What to Buy at The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

What to Buy at The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale has been the only sale I note on my calendar every year for the past decade. Unlike other retailers that have a new sale or coupon every week, Nordstrom is the only higher-end department store that offers both a better range of merchandise and price points and maintains some level of price integrity. 

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Retail over the last several years has changed significantly. I used to think I didn’t like going to the mall or shopping in stores because I spent so many years doing it for other people. I figured I was a little burned out and bored by it all.

But, the customer experience, no matter where you go, isn’t the same. I think it all started back when stores stopped having gift boxes available around the holidays. Then I noticed not long ago even Nordstrom stopped wrapping your purchase in tissue paper. It’s little things that all start to add up. 

I can’t help but feel like the stores think they are doing us a favor, yet prices continue to rise, and service continues to drop. 

Merchants seem to have stopped taking care of their in-store customers, so no wonder why more and more consumers are turning to online shopping. You can get everything you need from the comfort of home and avoid the drama of the mall. It’s a more pleasant experience all around. 

What to Buy at The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

A Few Online Shopping Tips

At Nordstrom I use a combination of online ordering shipped to my house and in store pick up. If there is a Nordstrom close to you, you simply order online, select in-store pick up in your cart, and your merchandise will be ready in about two hours. 

Order as much as you want, order multiple sizes and return whatever doesn’t work. 

It’s so helpful to try options on at home since you can grab a pair of your favorite shoes, or see how you can wear an item with other pieces in your closet. Just be sure to keep alterations in mind when you are trying items on at home since a store employee won’t be around to remind you. 

This Year’s Sale is “Meh”

Unfortunately, this year’s sale and their selection of styles, has left me underwhelmed. Typically, I’ll enthusiastically add things to my cart as I go and then have to review and delete items to stay in the budget before I check out.

In the past I’ve scored a gorgeous and classic Tory Burch bag, a Burberry trench, and I’ve stocked up on Zella Live-in leggings, Hanky Panky underwear, bathing suit cover-ups and sunglasses.

This year, I was ready to order quite a bit. I was pregnant all last spring and summer, so I hadn’t bought anything new in a while. There I was, with a glass of wine and an actual decent budget, I spent hours online, and couldn’t find many things I loved. 

So I decided to turn my efforts into a post. I went through every single category they offer, searching for a deal on something we’ve recently featured, or a splurge worthy find.

Save yourself the trouble of searching, because I did it for all of us. If it’s not on this list, you either don’t need it, it’s not on sale, or the sizes are too limited to offer our readership. 

In the process I did find a few things for myself and pieces you may like too. I organized our picks by category.

Keep in mind sizes will become more limited as the sale progresses (sale ends June 2) so if sizing, especially extended sizes are either limited or not available, I didn’t exclude them on purpose. 

Loungewear and Pajamas 

Need a new robe for the summer? This terry cloth option is the perfect length and under $40.  You could even pick it up as a gift for the holidays.  I picked up a few pairs of these joggers, for casual days at home with the baby. And a pair of pajama shorts for mornings at the beach. 

Need a proper pair of jammies? I love a menswear pair, like this short sleeve option by Ugg that is beyond soft and comfortable. Again, a great gift idea. 


We talk a lot about jeans here, and the Nordstrom Sale historically is a great place to pick up a pair of better jeans at a discount. We love Paige Denim and their Skinny “Skyline” jeans have an incredible fit. On sale right now they are under $90.00

KUT from the Kloth is another go-to brand around here. I picked up these light wash ankle jeans with an unfinished hem. I wore them out last this past weekend and received a ton of compliments on how they fit. We’re also big fans of their Diana Skinny Jean on sale for $53

Looking for a white jean? These DL1961’s are incredible. And these NYDJ cuffed ankle pants are sweet and casual at a great price. 


There’s little in terms of suit options on sale, but if you are plus sized, Louben makes an incredible suit and all the pieces are currently on sale: jacket, pant, skirt and dress. Seriously, if you can’t use it, forward to a friend who might because it’s a quality suit at a fabulous price and unfortunately, we don’t see that often in plus size clothing. 


I love a dress in the spring and summer. 

This belted midi dress comes in missy and plus. Pair with a simple wedge and you could go anywhere all season. 

You could wear this lovely sheath to work with classic pumps, no jacket required. Same goes for this perfect black faux wrap dress. Also in plus size.

Need something for an occasion? I would scoop up this high/low maxi dress in a heartbeat. 

Or maybe you want to try a jumpsuit … I ordered this one for myself. If you are plus size, I would try this one.

Tops and Tees

Pick up a few tops so you have something to go out in that doesn’t feel like a shirt you would wear to work. 

I grabbed a few lightweight options for the heat of the summer. I wore this illusion cami on it’s own with jeans this weekend since it was extra hot in the city,  but you can just as easily wear it under a blazer. I also picked a similar but more casual cami, and this tee shirt in purple to wear with white bottoms. 

For something with more substance you might like this short sleeve wrap top, this bow neck top is perfect for a night out, so is this detailed halter neck tank

We’ve featured many pretty tops by CeCe in the last few months, here are a few that are currently marked down: this floral trimmed tee, this tie sleeve blouse, and this summery, yellow off the shoulder blouse is lovely


For shoes, I finally pulled the trigger on these Tory Burch sandals in tan/gold at 40% off. I’ve been eyeing them up for weeks. I like that they don’t have a logo and look extra sophisticated.  

These Via Spiga block heel sandals are another can’t beat price option. Buy them in the tan, you’ll wear them to death. 

Honorable Mentions

There are two extra pieces worth mentioning.  I live in this Patagonia half zip in Birch White (it looks grey) when it’s chilly and it’s on sale for $69.  Finally, this Clare V. Croc Clutch is stunning at 40% off it’s original price. 



What to Buy at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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Today, we’re interrupting our regular Wear to Work post to round up some “must have” pieces from the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale.  When I used to work with clients, I practically lived at the King of Prussia Nordstrom this week. For years, Nordstrom was my number one go-to store.  But lately, I’ve found them to be somewhat lackluster. The merchandise is SO YOUNG and trendy, and the prices seem only to be getting higher. Maybe I’m turning into a fuddy-duddy, but Lauren and I spend more time sending each other links to ridiculous items than we do cute options.

The good news is if you know the brands and styles you like, you can search the sale quickly(ish).  That’s just what I did for today’s post.  If you like something, act fast, sizes and styles become limited quickly, and the sale ends on June 3rd (also, how is it almost June???)

What to Buy At the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale


What to Buy at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

Raincoat: was $200, on sale for $129.90 | Slide: was $59.95, on sale for $35.90 | Jeans: was $89, on sale for $59.63 |  Gingham Shirt: was $49, on sale for $29.40 | Crossbody: was $56.95, on sale for $34.17 |   White Jeans: was $109, on sale for $72.90) |  Tweed Jacket: was $698, on sale for $418.80 |

Traveling abroad this summer?  Depending on where you are heading you may want to pick up a packable rain coat.  This one by Cole Haan is lovely and practical.  I like the red, since it adds some color to your basics, but it comes in six other highly wearable colors.  (Was $200, on sale for $129.90.)

Speaking of traveling abroad, I spent two weeks in Europe last summer, with a week in Croatia.  (You can read about it here, it was incredible, and I want to go back.)  It was hot, and we walked an unbelievable amount of miles a day. I brought along a slide similar to these and wore them every day with shorts and cotton sundresses. They were just the thing to keep me comfortable, help my feet “breath” but kept the look polished.  Available in four other colors including metallic gold and silver. (Was $59.95, on sale for $35.90.)

In the warmer months, life gets a bit more laid back, so a pair of relaxed jeans is a nice addition to your weekend wardrobe.  These KUT ankle jeans can be dressed up or down.  You can make them sporty with updated sneakers and a simple tee or, create contrast by adding a silk blouse and feminine heel for a date night out.  (Was $89, on sale for $59.63.)

Being unapologetically preppy is back in a big way.  Just look at the success of Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James.  If you like a little prep in your look (I sure do) but don’t want to spend $200 on a button down (I sure don’t) pick up this gingham button down from the BP department. It’s available in navy and pink, wear it with white jeans or roll your sleeves and pair with your favorite shorts.  (Was $49, on sale for $29.40.) Size note: Nordstrom’s site says this runs true, but my experience is everything in BP runs small, especially in the cut of the arms.

Navy as a neutral is often overlooked, but it can serve the same purpose as your go-to black bag while softening the look for the warm weather.  While I tend to spend on handbags, there is something about a summer bag that makes it hard for me to justify a high price tag.  Plus, I like to use the summer to take a break from shopping or at least limit the amount I spend.  That’s why brands like Sole Society are so great.  You can get an updated, or trendy piece without blowing your budget.  This navy crossbody bag is roomy and streamlined.  It works as an everyday, casual bag and looks best with neutral to you tones, rich tans or any metallic.  (Was $56.95, on sale for $34.17.)

Ready to jump into the world of white jeans?  Go with the under $100 option with these NYDJ ankle jeans. They have a subtle slit at the hem giving them a casual vibe that can work with anything from a block heel sandal to a slide on sneaker.  Available in seven other colors.  (Was $109, on sale for $72.90.)

If you have the budget and wardrobe need, consider picking up a statement jacket for the office.  Lafayette 148 is expensive, even on sale, but the quality is on point.  The pieces are lined, the details are well done, and they are cut in a way that they feel good on your body. I have a similar version to this navy tweed jacket from years ago and wear it all the time.  You can pair it with a navy skirt, sheath or pants, or, if you work in a traditional office with casual Fridays, wear it with your dark jeans and a heel.  (Was $698, on sale for $418.80.)

Updated: Varsity Tee SOLD OUT.