Top Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun. After a week of early access to cardholders, it is now open to all. Brand new merchandise for Fall and Winter will be discounted for two weeks only. Prices go back up on August 8. 

I spent a week preselecting the sale with clients and it was FABULOUS. We refreshed our Fall and Winter wardrobes while laughing up a storm. Along the way I noted the top items I saw, and just posted five lists that might be helpful if you are navigating the sale:

I’ve seen all of these items in person and on a range of body types and sizes, across petite, regular and tall women. You’ll see a wide assortment of items here, reflecting the range of lifestyles, style preferences and budgets across my clientele. 

A few things to consider as you browse the lists:

  • I have collected a particular colour in each item, but be sure to browse through the other colour options too.
  • Check whether the items are available in petite and plus because I have only provided the description in regular sizes. Nordstrom’s in-house brands usually provide petite and plus sizing. 
  • My descriptions are detailed and specific for a reason. They suggest a match for a particular body type, comfort level or style preference. 
  • Items do come back into stock throughout the fortnight of the sale, so be tenacious and keep on checking back on the items that tickle your fancy. 
  • Some of the collected items do not show the “Sale” sticker, but the items ARE on sale. 
  • At the end of each list there is also a link to the relevant collection page where you can see the items together with their descriptions.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments sections about my picks or any other NAS items, and I’ll do my best to help you out. And please share your own winning purchases in the comments sections too.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Skirts, Pants & Jeans

Finally, here are my top picks for all sorts of bottoms. Jeans were particularly good at the sale and there are some trouser gems too. The best skirts were straight and tapered, which is a pity because I adore flared skirts. I warned my clientele against leather skirts because they crease terribly at the back after sitting in them for a while, and you can’t iron the leather. 

It has been a ten day marathon working the NAS, but I’m in my element and enjoy every minute. It’s my busiest time of the year and I absolutely thrive on it. My clients are wonderful, and our forum members have been excited, supportive and very helpful. I haven’t covered lingerie, activewear, menswear, home wear and children’s wear in my lists, but do check out those areas too. 

Remember that items DO come back into stock throughout the fortnight of the sale so keep checking back on the items that tickle your fancy. Good hunting!

Skirts

  • Leith Floral Stretch Knit Pencil Skirt: Best affordable skirt at the sale. Excellent fit, great fabric, cute pattern, elegant length, versatile, easy to launder, comfortable and crease-resistant. Slimming. I WISH they had offered this in a wider assortment of sizes.
  • Classiques Entier Jacquard Front Pencil Skirt: A classic beauty that works marvelously well with the matching jacket for a business formal look. Good on an hourglass and slight pear shaped body type. Fabulous quality.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite): Clients either loved or intensely disliked this style. When it fits, it's killer. Very affordable. It runs small so size up. Works well on a long torso and curvy figure. Not as good on narrow hips and a wider waist. Stay away if you are apple shaped. Great length and easy to style with a black support act.
  • Hinge Denim Pencil Skirt (Rain Dusk Vintage): Best denim skirt at the NAS. GREAT length and fit. Tapers back to the knee, and has worked on many body types. The front slit is surprisingly subtle, so don't worry about it. Runs at least a size big. You need to wear it a little lower on the hips, so pull it down.
  • Lafayette 148 New York 'Revelin' Tweed Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite): Modern Classic Fabness. Ultra polished and beautifully made. Gorgeous fabric that does not crease. Good on a curvy hourglass.
  • MELISSA MCCARTHY SEVEN7 Digital Print Ponte Pencil Skirt (Plus Size): A great tube skirt with plenty of length. Fun pattern and easily paired with a black top. Streamlined and forgiving.
  • Boss 'Vulara' Stretch Wool Blend Suit Skirt: The fabric and colour are sublime. Very lightweight with good drape. It has a matching blazer for a formal suited look. Good on many body types.
  • BP Rib Knit Pencil Skirt: An easy textured tube skirt that also comes in a two-toned grey and black. Super fabric and affordable price. Plenty of length for tall gals. Runs small.
  • Vince Camuto Ponte Midi Skirt (Online Only): A wonderful basic back knitted skirt with LENGTH. Weighty fabric, and quite forgiving of belly bulges. Great fit because it tapers back onto the waist. Works on many body types. Good price. Dress it up or down.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Pants

  • Halogen Kick Flare Knit Ankle Pants (Regular & Petite): Best cropped flares at the sale and affordable too. Very substantial fabric, and wonderfully dressy. They have worked on every body type from super straight to very curvy, and from a size 2 to a size 16. A genius cut. They mould to your body but do not look like a "sausage casing" either. Easy to shorten for petites.
  • MAX MARA 'Pegno' Jersey Crop Pants: Incredibly comfortable stretchy cropped pants that work well on a straighter hourglass. Good on tall gals. It has a matching long blazer that looks incredible when worn as a suit. The grey is slightly textured. Very luxurious.
  • Classiques Entier Leather Trim Flare Leg Pants (Regular & Petite): Best bootcut trousers of them all. They are relatively slim on the legs and flare out at the hem with magnificent drape. Luxe and chic. Glorious in motion. Works on many body types. Petites looked amazing in the petite sizes. Stunning fabric and beautiful quality.
  • Jen7 Stretch Sateen Slim Straight Leg Pants: Wonderful sueded casual pants. The green is as fab as the burgundy. They work extremely well on a curvy figure, and might run a size big. They have plenty of room on the calves if you have wider calves. They also cuff well into cropped pants with a wide cuff.
  • 3.1 Phillip Lim Pleated Glen Plaid Crop Wool Pants: Modern Retro Fabness. These ultra trendy trousers are an acquired taste. They bring back the '80s in a wonderful way, although the fabric is very '40s. You have to wear them with a tucked top to showcase the buckle detailing, otherwise what's the point? Works well on a curvy figure with a defined waist, or a more rectangular figure with a defined waist. They pouf out when you sit, so you have to be okay with that. Exquisite quality and very comfy.
  • Joie 'Bardot' Crop Flare Leg Pants: Glorious fabric and dressier than jeans. The flares are quite dramatic so consider yourself warned. They also have a very high rise. Worked on many body types. Good on curvy bodies too.
  • Lyssé High Waist Faux Leather Leggings: Machine washable pleather leggings that do NOT create muffin top. The knees might bag out a little. Can be shortened for petites. Read the rave reviews.
  • Spanx Faux Leather Leggings: Best leggings at the sale. Super Hero Liquid Mercury Fabness. It makes everything look more modern. Fabulous under dresses, skirts and tunics. Great tummy control too. They are hard to get on, but worth the effort.
  • Eileen Fisher Crop Wide Leg Trousers (Regular & Petite): Smart casual comfy knitted culottes. They look relaxed rather than crisp. Fab with a shorter sweater. Works on many body types and size down.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Jeans

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series. 

  1. Coats, Jackets and Vests
  2. Footwear and Accessories
  3. Tops and Knitwear
  4. Dresses and Dress Toppers
  5. Skirts, Pants and Jeans (this post)

Also check out my introduction to the series, my tips on how to shop the sale, and the items I brought home from the sale.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Dresses & Dress Toppers

There was a good selection of dresses at the sale, and I was thrilled to see fashion revert back to tailoring and waist-defining silhouettes. There were many sleeveless styles, but we DID find fabulous toppers to wear over them that worked like a charm. Actually, although I complain profusely about the sea of sleeveless dresses at retail, they do have the advantage of being comfortable to wear with toppers (no sleeve bunching). Many clients were happy to go sleeveless as long as we found the RIGHT topper to finish off the look. 

I’ve also suggested four winning dress toppers below so that you can visualize the complete outfit if sleeveless is not your thing. The gauzy maxi cardigan worked surprisingly well over flared dresses, and looked fashion forward.

Dresses

  • Nic + Zoe 'Dolomite' Print V-Neck Twirl Dress (Regular & Petite): A fit-and-flare in a weighty fabrication that works well on a curvy body type. Very substantial fabric that is forgiving on "lower belly bulges" that you might want to conceal. Might need to size down.
  • Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless V-Neck Texture Knit Fit & Flare Dress: An amazing little dress for curvy petites. Gorgeously textured fabric and a divine fluted cut on the skirt. You can wear a Second Base camisole with a lace inset if the V is too low. Might run a size small.
  • Eliza J V-Neck Crepe Sheath Dress: A simple modern classic in good colours. Versatile and very flattering. Plenty of length for tall gals. Fab for the office. Read the rave reviews.
  • Karen Kane Print Jersey Cascade Faux Wrap Dress: The best wrap dress at Nordstrom because it has AMPLE coverage. You don't feel like you're going to fall out of it - which is happening over and over again with DVF wrap dresses. Form-fitting but not clingy. Super soft fabric that can be washed on the delicates cycle in the machine. Excellent on a curvier body type. Size down. Both colour options are lovely.
  • Boss 'Daladi' Split Neck Ponte Sheath Dress: A great sheath on an inverted triangle. Fabulous on broad shoulders. Thick and substantial fabric. ELECTRIC colour. Might need to size down.
  • Classiques Entier Geometric Print Stretch Silk Midi Dress: Modern Retro Fabness. One of my favourite dresses at the sale because it's awfully pretty and the pattern is yummy. Luscious fabric too. Looks amazing on tall hourglass and pear shaped body types, but the length can be altered for curvy petites. Very elegant.
  • Zizzi Tattoo Floral Print Tulle Dress: Killer gorgeous pattern. Form-fitting, but not clingy. Lightweight fabric that is ruched in all the right places for clever camouflaging. Must be curvy to wear this style and fill out the bust area. Runs small, so size up. Looks really good on petites too. A very elegant length.
  • BCBGMAXAZRIA 'Kelsee' Print Jersey A-Line Dress: A fun fit-and-flare in fabulous jewel tones. Works really well on curvy petites. The front diagonal lines in the pattern are geniusly positioned to create a streamlined effect. Easy and relaxed.
  • Chelsea28 Flutter Sleeve Stretch Sheath Dress: My favourite dress at the NAS, and I am very rarely drawn to black dresses. The detail of the flutter sleeves is sublime, and they drape beautifully. VERY different, and gorgeously tailored. Fab length too. Very, very elegant and gorgeous with a pile of pearls. Best on a long neck and smaller bust. It's form-fitting and NOT forgiving on the belly area, so consider yourself warned. Runs small so size up.
  • Betsey Johnson Embroidered Knit Sheath Dress: Fun lace and pattern placement on a tailored dress. Runs small and is quite form-fitting. Best on a rectangular body type and smaller bust. Elegant length. You have to love grey to love this dress.
  • Halogen Sleeveless Side Ruched Mock Neck Knit Dress (Regular & Petite): These knitted dresses are VERY body-con and quite short because they creep up as you stride. The reason they made my top picks list is because they look amazing over Spanx liquid mercury leggings and layered with a gauzy maxi cardigan. Wear it over leggings as a tunic with a flowing cardi and you have yourself a fun casual outfit.
  • Madewell Garment Dye Cotton Shirtdress: A great shirtdress to wear over leggings or cropped flared jeans. Works on an assortment of body types. The back pleat detail causes a bit of a pouf that looked fine to my eye. It added an architectural touch. The olive is very grey in person.
  • Eliza J Windowpane Print Ponte Shift Dress (Regular & Petite): Graphic Fabness. A fun tunic over leggings and cropped jeans. Might run a size big if you are slight in frame. Knitted fabric is very comfortable, and the fit is very forgiving on the midsection.
  • Betsey Johnson Floral Print Knit Sheath Dress: A comfy dress on a curvier figure. Stretchy and soft, but not sloppy. Fits slightly pear shaped body types very well. Length is easy to alter for petites. I like how spaced the floral pattern is. Different.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Drape Neck Ponte Dress (Regular & Petite): A good dress on both curvy and straighter figures. Fabulous colour. Not overly clingy, but does run big so size down.
  • Eliza J Print Ombré Sleeveless Fit & Flare Dress (Regular & Petite): An easy and comfy fit-and-flare that has worked on most body types. Flattering and forgiving on the lower belly. Quite short though.
  • Betsey Johnson Print Ponte Fit & Flare Dress: An excellent dress for curvy petites. It's quite short. The fabric is lightweight and drapes well. Non-scratchy. The check is darker than in the photos, so don't expect a vibrant check. Read the rave reviews.
  • MAX MARA 'Aligi' Sleeveless Jersey Sheath Dress: A stunning form-fitting dress that runs a size small. The fabric is knitted and substantial and VERY soft and comfortable. Good length for tall gals. The fit is body-con if you're curvy, but less so when you have a straighter figure. Impeccable quality. The high neck works quite well on a larger bust.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Dress Toppers

  • KUT from the Kloth 'Ana' Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket (Regular & Petite): An excellent topper to wear with jeans, trousers, skirts and dresses. Fitted and stretchy. Works on a variety of body types and creates a flattering silhouette. It also adds an architectural touch to your outfit. The front lapels lay quite flat and aren't fussy. Comes in black and burgundy and runs big, and NOT true to size as the site suggests. Read the rave reviews.
  • Vince Camuto Zip Pocket Drape Front Blazer: An extremely good affordable blazer. It has worked on every body type - apple to pear - and from size 2 to 14. A magical cut with an excellent asymmetrical hem. Very flattering. Works well over dresses too.
  • Halogen Merino Blend Long Cardigan: Best maxi cardigan at the sale. Very lightweight, refined and gauzy. Do not wear it over sleeves because it's too delicate. Perfect over a sleeveless top or dress (both flared and straight). It tapers at the hem in the very best way so that you don't feel overwhelmed by the length. Works well on petites. A pity that it only comes in black and grey.
  • Kate Spade New York draped suede jacket: An exquisite high-end piece that feels SO good on. Very luxurious, and looks sharp, rich and polished despite being suede. Casually dressy, and is as smashing for a business casual office as it is paired with jeans. Works well on both a curvy and straighter figure. Excellent on a shorter neck, and brilliant over dresses, skirts and culottes because of the shorter length.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Feel free to ask further questions in the comments section about these or other NAS items, and I’ll do my best to help you out. And please share your own winning purchases in the comments section too.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series. 

  1. Coats, Jackets and Vests
  2. Footwear and Accessories
  3. Tops and Knitwear
  4. Dresses and Dress Toppers (this post)
  5. Skirts, Pants and Jeans

Also check out my introduction to the series, my tips on how to shop the sale, and the items I brought home from the sale.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Tops & Knitwear

There are lots of good tops and knitwear at the sale. Most clients were after something other than “simple, oversized and shapeless”, which made items with contouring, ruffles, flounces and lace insets very appealing. There are LOTS of great colours, so browse through the options if the one I’ve selected is not to your fancy.

Tops

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Knitwear

  • Halogen V-Neck Lightweight Merino Cardigan (Regular & Petite): These cardigans are great essentials. Versatile, flattering, streamlined and in a good weight. Lots of solid colours. Dress them up or down, and pop them over a sleeveless top. The polka dot was my favourite of the bunch. Leave them unbuttoned.
  • Splendid Knit Poncho: Fab over a pair of light cropped pants with pearls. Very roomy. Great on petite apples with heels.
  • Chelsea28 Ruffle Trim Cardigan: Adorable in both colours. Girly, romantic and different.
  • Joie 'Raeka' Faux Fur Collar Cable Knit Cocoon Cardigan: Dramatic and fashion-forward. Oversized and very cozy. The faux fur is removable, but it makes the look so keep it on! It's interesting that my petite clients bought this one and are rocking it. You don't need to be tall to pull off the volume, but you DO need broad shoulders. Size down.
  • Halogen Cashmere Dolman Sleeve Tunic Sweater: An easy pull-on-and-go that worked as well for petites as it did for tall clients. Nice shape and super soft. Runs big.
  • Vince Side Zip Rib Knit Wool & Cashmere Turtleneck: Looks much better in person because the side zippers add lots of spunk. Not overly baggy. Works as well for petites as it did for regular clients. It was a little short for tall gals. The black is nicer than the grey.
  • Halogen Merino Blend Long Cardigan: Best maxi cardigan at the sale. Very lightweight, refined and gauzy. Do not wear it over sleeves because it's too delicate. Perfect over a sleeveless top or dress (both flared and straight). It tapers at the hem in the very best way so that you don't feel overwhelmed by the length. Works well on petites. A pity that it only comes in black and grey.
  • Ted Baker London 'Indiah' Print Front Crewneck Sweater: Pastel Floral Fabness. Dramatically dainty. A Summer knit to wear with white, blue denim or pink bottoms and white footwear. Size up a size.
  • Halogen Lace Detail Crewneck Sweater (Regular & Petite): A fun piece to wear with black, white or blue denim bottoms. Alluring and different. The lace is NOT scratchy. Work appropriate too.
  • Nordstrom Collection Chevron Cashmere Sweater: A swingy pullover that is slimming because of the self-colour chevron pattern. Size down. All the colours are nice. Beautiful quality.
  • Nic + Zoe 'Speared' Print Lightweight Sweater: A streamlined and different jewel-toned pullover that's fab with black jeans or ankle pants. Nice shape.
  • Trouvé Cold Shoulder Sweater: Cold Shoulder Fabness that runs long. Not good on apple shapes or petites. Great on curvier body types and long torsos. Comes in a few colours and a grey stripe.
  • Free People Crossover Sweater: A fun top to wear with high-waisted culottes, harem pants, or jeans. Best on a straighter figure.
  • Trouvé Side Slit Sweater: An easy pull-on-and-go pullover for skinnies. Best on a straighter bottom half. All the colours are nice.
  • Eileen Fisher Ribbed Merino Bateau Neck Boxy Sweater (Regular & Petite): If you like blues and greens, TRY this colour. It's unique and wonderful, and fabulous with the matching and longer Eileen Fisher jacket for a modern twinset effect. Avant-garde and arty. It's cropped and looks amazing with culottes, flared cropped jeans and bootcut trousers. It's also great with a pencil skirt. Comes in black too. Size down a size.
  • Theory 'Tolleree' Short Sleeve Cashmere Sweater: Simple Classic Chic. A luscious wardrobe essential that you can wear with just about anything. It feels luxurious. It's best on a slight frame with a smaller bust, long neck, narrow arms and narrow shoulders. Wear it tucked or untucked. The black is glorious with pearls. The green is lovely too. Beautiful quality.
  • Vince Boat Neck Horizontal Rib Cashmere Sweater: Simple Modern Chic. The neckline is sublime. It has worked on many body types and on both large and small bust sizes. It can be worn out, semi-tucked or fully tucked. The fabric is rich. The cream is begging to be paired with pearls. Boxy fit but drapes well. Beautiful quality.
  • Vince Jumbo Cashmere Hoodie: Sporty Luxe Fabness. Feels fabulous against the skin. You can layer a long sleeved T-shirt underneath. Size down.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Wool & Cashmere Sweater: A fab asymmetrical tunic for Team Tall. Does not work on pear shapes, and is best on a rectangular or inverted triangular frame. Can work on regular height gals too. Size down.
  • Nic + Zoe 'Careen' High/Low Cardigan: An architectural cardigan with lots of spunk. The way it poufs out and flares from the waist down is a unique feature and not bad fit. Good on a long waist. Weighty fabric and great drape. Might need to size down.
  • Nordstrom Collection Cashmere Waterfall Cardigan: A luxurious cardi that looks a lot better in person. It has a short back which adds structure to the voluminous front. Fabulous in motion. Works on many body types - from pear to inverted triangle. Size down. Beautiful quality.
  • Rebecca Taylor Rib Knit Peplum Cardigan: A fun piece to wear over a dress, with a skirt or over cropped pants. It's short, so not good on a long torso. Runs small.
  • Bobeau 'Yummy Fleece' Shawl Collar Cardigan: Cozy comfort with lots of shape and pockets. Fun piece, and waist-defining. Very, very casual.
  • Halogen Lace Detail Crewneck Sweater (Regular & Petite): Best affordable sweater at the sale. Drapey, alluring, affordable and comfortable. Dress it up or down with all sorts of black bottoms. Can be worn with a regular black bra. No need for strapless.
  • Chelsea28 Ruffle Hem Sweater: A very thin pullover that shan't keep you warm - think blouse weight - but it's super cute with the drapey front and back ruffle. Check out the back and side view. Nice shape. Gauzy and quite alluring. Might need to size down. All the colours are nice.
  • Karen Kane Lace Inset Sweater: An interesting pullover to wear as is or under a black jacket. Flirty and romantic. A slam dunk with slim black pants, or bootcuts that are slim in the leg. It works on a range of body types. Nice and long.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Feel free to ask further questions in the comments section about these or other NAS items, and I’ll do my best to help you out. And please share your own winning purchases in the comments section too.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series. 

  1. Coats, Jackets and Vests
  2. Footwear and Accessories
  3. Tops and Knitwear (this post)
  4. Dresses and Dress Toppers
  5. Skirts, Pants and Jeans

Also check out my introduction to the series, my tips on how to shop the sale, and the items I brought home from the sale.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Footwear & Accessories

Dressy shoes, designer shoes, and handbags were generally disappointing at this year’s NAS. When dressy shoes were ultra gorgeous, the heels were sky high. (I’m looking at you Aquatalia and Topshop). I’m also personally bored with seeing a sea of black footwear in the designer shoes department. That said, the more affordably priced casual footwear was great. Lots of fun, comfy and sporty bootie styles that can effectively refresh your style. Many offered across a range of colours.

Footwear

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Accessories

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Feel free to ask further questions in the comments section about these or other NAS items, and I’ll do my best to help you out. And please share your own winning purchases in the comments section too.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series. 

  1. Coats, Jackets and Vests
  2. Footwear and Accessories (this post)
  3. Tops and Knitwear
  4. Dresses and Dress Toppers
  5. Skirts, Pants and Jeans

Also check out my introduction to the series, my tips on how to shop the sale, and the items I brought home from the sale.