How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is, to me, like Christmas. It’s the one time of year that I stock up on a lot of fall items (my personal favorites!). Obviously, with the heat in Texas, it’s hard to imagine wearing sweaters and cozy cardigans right now, but I promise you, that day will come! Plus, it’s a great way to get gifts out of the way for family members later on in the year. There’s definitely items that go on sale during the Anniversary Sale that don’t go on sale other times of the year, so it’s time to grab those things.

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What is a capsule wardrobe?

That being said, sometimes it’s overwhelming to jump into the sale AND things tend to go fast. So, I like to have a clear and concise plan of action. I also like to keep my wardrobe simple, which is why a capsule wardrobe is perfect for me.

What do I mean? It’s a collection of a few basic and staple pieces that mix and match with everything. Then, through the year, I can add in pops of color, prints or statement jewelry to change up the outfit.

So here’s what I’m looking for during this year’s Anniversary Sale (as well as a bit of outfit inspiration!)

#1 - Cozy Cardigans

Cozy Cardigans

Cardigans are one of my staple capsule wardrobe pieces. They have much more functionality than a sweater, since you can pair a variety of colors with your layer underneath. They’re also a great staple if you’re working in an office where the air-conditioning in the summer can be out of control. I like to keep the colors of the outer layer as basic as possible (brown, camel, grey) to allow for the maximum amount of options. Camel & white is such an easy way to add a hint of black or pop of leopard as well.

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#2 - Basic Tees for Layering

Basic Tees for Layering

Even though this might seem like a super basic item, a layering tee (or long sleeve) is crucial for a capsule wardrobe. I find that a V-neck is the most flattering, but having a variety of colors and cuts makes switching outfits easy. I personally prefer solid, neutral colors (white, black & navy) and then add in a few stripes or patterns. Last year, one of the most popular selling items was a simple v-neck tee that was only $8!

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#3 - A Great Pair (or Two!) of Dark Denim

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Fall is definitely a time to bring back in the denim as the temperature starts to drop. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has also been (traditionally!) a time to grab a pair of designer denim that otherwise might be out of your budget (AG!). However, with the transition to fall, I like to grab a pair of dark denim (perfect for dressing up or down) or perhaps even a black pair. Keeping the color palette dark on the bottom allows you to make an outfit look dressier, even if you’re simply wearing a tee on top.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t grab a few pairs of lighter colored denim or some destroyed washes as well. Mixing and matching around what you currently own is part of the fun!

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#4 - A Denim Jacket

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you’ve been resistant to this trend, well, it looks like it’s here to stay. There’s a few different options, depending on if you prefer a more destroyed or oversized fit, or the classic darker wash. But, the denim jacket works perfectly well over a dress, or with a pair of black jeans (or leggings) for the times when a coat is too heavy.

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#5 - A Day to Night Pair of Leggings

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

As someone who constantly lives in athleisure, this is my favorite part of the sale especially for those times that you want to go out, but real pants just seem to hard. The best part about a “dressy” pair of leggings, such as these faux leather leggings, is that it can be easily dressed up with a pair of boots or dressed down with a furry cardigan.

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#6 - A versatile Jacket

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Depending on where you live, it might get fairly cold some of these picks will be limited in their use. But in Texas, and most of the southern states, these make for perfect fall/winter transition jackets. Leather or suede (vegan options available, too!) are perfect choices as the top layer of a neutral color palette.

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#7 - A Tall Pair of Boots

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

If you live somewhere wet or rainy, there’s a chance that a pair of tall boots are a lifesaver. Tall boots also make the perfect dressy alternative to athletic shoes and jeans. My personal favorite are a pair of tall boots with a clunky heel - easy to walk in but easy to dress up or down!

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#8 - A pair of booties

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Much like the taller boots, booties are incredibly versatile. However, unlike tall boots, I can transition my booties into the spring and summer so they make a perfect year round addition to the wardrobe. A great pair of black or brown will make any outfit.

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#9 - The Casual Sneaker

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Casual outfit? Want to keep it casual? No problem. I’m a firm believer in having one good pair of a neutral sneaker. As a runner, I have a ton of shoes, but sometimes, I just want a simple comfortable pair. Bonus: They’ll likely be the most comfortable shoe that you’ll own.

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#10 - A Great Brown Bag

How to Create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I’m not a huge fan of purses. I like a bag that is large enough to carry quite a few things, versatile enough to go from casual/dressy, and sturdy enough to handle the wear I put on it. Although this might be an investment piece, it’s one thing I consider HIGHLY worthwhile, especially during the sale.

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I’ve linked below all of the items I’m eyeing for the Anniversary Sale + a few options. What are you looking to add to your closet this year?

Product I’m Eyeing For the Nordstrom Sale

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Create a Capsule Wardrobe from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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