What to Buy at Nordstrom

It’s been a hot minute since I did a round-up from Nordstrom.

One of the reasons I do not take sponsored posts or partner with retailers is because you’re often contractually obligated to have a certain amount of posts per year, and you have to sing the brand or store’s praises.

Which does not work for me.

As long-time readers know, Nordstrom was my number one go-to for years. I bought EVERYTHING there. But over the years, it’s become difficult to find pieces that really get me excited and feel like they justify their price tag.

Last year, I went to Nordstrom looking for something to wear to my 40th birthday party (pre-COVID). I decided I was going to treat myself to whatever I wanted. I spent a good two hours walking in and out of departments and found nothing. Absolutely, nothing.

I was so frustrated. Here I was, 40 years old, finally with enough disposable income to say, “go ahead and treat yourself,” and I came up empty-handed. I kept thinking, “if I’m not their target market, who is?

Their selection seemed to be a  mishmosh of styles, trends and prices, and I’m not quite sure who they are marketing to. 

Needless to say, shopping at Nordstrom isn’t the experience it use to be.

There are, however, some fantastic options available if you have the time and patience to go through their inventory. Unfortunately, the in-store experience isn’t what it use to be. Remember when they had a piano player in the store’s center and pristine racks and displays? Sadly, no longer. Shopping online is now the way to go since not all stores have the same inventory, and the specialness of the experience is gone. 

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So, for today’s post, I went through thousands of items, 57 pages to be exact, looking for stand-out items that would add real value to our spring wardrobes. 

What to Buy at Nordstrom 

 

What to Buy at Nordstrom

Happily, all is not lost.  They still have a wonderful return policy, an extensive size range (mostly online), on-site alterations and cardmember bonuses that make their store card worth carrying. 

Below is a round up of seven items I truly love from their new arrivals. 

Eyelet Sweatshirt 

Nordstrom Eyelet Sweatshirt

Eyelet Sweatshirt, $49 

I can never pass up a sweatshirt with some extra feminine detail. This one from Halogen (Nordstrom’s private label) is under $50 and comes in white, lavender and blue up to an XXL or an 18. Keep it simple with a pair of comfy jeans and crisp white sneakers. 

Nordstrom Racerback Tee

Racerback Camisole, $68 

It is such a challenge to find a decent cami to wear under cardigans and blazers this time of year. You want something that falls away from the body, with a lovely drape, but still gives you shape. I ordered this racerback cami by SPANX in white and black. The V-neck line will work well with any additional layer, and it’s a nice length. Available in regular and plus sizes up to a 2X. 

* Yes, you have to wear a strapless bra with this, my favorite is the Red Carpet Strapless Bra by Wacoal

Crossbody Bag

Nordstrom Crossbody Bag

Crossbody Bag, $129 

Lots of requests have come in, looking for a neutral crossbody bag for the spring. I like this one so much I’m featuring it in our INSIDER Membership (launching this week!). I love the size, shape, and color options available, AND that it is void of any logo or extra details that would take away from the simple classic nature of it. 

 

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Nordstrom Faux Wrap Dress

Faux Wrap Dress, $89 

Now that the weather is steadily gorgeous on the East Coast, I’m looking forward to drinks outside, dinner with friends, and celebrating some family events in a big way. I ordered this faux wrap dress for myself as an option for Easter or my daughter’s graduation.

It has a high-low hem, softly gathered sleeves, and a beautiful drape that is friendly to my shape as I work off the last of my Covid weight gain.

I’ll pair it with strappy neutral sandals and this sweet little bag I bought last week from our H&M roundup.

Available in navy only, up to a size 16. Runs true.

 

Nordstrom Cap Sleeve Midi Dress

Cap Sleeve Midi Dress, $148 

After a year in sweats, maybe you are looking for a dress to wear to one of the upcoming spring holidays or a family event. This Vince Camuto Midi dress is stunning. The gathered neckline, shaped waist, and flutter of fabric in the front give it major designer vibes for only $150.
It is available in three colors, including coral (above), cobalt, and navy, up to a size 18.

 

Nordstrom Toirtoiseshell Hoop Earrings

Tortoiseshell Hoops, $32

What’s not to love about these stunning, mixed media hoops, pairing polished gold with tortoiseshell by Petite Moments? They are fresh and modern but totally neutral so that you can wear them with anything. I’ll wear them with a simple white top (like the sweatshirt above) or the navy faux wrap (also above). For $32, they are a no-brainer. 

If you are looking for well-priced, nice quality jewelry, Petit Moments, available at Nordstrom, has a wonderful selection, all well under $50. 

Tuck Stitch Cotton Sweater

Nordstrom Tuck Stitch Sweater

Tuck Stitch Cotton Sweater, $69 

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Finally, half-tuck this sweater by Treasure & Bond into your favorite white bottoms and pair with a neutral shoe for an  instantly fresh spring outfit. I have several knits by T&B and have been delighted with how they combine quality and style with a reasonable price tag. 

Available in red (above), yellow and green up to an XXL or an 18. Runs true to size. 

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What to Buy at Nordstrom

3 thoughts on “What to Buy at Nordstrom”

  1. Nordstroms has recently become a supreme disappointment; their “Corporate” offices have decided to completely eliminate the Encore (Plus-size) department from within their stores.

    With 50 per cent of the popluation wearing size 14 or above, it’s terribly short-sighted… Needless to say, they’ll no longer be getting any of my business – not gifts, housewares, makeup, jewelry, handbags, perfume, shoes, children’s or men’s clothing!

    Their loss…

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  2. I’ve had a Nordstrom personal shopper, say she was frustrated, at the stock at the Nordstrom stores, she said she couldn’t help her shoppers find clothes. This was a few years back. In Italy, the department stores look like they have rented spaces to other stores, just think, Banana Republic, Talbots, Ralph Lauren, massimo dutti, Comptoir des cotonniers, Etc… under one roof! That would be wonderful.

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  3. I’m also disappointed with Nordstrom. They did away with the in-store petite department (at least at my 2 local stores) and the online petite offerings are virtually nil. Just a handful of brands and mostly pants only. (And you have to know how to look for them…there is no category to access petites, just size filter.) I used to buy nice work clothes there, but no more. I also agree with the comment that the styles they’ve chosen don’t really seem to be targeting middle aged women at all.

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