Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: A Review

Greetings from Martha’s Vineyard, Dolls! 💕

Guess what time it is? It’s almost time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! 🎉✨ Now, if you’re new to this, let me break it down for you: this sale is like flying business class for economy prices. Seriously, the quality at Nordstrom is top-notch, and during this sale, you can snag amazing pieces at unbelievable discounts.

For my fellow plus-size fashionistas, this sale is a dream come true. Nordstrom always brings their A-game with stylish, inclusive options, and during the Anniversary Sale, you can update your wardrobe without breaking the bank. Typically, you’ll see discounts ranging from 30% to 50%, and let me tell you, those savings add up!

As you know, I shop for quality, not quantity. If you’re looking to update your summer closet, I’ve got you covered with my top picks for gorgeous summer pieces from the Nordstrom sale that will stay in your rotation for years to come. 🌞✨

Now, the sale happens in waves, so you’ll want to stay on top of the schedule to get the best deals. Early Access is first for Nordstrom cardholders, and then it opens up to everyone else. Make sure to mark your calendars, Dolls!

Today, I’m doing a full review and guide from a plus-size perspective, showing you the must-have pieces and how to style them. This sale is the perfect time to invest in quality staples and fun trends alike.

Refer back here when you’re ready to shop the sale—I’ve got you covered with all the tips and tricks to make the most of it. Let’s slay this sale together!

Don’t forget to save these looks to your pinterest and refer back to this blog post when you’re ready to shop. 💕

What are CeCe Olisa’s Sizes?

 For reference, my sizes are:

Height: 5’10

Top: size 14

Bottom: size 18 (headed towards a 16)

Shoe: size 11W

As we go along, you’ll notice that I rarely wear my size and I often shop in the skinny, mid-size section (some of the pieces below, I am wearing in a size MEDIUM!). If you’re plus size and not seeing options you like from plus size brands, I understand. I often find my aesthetic in sizes that don’t “match” my body, so you may want to try these pieces and have a little fun. Also pay close attention to my sizing notes on shoes.

What are CeCe Olisa’s Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

First, let me give you a quick shopping list of the six dresses featured in this review, add these to your wishlist:

Chic Summer Dresses for Curvy Girls

Cute Comfortable Shoes for Women with Big Feet

I’ve been traveling around the world this summer and one thing that has not been an issue for me are sore feet or knees. My joints feel great! Why? I’ve been really intentional about the shoes I pack with me for my travels. Right now I’m spending my days in a combination of Vionic, Lifestride and Naturalizer shoes. Generally I find that Vionic and Lifestride they run large and Naturalizer runs true to size, you’ll see in my sizing notes below:

The Best Summer Jeans for a Curvy Size 18

Quick honorable mention for these Madewell Curvy 90’s Style jeans available at Nordstrom. They’re the perfect hybrid of skinny and wide leg and with a little cuff at the bottom you can style them with any shoe from the list above.

Nordstrom Ruffle Tiered Sundress Dress Review

Let me tell you about the gorgeous Nordstrom Ruffle Tiered Sundress—it’s an absolute vacation must-have! 🌴✨ The strappy bodice features ruching and smocking, giving it a fabulous textured fit. Available in White, Teal Hydro, and Yellow Myth, this dress has handy side pockets, making it as practical as it is stylish.

With a 54 1/2″ length (size Medium), it offers a beautiful, flowing silhouette. It slips on easily over the head, with a flattering V-neck and smocked back. Picture this: wearing it on vacation with strappy sandals, a rattan clutch, and some pretty hoop earrings or bangles. Chic, right? And if you’ve got a white party coming up, the White version is absolutely perfect! 🎉

Plus, the Lenzing EcoVero viscose is sustainably produced, so you can feel good about looking fabulous. Just machine wash and line dry, and you’re good to go. I’m wearing this dress in a size XL.

Trust me, Dolls, you need this dress in your life! 💖

The CeCe Olisa Style Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Dress:
    • Start with the Nordstrom Ruffle Tiered Sundress as your base. This classic A-line dress, available in White, Teal and Gold, is perfect for a stylish and comfortable look.
  2. Footwear:
  3. Accessories:
  4. Final Touches:
    • Ensure everything is in place, and you’re ready to step out looking effortlessly chic!

Enjoy your stylish day out, Dolls! 💖

Nordstrom Sleeveless Cotton Blend Dress Review

The Nordstrom Sleeveless Cotton Blend Dress is a stylish A-line silhouette available in Black, Blue Marmara, and Green Duck. Featuring a jewel neck and a sleeveless design, this dress is perfect for warm weather and can be dressed up or down. The subtle front seam and flared skirt create a feminine hemline that pairs beautifully with sandals or sneakers.

The dense fabric blend of 93% cotton and 7% spandex feels luxurious and durable, far exceeding its $69.50 price tag. The Black and Green Duck colors are ideal for transitioning into fall, looking chic under a trench coat. The Black dress also camouflages sweat stains, making it practical for hot days.

Unlined for a lightweight feel, it’s easy to care for—just machine wash and tumble dry. This dress is a versatile, quality piece perfect for any wardrobe. Dolls, I got this dress in a size XL.

The CeCe Olisa Style Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Dress:
  2. Footwear:
    • Pair the dress with Vionic Orthodic Sneakers for a stylish yet supportive option. These sneakers are perfect for keeping your feet comfortable all day long.
  3. Accessories:
  4. Tote Bag:
  5. Final Touches:
    • Ensure everything is in place, and you’re ready to step out looking effortlessly chic and comfortable!

Enjoy your stylish day out, Dolls! 💖

 

The Vince Rib Skirt & Matching Tank Co-Ord Set Review

 

Let’s talk about this fabulous Vince Orange Rib Skirt + Matching Orange Rib Top co-ord set! Available in Optic White and Ruby Dust (which, to me, is more of an orange), this set is perfect for summer. One thing that drives me crazy is that sets like this are often sold as individual pieces and not always marketed as the adorable matching set they are. Matching sets and co-ords are my absolute favorite, especially for my hourglass shape.

For example, I’m wearing the tank in a size medium and the skirt in a size XL. Since they’re separate pieces, I can mix and match the sizes to fit perfectly. And you can imagine, the mix-and-match options are endless!

The ribbed-to-fit skirt is crafted from a cotton-enriched blend and designed with an easygoing pull-on silhouette. The skirt has a 32″ length (size Medium) and an elastic waist, making it super comfy. The tank, with its classic scoop neck and fine ribbing, is perfect for layering.

Both pieces are made from 43% cotton, 33% viscose, 22% polyester, and 2% spandex. They can be dry cleaned or machine washed and dried flat.

Trust me, Dolls, this Vince Orange Rib Skirt + Matching Orange Rib Top co-ord set is a must-have for your wardrobe! 💖

The CeCe Olisa Style Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Co-Ord Set:
  2. Footwear:
    • Pair the set with Lifestride Gillian Sandals in Gold or white for a chic and comfortable option. If you prefer a different style, an alternative pair of white sandals will do the trick.
  3. Accessories:
  4. Final Touches:
    • Ensure everything is in place, and you’re ready to step out looking effortlessly chic and vibrant!

Enjoy your stylish day out, Dolls! 💖

 

 

Angel in Disguise Abstract Print Midi Sundress Review

 

I didn’t expect to love the Angel in Disguise Abstract Print Midi Sundress from Lost + Wander as much as I did. Sometimes, smocked bodices feel overdone in summer, especially in curvy fashion. But this dress feels so elevated! The fabric really takes it up a notch, and the functional tie straps are a sweet touch, making it easy to adjust for your body and bustline needs.

And yes, it has pockets! 🙌 An abstract print animates this sunny-day dress, featuring a sweetly smocked bodice and wide, tied straps.

With a 45″ center front length (size Medium), it has a flattering square neck and adjustable tie straps. It’s partially lined for comfort, made from 100% rayon, and easy to care for—just hand wash and line dry. I’m wearing a size XL.

This dress is a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe, blending style and functionality beautifully. 💖

The CeCe Olisa Style Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Dress:
  2. Footwear:
    • Pair the dress with Vionic Orthodic Flip Flops for a comfortable and stylish option. These flip flops provide support for all-day wear.
  3. Accessories:
    • Add a touch of elegance with two Gold Hair Clips. Position them on either side of your hair for a balanced and stylish look.
    • Complete your ensemble with a pair of Diamond Studs for a hint of sparkle.
  4. Tote Bag:
    • Carry your essentials in the True Beauty Book Club Tote. This chic tote is not only practical but also supports Cocoa by CeCe’s summer book club!
  5. Final Touches:
    • Ensure everything is in place, and you’re ready to step out looking effortlessly chic and comfortable!

Enjoy your stylish day out, Dolls! 💖

 

 

Cotton & Silk Tie Waist Tiered Sundress Review

I’m thrilled to share my thoughts on the Nordstrom Cotton & Silk Tie Waist Tiered Sundress. It comes in four gorgeous colors, and I chose Rust Spice, but the Pink Bodacious is also in my cart. If you love printed dresses, there are two pretty printed options as well!

This sundress always makes me feel resort-ready with its gathered details, adjustable waist tie, and handy pockets. The 48″ center front length (size Medium) and scoop neck, along with adjustable straps, provide a comfortable fit. It’s lined, made from 80% cotton and 20% silk, making it lightweight and breathable. I’m wearing a size XL.

The only downside is that the belt loops are dainty and can snap easily, causing the belt to move around. I skipped the belt entirely and was still happy with the look. If you prefer a cinched waist, be mindful of the delicate loops.

Machine wash and line dry for easy care. This dress is a beautiful addition to any summer wardrobe!

The CeCe Olisa Style Recipe

Instructions:

  1. Dress:
  2. Footwear:
    • Pair the dress with Vionic Orthodic Flip Flops for a blend of style and comfort. These flip flops provide excellent support, perfect for a day out.
  3. Accessories:
    • Add a touch of sophistication with two Gold Hair Clips. Position them on either side of your hair for a balanced and stylish look.
    • Complete your ensemble with a pair of Diamond Studs for a subtle sparkle.
  4. Tote Bag:
    • Carry your essentials in the True Beauty Book Club Tote. This chic and practical bag supports Cocoa by CeCe’s summer book club and adds a stylish touch to your outfit.
  5. Final Touches:
    • Ensure everything is in place, and you’re ready to step out looking effortlessly chic and comfortable!

Enjoy your stylish day out, Dolls! 💖

Caslon Ruffle Tiered Cotton Maxi Dress Review

I’ve got to rave about the Ruffle Tiered Cotton Maxi Dress from Caslon®. This dress definitely runs large—I’m wearing a size Medium and it fits perfectly. The pockets are a huge plus, and the fabric handles wrinkles well, making it perfect for packing on vacation. Whether as an easy cover-up or for a lunch date or picnic, this dress has you covered.

Softly ruffled shoulders frame this breezy cotton maxi dress, which features a tiered skirt for a touch of elegance. With a 53″ length (size Medium), it slips on effortlessly over the head and has a flattering scoop neck and cap sleeves. Made from 100% cotton, it’s unlined, lightweight, and breathable.

Easy to care for, just machine wash and line dry. This dress combines style, comfort, and practicality—ideal for your summer wardrobe!

Get The Complete CeCe Olisa Look

I hope this review was helpful. Let me know if you get any of these looks. Click Here for the full selection of Plus Size Nordstrom Anniversary Picks in size 14-28.

Happy shopping, Dolls! 💖

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