Stylish Academic’s Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Hello, World.

I have no doubt that you’re scrolling through a lot of blogs that are all posting about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. However, I’m not here to reiterate to your some diatribe about the sale. This is the quick and dirty version, most appreciated by busy law students interning this summer who have five minutes during their lunch break to see what the sale offers. This post is also for college students who need to cultivate a slightly more grown-up, young professional wardrobe. And finally, if you’re a recent grad who wants to portray yourself as stylish, academic, and hardworking, this post is for you! This sale is the best opportunity to get amazing products at “steal” prices. After the sale, prices go up (way up!), so you want to snag quality pieces that’ll last a lifetime NOW. Note that the current sale is only open to Nordstrom credit card holders, but soon the sale will be open to the public. Don’t feel like you need to get a credit card to shop the sale early, they often restock items that sell out during early access in time for the unrestricted sale! 

I am sharing my favorite pieces from the sale. The pieces I’m sharing aren’t necessarily causal, but the pieces I’ve curated are most appropriate for women who are feminine and academic and/or professional. AS stands for the “after sale price” and DS stands for “during sale.” Alright, here come great savings in three…two…one…

Dresses 1Chelsea 28 Velvet Dress AS $139; DS: $92 | Maggy London Dress AS: $108; DS: $71 | Eliza J Ponte Fit & Flare AS: 138; DS: $92| Eliza J Ruffle Dress AS: $148; DS: $98Dress 3Vince Camuto Body-Con Dress AS: 148; DS: $99 | Caslon Ruffle Split Neck Dress AS: $89; DS: $60 |Eliza J Cold Shoulder Dress AS: $138; DS: $91 | Halogen Button Back Ruffle Dress AS: 99; DS: $66Dress 2

Maggy London Catalina Dress AS: $138; DS: $92 | Halogen Flounce Back Shift Dress AS: $99.00; DS: $65 | Halogen Fit & Flare Dress AS: $99; DS: $66 | BP. Wide Leg Jumpsuit AS: $65; DS: $43Pants

Caslon Patch Denim AS: $79; $49 (giving off major Aria Montgomery vibes from Pretty Little Liars) | J. Crew for Nordstrom Medium Denim AS: $115; DS: $75| Halogen Taylor Ankle Black pant AS: $79, DS: $46 | KUT from the Kloth Dark denim AS: $89; DS: $59tops

J. Crew Ruffle Top AS: $69 ; DS: $51 | Vince Camuto Striped Top AS: $99; DS: $65 |  Vince Camuto Black Bell Sleeves AS: $69; DS: $45 | Chelsea28 Bell Sleeve Top AS: $89 ; DS: $59| Hinge Off-the-shoulder velvet top AS: $69; DS: $45 Cardigans outerwear

Kenneth Cole Double Face Coat AS: $198 ; DS: $129| Halogen Long Cardigan AS: $79 ; DS: $49| BP Carmel Knit Cardigan AS: $49 ; DS: $31jackets updated

Barbour Millfire Hooded Quilted Jacket AS: $249 ; DS: $165 | Guess Double-Breasted Coat (NOTE: this comes in pink and is the coat Lorelai wore in the Gilmore Girls revival!!!) AS: $240 ; DS: $140 | Pink Halogen No-Closure Blazer AS: $119; DS: $74 | BOSS Kabira Tweed Jacket AS: $495; DS: $329Misc

Robin Piccone Cameron Plunge One-Piece AS: $158; DS: $104 | Halogen Plaid Mini AS: $69; DS: $45 | Gallery Quilted Vest AS: $118 ; DS: $79 | CeCe Ponte Faux Wrap Pencil Skirt AS: $69 ; DS: $45heels

Sam Edelman Tia Genuine Calf Half Pump AS: $140; DS: $89 | Ted Baker Savei Pointy Toe Pump AS: $229; DS: $150 |   Louise et Cie Jianna Stacked Pump AS: $119; DS: $79 | Sam Edelman Tia Ankle Velvet Pump AS: $119; DS: $79shoes

Stuart Weitzman Bootie AS: $575; DS: $349 | Lucky Brand Kaiya Pointy Toe Bootie AS: $138; DS: $89 |Kristin Cavallari “Capri” Mule AS: $119; DS: $79 |  Tory Burch Janey Pump AS: $258; DS: $164


Rebecca Minkoff Top Handle Satchel AS: $295; DS: $196 |  Madewell Paint Stripe Transport Tote AS: $198; DS: $129 | Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Tote AS: $65; DS: $42
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Cathy’s Concepts Monogram Passport Case & Luggage Tag AS: $73 ; DS: $48 | Skinny Dip Makeup Brush Set AS: $65; DS: $35 | bkr water bottle setAS: $75 value for $50 | Tory Burch Fragrance Set AS: $195; DS: $130

What are your favorite pieces?


Callie leigh

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