Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reviews: leather jackets, blazers, ponchos, tunics

Happy happy Friday! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is finally open to the public, with always free domestic shipping and return shipping! I’ve rounded up several new reviews (including a fab petite leather jacket find!), along with some more pre-Fall outfit inspo. Please also refer to my first post of reviews – there’s several work-appropriate designer deals like these beautiful, slender Tory Burch flats and Kate Spade leather tote (fits a laptop) still in stock!

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Tucker & Tate cardigan girls XL (similar here or here in adults sizing),
Madewell tee xxs, Zella live-in leggings xxs (hemmed), Nike free sneakers sz 6,
Madewell mini transport bag (also here), TL sunglasses in Tokyo Tortoise

Onto this first look: you guys wanted more athleisure, and what better way to make a scrubby gym outfit look more publicly-acceptable than with a cute striped cardigan on top? I usually avoid the kids department – it’s easy to be lured in by the lower prices and little sizes, but the proportions & details are rarely right for grown women! This cardigan actually worked because it’s a slouchier fit with sloped shoulders, and wasn’t cut as short and wide like most kids sweaters (on the other hand, a few other pieces I tried in the same brand and size were comically bad on me).

I’m wearing XL (14-16) in this cardigan which just got restocked, and found it to fit similar to a womens’ XS. The material is nothing to write home about, but I loved the classic wide stripes, the length, and of course the pockets! Swap in a pair of mules or ballet flats for a more refined look, and you can also dress this cardigan up for work over a pencil skirt or pair of ankle pants. Here are here are two pretty similar and affordable striped cardigan options available in adult sizing.

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I’m lucky to have my cousin now living in Boston – although we’re the same size, we tend to gravitate towards different looks (with hers being a little edgier). These slip-on mules are not my typical style, but I loved them on her with this tunic and wanted to share!

Halogen leopard loafers sz 5.5 (also in solid black or tan)
These run about half size small/short in length. My cousin’s size 5.5 fit me well. I also tried on a 6 which were fine in length, but a little too wide on my feet.

Caslon tunic top xxsp (I got the pink!)
This comfy knit tunic looks so much better worn & “styled” than it does in the drab online photo! I disagree with the 1 reviewer so far, and thought the dolman sleeves were actually what made this top. Fit is true to size and I love that the back length covers the tush, for wearing with leggings. Tuck in the front center and scrunch up the sleeves for an effortless look.

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BP Tale suede mules sz 5.5 (under $50!)
I reviewed these last week, and they’re still well-stocked! They do run a bit small – I’m usually between 5 and 5.5 and found the latter to fit best, after trying on a few different sizes.

Halogen cashmere vest, one size
Note the “one size” shoulders are a little wide on someone my size, but overall not too noticeable due to the light-weightiness and drape of the cashmere. I can see this layered over a tee with pants, skirts with boots, skinny jeans, and of course…leggings! I grabbed this camel one for my mom, who usually wears XSP.

So there we have three different ways to style the Zella live-in leggings that I actually pretty much live in (here’s a fourth way, that I recently wore to the airport!). As mentioned before, I absolutely love how these “hold” you in at the tummy and don’t lose their shape, but they’re loooong so don’t be surprised when you put them on and there’s another leg of length dangling! A hem job was straightforward (under $10 by my tailor), and it was worth it to get leggings at the perfect length.

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Halogen wool cashmere poncho in petite length
Fit: As a poncho enthusiast (all the drapey knits, please!), I was stoked that this was part of the sale and comes in a petite length. I still think it’s a little long though on my 5′ tall frame. The 70% wool, 30% cashmere blend is just wonderfully soft and cozy (not itchy like some wool blends), so I’d highly recommend the petites size to someone a little taller. I can see this looking super chic with tall boots, ankle booties, flats, and loafers alike! FYI, double check in your cart at checkout that it says “petite” after the color name, otherwise you have the regular length. You can click “edit” within your cart to go in and select regular or petite – if you don’t see a choice for petite anymore, it’s probably sold out.

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Halogen Scarlett OTK Boot 5.5
Fit: True to size, shaft is on the slim side but isn’t fitted against the legs like SW boots. I own last year’s version of these (see them on me), which is pretty similar except those have a higher heel and almond-shaped toe. Like my old pair, the shaft is cut fairly straight up and down, different from the Stuart Weitzman styles which are made of stretchy, fitted suede that hugs your leg curves. I agree with fellow reviewers that the suede quality is not the best, also I personally prefer almond-shaped toes.

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DL1961 Ankle Skinny Jeans sz 23 ($78 off!)
I’ve posted about DL1961 before – they make great stretchy, skinny jeans but note I usually size down to a 23 with their denim. This dark olive pair in size 23 fits like a glove and is just ~ 1.5″ long on me, so the hem is cuffed up here.

Halogen 3/4 Sleeve Cashmere Cardigan
This sweater is another one of those pieces that I thought looked better on the body than in the stock photo! The first pic online makes it look straight and rectangular cut, whereas it’s actually more of a stylish cocoon shape (better depicted in the last pic online). The 3/4 sleeves means full-length on petite ladies (with no rolling up needed), and the cashmere is light and comfortable.

While I was trying this on in-store, several ladies flocked over to come check it out, and I thought it looked nice on a variety of body types! It’s a good layer to keep around in an AC’d office. Note if you wear a patterned shirt underneath like I did here, the pattern might show through the thinner sweater material.

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Leopard scarf ($12!), BP cami xxs, Barefoot Dreams cardigan xs/s,
J Brand cropped jeans 24, Steve Madden mules (old), Gucci bag

Leopard scarf –  this sold out quickly and just got restocked on backorder for early August. If you missed out the first time … do. not. hesitate!! This was one of my favorite finds, and at under $12 it’s a no-brainer. I was iffy about the leopard print since it can easily go wrong down tacky avenue, but this one exceeded my expectations. It’s lightweight in a gauzy, linen-like blend (looks better in-person), is the perfect size for tossing around your neck, and the print goes with so much.

For those who asked about washing this Barefoot Dreams cardigan, I machine washed and dried mine on medium heat and it did not shrink. It might though on high heat, if you’re attempting to do so for a smaller fit!

 

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Gibson ruffle hem top xxsp
Gibson has churned out some solid quality tops this year for both work and casualwear (the knotted one is still one my all time faves – see it on me). This swingy, ruffle-hem top is so cute, and would be business casual appropriate worn with slim ankle pants. This is not a thin or flimsy top – it almost feels like ponte but lighter in weight. Unless you like a looser fit, I’d recommend trying a size down because my usual size here felt roomy (especially when compared to their knotted top)!

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Petite-friendly leather jackets are always a big reader request, come Fall. My cousin was shopping for one, so I got to try on quite the variety to review and compare for you guys!

Halogen Leather Jacket xxsp ($100 off!!)
This first one was the winner for her – it was the weightiest, thickest and warmest leather jacket out of all the ones I tried on, and very nice quality! The online photo looks shiny and almost scaly, but in-person the leather is matte and supple. My iphone selfie photos above really don’t do it justice. I love the matte black zippers instead of traditional metal, and the collar can be worn upright (forgot to take a photo) or more folded down like I have it here.

Overall fit of an xxsp was pretty good on me (sleeves are surprisingly not too wide which is usually my peeve), and would be perfect styled over a mock or turtleneck sweater and skinny jeans or leggings. My only qualm would be that the pockets felt a little small for my hands. This is one of the few items that actually just got fully restocked this morning (including in xxsp) after selling out earlier, so don’t linger on this one for long!

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Caslon Leather Jacket xxsp
This next jacket is medium in weight, lighter than the Halogen one above but not thin or flimsy. The leather is a little more soft and pliable. The sizing feels similar to the Halogen one, but because the leather isn’t as thick, the sleeve width feels roomier on me. The pockets here are placed comfortably, also the lapel backside is also lined in leather (I’ve seen some brands take a shortcut and line it in fabric, which cheapens the look with a fold-over lapel like this one).

Halogen Flats sz 5 in pewter
I’m not sure if these are a keep. I loved the Halogen lace-up flats from last year’s sale, but these ankle tie ones are a little stiff in the soles and the ties pull a bit at my ankles.

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Halogen Leather Moto Jacket xxsp (also in black)
Next up we have this leather jacket in a straighter, more cropped silhouette. The leather is in the same weight and softness as the one above. Note this one does not have pockets, as the zipper detailing that looks like pockets is actually decorative and goes all the way around the backside. The soft pink is very pretty, but I’d stick to black for lower maintenance!

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BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket xs
As a budget-friendly “vegan” leather option, this is the Blank NYC jacket that I’ve featured regularly on here in black. Black is still available (read my review) at regular price, while this pink and taupe are shades included in sale.

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Olivia Moon Knit Tie-Sleeve Blazer xxsp
I’m bummed this blazer just sold out, but it doesn’t hurt to check for pop backs! I love a good knit blazer with the comfort of a sweatshirt, and the tie sleeve detail here just takes it to the next level. This is in a thicker weight knit and lined, and the overall cut is sleek, flattering and boyfriend-style in length (a little longer). The few reviews mention it runs big but I actually thought the petites was true to size. Here’s another sale knit blazer by the same brand with preppy elbow patches, currently stocked in small petite sizes.

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Caslon Knit Blazer xxsp
Another comfortable knit blazer option in 100% cotton – this one is a good basic, but feels plain in comparison next to that cute tie-sleeve one above. Note this one is unlined and is machine washable. It’s an open front style, so size down for a more fitted and tailored look.  

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Best Makeup and Skincare Deals Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

On the beauty front, there’s SO many good value sets & exclusives still in stock! Except for the Nars lip set, most of the products above are in my regular rotation and were reviewed at the bottom of my original post, so please read there! My favorite Stila Liner & Lipcolor Set didn’t make it to public access last year, so I’m glad they made enough to go around this time! I’m wearing the lipcolor in all my pictures here – even the smaller tube lasts me a while.

Nars Velvet matte lipstick pencil set (2 color scheme options) 
The Nars limited edition lip pencil set was something I treated myself to after testing out all the colors. Both bold and neutral options were beautiful, but I went with more vibrancy for summertime. I have difficult, dry and flaky lips and their velvet matte pencil formula is one of the best I’ve found for a matte but non-drying look and a precise application (a favorite of mine is “red square,” the perfect, punchy red-orange). The regular price tag of $27 per pencil is painful and I much prefer a twist-up lipstick over something that needs to be sharpened, but trust me, it’s good! The pencils in this reds and pinks set come out to about $14 and change each (and includes a sharpener), so nearly half the price. I brought this on our recent travels, and will show some of the colors on me soon!

Estee Lauder Gift Set Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Estee Lauder Repair + Renew Collection, and the $100+ bonus GWP,
Lower priced Repair + Renew set option (qualifies for the $45+ GWP!)

I restocked on some Estee Lauder skincare for my mom and aunts, and wanted to point out a double gift with purchase situation! Below is the free gift with any $45+ purchase (enter your choice of code FIRM or PROTECT at checkout) – not bad at all! And in the above picture, the bottom left corner is the bonus gift you get with any $100+ purchase.

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Free gift set with any $45+ Estee Lauder purchase, use code FIRM

Diptyque mini candle set


I got one of these sets as a gift and another for our home. The packaging is so pretty, like a macaron box. Yes these candles are small, as some reviewers mentioned, but what I love about Diptyque is that their scents really fill and penetrate the area. I burn my candles for a short period each time, and the scent lasts for hours! These are 1.2 oz and $11 each, compared to Diptyque’s regular 2.4 oz candles that are $34 each.

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Hinge Square Silk Scarf (2 colors)
This generously-sized, 100% silk scarf was love at first try-on and would also make a great gift. It works as a wrap, too, to keep your shoulders warm at weddings or parties. The slightly muted “vintage blooms” pattern is gorgeous, reminiscent of designer silk scarves at several times the price. And those little navy tassels!

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You might notice there’s a lot of delicates like cashmere and silk in this year’s sale. This might sound like a money suck for dry cleaning, but I’ve actually been washing those materials at home for a long time now either by hand or in the delicates cycle in cold water, using this fragrance-free, hypoallergenic wash. You only need a little bit, and can also use it as a spot treatment for stains before putting items in the wash. I NEVER put delicates in the machine dryer, which is the usual culprit for damage. For sweaters, silk, or even ripped jeans going into the wash, I also always use one of these delicates bags, which is the perfect roomy size and does not shrivel up or tear like many of my wash bags from other brands.

I hope these reviews are helpful! I got several requests for menswear, so stay tuned for some guest reviews from Nick next week. I also know several of you shopped early and got your orders in already, so please share in the comments about any noteworthy hits and misses!

 

30 thoughts on “Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reviews: leather jackets, blazers, ponchos, tunics

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture and Lifestyle Blog July 21, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Yay, another PETITE sale guide! Love the pink vest!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • Michael @ Mile in My Glasses July 21, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Happy Friday Jean! I absolutely love your picks from the Nordstrom sale! Especially the neutral colour palette you’ve gone with for each item! The green blouse is gorgeous, too!

    I hope you’re having a fab FriYAY!
    Michael
    https://www.mileinmyglasses.co.uk

  • Ewa Macherowska July 21, 2017 at 7:14 am
  • Laticia Correa July 21, 2017 at 9:12 am

    Thank you for this roundup! I'm excited to see so many things in stock for public access, including beauty products! I wanted to point out that Stuart Weitzman Highland boots are on sale for up to 45% (depending on the material), although not part of the anniversary sale. I may or may not have finally treated myself to a pair..

  • Rachel July 21, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Love all the looks! Great picks and post!

    http://chicglamstyle.com

  • Jaclyntt July 21, 2017 at 10:06 am

    so helpful. love the reviews. Thanks Jean! 🙂

  • Julie Hiller July 21, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Great sale picks! All your pictures have me super excited for fall.

    I'm finally giving BP a look after seeing how many cute items you have from them. They're such a steal!

    Style by Joules

  • Rajal Patel July 21, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Thanks Jean for all the awesome reviews. I snatched up some good stuff for the early access. I like your recommendation on the laundry detergent. i had no idea nordstrom sold that. just read all the reviews and am adding it to my cart. 🙂 can you give details on how you wash your wools/cashmere? i tried to wash mine by hand can they always still end up shrinking on me.

  • Mizeats July 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Hi Jean, amazing roundup of items from the Nordstrom sale! I especially love the first outfit for its casual and comfortable feel! And great tip on the delicate items. I haven't tried that trick yet but will give it a try. Thank you so much!!

  • Sincerely Ophelia July 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Love your picks so so much! That scarf is my fav!

    XOXO //
    SINCERELY OPHELIA | NYC Petite Fashion Blogger

  • Noelle July 22, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Hi Jean! I'm so glad to have found your blog several years back–it's really informed my sense of style–and especially appreciate the sale roundups. Now that I'm pregnant, my wardrobe is dwindling, and I know I'm going to have to do some shopping. I'd prefer not to just buy maternity items that I won't wear after a few months, and I'm also struggling to find petite-friendly maternity clothes. I'm wondering if you'd ever consider flagging items (or maybe even a whole post?) that are non-maternity but can be worn by moms-to-be during and after pregnancy? I'm thinking things that are maternity-friendly but that new moms will still want to wear afterwards. I hope you'll consider it, and thanks for all you do!

  • Massy July 22, 2017 at 10:55 am

    I just ordered the leopard scarf. Can't wait to get it! Thanks for all your reviews, they are so helpful.

  • Yeimy Ceballos July 22, 2017 at 11:09 am

    I keep checking daily for the navy Caslon knit blazer…it's been sold out since day 1 of the public sale. Anyone know if this item is likely to be restocked? I check all the time on my laptop and my app on my cell. Desperately want a knit navy blazer!

  • Malu Swartjes July 22, 2017 at 4:42 pm
  • sheboo89 July 22, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    Love your picks! So sad I didn't pull the trigger sooner on the Halogen leather jacket…the small sizes all sold out =( Hopefully they'll restock again??

  • Unknown July 23, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Hi Jean! Love your review of this sale last year I bought a lot of what you recommended and fell in love with everything! I was really looking forward to purchasing the Halogen sweater and Caslon tunic but both are sold out:( Do you know about restocking?! Thank you!

    ~ Gauri

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Thank you so much for the awesome tip, Laticia! That is a steal for the Highlands in classic colors – hope you enjoy your treat to self!

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Hi Rajal! Honestly I don't have any special tips and tricks other than just always washing in cold water and drying flat on my sweater drying rack. I think mine in general might shrink a little, but I don't usually mind since they usually fit a little roomier to being with.

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Thank you! Yes, you can save so much on dry cleaning! But it's still always a slight risk to wash dry clean items at home, so I always say to do at your own risk : )

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Hi Noelle – congratulations on your pregnancy! What an exciting time! Yes, I will definitely keep your question in mind as I've gotten a few other similar requests as well. I have several friends who are pregnant so I'm always noticing how certain regular clothing can fit and accommodate them.

    Congrats again, and sending you my best wishes for a smooth pregnancy!

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:04 am

    I hope you love it! Such a versatile accessory for a steal!

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Hi there – unfortunately I haven't heard any info on restocks, so all I can do is encourage you to keep checking in the mornings. I have seen lots of items pop back in random sizes but they never last. Btw there are a few other navy knit blazers under the Nordstrom petites section online that are on sale but not specifically part of the Anniversary sale – you should check those out!

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Hi there – I actually keep seeing that leather jacket pop back in certain petite sizes! But it doesn't last for long. I think there will be returns because some ppl may find it to be too small, so do keep checking back every so often if you want it : )

  • Jean July 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Hi Gauri, aw thank you! What kind of pieces did you pick up last year? I'm so curious to hear!

    The Caslon tunic sold out so quickly, but I have a feeling that will be a popular silhouette this Fall and I'll be looking for it at other brands like LOFT, too. Which Halogen sweater were you referring to (I think I featured several)?

  • eNia July 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    The only thing I bought was several diptyque candles and contemplated the Nars pencils but decided none of the reds were the right match. That hinge scarf is divine, as soon as I saw it on you I called my nordstrom's and luckily they had one left so I ran back! So big, useful and gorgeous!

  • Caitlin Kilmer July 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I got the same Tucker & Tate cardigan and I love it! The fabric is so-so, but the fit and print is so cute! I can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it!

  • Caitlin Kilmer July 25, 2017 at 10:28 am

    I got the same Tucker & Tate cardigan and I love it! The fabric is so-so, but the fit and print is so cute! I can't wait for cooler weather so I can wear it!

  • Heidi July 25, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Hi Jean,
    I almost never comment (I tend to ghost) on anything or on anyone's account, but your blog has definitely made me want to leave one! As a fellow petite sized girl who has almost the same measurements, your tips are an INCREDIBLE help to me! I'm so grateful! And it's so nice to follow a fellow Bostonian!
    Although my Barefoot Dream cardigan is backordered, I'm super hyped for it! I also got mine in the "stone" color, but wanted to ask, what does the color really look like in real life??

  • novemburful July 27, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the post, how did you hem the Zella legging? They are all way too long for me.

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