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How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Nordstrom

how to build a work wardrobeAs I mentioned this morning, Triple Points are available at Nordstrom from today through May 7 — and the store has a TON of classic wardrobe essentials if you’re looking for advice on how to build a work wardrobe for summer or freshen up an older wardrobe. A lot of these pieces in our Workwear Hall of Fame, but I thought I’d feature them here — as always, note that Nordstrom has long been a reader favorite because of their excellent customer service, long return policy, and all the reviews and ratings.

(You can earn Triple Points through the Nordstrom credit card, of course (you can check out our review on becoming a member here) or, in a newish policy, just by signing up for a Rewards card. For every 2,000 points you earn by spending at Nordstrom, Hautelook, or Nordstrom Rack, you’ll get a $20 Note to spend on anything you want.)

(Psst: I’m thinking of turning this into a series, in part because I vastly prefer to shop from/return purchases to one store rather than 15 zillion little store purchases — plus it’s been ages since we talked about how to build a capsule wardrobe for work, how to build a wardrobe for your summer internship, or how to revamp your work wardrobe.  What other stores would be at the top of your list if you wanted to build a work wardrobe? Perhaps ShopBop, Boden, Bloomingdale’s, J.Crew, J.Crew Factory, or Target? Talbots?)

See everything we picked out below — and please note that there are multiple “pages” of the little widget, so you may have to click the arrows to see everything.

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The Most-Loved Denim at Nordstrom

The Most-Loved Denim at Nordstrom (and the best jeans for women in general!)We haven’t done a Weekend Wednesday in too long! Today: what are your favorite brands and styles for jeans? I was curious what the most-loved denim at Nordstrom was, so while I was doing my own research I thought I’d round them up into a Hunt-like post for you guys.  But I’m curious: Which are your favorite jeans in 2017, ladies? (And, for those of you in business casual offices, do you differentiate between weekend denim and jeans for the office? How do you wear jeans to work?) 

We’ll do the most-loved denim at Nordstrom in regular sizes first:

(UPDATE: Wondering what jeans were marked down in the big #nsale? We just added sale links to every listing.)

Pictured at top. 

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends SUNDAY!

final 3 days of NAS saleDeal alert, ladies: it’s the final three days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — after Sunday, all of the new fall merchandise currently marked down will go back up to full price. There’s still a ton of good stuff left , but even now it’s flying off the shelves. (WAAAH to the leatherish jacket I added to my cart last night at like 1 AM and was sold out in my size by 10 AM this morning.) We’ve already rounded up workwear in the sale, NAS shoes, and last week we took a deep dive at the highest rated items for work and play since customer reviews weren’t available in the early days. I thought I’d take a quick swing through the sale today to see what else is sticking out to me now — I’m still seeing new things.  Note that all of these have a TON of sizes left, and that reader favorite brands for workwear like Boss, Classiques Entier, Theory and Halogen have lots of stuff left, including full suits.

For the Office

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The Highest Rated Items Still Left in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

highest rated items in the Nordstrom Anniversary SaleAs I may have mentioned a few times, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is still going on, featuring tons of new fall merchandise temporarily marked down until prices go back up on August 8. I did my initial workwear review and rounded up my favorite shoes from the NAS when the sale first began a few weeks ago, but it’s been interesting to watch the progress of the sale — I’m always intrigued to see what becomes a best seller, what sells out, what gets rave reviews, and more.  Much has sold out — but there are still a TON of highly rated items in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. So I thought I’d do a “highest rated edit” of the NAS — these are things that have tons of good reviews, almost entirely 4-5 stars, and almost everything here still has a ton of sizes left.  I’m picturing a lot of workwear and shoes, but I’m also rounding up the highest rated lingerie, lounge, and weekend pieces in the NAS.  Ladies, what have you bought and loved, whether to wear to work or for the weekend? Have you tried any of these highly rated NAS styles — and do you agree with the reviews? 

The Highest Rated NAS Work Clothes

You can check out my initial NAS workwear review here — many of the pieces are still left but have zero reviews (or single 5-star reviews, like this dress). I always feel there’s strength in numbers, so these are the highly rated styles with the most reviews:

highest rated tops for work in the NAS

Pictured tops above, L-R:

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Shoes for Work

best shoes from nordstrom anniversary sale 2016It’s day two of the excellent Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and I’ve rounded up 25 shoes to drool over, whether for work or beyond.  In keeping with the NAS spirit, these are all fall shoes that are temporarily discounted — prices will go back up in a few weeks when the sale ends. Right now the sale is only open to Nordstrom card holders; it’ll open to the general public in about a week.  Shoe shopping online can be a pain in general (I know I’m groaning every time I add three or four similar looking shoes to my shopping bag), but Nordstrom’s free shipping, free returns, and open ended return policy really helps soften the blow.

Ladies, which are your favorite shoes from the 2016 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

(Psst: you can check out all of our coverage of the NAS sale here, or you can click the link at the top of the page.)

Heels from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Almost all of the heels listed below come in a bunch of great colors — if anything came in more than 5 colors I noted it in the description. Also noted in the description: any extended sizes beyond 5-11, extra widths, and — while I’ve heard all of these brands mentioned as comfortable heels, I’ve also added “comfort” in the description for any brand or shoe that I think of as being a comfortable brand or have heard specifically comfortable things about that particular style.

First up: a ton of great heels, priced $69-$109:

comfortable heels from nordstrom anniversary sale

Pictured above: purple spike pump (6 colors, 4-13, M W) / patent block heel (4-13) / blue wedge / black Mary Jane block heels (4-12) / wedge (comfort)

The next batch ranges in price from $159-$254.

nordstrom anniversary sale shoes 2016

Pictured above: block heel (comfort) / pointy toe (comfort, N M) / colorblock pump / d’Orsay pump (comfort) / block heel with bow (5-13, comfort) / pointy block heel (4-12, N M, comfort)

Flats on Sale

There are a ton of great flats in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I’m particularly loving the spike flat ($69!) — in most colorways the heel is not a contrast heel, so the spikes are even more of a subtle detail. One of the trendier shapes I’m seeing and loving is the slipper/skimmer flat (#3 and #5 below) which looks surprisingly cute with dresses.  Old school penny loafers are also coming back in.

The flats below range from $56-$129:

nordstrom anniversary sale flats 2016

Pictured above: berry flat (5-12, comfort) / spike flat (7 colors, sizes 4-13) / perforated flat (4-12, 5 colors) / penny loafer (4-13, M W) / skimmer flat (comfort)


Nordstrom Booties in the NAS

Knee high boots are still being sold, but booties are taking over, and I think, have a much more modern look with everything from skinny jeans to skirts and dresses.  However — do note that booties are not appropriate at every office. Details like peep toes and buckles (particularly clanky ones) may raise eyebrows at work, as well as trends like wearing booties with skirts and the popular no-socks look.  Know your office! 

The pictured booties below range from $79-$259:

nordstrom anniversary sale booties

Pictured above: block heel bootie (4-12, MW, comfort) / stretch bootie / beige perforated bootie (5-13) / khaki bootie (4-11) / mesh peep toe

The next batch of booties range from $259-$349:

nordstrom anniversary sale booties 2016

Pictured above: leather bootie (comfort, waterproof) / block heel bootie (4-13, comfort) / gray suede bootie (5-12, comfort, waterproof) / the classic bootie! / purple boot (4-12, comfort)

Ladies, which shoes have you bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Are you looking to add some trendier pieces to your working wardrobe, or are you on the hunt for more classic styles? 



Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks For Workwear

nordstrom anniversary sale picks 2016 - trends for workwearWOW I’m liking the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year — there are SO.MANY.CUTE.DRESSES, many of them with sleeves, and a ton under $100.  I’m going to round up my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks below, but first I’ll shout out some general workwear trends I’m seeing in the NAS sale — I also have a tip for you cardholders if you’re having problems choosing Triple Points on checkout.

Workwear Trends Observed in the NAS Sale

Pictured at top, a few quick workwear trends I observed in the NAS sale: first, evergreen/forest green is BIG for fall.  Second, mock necks and turtlenecks — particularly the sleeveless variety — are also a strong look.  Finally, as you can see in the middle navy dress, there’s also a pretty strong continuation of the trend to combine black and navy together; you can also see it here and here.

Pictured, Row 1: green blazer / green dress / green blouse // (Row2): blue turtleneckshift dress / black mockneck

A Tip for Nordstrom Cardholders Having Problems with Triple Points

A great way to really take advantage of the sale is to choose today as your “triple points day” (if you still have one left for the year).  I’ve already placed one order today, and was having problems at checking choosing the Triple Points option — just as I did during their “personal 10 point day.” I called the number at the top of the screen (there’s also an online chat option) and the customer service rep confirmed that several people were having problems with it because they have a new system of some sort — so she applied it over the phone and then told me to go ahead and check out — she said that was the best option for the moment.  It was only a 3 minute wait or so, so I’m glad I called. Here’s a link to their customer service page if you’re having problems.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks for Workwear

Without further ado, these are some of my top picks for work clothes from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Note that within each grouping, the sale picks go in the order of least money to most money. ALSO, where available I’ve tried to note if petite, cusp (14-18), or plus sizes are available, or other points of note (like great reviews or other colors offered). For our full collection of plus size picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, please consider signing up for our CorporettePlus newsletter, or visiting our Plus-Size Workwear page.

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