The Best Steals Nordstrom Rack Has To Offer

If you’re like me, the virus has put a hold on many things, but online shopping is certainly not one of them. In fact, every time boredom strikes, I can’t help but browse all of the sales currently happening. Like, Tom Ford is literally 60% off Nordstrom Rack right now… how does one resist such an opportunity?

The answer: we don’t. 

I’m justifying this spending by telling myself I would have spent this money going out to dinner on single meals, but instead now I’m investing in pieces that will last me a lifetime. Cost per wear, if you may. 

So, I’m going to give you a breakdown of my favorite sales at a little store called Nordstrom Rack, where designer items go when all else fails. Here are a few must haves so you can feel ~cool for the summer~ ….or whichever season we’re finally allowed back in public again.

Accessories

As a little black dress is a staple in all wardrobes, a little (medium/large) tote should be as well. Black is on trend every day of every season, and that will never change. Marc Jacobs is having a super sale (50% sitewide), but Nordstrom is one-upping their sale with 60% or more off their Marc Jacobs inventory. 

There are a few choices for black totes, but The Tag 27 Leather Tote is my personal favorite. It differs from the basic tote (which is good, because you can also get that at Zara for $20) and still adds some zest to a classic look. It also comes in pink, which is less practical than the black, but do you. Both colors are currently retailing for $149.47 (originally $395) at a 62% discount. 

Marc Jacobs the tag 27 tote

Marc Jacobs The Tag 27 Leather Tote

Neon had a moment last summer, and tie-dye is having its moment this summer. But, given the fact that 2020 has been put on hold thus far, a neon bag will hold its power for a second season and can still be considered a staple statement piece when paired with the correct outfit. 

I am loving the Atlas Neon Leather Shoulder Bag from Rag & Bone, which is currently retailing for $299.97, at a 52% discount. Brands like Gucci have released their color collections for summer, which retail around 2k, so this piece is a steal. The braided strap gives it an edgy touch, and can be paired with a leather jacket to complete the vibe or a classic monochromatic blazer/bike short outfit to add some spice and contrast. Either way, it’s a worthy purchase in my book.  

Rag & Bone Atlas Neon Leather Bag

Rag & Bone Atlas Neon Leather Shoulder Bag

I used to not give a sh*t about sunglasses, but then I moved to NYC and realized that $10 sunglasses from Forever 21 were social suicide. Of course, I’m not bashing anyone who doesn’t want to splurge on sunglasses, but if you do seek designer shades, Nordstrom Rack has you covered. I literally can’t narrow it down to a single recommendation, so I’ll share a few of my current favorites.

If you’ve been on Instagram, you’ve seen the rising trend in monochromatic pastel sunglasses. This pair from Prada sticks out to me, because it’s not the impractical tiny sunglasses we saw last summer, but it still brings the sunshine to your look. I’m drawn to the green, but if the pink brings out your inner Barbie, then so be it. Originally retailing for $258, you can now get this pair for $119.97, at 54% off, which is a rarity for Prada, so take advantage. 

Prada 56mm Cat Eye Sunglasses

Tom Ford sunglasses are a hit or miss for me (some of the styles are TOO ugly-chic) but when they’re good, they’re great. The Anna style are my absolute favorite because they literally look good on everyone. They’re the perfect dose of subtle and sexy, and the gold accent makes everything better. Originally retailing at $430 (ouch), a 63% discount has allowed for us to purchase them at $159.97. If you know Tom Ford, you know this is a worthy STEAL.

Tom Ford Anna 49mm Modified Cat Eye Bar Sunglasses

Keeping the spirit of tie dye/pastels alive, these Gucci aviators are a chic seasonal way to take your look to the next level, and just looking at them makes me crave summer. I’m not even actually sure if we’ll be able to socialize this summer, but that won’t stop the sun from shining, and glasses are a long-term necessity. I like this pair because the style itself is simple, unlike some of Gucci’s more, shall we say, unconventional pairs, but still gives you a flash. OG price was $390, and these cuties are 67% off (best deal yet) so you can grab them for $129.97. Worth it. 

GUCCI 59mm Aviator Sunglasses

Footwear

Shoes are hard because trends change with the wind, but there are a few styles that never expire. A strappy sandal, a white sneaker, and booties all have stood the test of time.

Unpopular opinion, but when it comes to sandals, I care less about the designer and more about the actual look. I’ve gotten more compliments on my Steve Madden basics than my Louboutins, and that sums it up in my book. The Sam Edelman Ariella Ankle Strap Sandal is the best kind of basic and comes in black and nude, the only two colors that ACTUALLY matter in a shoe. They’re currently on sale for $31.98, originally retailing at $100, and are well worth it. 

Sam Edelman Ariella Ankle Strap Sandal

Sneakers have taken the fashion world by storm over the last few years, and can now be paired with a suit or dress and still make sense. To this day, my go-to combo remains an all white sneaker with a white tube sock. It’s comfy, it’s chic, and it’s cool. I love the Arelle Exaggerated Sole Sneaker from Steve Madden (in white). They’re only 40% off (rude) but currently an extra 20% (nice) and retailing at $47.98 instead of $100. Cute.

Steve Madden Arelle Exaggerated Sole Sneaker

I know the thought of purchasing booties in May is rather nauseating, but I promise it’s worth it. Stuart Weitzman is 68% off at Nordstrom Rack, which I found rather shocking, but also thrilling. It’s a bit jarring how many businesses are hurting, but I will humbly take the discounted booties in the meantime. The Quinn Block Heel Bootie was my choice purchase this time around, because a classic black bootie is always a safe, chic bet. These are still typically more than I’d spend on a bootie at $189.97… but, they were originally $595, so if there was ever a time to splurge on a shoe, it’s now. 

Stuart Weitzman Quinn Block Heel Bootie

Clothing

The bulk of Nordstrom Rack deals fall in the clothing department, which has just about everything you can think of. Narrowing down 40,000+ choices to my top favorites—no problem. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it, so please thank me in the form of DMing me with your favorite sales happening. I can shop more and you can save money, a win/win.

I’m starting with leggings, because that is the closest thing to a pant I’ve put on in two months. They’re debatably the most important piece of clothing in and out of quarantine, and therefore, brand/quality matters. 90 Degree By Reflex has their Interlink Side Pocket High Waist Leggings on super sale right now, and once again I’m shocked because these are a hot commodity. They’re a whopping 75% off and currently retailing for $19.97 (originally $78). These leggings have pockets, and I assume you’re sold by that statement alone, so I’ll move on. 

90 Degree By Reflex Interlink Side Pocket High Waist Leggings

All leggings need their partner-in-crime, a comfy sweatshirt. There are a million and one cute sweatshirts available, but my current favorite is the Champion Campus French Terry Cropped Crew Neck Pullover. I feel sort of like a hype kid for loving this (maybe I’ve been watching too much TikTok???) but IDC because it’s cute. It’s on sale for $36.97, which might crush your soul given that Champion used to be $5 at Walmart back in the day, but times are changing and it’s better than its $55 original price tag. 

Champion Campus French Terry Cropped Crew Neck Pullover

As mentioned earlier, summer is still up in the air, but warm weather is not. So, you might as well be prepared in the event that we are allowed outside in the coming months with some cute pieces! Let’s think positively. 

I have such a thing for modernized prairie dresses, and I think they bring sunshine to anyone’s look. This is a staple for me starting May 1, and I essentially wear different versions of the same dress daily until it snows again (half kidding). REFORMATION has a great sale going on at Nordstrom Rack, and the Napa Wrap Midi Dress is on sale for $79.97—that’s a 63% discount from the original $218 price tag. I firmly believe that all-purpose dresses are always worth the purchase because they work for work, happy hour, your best friend’s baby shower, and your next vacation. 

Reformation Napa Wrap Midi Dress

If there is ONE item that actually has never gone out of style, it’s the jean jacket. Like, there are photos of my 60-year-old parents rocking jean jackets throughout their lives, and it’s still a closet staple now all these years later. One would assume that 90% of us have the classic denim jacket in our closets, and it’s time to spruce things up. I am loving this Rag & Bone Snakeskin Print Crop Fray Denim Jacket because it’s keeping the animal print spirit alive, but in a new form. No, I don’t want to see your cheetah bodysuit or booties again this year, but YES, I do want to see your secretly snakeskin jean jacket. This one in particular is 68% off, previously $495, but now $157.48. A ssssssteal. 

Rag & Bone Snakeskin Print Crop Fray Denim Jacket

And there we have it. Wow. So many deals, so little time. Honestly, Nordstrom Rack is adding new cute stuff daily (I’m not being paid to say this, in fact I’m only losing money every time I am on their site) and helps me get the designer clothes I want at a price I can actually (almost) afford. So if and when you are ready to shop till you drop, you know where to find the best deals.

You know you love me, xoxo, quarantined girl.

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5 Favorite Brands You Should Never Pay Full Price For

I’m the kind of person that somehow always accidentally buys things. Like if I’m sad, I shop. If I’m happy, I shop. If my work is going well, I shop because I deserve it, and if it’s going terribly, I shop to cheer myself up. However, as a semi-starving artist/writer, I don’t have a ton of money to spare. So, I improvised, adapted, and overcame. I learned to how to be an expert bargain shopper. I also tend to like higher-end things, but who doesn’t? As a sale connoisseur, I have figured out a few brands that are always on sale that you should never, ever pay full price for. Get the hell out of that Forever21, because here are some quality brands you can get at cheap AF prices.

Wildfox

A celeb favorite, Wildfox is actually my favorite brand of all time. Why, you ask? Because they specialize in sweaters and tees that are the softest things that have ever existed, like ever. That said, Wildfox is pretty expensive, with a basic tee costing ~$50 and sweaters ranging from $100-$400. They also have supersoft pajamas, sweatpants, jeans, bikinis, and sunglasses. It’s definitely out of my price range for stupid graphic tees, or like the current sweater I’m wearing with a piece of pizza pictured on it (so soft though). That said, Wildfox is always on sale. My holy grail places to search for it are Hautelook and Nordstrom Rack, where you can get tees for $14 and sweaters for $40, but any department store’s sale section usually has a ton of Wildfox items. The only downside is if you see something you have to have on their new releases, it may sell out before it hits the Rack. Splurge if you must, but for the most part, you can always find this high-quality brand for cheap.

Image of WILDFOX Monday Mourning Knit Sweatshirt

WILDFOX Monday Mourning Knit Sweatshirt

Nike

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be less fat. I hate going to the gym but I definitely feel more motivated when I have new workout gear. Nike products are cute and fit well but can be totally expensive. Instead of buying cheap workout clothes and shoes that you feel meh in, buy Nike stuff on sale by hitting up their own factory outlets or department store sales. You can always, always find Nike at cheaper prices by doing a little digging. I even shopped at JC Penney recently (ew) because they had baby pink Nike sneakers at half price. That is the dream!

Image of Nike Tanjun Sneaker

Nike Tanjun Sneaker

Bath & Body Works

If you have ever bought anything here full price, slap yourself. They have ~*~THE BEST~*~ sales. Never, ever buy a 3-wick candle for more than $12 (normally $24) and never buy body wash/lotion unless it’s buy three, get three free. They stagger their sales and mail (and email) coupons, so sign up for their mailing lists to know when to shop. You may have to buy body wash one day and wait to buy candles for a couple weeks, but the money you’ll save is worth it. Also? Always buy in bulk when they’re having the sale, so you don’t get desperate and pay full price because you’ve run out of candles and you need to destress right now. Their best coupons only work online, so don’t even bother going into the store. You can always exchange products later for free if you hate the smell. They are having their semi-annual sale RIGHT NOW, btw.

 Fresh Balsam 3-Wick Candle - Bath And Body Works

Bath & Body Works FRESH BALSAM 3-Wick Candle

Jeffrey Campbell

Jeffrey Campbell shoes are really trendy and fun, but although I adore them, they’re not usually super practical and go in and out of style. Luckily, you won’t have to spend a fortune on this pricey brand because they are also always on sale. Hit up the sales at Nordstrom Rack, Free People, Urban Outfitters, Shopbop, and many other stores to find these shoes discounted. These boots are currently 51% off!

Image of Jeffrey Campbell Gamora Over the Knee Boot

Jeffrey Campbell Gamora Over the Knee Boot

Topshop

Another celeb fav, Topshop is soooo trendy, but I swear the quality is no better than Nasty Gal or Forever21, and it can be expensive. The Topshop website itself has really good sales, which you should always check first – it’s currently 70% off! Since Nordstrom carries the brand, you can also always find cute Topshop pieces in their sale section, or on the Rack. It’s the perfect place to pick up a trendy piece that you might hate by next year, but fits better than cheaper stores (yet you’re paying the same price – ha!). Seriously, Forever, why is everything made for short people? Tall people are poor too, and we don’t appreciate cameltoe and high waters!

Topshop Lace Trim Sequin Slip Dress

Images: Nordstrom Rack (3); Bath & Body Works; Topshop