What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Basics, Coats and Shoes

Over the past few years, the Nordstrom Sale has been so-so. But this year, it’s pretty good and an opportunity to stock up on basics you love, fill in some wardrobe voids, and maybe pick up a splurge at a better price. 

The sale, however, is utterly overwhelming, and there’s a lot of stuff you don’t need. I spent the weekend combing through every single item in every single category until my eyes hurt. 

Post Schedule

To cover the scope of the sale, I take three days to highlight specific categories. I started doing this last year, and readers like the organized approach. 

I do the work for you so you can take advantage of the special pricing without spending a ton of time searching. 

Today’s post is broken down by Basics, Coats, and Shoes.

Tomorrow I’m sharing top Workwear, Reader Favorites, and Splurges.

Then, on Friday, I’ll wrap things up with Beauty, Jewelry, and Bags.

If you are new to our site, welcome! What you’ll notice is that I don’t do a big try-on haul showing off my purchases. This is because I don’t find that kind of post helpful. Instead, my recommendations are both data-driven and based on all your requests. 

As always, all sizes are included when available. 

When Can You Shop

To overcomplicate things, Nordstrom restricts initial access to cardholders who are further broken down by category. If you have a Nordstrom Card, you can log into your account to see your status. The more you spend, the earlier your access.

Non-cardholders can start shopping on July 28th. 

If you can’t shop just yet, I recommend creating a “Wish List” on the Nordstrom site. This way, once you have access, you can flip everything into your shopping cart. By design, the sale is meant to sell out, and it does, every year. 

This year, your best bet is to shop online. Unfortunately, their in-store inventory is sparse. And if you do place an order, have some patience; if last year repeats itself, we’re not dealing with Amazon-type shipping. 

Please remember, unlike some sites, I am not affiliated or sponsored by Nordstrom. I do, however, receive a tiny commission if you purchase through one of the links below. All opinions are mine. 

Let’s get started. 

The Nordstrom Sale 

 

NSale Basics

Wit & Wisdom, Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans, $49 | SPANX Perfect Pants, $89 | Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28 | Treasure & Bond, Turtleneck Sweater, $39 | Wacoal Convertible Strapless Bra, $39

Wit & Wisdom, Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans, $49 – a fantastic option to replace skinny jeans. No that there is anything wrong with a skinny, this one, also by Wit & Wisdom is a long-time Reader Fave and part of the sale

I picked up these Good American jeans for the early fall, 

SPANX Perfect Pants, $89 – these were a top Reader Fave in 2020, perfect for work or weekends.

Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28 – love this raw edge tank, in black or white as a basic layer under long cardigans and blazers. 

Treasure & Bond, Turtleneck Sweater, $39 – I would own this sweater in every color, makes the perfect base for a jeans/sweater/booties fall outfit. 

Underwear – for the first time the sale has a fantastic selection of undergarments, starting with the always popular Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra for under $40. Also, the Wacoal No-Wire Contour Bra is a nice everyday “tee shirt” bra on sale for $42. 

I’m a big fan of Hanky-Panky underwear, usually the neutral colors are not included in the sale but they are this time around so I stocked up. 

Finally, I discovered True & Co last year and this bralette is the most comfortable bra for working at home – ever. 

 

NSale Coats

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN, Snap Front Quilted Jacket, $99 | Halogen, Knit Moto Jacket, $58 | Club Monaco, Maite Trench Coat, $195 |Barbour, Sterndale Quilted Jacket, $133 | The North Face, Ancha Hooded Waterproof Parka, $150

If you are in the market for a new coat, this is one of the best categories in the sale.  The selection is a bit overwhelming on their site, so I picked the best of the best. 

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN, Snap Front Quilted Jacket, $99 – Gorgeous fall coat, available in XS – XXL. 

Halogen, Knit Moto Jacket, $58 – Soft knit, lovely for work, available in XXS – XXL in black or burgundy.

Club Monaco, Maite Trench Coat, $195 – Timeless styled trench at a fantastic price for the quality, runs true to size, available in XXS – XL

Barbour, Sterndale Quilted Jacket, $133 – You won’t find this iconic jacket at a better price, runs small in sizes 4 – 14 available in navy or tan.

The North Face, Ancha Hooded Waterproof Parka, $150 – Simple and elegant waterproof parka is under $150, available in XS – XXL, runs small. 

Shop Nordstrom Sale Coats

Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted

 

NSale Shoes

Tory Burch Chelsea 50MM Lug Boot, $250 | Treasure & Bond, Nova Mule, $39 | Sam Edelman, Olly Knee High Boot, $149| Sarto by Franco Sarto Lori Bootie, $99 | Vince Camuto, Gradina Block Heel Bootie, $59 | Adidas, Edge Lux 4 Running Shoes, $56

From new sneakers to classic fall booties, check these out before you look anywhere else.  

Tory Burch Chelsea 50MM Lug Boot, $250 – if you’re looking for a splurge worth fall boot, take another look at these. Available in black or tan. (These are in my shopping cart in the tan!) 

Treasure & Bond, Nova Mule, $39 – available in tan, black and a speckled leopard, these are super affordable and look great with straight or skinny pants. 

Sam Edelman, Olly Knee High Boot, $149 – by early fall a classic, clean lined knee boot is almost impossible to find, so scoop this up in either black or light stone so you’re ready the second the weather changes. 

Sarto by Franco Sarto Lori Bootie, $99 – the most basic leather ankle boot for under $100 is always hard to find. Here you can buy it in black, taupe or chestnut. 

Vince Camuto, Gradina Block Heel Bootie, $59 – for a little more style go with this Vince Camuto option in either black or tan. These go with straight and skinny bottoms or even skirts and dresses. 

Adidas, Edge Lux 4 Running Shoes, $56 – my favorite affordable running sneakers are under $60 and available in either black and white or copper and pearl. 

Shop Nordstrom Sale Shoes

Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS

 

See our top picks in Workwear, Readers Favorites and Splurge-Worthy items here

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What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Basics, Coats and Shoes

12 thoughts on “What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Basics, Coats and Shoes”

  1. I love shopping the Nordstrom sale – it always gets me excited for fall! I have time set aside this week to play in my closet and put together new outfits inspired by my favorite sale pieces 🙂 Thanks for slugging through the thousands of items to help narrow our search. Just for fun, I sometimes sort the items by price from high to low, to see what the designer items look like…am often surprised by the “unwearability” of some of those pieces!

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    • This year, there are so many truly “unwearable” pieces!!! Thank goodness they balance it with some good stuff too 🙂

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    • Hey Marcie, Unfortunately, right now I don’t have the bandwidth to do both. I’m hoping, as we grow with time, that I’ll be able to better serve our friends up north, but right now, it’s just me and I’m barely pulling all this off. 🙂

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      • Hey Megan! that is entirely understandable! It’s honestly amazing what you have been able to accomplish on your own. You’re doing everyone such an awesome service, thank you!

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      • Hey Megan! That is totally understandable 🙂 everything that you’re accomplishing on your own just for us out here, is amazing. Thank you !

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  2. Just a note for y’all wanting to buy the Spanx faux leather leggings- if in the future you need to have alterations/repairs, it is just best to buy another pair. Trying to alter them made them unwearable for me, and the tailors I used ar ones I have been using for years. They just didn’t fit right again after the alterations

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    • I really is frustrating, but keep your items on your wish list, sometimes they restock when things run out this early into the sale.

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