What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Workwear

Today, we’re landing the plane with the Nordstrom Sale and focusing on Work, Work, and more Work. Whether you’re in the office or juggling all the balls in the air at home this fall, there are few pieces worth considering.
I also include some workout wear, because nothing gets me motivated to kick my fitness routine back into full swing like new gear.

For these recommendations, I followed the same strategy as our previous posts covering Reader Favorites and Accessories and Beauty.

I looked at our analytics to determine what brands and styles historically work for readers, and I asked myself, “what would I put in a dressing room for some of my styling clients?”

This helped me curate a list of items that are both practical and stylish at the best possible price. 

As always, sizes are inclusive whenever possible.

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Work, Work and More Work 


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For many of us, workwear looks different this year. Even if we are headed back into our offices, the vibe may feel a bit more casual. So this roundup includes options whether you’re home-based, hybrid, or back to the grind like nothing ever happened. 







The dress has long been my go-to, to wear and recommend. Back when I traveled extensively for work, these dresses were in full rotation. They just make getting dressed so easy. If you need to look professionally polished but have zero time in the morning, you “zip up and go,” and you’ll look like you put in some major effort. 

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Don’t miss these dresses – all well under $100

Tahari Cap Sleeve Dress, $76 – The color on this dress is gorgeous, while the length is better if you are on the tall side. 

Vince Camuto Cap Sleeve Dress, $76 – Don’t shy away from a peplum detail, if you are dressing a body type that needs some curves, it creates a lovely, feminine shape. 

Tahari Pleat Dress, $70 – I adore this option, you can’t beat a dress with a sleeve and flattering side detail. 

Tops and Layers

Leopard Blouse, $30 – A fantastic layer under a black cardigan or blazer, or wear it alone on hot days. 

Polka Dot Top, $49 – Would look beautiful with slim cut black pants, or jeans. 

Cece Tie Sleeve Top, $49 – In the poppy red option, this becomes the perfect blouse to throw on for non stop video calls. 

Barefoot Dreams Cardigan, $86 – Like a bathrobe you can wear to Target, this BD cardi is divine. I’ll be wearing mine with leggings and flats all season long. 

Treasure & Bond Blazer: $65 – If you want a blazer that works with jeans, this one button from Treasure & Bond is a fantastic choice. Wear with dark wash or black skinny or straight jeans, or pair with a simple white tee and light washed boyfriend jeans. 


Spanx Perfect Black Pants, $85 – I ordered these for myself and can’t wait to try them. They’re a more polished alternative to leggings. 

Vince Camuto Stretch Trousers, $56 – I recommend these trousers by Vince Camuto all the time. In petite and regular here for under $40, and plus size here. They run full so size down. 

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Just a few pieces this year to feature, but they are so worth it!

ASICS GEL-Kayano, $100 – My all-time favorite gym sneakers are by ASICS. You can’t beat the comfort and support. You kind of feel more athletic in them ;). I scooped these up for under $100, which regularly retail starting at $160.

Adidas Edge Lux 4, $50 – Another fantastic sneaker option are these Adidas Edge. Also comfortable and super stylish for only $50. 

Zella Studio Crop Leggings, $36 – For as much as I spend on clothes, I have my limits, and one of those limits is $100+  leggings. No thank you. Zella’s are wonderful all round and during the sale, under $40. 

Patagonia Better Sweater Jacket, $84 – The perfect piece to throw on for early morning walks. If you’re in between sizes, go up one. I initially ordered a medium, and it just fit. I eventually ordered a large and gave the medium to my daughter.

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