NSALE 2021: Linzi’s Wish List (For The Gal Who Loves Jeans, Sweaters + A Pop Of Fun)


For the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I am all about great jeans (yay for these MOTHERs), great sweaters (loving this under $80 one), and a few pops of fun (no surprises here). Simple, concise, done.

Just kidding, of course. Many of you know me better than that. I’m not one to shy away EVER from monster posts detailing alllllll the good options, and this wish list for the upcoming NSale is no exception.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Wish List: A Fall Capsule Wardrobe For The Gal Who Loves Jeans, Sweaters + A Pop Of Fun

There’s SO much inventory to go through in this sale. Some great — sweaters and jeans in particular. Some meh — comfort shoe styles were disappointing, and I wish there was a wider selection of coats. We’re hoping, though, that these TME wish lists (and selfies) will ideally make your experience finding all the good stuff (and less of the meh stuff) in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale a little bit easier (and maybe a little fun, too?)

While this post is long (as per usual), I tried to make it manageable by organizing my personal wish list into a “Fall Mix & Match Capsule” and then limiting myself (with only a little bit of cheating) to sharing only my top four picks from the usual categories.

Also as per usual, I have a Table of Contents below so you can click and be taken to what you’re most interested in. Alright…let’s get this going!

Linzi’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide

1. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Fall Capsule Wardrobe

A capsule wardrobe — as I noted above — filled with jeans and sweaters, and accented by fun pops like animal print, plaid, stripes….and of course, lipstick. I added picks from my fav brands AllSaints, MOTHER, Clare V and more.

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1/ Vince Striped Tee: Vince stripes rarely disappoint, and my closet can always use a new versatile striped tee.

2/ Rails Fringe Sweater: I have a hard time resisting fringe…love that this is in a neutral color, but has all sorts of fun going on in the design.

3/ AllSaints Wool Blend Sweater: AllSaints sweaters often go fast in the NSale, but luckily this one comes in a bunch of colors…I’m thinking black or the dark teal.

4/ FRAME Cashmere Cardigan: More $$$ than I would like to spend on a cardigan, but it’s 100% cashmere, has interesting sleeves, cool detail on the back, and is in a wear-with-everything neutral color….hopefully I’ll see how it looks and feels against this more budget-friendly similar option next week.

5/ Gold Earrings: Under $25! I am quite excited about ALL of the AllSaints earrings options in the sale. So good and reasonably priced.

6/ Sunnies: Definitely one of my favs of the whole sale…so much personality and easily adds a little something something to anything you’re wearing.

7/ YSL Lip Kit: I picked lots of neutrals this year in my capsule wardrobe wish list, so will definitely be pairing my looks with a red lip this fall.

8/ Herschel Sling Pack: Found this in the men’s section, but seems pretty perfect to add to all the casual outfits if it’s not a full backpack day.

9/ Clare V Olive Green Bag: I am SUCH a Clare V fan. The details, the prints, the unexpected colorways…she does it all perfectly. And therefore… two of her bags won a prominent spot on my wish list.

10/ Plaid Coat: Plaid! I’m not always a plaid gal, but I’m totally feeling it this fall to freshen up my daily jeans and sweater uniform. There are a few good ones in the sale this year.

11/ Clare V Cat Print Tote: I wear my cat print Clare V midi sac on repeat, and have often wished I kept the tote from last year’s sale…hoping I can snag one this year. They will sell out for sure.

12/ French Connection Sweater: Biggest surprise of the sale is several good sweaters from French Connection. I’m just having a hard time deciding which color on this cotton one.

13/ MOTHER Cropped Jeans: I have these jeans in a darker wash, and they’re one of my most-worn. I know I’ll love these.

14/ MOTHER Bootcut Jeans: These look dreamy…I love MOTHER The Weekender flares, but am excited to go with a little less flare for this fall.

15/ Good American Black Jeans: Good American jeans are in my top three for denim right now (alongside MOTHER and FRAME), and they usually do slightly distressed black denim, in particular, very well.

16 / Nike Sneakers: These also come in a cool off-white/beige colorway, but I love a pop of white especially with fall neutrals.

17/ Aquatalia Stretch Booties: The Anni Sale really is the best time to get high-quality Aquatalia boots at a significant discount.  Water-resistant, perfect modern square (but not too square) toe, nice high shaft, walkable, and SUPER versatile. I can’t wait to try the gorgeous dark navy, but there are 3 other lovely colors as well. 

18/ Sorel Black Wedge Boots: Yes to that lugged sole! They come in a beigey-tan as well…if you’re new to TME, Sorel Wedges are a total team fav in the rain and out of the rain.

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2. The 8 Anniversary Sale Pieces I’m Worried Will Sell Out

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Shop your pieces from Zella, Clare V, and MOTHER first!


3. My Top 4 Picks By Category

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Keeeeeeeeep scrolling…sweaters, denim, bags, boots and much much more…I’ve got it all covered! 

Good Denim

Chic Sweaters

Oversized Sweaters

Statement Sweaters

Comfy Cardigans

Cozy Hoodies


Pretty Tops

Versatile Tops

Comfy Loungewear

Workout Motivation


Jackets & Coats

Statement Jackets & Coats


Green Boots (A Whole Category!)

Cute Boots (Not Green)

Sneakers That Feel Fresh


Bags That Carry All The Stuff

Bags That Carry The Essentials

A Little Bling


Beauty Picks


4. My Top 4 Picks By Brand

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Selections from EILEEN FISHER, AllSaints, FRAME, Zella, and Vince.






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5. My Top 4 Budget-Friendly Picks (Under $100)

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Denim Under $100

Outerwear Under $100

Boots Under $100

Sweaters Under $100

Tops Under $50

Cuties Under $25


And that’s the end, folks! Please let us know in the comments if there are any items you REALLY want us try in person. As many of you know, we usually do intense marathon sessions of outfit selfies…trying all the things and doing mini-reviews of our favorite pieces (as well as the pieces that were surprisingly terrible). You can see how we cover it all in our ultimate guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. 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.



    • So…we’re investigating more, but the “sold out” might be a glitch in Nordstrom’s system (because these boots are brand new and not even available to buy until the sale goes live) OR it could be that they were listed as part of the sale initially on Nordstrom’s site, but they’re now not going to be in the sale (that has occasionally happened the first few days of the preview in previous years) Definitely looking into it. We’re also seeing a few more things being added to the sale, so we’ll keep tabs on that too.

  1. I really want to see that All saints asymmetrical sweater on real bodies, as well as those FRAME boot cuts please!! And I have the Vince. green boots from last year–those Staud ones are amazing and easier to walk in than the high Vince ones but still they rather fit the same shoe-hole. LOL Thank you for your picks! I am a clog-wearer thanks to you, btw!

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