The Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 | What I Kept or Returned!

The Best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 | What I Kept or Returned! See real outfit photos with sizing tips, style suggestions and more for all of the hottest anniversary sale items. If there is only one item you get from the Nordstrom Sale, it should be this...

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At this point, you’re at your wits end with the super-hyped #Nordstrom Sale. And for a good reason. You’ve seen it talked about on every little corner of the web. Like you, I could not fathom what the excitement was all about until I did my research. This post is packed full with my review and try-on session of the best of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2018 pieces.

 

And I realized that this was Nordstrom’s Christmas in July sale. A sale so good that helped me prepare for the fall and winter months is always a good idea. Knowing that this is one of the best sales of the season, it was hard not to almost go overboard shopping the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

 

I bought a ton of items I liked during the Nordstrom Early Access and the first day or so of the public access to the sale. In this post, I’ll be rounding up the best of the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’m sharing everything I bought, what I will keep and return.

 

Here are a few tips to help you approach shopping the Nordstrom anniversary Sale like a pro:

 

TIPS AND TRICKS TO SHOPPING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

  • Approach the sale with a strategy. What do you need? What pieces are you missing? If you do not do this, you will likely purchase things you do not need and completely ignore what you actually need. For me, sweaters were at the top of my list. So were comfy and stylish flats.
  • Have a budget in mind (and try to stick to it). It is ok to have a range on how much you’d like to spend to help you shop smart.
  • Shop Early Access. The key to getting everything on your list is to shop during Early Access to the Nordstrom Sale. A lot of products sold out during the first 8 days of the sale. Public access happened on the 9th day!
  • If you want to shop during Early Access and you don’t mind having another card, you need a Nordstrom Credit Card (no debit card option anymore).
  • If you’re unsure about sizing, buy the product in two sizes.
  • Add everything you want on your list to your cart and pay the $9 for Express shipping once. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did!
  • Nordstrom offers free shipping and free return. Paying for Express Shipping is almost a guarantee that you’ll get everything you order. This year, a lot of people had their orders canceled because of insufficient inventory.
  • Orders with Express shipping means your package will be prioritized to the top of the line so Nordstrom can deliver your package by the delivery deadline. I was lucky that only my last order of one item was canceled, but many were not so fortunate. Note to self, if you need it, pay the $9!

 

For reference, I wear a US size 4 in clothing, and 8.5 to 9 in shoes.

 

BEST OF NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2018: TRY-ON HAUL

1. UGG Milana II Moc Toe Flat $64.90 (After Sale: $99.95)

If getting a pair of shoes is the ONLY on your list right now, this UGG loafer is for you! Seriously. This flat provides the ultimate comfort and support for your feet. I first heard about this beauty from Jolynne Shane on her Instagram Story. The next day when Early Access went live, I added the loafer to my shopping cart with fingers crossed.

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Ha! Now I regret only getting one color. This UGG Milana loafer also comes in 3 other colors (grey, tan, and orange-red). I was worried that it would be bulky like many other UGG shoes. Far from it! The loafer does not have shearling on the insole, which keeps it from looking bulky (a question I’ve received a few times already).

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Right now, sizes are scanty but Nordstrom continues to restock returns as they are made. so, hold your breath. I’ve seen a few pop back up, and I was lucky to scoop up the flats in orange-red color while taking these photos. I really want the UGG flat in the grey color though.

 

Don’t sleep on getting these butter-soft loafers even if you’re unsure.

 

Verdict: KEEPING (Size up if in-between. I am wearing a size 9).

 

 

2. Chelsea28 Pearly Bead Detail Sweater $59.90 (After Sale $89.00)

I honestly had no clue if this sweater would be a favorite or not. I added it to my cart because I need thicker clothes for the coming season. The feminine pearl details caught my eyes. And the curly lettuce edges at the cuffs and shoulders reeled me in.

 

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The fabric is very soft. Though it is a sweater, the lightweight ribbed material allows it to be worn as a transitional piece from summer to fall, winter and spring. It is available in size XXS through XXL. And in colors grey, teal and light pink.

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Verdict: KEEPING (true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

3. Leith Midi Coat $59.90 (After Sale $89.00)

Oh my! I had big hopes for this coat. My expectations were shredded and set ablaze when I put on this coat. It runs super large and is completely unflattering. I have no intentions of looking 50 pounds bigger than I actually am. Sending this coat back to sender!

 

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Verdict: RETURNING (runs very large, size down. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

4. Kut From The Kloth Donna Ankle Skinny Jeans $59.90 (After Sale $89.50)

This denim was part of my first order from the Anniversary Sale. The cut, style, and price were just too good to pass up on. The quality and softness feel significantly nicer than some of the cheaper jeans I own. It is stretchy and comfortable on the stomach.

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The only reason I’m undecided on keeping or returning this skinny jeans is that it is more high-waisted than I like. And the length is longer than the typical “ankle grazer.” I could have easily sized down to a size 26 and probably ordered it in petite to get that ankle grazer effect.

If you’re on the search for a pair of high-rise denim, this one has your name written all over it. The price point is competitive, and so is the quality. It comes in a dark wash and available in both petite and regular.

 

Verdict: UNDECIDED (runs slightly big to true to size. I am wearing a size 4-Regular)

 

 

5. Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater $39.90 (After Sale $59.90)

This sweater was one of my favorite purchases last year from the Anniversary Sale. And it is back again! The 390+ 4.5-star reviews on the product resonate with how I feel about this sweater.

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I bought this shirt in an orangy-red color last year. Sadly, the sweater was sold out by the time I went back to order more colors. In a heartbeat, I bought it in green and light blue colors when it came back this year.

If you’re looking for a thick but soft stylish sweater, this scallop edge sweater should already be in your shopping cart. It comes in several color options (black, red, light blue, green, and heather gray). Some colors might be in and out as sizes are limited now.

Verdict: KEEPING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

6. Bobeau Long Cardigan $39.90 (After Sale $60.00)

Guys, I really wanted to love this Bobeau cardigan. I always reach for laying pieces in the winter and hoped to add this to my rotation. The silver-gray color looked like the perfect non-black neutral.

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Two things prevented me from keeping this cardigan: 1) It runs really LARGE. I bought the cardigan in size small, but I still look like I could go down two sizes (XS – XXL). 2) It sheds like an animal!

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In the little time I had it on, this bathrobe (call a spade, a spade) deposited a ton of lint on my tank top and pants [see photo!]. The only credit I can give is that it feels soft on the skin that.is.all. This was a deal-breaker for me.

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Verdict: RETURNING (runs large, go down one or two sizes. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

7. Zeza B By Hue Lux Tux Ponte Knit Leggings $37.90 (After Sale $58.00)

I’m all about tuxedo-inspired pants. Heck, I even have one from 2012 I that I still wear today (seen here in 2017, and 2012). This tuxedo leggings is soft. And the sequin stripe makes it even more stylish.

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Ponte leggings are fast becoming an “it” item. I’ve seen tuxedo pants year after year, and they do not go out of style, knock on wood! This knit leggings is a great transitional piece too!

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I like this ponte leggings, I really do. The only reason I will be returning this tux pants is that I don’t like the way the hem sits on my leg. The tiny flare at the bottom bothers me for some reason. I think the leggings would look better if I had thicker calves.

 

Verdict: RETURNING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

8. Madewell Stripe Blanket Scarf $35.90 (After Sale $55.00)

Ok guys, what’s not to love about a cozy blanket scarf? For $35, I crossed my fingers for this scarf to live up to my expectations. And it did! Ever since I got my last blanket scarf from Amazon last year, I’ve been itching to add one more to my rotation.

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This Madewell scarf is lusher than my $14 scarf from Amazon, and they are exactly the same size. Here’s a photo of both scarves for reference. 

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If you’re looking to save some money, then I recommend this Amazon blanket scarf available in 12 different patterns. However, the stripe blanket scarf by Madewell is sold out on Nordstrom. I suggest checking back frequently for restocks from returns. Watch out for my post on unique and quick ways to tie a blanket scarf for fall coming weeks.

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Hmm, I’m undecided about keeping this scarf is because of the color. This Madewell stripe blanket scarf is sadly only available in one color. My concern is how quickly it’d get stained from my makeup.

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Deep brown walnut makeup is easy to spot on a light colored fabric. And with how close this scarf would be to my face, there is no doubt that stains would be obvious. Then again, I can tie this scarf on days I don’t wear makeup. But I don’t like having restrictions. I’m difficult, I know 🤷‍♀️

 

Verdict: UNDECIDED (one size)

 

 

9. Topshop Popper Crew Sweater $25.90 (After Sale $40.00)

One word. OBSESSED. This crew sweater paired with the ahh-mazing Zella leggings (below) were the first two pieces I wore to work. The sweater is super soft and comfortable. And the bright pink color is has a feminine touch.

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The sleeve buttons give this pullover modern finish. I also love the length of the sweater, not too short and not too long. On the model, the sleeves look like a 3/4-length, but it’s a full sleeve on me (I’m 5’5 inches for reference).

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The vibrant pink shade I am wearing is currently sold out. But you can get it in the black or tobacco color. Can’t beat the price.

 

Verdict: KEEPING (runs small, size up. I am wearing a size 6 which fits like a 2-4)

 

 

10. BP. Multicolor Beret $16.90 (After Sale $26.00)

Berets are making a comeback in refined styles. You can find more about this trend in the 2018 trends in beret hats, which also includes a video on 10 quick and easy ways to wear a French beret.

 

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Naturally, I was excited to see this multicolor beret on the Nordstrom Anniversary sale this year. News flash! This beret is going back! I don’t like the way it looks on me. The hem is not neat, and you can see a bulge where two different colors meet. Maybe I’ll have better luck next time.

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Verdict: RETURNING (runs very large, size down. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

11. Ted Baker London Immep Bow Flat $74.90 (After Sale: $114.95)

I first discovered Ted Baker when I was in college. Although I never bought any of their product, I had Ted Baker at the back of my mind. I came across this bow flats while perusing the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. In truth, I have a mild obsession with bows (and scallop hems). To my cart, it went.

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The slip-on style makes it super easy to wear this bow flat. The cushioned footbed is soothing to my feet. The cushion is comparable to memory foam, but they both feel different.

 

However, this cute flat runs narrow. I ordered it in size 9, and my toes feel slightly squashed together. Sadly, I was not smart enough to upgrade my shipping method (from free shipping to $9 express shipping). By the time, I ran back to order a 9.5, there was none available in my size.

 

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I kept stalking the Nordstrom website hoping I’d luck out. Someone beat me to the chase the last time a 9.5 was restocked. So Nordstrom canceled my order 🙁 Coincidentally while doing this try-on, I gave it one more try and lucked out. Placed a new order for the 9.5 and my order has shipped! 💃

 

Verdict: KEEPING – fingers crossed! (runs narrow, go up 1/2 or 1 full size. I am wearing a size 9)

 

 

12. J. Crew Olga Boiled Wool Topcoat $184.90 (After Sale $278.00)

You know that itch you can’t seem to get rid off? Yup, that’s how I felt the first time I wore this J.Cew wool topcoat. Thankfully, taking off this $185 coat got rid of the itch!

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I live in Alaska and starting in mid-late August, our temperature starts to drop. In fact, our highest temperature for next week is predicted to be 69ºF!

 

 

Adding a lightweight statement coat was on my list. That way, I can wear a fun jacket as the weather transitioned to fall. I bought the topcoat in red (available in yellow, dark cement, cobalt, and winter pine colors).

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This wool coat is not lined, so you need to wear long sleeves so it does not itch. For this reason and for the fact that the jacket is kinda boxy, I’ll be sending this one back.

 

Verdict: RETURNING (runs large, size down. I am wearing a size 4)

 

 

13. Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat $164.90 (After Sale $248.00)

Tory Burch is a great brand but I never really cared for their products. Well, not until last year when I bought my Tory Burch riding boots. I rocked those Tory Burch boots many times last year. And it held up to our Alaskan winter and again in the spring.

 

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That said, I was not looking to add a second pair of Tory Burch shoes to my closet this year. However, I had flats on my list, and I thought the price of this ballet flats was a steal. So I gave this flat a try despite some of the negative reviews on it.

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I ordered the shell pink color rather than my default black color. The pastel/neutral shade is a versatile hue that goes well with a variety of colors, styles, and even seasons. If you’re looking for a stylish pair of premium flats, consider this Tory Burch ballet flats. The black and blueberry are beautiful colors too.

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Verdict: KEEPING (runs large, go down 1/2 a size if in-between. I am wearing a size 8.5)

 

 

14. AG The Farrah Ankle Skinny Jeans $149.90 (After Sale $225.00)

Year after year, AG Jeans always sell out during Early Access. I’ve never been a big fan of AG Jeans, but my good friend swears by them. So I ordered this pair just to find out what the hype is all about.

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They say the denim is curve-defining and even makes your rear look good. I don’t see much of a difference between how my lower half looks in this jeans versus my other non-AG jeans. However, I can say that the fabric feels lusher on my skin, and it molds better to your body shape than the $40 jeans I own.

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I think this skinny jeans is an excellent purchase if you live in denim every day of the week. In a good week, I get to wear jeans once or maybe twice a week. So I can’t justify keeping this discounted AG ankle skinny jeans.

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Verdict: RETURNING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size 27)

 

 

15. BP. Washed Moto Leggings $25.90 (After Sale $39.00)

The first time I tried this moto leggings, at 2:30AM mind you, I was sure it was going back to Nordstrom. But after trying it a second time, I kinda like it. Note to self, try each piece twice haha!

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Verdict: UNDECIDED (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

16. Nordstrom Large Lingerie Wash Bag $7.90 (After Sale $12.00)

This Nordstrom lingerie wash bag was popular purchase last year. I scooped one up this year. The wash bag is significantly bigger than it looks (18″ x 21″). I had lots of room left over after adding my lingerie and fine silk pajamas set. I highly recommend this lingerie wash bag to protect your delicate pieces from snags, tears, and tangles.

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Verdict: KEEPING (one size)

 

17. SPANX® Faux Leather Leggings $64.90 (After Sale $98.00)

You’re likely already familiar with the quality of Spanx products. So when I came across this Spanx ready-to-wow faux leather leggings, curiosity got the better part of me. With a 4.5 star rating from almost 1,500 verified purchases, I could not pass up on this.

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The leggings has a built-in shaping waistband with power mesh that sucks everything in without suffocating you. It looks nothing like faux leather to me though. But the slick finish gives your outfit a cute, edgy look.

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This leggings is amazingly super stretchy without creating any weird bulge. No matter how much I stretched the leggings, I was not able to see through it. That my friend is a major plus!

 

Sadly, it is completely out of stock on Nordstrom. People are die-hard fans of this leggings especially since it’s almost never on sale. However, I found the Spanx ready-to-wow faux leggings on Bare Necessities for you. AND the black color is also the same price as the Anniversary Sale.

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I bet the price will go back up to $98 on Bare Necessities when the Nordstrom Sale is over. Find the faux leggings at Nordstrom (sold out) and Bare Necessities (bronze, navy, wine, and black).

 

Verdict: UNDECIDED (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

18. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings $35.90 (After Sale $54.00)

If you only need one pair of leggings, get this Zella high waist leggings now (the Spanx ready-to-wow leggings is a close second). I’ve heard Audrey of Putting Me Together talk about this Zella Live In High Waist Leggings on many occasions.

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I just love, love, love this leggings. I literally broke into my happy dance as soon as I put it on. I wore it that same day to work with the Topshop crewneck sweater! This stretchy and figure-sculpting leggings kept me cool and comfortable all day.

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Not once did I tug on the leggings throughout the day. Now I’m going to donate most of the older leggings I own. Once you put this on, there’s no going back, people!

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Verdict: KEEPING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

19. BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover $25.90 (After Sale $39.00)

I love color, and this vibrant yellow pullover called my name. I answered. Sadly, I don’t like the way it looks on me. And the v-neck is way too deep. I kept pulling it up while taking these photos.

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This BP. sweater might work for you if this is a style you’re looking for. The fabric is softly textured and is itch-free 🙂 The pullover is available in other stunning colors: green, bark, dark charcoal and plump.

Verdict: RETURNING (runs slightly large. Size down for a tighter fit. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

20. SPANX® Higher Power Mid-Thigh Shaping Shorts $23.90 ($38.00)

I’ve read about all the beautiful things that a nice pair of shaping shorts can do for you. I even bought two pairs two years ago… But I did not enjoy wearing them. They were either too thick with the seam showing through my outfit, or they just roll into a ball after an hour with creases showing through my clothes.

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I gave up until I found this SPANX mid-thigh shaping shorts. For the sake of not losing out on it, I added the shapewear to my shopping bag. I could not believe the tiny little holes that my thighs had to go through. 😂

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This is by far the most comfortable and lightweight shaping shorts I’ve ever worn. It left no crease nor did it roll into a ball. I am not keeping this Spanx shapewear because I did not see much of a difference between how I looked with and without it. I don’t have much to suck in anyways. 🤷‍♀️

This shaping shorts provides power compression to shape the tummy, hips, and thighs. The black color I am wearing is already sold out, but you can get it in nude.

 

Verdict: RETURNING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

21. BP. Raw Edge V-Neck Tee $11.90 ($17.00)

To be completely honest, I skipped past this tee a few times. But when I kept seeing some of my favorite bloggers rave about this affordable t-shirt, I gave in!

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They recommended sizing up for a looser/laidback fit. But I like wearing body-conforming tops, so I sized down. The raw-edge neckline creates the illusion of a laidback shirt with curved hem details. Now that I’m thinking about it, I bought a similar style with a choker-style strap from the Anniversary Sale last year.

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Verdict: KEEPING (runs large. Size down for a perfect fit or up for a loose-fit. I am wearing a size XS)

 

 

22. BP. Stitch Curve Hem Cardigan $31.90 (After Sale $49.00)

Last and certainly not the least is this BP. cardigan. This is my favorite cardigan of the sale. It has the perfect thickness and the softest fabric. The cardigan is so cozy, it feels like a cocoon :). I see many layering possibilities with this cardigan as the weather gets cooler. Color options are Beige, brown, brown cattail (mustard), and pink cedar. 

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Verdict: KEEPING (runs true to size. I am wearing a size S)

 

 

Still with me? You’re a rockstar! This wraps up my try-on haul of pieces I will be keeping and returning from the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

 

Since the weather is already getting colder here, I’ll be sharing some fall outfits featuring pieces I bought from the Nordstrom Sale. I know these looks will come after the sale has ended, but many of these items will remain available on Nordstrom as we transition to fall.

 

I hope this Anniversary Sale try-on session and Nordstrom product review helps you in your shopping decision today and in the future (aka shopping tips + Nordstrom Anniversary Sales 2019!).

 

As always, thank you so much for reading. I’ll catch you on the next post 🙂

 

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    Amy’s Fashion Blog
    August 5, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Love seeing what you are keeping and what’s going back.

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