First of all, I want to take the chance to encourage you that it is more than OK just to dress for YOU, and not because you see the next must-have item that everyone has. I’ll keep this simple and sweet, because 1) few people have infinite funds to shop with and also 2) you may be already overwhelmed with a barrage of photos of cute finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (a biannual sale where you can save quite a bit on full-price items for the *upcoming season*). If you’re here for the styles, dive in and enjoy! For the comfy chic styled gal, the pre-fall sale is my favorite. I grabbed a few pieces last year that I wore constantly. Here’s how I would #stylesmart – I link some versatile basics + some splurge items.
About the Nordstrom Credit Card, which gives me early access: I haven’t signed up for any retail credit cards except for this one, which has already proved to pay off as some of the perks, like Early Access (July 13-20) to items that go on the Anniversary Sale (July 21-August 6). Log on August 7, and the same items will be back to full price – bummer, but now you know and can use this perk to your advantage! You also get a triple points day (purchases count towards points) and points help get you to a tier with more benefits, like additional triple points days or a greater alterations credit. I save up my holiday shopping for my triple points day, and add things to my wish list so I can add to cart quickly when it is my triple points day. The main benefit I’ve used is alterations – for the weddings I’ve gone to, I had one dress with delicate fabrics hemmed for $60 using my Nordstrom Notes, which essentially was free since they’re the currency you accumulate when you get points from previous shopping occasions.
Great deals on cozy basics
There are more colors in all of these, but I show my favorites below, or offer my color pick in the link.
Zella Moto Legging – Black – $49.90 instead of $75
Zella High Waist Live in Leggings – $35.90 vs. $54.00
Leith Mélange Dress – $35.90 instead of $55
BP V-Neck Pullover – $24.90 instead of $39
BP Lightweight Rib-Stitch Cardigan $31.90 vs. $49.00
sold out in Olive Tapenade (a camel color) while I was writing this post, so I went with Black
Leith Easy Circle in Tan or Pink Adobe – $49.90 vs. $75.00
BP Cold Shoulder – Burgundy or Black – $35.90 vs. $55.00
Naturalizer Wanya Buckle Bootie – $79.90 vs. $119.95
I got the Kepler style in this color last year, and it is the most comfortable pair of booties for lots of walking and commuting. This brand is solid.
Sold Out now, but *check back* as they might get restocked around July 20 before the sale opens to the public.
Lush Ruffle Dress-$29.90 instead of $45
BP Lightweight Rib-Stitch Cardigan $31.90 vs. $49.00 – in Olive Tapenade
Cole Haan Leather Jacket – came back from last year!
This was my splurge last year, and it is a the perfect layer for 40-50F temperatures, soft, clean edges, but cool too.
Rag & Bone – Cold Shoulder Sweater
Frida Stitched Suede Hobo – Port – my favorite color
Eliza Ruffle Sleeve LBD – ruffle, waistline, tie waist – elegance + a few special details
For the sparkle-celebrators + accessorizers
Since I picked a lot of black, grey, and blush basics that I know will get a lot of regular wear, I like to add fun with color and accessories that are small and mix-and-matchable.
Halogen Square Silk Foulard – $38.90 instead of $59.00
Leather Card Case – $22.90 instead of $35.00
I need this to go from clutch to purse and back. Also, it is red so it won’t get lost in the mix.
Kate Spade card case – $65 vs. $98
one option – if it is too bulky it may go back, but looks slim!
gorjana powerstone bracelet $31.90 instead of $48.00 – lapis gold or turquoise
skagen Anita 34mm watch – $99.90 instead of $155
Le Pliage Expandable Tote – Longchamp – $129.90 vs. $195.00
These remind me of my wedding ring, and small, classic sparkle for this price is nice!
Ted Baker Kate Print – purple- pretty for fall!
Ted Baker Kate Print – grey – elegant
Lana Mini Flat Hooked on Hoop Earrings – $175.90 instead of $265
This brand makes beautiful sleek, geometric pieces.
This post isn’t sponsored by Nordstrom (I have been a fan since I was a little girl) but I may get a tiny amount if you click on links via ShopStyle’s affiliate program. So, I appreciate the love – if something does interest you, feel free to check it out 🙂