NSALE 2021 | How it all FIT

Each year I try and do my best to put together outfits for fall. This way you can look through your closet and check to see what you already have but also some NEW items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that can add to your wardrobe.

On Monday I headed to my local store to try and pickup and try-on much of the items I had shown you in my outfit inspiration boards. Unfortunately my store did not have in stock many pieces that I. was looking for, BUT that also kinda forced me to look for some alternatives and I am so happy I did!

Since I still have several of these items on order check back through the sale as I update try-on images and sizing information.

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EVERYDAY CASUAL

With these outfits I was able to get about half of them put together but still waiting on a few camis and cardigans. Originally I did not include the Madewell stripe sweater because from my experience it sells out quickly. This year is going to be no different because the colors are beautiful and neutral and it picks up a lot of the camel brown I’m seeing this season. Keep in mind I have my eye OUT for alternatives so don’t fret!

Here again were my outfit inspirations, click on the + to go directly to the item:

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Madewell Kent Colorblock Cardigan | Donna Fab Ab High Waist Raw Hem Ankle Skinny Jeans | Heidi Over the Knee Boot | Carson Colorblock Leather Tote

Fit Tips: Cardigan size down this runs large, M // Jeans tts, 12 but a little long

This might be my favorite outfit of the NSALE this cardigan does run big so size down and comes in several color if the stripe is out of stock when you get a chance to shop. These KUT jeans were a total winner with the lighter color and raw hem. I love where these hit on my waist and easily can transition from summer to fall!

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Off the Shoulder Knit Top | Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans | Similar Booties from Sale | Necklace

Fit Tips: Top if you want a slouchy off the shoulder look size up, I wanted a bit more fitted boatneck so I’m in a M // Jeans size down these run large, 10 (I am in the regular length)

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Steve Madden Cedar Bootie in Tan Suede

Fit Tips: size up 1/2

I wanted to try these booties on since they are a great fall staple, but I have two pairs of light booties already so these did not come home with me. I did like that the notch was right at my ankle so minimal rubbing which is nice.

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V-Neck Fleece Top | Spanx Faux Leather Leggings | White Sneakers

Fit Tips: Top size up for tunic style, L // Spanx leggings size up XLP

Now I don’t love faux leather leggings, I find them to be incredibly hot. Also if I’m going to do a casual leggings give me a side pocket! Alas I know a lot of you love them and one reason to grab them during the NSALE is unlike other less expensive options these come in a petite and hit at my ankle. All the look alike I’ve tried ended up being too long.

Now if you are a faux leather lover this Gibsonlook tunic is a great longer option in this pretty neutral color. I was going to wear my P448 sneakers with this outfit but forgot them at home (oops!) but goes to show that any cute sneaker will do.

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Spanx Faux Leather Joggers (XL) | Halogen Cami (L)

I will also mention that I DID try the Spanx faux leather joggers… If I was about 5 inches taller I could se where these could be cute. These do not come in a petite so they are a BIG no go for me.

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P448 John Low Top Sneaker (true to size)

Now if you are in the market for a pair of P448s on sale I really liked this pair in the NSALE. The sides have no glitter or iridescent but are a couple of fabrics of white and cream. The tongue has a bit of sparkle and these would go great with black leggings.

If you are not set on a certain color combo keep in mind P448s tend to go on sale pretty regularly because they switch out styles each season.


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Diana Ab Fab High Waist Relaxed Skinny Jeans | Pintuck V-Neck Camisole

Fit Tips: Fits tts, 12 but runs really long // cami tts, L

We also need to have a little chat about KUT jeans. MANY of them are called “skinny” yet they do not have a skinny leg. The Diana Ab Fab High Waist RELAXED Skinny Jeans are a straight leg, and way too long for me.

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Donna Fab Ab High Waist ANKLE Skinny Jeans | Gibsonlook V Neck Tunic | Similar Booties

Fit Tips: Jeans tts, 12 // Tunic sized up for length, L

On the other hand the Donna Fab Ab High Waist ANKLE Skinny Jeans is a true skinny jean and comes in tight at the ankle. These are the KUT skinny jeans I prefer in a dark wash with no distressing.

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Barefoot Dream Cardigan | Halogen Cami | Wit & Wisdom Distressed Ab-solution jeans | Necklace | Similar Booties

Fit tips: Cardigan size down, M // cami tts, L // Jeans tts, 12

I had a lot of questions on if you can wear a BFD cardigan “out” and my answer is YES!! These super soft cardigans are so versatile from loungewear to honestly the perfect dinner outfit (my kids steal it when they get cold in restaurants). While this is an investment I love the light tan color of this one and didn’t have a similar BFD in my closet.


WORKWEAR

Workwear was the main area that I had trouble finding many of the items I had on my inspiration outfit board. When I talked with a sales person he said, yeah “they don’t think anyone is back at work yet!” Ugh I know that’s not true and MANY of you are looking for some workwear options so I went hunting! I think I found some REALLY cute options but will also post more when blouses and heels arrive.

Here again were my outfit inspirations, click on the + to go directly to the item:

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Floral Print Flutter Sleeve Top | Donna Fab Ab High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans | Madewell Necklace | TB Colorblock Tote | Similar Booties

Fit Tips: Blouse tts, L // jeans tts, 12

Since most of the workwear and blouses were not available at my store I went hunting and so glad that I did! I love this ruffle blouse with the deep purple background and floral print. It’s super cute here for a business casual jeans day but can easily be paired with dress pants or a skirt for a more professional look.

This does have a bit bigger arm holes in the large (my bra does not show) but the medium would have been too tight across the chest. Now if you have the Calson knit blazer from last year this blouse looks super cute with this but I’m waiting on the new rust color (which I think will also be a great match).

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Caslon Drape Collar Blazer (last season color)

Fit Tips: size down if in-between, M


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Floral Print Blouse | Spanx The Perfect Back Seam Skinny Pants | Similar Nude Pumps | TB Crossbody Bag

Fit Tips: Blouse size up for larger chest, L // Spanx Perfect pants size up if in-between I prefer these in an XLP

This blouse was another in-store find and I’m so glad I did! I love the v-neck and slight puff shoulder. It looks great with my Spanx Perfect Pant or jeans. I wear a XLP or L depending on how I want the ankle length to fit. These with a back seam and small notch are the perfect stay comfy yet look classy kind of workwear!


ACTIVEWEAR

This is where I got into trouble, I wanted ALL the things especially sneakers! I fell in love with so many but I also needed to replace a ton and get maximum wear out of athletic shoes so for me they are all a good buy! Many of these styles will sell out, especially shoes so if in doubt I would cart those first.

Here again were my outfit inspirations, click on the + to go directly to the item:

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Sweaty Betty Easy Peazy Tank Top | Power Pocket Workout 7/8 Leggings | Adidas Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe

Fit Tips: Tank size down, M // Leggings tts, L // Sneakers size up 1/2 for socks

Total surprise find! I heard good things about the Sweaty Beaty brand and wanted to try the swing tank, of course since it was hanging next to these adorable leggings I had to try those too and OMG along with the Adidas Lux sneakers this is now one of my top outfits! 

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Adidas Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe

These I got in my true size but if you wear a thicker sock I would size up 1/2.


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Spanx Print Low Impact Sports Bra | Spanx Booty Boost 7/8 Leggings

Fit Tips: Sports Bra tts, L // Leggings size up if in-between, XL

Every time I wear these leggings I always think now is my booty posted?! While this is not my #1 style of Spanx leggings they are great for running and weight workouts. They have a high rise and nice thick waistband pulling in my tummy. The only issue is that the matching bra is more low impact so I do end up wearing this on the bike.

The bra does not have adjustable straps so better for non running activities.

Spanx Tunic (tts, L)

This outfit is also great with the Spanx Tunic I’m obsessed with! I have it in both black and white but it’s only available directly from Spanx. Good news I have a discount code for you! Use code RYANNEXSPANX for 10% off


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Similar Zella Hooded Jacket| Restore Soft Pocket Leggings | Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

Fit Tips: Zella Jacket size up if in-between mine is a medium but would be hard to layer long sleeves under // Leggings tts, L // Sneakers size up 1/2

As you can see I got these soft jogger pants last winter and they became a favorite! They are a good mix of loungewear and activewear with all over soft comfort. The wide waistband and big pockets are great for mom everyday mom life, even if that’s just grabbing a drink at Starbucks.

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Nike React Phantom Run Flyknit 2 Running Shoe

Fit Tips: size up 1/2

I was looking for a good sneaker that I could quickly slip in and snagged these from Nike and love them! AS I’ve been trying to workout more I did a bike bootcamp and realized you only have 1 minute to switch out of bike shoes into sneakers so these quick change ones are perfect.

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Spanx Every.Wear Knockout Leggings | Athleta Tank | ON Cloud Running Shoe

To be honest this tank and pants are not in the NSALE BUT I wanted to show you a pair of the Spanx Every.Wear Leggings that is VERY similar to the pair in the sale. This style is my Peloton go to because of the inside gripping. Plus these are a thinner high rise and they don’t roll when I’m on the bike.

Here is a quick inside pic of the Ever.Wear style so you can see how wide of that gripping panel you get.

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What is NEW in this pic are these ON Cloud Sneakers!

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ON Cloud Running Shoe

Fit Tips: Size up 1/2

This style is more of a slip on and while it comes laced with the bungee laces it also has “real” laces if you need more support. I got these more for a casual running errands type of shoe than running races (which I do WAYYY less).


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Zella Tank ( tank in NSALE) | Zella Soft Pocket Jogger | ON Cloud Shoes

Fit Tips: Tank tts, L // Joggers, L // Sneakers size up 1/2

Now I wanted to try out these joggers because I had several people mention that they were similar to the Vuori style I love and to be honest they are close! These are a bit higher rise and looser in the thighs and calf. If you are looking for that soft, light weight feeling for less these are a great buy.

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ON Cloud Shoes

Now I’m not 100% sure what happened on first day of Icon shopping but for a moment these showed sold out. As of today (before Ambassador shopping) I’m seeing all sizes back in this grey color. Just know these will be popular and expect some sell outs. These are great running shoes and I was sad I ruined my other pair in the Spartan race we did as a family so these came home with me!


Today starts shopping for Ambassador card holders so just a reminder on how to MOVE your wish list. **FIRST please click on the wish list link** This ensures that I can receive credit for helping with your selections (this is the only way I’m paid and able to produce free content). Then go through steps 1-5! See this post for the rest of the shopping schedule.

  1. Click here to get to your wish list
  2. Click Edit in the upper right corner, if on a desktop you will just click your first item. 
  3. Click your 1st item then “select all” desktop users will see this in the lower right hand area. 
  4. Click Black “Add to Bag” box will move all items selected to your cart
  5. If it’s your day to shop your check out will begin!

HAPPY SHOPPING!!


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