Nordstrom remains one of my all-time favorite stores. They have a nice layout that's conducive to personal styling, a wide range of products, and many reasonably priced options. Fashion Valley's Nordstrom is my favorite. I am also happy to stop by UTC and Escondido, if I'm working in those areas.
As serious shoppers know, Nordstrom sales are MAJOR. And it's that time of year--Memorial Day is around the corner and Nordstrom would like some of your money. This year's sale selections will not disappoint. I've chosen a few of my favorites below. The sale selection can be overwhelming, so I've chosen my top nine picks. Happy shopping!
I'm always on the hunt for fabulous, stylish flats. These Marc Fisher beauties are perfect for pairing with your summer work wear, lighter jeans, and structured dresses.
Sam Edelman's pointy-toe d'Orsay pump is a gorgeous option to punctuate any look. I personally love the bright havana red (pictured) and the gold leather options. The red would pair well with summer dresses and neutral outfits. The gold option would be a great evening shoe.
Like flats, I'm always looking for stylish and comfortable wedges. Sofft is a brand well known for their comfort. These metallic wedges are not quite silver or gold, which gives you more accessorizing options. These pair well with white jeans and flowy summer dresses.
How gorgeous is this pink Rebecca Minkoff bag? It's actually a laptop bag which means it's a great size. It's under $100!
This Marc Marc Jacobs Crossbody is an unexpected delight. I'm constantly singing the praises of non-black handbags like this one. This green will go so well with so many garments.
This fantastically neutral backpack by Rag & Bone will set you free. I love recommending stylish backpacks like this one to clients who like to carry a lot of equipment for work or who prefer riding bikes as a mode of transportation. I really like this version because it is so professional-looking, like a structured satchel. It won't make your work ensemble appear too casual.
Looking for a gorgeous maxi dress that makes you feel as if you're vacationing in St. Barts? This dramatic and comfortable dress is great for lazy summer days or even a wedding, if you accessorize it correctly.
On the other end of the spectrum, when you're looking for work wear, BOSS by Hugo Boss cannot be beat. Now is your chance to snatch up this C-Level look for under $400.
Now, here is a dress that can be dressed up or down. Wear it to work. Wear it on a date. Wear it to a child's birthday party. Wear it running errands. It's a great example of double-duty style. I love this Fit & Flare dress by Vince Camuto. As a bonus, it's the beautiful shade of blue that looks amazing on nearly every skin-tone, with a super-flattering cut.
Despite the fact that I'm a fashion lover, I prefer a small, multi-functional wardrobe to a vast closet full of clothes. When working with clients, I often get similar requests--women want pieces they can wear to work and on the weekend. I call these "double-duty" pieces. Some may even say "Double Duty" style is my specialty.
We're all busy--whether we work from home, have two jobs, have kids, don't have kids, married or single--we all need to dress differently for the many roles we fill throughout the week.
With "Double-Duty" Styling, you should be able to do more with less, save money, save time, and always have something to wear. I've styled some looks below so you can have a clear idea about "Double Duty Style".
From Playground to PTA
In the look on the left, we have a super casual outfit that's great for running around at a playground. The same striped tee and jeans are dressed up in the second look by adding a cardigan, some gold jewelry, and elegant flats. It's still casual, but a dressier version of casual that's more appropriate for something like a PTA Meeting. This stripe tee could also be paired with a blazer and trousers for an appropriate office outfit.
From Home Office to Coffee Meeting
On the left, we have another very casual ensemble for working at home. Yes, even if you are working at home, you should "get dressed". We all need to make the mental switch from "relaxing" to "working" even if our commute is only from the couch to the desk. We've paired a relaxed sweater with grey jeans, comfortable stylish sneakers, and a nice watch. We easily switch up the same look for a coffee meeting by adding accessories like a colorful scarf, gold jewelry and a fun sandal.
From Errands to Lunch Date
Again on the left, we see a more casual look with a denim dress. Paired with sandals, a tote and a watch this is great for shopping or running errands. On the right, we dress it up with more gold jewelry, heeled sandals and a colorful scarf making it a flirty look for a lunch date. Depending on your dress code, you could also add a blazer and heels with this dress and wear it to the office.
One of the best things about knit dresses is their versatility. My client picked up this adorable, comfortable ruched sheath dress from Ann Taylor Loft.
In the first look, we styled it for work by adding a black blazer, a black and silver watch, and coral pumps. She's also wearing opal earrings. She's perfectly dressed up for work.
In the center look, we've styled the dress more casually. This works perfect for her morning walks around the Farmer's Market or meeting friends for coffee. By adding a denim jacket and switching the heels out for flats, she's dressed down and still put together.
In the final look on the right, we've switch out the shoes for a sexier peep-toe bootie. This is a great option for date night or happy hour.
By simply switching out the shoes and layering pieces, we were able to take one dress from work to weekend to date night.
Of course, you can also learn how to get more mileage out of your closet by booking a styling session with me.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.