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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Team Hits & Misses

July 29, 2019

By:

Erin Schrader

The Living in Yellow team is a major fan of Nordstrom, so when you give us brand new items on major sale, we love Nordstrom even more! But it’s not all love… we did some shopping recently, and we each had some big hits as well as some big misses! Check out what each of the girls found and loved [and found and didn’t love] below! Remember- the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is only happening for a few more days! Prices go back up August 5th!

Erin’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Bernardo Leopard Print Coat [size down if in between, wearing in small but would prefer in XS]

Halogen® Square Neck Tee [size up if in between] // KUT from the Kloth Connie Button Fly High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans [true to size] // Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump [true to size]

Meow. Because sometimes a simple top or leopard print pair of earrings aren’t enough of a statement, I decided to go full throttle with this trench coat covered in animal print. This may be a little “too much” for some, but in my eyes, it’s perfect. The only thing wrong with it is the size for me – I would love it one size down, but aside from that I love the shape, the cut, the warmth, the print, everything.

HIT: Halogen® Cashmere Ruana

Halogen® Square Neck Tee [size up if in between] // KUT from the Kloth Connie Button Fly High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans [true to size] // Madewell Foretell Bolo Necklace // CAMRYN TAN SNAKE – Steve Madden [true to size]

Oh my, oh my. I never have gravitated towards cashmere as the word alone seems too adult for me, but now that I’ve wrapped myself up in it, I get why it’s a thing. This ruana [I literally have no idea what that word means and I feel like such a fraud saying it, but go with it] is the perfect fall and winter piece. I love that I can pair it with short sleeves for now and long sleeves later when the temps drop. It is a little bit of a splurge, so if you want the same look without the cashmere price, I totally recommend this one!

HIT: 1.STATE Solid Pencil Skirt [true to size]

Halogen® Square Neck Tee [size up if in between] // Vince Camuto Corlina Ankle Strap Sandal [true to size]

Gone are the days of a real need for pencil skirts for me, however, I still appreciate a good one. This skirt from Vince Camuto is so on trend for fall and the fit / comfort level is 100%. Working ladies, you may want to consider this one. ps. How perfect are these snakeskin heels, also from my man Vince?

HIT: Hunter Original Tour Gloss Packable Rain Boot [size down for .5 sizes]

Hunter Original Tour Gloss Packable Rain Boot

I am a Hunter girl through and through. I own several pairs of these babies as I wear them during the spring, fall and winter! If there’s mud or water on the ground, you can count on me to be wearing these. I always think the anniversary sale is a great time to stock up, so I did. For ideas on how to wear them, see our Pinterest board!

HIT: Sole Society Kapa Asymmetrical Loafer [size down .5]

Sole Society Kapa Asymmetrical Loafer

I am getting into flats and loafers a lot as I get older. The desire to go out wearing heels isn’t as there as it used to be [hi, welcome to 33]. Other than running big, I am in love with the color and shape of these. If you’re looking for a great neutral loafer for fall, you may want to consider these.

HIT: Nordstrom Pave Stud Earrings

Nordstrom Pave Stud Earrings

Last but not least on my list of hits [you can see a hundred more of mine here] are these little beauties. I am pretty minimalistic when it comes to jewelry and these stud earrings are just that. Minimal, not too much of a statement, but eye catching and go with everything.

MISS: Treasure & Bond Ribbed Long Sleeve V-Neck Tee [size up. clearly.] 

KUT from the Kloth Connie Button Fly High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans [true to size] // Charles by Charles David Maxx Pointy Toe Pump [true to size]

What do you get when you take a biscuit can about ready to pop and combine it with the look of a little newborn girl’s sock? You’re looking at it. This top was all wrong on me. I sized up to a small and it was still about two sizes too tight. In case you’ve ever wondered if I have love handles, proof is there’s a lot to grab on there folks. I’m not a big fan of the lettuce hem detail as it takes me back to middle school or some time in my life that I don’t especially want to replicate. Needless to say, back it went faster than I could pry it off of me.

Becca’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Marc Fischer Snakeskin Loafers

Marc Fischer Snakeskin Loafers

I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get on the snakeskin bandwagon at first, but I after trying these bad boys on, I am so glad I did! If you were wanting the Steve Madden ones, this is a great alternative! I like that they are black/grey tones because I rock those more than I do tans/browns. Definitely a fun shoe to add to the fall collection!

HIT: Halogen Felt Panama Hat

Halogen Felt Panama Hat

Wine tasting, apple picking, and pumpkin spice lattes on a rainy fall day! This hat speaks all things FALL! I love the unexpected color combo of the ribbon, and honestly burgundy is such an autumn wardrobe staple that you can probably pop this thing on with just about any poncho, jacket, sweater and beyond! I wore a similar burgundy hat on my interview with Erin back in 2017 when I was applying to work at LIY — and my husband still jokes that it was the hat that got me the job! Moral of the story, buy the hat — it might just get you your dream job!

HIT: Kut from the Kloth Donna Raw Hem Skinny Jeans
TTS, wearing in 2 Petite. Yep! I am into these jeans! From high rise to the raw hem detail, these are a great pick! The cropped length is great for pairing with booties without having to roll — such a MUST for fall denim in my opinion!

HIT: Vince Camuto Blazer

Vince Camuto Blazer

TTS, wearing in 2. I tried on many a plaid blazer when we were at Nordstrom, and this one was definitely at the top of the list! I love the notched lapel and the pop of burgundy and pale blue! One of the best things about this jacket is the quality — very well made! In the end I didn’t opt for this one since I don’t normally wear a lot of navy, but honestly I really do love this blazer!

HIT: Blanknyc Teddy Jacket + Kut from the Kloth Donna Raw Hem Skinny Jeans +Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer

Blanknyc Teddy Jacket // Kut from the Kloth Donna Raw Hem Skinny Jeans // Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer

TTS, wearing in XS. I know the teddy jacket trend might not be for everyone, but I am kind of loving it! It might be a little different, but I think I could use a little playful in my wardrobe! I plan on channeling my inner bougie girl and rocking this thing with confidence this fall!

HIT: Kut from the Kloth Donna Raw Hem Skinny Jeans

TTS, wearing in 2 Petite. Yep! I am into these jeans! From high rise to the raw hem detail, these are a great pick! The cropped length is great for pairing with booties without having to roll — such a MUST for fall denim in my opinion!

HIT: Steve Madden Feather Studded Loafer

TTS, wearing in 5. Well, hello little stud muffin! These loafers have the tiniest little studs I have ever seen for a fun update on a classic loafer! Classic pieces like this can make a statement, and still go with just about everything in your wardrobe! So many from the LIY team added these to cart! These are now available in a pretty shade of mustard yellow that is perfect for fall!

MISS: BP Bishop Long Sleeve Blouse

BP Bishop Long Sleeve Blouse

TTS, wearing in XS. On the hanger, I thought I would love this top, but as soon as I put it on I was getting all the Jerry Seinfeld Puffy Shirt vibes! It did have some cute details like a button sleeve that I liked — maybe it was made for someone with longer arms than I have, but it was a NO for me!

MISS: Free People Softly Structured Knit Tunic

Free People Softly Structured Knit Tunic // Kut from the Kloth Diana Skinny Jeans // Steve Madden Jillian Bootie

Size Down, wearing in XS. Just call me Jonah because this whale of a sweater swallowed me whole! Honestly, it looked GREAT on some of the other gals on the team — other TALLER gals! I looked like a sack of potatoes, and then tried to save it by adding a cute belt — but even that did not work! If you are petite, I think you will want to pass on this one!

BUT…the one win of this outfit was definitely the booties [TTS, wearing in 5]!  They were super cute and trendy, and the snakeskin was super neutral in this brown color! The heel is not too high, so they are COMFY and I was definitely into them! In the end, I decided to opt for a snakeskin loafer instead, but I really did like these little booties!

MISS: Kut from the Kloth Diana Skinny Jeans

TTS, wearing in 2 Petite. I was on the fence about whether these jeans were a hit or a miss. The overall fit was pretty good, they have a nice stretch to them, but I didn’t love how the ankle was a little too loose! As a tried and true American Eagle Jeggings Lover, I am used to the ankle of my skinnies being just that — skinny. Other than that, they were a pretty good option for denim.

 

Steph’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Kut from the Kloth Faux Suede Eveline Jacket

I really hit it big in the jacket department this year! First up is this thicker faux suede jacket! Wearing here in size L (which is normal for me in jackets), I love the pop of color and thicker fabric for cooler nights when you still want your jacket to be part of your outfit!

HIT: JCrew New Oversize Cardigan

The only cardigan I took home from the sale! Wearing this one in my normal size Medium. I really like the weight and fun larger buttons!

HIT: Halogen Banded Sleeve Knit Top

This color is a HUGE step out of my comfort zone! But, I love the way this top fits (TTS, wearing in M!) and cannot wait to branch out in color throughout the Fall! I love the keyhole back and that it’s perfectly versatile for work, dinner, church, anywhere you want to be a little dressier than a tee!

HIT: Chelsea28 V-Neck Sweater

Things are getting serious between this sweater and I, I’m willing to say it just may be true love! This color, the weight of the fabric, the cut! I can’t wait to wear it over and over and OVER again throughout the Fall and Winter! TTS, wearing in Medium.

HIT: Caslon Chambray Shirt

Somehow, this is my first Chambray Shirt! While I’m definitely behind the times in jumping on the Chambrandwagon, I’m excited to hop on board and style this one all sorts of ways! Button ups are always a little iffy for me size wise because size M is often too tight on the top half of the shirt and size L is often too large on the bottom half. I ended up going with Medium in this one. I may occasionally need to unbutton an extra button and add a layer underneath depending on where I’m wearing it, but I love the way the buttons lay and the structure of the shirt. I’d say this is TTS, unless you prefer to size up for your chest.

HIT: Blank NYC Onto the Next Jacket

If you’re looking for a Faux Jacket at a lower price point, this one is a GREAT choice – under $60! Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t only a good budget friendly option, I was shocked at the low price and would have paid more for it! I really love the duel texture of faux leather and faux suede. For my body, the longer in in the front shorter in the back (reverse mullet if you will) style is really flattering, and I’m happy to have this lighter jacket option to wear over and over.
I am a Sam Edelman LOVER! But unfortunately my wide feet did not feel the same about these flats. I absolutely love the way they look and the potential for alllllll of the outfits I could wear them with for Fall! But, for the fit of my particular foot, these were a no go. Ladies without wide feet – I definitely recommend you check these out!

MISS: BP Sleepy Lounge Tee

GREAT price on this tee, but I felt like I was drowning in fabric! I’m normally a size M for tees, but sized down to a small in this photo. If I were looking for a tee JUST to sleep in this might have been okay, but I was looking for a tee I could sleep in but also wear around with leggings if I wanted, this one didn’t hit the mark!

MISS: Treasure & Bond Throw On Cardigan

While I cannot get enough of this color for Fall, the fit of this cardigan just wasn’t right for me. Wearing here in my normal size Medium, there was just a little too much fabric. Taller ladies, or ladies looking for longer sleeves – check this one out! It was a great thicker weight for the colder months!

MISS: Chelsea28 Button Front Cardigan

I don’t know, what do you think ladies? Is this a good fit?? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE? I checked the tag multiple times, this is a Medium! You might say this one runs a tad large! Chelsea28 is one of my favorite Anniversary Sale brands to shop, please don’t let this deter you from the brand – but MAN this one was a hard pass for me!

MISS: Liverpool High Rise Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans

Liverpool High Rise Stretch Ankle Skinny Jeans

I am SO SO bummed these are in my miss column – I blame my short legs! When I put these on, I was so excited about how stretchy and soft they were, and I love the really high rise. Do I have a belly button? You’ll never know because these bad boys covered it! Unfortunately as I tried them on with a couple of different pairs of shoes I realized even the petite were just a tad longer than I would like them to be so I’m going to return them. Sad sad day.

 

Hannah’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Kate Spade Leather Chain Wallet

Kate Spade Leather Chain Wallet

This was my favorite item from the sale!! I have been looking for a chain wallet crossbody that’s just big enough for the necessities but also not too long on my 5’2″ petite frame and this one is perfect! It hits just past my hips, the chain isn’t too heavy and the blush interior detail is so cute!

HIT: Cole Haan GrandPro Spectator 2.0 Slip-On Sneaker

Cole Haan GrandPro Spectator 2.0 Slip-On Sneaker

[True to size] Another favorite from the sale! If snakeskin makes you nervous like me, these have just the right amount but also basic enough to be worn with just about anything! Not only are they comfortable but easy to slip on and SO versatile!

HIT: Treasure & Bond Curved Hem Tee & Caslon Crop Utility Pants

Treasure & Bond Curved Hem Tee [size up one, wearing in Small] & Caslon Crop Utility Pants [Size up one if you have hips, wearing in 4 Regular]

This top surprised me, while it was on the thin side it’s perfect for layering and all of the transitional weather we have in Indiana!! I was SUPER bummed last year when I missed these pants so when I saw they were back I snagged them, fast! They are the perfect amount of stretch, the pockets are working and I can’t recommend them enough!

HIT: Socialite Long Sleeve Thermal Henley Top & STS Blue Ellie Ripped High Waist Skinny Jeans

Socialite Long Sleeve Thermal Henley Top [true to size, wearing in XS] & STS Blue Ellie Ripped High Waist Skinny Jeans [Size up one if in between].

LOVE LOVE LOVE this top from the sale! It is one of the softest tops I have ever owned and Fall can’t get here fast enough! The V isn’t too low which is nice and this top will layer perfectly! The jeans are UNDER $40!! Just the right amount of distressing, stretch and they are high rise! In other words just about the best under $40 jeans you will find!

HIT: BlankNYC Record Breaker Collarless Faux Leather JacketBP. Lace Trim CamiWit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Ankle Skinny Jeans

BlankNYC Record Breaker Collarless Faux Leather Jacket [True to size, wearing in XS] // BP. Lace Trim Cami -[True to size, wearing in XS] //  Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Ankle Skinny Jeans [True to size, wearing in 2 Petite]

FOUND the perfect date night outfit! This jacket was a HUGE surprise for me! I normally stick to black faux leather jackets but this neutral color is SO pretty in person! I love the elevated look it gives this all black outfit! The cami is ALWAYS an Anniversary Sale must; it layers well with jackets and cardigans and can be worn year round! AND if you haven’t tried Wit & Wisdom jeans you are missing out! I tried this black pair on and they are definitely as good as everyone says they are!! The perfect black denim with great stretch and so flattering on!

 

Claire’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Madewell Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans [size down if in between]

Madewell Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans [size down if in between]\

The perfect black denim! I’m loving the high waist and raw hem detail. Already wearing on repeat!

HIT: BP. Lightweight Sweater [TTS, wearing medium]

BP. Lightweight Sweater [TTS, wearing medium]

A perfect transitional sweater! Lightweight, comfortable, and TTS!

HIT: Caslon Fluffy Cardigan [size down if in between, wearing small]

Caslon Fluffy Cardigan [size down if in between, wearing small]

SO soft and fluffy with lots of color options to chose from! Size down if in between, wearing in small.

HIT: Kut from the Kloth High Waist Bootcut [size down if in between]

Kut from the Kloth High Waist Bootcut [size down if in between]

So excited about these jeans! The bootcut style is making a MAJOR comeback this season. These will be a fall staple in my closet! For reference, I size down in this brand.

HIT: Thread & Supply Fleece Lined Quilted Utility Jacket [size down one]

Thread & Supply Fleece Lined Quilted Utility Jacket [size down one]

If you like soft and fluffy, you’ll LOVE this one. I sized down one to avoid the “puffy” look!

HIT: Vince Camuto Keannie Sandal [TTS]

Vince Camuto Keannie Sandal [TTS]

The perfect little transitional heel that matches EVERYTHING. So comfortable, wearing in Tipsy Taupe.

MISS: Free People Popcorn Sweater [runs SMALL, wearing medium]

Free People Popcorn Sweater [runs SMALL, wearing medium]

I was bamboozled! I was expecting an oversized popcorn sweater only to realize this one is a crop top. As my mother would say, “Cute sweater, where’s the rest of it?”

MISS: Topshop Supersoft Stripe Crewneck Sweater [runs large, wearing in medium]

Topshop Supersoft Stripe Crewneck Sweater [runs large, wearing in medium]

This sweater was WAY out of my comfort zone in every aspect. I had seen it on several bloggers and it looked ADORABLE so I decided to give it a shot. In the end, it didn’t do much for my figure so I’ll be sending this one back!

 

Cassidy’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Bernardo Packable Coat

Bernardo Packable Coat

Wearing TTS in size XS! This coat was a hit for me! I loved the way it fit and the color! It was super soft to the touch while also being water resistant! It also comes in a longer version!

HIT: Madewell Dot Smocked Shoulder Dress

Madewell Dot Smocked Shoulder Dress

I loved this dress! Such a fun and flirty dress! It is super comfortable and figure flattering, WIN! Wearing in a size XS!

HIT: Chelsea 28 Midi Skirt / Topshop Faux Leather Jacket

Chelsea 28 Midi Skirt / Topshop Faux Leather Jacket

This midi skirt may be my favorite purchase, I love the glitter and sparkle—perfect for holidays! Wearing in a size XS! And lets talk about this faux leather jacket, WOO! My first leather jacket and I am in love! Size up if in between.

HIT: Adidas Gazelle Sneakers:

Adidas Gazelle Sneakers

YES TO THESE! The perfect sneaker to be chic and comfortable! I normally wear a 7.5-8 and ordered the 7 per the recommendation on Nordstrom’s website!

HIT: PAIGE Vintage – Sarah High Waist Straight Slim Leg Jeans:

PAIGE Vintage – Sarah High Waist Straight Slim Leg Jeans

My first pair of premium denim and I am obsessed! I love the details on these jeans from the buttons to the cuffed ankle I did size down per Erin’s recommendation and was happy with that!

HIT: Topshop Oversized Sweater / Leith Cropped Pant:

Topshop Oversized Sweater // Leith Cropped Pant:

Okay, I think this is my favorite sweater of all time! I will be reaching for this everyday this fall! Loved it paired with these Leith cropped pants! These are so comfortable and stretchy, YAY! Wearing XS [TTS] in both!

HIT: Zella Nola High/Low Sweatshirt + Zella Divine High Waist Rib Bike Shorts:

Zella Nola High/Low Sweatshirt + Zella Divine High Waist Rib Bike Shorts

My first Zella apparel and I am not disappointed! Loving this cozy high low sweatshirt https://shopstyle.it/l/6qxM! I did size up for some extra room and comfort and I’m glad I did! I paired it with these high waisted ripped shorts https://shopstyle.it/l/6qzH. Love this whole outfit for a yoga class, walking the dog, or a bike ride at the park!

MISS: Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket:

Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket

I was pretty torn over this jacket while I loved the idea of an oversized jacket, it really didn’t do anything for my shape! It didn’t come home with me.

MISS: Halogen Textured Faux Fur Coat:

Halogen Textured Faux Fur Coat

Again, loved the idea but not the reality! This jacket is so chic and the only thing I could think was, “where/when the heck would I wear this” TTS wearing in a size XS

MISS: Topshop Jamie High Waist Ripped Hem Skinny Jeans:

Topshop Jamie High Waist Ripped Hem Skinny Jeans

Usually I love Topshop’s Jamie jean but this time it just did not work! They seemed to be too tight in the thighs for my pear shaped body!

MISS: Patagonia Lightweight Better Sweater® Marsupial Fleece Pullover:

Patagonia Lightweight Better Sweater® Marsupial Fleece Pullover:

This Patagonia pullover was a bit of a let down, but let me explain! I already own one so I wasn’t to excited about getting another that was exactly the same! I also find them to run small, and when I size up it still looks funny on my frame. BUT very comfortable and warm! Wearing in size M.

 

Lauren’s Hits & Misses

HIT: Leith Longline Cardigan

Cardigan [Size down- wearing small] // Tank [TTS, wearing medium] // Booties [TTS] // Jeans [TTS]

I love the anniversary sale for stocking up on cardigans and shoes, and this year was no different! This is my FAVORITE cardigan from this year’s sale – it’s so soft and I love the longer length.

HIT: Born Uchee Knee High Boots

Shirt [size up!] // Jeans [TTS] // Boots [TTS, color is tan leather]

I. Love. These. Boots. That is all. Okay, that’s not all, but holy cow, I love them! Erin has worn and loved her Born boots for a few years now, and so I wanted to give them a try and I’m blown away. These are absolutely going to be worn on repeat this fall and winter.. They’re comfortable, the perfect height, not too tight around the calves, and I think they make your legs look longer! A huge, huge win with these boots!

Both the shirt and jeans are hits too! This is my first pair of Kut from the Kloth jeans, and I’m so impressed by the quality for the price! I’d expect them to cost quite a bit more! The shirt is a great piece for fall to wear alone or for layering, but definitely size up. I’m wearing this in my true medium, and it’s quite form fitting – I’l be exchanging for a large for a bit more wiggle room!

HIT: Caslon Knit Blazer

Knit Blazer [TTS, wearing medium]// Tank [TTS, wearing medium] // Flats [TTS]// Jeans 

Something tells me this knit blazer is going to get a LOT of wear this fall… so much so that I’m debating going back for another color [it comes in 8 colors!].

MISS: Halogen Turtleneck Sweater

Sweater [size down, wearing small] // Jeans // Flats

I was so torn on this sweater in the store. So much so that I bought it and brought it home with me knowing I might end up returning it. Well, I’m returning it. I love the main body of it, but the arms are what throw me off. The sweater has buttons up both sleeves which makes the arms extra bulky and constantly needing adjustment.

MISS: Fleece Lined Quilted Utility Jacket

Jacket // Jeans // Shoes

I had high hopes for this jacket, but it just made me feel so bulky, and not in a good way [good would be major winter coat warmth type of bulky]. For a fall jacket, I want something that adds a layer and warmth, not something that looks like I added 5 layers. While it’s warm, it wasn’t a win for me!

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  1. Kim says:

    What a lot of work to pull this post together, but I really appreciated it! I added a couple of new things to my cart!!

  2. Melody says:

    Liked Erin’s style and appreciated seeing the items in a tidy background rather than the messy dressing room. I’m glad someone included some jeans that were not skinny. I’m so ready for those to go away. I bought only knee boots and leggings. I think I’ll get plenty wear from both.

  3. Blair W says:

    That Blank on to the next jacket is back in my size! Woohoo!

  4. Kristie says:

    Do you have a link to the cami that Claire is wearing??

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