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Our Styling Director’s Anniversary Sale Picks

Sometimes shopping a uniformly good sale can be overwhelming. There are so many styles, such great prices and, tragically, a limited amount of money in your bank account. That’s definitely the case when it comes to our one-of-a-kind Anniversary Sale. It features next season’s styles at already discounted prices for a limited time only. (The sale ends August 6, and prices go up August 7.) If only someone could be your discount docent and lead you to the pieces you didn’t know your closet needed.

Fear not, fashionable friend: We recruited Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe to be our guide through all of the fall goodies. Here’s her map to aid your treasure hunting.

Anniversary Sale, Tibi oversized blazer

Tibi oversized Glen plaid blazer, $329.90 ($495)
“I rarely walk out the door during the workweek without a blazer. I do find it a challenge to find the fit I like—longer and not too fitted—so I’m thrilled that more relaxed, oversized menswear styles are trending. This one is a perfect addition to my closet. The Glen plaid feels new and is subtle enough to wear with stripes or even other plaids.”

Equipment signature stripe cotton shirt

Equipment signature stripe shirt, $149.90 ($228)
“Shirting is another staple in my closet. I’m always looking for new takes on classic styles, and I love this quirky addition of stars sprinkled over basic stripes.”

Vince Union distressed slouch jeans

Vince Union distressed slouch jeans, $183.90 ($275)
“As denim trends evolve, so does my go-to denim brand. Right now, with higher rises and straighter legs trending, that brand is Vince. The waist is higher, but not extreme, and I find the more relaxed cut through the thigh really flattering.”

adidas Originals Trefoil hoodie

adidas Originals Trefoil hoodie, $51.90 ($70)
“I’ll be wearing the sport trend as long as possible, as there is nothing I’d rather put on every day than soft fleece and comfy sneakers. This red feels fresh and adds to the retro appeal of this hoodie, which I’m pretty sure I had one just like as a kid.”

Nordstrom Signature Collection utility jacketNordstrom Signature Collection utility jacket, $266.90 ($399)
“Made in a crisp, silky fabric and with elevated detailing, this utility jacket offers a more polished approach to the sport trend.”

CRISTABELLE crescent fringe statement earrings

CRISTABELLE fringe statement earrings, $44.90 ($68)
“The statement ear continues, and what feels freshest right now is over-the-top sparkle. I would wear something this blingy with a distressed denim jacket or a hoodie to take down the wattage just a bit.”Bony Levy Stackable straight diamond band
Bony Levy stackable straight diamond band, $595.90 ($795)
“What could be a better splurge than diamonds? I love these dainty stackable bands. I already have several, and I think my collection is missing black gold.”

Nike Air Max Thea sneaker
Nike Air Max Thea sneaker, $85.90 ($115)
“For several seasons my go-to sneakers have been low-profile tennis shoes, and I’m ready for a change. These sleek, black-on-black Air Max are perfect, as they’re polished enough to wear to work with wide-leg pants or a midi skirt.”

Tumi Alpha Bravo carry-on
Tumi Alpha Bravo rolling carry-on suitcase, $417.90 ($625)
“I recently went on a trip with my sister and she had this carry-on. I liked how you can hang clothes on one half, so I borrowed it for my last trip to test it out. Despite the size, they have somehow designed it so my hanging clothes came out mostly wrinkle-free—plus it fit quite a few of them!”

SHOP: Anniversary Sale