Five Great Buys at the Nordstrom Half-Yearly


From Left, Enzo Angiolini Katira Sandals ($60) // Adrianna Papell Fit & flare Dress ($95) // Nike Miler Top ($23) // Hinge Tweed Jacket ($70) // IIIBeca Hudson Street Crossbody ($88)

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).

Plus-size?  This lace dress is great ($79) and this crepe dress is lovely and bright ($84).  Petite?  This bright yellow dress is really fun ($64).

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.

I bought the top above, this underwire sports bra (goes up to 40DDD) and this DriFit jacket ($36).

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.

Lastly, if you don’t care so much about being seasonal, now is a great time to stock up on black tights.  And I always cruise the beauty section to see what makeup bags, palettes or tools are on sale.

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  1. Julie says:

    Lots of cute classic pieces here. I also really like that green bag (cute in yellow, too!) and the colored clutch in light blue.

    I have an nike dry fit shirt and it’s awesome. I wear it for running and it’s super seamless and nice.

    Style by Joules

    May 23, 2013/Reply
  2. Megan Kristel says:

    I have the Hinge blazer and it is so much chicer in person. With dark jeans and a simple white tank it’s kind of perfect.

    May 23, 2013/Reply
  3. Jenna says:

    Did you see this? 🙂

    ‘Messages – Belle’ Script Pendant Necklace

    May 23, 2013/Reply
  4. Elizabeth says:

    OMG … so glad you posted that dress! I need some “I’m-going-to-tell-you-the-ugly-truth” advice. I’m 45, size 16. I bought the dress and it’s cut in a style very flattering to my body shape. But I worry that it’s too girlish. Am I right? Is there a way to accessorize to counteract that? Or should I cut my losses and return it? Many thanks for your thoughts!

    May 24, 2013/Reply