Apparel

There’s something so delightful about a garden wedding. Anything alfresco is bound to be on the more relaxed side—usually with elegant touches of whimsy.

If you’ve got an invite for a garden soirée, we’d suggest opting for a simple, brightly colored dress in knee or tea length. Since you’ll be letting all that beautiful color do the talking, go with neutral accessories—classic earrings, stacked bracelets, etc. Heels, of course, are a must, but reach for a nude wedge—it’ll ensure you don’t start sinking into grassy terrain.

Pictured: Alice + Olivia Bell Sleeve Dress | Alexis Bittar Encrusted Skinny Bangle | Alexis Bittar Tapered Bangle | Trouvé Faux Wrap Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Draped Sheath Dress | kate spade new york dress | Tory Burch Envelope Clutch | MARC BY MARC JACOBS Stretch Bracelet | Taylor Dresses ‘Zigzag’ Fit & Flare Dress | L.K. Bennett Wedge Pump | Tory Burch Bead Earrings

{ 0 comments }

We love a beach wedding. What could be more romantic than saying “I do” with waves lapping and the sun setting in the background? Thankfully almost any event that takes place shoreside means the rules of dress are a little more relaxed—who knows what might happen with all that sand and water everywhere.

So, what to wear that walks the line between beach bum and black tie?

We suggest a breezy, vibrant maxi dress with a high/low hemline. If your trip requires an overnight stay, stick to wrinkle-averse jersey knits (lace or sequins are also less temperamental). Keep your accessories simple (the bride’s the one who should be making a statement here); try something gold with colored enameled accents like coral, turquoise or white, and don’t forget a lightweight scarf for breeze and sun protection.

Chic, flat sandals are a must for the beach, as are sunglasses and a pretty tote for carting your camera, H2O, sunscreen etc.

Pictured: Cynthia Steffe Halter Dress | Diane von Furstenberg Sunglasses | Milly Canvas Tote | kate spade new york scarf | Ivanka Trump Sandal | Sequin Large Bangles | kate spade new york earrings

If you’ve got a guy who needs some help, the same idea applies of a put-together casual look. Summer-weight suits or suit separates and a white, textured or patterned button down look sharp while keeping their cool. Loafers or boat shoes and a classic-looking pair of sunglasses finish off a plus-one-worthy outfit that’s unstuffy, but totally dapper.

Pictured: Michael Kors Linen Pants | Salvatore Ferragamo Belt | John Varvatos Star Sportcoat | Persol Capri Sunglasses | Cole Haan Loafer | Dsquared Dress Shirt

{ 0 comments }

As our Wedding Suites are set to open in selected Nordstrom stores, our customers are already taking the plunge. Read André and Em’s wedding-dress success story.

If you’re a bride-to-be, your wedding day will be one of your most joyous days—and the time you spend shopping for it should reflect the happy occasion to come. That’s why we want to make shopping for you and the whole wedding party an experience you’ll remember almost as much as your big day. We’ve introduced you to our Wedding Stylists, and now we’re excited to announce the impending opening of our first Wedding Suites.

Fully appointed with gowns, bridesmaid dresses, comfy seating for the whole party, extra-large fitting rooms and so much more, our Wedding Suites are the perfect place to sit down with our stylists and make the day of your dreams a reality.

Meet André and Em. We came across their story and were so thrilled to read about their experience while shopping for a dress—with both of their mothers!—in our Tyson’s Corner store in Virginia.

André writes: “A few weekends ago, both of our moms came to town to help Em find a wedding dress. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, right?”

“Our first stop was Nordstrom. My mom was ecstatic to be part of this experience, as she never thought she would be part of wedding-dress shopping. Em and I decided that we wanted both moms to be part of the decision-making process, so Em’s mom helped her in the dressing room while my mom and I anxiously awaited. The first dress she tried on was one that the stylist has chosen for her based on the dresses that Em had ordered. When my mom and I were allowed in the dressing room, I was in awe. She looked absolutely amazing and I would have married her that minute if I could have. Em said she felt beautiful in the dress as well but she wanted to try the others on. The moms thought she looked good but they weren’t convinced.

Em tried on the remaining dresses, but nothing compared to the first one. She felt and looked stunning in the first one when she tried it on again and the moms agreed this time. As she tried on accessories and everyone talked about how she would have her hair, etc., I just stood there and felt like the luckiest guy in the world.

We ended up purchasing the first dress she tried on and canceled our other appointment…It was unbelievably easy to find a dress that day—in less than an hour we made our purchase! It was also awesome to watch the moms bond that weekend. They acted like two old friends, exchanging ideas about the wedding dresses, centerpieces, accessories, etc. I never would have dreamed that wedding-dress shopping could be so easy!”

The dresses in Em’s dressing room are pictured at left…and the winner? A gorgeous Tadashi One-Shoulder Rosette Chiffon Gown. We’re so happy for Em and André, and wish them all the best!

Care to arrange an appointment for yourself? See a list of our locations with Wedding Suites opening soon and those with Wedding Stylists already available.

Check out our behind-the-scenes photos as we prep for opening day at our Michigan Avenue and La Cantera stores.

Have a wedding inspiration or style story of your own to share? Send your story (200-300 words), along with a video or 6-10 photos (minimum 800 x 600 pixels each) to , and it may be featured in For Keeps.

{ 1 comment }

You’ve kissed the groom, and now it’s time to party. No matter what kind of reception you have planned, a short bridal dress is the savvy bride’s best friend.

Not convinced? Imagine wrestling with your gown’s train all night. Or guarding your floor-length hem against happily dancing feet. And that bustle simply can’t be comfortable to sit on during dinner service.

Clearly, slipping into a cocktail- or tea-length vision in white is a smart move for when it’s time to cut the cake, toss the bouquet and kick up your heels. Plus, the shorter hemline guarantees that everyone can check out your fabulous shoes.

Find pretty-perfect simplicity with this rosette-embellished Eliza J Shantung Dress, with its figure-flattering A-line skirt that’s closer to a classic tea-length than cocktail length. The deconstructed, yet still demure, texture of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Appliqué Dress creates a look with just the right mix of drama and versatility. For a sleeker shape with a touch of vintage chic, go for the JS Boutique Lace Dress or the Eliza J Jacquard Sheath Dress.

So why not plan for a quick change after you’ve exchanged vows? After all, it’s your big day—what better time to make two grand entrances?

Got a wedding style story of your own you’d like to share? Send your story [200-300 words], along with a video or 6-10 wedding photos [minimum 800 x 600 pixels each], to weddings@nordstrom.com for a chance to see your story featured online!

WEDDING SHOP

{ 0 comments }