July means two things: high heat and summer sales. Especially the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I like Nordstrom for their free shipping and easy returns. And if you're familiar with their Anniversary Sale, you've been waiting all year for this day.
But first. A few rules for sale shopping.
But buyer beware. Stores want your money. Here's how to spend it. And, more importantly, how not to.
How to Shop the Summer Sales
Fashion is a fickle mistress. Do something for me, dolls. Walk into your closet and count all the pieces with tags still attached, and then count all the unworn items. Now add up the amount you spent on these "gems" you had to have but have never seen the light of day.
A recent purge of mine. Some things, regrettably, still had tags. Whoops. We see it every day inside closets. You're picturing all the tags hanging in your closet right now, aren't you?
Feeling a bit queasy? Don't fret, I'm about to save you loads of money going forward if you'll heed these warnings. And you'll never have buyer's remorse again. This is why I am so committed to helping you make good choices when you are shopping. It's also why I collect here and inside the Vault all you need in one easy-to-shop place, where you can find the classic investments every wardrobe needs, or shop entire outfits, and see how to mix and match everything. We are always combing stores and the web for the best of the best out there so you don't have to track down what may or may not look good on you, and what may or may not look good next season. We've got your back. We're real stylists, for real women like you. Once you've got these rules of sale shopping down, shop my picks in the best of summer sales below.
And if you're a Complete Insider, you already received my guide to Shopping The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It can be overwhelming, and items sell out fast. So I created a really helpful guide for you to snag what you have to have now! Insiders got it early, now we're sharing it here. Not an Insider, join for free today and get inside to discover our exclusive resources and videos, plus early access to the best of the best in shopping, like this sale.
So let's get down to it.
1. Don't buy it just because it's on sale.
Ladybugs, first rule is you must not compromise on the good taste we have taught you to have. Just say no to items that won't pay their rent or play well with other items you already own.
As Gannie said, don't spend money to save money.
2. Ask yourself, Do I LOVE it?
3. Ask yourself, Does it fit?
4. Ask yourself, Do I need it?
5. Know the return policy.
Shop My Summer Sale Picks from The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
We have a ton of readers who shop at Nordstrom because of their friendly return policy and free shipping. And this little thing they call Nordy Notes. The more you spend, the more money you get back to spend in their stores. So since Nordstrom is so popular with our readers, I'm providing my two cents for what I would buy during the Anniversary Sale if I were you. If you're a Nordstrom cardholder, you got early access on July 13, 2017 (and your email account was flooded with notices from them, I'm sure!). Everyone else can shop when the sale goes public, July 21, 2017. They restock a lot of items, but best to be a cardholder if you want early access to snag the best stuff first. (I am not sponsored by Nordstrom, nor am I getting paid to say this. Just passing along what may be useful info.)
What's the big deal about the sale? It's brand new fall merchandise that goes on sale before the season, and then goes up to regular price when everyone else is finally thinking about buying fall clothes. Up to 30% off. Very clever way to boost slow summer sales.
There are 5 main categories I like to shop: Outerwear, Pants including Denim, Tops, Shoes & Handbags, and Beauty. I look for big-ticket items like a winter coat or leather boots because you can save so much. I've got a pretty targeted shopping list, and this is what's in my make-believe shopping cart if I were buying everything I wanted.
This trench coat is a great one, because of the color - that deep and rich honey rather than stone khaki. It's hard to find a stylish, longer coat. And even harder to pull off a double-breasted coat. Which is why this one is so fabulous - the proportions are perfect. And you do know you can hem a coat, right? I like this one hitting right below the knees. It's ok if your skirt or dress is longer.
Pants, Denim and a Skirt
I cannot love this skirt enough. The split hem is so chic, and will be flattering to your calves. Wear it with an untucked sweater, or tuck in a button down blouse. If you want an investment pair of black pants, these St. John ones are WONDERFUL. I don't know how they do it, but they do it right. I have 2 pairs. If you're looking to update your denim, and everyone should because denim has a much shorter shelf-life than people realize (the rinses, the cuts, but mainly the rinses), here is my selection of the best of the best.
Good tops are just hard to find. So when you find one, grab it. Ok, so I included a few more jackets here because honestly I wasn't wowed by a lot of tops in the sale. But this sale is ALWAYS good for a jacket or two. The margins are really good. If you have a few fancy events to go to this fall and winter, I highly recommend investing in a beautiful blouse like the Lela Rose one that you can wear over and over by pairing it with pants and skirts that you can switch up - or even pair with jeans for a cool change. Better than a dress you may only wear once.
Shoes & Handbags
Get your fall boots now. They will sell out, and I like these very much. I can't bring myself to pay what they're asking for their over-the-knee boots, largely because I don't wear them, but I don't want you over-paying for them either. Best to buy on clearance after season if you want some.
Oh I am such a sucker for the beauty sale items. I always grab the Trish makeup notebook thingy, and a candle or two for gifts. Love the small commitment you can make to a fragrance, too, in these little Joe Malone mini-bottles.
There you have it.
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