When it comes to shopping the half-yearly sale at Nordstrom, my strategy for getting the best deal has evolved over the years. I used to look for deep discounts on designer items, but now I’m looking for pieces that are stylish, seasonal and under-$100. Here are some of the things that I am looking for this year.
Summer Sandals. If you have your basics covered but want to pick up a pair of sandals that are more fashion forward, but won’t break the bank, the Nordy’s sale is a great place to look. I love the mix of textures on the sandals above, it’s very fresh. I also liked these neon-accented Vera Wang Sandals ($89) and these Report sandals in tan and brown ($34).
Party Dresses. Attending a lot of summer events? The sale has a number of stylish dresses to keep you stocked up. This white one is lovely, but if you’re looking for wedding attire, out of the question (unless you’re the bride). I also like this printed Karen Kane sheath ($76), this dot-printed Isaac Mizrahi ($59) or this simple cotton dress ($53).
Activewear. I’ve been working out more recently, and so I need to beef up my gym wardrobe. Nothing is more frustrating than being psyched up to go to the gym, only to discover you don’t have shorts or a top or a sports bra to wear. It’s practically permission to sit on the couch.
Blazer Separates. If I can pick up an inexpensive jacket that will turn one of my pencil skirts or my grey trousers into a semi-suit, I will. This collarless tweed number has a melange of blue and orange and would look great with white, navy or grey. I also like this cropped tuxedo blazer ($58) and, if you’re a size 14, this bright yellow Anne Klein would look great with a navy skirt or over a white dress.
Handbags. I own a IIIBeca tote, and I love it. Wears like iron and the removable liner is great for keeping things tidy or carrying home shoes. I also like this slouchy black tote with metal accents ($30) and this perforated bucket tote ($57) that comes in several colors. As for smaller goods, this brightly colored clutch is great ($58) and this patent leather wristlet/wallet is fun.