I had 70 pieces on my Nordstrom Anni Sale wishlist. Do you know how many were at the store? Less than 10. After panicking a bit, I told my shopper I would take a look around. If there’s something I’ve learned with this job is that sometimes the best things are those that didn’t look good online.
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Fashion Edit: Chic Pieces To Go From Casual To Dressy
Luckily, that is true. I found 8-10 pieces I fell in love with and brought home to style several outfits with them. Most pieces are incredibly versatile and easy to dress up or down. That’s something I look for in most pieces as I work from home, but I want to look good and have the option of dressing up when needed.
Note: Because I couldn’t get any boots or sweaters at my store, you’ll see some of my own pieces mixed in.
1. A Brand Not To Miss: Club Monaco (2 Tops I Fell In Love With)
The first thing I grabbed at the store and fell completely in love with. This top is special yet casual, and perfect to add texture to an outfit. Its fabric content is mainly cotton making it perfect to wear now and later. When my shopper came to check on me, she fell in love with this top. GORGEOUS. I sized down because I wanted it more cropped. I’m petite, so my true size came to my hips.
Retailer pic? Okay. At the store: This looks interesting. On my body: I actually love this. Size down, or the sleeve will look droopy unless you have big shoulders. Keep scrolling to see it styled in different ways.
2. The Piece I Didn’t Think Would Work: Good American Animal Print Midi Dress
I like snug dresses and animal print, but I never thought I’d wear both things simultaneously. When I saw this Good American dress in the hanger, I liked how it felt, and once I put it on. WOW. The fit is amazing. It’s lined, so it feels substantial and falls great over the body. Better yet, it does it all.
A. Animal Print Midi Dressed Down
It pairs really well with sneakers, a cropped sweater over, and a leather jacket for extra warmth if needed.
B. Animal Print Midi Dressed Up
Nude heels are perfect if you, like me, are petite and want to elongate the legs. But tall boots look as great too; I’d top the second outfit with a coat.
3. The Most Versatile Pants In The NSale: Vince Drawstring Pants
Aside from a pair of Levi’s that you’ll see soon, I didn’t have luck with the jeans. But then, perusing the Vince selection, I found these pants. I first loved the color, it’s such a great neutral that works with most color palettes, and as I kept styling it with different tops and shoes, it became a clear winner. That is, of course, after hemming them to my short legs.
A. Drawstring Pants With Sneakers
Whenever I wear pants like this, I like to wear a top in a similar shade to add an elegant monochromatic touch. I also used some tape in the pic of the left to see the length better; I still need to hem them more but love the look with sneakers.
B. Drawstring Pants Casual & Cozy With A Sweater
I usually pair a fitted top with looser pants, but whenever I do a loose top, in this case, an oversized sweater, I make sure to half tuck it. You’ll feel comfortable, cozy, and look great without a lot of effort. By the way, the Free People sweater (left) looks way better when on, and it’s super soft.
C. Drawstring Pants Dressed Up With Pretty Tops
Tried-and-True Tip: Wear These Spanx Shorts Underneath
I love to wear low control shapewear to avoid panty lines and get a smoothing effect under soft and lightweight pants like these. I also like to go a size up because I have thicker thighs.
4. Replace Your Black Leather Jacket With Another Color… But Which One?
Ever since I learned about color and did my own color analysis, I stopped wearing my black jacket as much as I used to. I’ve since now discovered that what I like about a biker jacket are the style and the leather, and that I can find a color that goes better with my closet.
I love the freshness of a white biker jacket, and while more of an off-white, it’s a color that will work with any color in your closet. I need warm and deep colors, so I’d mix it with all my warm blues, browns, rusts, olives. But it will look equally amazing with cool colors like lilac, navy, pinks, etc.,
The look of it is amazing. I’m unsure of it for me because of the waist belt. I’m too petite, and I don’t particularly appreciate where the jacket hits my body, and the belt makes it more pronounced.
The richness of the color is to die for, and what I like over the white one is that it’s less heavy in the hem without the loops and belt, working better for a petite body.
Even though I love the white 100%, I love the deep red more, and I can see it easily replacing my black one 90% of the time. Now I need to find a similar one in white, without the belt.
5. Two Slim Straight Leg Jeans To Try
While most Good American Jeans are super stretchy, these are not as stretchy…but they have the perfect amount of stretch that allows the denim to feel substantial. I’ve also noticed that straighter leg jeans don’t look great when the denim is too stretchy and thin.
These Levi’s are amazing. Make sure to choose the length you want. This style comes in 26 and 27 inseam. I chose the 26, and it’s the perfect length for me. I’m not fond of the super-cropped look as much lately. I went with my true size because they break in and get big, but go for a size up if you like a more relaxed fit. I’m also anxiously waiting for this other pair with a longer length.
i. Levi’s With Sneakers
ii. Levi’s With Block Heeled Boots
Levi’s vs. Good American Classic. What’s the Difference?
The Good Americans have 2% of stretch, a smaller waist, and are slightly longer than the Levi’s. Meanwhile, the Levi’s 501s are non-stretch with a 100% cotton composition, have a wider waist, and have the option of a 26 or 27 inseam. Also, I might be biased because I’m Levi’s addict, but they give a better butt.
6. The MOTHER Jeans I Wanted To Love But Didn’t
These Mother The Lookers were high on my list, but they didn’t work for me. Pros: These are soft and stretchy and have the perfect dark wash. Cons: I like Mother’s more rigid denim with a higher rise. I also found the waist a little wider and the back pulling down a bit. See picture. Long gone are the days I wanted to sit and have my underwear showing. So, who are these for? Well, If you like Mother, stretchy denim, a lower high-rise, and need more space at the waist, these are perfect. I truly love the wash and softness.
7. Let’s Move On To Comfy Sneakers
As if you haven’t seen them enough already, the Theas are my favorite P448 style. Why, you may ask? They are comfortable, like really comfortable, and as a short-legged petite, I love the extra height thanks to the platform. I wasn’t sure of this year’s combos, but after seeing it at the store, obvs, I warmed up to them and loved how they went with a lot of my outfits. I still want to see the other combo in person and compare it. Size-wise, I’m a true size 6 and preferred the feeling of the 37.
Did you see how sometimes the outfits needed a cleaner sneaker? These Tory Burch were a nice surprise. I grabbed them as I was ready to go home. I love the look of an ivory sneaker. It’s less striking than pure white if you don’t like that and can work beautifully with many color palettes.
8. 3 Unexpected But Amazing Finds
The top you saw over and over throughout this post and styled more ways than I can count. It’s a simple top in a versatile fabric and a stunning color that will go any direction you want it to go. Jeans or trousers, sneakers, or heels, as a top or a top layer. It’s simple but perfect. Make sure to size down one or even two if you don’t like a super oversized look. The rest will depend on the way you style it.
Here’s a little refresher…
Ps. The buttons are not black. They’re the same color in a matte finish.
Yes, you can style this dress with heels or heeled boots, but I really wanted to see how they’d look with sneakers. After becoming a mom, I stopped wearing mini dresses, but I’ve been tempted to start wearing them again with my trusty shorts and comfy shoes on casual days and heeled tall boots for dining out.
I don’t wear much black or grey, and my top lounge set is still the Faherty set, but I loved the softness and fit of this Beyond Yoga one. Perfect to lounge at home as it’s not too thick, but you can always throw a great biker jacket or coat on and wear fashionable sneakers for quick running errands look. Ps. I also wear those shorts under sweatpants.
That’s it for me! I’m still waiting for a big order, and all I want are the FRAME booties. I hope this was helpful and gave you ideas of what will go well with your style and closet. Let me know of any questions, but you can always check our entire Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 guide …
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