Nordstrom Sale: Classic, Versatile Style Picks

I have a love/hate relationship with the Nordstrom Sale (and really any over-hyped big sales out there). I don’t like the way they make people panic, buy things they don’t need or feel like they’re missing out if they don’t have the budget to spend on clothing right now. With that in mind, I’ve decided to round up the most classic, versatile items from the Nordstrom sale to help you navigate your shopping if you choose to buy anything.

Not shopping the sale? No worries—you’ll be fine, and there’s always another sale. Don’t spend if it’s not the right time for you or if you don’t have any gaps in your wardrobe!

The earliest shopping access starts Tuesday (8/4) and there are 2 more levels of early shopping access before all cardholders can start shopping on August 13th. The sale opens to the public on August 19th, and then the prices go up on August 31st. To know when you can start shopping, just log into your Nordstrom account and they’ll tell you!

Here are my top style-related picks from this year’s sale (I’ll keep updating it if they add more things!). I’ve divided everything up into categories so it’s easier to find what you’re looking for…




  • White Veja Espelar Sneakers. I love a classic white sneaker all year round. They’re crafted from leather sourced from Rio Grande do Sul farms and tanned according to REACH norms. The lining is made from organic cotton and the soles are wild Amazonian rubber.
  • Madewell Cheetah Calf Hair Mules. I’m very loyal to my Jenni Kayne cheetah mules, but I have to say these are a really great alternative for a great price!
  • Steve Madden Black Pointed Toe Mules. A less expensive take on the classic Gucci mules, these are a great laid-back yet elevated shoe for fall.
  • SARTO Pointed Toe Loafer. Specifically, the python ones are what I’m talking about. They make a statement and add visual interest to simple looks, plus the pattern is timeless.
  • Steve Madden Leopard Calf Hair Loafer. This pointed toe loafer is an easy way to incorporate neutral pattern into fall and winter clothes.
  • Marc Fisher Pointed Toe Bootie. This is such a gorgeous boot for fall and winter. I especially love the black leather and the cognac suede.
  • 42 Gold Block Heel Sandals. Available in several neutral options that pair with pretty much everything.
  • Botkier Block Heel Pumps. Black block heeled pumps are the easiest way to take everyday clothes into dressier settings. I love these in black suede!


  • Clare V Leopard Midi Bag. This is probably my favorite style from Clare V and I have a few of these bags in different patterns. I love the leopard pattern on the suede, and it comes with my favorite black and white webbing strap (which you can remove and add to other bags with removable straps).
  • Clare V Leopard Simple Tote. I have this tote in solid tan suede from last year’s sale and it’s just such a classic (as is this leopard print!). It comes with a short black and white webbing strap (which you can remove and add to other bags with removable straps).
  • Madewell Spotted Crossbody. I have this size tote from Madewell in a different colorway and it’s a really great size for everyday essentials. The spotted calf hair is beautiful and classic, and easily adds pattern to really simple outfits.

Are you shopping the sale this year? What’s on your wish list?

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