Nordstrom Sale Items I Own + Recommend


The Nordstrom Sale opens to the public today, and I wanted to share a few items included in the sale that I use frequently as a college student. I personally only shop the sale for investment pieces and items I know will last me for years to come. All the pieces in this roundup are either items I own or similar. 

My biggest recommendation for the sale is to stock up on Zella leggings and pants. My Zella leggings have held up much better than my Lululemon ones over the years, and I think the quality is incredibly similar if not the same.

I have the full length high waisted leggings, 7/8 leggings and the Plank pants. The high waisted full length are thick and are great for sucking everything in, ha! I love the 7/8s for warmer days and they are great for changing it up a bit. The Plank pants have a slight flare to them and are likely my favorite. The flare just makes them a bit more fun than traditional leggings. All the pants are under $30 (!!!) and the Plank pants are over 50% off. It's a great time to stock up on quality pants for the fall and winter. I wear leggings almost every day during the colder seasons, and these prices aren't likely to return during that time.

My next set of recommendations is investing in a few staple shoes college students are likely to wear year round. 

I ordered ankle rain boots after a rainy spring this year and liked them much more than anticipated. Walking around campus in knee high boots made for a long day, and I found them to be very heavy. Weather can be unpredictable too, so if I left the house when it was pouring but it was sunny an hour later, I was stuck wearing my heavy boots all day. The ankle boots are lightweight and keep my feet dry — great for wearing for long periods of time.

Though I love my new ankle rain boots, they don't keep my legs quite as dry as the knee high ones did. One of my least favorite things is being wet from the rain and sitting in a cold, air-conditioned classroom. It can be a long hour of being chilly and uncomfortable. The knee high boots are great for campuses full of puddles like Alabama and those days where it down pours the entire day. 

Having both pairs, I can't recommend one over the other. I think it's totally a personal decision based on how you'll be wearing them. The prices on the Hunter boots are lower during the sale, and I would recommend investing in a good pair of rain boots before heading to college.

The third pair of shoes I recommend are neutral slip ons. I have multiple pairs of neutral slip ons because I wear them so frequently. I love them because they're so easy to dress up or down. I can wear these to my on campus job dressed up or to go out on the weekend with a more casual look. The neutral color makes them easy to go with a number of outfits, and choosing a comfortable shoe is key to go from day to night.

My final set of recommendations is centered around tops. There are a few items in the sale that are great prices for how frequently I find myself wearing them.

I have a few fleece pullovers and even though I don't like cold weather, I love getting to pull them out  every year. This $50 cream pullover would easily go with a number of wintry outfits, and the fleece is sure to keep you warm. It's a comfortable staple piece that could be worn year after year.

Along a similar line is this Patagonia vest. I wear oversized t-shirts frequently at school, and a vest is a great layer to throw on over during those cooler days. I've had my fleece vest for years and wear it all the time during the cooler months.

I recently got a pink athleisure top and prefer it to oversized t-shirts for a bit more put together even in my casual outfits. I love the pop of pink year round, too! This $30 tank comes in the prettiest pastel colors and the fit is a bit more relaxed. Throw on a jacket and it transitions so easily for fall.

What are you eyeing from the Nordstrom sale?

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