Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Footwear & Accessories

Footwear

Dressy shoes and designer shoes were generally disappointing at this year’s NAS, for the second year in a row. When dressy shoes were ultra gorgeous, the heels were sky high. The more affordably priced casual and smart casual footwear was great. Lots of comfy styles that can effectively refresh your style. Many offered across a range of colours and widths. 

  • Vince Camuto Prasata Bootie: A great bootie for very mild weather. Feels like a slipper. Soft and cushioning. Best with bare feet, knee-highs, or trouser socks. All the colours are fab.
  • Cole Haan Lyla Waterproof Bootie: A beautifully made bootie with a streamlined ankle. Crisp and extra polished in the black. It runs a little small so size up. The ankle fit is narrower. The ankle openings cut into my own shins, but clients were comfortable in the style.
  • Paul Green Logan Bootie: AMAZINGLY comfortable casual booties that mould to both a higher and lower volume foot. The grey is lighter and richer in person. I love the light sole and white stitching on the grey and camel. All the colours are nice.
  • Kork-Ease Mindo Chelsea Bootie: A very comfy bootie for wider feet with a regular height instep because you have to pull on the boot - no zipper. Might run half a size big.
  • Munro Alfie Bootie: One of the best booties at the sale if you can manage the heel height. The ankle ruching is an adorable detail, and streamlines the fit on the leg. Extremely comfy. Higher volume feet should order a wide size. I vote burgundy. Fab with dresses and skirts.
  • SOREL Danica Waterproof Bootie: Cute and comfy weatherproof booties for low-volume feet and narrow ankles only.
  • Munro Cerise Smoking Slipper Loafer: Tuxedo Slipper Fabness. Very comfortable, and available in wide sizes. Comes in solid black. Super cute and on trend.
  • Dansko Louella Oxford: AMAZING low-heeled oxfords. Very well made, excellent arch support and very comfortable. Works on both low and high-volume feet. Comes in black.
  • Aquatalia by Marvin K Genna Weatherproof Tall Boot: THE tall boot for narrow calves, but will only work on petites if you have relatively long legs. The pointy toe is an on-trend update on the classic riding boot style. SUBLIME comfort if your foot is not too wide. Made in Italy and impeccable quality. 100% weatherproof. Equestrian Chic.
  • Earthies 'Essen' Ghillie Flat: Cutest casual flats at the NAS. Unique. Extremely comfortable, with excellent arch support. Can work for low and higher volume feet. Size up for wide feet. All the colours are nice.
  • Ecco 'Soft 7' Sneaker: Glitzy Casual. Magically comfy sneakers for regular and higher volume feet. The pewter has fun olive laces. The black looks like a Chanel sneaker, and the blush is as pretty as can be.
  • AGL Cap Toe Flat: Deluxe Pretty Flat Fabness. The metallic leather is sublimely subtle and cool-toned. Fab comfort when you don't need a lot of arch support. Works well on bunions.
  • Louise Et Cie Fenn Lace-Up Oxford: Polished & Tailored Androgynous Fabness. Amazing textured leather, and very comfortable. Has worked well on both higher and lower volume feet. Sharp.
  • Dolce Vita Marra Double Zip Bootie: I found these uncomfortable because the leather isn't soft, but clients with hardier feet loved them in the cream and silver. Size up half a size for wider feet.
  • Rebecca Minkoff Annette Ankle Boot: The shootie comes in black, blush and camel, all of which are fab. Personally, I like the blush and camel best because they look softer than the black. Fits low to regular volume feet. Good for a higher instep. Get a scarf to complement the pink.
  • PIKOLINOS 'Maple' Wedge Bootie: Fab casual wedge bootie for higher volume feet. Well made. Comfy and stable.
  • SARTO By Franco Sarto Johanna Loafer: Dressy Loafer Fabness. Fun iridescent velvet loafers with tonal hardware. Comfortable. Runs half a size big. Comes in solid patent which is perfect for biz casual. Versatile.
  • Aquatalia Tisha Weatherproof Bootie: A beautifully made heeled casual bootie that's 100% weatherproof. Fits a lower volume foot and narrow ankle best. The taupe is less warm in person.
  • Børn Karava Bootie: The leather on these boots is sublimely soft. WOW. Very comfy and fits higher volume feet. Nice arch support. All the colours are fab.
  • Cole Haan Grandpro Tennis Shoe: Bright purple velvet sneakers that are EXTREMELY lightweight. Comfy.
  • Blondo Riyan Waterproof Sneaker: Good WATERPROOF sneaker for high-volume feet. Lots of room in the toe box. All the colours are fun.
  • Aquatalia by Marvin K Franca Weatherproof Bootie: Fabulous on the foot, weatherproof, and all the colours are nice. Very streamlined. Nice heel shape, and looks quite dressy. The fit is tricky. The foot portion is very comfortable if you have low and regular volume feet, but the ankle opening can cut into your shin. Some clients did not have that problem. It's a gamble.
  • Cole Haan Lacey Ankle Strap Wedge Pump: A comfy wedge if you can manage the heel height. Works on regular volume feet, but not good for high insteps or wider ankles. All the colours are nice. Pretty.
  • Adidas Superstar Slip-On Sneaker: Super cute sneakers for high-volume feet.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Accessories

Some of the scarves were AMAZING. Looked designer, but at a much more affordable price. Some fun items of jewellery and bags too. 

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. And be sure to browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear and workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Good hunting.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Coats & Jackets

Coats and jackets are good at the NAS and this year was no different. I was pleased to see an assortment of tailored and fluid coats because I am bored with the relentless oversized look. I would have liked to see a wider assortment of colours, but we can’t have everything. Neutrals are the order of the day, with a strong nod to olive. 

Coats

  • Pendleton Roslyn Waterproof Lambswool Blend Hooded Coat: Pendleton makes a quality product and this coat does not disappoint. Weatherproof, breathable and in a beautiful shade of navy. A fabulous classic that runs a size or two big. Casually Darling. Read the rave reviews.
  • French Connection Mixed Media Parka with Faux Fur Trim Hood: Fab casual parka in a tailored cut. Works on a range of body types. Read the rave reviews.
  • Burberry Milbridgen Wool Blend Military Coat: A STUNNING military coat in a lightweight wool that runs small. It's maximal so consider yourself warned: very shiny buttons, epaulettes, welted pockets, cuffs, back pleat detailing, large collar AND a cutline on the waist. It's a little glitzy so beware if that's not your thing. Impeccable quality.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Boiled Wool Blend Coat: A wool coat that can be zipped up for structure or left unzipped for an avant-garde vibe. Sublime shade of teal. Has worked best on body types that can fill it out in the shoulders and/or bust. Runs big. All colours are fab. As amazing in plus sizes.
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren Hooded Quilted Coat: Casual Equestrian Fabness. A beautifully made quilted coat with waist definition and removable hood. Gorgeous cognac piping. Rich and classic. Runs a size big. Chic.
  • Pendleton Paul Bunyan Plaid Wool Blend Barn Coat: Blue Bumblebee Fabness. CHARMING, happy, and one of the best coats at the sale. Very unique, and a work of art. The leather trim around the collar and pockets is gorgeous. Fun red piping on the inside. Sufficiently oversized to fit chunky knitwear underneath. Very bold statement. Seams run off the shoulder making a very trendy statement. Impeccable quality.
  • Kristen Blake Funnel Neck Wool Blend Coat: Funnel Coat Fabness. A modern classic with a playful touch. Works as well for shorter necks when you fold down the collar. A lighter weight wool coat. Read the rave reviews.
  • T Tahari Tahari 'Tessa' Boiled Wool Blend Coat: A stunningly cozy 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.
  • Sam Edelman Faux Fur Collar A-Line Anorak: Fabulous cocoon anorak in a sour shade of olive. Voluminous yet structured in all the right places. It's lightly quilted so will work for Fall or a mild Winter. Roomy in the sleeves so great over chunky knitwear. Cosy and trendy. AMAZING dramatic funnel neck and faux fur trim. Will not work on a short neck unless you fold down the collar.
  • Kenneth Cole New York Double Face Coat: At last. An exciting colour at the sale. A BRIGHT cinnamon topper is unique, and this one functions like an indoor jacket. Looks great fastened in front. Fab on petites in a petite size.
  • Eileen Fisher Leather Detail Wool Sweater Coat: Elegant Hard Edge. A slimming and heavy weight sweater coat. Camouflages muffin top. Looks best when the snaps are fastened. Works surprisingly well on a large bust and shorter neck. Runs at least a size big. Impeccable quality. Sharp.
  • The North Face ThermoBall PrimaLoft Hooded Parka: Best long gear topper at the sale. Sleek, lightweight, packable, and weather-resistant. The waist can be narrowed with a drawstring for structure. Great length on us all.
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren Crepe Drape Front Trench Coat: A fab coat for a pear-shaped body type. Well made and good drape. Works well on a larger bust. Reasonably warm, but not as warm as a puffer coat.
  • Gallery Water Repellent Hooded Anorak: A quick and easy casual throw-on-and go weatherproof topper with a little waist definition. Great in the olive. Read the rave reviews.
  • Pendleton Cheyenne Plaid Wool Blend Coat with Faux Shearling Collar: Lumber Jack Chic. I haven't seen this coat in person but Pendleton's quality is fab, and they usually run a size or two big. Fun look and yummy in the red.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

Jackets

  • Classiques Entier Stretch Wool Blend Suit Jacket: An on-trend long blazer that worked on most body types. Might run a size small. Worked well on petites with long arms. Sharp.
  • Boss Jenesa Suit Jacket: If you're full in the bust and need a gorgeous suit jacket - try this style. It's streamlining, soft, sharp and rich in colour. It comes with a skirt and dress. Impeccable quality.
  • T Tahari Skylar Leather Moto Jacket: A dressier moto that looks best on those who can fill it out. The fit is GORGEOUS on a larger bust because it's magically streamlining - (thank you Tahari). Runs large. AMAZING in plus sizes too. Impeccable quality. Rich and smart casual. Chic.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Edith Jacket: A sharp, professional and chic career wear jacket. Impeccable quality. The tipped detailing is immaculate. Works well over a full bust. Both colours are fab.
  • Caslon Twill Peplum Jacket: A VERY lightweight topper that has worked on just about every client. Comes in three colours and runs a size or two big.
  • Veronica Beard Benson Moto Jacket: A beautifully fluid moto with a good amount of tailoring. I love the luxe BLUE striped fabric, and graphic tipping. Incredible drape. Gorgeous back seaming. The intricate design detailing is impressive. Slanted pockets are flattering thereby drawing the eye to the waist without defining it. Impeccable quality. Has worked on a range of body types. Sharp.
  • LaMarque Asymmetrical Zip Leather Biker Jacket: A classic, structured moto with very clean lines. Works well on both an hourglass and an apple-shaped body type. Good on a long torso.
  • Bernardo Quilted Velvet Bomber Jacket: Crushed Velvet Bomber Fabness. Extremely cosy. On trend, robust and crease-resistant. Get the petite if you're short. Works on an assortment of body types. It's bulky so consider yourself warned. As nice in grey.
  • Ted Baker London Lizia Leather Biker Jacket: Gorgeous fit and floral lining with unique rose gold hardware. Fitted with amazing fluidity. Statement collar. Impeccable quality. Versatile.
  • Lafayette 148 New York Austin Perforated Lambskin Leather Jacket: Immaculate leather jacket to wear with jeans or trousers. Works best on an hourglass. Fitted and beautifully structured without feeling stiff. Chic.
  • Karen Kane Faux Leather Patch Jacket: A well-made topper that drapes likes a dream. Substantial and just structured enough. Comes in black. Comfy.
  • KUT from the Kloth Tayanita Faux Suede Jacket: A machine washable suede jacket to wear over sleeveless tops and dresses. Super soft, drapey, and more interesting than a basic cardigan. Comes in handy and looks fab. Runs a size big. Both colours are fab.
  • Kate Spade New York textured tweed jacket: An AMAZING jacket to wear over sleeveless sheath dresses to the office or to a dressier event. It's unlined, lightweight, well made, and has gorgeous hardware. The textured fabric and buttons liven up the black.
  • Classiques Entier Wool Blend Moto Jacket: I loved how fresh the silhouette was on my clients. It fits like a dressy cocooned moto, and is in a unique shade of pastel petrol. Excellent with black and white. It worked well on apple-shaped petite clients, tall willowy rectangles, and curvy hourglasses who are fine surrendering their waist.
  • Sejour Quilted Faux Leather Bomber Jacket: SUPER cute streamlined bomber jacket. Works with just about everything, and fits a range of body types. Comes in black.
  • Classiques Entier Bell Sleeve Wool Blend Jacket: A beautifully made bell sleeve blazer that's for Team Earth Tones. It's longer than it looks, and works best on an hourglass body type. Layering a sleek long-sleeved top underneath works like a charm. Brighter in person.
  • Levi's Crop Military Jacket: A military jacket that is best suited to a smaller bust, and looks good worn open. The olive is brighter in person. Cropped, and fab over dresses and skirts. Interchangeable with a denim jacket. Good on petites.
  • BLANKNYC Metallic Faux Leather Moto Jacket: Gold Moto Fabness in faux leather. Runs small and works well on petites or a slight frame. Comes in dark olive.
  • Rebecca Taylor Tweed Peplum Jacket: GORGEOUS dressy peplum jacket that looks as good with jeans as it does with business casual bottoms. Works well on curvy and straighter body types. Dramatic side and back silhouette. Luxe textured fabric adds life to the grey. Impeccable quality.
  • Ted Baker London Butterfly Kaleidoscope Silk Cape Scarf: Prettiest wrapped cape at the sale. Looks a little like a kimono. VERY lightweight. Good over sleeveless dresses.
  • BLANKNYC Embroidered Faux Leather Moto Jacket: Super cute faux leather moto with gorgeous embroidery and tonal studs. Runs a size to two small. Very fitted.
  • Trouvé Leopard Print Blazer: I couldn't believe this was not a designer item. AMAZING architectural silhouette from all angles. The inset peplum is a work of art. Beautifully made. Tailored in a cleverly fluid way. WOW.
  • Sejour Leather Collarless Jacket: A leather jacket that's well suited to a very curvy body type and larger bust. Streamlined and clean. Collar works on a shorter neck. Super soft and well cut. Flattering. Chic.
  • Opening Ceremony Reversible Silk Bomber Jacket: Fully reversible, a unique combination of colours and well made. Trendy Sporty Luxe, but to some extent, very classic. The reverse side is forest green. Fluid fit, and might run a size big.
  • Trouvé Raw Edge Leather Jacket: A SUPER soft, drapey and lightweight leather jacket that works on most body types. Moulds to the body to create structure. Comes in black.
  • Michael Hooded Down & Neoprene Jacket: Best sporty hoody at the NAS. AMAZING fabric and fit. Very streamlined and with fab gold hardware. The longer back rounded hem is divine. Runs big. The XS will not fit a size 0.
  • Eileen Fisher Merino Wool Blend Jacket: Great colour. Forgiving on the midsection. Boxy and works well when you can fill it out. Moulds to the body. Comfortable. Might run a size big.
  • J.Crew J.Crew Regent Houndstooth Plaid Blazer: Dressy Equestrian Fabness. Runs a size big. Gorgeous earthy colours. Slimming and structured. Works best on a straighter body and smaller bust.
  • Eileen Fisher Wool Jacket: A comfy unlined topper with soft architectural lines. Boxy, and works well when you can fill it out in the shoulders, bust and midsection. Lovely in the oatmeal.
  • Sejour Crushed Velvet Hoodie Jacket: Sporty Luxe Fabness. Fabulous colour, texture and drape. Very comfortable.
  • Halogen Asymmetrical Zip Tweed Jacket: A fab fit for a short-waisted, curvy hourglass or pear-shaped body type with a shorter neck. Looks as good zipped up. Lightweight, and can be layered under a coat. Nice shade of navy.
  • Helene Berman Ribbon Yarn Collarless Jacket: Gorgeous business casual jacket to wear with black or navy trousers or skirts. Fab with jeans too. Looks as good over dresses. Fitted and sharp. Might run a size small. Works on a range of body types.

See the items alongside my descriptions on the collection page.

NAS Top Picks by Category

This is part of a five post series:

Also check out my introduction to the series, and the items I brought home from the sale. And be sure to browse wardrobe basics like underwear, socks, loungewear, sleepwear and workout wear if you like to use the sale to replenish those types of items at this time of year. Good hunting.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has officially begun. After a week of early access to cardholders, it’s now open to all. Brand new merchandise for Fall and Winter 2017 will be discounted for two weeks only. Prices go back up on August 7. 

I spent a couple of weeks preparing and preselecting the sale with clients and it was FABULOUS. We refreshed our wardrobes, had a ball, and got a great start on the new cold weather dressing season. Items ran out of stock faster than usual this year, and I’m not sure why. Reduced inventory levels, an increase in the number of cardholders, a more desirable assortment of merchandise — your guess is as good as mine.

Generally, I was impressed with the level of quality. Neutrals and blouses reigned supreme, knitwear was in short supply, and there was much less leather. Topshop’s offerings and the dress department were disappointing, but coats and jackets were particularly good. 

Along the way I noted the top items I saw, and have put together five lists that might be helpful if you’re navigating the sale:

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

A few things to consider as you browse the lists:

  • I’ve collected one colour in each item, but be sure to browse through ALL the colour options.
  • Check whether the items are available in petite and plus because in most cases I’ve 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 checking back on the items that tickle your fancy. 
  • At the end of each list there’s 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. We’ve also been discussing NAS items on the forum, which is particularly helpful because you can see the items across a range of body types. And please share your own winning purchases in the comments sections.

Roundups

Tops & Bottoms

Fun Summer items for a range of body types.

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Summer Items

A selection of warm-weather items that covers a range of body types.

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Summer White Tops

An assortment of white tops across a range of price points and silhouettes.

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Violeta & Jackets

Larger sizes and some fun toppers make this week’s roundup.

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Assorted Items

Fun stuff to add to your wardrobe for Spring and Summer.

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Casual Dresses

An assortment of easy casual dresses for Summer, some of which can be dressed up.

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Ensemble: Utility Pretty

This ensemble was inspired by a wild card birthday present from Greg: a pair of Vince Zip Ankle Utility Pants in dark olive. He chose them because I have nothing like that in my closet, and he fancies the idea of me sporting the look. Why not! I instantly loved them because they’re very tailored, have fun zippers on the ankles, and the olive is more brown than green. The length is perfect, hitting me an inch above the ankle bone. 

I don’t want to create a masculine vibe with these utility pants. No basic button-down shirts, T-shirts, oxfords, or sneakers. Instead I want to wear them with flouncy shirts and blouses, pointy toe flats, dainty sandals, classic loafers, statement bags and pearls. Here are the exact tops, shoes, bags and pearls from my wardrobe that I’ll be wearing with the new utility pants. You can see me sport the look in the forum.

Choose any colour palette to create your own version. Here are the components of the outfit formula, and some visuals to get you started. 

Utility Pants: Choose a pair of neutrally-toned utility or cargo pants. I’ve used shades of olive, brown and khaki because that’s most authentic, but feel free to wear any colour. Chinos will work if you don’t have utility pants. 

Pretty Top: You’re after a casual or dressier girly blouse in a solid or pattern to amp up the pretty. No T-shirts, shirts, or tops that look Tomboy. Wear it out, or semi-tucked with a belt. Add a lace camisole if that tickles your fancy. I will. 

Feminine Footwear: Choose shoes that are refined, flat or low-heeled. No boyish oxfords, sneakers or chunky shoes this time round. Think pretty pointed flats, ankle strap flats, d’Orsay flats, mules, wrapped sandals, wedged espadrilles, delicate gladiators, or classic loafers. Choose a colour that works with the outfit. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that works with the outfit. Don’t go too casual in the bag if you want to amp up the polish. Add jewellery, eyewear, headgear and watch as desired.

Ensemble: Utility Pretty

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Strategy

For me, the NAS is perfectly timed. I like to shop early in the retail season so that I can forget about shopping for a while and simply wear the heck out of my clothes. This means that I’m usually done with Spring and Summer shopping by about the middle of May, and ready to think about my Autumn and Winter style in the first week of July.

I practice what I call organized emotional shopping. I’m a very emotional shopper who listens to her heart and feelings. But I temper my emotions so that my purchases are sufficiently practical and sensible choices. It works for me.

The Emotion

I like to evolve my style every season to keep things fresh. Otherwise I get bored with my style. So unless I’m replenishing wardrobe essentials, I’m looking for something different when I go into the NAS.

But I don’t go into the NAS knowing exactly how I want to evolve my style. I enjoy this uncertainty, and I trust that my emotions will help me solve the puzzle as I select, try on, and assess items in the NAS dressing room. Apart from shopping with hubby Greg for my birthday, the NAS is my most enjoyable shopping experience of the year because the element of surprise is an adrenaline rush and it is so very satisfying to step outside my comfort zone and find a winning item.

The Organization 

edit and review my closet monthly, so I know what I own, how it fits, and how I currently feel about it. This prevents me from duplicating items when I shop, and gives me an accurate mental picture of the types of outfits I was wearing last Autumn and Winter. It provides the frame of reference for the items that I bring into the NAS dressing room.

I also keep a running list in my head of wardrobe holes, items that need replenishing, the factors that affect my style, my budget, and my 2017 style goals. This is the “organization” that tempers my emotions when I shop.

The Process

With all this in mind I began focussed NAS browsing at the Flagship Nordstrom in downtown Seattle. You can see what I brought into the dressing room in this forum thread. Footwear, knitwear, jeans, trousers, shirts, scarves, jackets, a dress, and a coat. 

A few more points:

  • I tend to shop higher price points at the NAS, which eats into my budget faster than lower price points. I therefore come home with fewer items. 
  • I don’t shop for wardrobe basics like undies, hosiery, socks, loungewear, yoga wear and sleepwear at this sale. 
  • I prioritized footwear this year, because I need to replace a number of shoes. 
  • I’m always on the lookout for interesting, warm knitwear, toppers and boots because that’s what I live in from October to April. 

I started browsing the sale in the footwear department because shoes were the priority. I was instantly drawn to Aquatalia’s Genna Weatherproof Tall Boots because they had pointy toes. Favouring booties, I haven’t worn tall black riding boots tucked into jeans in years, but was once again feeling the vibe. The boots fit and felt like a dream, and that was that. It was right then and there that I knew how I wanted to evolve my style: Casual Equestrian. If you’ve been on YLF for a while, you’ll know that my love for horses runs very deep. 

Casual Equestrian led me to Sam Edelman’s Faux Fur Collar A-Line Anorak and a pair of Rag & Bone Dre Slim Fit Boyfriend Jeans in dark olive. I was drawn to the clean dark olive as a break from the faded denim distressing that continues to flood the retail market. And I knew Greg would like them! The newness for my style here is manifold. Casual Equestrian instead of Dressy Equestrian. Multiple shades of olive. An anorak. Knee-high boots. And full-length jeans that are relaxed when tucked into tall boots. 

The full-length jeans feel fresh amidst my cropped jeans and pants. With the longer length on the jeans, I could entertain booties with a shorter shaft. As a Paul Green fan, I headed straight to what the brand had to offer. The Paul Green Logan Bootie in grey suede worked well with the olive jeans, felt heavenly on my feet, and looked a little equestrian. Grey is my least favourite neutral, but the grey is lighter and more textured in person, and works well with my pearl grey Furla satchel.

I went back to the dressing room having fully committed to the two pairs of boots. After that, a chunk of my budget was gone, so I had to be careful about what I chose next. 

As lovely as the blouses and shirts were, I don’t wear them from October onwards, especially since I just got new blouses for my birthday last week. Off they went onto the “no thank you” pile in the dressing room. The J.Crew tweed blazer was fabulous, but I have two Smythe riding jackets. No thank you. The scarves weren’t the right colours, and the trousers were not a good fit. 

At that stage, I felt I needed to inject some Pretty into the mix. I loved Rebecca Taylor’s Merino Wool Blend Pullover with embroidery, but the fluff of the wool irritated my nose, so no go. Then I fitted on Classiques Entier’s Bell Sleeve Silk & Cashmere Sweater, and it was a slam dunk. Fitted, very pretty, comfortable, and perfect with my pearls. The sleeves do not overwhelm my slight frame. It looked fab with the olive jeans, riding boots and anorak. 

And last, I needed a pair of essential jeans because one of my workhorse pairs that I like to travel in bit the dust (holes on the crotch point are not a good look). I was smitten with the Frame’s Le Nouveau Split Hem Jeans, which were a perfect fit. But they are Summer jeans for me because I don’t want to wear them with socks. So back they went. More sensible were the Citizen’s of Humanity Emerson Boyfriend Jeans, which are ideal to wear on ten hour flights to see my Dad in the Netherlands.  

And last, I loved Fuzzi’s Print Tulle Sheath Dress. It fit and draped like a dream, was an elegant length, and the textured embroideries are sublime. So, so, so pretty. It would be a great holiday dress, and I could wear it with low heels. Alas, my budget was gone. For a while, I debated getting the two pairs of boots and dress to stay within my budget. But I’ll absolutely get more use out of the jeans, anorak and pullover, so the dress joined the “no thank you” pile. It doesn’t help that almost every client I shopped with at the NAS asked if I’d bought the frock because they perceive it as “an Angie dress”. Fun to hear, but I must be practical about my purchases and I can’t have everything.

Built through trial and error, my NAS shopping strategy works well for me. These are the NAS items that made the final cut and followed me home. I did very well, and am thrilled with my start to Fall and Winter 2017: