$5000 to Spend at Nordstrom?? YES!!!

This was a really fun post to write (and research). When asked by the folks at the Bag Lady Event, to pretend I won the “FILL YOUR CLOSET” raffle, i.e. a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card. I’m pretty sure I barely paused before saying yes. Because it meant I got to go on a big ‘ol, shopping spree. A hypothetical one, but still… Hypothetical or not, I found great stuff!

How to get your hands on a REAL $5k Nordstrom gift card.

I’m partnering with The Bag Lady Event to promote both the luncheon (September 12, 2019) AND the “Fill Your Closet” Raffle, sponsored by California Closets.

They’ll be drawing TWO NAMES and each winner will receive a $5,000 Nordstrom gift card! You do not need to be present to win! Raffle tickets are on sale now, through the BidPal website.

1 ticket for $50 // 5 tickets for $100 // 15 tickets for $200 // 30 tickets for $300   

I’d recommend stocking up. The odds are good, the prize is fab (TWO $5000 Nordstrom gift cards) and the cause it supports,  College Now is solid.

What I’d Buy With that $5K.

On my pretend shopping spree I created mini capsules for the various life roles so many of us have. Work, Play, Evening’s Out and Off Duty Time.  Most everything here mixes and matches for even more outfit combinations. Depending on your particular life roles you might choose to buy less in the workwear arena and more in the jeans and athleisure department. But any way you slice it, these items can do double or triple duty and really take you thru your day.

And I followed my own advice –  the rule of THREE I share with so many of my clients.

If there are 3 ways to wear it + 3 things that go with it, then it’s worth taking home.

However, when you’re lucky enough to be working with a $5000 Nordstrom gift card, there’s a lot to choose from. We’re not talking about one piece and if it passes that test to go home, we’re talking multiple items that need to hold their own. Yes, you could get a few really big-ticket items like a Gucci puffer coat or the Loewe hammock bag. Or you could get a ton of inexpensive things for $5k. I’m a big believer in the “some places to splurge and some to save” approach. IMHO, a high low mix really gets the most bang for the buck.

Here’s What I Picked:

Basically, with each look, I started with a few key pieces. Those are often the investment items because, if you spend more on an item it’s good to know you have a few different ways to wear it. Then, I filled in with pieces that were @$100 or under. You’ll notice, many of the items are used over and over in the various outfits. But look different because of how they’re mixed and matched together.

Leopard Midi Dress 3 ways

This dress is perfection. I wasn’t sure about the ruched waist. Sometimes that detail can be your best friend camouflaging a tummy or your worst enemy making you look with child. Happily, this one was the former! You could start wearing this today with a nude sandal, and layer it up all winter long. It gives a professional yet playful vibe and honestly, I’m in love. I’m wearing a size 4 in the dress.

Scroll to see everything pictured in these outfits – and click the photo for a direct link to purchase. 

Total: $1924

Plaid Slacks 4 Ways

The pattern and shape of these slacks felt very current even though they’re quite conservative. This longer length pant looks best with a classic pointy toe. When I paired it with a bootie it looked too clunky. And all of these tops are used in other outfits (more bang for the buck). Also, they only had this pant in a size 0 in-store and they were pretty tight in the waist. I definitely need a size 2.

Vince plaid pants,  four ways - The Wardrobe Consultant

Scroll to see everything pictured in these outfits – and click the photo for a direct link to purchase.

Total: $2083

Silk Slip Dress 4 ways

I noticed this dress set the moment I walked in. The color is that warm rust/burnt reddish orange that I am loving this season. And the pieces work together or separately to make multiple outfits. The blouse is what I’m wearing above with the plaid slacks and again below with grey jeans. I think the dress will also look great layered over a baby tee or ribbed turtleneck. I’m wearing a size M in the dress and blouse.

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Total: $2151

Silk Blouse 3 ways

This is one of those blouses that you can wear to the boardroom and then out at night and feel appropriate and special in both places. The warm chocolatey color pairs nicely with black, grey, navy, white and denim! This blouse runs a bit big. I’m wearing an S but could have sized down to an XS. 

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Total: $1574

Grey Jeans 4 ways

I love a grey jean because it’s softer than a black jean but a smidge dressier than blue denim. And it looks so current with camel, rust, and mustard. But also plays nicely with black and white. Styling Tip: With the tan booties I needed to roll the jeans to see the narrow part of the ankle – it gave the outfit a more feminine look.

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Total: $2309

High Waist Denim 3 Ways

There’s nothing quite like a new pair of jeans. And everything about this pair is on point. And just what I was looking for to update my denim wardrobe for Fall 2019. High waist with a tiny bit of stretch, straight leg, light wash and no holes(except for the raw and uneven hem). I had to size up to an 8 for a proper fit – for reference I’m 5’4″ and 125 lbs

Good American High Waist Jean 3 ways - The Wardrobe Consultant

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Total: $1749

Camo Joggers 2 ways

These pants feel like PJ’s and can be dressed up (kinda) or down. The look on the left is a perfect airport outfit and on the right for running errands or a child’s sporting event.

Beyond Yoga Camo Joggers 2 ways - The wardrobe consultant

Total: $725

Big thanks to the Bag Lady Event for partnering with me on this post. Don’t forget to enter the raffle so you could actually get a real $5000 shopping spree out of it. And, even if you don’t win, hopefully, this post gave you some ideas on how to mix and match items to create multiple outfits.

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Photos: Maggie Boyle

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Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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