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What to Buy at Nordstrom

I feature many items from Nordstrom here on The Well Dressed Life because they generally have what I need: lovely basics, quality fashion finds, and a wide range of sizes.

Their jean selection is solid, and their shoe section is still the best around.

I think they can be hit or miss, though. And, if I don’t have a good idea of what I am looking for, it’s tricky navigating the assortment because so much of it feels like clutter.

Sometimes I wonder, at 42, if I’m no longer their demographic.

I know it sounds crazy, but after three babies, I’m not really interested in crop tops for $150.

There is good news.

The best time to shop them, and where I find the most success, is during their Half Yearly Sale, scheduled for July.

So outside of individual recommendations throughout our content, today’s What to Buy at will be the last round-up for Nordstrom until the sale. Then, I dedicate an entire week of content to it because it’s that good.

What to Buy at Nordstrom

A roundup of what to buy at Nordstrom in March 2022

Today, I’m highlighting various pieces that might strike your fancy for early spring, including some pretty florals, an everyday handbag, a classic white blazer that might 😉 be featured in our next Outfit Formula, and more.

Pebble Shoulder Bag

Coach Pebble LEather shoulder bag in black

Pebble Shoulder Bag, $395 

I’ve received several requests for recommendations for a simple, classic black shoulder bag that’s under $500, and for my money, I would go with this Pebble Shoulder Bag from Coach. It’s just under $400, comes in black and “chalk” and is an absolute wardrobe staple. 

 Can we talk for a moment about how much I appreciate its lack of logo? This creates a real timelessness and allows you to carry it with many outfits season after season.

Slide Sandals


Slide Sandals in White

Slide Sandals, $77 

If you celebrate Easter, you know it marks the unofficial start of white sandal season. And if you need a pretty, easy-to-wear pair that just happed to be on sale, pick up these from Naturalizer

Pair with summer dresses, linen pants, or ankle-length trousers. 

Floral Print Ruffle Blouse

Floral Print Ruffle Blouse in Pink

Floral Print Ruffle Blouse, $69 

And speaking of pretty, this pink ruffle blouse from CeCe would be adorable with white bottoms, or jeans. 

We feature CeCe frequently, and they sell out fast, so if this is your style and fills a void, consider grabbing it. 

It’s also available in a black multi print that you could take to a casual office. 

Sizes are limited to XXS – XXL (14W). However, they have a separate plus line here

Notch Collar Blazer

Notch Collar Blazer in White

Notch Collar Blazer, $120 

I ADORE a white, or in this case, ivory blazer. And yes, you’ll see this featured in our Outfit Formula post on Thursday. 

Vince Camuto makes quality wardrobe staples. We love their trousers, blouses and blazers. 

This ivory blazer comes in sizes 0 – 16 (and runs large).

We’ll talk more about how to wear it later this week, but for now, it’s a great find if you are looking to add some polished layers to your closet. 

TIP! If this is too long for you, you can have it hemmed about two inches before you start messing with the pocket. I use to alter blazers like this for clients all the time when I worked with them 1:1.

Linen Shirtdress

Blue Linen Shirtdress

Linen Shirtdress, $168

I wanted to share this Linen Shirtdress as another option for this Outfit Formula. in case you’d prefer something with a sleeve.

You can style it the exact same way, perfect for a hot day when you want to be cool but look pulled together. 

Karen Kane is one of my go-to Nordstrom brands, with affordable and quality dresses and top for various occasions. This classic faux wrap black dress is one of my most recommended, and this zip front “Travel” dress was a best seller a few weeks ago, and it currently on sale for 35% off

Floral Smocked Midi Dress

Blue Floral Smocked Midi Dress

Floral Smocked Midi Dress, $115 

Nordstrom recently started carrying Draper James, Reese Witherspoon’s pretty, southern-inspired clothing line, many styles exclusive to Nordstrom. And some of the dresses are just lovely.

Like this floral smocked dress. It’s perfect for any springtime occasion with the white sandals featured above AND to get the most wear out of it, I would also pair it with your favorite white sneakers and make it casual. 

Available in sizes XXS – XXL, size up

Because this is a newer collaboration, I think Nordstrom is being conservative with inventory while testing it out, however, Draper James goes up to a size 3X on their website. This dress, specifically, is gorgeous. 

Convertible Strapless Bra

Convertible Strapless Dress

Convertible Strapless Bra, $72 

With all this talk of Spring and Summer, you probably need to take a peek at your undergarments and do a little refresh.

I’ll have a comprehensive post covering everything you need early in April. But for now, I bet you could use a good strapless bra, and the Wacoal Red Carpet Convertable Bra is the BEST.

It stays in place all day or night, you don’t have to fix yourself constantly, and it keeps the girls in place.

Nordstrom has a fantastic lingerie and underwear department. It’s worth an in-person visit if you have one locally for a proper bra fitting. They can accommodate any size, and the women working in that section know what they are doing.

What to Buy at Nordstrom

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Thursday 31st of March 2022

Hello- I would like to see more conservative environment business casual outfits with pants-no jeans, dresses, heels,sleeveless,etc. So hard to look pulled together and not frumpy!


Monday 28th of March 2022

I love your blog and it has really helped me in the style department.

While the floral blouse is cute (its actually a polka dot), the length is 21 1/2 inches. That's practically a crop top! Especially if your long waisted like me.

I agree that Nordstrom has really lost their way. I rarely shop there and find most of there stock overpriced and poor quality.

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 29th of March 2022

This blouse may be too short for you but it is not at all a crop top.


Monday 28th of March 2022

I notice the linen dress says dry clean only. Would you agree with that or can it be cleaned at home?

Linda M

Monday 28th of March 2022

I believe Nordstrom has lost their way. Less stock, less customer service, less size range, and an emphasis on stuff that can go to the Rack.

Lianne MacGregor

Monday 3rd of January 2022

I bought those pajamas during the Anniversary Sale and they are FABULOUS. Wash beautifully and delicious to wear.


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Scooped up the vest ASAP from fear of sell out. I am still sad I missed the high-low tunic from the “How to wear leggins on the Holiday”post.


Monday 3rd of January 2022


Wish I did! Usually I would order a medium and a large but only medium was available. 🤞🏻


Monday 3rd of January 2022

Do you know how the vest runs?


Monday 3rd of January 2022



Monday 3rd of January 2022

Happy New Year! Great post! I love the Vince camuto bag but already have a lo & sons bag similar in color. I’m thinking spring & summer. How do you feel about the white color? Thanks!


Monday 22nd of March 2021

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.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

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.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

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...