A Coastal-Chic Capsule Wardrobe To Take You From Summer To Fall

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I’m two venti coffees deep into this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and maybe it’s the caffeine talking, but I am loving what I’m seeing!

It always takes me a few beats to truly get excited, however. There are so many pages of clothing and accessories on sale that it’s sometimes easier to just see everything I don’t like. It’s totally overwhelming. But after sorting, and taking screenshots, and curating outfits from my favorite pieces, my eyes are able to rest on the clothing that I not only love, but am incredibly eager to try on once the sale goes live.

This year? My eyes are fixated on coastal-inspired sweaters and jackets (and cute shoes too).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022 Capsule Wardrobe: Coastal Grandmother Chic

The trending term “coastal grandmother” is my dream aesthetic. The style is all about ocean-inspired minimalism, heavy on comfort — with a touch of luxe that comes from investing in quality materials. I recently wrote about two pairs of white jeans that really sealed the deal for my love of the “coastal grandmother,” which got me thinking about curating a capsule wardrobe with that same dreamy, chic vibe.

I filled this capsule with items that will easily flow from summer to fall, including the sneakers I want in every color (how am I supposed to choose?!), the sweater I immediately saved the moment my eyes landed on it, and an organic-cotton button shirt that feels like it was made specifically for my closet.

(Pssst….when you’re done here, be sure to head over to our Nordstrom Anniversary Guide for all things sale-related!)

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This Nordstrom Anniversary Sale capsule has everything a coastal-grandmother fall wardrobe needs: quality striped sweaters, comfy button-ups + chic jeans that get better with each wear.

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I love how light, neutral tones can easily inspire the thought of a weekend in the Hamptons, but I also wanted to draw from all the colors the ocean can take on throughout different seasons. These are the colors I feel most in love with at the moment, and it’s a refreshing spin for an autumnal wardrobe that I’m eager to rock this year.

If you ask me, every coastal-grandmother wardrobe needs at least one quality striped sweater, a few comfortable button-downs that can be worn both in the garden as well as cleaned up for happy hour, and a pair of jeans that gets better with each wear. This capsule has it all.


Outfit Idea 1: A Trip To The (Seaside) Farmers Market

This outfit is my quintessential coastal look: a relaxed tee, the perfect striped sweater (worn draped over the shoulders when the sun is out), and a beachy tote to hold my fresh flowers from the market.

There are actually a few striped sweaters in the sale that I have my eye on. I included this La Ligne Hardy Stripe Cotton Sweater because it feels the most classic and easy to wear, but the Sailor Stripe Cotton Sweater shouldn’t go unnoticed, either.

This outfit is my quintessential coastal look: a relaxed tee, the perfect striped sweater (worn draped over the shoulders when the sun is out) & a beachy tote to hold my fresh flowers from the market.

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Outfit Idea 2: Coffee Date With The Girls

I think it was when I found the Ellis Organic Cotton Button-Up shirt from Rails that my excitement really started to kick off for this year’s #NSale. It might feel silly that a plain top is what did it for me when the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can hold such iconic coats and head-turning sweaters, but this is the type of shirt I feel will be worn on repeat for years to come.

Cotton gauze is one of my favorite materials, and the fact that this button-up is made with 100% organic cotton makes it even better. The top is also available in the most beautiful Pear color too.

Cotton gauze is one of my favorite materials, & the fact that this Ellis button-up is made with 100% organic cotton makes it even better.

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Outfit Idea 3: Staying In For A Cozy Weekend

On a cozy weekend in, I still love reaching for jeans to help me feel a but more “put together.” While there are a lot of jeans in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that didn’t excite me, this rigid straight-leg pair from rag & bone was immediately added to my wish list. With a 31 1/2″ inseam, it would be a great cropped length for tall girls, and the non-distressed, light wash makes them an instant classic that’s easy to pair with anything.

This luxe 100% cashmere sweater thrown over a long hoodie is where the cozy truly comes into play!

This rigid straight-leg pair from rag & bone was immediately added to my wish list. With a 31 1/2" inseam, it would be a great cropped length for tall girls, + the non-distressed, light wash makes them an instant classic that's easy to pair with anything.

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Outfit Idea 4: Early School Drop-Off

I love a good cotton-gauze top, but I nearly squealed when finding the Riley Gauze Split-Hem Pants from Everyday Ritual. These would be a chic (yet still comfortable) alternative to sweats for school drop-off, running errands or even just lounging around the house. Add some accessories and slip into a subtle heel? You’re ready for anything the day brings.

I nearly squealed when finding the Riley Gauze Split-Hem Pants from Everyday Ritual. These would be a chic (yet still comfortable) alternative to sweats for school drop-off, running errands or even just lounging around the house.

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Outfit Idea 5: Dinner + Drinks

Faherty is a brand that was made for a coastal-grandmother-inspired wardrobe, so it felt like a a no-brainer to include some of its #NSale items, including this perfect shirtdress made from 100% organic cotton. It would be easy to keep casual with rag & bone’s Retro Sneaker, but I love the idea of pairing the dress with Free People’s Calabasas Clogs to head out for dinner.

Faherty is a brand that was made for a coastal-grandmother-inspired wardrobe, so including this shirtdress made from 100% organic cotton is a no-brainer. I love the idea of pairing the dress with Free People's Calabasas Clogs to head out for dinner.

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I think the best part of this coastal-grandmother-inspired wardrobe concept is that so many items can easily be swapped in and out to make your perfect closet, and the aesthetic focuses on quality basics that can be worn year after year. This year’s #NSale has a gorgeous selection of stripes, cozy sweaters and wool coats that would all be so dreamy included in this coastal-chic wardrobe (and I can’t wait to try it all on)!

Our 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale cheat sheet just dropped! It’s your one-stop shopping guide with all our best recs, so be sure to check it out or head over to our more in-depth Ultimate Guide to the NSale.

Xx,

Amy

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This Nordstrom Anniversary Sale capsule has everything a coastal-grandmother fall wardrobe needs: quality striped sweaters, comfy button-ups + chic jeans that get better with each wear.

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