Alright, guys…I did it. I made my first cuts from my initial Nordstrom Anniversary Sale “haul”, and below are the outfits I’m considering actually keeping. There are some new exciting pieces that just came in (yay!), a few of my favs from my first round of At-Home Selfies, and a few pieces here and there from my Budget-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe.
The bad news is, there are 31 pieces that I have tried on that I totally love…including a cashmere hoodie (ridiculously luxe), the heavenly Vince cardigans, MOTHER denim, a North Face jacket under $100, and Vince, Paul Green, AND weatherproof Aquatalia boots (Not good! I am in TROUBLE!). There are a few pieces I ripped the tags off of immediately (I’m looking at you Zella joggers and Vince tee under $50), but most everything else is under careful consideration and debate.
My 10 Favorite Outfits In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What Should I Keep?
If you need a little escape (which is what MANY of us are using this TME coverage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for), take a look below and shout out in the comments your favs. What do you think I would get the most use out of? Any pieces you think I’ll regret not splurging on? What am I ACTUALLY going to wear this fall and winter while social-distancing (but still wanting to feel kind of put-together…at least some days)? Would love to hear your thoughts on which pieces should be the “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Winners”.
**In my first round of selfies, I have a whole section on styled-up masks for fall…those obviously are keepers…cute and actually breathable. I also included a “Pieces With Unexpected Sizing Section,” so I threw in some more unexpected sizing “issues” at the bottom of this post..hope that’s helpful…or at least entertaining!
*One more note: If you absolutely love something, but it’s showing sold out, stalk it. With so many folks doing online ordering this year, there will be a TON of returns that pop up back in stock here and there throughout the rest of the sale. This always happens, but I’m confident it will happen even more this year.
Outfit 1: Chic On A Rainy Day
A cute, lightweight North Face jacket for under $100! This is an XS, though, and it’s way too tight zipped up, so I will size up one or maybe two sizes if I want to wear it over sweaters. The Good American jeans are fantastic — so stretchy and comfortable — my kind of jean for a physically-distanced winter. The Free People sweater is cute (but very heavy), and I think I would size up for a slouchier look. I love the Aquatalias…just deciding if I like the light gray that totally pops or the darker green…and if it’s the green, would I rather do the gorgeous Vince’s?
Outfit 2: Pretty Sweater With A Fancy Bag
This AllSaints sweater is absolutely gorgeous (as we all knew it would be). I should have sized down (I’m wearing a small here). The gray looks like it may be sold out (for now, but check back…there will definitely be sizing returns). Check out Laura’s expert half-tuck of this sweater in her post. So good. I also love the Cinnamon Marl color in this AllSaints sweater or this Vince sweater that has a similar vibe. In terms of boots, I may go with the darker green Aquatalias or the Vince’s that we all love, but these light Aquatalias are making everything I try on pop in the best way. As is this Clare V. bag that I’ve been throwing on with pretty much every outfit I try and letting it work its magic. If the bag doesn’t come back in stock, this Boden bag is adorable, and this Madewell bag has a similar vibe too.
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Outfit 3: Dress Over Flares
This dress fits me really well in the shoulders, has a lot of styling potential, is from Eileen Fisher, AND is under $100! It’s definitely a good Anni Sale find. BUT, the dress needs to be shortened, the jeans need to be shortened, and I don’t love the dress as much as I thought I would with the EILEEN FISHER sandals. I DO love a good dress over flares look, though, so that might be how I wear it the most (especially if I shorten it quite a bit), and I think I’ll like it over tights this winter too. Or…with slippers. If your size isn’t available, keep checking..there will definitely be sizing returns or this one is similar and on sale at Bloomies.
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Outfit 4: The Battle of the Cardigans
Okay, guys…what’s it going to be? We KNOW I will put all the cardigans to good use…I mean half of my entire selfies post was dedicated to various cardigans in every single combination imaginable… but do I need/want both? The Vince is so soft and really a beautiful piece, but the Thread & Supply is only $45, and plenty soft and cozy too. And then there’s the gorgeous black Vince cardigan, and now I’m eyeing this black Vince cardigan too!
Another “problem” is I’m pretty in love with these P448s …ugh! I blame Laura for introducing these super-fun sneaks to my world…the royal blue version is fabulous, the black is so chic, but the orange is definitely calling to me.
Outfit 5: Black Sweater Uniform
As mentioned before, the sweater is a bit heavy and I wish I would have sized up for a slouchier look, but I really like where it hits on high-rise denim. The army green and the more classic (but still totally fun) tan and black Clare Vs sold out fast, but if you’re in love stalk them…I’m sure there will be some returns. Alternatively, this similar Boden bag is adorable, and this Madewell bag has a similar vibe too (and both are less $$ too).
Outfit 6: I’m Adulting Today
Will I have any meetings this fall or winter? I’m pretty sure not (other than Zoom), but it’s still nice to have some forever closet pieces that could work for looking a little more polished. I want, though, pieces that could also be mixed and matched for easy at-home or physically distanced outdoor activities as well. The cardigan, the sweater, the jeans, the boots, and the bag have all made several appearances in my mix and match selfies.
Outfit 7: My Budget-Friendly Finds
I have a whole section of Budget-Friendly Finds in my Wish List, I wrote an entire post on a Budget-Friendly Capsule Wardrobe, but I will admit…I’m probably not going to keep many of the budget-friendly things I tried. There weren’t many wows, and there were a TON of sizing disasters (you can find some at the bottom of my first post and more at the bottom of this post). I am a big fan, though, of this Madewell side-tie cardigan above (so cute!), the super-comfy UGGs (easy slip-on, slip-off action), and these good gray jeans (nice and stretchy and under $50). AND the burgundy Vince tee (close-up selfie here) is under $50!
Outfit 8: An I-Feel-Pretty Look
I have a whole section on I-Feel-Pretty Tops in my first selfie post. It’s nice to have something you feel pretty in these days for sure. And this FRAME ruffle top paired with these fabulous Veronica Beard jeans definitely does the trick.
Outfit 9: Workout Motivation
Don’t tell me if these Zella joggers or this tank look bad on me, because I ripped off the tags on both as soon as they arrived. l haven’t exercised since the Nordstrom Sale started…trying on all these clothes is DEFINITELY workout enough… but soon…SOON…I will wear this outfit for working out, and not just typing and eating chocolate chips (although it DOES make for a great chocolate chip eating outfit as well). I sized down in the joggers. My sneaks sold out fast, but they are worth stalking because I’m sure there will be wrong-sizing returns or alternative Adidas on sale here.
Chocolate chips, cardigans and fuzzy slippers go well together too.
Outfit 10: Crazy Soft Hoodie With Edgy Boots
Oh my gosh, I look tired in this photo. SORRY! But I will tell you this…I am NOT tired of talking about this cashmere hoodie. It’s dreamy. Expensive, but dreamy. And I’m still thinking about these edgier-than-my-usual-style crazy cool boots. They have JUST the right amount of sheen (not as shiny as the photos), have such a cool lug sole, and are very comfortable. Thoughts?
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My Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks
I’ve Narrowed It Down To 31…HELP!
So….what do I keep…what do I nix?
**Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Pieces With Unexpected Sizing**
Size Up In The North Face Jacket
This is size XS. I’m going to try the S or maybe even the M.
This Sweater Is Definitely A Tunic
Free People Top Is A Little Meh
I had such high hopes for this top. Unfortunately, it’s way too low cut for me. WAY too low. AND the fabric is a little meh. I do still think it would be a pretty Zoom top (I would just throw a cami underneath), but it’s not a keeper for me.
Maybe If You’re Tall?
This is such a cool and soft and comfy coat/trench/cardigan piece, but I just looked like I was swimming in it.
Not For Me
For the top…a pretty color, cute design, and AH-MAZING price, but not for me. It was too big and just didn’t read quite right on me. The jeans, although incredibly soft and comfortable, were too low rise for what I was looking for and not enough flare.
Make sure to check out our All Things Anni Sale Page. All the contributors at TME have done a pretty tremendous job rounding up their favorite picks, and everyone’s starting to do some major selfie sessions as well.
Okay…any takers on helping me out? Thoughts on what I should keep??? Thanks in advance for the opinions.