Nordstrom Hidden Gems: Ce(ce)-ing What CeCe is All About

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Has a brand ever caught your eye that is totally not your usual style? That was me with CeCe at Nordstrom. I first noticed the brand during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and was immediately captivated by their attention to detail — the feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse to something special. A pearl here, peter pan collar there. I was in the early throws of new brand love.

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.

CeCe Top (Large – TTS) | LOFT Skirt (Large – TTS) | Booties (similar) (8 – TTS)

“But what if they don’t like me back?” Always a fear. Despite knowing on an intellectual level that every body is different and mass-produced clothing isn’t designed to fit every body perfectly, it can be intimidating trying a new brand. I’ve actually worked on reframing my approach to trying on clothing. If something doesn’t fit, it doesn’t honor my body, not the other way around. My body is not the problem. Phew! Trying to shed decades of subliminal messaging of societal standards of beauty is work, y’all.

Let’s jump in to some of my favorites by CeCe…

1. CeCe Puff Sleeve Crepe Top

What’s important to know about me is while I have an — erm — colorful personality, that is rarely reflected in my clothing. Give me a chunky knit, neutral-color sweater and black leggings. In fact, the closer I can look to dressing like a duvet cover, the better. I’ve been trying to give into things that scare me and whether it was that or the overconsumption of Real Housewives of Dallas episodes, I ended up buying this CeCe Puff Sleeve Crepe Top in hot pink. (Seriously, I blame Kameron Westcott.)

Apparently, give me a hot pink top and suddenly I’m sassing about my driveway in Vince Camuto booties (similar), a LOFT leopard midi skirt (currently on sale but sizes are going fast!) with pink lipstick to match, and absolutely feeling myself. I adore the neckline, and the shoulders give dimension without accentuating my already broad swimmer’s shoulders. Less linebacker, more pretty in pink.

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.

Top (Large – TTS) | LOFT Skirt (Large – TTS) | Booties (similar) (8 – TTS)

I also paired my CeCe Crepe Top with my new obsession — my ’80s high-waisted mom jeans from Abercrombie (a phrase I never thought I’d utter unironically) — and my trusty Tory Burch flats for a casual, yet colorful look.

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.

CeCe Top (Large – TTS) | Abercrombie Jeans (31 – size up) | Flats (8 – TTS)


2. CeCe Pleat Sleeve Collared Crepe Blouse

Continuing on the short-sleeved trend, I tried on this CeCe Pleat Sleeve Collared Crepe Blouse with my go-to MOTHER The Weekender Frayed Flare Jeans (more sizes in a different wash, here). The shirt was surprisingly lightweight, and the details are fun and feminine, although I did get a kick out of the description which included the phrase “delightful primness,” a description that has never been applied to yours truly. I was impressed by the cut of the shirt that didn’t leave me looking boxy or feeling too constricted (again, always an issue when you spent your formative years swimming butterfly).

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.
I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.

Top (Large – TTS) | Jeans (30 – TTS) (more sizes, different wash here) | Scrunchie


3. CeCe Rhinestone Collar Bow Neck Cotton Blend Sweater

Next up was this scandalous winter white sweater. What makes a sweater scandalous? I have an 8-month-old, so it’s downright mad to wear white, but I couldn’t say no to this Rhinestone Collar Bow Neck Cotton Blend Sweater. Rhinestones! Bows! My inner tween couldn’t resist this any more than a 2-for-1 sale at Claire’s Boutique. The sweater is lightweight, which is perfect for this transplant Texan, but thick enough so you can’t see your undergarments through it (a continual fear of mine).

Now, ya girl is something special…I tied the ribbon around the back of my neck, not in the front, under the collar as intended. (insert face palm emoji). Oddly enough it worked! Now I’ll have to try it the right way…

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.
I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.

Sweater (Large – TTS) | Jeans (30 – TTS) (more sizes, different wash here)


4. CeCe Ruffle Detail Cotton Blend Sweater

Last, but certainly not least, this CeCe Ruffle Detail Cotton Blend Sweater (currently unavailable in black, but here it is in grey). I was nervous this would look a little silly — the faux layered look — but I was blown away but how lovely it looked on. (Look at me using words like “lovely.” CeCe is going to turn me into a lady!). The swirled with a micro pleated collar and cuffs are so unique the pearly buttons give a little “something, something.” I added a pearl barrette to complement the buttons. It’s very “I’m about to attend a charity luncheon hosted by the Junior League, and I am going to be a little sassy.” 😉

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.
Let’s go girls

Sweater (Large – TTS) | Jeans (30 – TTS) (more sizes, different wash here) | Barrette

2021 is the year of “yes.” It sounds cliché, but I think of all the times I have heard “no” before I have asked the question, assuming something wouldn’t work before even trying it. Sometimes it’s good to mix it up, take a break from your go-to brands, put on a bright top, wear heels just because, match your lipstick to your roses and do your thang.

I was immediately captivated by CeCe tops. The feminine touches that elevate a basic blouse. A pearl here, a peter pan collar there. I'm in the early throws of new brand love.
Ruffle their feathers and your collar

Sweater (Large – TTS)

More CeCe Pieces on my Wish List

X,

Meredith

16 COMMENTS

  1. Thanks for mentioning a new brand at Nordstrom with a reasonable price point. These tops are so versatile with sweet details.

  2. You and I are so alike! I’ve loved CeCe for years for that girlie feeling! In fact, I have the black shirt with the pleated sleeves! I almost wore it yesterday but, 11 degrees had me wearing sweaters! And again, great minds think alike, I added a jeweled collar to my black sweater! Great post!

  3. These are so cute and I love your styling…but I wish Nordstrom would stop stocking so many items in polyester, acrylic, or other synthetic fabrics that will continue to add garbage to our planet until the end of time. I’ve stopped buying synthetics new (I’ll buy them used/consignment) because, while it’s nice that they’re inexpensive, I can’t abide hurting other humans just so I can have a new top. If other fast fashion retailers are increasing their offerings of inexpensive clothing using sustainable materials (H&M for one), Nordstrom can surely do the same.

  4. Elisabeth – I get where you’re coming from. I’m hoping once Covid settles down I can explore thrifting a bit more. I’m always interested in more sustainable way to buy clothing and what to look for. It’s hard to undo habits overnight, so for me making little changes is something I can stick with. You’re right, there are brands trying to be more eco-friendly at an affordable price-point, which is important. Not everyone can afford some of the sustainable clothing out there. Thanks for the thought-provoking comment & conversation!

  5. I love these sorts of tops and sweaters. I’m always a layering queen because I get cold, but that usually means a t-shirt under a sweater or something. These are so cute and different; I’m not gonna buy a whole blouse when all anyone sees is the collar and cuffs… I will check this brand out for sure.

  6. I feel ya Kari. Also, you don’t get overheated because it’s not truly 2 shirts (that can be an issue for me at least). Thanks for the nice comment!

  7. I love Cece!! I remember when it first launched at Nordstrom years ago, it seemed all pink & not as cute, but now some of my absolute favorite tops that are just a little extra special are Cece from Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack. Great post – thank you!

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