I know there are folks who think we have absolutely lost our minds during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And yes…I am the first to admit…that yes, we totally have.
BUT…the deals are good, the fall clothes are exciting to see on sale during summer, and it really is the best way to shop the newest styles of designer clothes at a hugely discounted price. AND it’s weirdly a ton of fun to try and find the BEST things possible in such a huge sale…and then compare notes with others who are doing the same. So the fun begins!!!
If you’re in a rush, below are my three favorite outfits (as of now). I placed an order for some more pieces that weren’t available in the store (looking forward to trying these jeans and also these), so look for more selfies soon (as well as a budget-friendly finds post).
*Update As Of 7/15: Some pieces are showing sold out/low stock already. Boo! DEFINITELY worth keeping on your radar and checking back, though, for returns!
Denim, Tops & Sweaters (Especially Cardigans): My Fav Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks For Fall
I often get into the store on the first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and am shocked at how terrible the pieces I’ve been coveting are…and then even MORE shocked when I see how amazing the pieces that I didn’t even look twice at online end up being…but this year? Not the case!
My predictions for what I would love this year in my Wish List and Eileen Fisher Looks posts were pretty much spot on. WHAT? This NEVER happens. I predicted this Eileen Fisher jacket would be even better in person. Yes…it was. And I didn’t even get to bring it home because Shana stole it out of my hands. All of the AllSaints sweaters worn with Clare V bags and Aquatalias are JUST what I want to wear this winter (no surprises there). And of course….cardigans. Lots of cardigans. And, as predicted, I do love this very special one.
Okay…I’ll admit I’m not totally perfect. There were a FEW surprises, and my predictions weren’t completely correct. I had to size up 3 sizes (yes, 3!!!) in these jeans; I unexpectedly fell in love with two blue tops and houndstooth (which I’ve never worn before in my life); and I ended up loving these boots with tons of my outfits (that I didn’t even really notice in the sale initially.)
I took plenty of selfies of my “star pieces” from the sale and plenty of selfies of my “not-so-star pieces” that had sizing and fit issues, so feel free to click on the section below in the table of contents to be taken to what you’re most interested in…or give this post a nice long scroll.
1. Wear-With-Everything AllSaints Sweaters
SO impressed with the AllSaints sweaters in the sale this year. Good colors, good fit, and good style!
This was the sweater I kept reaching for when trying on all the denim. It looks good worn shorter or longer (you can kind of scrunch it up), and you can play with the scrunching of sleeves too. Wearing XS (my usual AllSaints size) and I liked the fit — slouchy without being ridiculously overwhelming. Note: The Max Mara black jacket-blazer in the collage below was sold out last night, but then sizes popped back up today, so it’s worth keeping on your radar. It is FABULOUS (lightweight silky no-wrinkle fabric) and comes with a belt that gives it an entirely different look.
I tried this sweater on in black in-store (it was great), but I brought the green one home. My favorite look is the emerald green sweater paired with the olive green bag, and I was surprised I liked the look of the oversized sweater with the slouchy levis as well. I guess I’m coming around on the top-to-bottom slouchy look. I brought home the 29s in the Levi’s, but maybe should have stuck with my usual 28s because they’ve stretched a decent amount in just one day.
Such a fun sweater-top. You have to play around a bit with the snaps to find the drape that works best for you, but once you do, it’s so good. Wearing an XS here, but I think I should have sized up for extra slouch. Can easily be worn as an everyday top or dressed up for evening, but my favorite look is with my fav Zella joggers. Thinking I may use this as a cute top to throw over workout clothes.
2. The Base Outfit That Works With Everything (Even Cardigans)
These jeans and these brown platform boots basically worked with every.single.thing I tried on from the sale. The perfect black wash on the denim and the perfect shade of brown on the boots and the slight edginess of both are a nice contrast to simple sweaters and cardigans. Obviously, the really good bags (Clare V and rag & bone) I got in the sale also make pretty much any outfit work.
This black Eileen Fisher sweater is not anything wildy special, but it IS SUPER soft, super comfortable, super cozy, and wasn’t too thick to half tuck. Which means…it will likely be a keeper.
Yep….the jeans and platform boots made even my “boring cardigans” that I love look good. Actually…I take that back…the Frame Cardigan above is NOT boring. The 100% cashmere, has extra-long wide sleeves, interesting detail on the back, side slits, pretty buttons, and shorter-in-the-front/longer-in-the-back design make this cardigan VERY special. I especially loved it over this Vince Tee (not in the sale). I’m still hoping to try this one as a more budget-friendly option, but for now…this one is the cardigan winner.
The black Eileen Fisher cardigan on the bottom left is your typical relaxed fit cardigan style, but in the same cozy nubbly organic cotton-blend as the Eileen Fisher black sweater I tried. Cozy, cozy, cozy and comes in tan too. The Eileen Fisher beige cardigan (below right) reminds me a ton of the Vince cardigan I got in last year’s sale. Similar lines, similar easy styling, but made with alpaca and mohair.
3. Prettier-In-Person Blue Tops
These selfies definitely do not do the pretty blue color of either of these tops justice. They’re both so pretty paired with denim or dressed up for work. I will likely wear the Vince one out at night with fancy jewels as well.
I got a short-sleeved FRAME sweater last year in the Anniversary sale that I wore on repeat last fall, winter and spring. Fancy enough to wear for “special”, but easy enough to wear for everyday and perfect for anyone who overheats easily (like me). This blue Vince sweater has a looser, slouchier style than I expected (wearing XS), but it also means it has a lovely drape and works perfectly for a full-tuck or half-tuck. My one from last year could only be worn loose due to the fitted style, so I ended up being happy with the slouchier fit of this one.
Another gorgeous blue top that’s ALL about the color and fabric. Eileen Fisher definitely (true to form) produced a piece that is incredibly simple, but also incredibly wearable and timeless. The sustainably produced fabric is perfectly drapey and uber buttery soft.
Under $40!!!! I got these joggers in the Anni Sale last year and they are my fav joggers by FAR! Last year I bought an XS and they fit like a mix of a legging and a pair sweatpants, but this year I got the S and I like the slouchier fit. I wore them year-round for workouts, errands and even for “real outfits”. Lightweight enough to wear in summer. This year, they come in navy, gray, black, burgundy and a camo print.
5. Interesting Plaids
I am NOT typically a houndstooth or plaid gal, but apparently now I am because I loved the sweater and coat below. I find it feels good to change things up a bit in the fall.
I’ve never owned anything houndstooth in my life. Seriously. But this sweater came home with me. I almost exclusively wear stripes under cardigans, but I need something new and a bit fresh. Houndstooth it is! Super comfortable and lightweight. Great for layering or as a seasonal transition piece.
We went back and forth in the dressing rooms on if this coat was too big on me. Shana says no. It’s definitely an oversized look that I’m not used to, but again…I am down for something fun and different this fall. And I love that I can throw it over anything and it pulls a whole look together. Definitely runs big. I’m wearing an XS and it’s still very oversized.
6. Unexpected Sizing Issues
Oh my gosh NO! Just no! I thought this bodysuit might be perfect to add some edginess under cardigans, but it’s way too low for my comfort at the top, and way too uncomfortable for me on the bottom. Cut on the bottom was all wrong for my body. Back on the rack.
This was another piece I thought might look cute under cardigans, but I need a hoodie to be ultra-comfortable and cozy, and this was too fitted and felt too precious for me to wear on an everyday basis. It is VERY cute, but just not for what I’m looking for.
Another fancy top that is so darn cute, but just not quite right for me fit-wise. I want to be able to tuck it in, and it was too much material (even the size 0). And getting it on and off and dealing with the tie thing around the neck was more complicated than I wanted.
I was counting on LOVING these tops. The price is right, the style is right, the sizing…not so right. At least on me. Way too much material…even half-tucked.
I’m going to keep one of these tops because they’re SO cute, and I think I’ll wear it a ton, but I have a few notes on sizing. The white is an XS and I like the way it fits, but the sleeves are snug and getting it over your arms and situated is a “thing”. The gray is a S and the arms fit better and go on easier, but I don’t like the fit in the body quite as much. Will likely keep the gray, but maybe exchange for the white color. But let’s talk about these jeans!!! I had to size up 3 sizes, and they’re still snug! I’m usually a 28 and these are 31’s. What the heck?!?!
So….what else do you guys want to see? I definitely have a budget-friendly post along with more full-outfits in the works, but anything else??? You can follow how we’re covering the sale in our ultimate guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you want the quick-and-dirty list of articles and contributors to shop, head to our #NSale Cheat Sheet. If you found this post helpful, feel free to bookmark this page to use on your shopping day! Thank you, as always, for your support of TME.