Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale: Best Fashion, Shoes, and More

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My Picks from the Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale - Wardrobe OxygenWith up to 40% off there’s some awesome deals during Nordstrom’s sale, which is on until February 21st. While there’s plenty of winter stuff they’re trying to get off their hands, there’s also lots of fashion that works now and into the spring and summer and pieces that will be stylish now and a year from now. I already shared my picks from the Nordstrom Winter Clearance Sale for plus size fashion; this post features my picks from shoes, bags, and standard-sized fashion:


Jackets, Blazers, and Outerwear

  • I have the longer version of this packable jacket from Bernardo and love how it’s lightweight but still keeps me toasty warm. It also is shaped for a woman’s figure so you don’t end up resembling the Michelin Man. Regular and petite sizes, two colors to choose from, and 50% off.
  • For those like me who are always on the hunt for petite leather jackets that won’t be too long in the arms, this Bernardo leather jacket is a great choice. Classic styling and shape, two colors, and petite sizes available. 50% off and a great price for real leather!
  • A statement coat is always a nice addition to the outerwear wardrobe and this clutch coat from Helene Berman fits the bill. I love the fuzzy texture and the bold black and ivory stripes; it would look chic with a sweater and jeans and so smart over a brightly colored frock! On sale half off.
  • I always suggest trenchcoats during sale picks but that’s when I got my DKNY one that I wear like crazy and have for almost a decade. It’s such a good purchase, and this one from Halogen is a classic style, has a detachable hood, comes in three colors, regular and petite sizes. 33% off AND machine washable!
  • The Hinge ‘Expedition’ jacket is a modern take on the utility jacket. Available in navy and olive and with a flattering shape, this is a casual jacket that can replace your denim jacket and look great with a tee and jeans or slipped over a sundress in spring. 33% off and less than $60!
  • A classic leather moto jacket in unexpected colors. This leather jacket from Truth & Pride comes in fire engine red or cobalt blue, gets good reviews, and is on sale 55% off.
  • I try to keep my picks to items with a decent size selection. This cape from Finders Keepers isn’t one of those but it’s so utterly cool I had to share it anyway. Only available in a Medium/4-6 and maybe that’s a good thing because if it came in my size I’d likely buy it! On sale 40% off.


  • My sister has the ‘Baily’ from Vince Camuto and adores it. Perfect size, design, shape. This bag is on sale 40% off in two statement finishes that would look great in winter and through the summer.
  • I’m not a huge fan of bags with visible logos, but this mini satchel from Kate Spade is such a perfect combination of shape, texture, and color I’m making an exception. It’s also pretty nice to get it at 40% off.
  • I’ve been in love with this fringed Milly handbag for a year and was torn between the orange and this silver metallic version. Now that the silver is on sale for less than $200 I may have to take the plunge!
  • A bucket bag is a classic shape for a purse; this one from Rebecca Minkoff gives a rock and roll vibe with the lacing and buckles but the black metal hardware keeps it from being too extreme and provides elegance. This is a chic bag that would add a cool touch to many wardrobes and the under $175 price is super nice.
  • This tumbled faux leather tote from Halogen has a clean timeless shape and look but the contrast tassel detail makes it modern. Two colors available, plenty of room to hold all you need to carry, and on sale for less than $25.
  • How fun is this black beaded fringe clutch purse from Natasha Couture? This would glam up any dress in your closet and make even a simple tank and jeans look ready for a night out on the town. On sale 40% off which makes it less than $50!


  • I shared this dress as an alternative to the Issa for Banana Republic dress I wore a couple weeks ago and now it’s on sale for a hair over $70. I’ve owned Many Maggy London dresses over the years and they are always a great fit and great quality.
  • The perfect sheath dress! This elegant dress from Classiques Entier is of Italian ponte, comes in two colors, and is on sale 40% off.
  • Super flattering, super modern, but something that would be at home in the workplace. I want to style this navy and white ponte knit wrap dress from Classiques Entier with a pair of heels in some dramatic color like orange, though this would look so chic under a white blazer with pumps or ankle booties. On sale 50% off.
  • This simple tee-shirt swing dress from Socialite isn’t anything fancy, but the perfect throw-on dress for summer weekends, to wear as a bathing suit cover-up, or even as a nightshirt. At $20.40 and with five colors to choose from, you can find many reasons to add one of these into your closet.
  • This chiffon surplice gown from Paper Crown is the type of piece you don’t think you need but end up wearing all the time. Envision it with gold hoops and metallic flat sandals. With a denim jacket. With a long strand of pearls and heels. With a wide beaded belt. The dark red color works all year round and can better dress down with brown or tan leather. 40% off (other colors are still full price).
  • This pleated crepe sheath dress from Adrianna Papell doesn’t have a lot of sizes left, but I still had to share it because it’s so pretty, so flattering, so versatile. Two colors, regular and petite sizes, and on sale for a bit under $72.
  • This isn’t a dress, but it’s the only skirt in my picks so I stuck it here and since I wrote the post I can write the rules! Anyway, this tea length taffeta skirt is from Monique Lhuillier’s Bridesmaids line but it’s perfect for non-wedding days. Consider my formalwear capsule post to get some ideas on how to rock it for a multitude of social occasions, but don’t be afraid to pair with a band tee, a tank and denim shirt, a turtleneck sweater and tights. Four colors to choose from. The sale price makes it cheaper than other retailers who sell such skirts as everyday fashion!

Sweaters, Cardigans, Ponchos, and Ruanas

Jeans, Pants, and Leggings

Blouses, Shirts, Tops, and Tees

  • I have never been disappointed by Nordstrom Collection – luxury fabrics, excellent fit, beautiful craftsmanship. However, I can’t afford it except during Nordstrom clearance sales like this one. This crisp and classic white shirt looks perfect and is on sale 55% off.
  • I love a lightweight striped tee with a scoop neck – great under sweaters, blazers, cardigans, tucked into skirts, or worn with skinny jeans and boots. And when it’s on sale for a bit over $10? Can’t resist!
  • This pleat-front tank from Ellen Tracy is all about the detail. Simple white shell for work or dressing up, but the pleat detail makes it elegant. And on sale for less than $42 makes it a great buy!


THIS IS THE TIME! This is the time of year when I get all my high quality cashmere from Nordstrom. While their Halogen brand is pretty budget-friendly year round, this is the sale when you can get their higher-end Nordstrom Collection and other designer brands for much much less. Stock is low, so I apologize in advance if your size is out but congratulate you if you get a great cashmere score!

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  1. This is great! So many good things.

    Random question of the day: I’ve read your comments about Eliza J quality and fit, and ponte in general, but all of the dresses I’ve bought in the past year are really starting to pill and look tired. I guess I wasn’t that surprised when this happened to items that I bought in grad school from thrift stores, but these are dresses that cost originally $50-$300, and dresses that I take care of (wash on cold/cold and line dry; washing perhaps every 5-10 wears since I wear silk long underwear and tights underneath, so they’re not even touching skin in the winter). Is this normal? Am I doing it wrong? I just thought that I’d be able to invest in good work clothes and that they’d be okay for 3-5 years, not just 6 months. Any thoughts?

    1. To be honest I don’t have an Eliza J ponte dress, I realize all the ones I have from the brand are chiffon overlay or matte jersey. I haven’t had issue with ponte dresses pilling, but looking in my closet my ponte is from Dobbin (RIP), Talbots, and LOFT (few years old). The only ponte item I have had issue with pilling on is one from Banana Republic and it made me never buy such fabrics from them again. What do you wash them with? I do mine on gentle, I only do with other soft fabrics (no buckles, zippers, denim, etc.), but that can’t be it since you’re not laundering on a regular basis. That shouldn’t be happening, in fact that’s grounds for a return it should survive much better than that! Sorry to hear this Bridget!

      1. Okay, I was wrong about Eliza J. I am mixing up blue patterned dresses (why do I have two blue patterned dresses? ha).

        But, in the interest of science + not wanting to repeat my same mistakes:

        2 Ralph Lauren stretchy polyester (labeled wash cold)
        2 Calvin Klein ponte-like 77% polyester, 20% rayon (labeled dry clean only)
        London Times ponte-like polyester (labeled wash cold)
        Vince Camuto stretchy polyester (labeled wash cold)
        Ellen Tracy ponte-like polyester (labeled wash cold)
        Madison Leigh stretchy polyester (labeled wash cold)
        Nine West half stretchy, half ponte polyester (labeled dry clean only)

        This is about half the dresses I’ve bought within the past six months. It’s just strange that it’s so many different brands having such similar failure rates. It just makes it tough, because what lesson do I learn? Just don’t buy those brands I guess?

        1. Well I recently ordered some ponte pants from Lands’ End and was flabbergasted they dared to call the fabric ponte. It wasn’t much thicker than jersey, had a nice smooth finish and sure it stretched, but it’s not the dense fabric I associate with the term. I think ponte got hot and brands were cheapening the fabric but still using the same term. I have had success with Vince Camuto and Lauren Ralph Lauren and London Times but to be honest I haven’t purchased poly stretch or ponte from any of them for a long while. Calvin Klein and Nine West have both disappointed me in the past but I have also found winners. I think it’s brands using cheaper fabric to stay competitive or because they can get away with this. So unfortunate 🙁

          1. It’s funny, I ordered a ponte dress from eshakti and was shocked—it’s a bit stretchy, but much more like a thin cotton than a thick woven ponte! (And do be fair, the fabric is really holding up beautifully…but it’s just not ponte).

            It’s too bad that they’re getting away with the cheaper fabrics and general confusion around the fabric type, because good quality ponte is such a great fabric! And one worth spending money on. Now, if I could only know before buying if it’s a piece that will last or not.

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