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Nordstrom Back to School Capsule Wardrobe – for Girls


Last week’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:  What to Buy + How to Wear It post for women was such a big hit that I’ve decided to do it again.

But this one’s for the girls!

Moms, your back to school shopping is about to get a lot easier.  Today’s post features 16 of my favorite items for girls from the NAS.  But this time in a back to school capsule wardrobe with a week’s worth of outfits included.

The Pieces


1.  Tucker + Tate Striped Tunic

Why it Made the List: No wardrobe is complete without a striped top!  This tunic length is versatile to wear with both jeans and leggings.

2.  Tucker + Tate Pullover Print Sweater



Why it Made the List:  This lightweight sweater has a boldly patterned back panel for a cozy chic addition to back to school style.

3.  Zella Vinyasa Hooded Tunic

Why it Made the List:  Perfect for P.E. or just comfy, casual days, this burnout tunic has a high low hemline.



1.  Joe’s Ponte Jeggings

Why it Made the List:  A ponte jegging provides a little extra thickness and warmth.  This pair is super stretchy and has a lean silhouette modeled after classic denim.

2. Tractr Zip Pocket Skinny Jeans

Why it Made the List:  The ribbed cuffs and zipper details on the pockets update this pair of skinny jeans for fall.

3.  Zella Yoga Pant Leggings

Why it Made the List:  These pants are perfect for dance, yoga and other active pursuits.


1.  Tucker + Tate Slouchy Open Front Cardigan

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Why it Made the List:  This slouchy open front sweater will be your girl’s new best friend.  It’s perfect for layering!

2.  Patagonia Down Sweater Vest

Why it Made the List:  This super thin down vest adds just the right amount of warmth on chilly days.  It’s got a waterproof finish too.


1.  Mia Chica Plaid Shirtdress


Why it Made the List:  She’ll be the best dressed girl in school with this super trendy plaid shirtdress.  It’s extremely versatile and can be worn with flats or sandals now and boots and tights in the winter.


1.  Sperry ‘Elise’ Flat

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Why it Made the List:  This comfortable cap toe flat comes in four different colors but champagne goes with everything.  This will be her new favorite everyday shoe.

2.  Stuart Weitzman ’50/50′ Boot

Why it Made the List:  This clean lined knee high boot has a stretchy back panel to make it easier to put on and take off.

3.  Nike Free 5.0 Athletic Shoe

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Why it Made the List:  Perfect for just about any activity, these stretchy shoes have a sock-like upper that gives growing feet some breathing room.  I have a pair of these myself and they feel incredible.


1.  Capelli Three Strand Headband

Why it Made the List:   Three strands of crystals add a little pizazz to any outfit.  This hair band is the perfect finishing touch.

2.  Teddy Bear Faux Fur Infinity Scarf

Why it Made the List:  A cuddly scarf adds a soft hug of warmth and style to her outfits.

3.  Hipster Briefs

Why it Made the List:  Back to school is a great time to load up on essentials, like this 5-pack of hipster briefs in fun patterns and colors.

4.  Zella Logo Liner Socks

Why it Made the List:  Both of my daughters wear these liner socks with all of their flats.  Stock up, you’re going to want more than one pack.


The Outfits

Day One


Cardigan + Shirtdress + Headband + Boots

Day Two


Fur Scarf + Striped Tunic + Jeans + Flats

Day Three


Vest + Sweater + Jeggings + Boots

Day Four


Fur Scarf + Shirtdress + Jeggings + Flats

Day Five


Vest + Yoga Tunic + Yoga Pants + Athletic Shoes

Day Six


Cardigan + Striped Tunic + Headband + Jeggings + Boots

Day Seven


Fur Scarf + Sweater + Jeans + Flats

It’s Your Turn:  If you shop the sale and try out the capsule wardrobe for your girl’s back to school shopping, 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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  • Great picks, I love that they are all so versatile!! I really want the striped top and skinny jeans with pocket zippers, so cute! Have a great day Alison:)

    • Thanks Marta. Happy Wednesday!

  • Great selection! I love that aztec sweater! Susan

  • Colleen Hazlehurst

    Thanks for doing a capsule for kids! I always over-buy. My kids are still young, so I’m just learning the back-to-school ropes. Glad I found you!

    • I’m happy you found GYPO!

  • Both of my daughters would LOVE all of these clothes and the outfits all look great!!!

    • Enjoy shopping Morgan!

  • Donna

    Great list. I’m a cardholder so I went within the first few days. My daughter loved that darn scarf but since it was white I kept putting it back! (Just starting school) she didn’t like like shoes but got a similar pair. I did not see the Patagonia vest! She has some similar tops. I wish I could have gotten her to try on pants but she was done with shopping after the shoes, which is why we were there. Love seeing kids stuff!

  • I have 3 kids (2 girls) and my older daughter will start middle school in September, the clothes talk is way different from when my son started middle school. Lol! I love what you put together!!

  • I love this post! So great, what you picked out is perfect too! I can’t believe school is just around the corner? Where does the time go?!

    • Summer went by too fast! I know my girls are excited to go back to school.

  • Jeannine

    Hi Alison! Any thoughts regarding a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale capsule for the men in our lives?

    • Hey Jeannine! I’ve been giving that some thought too. If everything doesn’t sell out, I may be able to get something put together. 🙂

      • Jeannine

        That would be awesome!!!

        • I’ll keep everyone posted through GYPO.

  • Laura

    I love both of your Nordstrom capsules! My daughter is in college and is taking pieces from both lists to create an affordable back to college wardrobe. On her limited budget she can absolutely copy your adorable outfits with one or two pieces from Nordstrom’s and then head to Target for some ‘copy’ items, like a striped or plaid flannel shirt. Thank you so very much for helping us both look and feel great!

    • That’s a great idea Laura! I’m so glad the NAS capsules are a big hit!

  • I would have LOVED if my mom shopped like this when I was young lol

  • Kim

    This is great!!!!! Any chance you will do something similar for boys?

  • Jennifer

    Hi Allison,

    I cannot thank you enough for putting this together! Most of the pieces you picked span the sizes so I was able to pick up many of the pieces for my 4 year old (and now I know what to look for elsewhere for those that didn’t come in little girl sizes!). I really love that she can look great for a range of activities and be fashionable and on trend without having to wear the latest movie characters 😉

    • I am so glad you were able to enjoy the girls capsule wardrobe Jennifer.

  • susie

    Oh wow!!!! Do this every season please!!! This would be worth paying for a style challenge to me. I would buy it every time for my 2 teens. Thank you

    • I’m so glad you like it Susie!