A Fashion Editor’s Guide To The Best Things To Buy At Nordstrom

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It’s no secret that we have a lot of love for Nordstrom. Since the heritage department store is moreover an unequivocal R29 reader-favorite shopping destination, you can find us frequenting the site on a daily basis, in search of everything from look-at-me swimwear to crowd-pleasing long sundresses and marked-down designer tons from the Anniversary Sale. Thanks to our frequent constitutionals lanugo Nordstrom’s digital aisles, we’re well witting with its bounty of hidden-gem products (both beauty and fashion) and how overwhelming sifting through that selection can be.

If you’re looking to snag a few new summer wardrobe pieces but don’t know where to start, then you've once landed on the right page. To help guide you through Nordstrom's thicket of well-flavored options, we've plucked out the winningest wares, from trusty activewear pieces to limited-edition designer collab items. Ahead, trammels off your very own list containing the weightier things to buy at Nordstrom — sussed out and hand-picked by an very R29 malleate editor, at your service.

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ASTR The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Zella Live In Upper Waist Rib Wide Leg Pants, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Dusen Dusen Flower Cotton Bathrobe, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Ugg Tasman X Waterproof Clog, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

SPANX OnCore Mid Thigh Shaper Bodysuit, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

YanYan Lacee Organic Cotton Pointelle Knit Shorts, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Jenny Bird Arlo Drop Earrings, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Outdoor Voices The Exercise Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Acne Studios Edra Couer Tie Dye Cotton Graphic Tee, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Ray-Ban Icons 50mm Round Metal Sunglasses, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Madewell Lightspun Wrap Top, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Treasure and Bond Button Front Skirt, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

petit moments Golden Hour Rosaline Beaded Freshwater Pearl Necklace, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Marc Fisher LTD Davia Sandal, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Skims Cotton Rib Boxers, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

All Saints Ghost Jackie Sneaker, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Molly Goddard Freddie Colorblock Gingham Mesh Top, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Rachel Comey Bose Clog, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Open Edit 3-Piece So Soft Rib Lounge Set, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Nike Daybreak Sneaker, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Paloma Wool Haya Ribbed Organic Cotton Blend Sweater Tank Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Sandy Liang Jojo Floral Print Cotton Jersey Bike Shorts, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Collina Strada Convention Animal Print Button-Up Shirt, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Free People Makai Upper Waist Cutoff Shorts, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Dolce Vita Paily Braided Sandal, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

AllSaints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Circus by Sam Edelman Miranda Platform Ankle Strap Sandal, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Hanky Panky Original Rise Thong, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Levi's 501® Ripped Straight Leg Jeans, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Nordstrom Brands

One of the retailer’s best-kept secrets is its host of internally designed labels that could vacated replenish every component of your wardrobe.

Open Edit

Brand-new on the scene is Open Edit, a Scandi-style trademark that gives & Other Stories a run for their money. There’s too much in the pared-back variousness to name — think minimal drawstring slipdresses, strappy, candy-colored slides, and floaty, wide-leg trousers — and sizing in the sustainably-minded hodgepodge extends to 3X.

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Open Edit Organic Cotton Poplin Oversize Blouse, $, misogynist at Nordstrom


One of our all-time faves is Zella, an activewear imprint that rivals much pricier brands in style and consumer satisfaction.

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Zella Live In Upper Waist Pocket Bike Shorts, $, misogynist at Nordstrom


If you remember what this teeny name stood for in the previous millennium, gold star for you! While trend-driven label Brass Plum has dropped increasingly than a few vowels since its early-2000s heyday, it still delivers on of-the-moment styles at very affordable prices.

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BP. V-Neck Long Sleeve Babydoll Minidress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Treasure & Bond

Nordstrom’s line of chic-affordable staples is moreover a give-back brand, founded in 2014 with the intention of donating a portion of profits to non-profit organizations supporting women and girls. Right now, they’re allocating 2.5% of net sales to supporting youths experiencing homelessness, through donations to New York’s Ali Forney Center, Covenant House in Toronto, and Youth Emerging Stronger in Los Angeles (to name a few).

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Treasure & Bond Sleeveless Knit Dress (Plus), $, misogynist at Nordstrom


Halogen is Nordstrom's line made to mix and match. The hodgepodge includes a range of standout nuts from a stylish just-right knit polo to a sleek one-piece fit for any occasion.

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Halogen Tie Waist Wide Leg Crepe Jumpsuit, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Sale Selects

While Nordstrom’s sale section is a must-visit any time of year — and don’t plane get us started on Nordstrom Rack’s haunting tendencies — the retailer’s periodic blowout sales have customers lining up for unquestionably good, limited deals on new arrivals and best-sellers. (ICYMI, Nordy just spoken the dates for their stampede-inducing Anniversary Sale, which will start on July 28th.)

Caslon Vivi Slide Sandal

A designer-y slide sandal that reeks of a high-end Italian label is the perfect summer acessory — especially at 40% off.

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Caslon Vivi Slide Sandal, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Coach Originals Ergo Signature Jacquard Shoulder Bag

Reviewer AerithFair writes that this throwback-style Coach bag is “so perfect for the money! The bag is gorgeous! It has a slip pocket for my MASK, and I can put my phone in the zip pocket. I alimony my keys in a lanyard so I don’t need a key strap. It is perfect for spring and the verisimilitude is delightful!”

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Coach Ergo Signature Jacquard Shoulder Bag, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Nike Pro-Clean Fleece Hoodie

Nike doesn’t often make it to the sale section, but when it does, we pounce — especially if the item in question is a cropped, quick-drying hoodie in a shade of iridescent neon. “Love love this hoodie,” wrote reviewer VictoriaO883447444. “So tony and effortless.”

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Nike Pro Clean Fleece Hoodie, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

French Connection Masha Rib Midi Dress

Glow like a lightning bug this hot girl summer with the help of an un-missable lime untried hue.

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French Connection Rasha Rib Minidress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Customer Favorites

Nordy’s best-sellers run the gamut from summer dresses to tried-and-true-footwear, but they all have one thing in worldwide — they’re backed by hundreds of reviews that detail fit, function, and upper levels of consumer satisfaction.

La Blanca Island Goddess Swimsuit

Over 400 reviewers gave this sleeper swimsuit upper marks for its deceptively simple, flattering diamond and hidden-but-mighty thorax support. “59 and feeling really good in this swimsuit,” supposed reviewer Momprof94 in their review. “I had well-nigh given up on feeling good in a swimsuit ... [but] I finger good and not old in this [one]. It moreover has unbearable support without an underwire. I’m both pleased and shocked.”

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La Blanca Island Goddess One-Piece Swimsuit, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress

The hype surrounding this simple dress is REAL. We couldn’t segregate from the hundreds of reviews that the frock has received, but we tried:

NADIA1979 writes: “I bought three variegated colors [in this dress] without loving the first one so much and I pretty much live in them. I am starting to wonder what I used to wear?! I think this is my most flattering favorite thing I’ve worn since I can remember — it’s nuts I didn't own this sooner. I wish other gown looked this good on me. In my head, maxis are supposed to flatter the way this does but they never do ... I finger swish and elegant which is now causing me to wear [the dresses] constantly and my husband is questioning if I own other clothes.” Without a sales socialize went whilom and vastitude to help the reviewer get flipside verisimilitude in the dress in time for her honeymoon, the reviewer continues, “I [randomly] said to my husband, ‘honesty is the weightier policy, and he said ‘No honey, Nordstrom’s return policy is the weightier policy— honesty is the second-best policy!!’”

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Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Birkenstock Arizona Hex Sandal

“[This is] my fourth pair of [the] Arizona style over the last 20 years,” wrote a diehard comfort-footwear fan on Nordstrom.com. “These are increasingly narrow and lighter than my older pairs but soo comfortable! I just put the tightest setting on the buckle but I have a narrow size 9 foot. I ordered a 40 and it is perfect. I got the oiled cognac leather with gold buckles — [a] unconfined neutral to go with everything!”

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Birkenstock Arizona Hex Slide Sandal, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

ASTR The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress

“True to size, looks unconfined on,” wrote EmpressVonTusslebunny in her glowing review of this breezy, summer-ready frock. “Sometimes, tiered suit does not do you any favors. This dress is made of a fabric that is heavy unbearable to sprawl well when tiered, yet light unbearable to finger summery. Warning: [it] will make you want to buy new sandals, too!”

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ASTR The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Børn Beca Flat

This comfort-footwear trademark usually gets upper marks for foot hugs (in lieu of upper style), but this glove-style, high-throated unappetizing resembles what we’re used to seeing on pricier self-sustaining brands. Reviewer seattleskylark tabbed the flats “keepers”, noting that the silhouette is “a stylish update for Børn.” They continued: “I just ordered these in two colors and am keeping both! I’m a standard size 9, they fit perfectly and are incredibly well-appointed right out of the box.” In addition, they “appreciate the padding that is sometimes woolgathering with flats.”

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Born Beca Flat, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Nike Daybreak Sneaker

Summer wouldn’t be well-constructed without a white sneaker, and luckily Nordstrom has them in droves. Our pick — and the favorite of tropical to 150 reviews — is this throwback-style Nike kick, updated from the brand’s 1979 Tailwind running shoe. “These red hot numbers will make any outfit instantly cool well-considered reviewer Minga333. “Slip the kicks on for a super laidback retro vibing tomfool mom look. Puttin' all the youngins to shame wearing these. Get a pair quick! I once tried ownership the tan with the woebegone trammels but they sold out too fast!”

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Nike Daybreak Sneaker, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Designer Discoveries

Don’t shy yonder from Nordy’s selection of high-end goods — they stock the who’s-who of big-name runway brands from established (Gucci) to new-guard (Simone Rocha) to offbeat (Sacai).

Sacai Contrast Pleat When Shirt

There’s a reason that this culty Japanese trademark inspires such ardor with the malleate flock — we didn’t know that we needed this stunner of a button-down blouse with an entirely pleated when panel until we laid vision on it, either. Now we can’t sleep.

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Sacai Contrast Pleat When Shirt, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Simone Rocha Platform Ballerina Sneaker

“Immediate infatuation,” wrote a reviewer named Tedina of these statement-making Simone Rocha satin platforms. “I’m not in the market for shoes — I’m old and have tons – but THESE!!! Why did I see them? Now I’m $700 deep.” Despite some sizing back-and-forth, she writes, “I’m pleased they’re on my feet — plane [in] platform block, they roll [and] don’t stiff-clop for me.”

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Simone Rocha Platform Ballerina Sneaker, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Proenza Schouler White Label Dot Print Puff Sleeve Poplin Dress

Score! We discovered this statement-making printed dress from Proenza Schouler in Nordstrom’s treasure-rich sale section. Despite a still-steep price tag, sizes are dwindling, and we can see why — the cotton fabrication makes it an easy, fuss-free option, but the romantic sleeves and fun print make it finger fancy unbearable for a special occasion.

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PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL Dot Print Puff Sleeve Poplin Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

Akris Punto Knit Pencil Skirt

In describing the subtle, couture-level craftsmanship of Swiss trademark Akris, Business of Malleate reported that third-generation designer Albert Kreimler “simply ‘cannot work with unseemly fabrics.’” Nordstrom is an spanking-new resource for scoring this sought-after brand’s sister label (and plane largest when it’s on sale).

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Akris Punto Stripe Cotton A-Line Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom


While Nordstrom is pushing 120, the retailer maintains its youthful glow in part by supporting up-and-coming talent through collaborations, defended boutiques, and emerging-designer selections that rival the trademark lineups at its edgier counterparts.


Nordy made fashion-world headlines when in 2013 when they hired proprietrix Olivia Kim yonder from then-buzzy Opening Ceremony to curate Pop-in@Nordstrom, a series of limited-run shop-in-shops curated virtually disparate-yet-rich themes like K-beauty, Paris, pets, and ’90s raves (to name just a few). The latest Pop-In commemorates the 70th (!) year-end of iconic Finnish lifestyle trademark Marimekko with a range of sectional apparel, accessories, and homewares ornate with the brand’s signature bold, bright, and whimsical nature-inspired motifs. Reviewer Liz Par tabbed these poplin shorts “breezy sweet”: “These lived up to and vastitude my expectation,” she wrote. “Fit is unconfined (I'm curvy through the seat and these are flattering). Fabric is lightweight and a very stylish print. Pockets are just right.”

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Marimekko Himmea Melooni Silk Dress, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

SPACE Emerging Designer Shop

SPACE — Nordstrom’s mini-boutique devoted to emerging high-end labels — recently teamed up with leading twentieth-century retailer Dover Street Market to showcase an variousness of the latter’s emerging gender-fluid brands. Boundary-pushing designers like Vaquera, Liberal Youth Ministry, and ERL round out the existing variousness of fashion-forward brands — think ACNE, Comme des Garcons, Suicoke, and Peter Do.


Bode One of a Kind Clear Corduroy Tote, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

New Concepts

Designer brands SVP Sam Lobbhan has brought a host of cutting-edge imprints to Nordstrom through his “New Concepts” pop-ups, including Andre Walker, Bode, NOAH NYC, and Wales Bonner. Hyper-hyped Fear of God — which counts Kanye West, Virgil Abloh, and Justin Bieber among its superfans — is the latest trademark to bring its ultra-cool streetwear to the old-school store.

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FEAR OF GOD American All Stars Henley, $, misogynist at Nordstrom

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