Once a nordy girl, always a nordy girl. It’s true. For the past 10 years, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has been the kick off to Fall fashion and one of the most exiting times of the year! After experiencing it from the inside as a stylist and now from the outside as a stylist, I can say fairly confidently that this one of the best sales of the year. And guys….it’s finally here! Happy Anniversary Nordy lovers!

In honor of one of my favorite times of year, I will be sharing a new “my favorite”….roundup for the next 5 days so that you can shop the sale like an expert. So stay tuned! But for now, being the helpful personal shopper that I am, I scoped out the sale a little bit early to give you a glimpse into my personal favorite items and to give you a taste of what is trending this Fall! All of these items are in store at Nordstrom Oak Park Mall. I apologize ahead of time for the amazing picture quality…there is nothing better than dressing room lighting! But, if you are a Kansas City gal and love something below, then you will be supporting local Kansas city people that work at the store and you will be able to TRY BEFORE YOU BUY…which is the key to finding the perfect fit!

My Top 15

# 1 Rag and Bone High/Low blouse

One of the first pieces I was drawn to was this reversible high low striped blouse from Rag and Bone. It has buttons on the front and back to be worn either way. The longer side could be tied up at the waist for a more casual look. You could tuck the whole shirt in to a high waisted skirt or pant for a very buttoned up look, or you could get really creative and turn it into a tube top! Either way you want to wear it, you will for sure turn heads and be investing in something that can be worn for years to come. Go a step further and leave your cuffs unbuttoned for that perfectly un-perfect look that is trending for fall. This top is a little bit on the boxier side but still runs true to size. I am wearing a small.

#2 Black Paige jeans.

Normally Paige isn’t my go-to denim brand. However, this style has a higher waist than some of the others I have tried which I am all about. They are super opaque black and I love the asymmetrical raw hem detail at the ankle. They tend to hold their shape and run true to size if not a wee bit small. I normally wear a 28 across the board and these felt better in a 29. If you have never tried Paige denim before, they are worth a try and one of the only black denim options that I saw today.

#3 Topshop Wide leg culottes jumpsuit

This whole look has a 70’s vibe going on from top to bottom and I am totally digging it. Always looking for that perfect high/low wardrobe I am a lover of some Topshop items. I love culotte jumpsuits and as soon as I saw this one I knew I needed to try it. It is the perfect “buy now wear now” piece and runs a little bit big. I love that the dots aren’t perfectly circular making the print more modern and less preppy.

#4 Blank NYC Suede Moto Jacket

This is a re make of last years big seller and it is back! I love the rich caramel color and it is a great neutral contrast to the black and white print. This jacket is great by itself with just a t-shirt and jeans and it also is available in a steel grey! Jacket runs a little bit small because the suede doesn’t have much give. I am wearing a medium here.

#5 Rag and Bone open toe sandal bootie

The heel is the perfect height, the block heel is great for comfort but FYI this is an investment shoe. I love small details and the suede covered buckle is one of my faves. This shoe runs a little bit small, normally I wear a 7 and I would need a 7.5. If you are looking for an out of the box shoe for fall, this is it!

#6 Joie Sweater

This sweater is a little bit 70’s and a little bit Jane Jetson and I love everything about it. It is so much better on than on the hanger. The color scheme is perfect for fall. The ruffles give the illusion of a more inverted triangle look (meaning it makes my waist look smaller than usual) so I REALLY love that. This would be perfect with white jeans for a winter white look or a really clean dark skinny denim.

#7 AG Burgundy Farahh skinny jean

Of course these jeans are perfect with the above sweater but they are also so great just on their own! They are a higher rise (awesome) the stretch is great without feeling like a legging and everyone needs this color in their bottoms wardrobe for Fall. These jeans run LOOOOOONG. So unless you are super tall, they will need to be tailored but guess what?? Alterations on these jeans will be free!

#8 BP Grey Mule

If you have seen my instagram for the past couple of months, then you know that I can’t get enough of the Mule trend. So simple yet edgy, this grey mule is going to be the perfect addition to my collection. The chunky heel makes them more comfortable for the high instep and you cannot beat the price. Also available in black and red too! Perfect with dresses or denim!

#9 Articles of Society raw hem denim

Articles of society denim have slowly become a go to brand for me and my clients. Fit, quality and price are all pretty great. The rise is more mid-rise and sometimes they run a little bit big so don’t be surprised if you have to size down.
If you need a good basic denim, the raw hemmed jean is it. These are certainly worth a try.

#10 BP oversized varsity inspired sweater

This very inexpensive sweater has a flash dance vibe that I just can’t get enough of. Can be worn a little off the shoulder or not and has the cutest crisscross detail in the back. Can’t beat the price either!

#11 Steve Madden Pearl embellished Mules

Because they are mules and they are everything I need in my life. Comfortable, the perfect way to dress up my simplified wardrobe and a little bit more feminine than I usually try.

#12 Alice and Olivia Velvet Tuxedo Jacket

Hello Menswear trend…you are here. How amazing is this blazer. That blue and black combo is so modern and I love the juxtaposition of texture with the velvet and the satin lapel. Beware…it’s an investment piece but would be fabulous with jeans…(shown here) or over a black jumpsuit for a night out or maybe with a lacy bralette if you are going for a more sexy menswear vibe. This jacket runs a little bit small so make sure to size up!

#13 Rag and Bone Tech Denim jeans

Rag and Bone has been my go to brand for jeans for the past couple of years because they fit so well. The tech line has lots of stretch and holds their shape and bonus…they are super comfortable. This style is a higher rise than my others with a 10” rise so they are great for gals with a long torso or gals that want a super high waisted denim. They have a cut hem, which means they have been scissored across the bottom as opposed to the raw hem jeans I talked about earlier that have had their hems taken out. These jeans run true to size!

#14 Trouve Leopard Jacket

The texture is amazing and it is such a unique statement piece for fall. Edgy with jeans or over your LBD. I paired it with this rich red Silk DVF sleeveless blouse for a pop! Runs a little big through the shoulders and does have a modified peplum detail in the back. Here I go adding that feminine touch again…but I do like it!

#15 Good American Denim

Have you heard about the jeans that Khloe Kardashian “supposedly” created? Enter Good American denim. This brand surfaced about 4 months ago to Nordstrom floors. Being a curvier girl, I tried these on immediately in every style I could. The rise is high, they will grab your curves and they will fit like a glove. Normally I wouldn’t gravitate towards this light of a denim but I loved the destroyed ankle detail so I figured they were worth a try and I really do like them. This brand runs true to size to a little big due to how high it fits on your waist.

And there you have it peeps! I am sure over the next few days I will find even more faves because that happens every year. FYI, if you are not a Nordstrom cardholder, you will have to wait until the public sale to shop which starts July 27th. But if you don’t want to wait that long and if you need some help navigating this massive sale, drop me a note at abby@abbywoodwear and we can chat about the 3 personal shopping options available for this sale only! Happy shopping!