Here’s the thing: I love Nordstrom, so I really like their Anniversary sale.
What I do not love, however, is the frenzy that sometimes goes along with it.
I mean, I get it: brand new fall pieces with super sale prices? That’s cool. I get how that creates a frenzy. I’ve fallen into the frenzy myself. :)
But I think it’s possible to both enjoy the sale and approach it in a chill + thoughtful way.
It sounds fun to sit down with my laptop and a glass of wine and peruse the goods for a while. But it doesn’t sound fun to feel pressured, overspend, and labor over that feeling of, “I don’t want to spend this much, but it’s such a good deeeal.”
As a person who’s experienced both sides of the spectrum, I’ve found that the difference between the two is all in the approach. Here’s what I do to keep it fun, chill, and thoughtful:
• • • First, I keep my wardrobe planner in hand.
I did a quick scan of my planner — my guiding words, my fall uniforms, and notes about what I like and don’t like — and kept them in mind while I browsed. I loved it — it helped me make quick, confident decisions and filter out the maybes in a flash.
It also helped me combat tunnel vision.
For example, I was a little caught up on a fancy sweater from the Nordstrom sale, until I saw a note in my planner about saving for a sweater from Elizabeth Suzann.
Elizabeth’s pieces are true investments and they take a little saving + planning. But each piece is hand made in Nashville, TN and I’m excited to support such a beautiful, responsible brand.
Seeing that little note in my planner helped me make a quick, confident decision. Do I want this Nordstrom sweater more than I want an Elizabeth Suzann sweater? No? Decision made, then. Moving on, feeling great.
• • • Second, I reframe my expectations.
When we hear the term sale, the phrase stock up often goes along with it.
But if I were to take that stock up approach to the Nordstrom sale, I’d overspend. Because they often have super expensive pieces for half off.
I mean, that’s awesome. But half off a $200 piece is still $100. Feeling the need to stock up on pieces that cost that much can get out of hand real quick.
So I leave the stock up mentality at home.
Instead, I went in with an expectation that I would buy one, maybe two things.
And that’s exactly what I did. I ended up buying just one thing. But I’m crazy about it.
What was the one piece I ended up getting?!
A pair of Rag and Bone boyfriend jeans!
I’ve really come to love Rag and Bone as a brand but I just haven’t been willing to shell out for them yet. Since this pair of jeans is $75 off, I am over the moon excited! More great news? They are made in the USA.
I also tried on two other pairs that are equally soft + comfortable + flattering:
From left to right:
I’ve always been skeptical about boyfriend jeans because they tend to give me saggy butt. But, oh man, they are so soft and comfortable, and I haven’t been able to ignore that comfort factor lately.
I’ve been planning my fall uniforms, and one uniform idea I keep coming back to is boyfriend jeans + a slouchy tee or silk tee + clogs + a long (to the knees) cardigan.
So since the long cardigan covers the butt, I don’t have to worry about saggy butt!
I was pretty excited about this work-around.
But I got even MORE excited when I found these jeans and discovered they don’t give me saggy butt at all … they actually look fantastic back there. Hooray!
I can already feel myself becoming a boyfriend jeans convert — my new pair is so soft and comfortable and perfectly worn-in.
So, that’s it! That’s all I bought, but I’m really excited about it. It was special to be able to get a cool designer piece and know that it was a thoughtful decision.
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While I didn’t find anything else that I needed for my closet, I did find a few other pieces I loved that might fit a need for your fall wardrobe. And — happy news — most of these pieces are made in the USA or made responsibly.
2 / Floppy wool hat / $39 / Available in more colors / Style notes: This one isn’t on sale, but I tried it on and loved it so much I had to include it. It has an adjustable band on the inside so you can tighten it and wear your hat without fear of it blowing off in the wind.
6 / Treasure + Bond flare jeans / Portion of sales goes to charity / $59.90 (after sale ends $99) / Style notes: If I didn’t already have a great pair of flares, I would have picked these up in a heartbeat. I tried them on and they are soft, comfortable, and true to size.
7 / Eileen Fisher turtleneck / Made responsibly / $64.90 (after sale ends $98) / Also available in black and white / Style notes: This would make an ideal layering piece for fall. I’d pair it with a long vest, a long necklace, and flare jeans. I tried it on — it’s soft, a little swingy and a touch cropped, and it runs true to size.
8 / Karen Kane turtleneck dress / Made in the USA / $71.90 (after sale ends $108) / Also available in espresso, eggplant, and grey / Style notes: This piece would make a great transition piece. On cooler days, I’d pair it with ankle booties, a wool cardigan and a floppy wool hat.
I truly hope this was fun + helpful for you. To me, successful sale shopping is all about taking a different approach — not letting the frenzy get to you, but instead taking a thoughtful approach. Keep your wardrobe planner in hand and reframe your expectations so you don’t feel the need to get it all.
If you’re not in the market for anything right now, enjoy that feeling of letting go. Don’t feel the need to shop just because there’s a sale happening. Instead, go soak up the sunshine and enjoy the day.
Tell me, do you have any strategies to shop thoughtfully when it comes to sales?