Spring 2012

Kudos to our Visual Merchandising Team for beautifully displaying some of the looks and trends we’re excited about this season, and showing how to incorporate them into any occasion.

We’re racking our brains to think of absolutely every possible excuse to wear this exquisite black lace Valentino tunic dress. Thankfully, the rest of our windows have inspirations—from florals and prints to color and shine—appropriate for anywhere your day or night might take you.

Valentino Point de Flandres Lace Tunic Dress
Valentino Studded Slingback
Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Sandal
Valentino ‘Rockstud’ Hobo
Valentino ‘Bow’ Dome Handbag

Which look(s) are you loving?


May Day Maypole

May Day has us thinking of that centuries-old celebration of spring and the summer to come: the charming dance around the maypole, with vibrant ribbons of color flying through the air.

Photo © Sara E. Wilson

Our inspiration: the Nordstrom-exclusive kate spade new york canvas shopper. It makes us feel like you could tote the bright, festive colors of spring celebrations with you anywhere to liven up picnics, beach lounging or everyday errands.

Jeff Powell


Spring’s warmer days can still come with a chill. We’re sharing our favorite light layers to have on hand for transitioning weather—perfect for maintaining your casual polish when a breeze picks up during al fresco brunches or lazy days on the boat.

Scarves. Sure, this one’s a no-brainer, but it bears repeating: A lightweight scarf is an easy way to make a statement and simply tucks into (or ties onto) your handbag when temperatures rise. Find some inspiration with our 16 ways to wear a scarf video.

Open-Weave Knits. Toss over fitted tanks and maxi dresses to keep your casual spring outfits loose and airy while still looking put together.

Denim Shirts. Reach for one of these anywhere you would a denim jacket. They’ve got that classic look, but feel a lot breezier—and there are so many ways to wear them.

One last tip: Adding an extra layer is just one more versatile way to express that amazing personality of yours. Whether your passion is color, pattern, playful proportions or all of the above, have fun mixing it up!


Just a Dash of Diva Glam

Work one or two well-chosen accents into your everyday wardrobe to induce the perfect amount of confidence and attitude. Here are our favorite ways of taking ‘diva’ from four-letter word to five-star fabulous.

1 – Diva sweet. Try a touch of bling that’s delicate and pretty, but capable of adding ample shine to your neckline. [Pictured: Elizabeth and James ‘Thorn’ Necklace]

2 – Mind your manis. The mani/pedi is essential to achieving diva status. This spring’s bright colors aren’t just for clothes, shoes and accessories—here are two polish shades we strongly recommend. [Pictured: butter LONDON ‘3 Free’ Nail Lacquer in Artful Dodger and Branwen’s Feather]

3 – Watch your whites. This stark neutral is getting ready for a white-hot accessories explosion this summer. We suggest something big and bold, because you simply don’t have time for just any watch. [Pictured: Michael Kors ‘Drake’ Silicone Bracelet Watch]

4 – Life on the wedge. Give your workwear serious flair or pair wedges with shorts for mile-long legs—commanding colors and patterns are a knockout standout. [Pictured: BP. ‘Felicity’ Wedge Sandal]

5 – Princess phone. Update your status and call for takeout—all while looking retro-fantastic. Need we say more? [Pictured: Native Union ‘Pop Phone’ Handset, Rebecca Minkoff iPhone 4 & 4S Case]

6 – Glam rock. High heel plus high shine equal what a shoe collaboration between Pat Benatar and Cinderella would look like—something totally magical that screams, “Hit me with your best shot!” [Pictured: B Brian Atwood ‘Fineday’ High Heel]



From Rush Hour to Happy Hour

Don’t let your style get caught in traffic. Our Seattle flagship store window displays are reporting on the looks that will keep you moving, from 9-to-5 and beyond.

These outfits are about all-hours versatility, updated with graphic prints, beautiful colors and streamlined sleekness. Check out the rest of our windows for wardrobe inspirations that will work around the clock, and don’t forget a gorgeous carryall. It’s your magician’s hat for storing extra layers and accessories, not to mention killer heels for that dinner date.

Elizabeth and James Woven Vest
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Scarlet’ Silk Blouse
Elizabeth and James ‘Bordered Nuri’ Silk Pants
Elizabeth and James ‘Celia’ Sandal


Vivacious volume. High-low hemlines. Tribal patterns. Ripe colors. Chic denim. Spring’s latest skirts are ready to turn heads.

Wear these versatile styles to work, on weekends and everywhere and anywhere from dawn ‘til dusk. We’ll show you how to pull it off with the tips in our skirt trend guide.


“When I think of Spring/Summer 2012, I think of bright colors and lots and lots and lots and lots of prints…Don’t be afraid to be noticed.” –Jeffrey Kalinksy, Nordstrom EVP of Designer Merchandising

Our own fashion kingpin, Jeffrey Kalinsky breaks down his designer essentials for the coming seasons in a way that only he can. Watch our interview, then browse Jeffrey’s Top Picks, a personally curated selection of the items he’s loving right now.


Luscious designer arrivals and spring’s key looks are inspiring passersby at our Downtown Seattle Flagship Store this month.

Here’s a little visual inspiration for working out your new-season wardrobe refresh, from floral and graphic prints to lacy French charm and color blocking—and how to wear it all.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Round Keyhole Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Crop Polka Dot Silk Pants
TEXTILE Elizabeth and James ‘Sid’ Denim Jacket
Jimmy Choo ‘Abel’ Patent Leather Pump
Trouvé Lace Tee


Join fashion’s elite as we take you front row to the Jason Wu runway show at New York Fashion Week.

You’re invited online and in store* on Friday, February 10 at 1pm Eastern (10am Pacific) to a Nordstrom-exclusive live stream video of the Jason Wu Fall 2012 runway show. Beforehand, read our interview with Wu where he gives us the scoop on his favorite trend for fall, how to create your own personal style and more. You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #NLive.

Afterward, check back February 15 to pre-order some of our favorite runway looks and selected pieces from Jason Wu’s pre-fall collection. And if you just can’t get enough Wu (we can’t!), check out his spring 2012 collection available for pre-order online now.

*Participating stores include Downtown Seattle, Bellevue Square, Palo Alto and Tysons Corner. See these stores’ events pages for more details.


Warmer Days to Come

Our post-holiday Seattle Flagship window displays are all about sunny getaways and transitional dressing into spring. We’ve run the gamut from on-trend, office-appropriate outfits to super-savvy cocktail dressing and beachwear.

This nautical number is a perfect example of what’s on deck for spring—a combo of bright colors and big graphic prints and patterns, all elevated by a pair of platform sandals (you can never go wrong with Dior).

As days get warmer (lucky you if they already are), swap out that statement-making kate spade mini trench for a lightweight and colorful blazer or cardigan.

kate spade new york bowed mini trench
Burberry Cat’s Eye Sunglasses
Robert Rodriguez Wide Leg Trousers
Dior Metal Cannage Heel Platform Sandal

All display images courtesy of Gavin Sisk.