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Coffee Break: Elvan Leather Tote

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is chugging along, and there are still a lot of great things left, including this really lovely, sort of boxy tote from Vince Camuto. It comes in black and gray, and it has a padded laptop compartment. I love the detail of the pocket on the front and the zipper, and I also like the very wide gusset, which is 6″ deep. The tote is $198, and after the sale it’ll go up to $298. Elvan Leather Tote

Here’s a more affordable tote with some interesting details.

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The Best Shoes for Work From the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Best Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary SaleI keep going back to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and finding more and more stuff (I’m personally on order #4 I think now, sigh) — but the shoes are really great for work. Tons of things that will be cute with tights, pantyhose, or bare legs — with skirts, dresses, or pants.  We’ve rounded up the best shoes for work from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — which are your favorites, ladies?Shoes for Work in the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Psst: you can see our earlier workwear picks here! Note that there’s only a few more days of Early Access — the sale opens to the public on July 21.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work

2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Picks for Work from Early AccessDum dum dum… we present Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017: Picks for Work!

I’ll be honest: Based solely on the presale catalog, I was a little worried that this sale was going to be (to quote recent news articles on other matters) “a big nothing burger,” so I’m thrilled to report that it’s actually really good once you wade past all of the ruffles (my God, why all the ruffles?) and odd off-the-shoulder/cold shoulder looks.  There are a TON of great dresses from Eliza J, Ellen Tracy, Classiques Entier, Halogen and Vince Camuto; tons of investment pieces from BOSS, Lafayette 148 New York, and for the weekend a lot of great pieces from AG, Paige, Wit & Wisdom, Articles of Society, Kut from the Kloth and NYDJ. Reader favorite workout gear Zella is included in the sale, as is lingerie from brands like Natori, Chantelle, Hanky Panky, Spanx, and Yummie by Heather Thompson. (Oh, and this reader favorite brand for pantyhose and tights is in the sale too!)

Without further ado, here’s our initial picks for workwear from the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale…

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Deal Alert: Early Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early PicksEarly Access to The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale just started for cardholders! If you’re unfamiliar with the sale, do check out our guide — the 411 is that fall merchandise is being marked down early, for a limited time; prices will go back up after the sale ends. I’m going to be poking through the sale in more detail later this morning, but I pulled out some early picks from the sale catalog that I liked for work… Readers, what are you liking in the sale this year? Are you excited for anything in particular?  What do you think of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks?

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  • beige pump (five colors!), now $80; will be $120 after the sale ends
  • black bootie, now $105; will be $158 after the sale ends (four colors)
  • black tote (a new twist on a classic; in multiple colors!), now $129; will be $198 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks for Work

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  • green merino cardigan (NINE colors!), now $50; will be $79 after the sale ends
  • ruffle skirt, now $59; will be $89 after the sale ends
  • plaid pants, now $149, will be $228 after the sale ends
  • a mixed stripe popover blouse (great layering piece for fall!), now $150; will be $229 after the sale ends
  • investment suit from Boss – blazer now $395; will be $595 after the sale ends; pants now $184; will be $275 after the sale ends

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017 Early Picks Great Laptop BagAnd one more early pick from the sale because it’s kind of a great deal: this classic tote with removable laptop sleeve — it’s $284 in the sale right now, but will be $428 after the sale ends. Available in black and a pretty Atlantic blue. Oh, and I just found this merino wool sweater blazer for $164 and love it (not pictured).

Ladies, what are you excited to get at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year? Stay tuned for a more complete roundup later today!

How to Build a Work Wardrobe at… Nordstrom

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2017 Update: Curious about when the next big Nordstrom sale is? Check out our guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2017, with Early Access starting July 13! Sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond!

The below content is about the 2017 Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.

As 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!)

2017 Update: The 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has started — check out our workwear picks here.

The below content is about the 2017 Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale, but has updated links for the 2017 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

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:

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