It’s slightly bizarre to be talking about shopping for fall when it’s mid-July. But currently it’s in the upper 60s here (polar vortex? apocalypse? Christmas in July?) and it feels like fall so that’s helping. I actually need a jacket today. Texas, you’re confused. Back to fall shopping, from now until August 4th, Nordstrom is having their Anniversary Sale as you’ve probably heard if you read the internet at all. I had no idea about this sale until a few years ago when we had an employee at bloom who talked non-stop about this sale. I thought what is so great about it? It’s just a sale. Then I shopped it this year. Yes, it is just a sale, but it can work to your advantage in many ways.
So everything that is on sale is for pre-fall / fall so this is great if you want to get ahead on your ‘back to school’ shopping. (I am no longer in school and haven’t been for years, but I still love a good back to school shopping trip. I’ll use any excuse.) But let’s talk a few other ways that you can use this sale to help better your wardrobe for now or for later.
01) Shop for Fall: So this is the most obvious way to shop the sale — shop for fall clothes, since that is what the styles are. Since I had to buy seasons ahead for bloom, I learned kind of what to look for / what to stay away from when buying a season too early. My best advice would be to stick with either dark neutrals or typical fall colors. Think navy, black, grey, dark red, etc. I’d also suggest to go with pieces that will go from fall to fall — keep the trends for later. Fashion moves so quickly any more that if you buy a trend now and let’s say it never actually happens or you hate it, you’ll be kicking yourself come cooler months. Go for things that you know you’ll wear and that will last through the cold seasons. Classics now, trendy later. (I will defend the embellished chambray shirt though. Trendy but…CHAMBRAY.)
I picked a few classic fall tops below:
02) Shop for Needs: So this is the time that I would tell everyone (especially if you are a fan of designer denim) to buy jeans. The ones I’m wearing are Paige and they ended up being $70 off, while still ‘in-season’. (Psst: ‘In-season’ doesn’t necessarily mean in style or out of style, it just means it’s within a certain shipment schedule for vendors and stores. They have so many styles and deliveries throughout the year, that most of the time ‘out of season’ just means it’s been on the floor for a few months.) All that to say, denim rarely goes out of season and if you are in need, this is the time for sure. I’m not extremely loyal to one brand but I like Hudson, Mother, Citizensand I just bought these Paige denim and so far so good. For fall, I’d stick with dark skinny jeans or black jeans. I wore my black denim a ton last fall.
Shoes are another need based item for fall. And if I had to get specific, black boots for fall. Black boots of all heights. Black boots for everyone!
Another need might be a handbag, jewelry, sunglasses, etc. Think about what you’ve been on the hunt for and get it while it’s still on sale. I’ve been wanting a lighter tan cross body (my wants are very specific) and I found this one which will work perfectly into the fall. (You know I love a good neutral.)
03) Shop for Wants / Splurges: Since I’m a cardholder, the sale started at the beginning of the week for me and there was a Phillip Lim purse that was a few hundred off. I stared at it every day in my cart and of course I never hit purchase. (Let’s be real, I was never going to but it was nice to have it in my cart for a few days. I felt like it was mine.) I think it’s sold out now, but I told B that if I was in the market for a designer bag that THIS was the time. He told me I’d probably never be in the market, which hurt my pride a little. But all that to say, I could go to town on some designer duds with this sale. (I am well aware that people who actually wear designer, never address them as ‘duds’.) I present to you the want list of my dreams — and it’s on sale:
I’m still trying to talk myself into those leather shorts. I’ve got a good angel and bad angel on my shoulders talking me in and out of it.
Silliness aside, if you are in the market for a designer handbag, or say Kate Spade heels, then again this is the time to get them while still on sale. Could you buy the heels in a size 10? That way we can share. Thanks, girl. And of course your ‘splurge’ doesn’t have to be designer or out of the park expensive. Mine was this Equipment blouse. I’ve fawned over Equipment from afar for a while and decided to go ahead and take the plunge with this top since it was on sale. It’s a classic.
Wish lists aside, my anniversary sale purchases fell in the basic needs category. You just can’t go wrong with boyfriend jeans and leopard heels:
So, what’s on your list for fall?
*This post was kindly sponsored by Nordstrom for their Annierversary Sale. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this blog 🙂
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