Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Early access (petite-friendly edition)

It’s here!! Today is the first day of early access to Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale for cardholders (access for non-cardholders begins July 22nd). This is the best sale of the year – it’s 33 to 40% off on brand new arrivals from popular designers, not old merchandise, and prices go back up in ~two weeks. You guys know I love Nordstrom for their big selection of hard-to-find sizing (including shoes from size 4 through 13!), and free shipping + return ship on all orders, which makes online shopping risk-free.
tried true must have nsale 2016

1. Cole Haan Marina OTK Boots, sizes 5 – 12 (save $170!). I got these exact boots last year and LOVE them (read my review). The stretchy suede fits my legs like a dream (for reference my troublesome calves are ~ 12″ around), the shaft is not too high, and the quality is really nice. Mine are black but I saw the gray in-person and it’s gorgeous. The pointed almond toe runs a little narrow in the front, so go half size up if that’s usually a fit issue. Small sizes went quickly during last year’s sale, so don’t miss out if you wanted them, and don’t forget to add this leather & suede protectant to spray on prior to wearing. See the boots on me:
cole haan marina over the knee boots nordstrom anniversary sale 2016

2. Halogen Owen lace-up flats, sizes 4 – 13. Got these in 2 colors. Definitely one of the best sale items and for under $60! These have good reviews aplenty for comfort, and can jazz up a simple outfit. I’ve mentioned them before as affordable alternatives to designer versions, and love the new colors that just arrived: jewel-toned suedes, a spotted calf hair, classic black and a leg-lengthening blush (this color usually sells out the quickest).

3. Anastasia brow kit in 3 colors – $36 (a $58 value). I’m guessing this one won’t be in stock for long…I use all 3 of these popular products and paid full price. The dipbrow pomade will last forever – I’ve hardly made a dent in mine over months! Anastasia says it can also be used as an eyeliner, which I haven’t yet tried.

4. Stila Stay all Day eyeliner set – $20 (a $34 value). I have tried so many liquid eyeliners and this one is amazing. Super pigmented, glides on, waterproof and really does stay all day. I was just about to order a replacement ($22 which lasts me a while despite daily use) when I saw this value set is $20 for both a FULL SIZE eyeliner and a small tube of their popular lip gloss? I’d be a fool not to! Update: I was initially confused, but am confirming this indeed included a full-size tube of their eyeliner!

5. Sun & Shadow Suede moto jacket (UPDATE!) – $132 (down from $198) is an absolute steal for a genuine suede jacket. I finally had a chance to try this on and did find it to be petite-friendly in the shoulders & overall length! If you missed out on my BlankNYC brown jacket (see on me) which sold out in a jiffy earlier this year, this is a great dupe for an even lower price. Size xxs fits like a 00 – 0 in my opinion, the cropped length works for shorties, and the suede is very soft and pliable. The sleeves are a little long on me (I had my BlankNYC sleeves shortened, zippers and all) but you can scrunch them a bit.

Measurements of an xxs (keep in mind suede has some thickness and jacket is fully lined as well): 14″ across the shoulders, 16″ across the armpits when zipped up, 19.5″ length, 22.5″ sleeves, and 5.5″ sleeve width. Don’t miss out on this one!

versatile ankle booties nsale 2016

– Treasure & Bond windsor block-heel booties, sizes 5 – 12. As classic-looking as booties get. Mid-heeled and in 3 versatile suede colors. This brand doesn’t make a lot of styles, but the few pieces that I do own from them has been of good, durable quality.

Vince Camuto Feina bootie, sizes 4 – 11. These with a front dip are the most similar style I could find to the VC booties I got last year and wore all the time. UPDATE: These fit true to size (I would take 5.5) and are flattering on the foot!

BCBGeneration Devvin ankle bootie, sizes 5 – 13. Ladies who have narrow ankles and hate the bootie ankle gap, this product description sounds promising: “a little bit of stretch in the shaft makes it fit like a dream.”
Cole Haan Hayes bootie, sizes 5 – 11. Another one brought back from last year’s sale. In general I love Cole Haan’s cushioned insole technology for comfort, and their quality is good for the price points.

– Hunter Moto moto rain boots, sizes 5 – 12. Edgier style from one of my favorite brands. They also have a kids version for a lot less, also on sale (I usually wear a kids size 4 in their rainboots, which is like a women’s 5.5).

staple tall boots

Tall boots shopping…aka a nightmare for ladies with short and/or narrow legs. Please remember that online measurements are usually taken off a standard size 8, so will be smaller or bigger depending on the actual shoe size you get!

– Halogen Noble OTK boots, sizes 4 – 11. Real suede tall boots that are lower in price than all the similar ones in faux-suede fabric! Listed to have a 14″ calf circumference. UPDATE: these fit great on slim calves! Read my review here.

Steve Madden Eturnul OTK boots (ordered), sizes 5 – 11. Another genuine leather tall boot for around $110 which is very very good. These are listed by Nordies at narrow calf but the description says 15″ around which sounds normal fit. UPDATE: Read my review here.

Frye Melissa pull-on riding boot, sizes 5.5 – 11. A reader favorite for shorter legs, and come in both regular and extended calf. They are one of Frye’s staple styles that are available year after year, and the price during the Anniversary sale is one of the best I’ve seen for the most classic colors like cognac brown.

Blondo Eden OTK waterproof flat boot, sizes 5.5 – 12. Listed with a 20.5″ shaft height and a 13 to 14″ shaft circumference that stretches. There are several reviews of the Eden style from either petites or ladies with slim ankles/calves.

transitional flats heels nsale 2016A lot of these brands typically do not make shoes beyond a size 5 – 11, so one thing I absolutely love about Nordstrom is they are able to get designers to produce exclusive, extended sizing for shoppers who need it!

Under $100:
Born Rozalee flat, sizes 5 – 12. Very good price for a hand-crafted, leather flat from a brand known for comfort footwear.

Louise et Cie tassel flat, sizes 4 – 12. Adorable flats with a tiny wedge that I always like for added support. All the colors options are actually beautiful, from nude patent to metallic to leopard calf hair. FYI this brand is under the same umbrella as Vince Camuto. UPDATE: These are super comfortable with plenty of cushioning, and fit true to size.

– Steve Madden Claara heels (ordered) – sizes 5 – 11. I have been looking for neutral, mule-like sandals and love the overall look of these. Ordered, and hopeful that they will be flattering! UPDATE: one of my favorite purchases. Read my review here.

– Vince Camuto Barsha lace-up pump, sizes 4 – 11. A closed-toe version of their open-toe lace-up with lots of rave reviews. These look so cute on the model with ankle jeans!

Under $220:
– Tory Burch ballet flats, sizes 4 – 13. In black leather or rich burgundy suede, with a more subtle, smaller logo medallion.

Cole Haan Dellora skimmer flat, sizes 5 – 11. A take on Nicholas Kirkwood’s iconic flats which are 3x the price. And leopard print is most definitely a neutral in my book.

– AGL studded cap-toe flats, sizes 4 – 13. Several readers swear by these Italian leather shoes for comfort with no breaking-in needed. Note AGL flats have fairly full foot coverage, so are best for those who don’t want to show any toe cleavage whatsoever. 
petite friendly apparel picks nsale 2016

Under $50:
Caslon cotton shirtdress (ordered) starting in xxs petite. This should look instantly cuter with a thin waist belt and ankle booties. UPDATE: a little shapeless and the 100% cotton feels like linen. Read my review here.

– O’Neill shift dress in batik print (ordered) starting in xs. UPDATE: very thin jersey but it is cute. Read my review + a few different styling suggestions for it here.

– Caslon open front knit blazer starting in xxs petite. Good for more casual workplaces or as a “comfy yet polished” travel jacket.

– Zella live-in leggings for working out starting in size xxs (ordered). They do make a cropped version, but based on reviews the quality is not the same, so I’d rather get the original and hem. Both Vince Camuto and Halogen make shorter non-workout leggings with great reviews, starting in size xxs petite. UPDATE: the Zella + Vince Camuto ones are the keepers. Read my review here.

Under $100
– Blank NYC moto jacket in 2 new fall colors. This shrunken fit, faux-leather jacket runs small and is super popular with petite ladies. See my review of my black one and more outfit ideas here, here, here and here. Mine has only gotten softer and more pliable with years of wear. If you don’t own the black one yet (that color is not on sale), it could be worth paying a little more for maximum versatility.

CeCe scalloped shift dress (ordered) starting in 0 petite. How darling is this dress? From the peter pan collar to the scalloped detailing and buttoned sleeve cuffs. I love the look of CeCe by Cynthia Steffe dresses but their items almost never come in petites! UPDATE: straighter-cut shift style is a little big on me. Read my review here.

Halogen lace overlay dress (ordered) starting in 00 petite. Soo pretty and feminine with the cropped lace, but also smart-looking with the angled collar. UPDATE: collar is removable and there are pockets! I kept the skirt version instead. Read my review here.

Eliza J windowpane shift dress with faux-leather trimmed pockets, starting in petite 0. Wear this to work with a collared blouse underneath and layer on a cropped cardigan when the weather cools.

Ordered for my family members:
Barefoot dreams circle cardigan. Super soft for lounging at home or traveling, paired with leggings and flats. Also makes a great gift for new moms.

MICHAEL Michael Kors trench coat starting in XS petite, with all the bells and whistles of a classic functional trench: water-resistant outer, detachable liner for warmth, removable hood, and angled pockets. For a more feminine look, this Lauren Ralph Lauren one is really cute with the faux leather piping. Both of these styles however will probably not fit someone below a ~ 2P.

beauty value sets nsale 2016

Arcona triad toner pads (ordered) – set of 2 for $52 ($70 value). If you’re already a fellow fan of these nourishing pads, here’s a chance to stock up and save a decent amount. I use these when I’m too lazy for a full nightly routine, and also on trips to quickly clean and freshen-up my face. The cranberry extract has a scent but does not irritate my sensitive skin.

MAC 5-brush kit – $52.50 ($167 value) with most of what you need for a complete “face.”

NARS best cheek palette – $65 ($124 value). Includes 4 blushes, a bronzer + highlighter!

– Lancome mascara set – $39.50 ($82 value). I rotate between several of Lancome’s mascaras, and this is a great way to have all of their popular ones in smaller tubes without having to worry about using up full-size product. I also use their Cils Booster XL mascara base/primer (this set includes a full tube, which is typically $25.50 by itself), and absolutely nothing beats their bi-facil gentle eye makeup remover which is also included!

Clarisonic Skin Cleansing Systems – a recurring staple of each year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Nick and I each keep ours in the shower for easy access, to help keep skin cleansed and smooth. This is the exact pink one I’ve been using for a while, and I order a value set of sensitive brush head replacements (they also make a variety pack) each year during this sale!

other goodies nsale 2016

– I am by no means ready to be thinking about blanket scarves, but I have to point this “Autumn” one out with the prettiest colors like foliage. I had it on backorder for ages last Fall (never came back in stock), so am happy to see it again this year and even order it at a discount! UPDATE: Super soft and highly recommended. See outfit pairing idea here.

Sole Society Cassidy faux-leather weekender bag, on sale in 2 new colors. A utilitarian travel bag if you’re looking for something inexpensive! See mine in my past blog posts.

– Diptyque 5 candle set (ordered) – $55 (a $75 value). A great way to sample some of their most popular scents, and this could also make the perfect gift for a girlfriend or housewarming party. I’ve found that even a quick burn of Diptyque candles provides robust fragrance, and the scents linger long after you put out the flame.

– Longchamp le pliage expandable nylon tote (5 colors; save $65!). Another popular item that sold out in a few days during last year’s sale. This tote seems great for students, moms, and travelers alike who need something super lightweight and expandable.

Those of you who are shopping early access this year, let me know what your favorite finds are! And I will of course keep you guys updated on the fit of items after I get to try them on!
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  1. Rose marz wrote:

    That's weird because I applied for the Nordstrom card the night the sale started and I was immediately approved. I logged into my account and I was able to shop without any hitches.

    Posted 7.24.16 Reply
  2. Hi Jean,

    Your posts & blog are amazing! As a fellow petite woman, you give great reviews and suggestions and I am so glad to have found your blog!
    I am getting ready to go on a big europe trip and looking for a pair of flat shoes that will go with a lot of outfits -I would love to hear your suggestions! I was thinking either a ballet flat or driving shoe style. I have a high arch so that is my fear with flats as my TB Reva's hurt after a long day of walking. I saw you reviewed the Born "Rozalee" flat from the anniversary sale – did you see these in person? I have found that anything in the "comfort shoe" category tends to not be very cute.


    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  3. this is the perfect nordstrom sale post!! now if only it could be fall outside! have a great week!!


    Posted 7.19.16 Reply
  4. Ah, I was hoping to find a guide like this! I love all your picks. The sale is great this year!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  5. IT Girl wrote:

    Hi Jean (and other ladies)
    Do you think the Mia 2 is worth the extra money for the travel case and sensitive mode and brushes? Also how often do you use it and how often do the brushes need to be changed? Trying to price out this investment 😉

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  6. Couture wrote:

    Hi Jean,
    Do they have jimmy Choo on sale?

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  7. Such gorgeous picks! I love the knee high boots but as you mentioned, it's a struggle for short girls haha x


    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    So in love with all items here !!

    Jillian –

    Posted 7.17.16 Reply
  9. Nicole wrote:

    In love with the knee-high boots and the way you styled them with the checkered skirt!

    Shop & Get Inspired |

    Posted 7.16.16 Reply
  10. I'm loving the ankle boots, I'm so obsessed with them.

    Posted 7.16.16 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Longtime lurker and fair trade fanatic here – I'm happy to jump in 🙂 Mata Traders tops and dresses are very petite friendly in the XS-S range; I can't vouch for the larger sizes, though. I've bought dresses from Fair Indigo before but had to get them tailored. I saw recently that Patagonia just starting making jeans in different lengths. Also, I shop Boden USA and Lands' End (good for affordable work dresses). Boden is fairly open about labor practices and is part of the Ethical Trading Initiative. Lands' End has quality clothing and is part of the Global Compliance Program, though I don't have a ton of faith in what that means per se. Other than that I shop a lot of consignment stores. 🙂 It's tough out there for petites who care about fair trade!

    Posted 7.16.16 Reply
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks for the recommendation! I've been a long time fan of your blog- since 2011!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  13. Jean wrote:

    Hi Charlotte – that's strange, it should be accessible globally as long as you have a Nordstrom card and are logged into your online account! I heard from a few Canadian friends that they have shopped the sale already. Unless for some reason the Cole Haan boots specifically are not available to ship there, for some reason… are you able to access other items but just not the boots?

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  14. Jean wrote:

    The chestnut

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  15. Jean wrote:

    Hi! I was told to use about a shade or two lighter than your hair, depending on if you apply the product on with a heavy hand or not. I use dark brown but apply it very lightly to not end up with strong brows.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  16. Jean wrote:

    Hi Madeleine – honestly, I am not familiar about brands that emphasize that aspect and are petite-friendly. Maybe others here who are more knowledgeable can jump in!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  17. Jean wrote:

    Those are very chic! I love the slightly retro block-heeled look.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  18. Jean wrote:

    I don't think you can go wrong with either black or khaki! But maybe back if you tend to wear more dark jeans, leggings, and khaki if you want to wear with bare legs and jeans.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  19. Jean wrote:

    Hi Dawn – I remembered you mentioned you were happy with the Halogen lace-ups so I was super excited to see new colors for next seasons, and on sale!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  20. Jean wrote:

    Hi there – please read my review (linked at the beginning of this post) where I listed out all the measurements! It's a fairly snug fit on my 12 to 12.5" calves. If you don't have super narrow calves, lucky you…there are lots of other great options for you out there with a little more stretch and leeway in that area.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  21. Jean wrote:

    I have the black and brown. I already have a pair of blush lace ups from another brand, otherwise that would've been my first choice!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  22. Jean wrote:

    Hi! I think the guidelines are to use about a shade or two lighter than your hair, depending on if you apply the product on with a heavy hand or not. I use dark brown but I have to be conscious of not applying it on too heavy.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    What color for anastasia brow pomade do you recommend for someone who is asian with black hair? What color do you use?

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Which color did you order for the STEVE MADDEN ETURNUL OTK BOOTS?

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  25. mybeautrip wrote:

    Amazing picks!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    I called customer services about my card being "retired". Apparently they sent everyone new cards in April with 16 digits number and a 3 digit CVC in the back for better security. I don't have my new card but the rep said I can still take advantage of Earl Access and points using my last four of my phone number when I'm asked at checkout. Hope that helps.

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  27. Rachel wrote:
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  28. Charlotte wrote:

    Is the sale only for the States? I live in Canada and I couldn't seem to access the sale items 🙁 I've been eyeing your Cole Haan Marina tall boots for a longggg time and I was so excited to find that they've restocked it at Nordstrom, only to come to a big disappointment when I realize they don't offer it in Canada. Is there any way you can order for me and have it shipped to me? I can email transfer you the money…. 🙁 anyways great reviews as always! I've bought quite a few items from your recommendations in the past and always get compliments on them! Thanks so much!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  29. L Breault wrote:

    This Michael Kors leather jacket is so sleek 🙂 and comes in petite, yay!
    Item #5172386
    I also got the weekender bag ^_^

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  30. Madeleine wrote:

    Hi Jean–I've been wanting to be more conscientious about my clothing purchases and want to start buying pieces that are made well and made ethically. Do you know of any clothing brands/companies that make their clothing in the USA/ethically that have petite friendly sizing? I'm thinking specifically of brands like Tradlands, Everlane, and Zady. Thanks!

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    I bought a pair of Louise et Cie'Shayna' Block Heel Bootie, pretty high block heel but comfortable to walk in.

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  32. Annie wrote:

    Which color do you recommend for the Vince Camuto 'Feina' Bootie?

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  33. Annie wrote:

    I have the debt card and have access right now. 🙂

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    I applied for the debit card today and was able to access and make purchases for sale items without any problem.

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  35. dawn rowe wrote:

    Thanks for making a reference to the shoe size range. It's so nice to see that they have some in the 11 – 12 range for us amazon foot females. You got me hooked on the lace up Halogen shoes earlier so I am happy to place another pair in my shopping cart on sale.

    Dawn in NorCal

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  36. Unknown wrote:

    I've been lusting over the Cole Haan Marina boots! How is the fit? I'm most worried about them being too tight in the calves. I'm about 5'1 and tend to take a size 2, but my sister is the same size as you and complains that I stretch out her boots in the calf area.

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  37. Sarah wrote:

    I'm in love with that poncho! Great finds.

    x Sarah

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  38. Sasa Zoe wrote:

    Great picks:P

    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  39. Anonymous wrote:

    The same thing happened with me as well. However, the customer representative said I could call them back and they would honor my points on the purchases made.

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  40. Anonymous wrote:

    Which colors did you choose for the Halogen lace up flats?

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  41. Ashley wrote:

    What color do you get for the Anastasia Brow Kit?

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  42. BW02 wrote:

    I don't have early access but I'm considering waiting until the public is allowed to shop from it. I also am debating getting the debit card but would that give me access immediately?

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  43. Jean wrote:

    That's so odd! Back when I applied for a card, I was logged into my Nordstrom online shopping account and the card info immediately appeared saved in my account afterwards. I couldn't see any of the #s except for the last 4 digits, but it did let me choose to either use that card or any other form of payment without issue when shopping online. I just checked with a friend who applied online this morning and she was also able to use her card right afterwards online without any issues, the same way (it was automatically saved as a payment method in her usual shopping account). I'm sorry to hear you're having issues!

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  44. Amanda wrote:

    Great picks! I do have the Zella Live In Leggings from last year's sale and got the regular version in XS since XXS was a little too tight for me (I'm around a 25 in pants) and got the hemming done at Nordstrom. Hopefully you like them!

    Also love seeing so many shoes available in 4-4.5! Those Tory Burch flats are calling my name.


    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  45. Jen wrote:

    Great picks, Jean! I'm not ready to think about fall yet, but this sale is making me a little excited… 🙂

    Jen | affecionada

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  46. Caitlin wrote:

    Yes! I love this sale! You're picks are perfect, and I'm so excited to do some perusing of my own 🙂

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  47. Love how you guide your readers in detail! Thank you so much…

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  48. Love your picks!


    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    Just a warning to those who are considering applying for a Nordstrom credit card. I just applied for the credit card online and got approved, but it says I can't access the sale until I physically get the card in the mail or I must make the purchases at a store. Customer service says even if I can access the sale online, I must use a different payment method until I receive the card.

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  50. La Bijoux Bella | by mia wrote:

    Good things goes on sale! Always love a good find! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply

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