nordstrom anniversary sale 2014 is live! what to shop & what to skip

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Clockwise from top left: DVF | Loeffler Randall | Veda | Paul Green. Details, reviews & more picks below!

It’s time, friends! For those of you who didn’t get to play along during Early Access, the first day of the 2014 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally here! To celebrate, I thought I’d show you my favorite (and least favorite) scores from the Sale so far, including my in-person, brutally honest reviews of those picks I showed you last week! nordstrom anniversary sale best picks

First, a little insider’s tip: for those of you that were worried about missing out on the best pieces from the preview catalog to those pesky Early Access shoppers, I have it on good authority that Nordstrom held back at least a full size run of anything that was featured in the catalog. So, shop early and you’ll still get your pick of the goods!

*PSA on those Sam Edelman boots: size down 1/2 size!

Last but not least, I was a big fan of the Halogen cashmere options in this year’s Sale. Last year’s Halogen cashmere sweatshirt has held up perfectly, so I nabbed a second this year in that pale pink color I’ve been on the hunt for all year. And I also picked up the Halogen v-neck cashmere tunic in cream, which looks suspiciously like something I’d buy from Vince at 3x the price. Plus, the cream will be a nice change from all that grey I wear in the fall.

For the rest of my favorites, get the full story in our Editor’s Picks preview!

As for the misses? Those Shimera boyshorts I was so excited about have a disappointing tendency to roll up your leg, which is a deal-breaker. I’ll be saving my money for my favorite supersoft Gap modal boyshorts instead. That Rag & Bone military jacket was, at least on me, entirely the wrong cut (and ran a little small). If you want to give it a try, size up. And while the Rebecca Taylor lace dress was a solid “no”, there was a simpler navy and black version that looked boring in the catalog, but the fit was fantastic. If only I were 3 inches shorter…so those of you 5’5″ or under, go forth! And speaking of dresses, I wanted that fun lip-print Halogen pleated dress to be a win, but the fit on the midsection was really odd. Anyone else find that?

Now it’s your turn, friends! Tell me: What did you buy? What did you skip? And what are you still pining for?

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7 comments on “nordstrom anniversary sale 2014 is live! what to shop & what to skip

  1. A

    I tried on last year’s version of that Halogen dress and I too found the fit to be funky.

    Also, you should be proud of me, I picked up the Furla B & T tote in the mist, so now I won’t look quite so hobo-ish going to work some days. The red is GORGEOUS but I love wearing my green coats too much in the winter. 😉

    For workout wear, I highly recommend the Nike Legend 2.0 capris (these are a better fit for me than the Zella, where I seem to be in between sizes) and Nike tempo shorts.

    For staples, I picked up two pairs of Spanx tight end tights – they are durable, flattering, and a great buy at this price.

  2. Kendra

    I haven’t had much luck with the boxes that have arrived so far.

    I ordered the Sam Edelman booties, which were cute but too big: both too long and too wide. They don’t come in narrow, but I’m going to try on the smaller size in store to see if that improves things (kind of fear it won’t though).

    Halogen sizing is so inconsistent! I have one blazer in medium and another in XL. For sweaters, last year’s large fit me just fine, but this year it was too big in the sweatshirt. Medium sweaters are on the way, so it will be a win in the end.

    Staples: I picked up a pair of the SmartWool Secret Sleuth socks you recommended and those are great! Only 95% incognito in today’s ballet flats but so comfy. Plus a good stock of Zella quarter socks for daily dog walking.

  3. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    A: I *am* proud! That Furla is a good one. And you may convince me to try those capris.

    Kendra: Luckily, I think there are still boxes en route to you? If at first you don’t succeed… 😉 I definitely had to size down in the Sam Edelmans – hopefully that will make the difference for you! And hurray for the Smartwool socks! Nice picks, lady.

  4. Kendra

    Oh yes, still a few boxes in transit, what with the sweater re-order and all!

    I looked at the reviews on a couple other pairs of the boots and it looked like they ran true to size, so that’s good to hear. I’m using that as my push to get in to a store to browse the sale. Online is so very convenient, but sometimes you need to see things in person.

  5. Katie

    I LOVE those Nike Capris! Those are my go-to for the gym and have been for years.

    I ordered a pair of the Frye Phillip boots. What type of socks so you suggest with those?

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