my pass at navigating Nordstrom’s anniversary sale

Happy, happy Friday!

I hope you’ve had a good week and that you have lots to look forward to as you head into your weekend.  Last Friday Nordstrom launched their annual anniversary sale, which is the largest sale of the year for luxury department stores. They have an assortment of pre-fall items marked down and the sale runs through August 3rd after which these items will return to their original price.

While my head is not quite into shopping for Fall right now, I have been purging my closets and bureau drawers over the past week and think this would be a perfect time to take advantage of the sale to upgrade some pre-fall staples at a lower price. Truth be told, I am not generally a Nordstrom shopper, not because I don’t like them, but more because they do not have a location near my home and there are several other fabulous department stores very close to me. Once I learned of this sale, I was intrigued, so I really took the time to comb through it, and acquaint myself with their selection.  I found that it is really strong for some good quality wardrobe staples.  If you can get your head around pre-fall, it’s worth your time to score a few pieces now at a discount that will take you through the next few seasons.  For today I put together what I found to be some great scores from the shopping event.  Some of the pieces I selected simply because they are a really great item & value that I wasn’t looking for but am happy to have found, and others I seeked out knowing that they are on my fall list such as a new coat, a pair of booties and a desperate need to update my workout wardrobe.

Below are my picks from this year’s anniversary sale.  I’ve included prices with the links and rounded all of them {sale and original} to the nearest dollar.



for the workweek
1 |  I love the look of this oversized double breasted wool & alpaca coat by Trina Turk.  So great for pairing with skinny silhouette pants.  Marked down to $399 from $625.
2 | Coated skinny jeans have been a staple in my closet for the past two years, they go are great for running around from meeting to meeting in the city while giving you a polished, sleek look.  This pair by Vigoss is marked down to $53 from $82.
3 | This pebble and crushed leather tote by Burberry is perfect for holding an i-pad, a portfolio, your cosmetics, phone and some files, I love how it can be transformed into a messenger bag for hands-free more casual style for the weekends – marked down to $1,000 from $1500.

for the weekend
1 | this down vest by James Perse is fabulous for its funnel neck, also available in military green and black.  You can’t go wrong with a Jamse Perse basic, they last forever and well designed.  They along with theory are my go-to for basics.  Marked down to $230 from $350.
2 | Bien means good in French.  Who wouldn’t love a dose of good added to their day?  love this shoulder zip sweater for a casual fall stroll – marked down to $45 from $68.
3 | This cashmere tunic-y length sweater by Velvet by Graham & Spencer is so great to wear over a skinny pant or legging.  I love the heather grey but it also comes in a pretty teal blue color.  Marked down to $220 from $330.
4 | I love a cream colored sweater, and this one by Vince is warm, and textured with a mini cable pattern.  Marked down to $190 from $285.

for date night
1 | I find a great date night look to be simple black and white or black with jeans.  This light pink top by theory is elegant and sexy and I love that it adds a bit of femininity with a light shade of pink.  Marked down to $87 from $130.
2 | This leather sleeved sweater jacket by Theory is just a great versatile pre-fall piece for layering both at night and during the day.  Marked down to $412 from $615.
3 | This suede bootie by Paul Green is a no brainer.  It goes with so many looks including skirts, skinny pants and leggings.  Also available in black and marked down to $255 from $385.
4 | Open toe during pre-fall is a great look.  This bootie by Joie is a really cute option marked down to $210 from $315.
5 |  This helmut lang sleeveless crepe top is adorable as is this one.
6 | These zip detail jeans by Rag & Bone are a flattering fit, and the dark wash is perfect for pre-fall.  Marked down to $160 from $253.

for the gym
1 | this ladder back camisole by beyond yoga is adorable for the gym.  Also available in venetian purple, it is marked down to $50 from $75. 
2 | not that I would consider these pretty little underthings a purchase for the gym, but buying lingerie on sale is the way to go so I had to include them.  These lace bloom detail thongs by Natori are rather pretty and marked down to $13 from $18.
3 | these flattering capri’s by Nike are marked down from $60 to $40.
4 | It’s time for a new gym sneaker.  Mine are over two years old!!  I love the this basic black style by Nike, it comes in other great colors and I am debating between the pink or the black.  Marked down to $67 from $100.
5 | These Nike no show dry-fit socks are great for working out.  Marked down to 3 for $13 from 3 for $18.

Happy shopping & Happy weekend!

About Emmanuelle

Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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