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What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Jeans, Coats, Jackets, Blazers and Shoes

Over the past few years, the Nordstrom Sale has been worth the hype, and NO ONE covers it the way we do. 

This year, it’s no different.

The Nordstrom Sale is a fantastic opportunity to pick up a few new pieces for fall, fill in some wardrobe voids, and grab a splurge at a better price. 

The sale, however, is utterly overwhelming, and there’s a lot of stuff you don’t need.

Over the last few days, I spent over 40 hours combing through every item in every category until my eyes hurt. 

We cover the sale differently from most “influencers.” You’ll notice I don’t do a big try-on haul showing off my purchases. 

That kind of post is not helpful since we are all different shapes and sizes, and our lifestyles vary.

Because this isn’t about me, this week is truly a service to our community

This week of content is not about what I bought; I’m showcasing all the options that make sense for you.

My recommendations are data-driven and based on all your requests and the decade of knowledge I’ve gained working with all of you. 

As always, all sizes are included when available, and this year I’m happy to report there is a decent assortment of plus and petite options.


To cover the scope of the sale, I devote 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 Jeans, Coats, Jackets and Blazers, and Shoes.

Tomorrow I’m sharing top Workwear, Tops, Dresses, Basics and Splurges.

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

When Can You Shop

Nordstrom opens access to cardholders and breaks them down by category based on spend. You can log into your account to see your status if you have a Nordstrom Card. 

“Status” is based on spend. 

The top level is ICON, who start shopping today, July 11th; next is Ambassador, who starts on the 12th, and Influencers get entry on the 13th. 

Non-cardholders can start shopping on Monday, July 17th. 

While you’re waiting to be able to shop, put what you like on your wish list.

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. 

Your best bet is to shop online. Stores won’t have everything, and sizes will be limited. 

When you place an order, be patient; fulfillment takes longer than usual.

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

The Nordstrom Sale Jeans

Starting off strong with a round up of jeans you can buy now and wear now and later.

(1) ‘Ab’Solution Straight Leg Jeans // (2) Mari High Waist Stretch Slim Straight Leg Jeans // (3) The Tripper Frayed High Waist Ankle Bootcut Jeans //(4) Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans // (5) Barbara High Waist Stretch Bootcut Jeans

‘Ab’Solution Straight Leg Jeans

Wit & Wisdom is one of our top-selling brands, so I’m excited that they are not only part of the sale but in a range of sizes.

Below is their straight leg option, anniversary priced at $49; you can get these in regular and petite 00 – 18 here, and featured below is their new LONG option, also in 00 – 18, which is excellent if you are tall like me.

These run big and will stretch, so size down. 


‘Ab’Solution Straight Leg Jeans

Wit & Wisdom


Sale: $49.99
After Sale: $78.00

Mari High Waist Stretch Slim Straight Leg Jeans

I hate to say I told you so, but I told you that skinnies would be back in style faster than they went out.

So if you are looking for an updated style in premium denim, I like the slim straight legs from AG. They are not skin-tight skinnies but are still slim to your leg.

Available in sizes 23 – 33, these run small, so go up one on anniversary price for $149.99


Mari High Waist Stretch Slim Straight Leg Jeans



Sale: $149.99
After Sale: $225.00

The Tripper Frayed High Waist Ankle Bootcut Jeans

Here’s the deal with Mother Denim; they are an LA-based brand known for their excellent fit, especially in the booty, with a little 70s vibe.

So many of their styles lean trendy, and as someone who likes modern classic style, I want to mix trendy denim with my more traditional pieces to keep my look fresh. 

I put these ankle bootcut jeans on my wish list to wear now with sandals and in the early fall with sneakers.

Sizing varies, so try a few if you are new to the brand.

Anniversary price: $178.99.


The Tripper Frayed High Waist Ankle Bootcut Jeans



Sale: $178.99
After Sale: $268.00

Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans

If there is one style that consistently works for our readers, it’s the Marilyn Straight Leg Jean from NYDJ.

These are on sale for $78.99 in all sizes, but they are different SKUs, so follow the below:

Regular sizes 00 – 18 here.

Petite sizes 00 – 18 here (and featured below). 

Plus size 14W – 28W.


Marilyn Straight Leg Jeans



Sale: $78.99
After Sale: $119.00

Barbara High Waist Stretch Bootcut Jeans

When I talk about the elongated effects of bootcut jeans, this pair from Hudson is what I’m talking about.

The leg of the jean has a subtle bootcut that encloses the foot giving the leg a lovely long line.

These look best with a heel, and be sure the hem of the jean puddles a bit on the top of your foot.

Available in sizes 23 – 34 on sale for $129.99, a fantastic discount since they retail for $215.00.


Barbara High Waist Stretch Bootcut Jeans



Sale: $129.99
After Sale: $215.00

Coated Jeans

(1) Barbara Coated High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans // (2) Meg Fab Ab Coated High Waist Raw Hem Wide Leg Jeans

Barbara Coated High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans

Coated jeans aren’t going anywhere so if you’d like to add them to your closet or need a new pair, this one from Hudson is gorgeous.

You don’t want these to be too long, so at our around your ankle is the perfect length.

Sizes here go from a 23 – 34(16), if you’re between sizes go up one.

On sale for $139.99.


Barbara Coated High Waist Ankle Straight Leg Jeans



Sale: $139.99
After Sale: $225.00

Meg Fab Ab Coated High Waist Raw Hem Wide Leg Jeans

And as a plus size option, this coated pair from KUT from the Kloth is fantastic, in sizes 14 – 24 for $72.99.


Meg Fab Ab Coated High Waist Raw Hem Wide Leg Jeans

KUT from the KLOTH


Sale: $72.99
After Sale: $109.00

Nordstrom Sale Coats

(1) Double Breasted Twill Coat // (2) Wool Blend Wrap Coat // (3) Double Breasted Wool Coat // (4) Bowlees Waterproof Longline Jacket Regular Size Here, Plus Size Here


In my opinion, coats are one category in the sale that always shines. You can find real savings on something you actually need and get more out of your budget. 

Double Breasted Twill Coat

Oh a double breasted navy coat makes my heart sing.

Available in XXS – XXL (20/22) on sale for $149.99


Double Breasted Twill Coat



Sale: $149.99
After Sale: $225.00

Bowlees Waterproof Longline Jacket

Barbour jackets rarely go on sale, so the Nordstrom sale is just the time to pick one up.

Featured below is their longline jacket, with a hood and drawstring waist available in plus sizes 1X – 3X for $299.99.

Also available in sizes 4 -14 in navy and green for $279.99.

Or you can grab one of their classic quilted jackets, also in navy and black in regular sizes here for $199 and plus size here.


Bowlees Waterproof Longline Jacket



Sale: $299.99
After Sale: $440.00

Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat

A camel coat is a must have if you are building out a classic wardrobe.

It works with every other neutral and is the perfect “topper” to a cool weather look.

From Lauren Ralph Lauren in 0 -18 for $199.99, marked down from $350.00.


Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat

Lauren Ralph Lauren


Sale: $199.99
After Sale: $350.00

Wool Blend Wrap Coat

Don’t worry, this coat also comes in black, but how fun is it in green? Or this bold cobalt blue?

It’s also practical, made in a cozy water-repellent wool blend in sizes 0 -16 on sale for $149.99.

And if it’s a little long, you can easily have this shortened.


Wool Blend Wrap Coat

Sam Edelman


Sale: $149.99
After Sale: $240.00

Jackets and Coats

(1) Full Zip Jacket (2) Mixed Up Tweed //(3) Varsity Jacket // (4) Utility Jacket in Regular Size Here, and Plus Size Here (5) Fitted Blazer // (6) Faux Suede Jacket

Varsity Jacket

I think this varsity jacket is just adorable.

Pair with jeans and sneakers, or throw it over athleisure.

On sale for $59.99.


Varsity Jacket


Sale: $59.99
After Sale: $89.00

Fitted Blazer

A GREAT neutral blazer that will go with black, brown, tan, grey or denims.

It’s fitted but casual, with a button-free open front and a traditional style lapel.

It went immediately on my wish list.

Available in sizes XXS -XL on sale for $64.99.


Fitted Blazer

Treasure & Bond


Sale: $64.99
After Sale: $99.00

Faux Suede Jacket

Chocolate brown is going to be one of the big trends this fall (more on that later).

So I’m picking up this simple faux suede jacket and I’ll wear it with jeans and black pants – yes you can wear black and brown together.

You can wear this casual or to the office.

Available in 00 – 16 on sale for $111.99.


Faux Suede Jacket

Vince Camuto


Sale: $111.99
After Sale: $169.00

Mixed Up Tweed Jacket

So many requests for business casual separates and I absolutely love this style from Nic + Zoe.

It’s just the thing to throw over a column of black paired with your favorite gold tone jewelry.

Available in XS – XXL on sale for $135.99.

And in plus size here.


Mixed Up Tweed Jacket

Nic + Zoe


Sale: $135.99
After Sale: $188.00

Anya Ottoman Full Zip Jacket

Zella is a reasonably priced athleisure brand that we love around here.

This is the perfect topper to add over your workout clothes in the fall. I love the oversized collar and thumbholes in the cuff.

Available in black and ivory in sizes XS – XL.


Anya Ottoman Full Zip Jacket



Sale: $59.99
After Sale: $89.00

Utility Jacket

Finally in our coat category is this Utility Jacket from Nordstrom’s private brand, Caslon.

Every fall I round up options in this style and every year they sell out. So if you are in the market for a new one, this is a great option.

Available in sizes in XXS -XXL on sale for $49.99 and plus size here.


Utility Jacket



Sale: $49.99
After Sale: $79.00

Nordstrom Sale Shoes

And wrapping up today’s coverage with a fabulous selection of shoes

(1) Arizona Big Buckle Slide Sandal // (2) Stuart Weitzman Linsi 75 Block Pump // (3) Georgiey Pointed Toe Knee High Boot // (4) 574 Sneaker (Unisex) // (5) Vivian Pointed Toe Loafer // (6) Tree Dasher 2 Running Sneaker // (7) Vince Hela Bootie (8) Stefy Block Heel Pointed Toe Pump


Arizona Big Buckle Slide Sandal

OMG, these were an immediate add to cart.

I can’t wait to wear them at the beach!

I’ve done a 180 on my opinion on Birkenstocks, and now I live in them.

But sometimes the black option feels very heavy so I scooped up this Ecru color with oversize goldtone buckles for $129.99.


Arizona Big Buckle Slide Sandal



Originally: $170
Anniversary Sale: $129.99

Vince Hela Bootie

I’m not ready for summer to be over but these are coming out the SECOND it becomes ankle boot weather.

From Vince, a bit splurgy, but you’re saving $145.

Available in black, “smoke” and dark amber (below).


Hela Bootie



Sale: $249.99
After Sale: $395.00

Stuart Weitzman Linsi 75 Block Pump

If you need an updated, classic pump consider this pair from Stuart Weitzman, available in tan (below), black and blue.

Stuart Weitzman rarely goes on sale, especially a classic pair before the season starts.

Again, these are splurgy, on sale for $249.99 and will go back to $375 after the sale ends.


Linsi 75 Block Pump

Stuart Weitzman


Sale: $249.99
After Sale: $375.00

Vivian Pointed Toe Loafer

It’s hard to find a loafer with a feminine instead of clunky shape, but we found just that with the Vivian Pointed Toe Laofer from Cole Haan, on sale of $99.

I like these with skinny or slim-lined pants and jeans.

Obviously I love the leopard print, it’s also in tan, black or navy.

Great for work, great for casual, dress up or down.


Vivian Pointed Toe Loafer

Cole Haan


Sale: $99.99
After Sale: $150.00

New Balance 574 Sneaker (Unisex)

If you love a sneaker as much as my, these New Balance 574’s are for you.

I put this white/off grey color on my wish list, also in blue (not a fan) and black.

These are unisex so note the difference in between the men vs women sizes.

Priced well at $66.99.


574 Sneaker (Unisex)

New Balance


Sale: $66.99
After Sale: $84.99

Tree Dasher 2 Running Sneaker

So exciting see AllBirds in the sale line up.

Readers love their Tree Dasher Running Sneaker, available in grey and pale blue.

These are SUPER comfortable and light on your feet.

They retail for $135 but are on sale for $89.99.


Tree Dasher 2 Running Sneaker

All Birds


Sale: $89.99
After Sale: $135.00

Georgiey Pointed Toe Knee High Boot

Listen, this is the boot I SEARCH for in the fall.

It has a manageable 3″ heel, with clean lines and no branding or hardware.

And it’s on sale for $159.99.

Get it in the black suede.


Georgiey Pointed Toe Knee High Boot

Marc Fisher


Sale: $159.99
After Sale: $269.00

Stefy Block Heel Pointed Toe Pump

Finally, I’ve been recommending AGL shoes for over decade.

They were a client favorite back when I did personal styling.

Today, their styles have a modern twist, like their pointed toe block heel pump, in black or neutral with a tonal patented detail at the toe.

These are an investment, but if they are in your budget, size up one, and take advantage of the sale, retailing for $415, anniversary priced at $289.


Stefy Block Heel Pointed Toe Pump



Sale: $289.99
After Sale: $415.00

What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Jeans, Coats, Jackets, Blazers and Shoes

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Teresa Ripple

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

I really wish Nordstrom would do better with petite. By the time I get everything altered, it is not worth it.


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Hi, Megan! I noticed on the Nordstrom site that it recommends sizing down a half size on the knee high boot. Would you agree with that?


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Thank you for getting my wish list in order!

When are you going to do men’s! I shop for my husband and can really use the help in making him stylish but for his age.


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Great picks. Thank you Megan. I wish more of these came in petites. (I’m 4’11” and can only wear petites.)

Thank you for all you do.


Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Hi Megan, thanks for the great coverage of the sale. I have noticed your last several posts about jeans did not mention any skinny jeans and you have said you are a big fan of them. Why have you stopped recommending them?

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

I still recommend them, the AG jeans featured in this post are skinnies. They might be calling them "slim" but that's just the new way to say skinny.

Ann Wood

Tuesday 11th of July 2023

Bless your heart, Meg, that you so kindly break this all down for all of us!! A million thank yous!!


Thursday 7th of July 2022

Side note: I've noticed lately I haven't been getting all your emails. When I come to the blog I see previous posts from week I wasn't emailed about! :)

Megan Kristel

Friday 8th of July 2022

Hi, I just checked our database and you are on our email list and according to our records you've opened everything that we've sent out. So I'm not sure.


Monday 10th of August 2020

So very frustrating that they sell out before I even get a chance. I can’t buy until Thursday😩

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

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

Gerin Canin

Monday 10th of August 2020

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

Marcie Friesen

Monday 10th of August 2020

Thank you for doing this! I am just curious... do you do anything like this for the less fun Canadian site??

Megan Kristel

Monday 10th of August 2020

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. :)


Monday 10th of August 2020

Love the way you plan to approach this; thank you! That saves hours of scrolling......!


Monday 10th of August 2020

This is not overkill! Glad you are covering it all, as you have very good style sense! Love your blog

Megan Kristel

Monday 10th of August 2020

Thank you!!! I appreciate that :)

Deanna Debrecht

Monday 10th of August 2020

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 often surprised by the "unwearability" of some of those pieces!

Megan Kristel

Monday 10th of August 2020

This year, there are so many truly "unwearable" pieces!!! Thank goodness they balance it with some good stuff too :)