Yesterday, I shared my skirt and dress purchases from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Today, it’s time to recap the tops, sweaters, and blazers. Let’s dive right in!
Living in D.C., I rarely bought sweaters. Living out West, I could use a few more. This sweater is different; I like the embroidered front and tone-on-tone look.
I ordered the XS, which was a size smaller than the guide recommended. As a result, the sweater is more fitted, which is what I wanted.
Verdict: I’m in a holding pattern about this sweater. I really like it. The look is cool. But I’m not sure I will wear it very much, so I’m withholding my final decision for a bit.
I thought this sweater would be lovely with dark denim and a long necklace. It comes in five lovely colors, and I chose this deep teal/green. I loved the length.
The issue I had was that I’m pear-shaped and slight, so I had a hard time finding the right size. The XS was the closest, but it wasn’t perfect.
Verdict: This is a well-made, lovely sweater. But sometimes the size just doesn’t work. I got close, but I wasn’t $99-thrilled with it so it went back.
A tie-neck blouse is a wardrobe workhorse for me. I don’t do the bow; I just tie a knot and tailor the ends a bit shorter. It’s a bit more modern.
The quality of the fabric on this blouse is nice. It’s smooth with a bit of sheen. If you’re looking for opaque, you’re 80% of the way there. You may need a cami, but I wouldn’t call it sheer.
Verdict: I sent this blouse back in the ivory and picked it up in the pale blue/pale teal. I needed a bit more color in my wardrobe.
The blouse says it’s high/low, but I didn’t find the disparity between the front and back hem to be too extreme. I liked the pale mauve hue, but I have a blouse in this color already. Luckily, it comes in our other colors.
As for the fit, I sized down from the guide recommendation. It was a little boxy, but not bad. If I was going to wear it untucked over pants, I would tailor it. If I intended to tuck it into a skirt, I’d probably leave it a little blousey.
Verdict: Sent back the light color and ordered the darker burgundy. I’m hoping it’s more purple than red, but we’ll find out.
I love long jackets. I wear with dresses, skirts, pants. They feel very modern and sophisticated to me. This jacket from Halogen comes in five nice colors. I bought the ivory to replace a white Zara jacket that is worn out from wear. It also comes in plus-size.
Verdict: The fit was a little big, even sized down, but the tailor can fix that. It’s staying (mostly because I wore my last white jacket so much).
Every year, I buy one expensive suit and two cheaper ones. The idea being that I’ll have the expensive suit for years, and I can wear the other two until I tire of them. This is my second inexpensive suit for this year.
I like the color blue of this suit. It’s not as deep as navy and has a grey undertone. The fabric also has a unique texture to it, a bit like small tweed.
Verdict: I like the suit. It has a sleek look to it. And it’s a very nice suit for $150. Keeper.