaty Betty leggings, and they’re pretty dang good. I’d always thought they were a little pricey, but honestly — they feel like they’re super well constructed. They’re snug and compressing but still totally comfortable. And unlike the adidas tights up there, these are truly a performance fabric. Adding the blue pattern to my cart now, too.
Throwing this Topshop Knit Midi Dress into the soft and stretchy post, friends, because it’s..well, soft and stretchy. I was super hesitant about this when I saw it online. Was sure it was going to be a direct flight to Ye Olde Town of Sausage Casing, but it’s actually really cute, surprisingly flattering and super easy to style. If you can get your hands through the cuffs. Yeah, not sure who designed these cuffs, but putting my hands through them felt like trying to dress a stabby-fingered Barbie. And then it was on and it’s fine, just fiiiiine, but they’re not going to be able to be pushed up any time soon.
Pretty perfect with kicks, too — these cool Converse with the slight platform and gold eyelets are definitely going to get a workout these season (size down a half). As with many Topshop buys, I sized up one to a 4.
(Update: looks like the black is almost sold out and the gray is going fast, but I love this short sleeve version; this option with ribbing on sale here (also in olive green), or this one in a cool autumnal color with a square neck, also on sale.)
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OK, and even though they don’t necessarily fit the soft and stretchy category, I had to throw in a close up of these cool Paul Green Dynamic Boots because they’re not only really freaking stylish — they’re also tremendously comfortable. Super lightweight, and the Vibram sole means they’d hold up decently on some of our fall adventuring. I just can’t get over the combat boot-meets-Chelsea-boot styling. And the quality of Paul Green is stellar. I’m still trying to decide if I can pull off the shine — because I want them to work for me, I really do. Worth the price tag if you’re looking to invest in a solid pair of boots this season.
Here’s to all things soft and stretchy!
Happy shopping, folks.
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