Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early Access


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The below content is about the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

As 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…

  • These Pleione wrap-front blouses are reader favorites — if you happen to be nursing it’s also a particular favorite of moms pumping at work. The short sleeved version pictured below is marked down to $42.90 and comes in seven colors, XS-XL; it’s hand-washable. (A longer-sleeved version is white is actually on regular sale for $19 though!) Also from the same brand: I like the look of this split-neck top (also in plus sizes), and this mixed media tunic is one of my favorites for the weekend.
  • The Halogen Seamed Pencil skirt is a classic around here — it’s available in seven colors, sizes 0-16, regular and petite, for $45.
  • For $78 it’s hard to imagine a better dress — this Eliza J comes in both black and blue, sizes 2-16. Love the ruched details at the waist, as well as the interesting (but still work-appropriate) V in the back. (OK, ok, in the same price point there’s this great Karen Kane dress that’s been around forever, now priced $71-$84. Lots of fun patterns as well as solids, short sleeves, and long sleeves.)
  • This sweater skirt from Nic + Zoe with different tiers of pleats looks so, so pretty for work. It’s a pull-on style, hand wash, and available in sizes XS-XL for $91.

  • I mentioned this black Classiques Entier dress in this morning’s TPS — love the slightly bloused look to the sheath dress, as well as the double V in front. (It reminds me of a much pricier dress we posted a month or so ago that was black and white — I can’t find it right now, alas.) I should have chosen one of the many colors to illustrate instead (the very saturated green, purple, blue, or an orangey red), but the black one is calling to me. It’s now marked to $149 in regular and petites; it’s also available in plus sizes for $169. I’m also loving this ponte dress, available in regular and petite sizes in seven colors for $149 ($228 after the sale ends). (It was pictured in the catalog!)
  • Lots of good sales on Classiques Entier in general — this mixed media jacket looks like a fun suit; it’s $198; it will be $298 after the sale ends. (Here’s the matching skirt for $118.) Other great Classiques suits: this light brown one with a slightly longer jacket looks lovely, and this navy/glen-plaid suit comes in regular and plus sizes.
  • Vince continues to nail the “simple basics” category, including this simple sheath dress with pockets, available in teal and black for $216 (it’ll be $325 after the sale ends).
  • If you’re a fan of Lafayette 148 New York, there is a ton of beautiful workwear from them in the sale — my top pick is this fabulous short-sleeved dress with a ruched detail on the waist, available in navy and a lighter mallard for $265. (It’s one of the few brands that goes up to size 18 — the pictured dress is available in regular and petite sizes, 0-18.)

All right ladies, that’s it from me for today — what are YOU getting in the sale? Any favorite brands or products I haven’t mentioned? 


  1. Anonymous :

    I’m not sure that the black Classiques dress (third set, left) is actually intended to be blousy on top. It looks like the size needed for the model in the hips is just too big for her on top and they didn’t pin it. There are a few other photos where the model is clearly in a size or two too big (at least on top) and they didn’t even attempt to pin it. The last photo for the Lafayette 148 New York Square Neck Punto Milano Sheath Dress is really bad. As a pear, maybe I should be grateful that they’re freely showing how certain items are not made for my shape.

  2. I wish all the Pleione blouses looked better untucked. I love them except for that.

  3. Love the blue Lafayette 148 dress. And surprised Kat didn’t include this Boss suit (jacket linked), as we know her feelings about cobalt…

  4. KateMiddletown :

    have i missed something about PULL ON JEANS? (apologies to ellen for the all-caps) what are these things? they’re not maternity? i think i’m in heaven.

    • Pull on jeans? Where did you see those?

      • Readers were raving about them a few months ago. Jag pull on jeans! I’ve seen them at Nordstrom and 6pm almost exclusively. Here’s a link:

        • Wildkitten :

          Delightful! I searched some of the Nordstrom styles and they are also on Amazon.

  5. I am looking for a bra that doesn’t have the metal clips on the back straps. Some sports bras meet that requirement, but they don’t have padding in the front. I am also look for soft cups without wire type. Can anyone recommend some brands?

    • Soma Vanishing Back Front Close meets most of those requirements, but it’s underwire. They have several wireless options too.

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