I’m sure I sound like a broken record at this point, but what the heck is happening in retail? Last week I went to the mall with my oldest, looking for spring clothes for her and anything for me. We spent two hours walking around the King of Prussia Mall, and it looked post-apocalyptic.
I know these retailers have had a terrible year, but the in-store experience is non-existent. There is no inventory, little variety in selection, and almost no sizes; oh, and if you are plus size or petite, many stores removed your department entirely, so good luck putting a single outfit together.
And honestly, this was happening long before COVID.
Even though shopping online can be a real pain in the neck, in my opinion, it’s the best and only option.
My goal for our content is to help make it easier for our readers to shop, especially now that the landscape is likely changed forever.
So our What to Buy at posts (along with a new one we’re launching tomorrow) are designed to help introduce you to stores and brands that work for our demographic and give you a curated selection of appropriate items.
Simply put, I want to save you time and money.
As I was pulling our April content together, I realized that I’ve never done a WTB focused on Bloomingdales. So I’m fixing that today.
And, as a happy coincidence, they are having their Buy More and Save Sale!
What to Buy at Bloomingdales
Bloomingdales offers benefits similar to Nordstrom, like free shipping and returns and cardmember benefits. They don’t get the buzz that Nordstrom gets from Influencers but offer just as many modern brands and have a nice selection of affordable options.
Below I rounded up seven items from Bloomingdales that I love individually but also represent a brand worth checking out.
Aqua: Tweed Blazer
Tweed Blazer, $98
Aqua is a contemporary brand offering fun, trend-based styles. Last week I featured this fabulous woven clutch that landed on our top seller list. It’s so well priced!
This tweed blazer (above) is a fun, under $100 spring piece. You can take it to work with black ankle pants, or wear it over jeans and a tank.
I ordered this cut out tee in white to pair with jeans and sandals.
Slim-Leg Pants, $89
I discovered Liverpool a few years ago when I received a pair of black ankle pants in a Stitch Fix order. Even though I don’t use Stitch Fix anymore, I still have and wear those pants. Above is a pair similar to what I have, available in sizes 0 – 16 for $89. Also in plus size from a 14W – 24w here.
Woven Sandals, $120
Every year there is a must-have sandal, and this year, it’s these woven slides. You’ll see a version of these everywhere; I happen to like these Marc Fisher Slides in tan (also available in black, pink, and yellow). Wear them instead of flip-flops, with summer pants, maxi dresses, or shorts.
Baublebar Bar Bracelet Set
Bracelet Set, $68
Looking for some simple layering bracelets to build out a stack? This set of two slim chain bracelets from Baublebar are lovely.
If you wear two tone pieces try these sophisticated hoops for under $40. Or, these every day hoops come in gold or silver also under $40.
House of Want Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag, $98
One way to kick up your style is to incorporate more fashion-forward bags into your outfits. But you don’t want to spend it here. Instead, look for brands like House of Want. They create functional novelty bags that give your look a modern edge. This slim shoulder bag (above) is both classic and trendy in black and chocolate for under $100.
C by Bloomingdale’s Puff-Sleeve Cashmere Sweater
Puff-Sleeve Cashmere Sweater, $148
C by Bloomingdale’s makes some of the best, affordable cashmere on the market. They fit, wash and wear well and offer lots of options. I adore this puff sleeve style for the season in lilac (above), ivory and black in sizes XS – XL. The regular price is reasonable, but when they are on sale they are totally worth stocking up on.
Joe’s Bootcut Jeans
Bootcut Jeans, $168
My favorite bootcut jeans of all time are these Honey Bootcut Jeans by Joes. They make your legs look a million miles long thanks to their on point fit and subtle bootcut leg. Have these hemmed for heels so they just slightly puddle on top of your shoe. Available in sizes 23 – 34.
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