Now that we’ve had time to really live with our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale choices, do any necessary exchanging for proper sizes, examine the pieces we may have missed, evaluate which integrate seamlessly into our existing wardrobes…we have some THOUGHTS.
We’re a highly opinionated group on a good day, so let’s just say…today is a good day.
Also, we’d love to hear from you guys: was there some exciting piece from the NSale that you didn’t like once it arrived? I know my La Ligne zip-front sweater seems to be hotly debated (you either seem to love it or hate it), but I’m also v. interested in hearing about uncomfortable shoes. Before I go off and order anything else over this final weekend, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Pieces We’re Gonna Live Without
These are the NSale pieces that didn’t work for us, for one picky reason or another. Admittedly, the pieces below are a mixed bag. Some should serve as cautionary tales: the shoes with the bending heel, something smelly, the jacket that only fits if you are over 6 ft tall…while others focus more on aesthetics (hobbit feet, or no?). Some of the pieces that missed the mark could be re-framed as a Is This Worth The Cost discussion, and a few other pieces? Well, we’re still debating.
Shana’s NSale Misses
The NSale Misses: This FRAME Satin Blouse, Jenni Kayne Mules & Zella One For All Pocket Joggers
Why These Were a Miss For Me: First of all, the Jenni Kayne mules broke my heart. They are undeniably gorgeous — total outfit-makers. That said…after many (many) tries, I just couldn’t walk in them. I was hoping they’d break in quickly, but they were too slippery and, ultimately, too stiff to be worth the cost. The final straw? When I slipped on my old Madewell mules (long gone, but in this print), with their padded, not slippery footbed and thought, ahhhh.
Second, this FRAME blouse is another gorgeous piece that induced some rage. FRAME tops are typically 100% silk (I own a few), and yet, for the Nordstrom sale this one is…100% polyester? For $398 regular price, and $265.90 on sale? No. No, no, no, no, NO.
Lastly, I’ve put on (and taken off) these Zella sweatpants a dozen times by now. I want to like them. And in this photo…I do. But they’re rather thick around the waist (almost lumpy), and while the legs are soft-and-cozy on the inside, the pockets are made from some shiny, cold fabric, which rests on your thighs. So you get both the warm, cozy feeling, WITH a spot of cold. Maybe that’s good for summer? IDK. They went back.
The NSale Miss: The AllSaints Lara Dot Print Shirt
Why This Was A Miss For Me: It’s a fancy top that is so darn cute, but just not quite right for me fit-wise. I wanted to be able to tuck it in, but it was just too much material (even the size 0). And getting it on and off with the separate snap-in cami and dealing with the tie thing around the neck was MUCH more complicated than I wanted. More of my “misses” at the VERY bottom of my original selfie post. Including these jeans that are almost sold out, but who cares??? because I had to size up 3 and they were still snug! Boo!
The NSale Miss: TEVA Hurrican Genuine Sandal
Why This Was A Miss For Me: Because I’m not going for that hobbit/sasquatch feet lewk. Y’all. I’m so down for a sporty sandal…and for sherpa/shearling on just about anything…except these Tevas. Hahaha. They seemed worth a try but lawdy…no. NOT flattering on. Maybe with socks? Then that gets you into a whole new look and vibe. So Back. They. Go. Imma stick with my shearling-lined Birks and UGGs. Kthx. Even that rainbow linen dress couldn’t save them.
The NSale Miss: Bernardo Reversible Coat
Why This Was A Miss For Me: Ok, full transparency, I’m not 100% sure this reversible Bernardo coat is a miss — yet. I think it just needs to meet a few more items from my closet (versus being hurriedly thrown on with whatever was nearby at the moment). I love the weight of it, and it truly has kind of a cool factor about it. Unstuffy, a little artsy in its shapelessness. So maybe I just need more time with it? Or a lighter wash denim? Or both? More to come on this one…
The NSale Miss: Cult Gaia Meta Sandals
Why These Were A Miss For Me: I absolutely loved the Cult Gaia Meta sandals when I saw them online, and thought they were just as gorgeous in person, too! Unfortunately, they aren’t structured well enough for me to feel comfortable walking in them, and in fact the entire heel bends when I walk. I also ordered these for Maria who is a very petite 5’3” and 120, and they bend for her too. I think there must be something wrong with the manufacturing because they shouldn’t bend at all! I absolutely loved these, and am seriously so bummed that I can’t keep them.
The NSale Miss: Chevelle Crop Puffer Jacket
Why This Was A Miss For Me: Truth be told, I’ve already returned all my misses, except for this metallic puffer jacket that looks amazing — that color – Wow! But the smell wasn’t fun, at first. Right before sitting to write this I checked it again, and the smell was gone…that is after a week hanging in my closet rack. So now I’m not sure. It seems warm, and according to the description it would work with temperatures down to 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Maybe not a huge miss; I may in fact consider keeping it. What do you say? It also comes in a beautiful light gold. The true color is in between the retailer photo and my selfie.
The NSale Miss: Treasure & Bond Wool Jacket
Why This Was A Miss For Me: I usually order a size large in coats to have enough room for bulky sweaters underneath (sometimes a medium), but I was swimming in this size large wool jacket from Treasure and Bond — it fit more like an XL or even XXL! So much so that I would easily need a small…which never happens, and also has me wondering how anyone shorter than me (5’9”) could rock this. But other than the sizing, *sigh*, this is just dreamy. Warmer and sturdier than your average shirt jacket and still available in the most gorgeous vintage blue.
The NSale Misses: Spanx Faux Leather Joggers & Square Toe Booties by Louise et Cie
Why This Was A Miss For Me: If you ever wondered what you would sound like as a walking shower squeegee, boy do I have the pants for you. I was so excited for these Spanx Faux Leather Joggers. Tres chic on the model, MC Hammer-esq on me. Also, in theory I should have known “noir” means they’re gonna be “black” but to me they looked chocolatey brown online, so that was also disappointing. This is actually two misses in one.