All right, guys…the time has come! Another year of bringing home ALL the good stuff from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale to see how it plays together, and most importantly how all the pieces actually feel and look on my body — sizing, fit, itchiness, stretchiness, true color…all the important things.
After seeing and trying tons of pieces in person today, there has definitely been a lot of back and forth — and then again back and forth…and then even more debate in my head — trying to figure out how I really feel about this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale selection.
There are pieces that I’m VERY excited about as well as several pieces and shopping categories that have some caveats. Quite a few items looked WAY better in person than they did online, and there are good buys on some classic closet pieces. We know these Zella joggers are tried-and-true (I own three pairs). I was also not surprised that these Veronica Beard wide-leg jeans (that I own and love in another wash) are magic. This bag is the BEST shade of happiness (EVER!). These boots are even better in person…and these little under-$20 accessories are total wins (so fun!). All good stuff.
Battle Of The Cardigans, The Best Wide-Leg Jeans & More Must-Haves: An NSale 2022 Try-On
As I said…there are some definite caveats to some of the pieces I was most excited to try in person. Nordstrom’s Signature cashmere hoodie is now only 89% cashmere, this tote bag is too small, and some of the Vince pieces are more expensive than I would like for them to be. More wins and caveats below.
1. But First…These Boots & Bags
These stacked heel suede boots are by far my favorite of the entire sale. From well-known and respected Aquatalia, they’re waterproof, a beautiful shade of tan, easy to get off and on, look good with all the denim, AND are comfortable and walkable!
The thing with Aquatalia shoes is, they don’t have the super-cushiony footbed that a lot of my fave comfort brands do, but they are designed exceptionally well. Their engineering creates the perfect distribution of weight, so I don’t mind not having the cushion. I’ve worn multiple pairs of Aquatalias in the past and have never been disappointed. High-quality and timeless. TTS, but if you want to wear thick socks with them in the winter, I’d consider sizing up half a size.
I had to try them with my most-worn denim (not in the sale) just to make sure, and yep…I’m sold.
So…this is the section of the post where I SHOULD be talking about how much I adore alllllllll the Clare V. bags in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Every year I style pretty much every cardigan in the sale with a variety of playful, unique and special Clare V. bags. Sadly, not this year, friends. I didn’t like ANY of them. They’re just…well….they’re strange! The material is not like any Clare V. I’ve owned. They feel plastic-y, and the colors are either too shiny or too dull. You can see the difference between my high-quality white Clare V. Moyen Messenger with woven leather that actually feels like leather (and is actually woven) compared with the Clare V. embossed leather belt bag that’s weirdly plastic-looking and shiny — not a real weave…just looks like a weave.
Instead of Clare V., I went with the Dagne Dover this year, which — turns out — I couldn’t love more and is under $60!
2. The Cardigan Edit
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale every year, for me, is about cardigans. There are always tons of delicious, designer, high-quality options included, and it is often my goal to try them ALL and report back. So here’s my entire cardigan edit!
A. Vince Cardigan Coat
When I went in store this morning, I instantly fell in love with this Vince cardigan coat. The longer lines are different from anything I own, and the stretchy, soft material reminds me of the Thread & Supply cardigan coat I got in the sale two years ago. If you remember, though, that one was under $50. So this is where I am: I love this coatigan… I love the stretchy, comfy feel. I love the drapey, not-too-structured lines, and this type of cardigan in tan or beige gets worn on repeat in my fall day-to-day. The big question, though: Is it worth $350? I don’t know. For me, I’ll likely keep it — my under-$50 one now looks a bit rough. I’m in need of a great replacement, and this one fits the bill. I know it will be worn daily…but I’m also comparing it with the Eileen Fisher Wool & Cashmere coat I try next.
B. EILEEN FISHER Wool & Cashmere Coat
This is the big cardigan decision of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Is the EILEEN FISHER Wool & Cashmere coat BETTER than the Vince Cardigan Coat? They serve the exact same purpose, so one definitely does not need both.
First, let’s talk about sizing… I’m wearing the XXS and it’s still big. Definitely size down by at least one from your regular sizing…maybe two, if you’re going to try it. In comparison to the Vince coatigan, I do like the swingy shape. It’s reversible (which is kind of amazing) from the warm honey (which I’m wearing) to a muted gray. Both coats are unlined, which I don’t mind, because neither of the blends were itchy on my skin.
The hood and pockets are huge pluses on the Eileen Fisher coat, and even though it’s slightly less expensive than the Vince coat, the material (less stretchy) looks and feels more polished, but the Vince is cozier for sure. ‘m leaning toward the Vince…or maybe the EILEEN FISHER…or…
C. Vince Sweater Blazer
What a surprise this gem was! It’s great! The same soft-and-stretchy feel as the Vince longline coatigan, but in a shorter, more tailored blazer style. I don’t do real blazers, but I would TOTALLY do this.
D. Vince Classic Cardigan
No surprises here. Vince does classic cardigans very well. This year’s version, which also comes in Coastal (navy), is very classic…bordering on a bit boring? Even for me? But with the addition of a fun bag or an interesting dark stripe underneath, this classic cardigan could be a total closet workhorse.
E. EILEEN FISHER Corduroy Jacket
I’m not a huge denim-jacket person, but sometimes cardigans don’t give me enough structure for the look I’m going for, so that’s where the “soft jacket” comes in. Similar cut and structure as a denim jacket but in a cotton or stretchy, soft material. I love when a designer like Eileen Fisher does one of these “soft jackets” because I know the fabric will be high quality and look beautiful in person.
This corduroy one doesn’t disappoint. The fabric has a subtle sheen, and the oversized fit gives it just the right relaxed feel. I’m wearing an XS here and wish I would have been able to try the XXS. I like that there’s room to layer big sweaters underneath, but I’m thinking there might still be room even if I’d sized down.
3. The Best Jeans In The Sale: Veronica Beard Wide-Leg Jeans
Ahhh….the Veronica Beard “magic” jeans. I’ve been talking about these guys for a while now. I own these Veronica Beard jeans in another wash, and they magically make every top look amazing! I’m usually a 28 to 29 in most denim, and I went with a 28 in these. They were snug in the hips and butt at first, but they ease in nicely, and yes…they work with pretty much every top in the sale.
4. If You Want To Splurge…
Who’s looking for a splurge? My two top splurge picks are this A.L.C. snuggly faux-fur coat with the A.L.C. 100% silk halter tank. Both are wildly luxurious. These selfies do not come even CLOSE to doing this ALC faux fur jacket justice…I have it in the brown-and-white color block from this past fall, and you can see the plushness of the material better in this post. The white (or natural) feels even more versatile and could easily take you into all the holiday looks. I’m thinking there’s a sequin cami that is BEGGING to be worn underneath this guy.
A word about the fancy halter tops in the sale. I tried the halter from Theory, the halter from FRAME and this halter from A.L.C. — A.L.C. wins. Drapey 100% silk that feels worth the splurge for its timeless style.
5. What’s New With Zella?
Lots apparently! Or at least to me! Let’s start, though, with what’s NOT new. These joggers that I proudly own in three different sizes. I wear the XS as leggings, S as fitted joggers and M as slouchier joggers. They’re the best and under $50, and as my most-worn joggers, it makes sense to own multiples.
And now for the new! Beautiful BLUE! These joggers feel like Vuori and Zella had a baby! So super-buttery-soft but just a bit more substantial feeling than my Vuoris. And that blue color! So fun. Especially with some of Zella’s new cute and comfy tops. Lots of mixing and matching to be had with all of these.
6. A Modest Day Dress For All Seasons
This is kind of a ridiculous title, but I’ve been needing a dress that will work for various occasions where I need to be on the more modest side. Covered shoulders, longer length…you know…”appropriate.” This is it! I’m so excited about this find. I feel like this Rails smocked-waist floral dress is going to work for all of these occasions and all.year.long!
And that’s it! For now. What are we thinking as a group about the cardigans in this year’s sale? Any great ones I missed? I took a quick look at the budget-friendly ones in the store and wasn’t terribly impressed, but I’m hoping to go have another look and will definitely be putting together some budget-friendly coverage as the sale continues. Let us know what you guys are loving and hating…always fun to compare notes.
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