If you haven’t taken advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, you have until August 8th. This annual sale as well as Nordstrom’s current summer markdowns have helped me resolve a wardrobe gap with the purchase of two dresses perfect for every day.
Last March I bought a cute striped dress by an up-and-coming brand from a major department store. I noticed slight pilling after the first time I washed it. By the fifth wash it looked horrible from major pilling and discoloration. It couldn’t even be donated to Goodwill. Grrr. I threw it away.
Boy, that made me mad! Buying clothes with some longevity is one of my inclinations. It’s better for the environment, my finances and my sanity.
Who wants to constantly be replacing clothes? About ten years ago, I was in a conversation with a woman about 10 years my junior. She mentioned she throws clothes away after a wear or two instead of cleaning them. It was eye-opening for me and my first encounter with the disposable culture so many American’s have embraced.
The dresses I ordered arrived last week, and I am as pleased as punch. For my first dress, I chose a label that has a solid track record. Ellen Tracy’s Chambray A-Line Dress in Blue lives up to the quality I’ve come to expect from the brand (Sale price: $78.60; Regular Price: $128; Sizes 2-16).
The dress does run large, but if you do not like a form-fitting dress order your regular size. I love that it is both fully lined and machine washable – not a typical combo for women’s clothing! If you would like to browse all Nordstrom’s Ellen Tracy items – many of which are available in Plus and Petite – click here.
The second dress I bought is a brand that’s new to me. Foxcroft’s Belted Stripe Patchwork Print Shirtdress in Grey Multi is made of a light rayon fabric perfect for the upcoming transition to Fall (Sale price: $65.90, After Sale: $98, available in Regular & Petite).
The dress’ shape is flattering. It does run a bit large, so order down if you’re between sizes. To browse Foxcroft clothing available from Nordstrom, click here.
The two simultaneous sales may seem confusing, but if you like taking advantage of sales (who doesn’t?) it’s worth your time to browse the site.
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