You know I love the Anniversary Sale. So many childhood memories of driving five-hours to get up at the crack of dawn and wait outside Nordstrom for the 7:00AM opening. My little brother yelling the entire time about how he was already bored. (He has other good memories. Probably.)
My Anniversary Sale strategy goes like this: I set a budget. I order a lot of things, vastly exceeding that budget. I try on everything that I ordered. Then, I start sending things back until I get down to my budget. It’s fashion survival of the fittest. (Fashionest? No, not a word.)
Today is part I: skirts and dresses. Here’s what I bought, what I kept, what I would have kept budget-permitting, and what went back without question.
Loved the color palette. Couldn’t get enough of it. Had to have it. Opened the box, and the skirt was way too shiny for work.
Verdict: And back it goes without even opening the plastic. Shiny, seriously?
I bought this as a toss-in. Like, “Hey, at that price, I’ll give it a whirl.” I put it on, and if I didn’t immediately look five pounds thinner. It’s an optical illusion, but I’ll take what I can get.
Verdict: Adore it. Great surprise. Selling out quickly in black. Also available in grey, green, and burgundy.
I bought this dress because I don’t have enough red in my wardrobe. I also wanted something more fun for casual workdays. At least, I thought I did. For me, the cut made me look really young. Too young. Like I was trying to look younger. Not the look I was going for.
Verdict: I might have kept it had the shape suited me better. It was really well made and the color was bright and poppy, which I loved.
I own this skirt in four colors. I’d own it in four more. It’s got a great weight to it. It’s lined. It hangs beautifully, and it is super comfortable. I buy one in a new color every year.
Verdict: There was no chance this one was going back.
Sometimes an elbow sleeve works on you, sometimes it doesn’t. You won’t know til you try it on. This dress’s sleeve is slim, so it’s more flattering than most elbow sleeves I see.
I adores the bodice of the dress. It was fitted, structured and great for work. It also comes in grey melange.
Verdict: If the budget had allowed, it would have stayed. But decisions had to be made, ladies. You’ll see why in part II on Thursday.