So, i’m just coming out of my post-wedding fog (real life is far less fun, by the way), during which Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year—the Anniversary Sale—has been going on. Every July, Nordstrom releases brand new fall merchandise at sale prices, before increasing everything to full price a few weeks later. It’s the best opportunity to stock up on fall essentials at killer prices. (Especially considering Nordstrom’s amazing return policy—not 100% sure about the purchase? Buy it now while it’s on sale, and return later if you change your mind!)
Though our wedding took up the majority of my time, energy, and brain for the past month while the sale has been going on, those of you who know me know it would take a lot for me to miss any big Nordstrom event, especially this one. True story: 6 years ago, I braved the sale in a wheelchair on all sorts of pain killers weeks after a car accident I was in (more on that someday). And this year, I squeezed in a pre-shopping appointment on the first day of early access (for Nordstrom cardholders) two days before my wedding. With a few days left of this amazing sale (prices go up on August 3), I figured I’d share some of my finds.
1. Chelsea28 Pleated Hem Sweater • $58.90 (After Sale: $88)
My favorite purchase from last year’s sale was a similar lightweight sweater with a blouse hem, and I can already tell I’m going to love this variation just as much. The pleats are the perfect accent on an otherwise simple top that will be perfect with a pair of dark jeans and boots.
2. Topshop Utility Drawstring Dress • $48.90 (After Sale: $75)
I’ve had a sudden, recent craving for shirtdresses lately. I think they’re going to be my thing this fall (you know, for all the times I have to get dressed for work…).
3. BaubleBar ‘Adornment – Play By Ear’ Earring Set • $51.90 (After Sale: $78)
4. Satya Jewelry Reversible Constellation Pendant Necklace • $49.90 (After Sale: $78)
I actually got this one as a bridesmaid gift for my sister after she spotted it during our pre-shop appointment (I must say, I did a good job of being sneaky in buying it while with her), and if I wasn’t trying to curb my jewelry spending (my necklace collection is a tad absurd), I would’ve bought one for myself as well. How cool is it?
5. Trouvé Drape Collar Leather Jacket • $219.90 (After Sale: $328)
I have a fairly extensive bomber collection—they’re perfect for Chicago fall and spring!—but somehow I was missing a good, versatile leather jacket. (In fact, the last black leather jacket I bought was when I lived in London in 2008, and let’s just say I didn’t have the greatest sense of style back then…) This one is buttery soft and not too bulky, like some of the options out there.
6. Hudson ‘Lydia’ Ankle Skinny Jeans • $129.90 (After Sale: $198)
A good pair of black jeans is a necessary wardrobe staple.
7. AG ‘The Nikki’ Relaxed Skinny Jeans • $149.90 (After Sale: $225)
I was actually quite hesitant to buy these—I love the boyfriend jean look on other people, but I’m not totally convinced I can pull it off. So, we’ll see…
8. Lush Crewneck Swing Dress • $29.90 (After Sale: $46)
This was a super spontaneous purchase after it caught my eye near the end of our appointment, but when I tried it on at home I loved it and ended up wearing it for my wedding rehearsal the next night (I added a belt to give it more shape). The floral version I bought is currently sold out, but this paisley print is an amazing alternative. That said, people are always returning things, so it doesn’t hurt to keep an eye on unavailable items you love in case they return (and Nordstrom will probably restock—it just may be after the sale).
9. Zella ‘Live In – Bold Blocked’ Leggings • $44.90 (After Sale: $68)
I’ve been wanting patterned leggings to wear to the gym for a while, so I’m really excited about these. I think they’ll probably give me more speed and power when I work out, right? Related note: I swear by Zella (Nordstrom’s own activewear line) leggings for everyday wear in the fall and winter—I have them in at least three different solid neutral colors. They’re so much more substantial than a lot of the other leggings out there, hold up really well, and are perfect with long sweaters and tops.
10. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Ribbed Blanket • $117.90-$146.90 (After Sale: $176-220)
Before you balk at spending $100+ on a blanket, hear me out: This is the softest, coziest, most heavenly blanket there is. I already have a king size one on my couch (not too big; exactly perfect for cocooning yourself in the winter), but I ordered a couple in the sale because it’s the perfect gift and I know I’ll find people to bestow them upon. So whether you’re buying one for yourself or someone else, I’m telling you it is worth every penny. In fact, all Barefoot Dreams products are—I’ve acquired and gifted quite a few of their products (like this cardigan, this shawl, and this baby blanket) over time, and they have not disappointed. You could say I’m a super fan.
Anyone else score some amazing deals in the anniversary sale?
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