July 15, 2015 - Easy Outfits, Packing Lists, Style

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What to Buy + How to Wear it

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts this Friday.  If you’re a cardholder, you’ve already got early access to all of the goodies.  The sale can be a tad bit overwhelming, to say the least.  There are just SO many great deals and pieces.  How do you narrow it down?  And worse than that, if you don’t shop with a plan, you could come home with a big bag of purchases, dump them out on your bed and have no idea what to wear them with.

By now you should know that I’m a huge advocate for shopping with a purpose.  Every trip should have a shopping list and every piece on that list should have an outfit that it belongs to.  You must have a game plan before you set foot out the door to save you both time and money.

The GYPO Nordstrom Anniversary Sale capsule wardrobe to the rescue!

Today I’m going to share with you 15 of my picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  These pieces will be perfect to add to your fall wardrobe.  Every one of them is under $100 each.  And every piece has a purpose.  I’ve created seven day’s worth of outfits made up items on the list.


The Pieces


1.  Pleione Split Neck Top

Why it Made the List: Every girl needs a few prints in her wardrobe and these tops are super versatile.  They can be worn with jeans, skirts and dress pants and layered under cardigans or blazers.  Pick them up in a few different patterns/colors.  (Black/Salmon Hydrangea and Scatter Ivory/Black are featured in outfits below).

2.  Hinge Lace Mix Top

Why it Made the List:  I promise you WILL want a lace top in your collection for fall.  This one has pretty details galore.


1.  NYDJ ‘Samantha’ Stretch Slim Straight Jeans

Why it Made the List:  A great price on a great brand.  This style and fit flatters all body types and the brandywine color is perfect for fall.

2.  KUT from the Kloth “Diana” Stretch Skinny Jeans

Why it Made the List:  If you don’t have a pair of gray jeans yet, run to get this pair.  Gray jeans instantly update your denim collection.  They are a neutral that go with everything.

3.  KUT from the Kloth “Reese” Straight Leg Jeans

Why it Made the List:  If you’ve got a closet full of skinny jeans, you’ll want to add this straight leg pair into the mix.  They look adorable cuffed with flats or ankle boots.


1.  Caslon Four-Pocket Anorak

Why it Made the List:  Military jackets had their moment.  This anorak will be your new favorite with it’s slouchy, relaxed structure.  This updated jacket is lightweight enough to wear with anything and will take your basics to a new level.

2.  B.P. Long Textured Open Cardigan

Why it Made the List:  Every single capsule wardrobe I’ve ever made has a cardigan in it.  Why?  They complete an outfit.  Pair one with a pretty blouse, long necklace, jeans and ankle boots and you have an instant outfit any day.  The open weave on this one gives it a lighter weight.


1.  Caslon Print Slip Neck Shirtdress


Why it Made the List:  Every woman needs a shirtdress in her wardrobe.  They never go out of style and they’re incredibly versatile.  Pair it up with heels and big pearls for the office.  Wear it with tights and ankle boots for date night.  Throw on your favorite cardigan and riding boots to warm it up.  Convinced yet?


1.  B.P. “Trott”  Bootie

Why it Made the List:  A cute suede ankle boot at a great price.  This style pairs well with all of your casual outfits.  Get it in chocolate leather or try the burgundy for a little punch of color.

2.  Louise et Cie “Barry” Ankle Strap Flat

Why it Made the List:  It’s time to add some ankle strap flats to your collection. This pretty color is perfect for fall and the snake print leather detail on the back adds even more interest.  These flats are great for the office or with jeans for everyday.


1.  Poverty Flats Leather Tote

Why it Made the List:   Tote bags are my go-to everyday handbag.  They’re roomy and stylish and stash everything you need.  You’re going to want this leather one in more than one color, I promise.

2.  Sonya Renee “N-Tessa” Drusy Tassel Necklace

Why it Made the List:  I instantly fell in love with this necklace.  It’s simple, yet really pretty and goes with everything.

3.  Kendra Scott “Dani” Stone Drop Earrings


Why it Made the List:  The smaller size of the “Dani” from Kendra Scott is great for every day.  Get these sparklers in peach cat’s eye with rose gold to be totally on trend for fall.



1.  MAC “Look in a Box” Sophisticate Face Kit

Why it Made the List:  This kit of MAC favorites is valued at $113 and has everything you need to create multiple looks.  It also comes with a complimentary MAC How To Tutorial Booklet created just for Nordstrom.  If the Sophisticate color palette isn’t your cup of tea, try it in the cool toned Style Maven instead.

The Outfits

Day One


Shirtdress + Necklace + Ankle Strap Flats

Day Two


Lace Top + Earrings + Burgundy Jeans + Ankle Boots

Day Three


Anorak + Printed Top + Necklace + Gray Jeans + Ankle Boots

Day Four


Anorak + Lace Top + Necklace + Tote + Jeans + Ankle Strap Flats

Day Five


Cardigan + Printed Top + Earrings + Burgundy Jeans + Ankle Boots

Day Six


Cardigan + Printed Top + Gray Jeans + Tote + Ankle Boots

Day Seven


Cardigan + Shirtdress + Necklace + Ankle Boots

It’s Your Turn:  If you shop the sale and try out the capsule wardrobe, let me know!  I’d love to see the outfits you create from it.

If you liked this capsule wardrobe, then check out the GYPO Style Challenge.  Each season you’ll get a capsule wardrobe of seasonal trends plus 21 days of mix and match outfits.  Get more details and sign up for a challenge HERE.

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  1. Great picks! Thanks Alison! I am hoping those Pleione tops are still there when the sale goes live for public tomorrow! Susan

  2. Being a minimalist wanna-be, a busy mom and a person who never knows how to dress herself well, I greatly appreciate your detailed capsule wardrobe ideas! I love that you put pieces together that everybody can wear and they aren’t only for skinny people. Thank you for this guide, great job!

  3. Love this! I appreciate all the items being under $100 and enjoy how you put everything together. Some of these I hadn’t seen!!

  4. GORGEOUS! Love everything. Fall is my favorite time of year for dressing. Love the colors you chose.

  5. Thanks for posting your picks for the NAS! I love your picks and your style challenges! So helpful!

  6. I have learned a lot from this site. I already purchased four of the pieces from your list. You’ve given me some great styling options. Thanks.

  7. Thank you so much for doing this Alison! I had looked at the Nordstrom website, and got frustrated with the hundreds of pieces on sale. You’ve given me the help I needed to shop smart and prepare for fall. Love!

  8. Hi Allison,
    Question about the Kendra Scott Dani earrings…..you said to get the Peach to be totally on trend this Fall. Is rose gold going to be a big trend this Fall? I love the color, but I don’t have any other rose gold jewelry. Is it ok to wear rose gold with regular gold? I already bought the Dani earrings in the irridencent slate color. Thanks!

    1. Hey Stacey! Yes, rose gold is big for fall. I mix mine with regular gold. It works because it’s not too “clashy”, they are both warm tones. Although mixing metals is perfectly acceptable now too so you can’t go wrong!

  9. Cute choices. Thank you for helping me put together so many great outfits. One question. Do you think the anorak jacket would work well with these outfits in the grey ebony color?

  10. The thing that caught my eye was the burgundy flats. Once I got to the website, though, I settled on 2 different pairs of flats with ankle straps – one is leopard! I did buy the earrings, however.

  11. I just placed my very first order with Nordstrom! Thanks so much 🙂 I had been wanting a jacket like that so it was the first thing in my cart. I got two of the tops and a pair of flatter booties that were suggested when I looked at the ones on your list. Skipped the pants because I’m too hard to fit without trying on…. but will shop for them in stores as fall things hit. Love your emails and posts!

    1. They are. KUT from the Kloth has one of my favorite fits because they don’t gap at the waist like most jeans do when you have hips. I have a few pairs and they fit great.

  12. I am THRILLED with this list! Nordstrom is always my go-to store – I know that I can always find something – no matter the occasion. THANK YOU, Alison, for this practical yet adorable list!

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