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It’s no secret that we have a lot of love for Nordstrom. Since the heritage department store is also an unequivocal
R29 reader-favorite shopping destination, you can find us frequenting the site on a daily basis — in search of everything from look-at-me swimwear to crowd-pleasing long sundresses and marked-down designer bags from the Anniversary Sale. Thanks to our frequent constitutionals down Nordstrom’s digital aisles, we’re well acquainted with its bounty of hidden-gem products (both beauty and fashion) and how overwhelming sifting through that selection can be.
If you’re looking to inherit a few new summer wardrobe pieces but don’t know where to start, then you’ve already landed on the right page. To help guide you through Nordstrom’s thicket of appealing options, we’ve plucked out the winningest wares: activewear from the affordable and stylish in-house
imprint Zella; sustainable must-haves from Scandi-chic label Open Edit. Ahead, check off your very own list containing the best things to buy at Nordstrom — evaluated by discerning reviewers and sussed out by R29’s dedicated team of shopping professionals.
At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
One of the retailer’s best-kept secrets is its host of internally designed labels that could alone furnish every component of your wardrobe.
Brand-new on the scene is Open Edit, a Scandi-style brand that gives & Other Stories a run for their money. There’s too much in the pared-back assortment to name — think minimal drawstring slipdresses, strappy, candy-colored slides, and floaty, wide-leg trousers — and sizing in the sustainably-minded collection extends to 3X.
Shop Open Edit Open Edit Organic Cotton Poplin Oversize Blouse, $, available at Nordstrom
One of our all-time faves is Zella, an activewear imprint that rivals much pricier brands in style and customer satisfaction.
Shop Zella Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Bike Shorts, $, available at Nordstrom
If you remember what this diminutive name stood for in the previous millennium, gold star for you! While trend-driven label Brass Plum has dropped more than a few vowels since its early-2000s heyday, it still delivers on of-the-moment styles at very affordable prices.
Shop BP. BP. V-Neck Long Sleeve Babydoll Minidress, $, available at Nordstrom
Treasure & Bond
Nordstrom’s line of chic-affordable staples is also a give-back brand, founded in 2014 with the intention of donating a portion of profits to non-profit organizations supporting women and girls. Right now, they’re allocating 2.5% of net sales to supporting youths experiencing homelessness, through donations to New York’s Ali Forney Center, Covenant House in Toronto, and Youth Emerging Stronger in Los Angeles (to name a few).
Shop Treasure & Bond Treasure & Bond Sleeveless Knit Dress (Plus), $, available at Nordstrom
Halogen is Nordstrom’s line made to mix and match. The collection includes a range of standout basics from a stylish just-right knit polo to a sleek jumpsuit fit for any occasion.
Shop Halogen Halogen Tie Waist Wide Leg Crepe Jumpsuit, $, available at Nordstrom
While Nordstrom’s sale section is a must-visit any time of year — and don’t even get us started on
Nordstrom Rack’s addictive tendencies — the retailer’s periodic blowout sales have customers lining up for actually good, limited deals on new arrivals and best-sellers. (ICYMI, Nordy just announced the dates for their stampede-inducing Anniversary Sale, which will start on July 28th.) Caslon Vivi Slide Sandal
A designer-y slide sandal that reeks of a high-end Italian label is the perfect summer acessory — especially at 40% off.
Shop Caslon Caslon Vivi Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
Coach Originals Ergo Signature Jacquard Shoulder Bag
Reviewer AerithFair writes that this throwback-style Coach bag is “so perfect for the money! The bag is gorgeous! It has a slip pocket for my MASK, and I can put my phone in the zip pocket. I keep my keys in a lanyard so I don’t need a key strap. It is perfect for spring and the color is delightful!”
Coach Ergo Signature Jacquard Shoulder Bag, $, available at Nordstrom
Nike Pro-Clean Fleece Hoodie
Nike doesn’t often make it to the sale section, but when it does, we pounce — especially if the item in question is a cropped, quick-drying hoodie in a shade of iridescent neon. “Love love this hoodie,” wrote reviewer VictoriaO883447444. “So chic and effortless.”
Shop Nike Nike Pro Clean Fleece Hoodie, $, available at Nordstrom
French Connection Masha Rib Midi Dress
Glow like a lightning bug this hot girl summer with the help of an un-missable lime green hue.
Shop French Connection French Connection Rasha Rib Minidress, $, available at Nordstrom
Nordy’s best-sellers run the gamut from summer dresses to tried-and-true-footwear
, but they all have one thing in common — they’re backed by hundreds of reviews that detail fit, function, and high levels of customer satisfaction.
La Blanca Island Goddess Swimsuit
Over 400 reviewers gave this sleeper swimsuit high marks for its deceptively simple, flattering design and hidden-but-mighty bust support. “59 and feeling really good in this swimsuit,” declared reviewer Momprof94 in their review. “I had about given up on feeling good in a swimsuit … [but] I feel good and not old in this [one]. It also has enough support without an underwire. I’m both pleased and shocked.”
Shop La Blanca La Blanca Island Goddess One-Piece Swimsuit, $, available at Nordstrom
Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress
The hype surrounding this simple dress is REAL. We couldn’t choose from the hundreds of reviews that the frock has received, but we tried:
NADIA1979 writes: “I bought three different colors [in this dress] after loving the first one so much and I pretty much live in them. I am starting to wonder what I used to wear?! I think this is my most flattering favorite thing I’ve worn since I can remember — it’s nuts I didn’t own this sooner. I wish other clothes looked this good on me. In my head, maxis are supposed to flatter the way this does but they never do … I feel classy and elegant which is now causing me to wear [the dresses] constantly and my husband is questioning if I own other clothes.” After a sales associate went above and beyond to help the reviewer get another color in the dress in time for her honeymoon, the reviewer continues, “I [randomly] said to my husband, ‘honesty is the best policy, and he said ‘No honey, Nordstrom’s return policy is the best policy— honesty is the second-best policy!!’”
Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom Elan Cover-Up Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
Birkenstock Arizona Hex Sandal
“[This is] my fourth pair of [the] Arizona style over the last 20 years,” wrote a diehard comfort-footwear fan on Nordstrom.com. “These are more narrow and lighter than my older pairs but soo comfortable! I just put the tightest setting on the buckle but I have a narrow size 9 foot. I ordered a 40 and it is perfect. I got the oiled cognac leather with gold buckles — [a] great neutral to go with everything!”
Shop Birkenstock Birkenstock Arizona Hex Slide Sandal, $, available at Nordstrom
ASTR The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress
“True to size, looks great on,” wrote EmpressVonTusslebunny in her glowing review of this breezy, summer-ready frock. “Sometimes, tiered clothing does not do you any favors. This dress is made of a fabric that is heavy enough to drape well when tiered, yet light enough to feel summery. Warning: [it] will make you want to buy new sandals, too!”
Shop ASTR The Label ASTR The Label Tiered Short Sleeve Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
Børn Beca Flat
This comfort-footwear brand usually gets high marks for foot hugs (in lieu of high style), but this glove-style, high-throated flat resembles what we’re used to seeing on pricier independent brands. Reviewer seattleskylark called the flats “keepers”, noting that the silhouette is “a stylish update for Børn.” They continued: “I just ordered these in two colors and am keeping both! I’m a standard size 9, they fit perfectly and are incredibly comfortable right out of the box.” In addition, they “appreciate the padding that is sometimes absent with flats.”
Shop Born Born Beca Flat, $, available at Nordstrom
Nike Daybreak Sneaker
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a white sneaker, and luckily Nordstrom has them in droves. Our pick — and the favorite of close to 150 reviews — is this throwback-style Nike kick, updated from the brand’s 1979 Tailwind running shoe. “These red hot numbers will make any outfit instantly cool¯ advised reviewer Minga333. “Slip the kicks on for a super laidback retro vibing cool mom look. Puttin’ all the youngins to shame wearing these. Get a pair quick! I already tried buying the tan with the black check but they sold out too fast!”
Shop footwear Nike Nike Daybreak Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom
Don’t shy away from Nordy’s selection of high-end goods — they stock the who’s-who of big-name runway brands from established (Gucci) to new-guard (Simone Rocha) to offbeat (Sacai).
Sacai Contrast Pleat Back Shirt
There’s a reason that this culty Japanese brand inspires such ardor with the fashion flock — we didn’t know that we needed this stunner of a button-down blouse with an entirely pleated back panel until we laid eyes on it, either. Now we can’t sleep.
Shop Sacai Sacai Contrast Pleat Back Shirt, $, available at Nordstrom
Simone Rocha Platform Ballerina Sneaker
“Immediate infatuation,” wrote a reviewer named Tedina of these statement-making Simone Rocha satin platforms. “I’m not in the market for shoes — I’m old and have tons – but THESE!!! Why did I see them? Now I’m $700 deep.” Despite some sizing back-and-forth, she writes, “I’m pleased they’re on my feet — even [in] platform block, they roll [and] don’t stiff-clop for me.”
Shop Simone Rocha Simone Rocha Platform Ballerina Sneaker, $, available at Nordstrom
Proenza Schouler White Label Dot Print Puff Sleeve Poplin Dress
Score! We discovered this statement-making printed dress from Proenza Schouler in Nordstrom’s treasure-rich sale section. Despite a still-steep price tag, sizes are dwindling, and we can see why — the cotton fabrication makes it an easy, fuss-free option, but the romantic sleeves and fun print make it feel fancy enough for a special occasion.
Shop Proenza Schouler White Label PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL Dot Print Puff Sleeve Poplin Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
Akris Punto Knit Pencil Skirt
In describing the subtle, couture-level craftsmanship of Swiss brand Akris,
Business of Fashion reported that third-generation designer Albert Kreimler “simply ‘cannot work with cheap fabrics.’” Nordstrom is an excellent resource for scoring this sought-after brand’s sister label (and even better when it’s on sale).
Shop Akris Punto Akris Punto Stripe Cotton A-Line Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
While Nordstrom is pushing 120, the retailer maintains its youthful glow in part by supporting up-and-coming talent through collaborations, dedicated boutiques, and emerging-designer selections that rival the brand lineups at its edgier counterparts.
Nordy made fashion-world headlines back in 2013 when they hired buyer Olivia Kim away from then-buzzy Opening Ceremony to curate
[email protected], a series of limited-run shop-in-shops curated around disparate-yet-rich themes like K-beauty, Paris, pets, and ’90s raves (to name just a few). The latest Pop-In commemorates the 70th (!) anniversary of iconic Finnish lifestyle brand Marimekko with a range of exclusive apparel, accessories, and homewares adorned with the brand’s signature bold, bright, and whimsical nature-inspired motifs. Reviewer Liz Par called these poplin shorts “breezy sweet”: “These lived up to and beyond my expectation,” she wrote. “Fit is great (I’m curvy through the seat and these are flattering). Fabric is lightweight and a very stylish print. Pockets are just right.”
Shop [email protected] Marimekko Himmea Melooni Silk Dress, $, available at Nordstrom
SPACE Emerging Designer Shop
SPACE — Nordstrom’s mini-boutique devoted to emerging high-end labels — recently teamed up with leading avant-garde retailer Dover Street Market to showcase an assortment of the latter’s emerging gender-fluid brands. Boundary-pushing designers like Vaquera, Liberal Youth Ministry, and ERL round out the existing assortment of fashion-forward brands — think ACNE, Comme des Garcons, Suicoke, and Peter Do.
Shop SPACE Bode One of a Kind Clear Corduroy Tote, $, available at Nordstrom
Designer brands SVP Sam Lobbhan has brought a host of cutting-edge imprints to Nordstrom through his “New Concepts” pop-ups, including Andre Walker, Bode, NOAH NYC, and Wales Bonner. Hyper-hyped Fear of God — which counts Kanye West, Virgil Abloh, and Justin Bieber among its superfans — is the latest brand to bring its ultra-cool streetwear to the old-school store.
Shop New Concepts FEAR OF GOD American All Stars Henley, $, available at Nordstrom
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