Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Access

nordstrom-sale-workwearAs noted earlier today, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is on, with early access to card holders. Every year they do it a bit differently — this year you can see the items without a card, but can only place them in your cart once you confirm your card number. Today through the 16th you can earn double points; you can also choose for today to be your triple points day if you really plan to do a lot of buying.

General notes:

  • I’ll do a separate roundup of shoes and bags later, but right now note that there are some great picks for reader favorite AGL (flats are now down to $210!), as well as Cole Haan and Tory Burch. For the weekend, there are great sales on Frye, as well as these cute rag & bone booties (now marked to $350! ooh, and here’s a more affordable version from Ivanka Trump).
  • For bags — nice selection of Rebecca Minkoff, Longchamp (Pliage on sale!), Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Brahmin.
  • If you need a new winter or fall coat, do check out the selection — I’m in love with these two DvF coats, as well as this bright blue Ted Baker coat (also available in black), and this Calvin Klein is an affordable take on the trend of boyfriend coats. For the weekend it looks like draped leather jackets are hot, and there are a ton in the sale in a wide range of prices — this affordable Trouvé leather jacket is my favorite. If you’re looking for an investment coat, this double breasted, below the knee, cashmere and wool coat from Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa is a classic.
  • Great denim choices, including flares, skinnies, boyfriend styles from trendy names like Le Frame, Current/Elliott, rag & bone, and Paige, as well as Kut from the Kloth, NYDJ, Wit & Wisdom, Vigoss, and SEVEN different styles of reader favorite Jag pull-on jeans.
  • Great shapewear, including Yummie, Spanx, and TC — and, ooh, the readers’ favorite pantyhose brand, Donna Karan’s The Nudes, is part of the sale.
  • Tons of reader favorite Zella leggings and workout gear on sale.

Now for some specific picks for workwear…

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City Guides for Business Travel: Weather, Makeup, and More

city guides for business tripsWhen you’re preparing for work travel to a different part of the country, how do you decide just what to pack? Reader B has a question about business trips:

I find myself traveling to various cities for work and when I get there finding that I’ve not packed well for the weather or not brought the right makeup and/or hair products for the weather and/or water. Are you aware of any website or blog that discusses practical issues relating to getting ready for work in different cities? I have found articles about what products are popular in various parts of the country to be helpful but would like something more. Thanks.

Wow, what a great question, and I’m curious to see what readers say. Some thoughts:

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Thursday’s TPS Report: Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Halogen Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath DressAll right ladies, it’s on: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here, with early access to cardholders.  For those of you unfamiliar with it, this is their big sale of the year where they mark down NEXT season’s merchandise, now — prices will go back up after the sale ends.  You need a Nordstrom card to put anything in your bag, but I think you can browse the site at will.  I’ll do a full roundup a little later this morning, but for the first pick of the day I’m liking this lovely seamed Halogen sheath dress in ponte.  Sleeves, high V, work appropriate length — check, check, check.  This saturated teal is calling my name, but it’s also available in black, burgundy, and gray for both regulars and petites.  It will be $99 after the sale ends, but at the moment it’s marked to $65.   Halogen Seamed V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress

A few other quick picks for you guys: this Karen Kane dress is a hall of famer (now $71), I’m obsessed with this Classiques Entier dress as well as this one (also in plus sizes, which I haven’t seen for Classiques before), and as always the few Hugo Boss pieces in the sale all look fabulous.

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Slim But Too Tall for Petites: When Are Alterations Worth It?

When Are Alterations Worth It? | CorporetteIf you’re slim with a small frame, but too tall for petite sizes, where do you shop? If your clothes don’t fit you well, when is it worth it to pay for them to be tailored — and when is it time to look for better-fitting replacements instead? Reader K wonders…

I’m interested in learning more about when alterations are worth it. I’m very thin and having a harder and harder time finding clothes off the rack that fit me — even a 00 from J. Crew is frequently too big, I can’t shop in the petite section because I’m too tall. I also have a hard time with dresses and some structured pieces because even though most of my measurements are a 00 or smaller, my natural waist is often closer to a 2. I have a bunch of work pieces that I really like — or would really like if I was not swimming in them and constantly ending up with my skirt on backwards after my walk from the subway. Am I better off getting my existing wardrobe altered or trying to sell my better stuff on consignment to fund replacement pieces? I can’t afford a full wardrobe from Theory or another designer that actually makes small clothes for women who are not 5’4″ or shorter.

Great question! We’ve talked about the most common alterationshow to tailor a suit, and the perfect pants fit, but we haven’t discussed tailoring in a while. A few things come to mind:

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54 Independence Day Sales — and Kat’s 19(!) Favorites

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Happy Fourth, ladies! Below, find 54 sales to get you started; Kat’s favorite 19 are in bold (lots of great sales!).  We’ll plan to update the list through 7/6 as needed. As of Thursday night, note that some sales are already ending, such as the Neiman Marcus sale and the Lord & Taylor clearance sale. Sunday updates are in red.

  • – Up to 60% off women’s summer essentials (Nine West, Tahari, and more).
  • Alexis Bittar – Up to 50% off.
  • Amazon – Up to 50% off shoes, up to 60% off clothing, up to 60% off just-reduced watches, up to 50% off women’s jewelry. 
  • Anthropologie – Extra 20% off select items.
  • Ann TaylorExtra 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY50 (through 7/4).  50% off your entire purchase with code CELEBRATE50 (7/5 only).
  • ASOS – Up to 50% off.
  • Bare Necessities – Select bras 30% off, shoes up to 70% off, Calvin Klein 25% off, swimwear up to 50% off, everyday bra faves 30% off, panties buy 3 get 1 free, shapewear 30% off. Clearance: Bras starting at $9.99, shoes up to 70% off, panties $4.99 and up,
  • Barney’s Warehouse – Extra 60% off all clearance, up to an extra 50% off everything else.
  • BCBG – Extra 30% off all markdowns.
  • Bergdorf Goodman – Up to 75% off in the women’s and men’s designer sale.
  • Bloomingdale’s – Save 20-65% on select items.
  • Bluefly Up to 80% off (through 7/5): Dresses up to 80% off, select shoes up to an extra 30% off, Furla extra 40%, Wyatt up to 75% off. Handbags up to extra 40% off, shoes up to an extra 40% off.
  • Boden – Up to 50% off.
  • Brooks BrothersSemi-annual sale (through 7/3); women’s shirts and sweaters up to 50% off. Summer clearance: Save up to 50%. 
  • Clarks – Select shoes, $99 for two pairs (through 7/8).
  • Club Monaco – Extra 30% off sale + 40% off clearance with code THESALEONSALE.
  • Cole Haan – 30% off Pinch Weekender and Pinch Apparel with code PINCHME (through 7/8).
  • CUSP Extra 35% off sale (ends 7/4). Extra 25% off: save up to 55%. 
  • – Extra 25% off all sale items with code JULY25 (through 7/6).
  • eBags – Save up to 65%. Extra 15% off select items with code STARS (through 7/6).
  • Eloquii – 40% off original ticket dresses and skirts with code SHOPNOW. Additional 40% off sale. 30% off entire purchase + extra $7.04 off your $75+ order with code JULY4.
  • eShakti – 50% off bestsellers, buy 2 get 2 free sitewide, clearance sale 60% off. 50% off sitewide (through 7/7). 
  • Express – 40% off select styles. $25 off every $100 you spend with code 1197 (through 7/5). Extra 40% off already-reduced clearance. 
  • Figure 8 Maternity – 25-70% off select items storewide, $20 off any 2 pajamas.
  • French Connection – 60% off all sale items plus free shipping with code 60SALE.
  • Inhabit – Newest arrivals 50% off.
  • J.Crew  40% off select final sale items with code LONGWEEKEND (through 7/6). 30% off select items with code LONGWEEKEND (through 7/5). Extra 40-60% off final sale styles with code LONGWEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory 50% off everything (through 7/5). Extra 20% off with code HOTSALE.
  • Journelle – Semi-annual sale: Up to 70% off sales items.
  • Kate Spade New York – Extra 25% off all sale items with code SETSALE (through 7/7).
  • Karen Millen – Extras 20% off sale with code JULY2015.
  • Lands’ End – $10 off $50, $30 off $100, $60 off $150, $100 off $250 with promo code SPLENDID and PIN 1300 (through 7/5).
  • Last Call by Neiman Marcus – Extra 30-60% off everything (through 7/5).
  • The Limited – 50% off new arrivals, 60% off select styles, extra 50% off sale items.
  • L.K. Bennett – Sale: further reductions. Extra 30% off with code JULY30 (excludes clothing).
  • Loft50% off everything with code GOFOURTH. Extra 60% off sale styles, 60% off festive faves (select styles).
  • Lord & TaylorOnline only, today only (7/2), up to 80% off clearance with code FOURTH.  25% off clearance (and up to 75%), 20% off sale items with code FOURTH. Swimwear up to 50% off. Women’s sandals: Buy 3+ get 40% off, buy 2 get 30% off, buy 1 get 25% off. 
  • Macy’s – Free shipping at $75, and take an extra 20% off with code FOURTH. Extra 20% off (extra 15% off home and select depts.) with code FOURTH or $10 off your $25+ purchase with code FOURTH25. Extra 25% off clearance. 
  • Madewell – Sale on sale! Extra 20% off all sale styles with code META20.
  • Nasty Gal – Extra 40% off.
  • Neiman MarcusFinal hours, online only, extra 35% off sale styles. Up to 55% off. 
  • New York & Company – Style sweep, 50-70% off summer sale! Plus, daily deals (through 7/5). All dresses on sale $15+
  • Nine West – Sale up to 50% off. Steals & deals $39.99 and up.
  • Nordstrom – The designer clearance sale is on this weekend, and there are still great deals to be had in the sales section, with prices up to 70% off. Note that the Anniversary Sale opens next week for cardholders — if you aren’t already one, now’s a great time to consider it. This is the yearly sale where they mark down next season’s merchandise for a limited time…
  • The Outnet – Up to 65% off Issa. Extra 40% off Valentino, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and more. Up to 65% off Oscar de la Renta and Versace. 
  • Pendleton – Clearance clear-out! 30% off sale and outlet apparel with code SAVEBIG (through 7/5).
  • Rag & Bone – Spring sale, up to 50% off.
  • Rebecca Minkoff – Stars, stripes, and 60% off!
  • Rebecca Taylor Extra 40% off sale with code JULY40.
  • Saks Fifth Avenue – Consolidation sale, up to 70% off designer collections
  • Saks Off 5th Up to 70% off everything.
  • – Extra 40% off final sale with code FIREWORKS (through 7/6).
  • Shopbop – Ready, set, sale — 100s of new styles added to sale.
  • Splendid – Summer clearance, up to 50% off select styles plus take an extra 10% off entire purchase with code EXTRA10.
  • Soma Intimates – Semi Annual sale, lowest prices of the season; extra 50% off already reduced prices. Panties extra 70% off, lounge and sleepwear extra 30% off, bras extra 50% off, dresses extra 30% off. Swim up to 50% off 
  • Talbots – 50% off markdowns when you buy two or more. 40% off markdowns when you buy one.

Holiday Weekend Open Thread

London Sole Liberty Print Ballet FlatSomething on your mind? Chat about it here.

Liberty of London prints are classics, and while they can be a bit girly/twee for me in a lot of their iterations, these ballet flats with just a few colorful details look perfect, either for the weekend or the workweek. They’re part of a big “pop-in” shop at Nordstrom, and are $200. London Sole Liberty Print Ballet Flat

P.S. Happy Fourth! We’ll try to have the list of sales posted asap. In the meantime, here are some major ones happening right now…

  • Nordstrom – The designer clearance sale is on this weekend, and there are still great deals to be had in the sales section, with prices up to 70% off.  Note that the Anniversary Sale opens next week for cardholders — if you aren’t already one, now’s a great time to consider it. This is the yearly sale where they mark down next season’s merchandise for a limited time…
  • Ann Taylor – Extra 50% off sale styles with code HAPPY50.
  • Loft – 50% off everything with code GOFOURTH.
  • J.Crew – Extra 40-60% off sale styles with code LONGWEEKEND.
  • J.Crew Factory – 50% off everything, plus get an extra 25% off with code HOTSALE.
  • Kate Spade – Enjoy an extra 25% off sale styles with code SETSALE.
  • Last Call – 30-60% off all weekend.