Deal Alert: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

NAS Workwear

Gearing up for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018? Early access starts July 12, 2018 and the sale opens to the public on July 20, 2018 — sign up for our newsletter to get our picks for workwear and beyond! (You can check out some of our more recent Nordstrom sale picks here!)

The below content is about the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

As mentioned earlier: hooray, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is now open to the general public!  I did a round-up a week or so ago when it opened for Rewards card members, but thought I’d revisit.  (A lot of my original picks in terms of specific items are still available — at the very bottom of this post you can see which ones are no longer available.  Some, like that gorgeous orange peplum blazer, are only available in limited colors.)  For today I also thought I’d revisit my original roundup of brands — some I’m taking off the list because they’ve sold out, or what’s left in the sale isn’t great for work. (That said, for some of the brands, I swear there’s MORE inventory than there was last week — so they may be adding pieces.)

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 (but not as many as last week!).  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, and Ivanka Trump (but not as many as last week). 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, Tahari, Theory, Vince, and Vince Camuto.

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 new workwear picks from the NAS. If you hover over the picture you’ll get details like brand, price, etc. They’re in order of least expensive to most expensive in each category. (Can you guess which is the most expensive and the least expensive just by looking at the pictures?).

Some general workwear picks, below:

Reader Favorite! Halogen® Seamed Pencil Skirt (Regular & Petite) - now $46, was $69 (7 colors, sizes 0-16) Trouvé Cutout Long Sleeve Blouse, now $50, was $78 (sizes XXS-L) Olivia Moon Ruched Sleeve Jacket (Regular & Petite), now $53 (was $80) -- 7 colors, sizes XS-XL Classiques Entier® Surplice V-Neck Sweater, now $65 (was $98) - 3 colors!
Hall of Famer! Karen Kane Cascade Wrap Dress, now $72 (was $108) Eliza J Seamed Crepe Shift Dress (Regular & Petite), now $105 (was $158), cobalt and black, sizes 4-14 Classiques Entier® Ponte Knit V-Neck Sheath Dress, now $150 (was $228) - four colors, sizes 0-14 Lafayette 148 New York 'Delancey' Stretch Wool Pants, now $166 (were $248) - five colors, sizes 2-18

Great shoes and accessories available…

Børn 'Lola' Flat (Women), now $65 (was $95) - three colors, sizes 5-11, M and W Cole Haan 'Bethany' Leather Pump (Women), now $165 (was $248), two colors, sizes 5-11 Attilio Giusti Leombruni 'City' Ankle Bootie (Nordstrom Exclusive) (Women), now $280 (was $420), sizes 5-10.5, brown and black Stuart Weitzman 'Corral' Bootie (Nordstrom Exclusive), now $280 (was $425), sizes 5-12, M and W
MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Large Jet Set' Multifunction Saffiano Leather Phone Wallet, now $65 (was $98) - four colors Vince Camuto 'Peri' Tote (Nordstrom Exclusive), now $233 (was $348) Furla 'B & T' Tote, now $286, was $428 (four colors!) MARC BY MARC JACOBS Hobo, now $292 was $438 (three colors available)

Great coat options — my cape obsession continues…

MICHAEL Michael Kors Stretch Cotton & Faux Leather Zip Jacket, now $150 (was $225), sizes 2-16 DKNY Asymmetric Zip Bouclé Coat (Online Only), now $150 (was $228) - available in regular and plus sizes in two colors Helene Berman Wool Blend Cape, now $198 (was $298), burgundy and black, sizes XS-L Fleurette Stand Collar Cashmere Coat, now $999 )was $1595), camel and black, sizes 2-16

There also seemed to be a ton of great plus-sized options, including suiting… a few picks:

Sejour Faux Leather Trim Merino Wool Cardigan (Plus Size), was $98, now $65 Sejour Colorblock Open Front Cardigan (Plus Size), was $118, now $79 Eliza J Cap Sleeve Fit & Flare Dress (Plus Size) (Online Only), now $99 was $148 Sejour 'Charcoal Crosshatch' Suit Jacket (Plus Size), was $148, now $99


And, of course, here are my specific picks from last time:

NAS workwear picks



  1. Zella leggings :

    Are they that wonderful?

    I have some cotton Patagonia ones and the Under Armor heat/warm for winter ones that are brushed on the inside. Do I need a third pair of leggings? Maybe I do if they are as wonderful as I’ve heard.

    • anon-oh-no :

      I actually prefer the lyesse leggings for non-workout wear. Zella is great for working out, but I just ordered a pair of the live-in leggings and they are going back. They are fine, but not nearly as slimming as the lysse leggings, which are a bit more expensive but also on sale now.

    • I find them too thick to be good for working out in, to be honest.

    • They are ideal leggings for lounging/casual wear and for lifting, but are not my favorite for running. I find that they are thick and comfortable and I feel great wearing them with tunic-y tops or longer sweaters and not worrying about my butt being too exposed if I move certain ways. The waist is a little loose compared to the legs for me, so they don’t work when I’m running, but are fine for lifting. I love the weight of them for casual wear though.

      I say it’s worth ordering and trying on to see how you feel about them at least. They’re my go-to casual leggings and I wear REI fleet capris or full length tights for running.

    • Am I the only one who misses the call of the post when it’s in the name field? Takes me a minute to figure out what the person is talking about. Would be nice if there was a subject box.

      • Red Beagle :

        You’re not the only one. I find myself checking back to the name field whenever I feel like I dropped down the rabbit hole (which we beagles do a lot). I was using the name field for the call of the post myself for a while and then one day I decided to just keep my handle (for laziness more than anything else.)

      • Wildkitten :

        I also find this confusing.

    • Min Donner :

      The Zella Live-ins are very comfortable and very opaque, but like loco I find the waist too big and I have to keep pulling them up – so I wear them for lounging not working out. I haven’t tried the next size down to see if that would fix the waist issue, but since the legs fit very well I am guessing it would be too small. For reference I’m usually a 14 or 16 in pants from Gap/BR/CE, and have the leggings in XL.

      My favorite leggings are actually from the Gap – the gfast leggings. I have them in grey, but they also come in black and some brighter colors

      I bought them on sale earlier in the year for ~ $25 I think – I wouldn’t pay the $60 full price. The Zella fabric is a bit nicer I think, but the gfast just fit me better and have held up to lots of wear and washing.

  2. ANON in CO :

    Does anyone know if the Karen Kane Cascade dress is faux wrap or truly wrap? I will be really pregnant in late fall so a true wrap dress would be idea (I think?!?).

  3. I ordered the Enzo Angiolini Coadi in the houndstooth and they have now sent me the snake twice. I finally cancelled my order because it seems they cannot supply the houndstooth. I tried on the snake when I got them and the leather is very soft and comfortable but the houndstooth is fabric in the front so I decided to just give up. I have other similar shoes. I have sent back both coats I ordered – didn’t love either of them. I did order the Hinge hooded leather jacket this morning. It went out of stock in my size very quickly in the pre-sale but then reappeared this morning. We’ll see – if I love it, it could be a huge win.

  4. Red Beagle :

    Partial tucking in the office – yay or nay. I keep thinking about it for my business casual office but haven’t done it because I can’t get past the feeling that it looks like you forgot to tuck all the way or reached up for something and didn’t tuck back in? In other words, does it look intentional? No one in my office has ever done it so I would be a frontrunner, which I’m okay with if the consensus here is go with it.

    • I have a couple of tops that just *don’t* stay fully tucked because I’m long-waisted, so I tend to go for an intentional partial tuck for those. I think it works if the hem that’s untucked doesn’t go down too far below the waistband of your skirt.

      • Red Beagle :

        Thanks L-S. I can see it with a shorter top. Some of the styling I see on various fashion si te s show a longer tail which gives something of a high-low look.

    • Personally I’m not a fan of the half-tuck even outside work but definitely would not do it in the office.

    • I’ve done it – although I was doing it before it was a thing – but only with shorter tops which wouldn’t stay tucked but look better with the little structure that comes from the partial tuck. Pretty sure I only do this when I’m wearing a cardigan, not a jacket.

      • Red Beagle :

        I might try it with a shorter top that won’t stay tucked on its own, under a cardigan. I can see that working. Thanks!