Happy Monday!! As I mentioned last week, I ordered three things from the Nordstrom anniversary sale: these Eileen Fisher pants in small, Beyond Yoga quilted leggings in medium, and Spanx long shorts. Here are my thoughts:
- I like the fit of these pants, in general, but besides being “over” Eileen’s viscose jersey generally (I prefer natural fabrics lately), I was conflicted about the side slits (mostly towards the negative), and I really felt like the material was more flimsy than my other viscose Eileen Fisher pieces, and felt sort of “cheaper”. I took them back.
- Same with the Beyond Yoga leggings – I am familiar with the brand and have always appreciated the thick, compressive fabric (that is made in the US). These ARE NOT THICK OR COMPRESSIVE. Yes, the medium may be too big for me, but just in general, the material is thinner than it should be, and even than other Beyond Yoga pants. I kept them, and wore them this morning to Pure Barre, and they were okay. They feel like you’re not really wearing anything, which I don’t like, because that means they’re not compressive at all, and they were fine, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend them.
- The spanx shorts are okay. Not anything special. I’m not sure why I got them, really…
I’ve mentioned before, and so have many of you, that quite a few of the “designer” items that pop-up during the anniversary sale are made exclusively FOR the sale – for Nordstrom. It seems largely true; you can’t find most of the pieces on other sites or even the designer’s sites, for sale. What this generally means, at least for outlet pieces, is that the items are sub-par, and “different” than what the designer produces as part of their regular collection. Now,based on my experience with these two pieces specifically, I’m inclined to think this is true for items produced sold during the Nordstrom anniversary sale.
I don’t have a lot of experience, honestly, because I really don’t shop this sale – I mean, I do shop it, obviously, but I NEVER end up keeping much of anything. I’ve found the James Perse items I have tried on, and/or bought and returned, to be of similar quality to items I purchase directly from the brand, but otherwise, I have never bought much at the NAS (as it’s called nowadays), and in the future, will probably pass on it altogether.
And now that I think about it, even the Hanky Panky undies I purchased last year and the year before at the NAS seem to fall apart faster than ones I’ve purchased in years past. Ugh.
This sale has become so hyped, that I suppose Nordstrom has to do it this way, but I wish they’d just take a regular delivery and discount items for a period of time instead of having designers create certain items with a PRICE POINT in mind, to sell quickly. Not that there’s any “evidence” of that – I am only speculating based on experience – but still, where there’s smoke. You know?
What has your experience been with the Nordstrom anniversary sale? Have you been happy with your purchases in years past? Have you noticed any difference in quality?