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.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Coats, Jackets & Vests

Coats, jackets and vests are always good at the NAS and this year was no different. The only colour spectrum missing was a pastel palette, but we can’t have everything. I was pleased to see an assortment of tailored and fluid coats because I am bored with the oh so trendy oversized look. It was fun for a while, but I am back on Team Structured and am enjoying defining my waist for at least some of the time. 

Coats

  • T Tahari 'Ella' Belted Wool Blend Wrap Coat (Regular & Petite): Lightweight and good for a mild Winter. Gorgeous colour. Great on a curvy figure. Belt loops might be in the wrong place, so take the belt out of the loops unless you are tall, and tie it on the SMALLEST part of the waist. Runs big.
  • Cole Haan Signature Water-Resistant Packable Hooded Anorak (Plus Size): Good fit and easy to layer over chunky layers. Lots of room for a larger bust. Great back waist-defining detail for added structure. Sleeves are easy to shorten. Fabulous colours.
  • Kristen Blake Water Repellent Hooded Soft Shell Jacket (Regular & Petite): A very well made rain coat with lots of room in the hip and sleeve area. Great on very curvy hourglasses and pear shaped body types. Substantial hardware and robust fabric. Great on petites in the petite size. Might run a size big.
  • Michael Hooded Trench Coat (Regular & Petite): An excellent trench coat for petites in particular. Classic styling in fun colours. Removable hood and liner. Excellent side-entry pocket positioning. Works as well for apple shapes as it does for pretty pears. Genius cut.
  • Vince Drape Neck Wool Blend Coat: Avant-Garde Fabness. Unstructured, yet beautifully drapey and asymmetrical. Well made and lightweight. Very luxurious. You have to love black to love this coat because it's a LOT of coat. Sleeves are hard to shorten, but not impossible. Size down.
  • Halogen Halogen Hooded Parka with Faux Fur Trim (Regular & Petite): Best casual parka at the NAS. Amazing length and shape because it nips in at the waist. Love the asymmetrical hem. The faux fur trim makes the coat prettier and more interesting so don't remove it! Fabulous length for tall girls. Nice in black too.
  • The North Face 'ThermoBall' PrimaLoft Hooded Parka: Best gear topper at the sale. Sleek, lightweight, packable, weather-resistant, and available in fun colours. The waist can be narrowed with a drawstring for structure.
  • Michael Asymmetrical Zip Front Hooded Trench Coat (Regular & Petite): An excellent trench coat for petite apple shaped body types. Forgiving yet structured in all the right places. The V-neck zipper is elongating and flattering. Fabulous pocket positioning.
  • T Tahari Diamond Quilt Jacket: An excellent silhouette for an hourglass or pear shaped body type with a larger bust. Not good on an apple shape. Fab quality, refined quilting, and gorgeous shade of midnight blue. A unique silhouette. Runs big.
  • Pendleton Hooded Rain Coat: An impeccable Preppy casual classic. Might look a little too masculine so consider yourself warned. Runs large and is available in three colours.
  • T Tahari 'Tessa' Boiled Wool Blend Coat: A stunning streamlined and crisp modern classic coat. Gorgeous colour, and brilliant on a larger bust. It runs two sizes big so SIZE DOWN. There is lots of room in the sleeves if that's generally a concern. If you wear a regular size 0, the XS will be too big.
  • The North Face 'Miss Metro' Hooded Parka: Futuristic Ice Rose Puffer Fabness. Comfy, warm and different. Fits well as far as chunky puffer coats go.
  • Laundry By Shelli Segal Double Face Drape Collar Coat (Regular & Petite): A good coat for a pear or hourglass body type. Best on a very curvy body type. Lightweight and fire engine red. Collar works well on a large bust.
  • Trina Turk 'Bonnie' Shawl Collar Skirted Coat (Regular & Petite): Modern Retro Fabness. A heavy coat that works best on a defined waist. It has a voluminous back bustle so consider yourself warned. Great on very curvy figures.
  • Bernardo Textured Long Coat (Regular & Petite): I was surprised at how well this long coat worked on broad-shouldered petites! It's the collar that is very elongating and flattering. Of course the length is a slam dunk on tall gals. Lightweight with great side entry pockets. Streamlined and trendy. Delicious shade of dark orange. Works well on both straighter and curvier body shapes.
  • Pendleton 'Hillsdale' Buffalo Plaid Wool Blend Coat: An impeccable casual coat in a brilliant shade of blue. It's electric and brighter in person. I found the wool scratchy, but it did not bother my clients. Runs very big.
  • Trina Turk Wool Blend Military Coat (Regular & Petite): The best coat at the sale. Impeccable, interesting, and a modern classic that will stand the test of time. Very flattering. Plenty of room on the hips. Tailored and sharp. Great on a curvy and straighter figure, but not good on a very large bust. You can't wear it over oversized chunky knits so consider yourself warned.
  • French Connection Wool Blend Peacoat: A fabulous military classic in either ink blue or black. Gives Burberry a run for its money at a fraction of the price. Well made. Does NOT run small as the site suggests. Size down. Looks as good worn open as it does buttoned-up. Sleeves are very long, and hard to shorten but not impossible. Make sure you like the position of the side entry pockets too.
  • Betsey Johnson Coat with Faux Fur Trim: Hooded Cape Fabness. The shaped torso is unique. Dramatic, and might run a size big.
  • Halifax Bonded Knit Zip Front Jacket: Athletic, practical and very casual. It has a nice shape that cinches in at the waist. Well made and runs big. Get the blue over the grey.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Jackets

  • Sejour Leather Peplum Jacket (Plus Size): A simple and chic leather jacket. The fit is WOW. It works as well on a defined waist as it does on an apple or rectangular shaped body type. Very streamlining, comfortable and versatile. A great topper to wear with skirts and dresses, as well as trousers and jeans.
  • Lafayette 148 New York 'Marty' Funnel Neck Jacket: Unique, electric and a genius cut. It has worked on various body types. It defines the waist when you are apple shaped, and accentuates the waist when you're an hourglass. Crisp and happy. Fabulous quality. Great with black and white outfits. Unlined and runs a size big.
  • Classiques Entier Asymmetrical Zip Fitted Leather Jacket (Regular & Petite): A great leather jacket for a curvy figure with a shorter neck. Polished and crisp. Less brown and more purple in person.
  • Eileen Fisher Round Neck Wool Jacket (Regular & Petite): Avant-Garde Fabness. Size down one or two sizes and fasten the front clasp when you are curvy. Excellent with the matching pullover for a modern twinset effect. The sage green is unique and lovely.
  • 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.
  • Vince Suede Scuba Jacket: Exquisite quality and luxurious fabrication. Quite delicate. Creates a beautiful silhouette on the body, and has a modern '70s vibe. Runs a size small, and the sleeves are narrow.
  • Topshop 'Julie' Suede Moto Jacket: A boxy navy suede moto that is best suited to a short-waisted straight figure. Modern Fabness. Suede is looking very fresh these days.
  • Helene Berman Helen Berman Tweed Zip Front Jacket: A classic tweed jacket for both a curvy or straighter figure. Beautifully made and more pink in person. Polished, sharp and tailored. Might run a size small.
  • Barbour 'Millfire' Hooded Quilted Jacket: A fun casual quilted jacket with room on the upper torso. Well made, equestrian and Preppy. It might look a tad masculine, so consider yourself warned. Runs small so size up.
  • Treasure&Bond Zip Front Denim Poncho: Trendy Denim Poncho Fabness. Not so fab on petites unless you have broad shoulders and big hair.
  • BCBGeneration Faux Shearling Drape Front Jacket: Best faux fur topper at the sale. The fit and drape are INCREDIBLE. I can't believe how well the front lapels drape and stay put. Very streamlined. It wowed me. Works well on a large bust and in all sizes. My size 2, 6, 8, and 14 clients put this on and took my breath away. Fun pockets and lovely asymmetrical hem. Tailored and non-scratchy. Sleeves are easy to shorten.
  • MAX MARA 'Avoriaz' Stretch Jersey Jacket: A great long blazer for Team Tall. Comfortable because of soft and stretchy fabric. Very streamlined and beautifully made. It has a high longevity factor, and looks terrific with the matching cropped pants.
  • Topshop Camo MA1 Bomber Jacket: The jacket is a LOT better in person. A very dramatic item for Team Ultra Trendy. Do not try this item unless you are prepared to stand out. The sleeves are darted on the elbow and beautifully architectural so don't scrunch the sleeves. The front yokes and back seam are ruched for effect. Runs a size small.
  • James Perse Double Breasted Blazer: Best knitted jacket at the sale. Casually chic, and very comfortable. Works well on petites and short-waisted body types. Sleeves are easy to shorten. It also worked unexpectedly well on tall girls. Also available in olive.
  • Classiques Entier One-Button Jacquard Jacket: A streamlined and polished career wear jacket that suits a range of body types, although best on a shorter neck. Sharp. Might need to size down.
  • Boss 'Julara' Stretch Wool Blend Suit Jacket: The best lightweight wool blue blazer at the NAS. The colour and fabric are SUBLIME. Very luxurious. It looks particularly good with the matching skirt and dress, or as an item worn with a black support act. It fits broad-shouldered body types particularly well, and also works on a larger bust.
  • Halogen Raw Edge Pieced Leather Jacket (Regular & Petite): An excellent fit on apple shaped petites.
  • Sun & Shadow Suede Crop Moto Jacket: This jacket was in the Juniors section and it WOWED me. An excellent fit on apple shaped petites. Gorgeous fabric, wonderful colour, and quite well made. Size down if you have a straighter figure and narrow shoulders.
  • Halogen Cascade Front Jacket (Regular & Petite): Comfortable, easy, and machine washable on the delicates cycle. Very forgiving of "lumps and bumps". Well worth the rave reviews.
  • Vince Camuto Jacquard Knit One-Button Blazer (Regular & Petite): You could sleep in this jacket it's THAT comfortable. It fits well but runs big. Polished enough to wear to the office too. The pattern can look a little blah, so make sure you dress it up with colour, texture or shine.
  • Sam Edelman Pintucked Leather Jacket: The colour is GORGEOUS. The leather is heavy so it's not an indoor jacket. Streamlined and well made. Fits a curvy and straighter figure.
  • Adidas Originals 'Pavao Firebird' Logo Track Jacket: Sporty '70s Fabness. Modern Retro for the win! The best athletic topper at the sale. The peacock pattern and trim detailing ALL over the jacket are amazing. Runs small, and will not work for petites unless you have long arms. It has a matching undershirt so that you can create a fun twinset effect.
  • Caslon Cotton Knit Open Front Blazer (Regular & Petite): VERY comfortable, and works on most body types. Sleeves are very long but easily altered. Size down. All the colours are nice.
  • 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.

Vests

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 (this post)
  2. Footwear and Accessories
  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.

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Every Casual Wardrobe Needs Some Dressy

On Monday I encouraged you to wear your wonderful wardrobe items, and not save them for good. Life is too short to not wear the things that make you happy. Many of you were on board with this and accepted the challenge. 

I also have clients and friends who are on the opposite side of this dilemma. They lead extremely casual lives, either working from home or being stay-at-home Mums. As a result, they have a wardrobe of fabulous uber-casual items that is void of dressier and smart casual pieces. When a dressier occasion does come along, they have a glaring wardrobe hole.

As a result they scramble to put an outfit together when they need to attend a dressier dinner, fundraiser, girls night out, art exhibition, family event, date night, business meeting, birthday party or the like. I’m not talking about having an assortment of formal dresses and corporate attire on hand just in case you’re invited to a gala, fancy wedding or board meeting. Not at all. I’m taking about less formal items that are dressier than distressed jeans, T-shirts, slubby knitted tops, shorts, sports gear and casual footwear.  

It’s great that you’re shopping for your casual lifestyle and not an imaginary dressy life. But don’t forget to address the less frequent dressier parts of your life that mean stepping things up from your day-to-day stay-at-home look. Add some dressier tops, jeans, tunics and knitwear to your wardrobe. Throw in some skirts, dresses, jackets and dressier pants, and don’t forget to step up the shoes. Prevent the scramble by having a small smart casual capsule of dressier items on hand.

My clients generally love this idea because it’s a practical extension of their fully functioning wardrobes. And although the items are dressier, there is a lot of scope to dress them down for casual settings. It’s a win all round.

Seasonally Confused Outfits

For several seasons now, runway models are wearing and retail catalogues are showing what I call seasonally confused outfits for Fall and Winter. These outfits combine cold weather clothing with hot weather footwear. Think woolly trousers, cashmere knitwear and heavy coats worn with breezy sandals. Or puffer coats, scarves and beanies worn with jeans and open toe footwear. 

The outfit below — a Fall coat and woolly culottes worn with sandals — illustrates the point quite well, although it’s not that extreme. 

Example

This trend makes little sense to me visually or practically. Wearing warm, insulated clothing with bare feet looks unbalanced and off to my eye. As if the wearer is going to topple over. And if it’s cold enough to wear Fall and Winter layers, your feet are going to freeze in sandals. 

That said, I have a double standard with regards to other types of seasonally confused outfits. For example, a Summery dress or pair of shorts and top worn with booties or mid-calf boots looks perfectly fab and balanced to my eye. Somehow, wearing cold weather footwear with warm weather clothing is ok. And you can absolutely feel comfortable in closed-toe footwear in the Summertime. I know, because that’s my own preference. 

Perhaps it’s because I run very cold that I’m overly sensitive to warm layers worn with naked feet. Over to you. How do you feel about the seasonally confused outfit?