Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – Kat’s Picks

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The below content is about the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I normally don’t blog the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale until it opens to the general public — but this year, with the 8-day head start for Rewards card members, I wonder if anything is going to be left!  (Plus, as I found out yesterday, it’s super easy to apply for/get a Rewards card, and there’s no real reason to wait to do it. No annual fee, either.) So I thought I’d pick some favorites from the sale NOW. If you’re not familiar with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, this is a sale on NEW merchandise, not old leftovers from last season. Prices will go back up to normal prices on August 4, when the sale ends. Please note that you can only purchase (or see) these sale items if you have a Rewards credit/debit card and you are logged in to your account. Without further ado…

Bags: I’m seeing good representation from Brahmin, Kate Spade, Longchamp (including numerous colors for the expandable Pliage tote), Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors (including the reader favorite, the Jet Set line of totes), Rebecca Minkoff (including a ton of basic black bags and reader favorite M.A.B. tote), Tory Burch and Vince Camuto

Shoes: There’s a ton of great choices from Stuart Weitzman!  There is also a good selection from a number of brands in our Guide to Comfortable Heels, including Attilio Giusti Leombruni, Børn, Cole Haan, Enzo Angiolini, Ivanka Trump, and Tory Burch.

General Clothes Notes: Lots of choices from Burberry, Classiques Entier, Diane von Furstenberg, Eliza J, Halogen (including reader favorite, The Skirt), Joie, Karen Kane, and St John.

Lingerie: There’s a good selection from Chantelle, Commando, Hanky Panky, Natori, reader favorite Shimera camisoles, Spanx, Wacoal, and Yummie by Heather Thomson. There are also some online-only deals like a 6-pack of Cosabella thongs for $80 (normally $120).

Denim: There’s a good selection from 7 for All Mankind, Hudson Jeans, J Brand, Jag Jeans (including reader comfy favorite, the pull-on jeans), KUT from the Kloth, NYDJ, and Paige Denim.

Anyway — here are a few specific choices — if you hover over the item you’ll get details like brand, price, etc. They’re in order of least expensive (at $32) to most expensive (at, er, $839).

Vince Camuto Print Pleat V-Neck Top, was $49, now $32 - regular & petite Pleione Mixed Media Tunic, was $58, now $38 - regular and petite Enzo Angiolini 'Coadi' Cross Strap Pointy Toe Pump, was $120, now $78 Tracy Reese 'Falling Floral' Stripe Cardigan, was $228, now $129 (online exclusive)
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Large Jet Set' Multifunction Travel Tote, was $228, now $152 Joie 'Hanelle' Silk Blouse, was $268, now $179 Rebecca Minkoff 'M.A.B.' Tote, was $295, now $197 Rebecca Taylor Ponte A-Line Dress, was $295, now $197
DVF 'New Jeanne 2' Print Silk Wrap Dress, was $365, now $244 (online exclusive) Ted Baker London 'Bracti' Peplum Detail Wool-Cashmere Blend Jacket, was $475, now $278 - red and black Max Mara 'Memo' Print Jersey Dress, was $675, now $399 Burberry London Double Breasted Trench Coat, was $1395, now $839


  1. Anonattorney :

    Great picks.

  2. Tip from my SA: anything that is featured in the catalog online, there is a whole extra set of those items that is withheld until the sale opens generally.

  3. Anonymous :

    I’d love some suggestions. Based on Quality going downhill at VS and many many recs here to go to Nordstrom for bras I’ve mostly happily been in the Natori Element for a couple months, but it’s only limitation is that it is truly “full-fit” and is often about just visible in any v-neck top I have on casually. So I went today (debit cardholder -awesome!) with the intent of finding a more Demi style and apparently nothing Natori sells isn’t huge in the cups – and I’m not small busted. I left with some Chantelle bras but they aren’t molded and I really prefer a molded cup for work, for um, coverage. Obviously Nordstrom was nuts so I was uncomfortable asking for the amount of attention I’d like to solve the issue but I’ll go back at a quieter time – until then, any suggestions of a traditional style bra that provides a little less coverage for a simple v-neckline?

    • Anonymous :

      The Natori Understated t-shirt bra is my go-to everyday bra. I don’t like cups that come up high and it is a perfect demi style for me. Not sure if it’s molded enough for you, but maybe check it out. It comes in the basic black/beige/navy colors, plus some occasional brights (that actually go on sale, unlike the neutrals).

    • anonymous :

      I like the Wacoal La Femme bra (#346491) – not a demi cup, but I think it works well under most of my v-neck tops.

    • I like the natori feathers bra – I’m a D cup and have found it to be supportive, but I’m not sure if it is in the coverage range you’re looking for.

      • Anonymous :

        I actually tried on the feathers bra today, and the lines are very similar to the element. It’s only minimally less coverage – say a 1/4 of an inch, for something they tried to claim was a plunging bra… that wasn’t my experience at all. Also, I’m not sure if it was the color I tried it on in – Cafe – but the mesh covering the cups just looked so cheap. Does that hold up relatively well? I kept imagining having to trash a decently expensive bra in weeks once that snagged and created a hole – and I’m not rough on my bras.

        • Anonymous :

          The feathers is much lower cut. If it’s giving you as much coverage as the element you are wearing the wrong size, probably too big.

          • I’ve had good luck with Wacoal at Nordstrom, but perhaps check out Soma Intimates? (Nothing against Nordstrom, of course, but find that Soma is another good option for my difficult-to-fit self.) While full-coverage styles probably do provide the most support for my figure, sometimes they just don’t work with the clothing I want to wear, and Soma has helped to fulfill that need when I can’t find what I’m looking for at Nordstrom. I feel like they bridge the gap between VS (which isn’t my taste anyhow) and Nordstrom, which is great but tends to be pricey.

  4. anonymous :

    I tried on and loved a Classiques top, #342359 – looks much better in person than on the model, super flattering.

  5. I ordered the le pliage expandable 2 years ago and it has been my rock when traveling, especially when I’m furiously buying gifts at duty free. I also have the pleione mixed media shirt in two colors from the sale last year and have worn them very consistently with them holding up very well. great picks!

  6. Anyone else a little disappointed in this year’s sale, compared to years past? My friend and I both flipped through the preview catalog and thought, “meh.”

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