It’s hard to believe, but fall is just around the corner and even though we’re still living through 100+ degree weather, I stuffed my body into some fall clothes for this fashion post. Why? Because for the first time in my life I went to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and now I know why people freak out about it. Now, this post is NOT sponsored in any way by Nordstrom. I paid for all the clothes with cash money (not literally) and they don’t know I’m doing this. I like shopping and when I find some especially good pieces, I like to share them with all of you because maybe you like shopping, too (or so you’ve told me).
What makes it different from other sales is the fact that they aren’t just discounting last season’s items to try and clear them out, but they’re actually discounting current and next season’s items for a couple weeks. I actually didn’t know this, but apparently its common knowledge.
So, with the help of my stylish close friend Suzanne, I pulled together seven fall-ready outfits with my favorite pieces from the sale.
Let’s start with a classic fall essential: the midi coat. There’s a special place in my heart for anything plaid, and this is fitted in the just the right way. It’s so tailored and is the only coat I brought on my Portland trip (I think its around $80 but it looks WAY more expensive). Throw this on top of a pair of jeans and a T-shirt to make your outfit look instantly more pulled together. I’m going to be wearing this coat all year. Next up, those have teeny tiny studs around the bottom, a classic shape, and are ONLY $64. I’m pretty sure at least three of the girls in the office have already ordered these, so my bet is that they’ll sell out fast. Those are another obsession of mine, but I’ll talk about them more a little bit later…
This sweater is THE fall sweater. It’s the perfect amount of oversized in the chest and arms, but just a little fitted around the waist and wrists, with a nice slouchy turtleneck, and a cute seam detail down the back. Oh, and it’s cashmere—yummy soft. This is an investment piece because she ain’t cheap (even on sale), but I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a sweater more. If sweaters are a staple of your fall and winter wardrobe (and you can splurge just a little), I highly recommend at least ordering this sweater and trying it on for yourself.
That is about as classic and simple as you can get, which makes it a great base piece for any outfit. But let’s talk about those . I like them. Brian loves them (unsurprisingly). But will I wear them in real life? I DON’T KNOW. I want to say yes. I love the way they elevate an outfit and the tone of them against my skin helps make my legs look just a little bit longer. They make this outfit date night ready. But it just doesn’t get cold enough to justify knee-high boots in LA. So it remains to be seen whether these are keepers or not (but if you live somewhere cold…BUY THEM).
This outfit is classic EHD, from that hat on my head to those nude shoes on my feet. Remember back in 2016 when I wore a hat just about every single day and some of you were enraged and wanted me to just STOP WEARING HATS. HA. Well, hats might not make an everyday appearance on my body anymore, but they still show up from time to time. And this is gonna be on my head a lot.
That red is such a good find. I feel like red really compliments a blonde head of hair, and this is the right shade—not too bright and saturated, but not too dark either. AND THOSE CUFFS. I go weak in the knees for anything with a subtle Victorian detail (just like how I will order anything at a restaurant that has English peas in the description).
Those jeans are my tried and true “standing only” pants. I think I’ve worn them in at least one outfit every single fashion post since I bought them two years ago. If that’s not an endorsement, I don’t know what is. But again, these jeans don’t play well with sitting at a desk for 8 hours (and don’t even mention a seated dinner around them).
Finally, I’ve never met a nude shoe I didn’t have an instant connection with and these are no exception. They’re classic, modern and versatile all at once.
As my friend said, “you look VERY cool in this.” It’s a departure for me but I’m into it. Let’s start with those . I’ve been seeing the dropped crotch trend for a while but never thought I could pull it off. Suzanne convinced me to give it a try and I could not be MORE obsessed with these. It’s literally like walking around all day with the opposite of a wedgie, aka the most comfortable thing in the world. But the twill fabric and neutral color keep them looking polished rather than lazy. I’ve worn them almost every single day since buying them. I can’t wait to see what the popular consensus is in the comments about these (I think they are cool and edgy, but I have a feeling some of you will NOT be into them).
The are an instant classic that will go with everything from jeans to slacks. And the fact that they’re white adds a fresh pop. That is a steal at $25, and the hits of blue keep it from feeling boring. It’s thin enough that it does a perfect French tuck and works so well with these pants.
I love this . I really, really do. It would be the perfect addition to my slightly lavender, slightly brown plaid coat collection I’ve started. But despite my best efforts, everyone who saw me wearing it said it looked like it was actively trying to drown me. And this was a size SMALL. Sara even tried it on (who typically wears a M-L) and it was too big on her.
The most tragic part of this whole story? Extra small is back ordered until January. In every other way, it’s perfect—it’s oversized, it swings, it has a great pattern, and a great cut, so I thought it was still worth posting about because I desperately want SOMEONE to rock this coat.
Underneath, I wore my basic from Target, and these by RE/DONE. These jeans are super comfortable and have a very classic look to them. The flare means they’d go great with boots for fall and winter, but they still look cute with a pair of flats (any color will work, but EHD dress code mandates I wear nude).
That perfect Nili Lotan is back again, but this time I paired it with a simple pair of gray , and my for a more daytime look.
This is an outfit I’m going to throw on a lot, I can already tell. Frame jeans aren’t cheap (I know everyone’s price points are different when it comes to how much they can spend on clothing), but there are a bunch of different styles on sale right now at Nordstrom and I’ve always had good luck with their cuts, fits and quality.
This is the last outfit we put together, and that is a statement piece. It’s blue. It’s plaid. That high ruffle neck has me swooning with all sorts of Victorian vibes. Does it have a boxy bottom cut? You know it does, perfect for a little half tuck. And most importantly, it screams ’80s Vogue equestrian from 10 miles away, which is the real reason I bought this top.
I calmed it down a little by pairing it with these from Old Navy, and my favorite . This top is another piece I haven’t decided whether or not to keep yet, but I couldn’t not show it to you guys (but I also sort of want to keep it in a serious way). Am I selling it, or is this clown top 2.0?
I’m ready for fall. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to the public today and goes through August 5th. Happy shopping.
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* Big thank you to my friend Suzanne who helped me pull together the outfits, did my hair and make-up, stuck around while we shot to make sure everything looked good on camera, and literally took jewelry off her own body and put it on mine to accessorize these outfits.
** This post was NOT sponsored in any way and no clothes were gifted. I just like sharing my finds with all of you. If you have any good Nordstrom sale finds of your own please share in the comments.