Nordstrom hasn't earned the accolade of being America's favorite retailer without good reason. First of all, it has amazing sales like the once-a-year Anniversary Sale that's going on right now (don't forget to check out what our shopping editor added to cart from the sale). Not to mention, it has a generous return policy and carries goods that span from well-known brands like Madewell and Topshop to indie designers like Rejina Pyo, the site has carved out a loyal fanbase within the fashion sphere. In a world where retail is supposedly being handed a death certificate, this mall staple is thriving. It has its liege of Nordstrom devotees to thank for that. Meanwhile, we're about to thank the loyal fanbase for being just as active in leaving helpful product reviews as they are in their purchases.
While it wasn't easy (the site has an insurmountable collection of products available to buy), we dedicated ourselves to putting in the legwork to suss out the top-rated, highest-reviewed affordable items. That's what Nordstrom's best for, after all. And save for those Adidas Superstars (please point me in the direction of anyone who doesn't own the classic sneaker), Nordstrom's best of the best is pretty surprising. So before you dive into another Nordstrom spree, peruse the items below to make sure you're getting the best bang for your buck.
What Buyers Are Saying: "Love this tee! It is slightly loose but still has enough shape to be flattering. I’m in between S and M, and went with a S so the neck wasn’t too low. The darker colors don’t seem sheer although the lighter colors are. This is much better than another popular tee in the anniversary sale...this one actually holds up in the wash." — jjvb
What Buyers Are Saying: "Live In leggings are a dream of dreams. They're thick (pass the squat test every time), pretty resistant to piling, and are forgiving if you've gained a few pounds… I have come to prefer the high-waist leggings to the regular ones. They feel far more comfortable and just seem more secure/less likely to slip. All in all, this is a solid Nordstrom brand, and I highly recommend these leggings." — Virago
What Buyers Are Saying: "This has quickly become my favorite bra. After year's of only wearing Victoria's Secret, I was in the market for a new brand, and tried Natori due to it being on sale here. I am up to three of this style already. I am usually a 34C and per the recs from reviews here, I ordered the 36D, and it is a perfect fit. No bulging, no gaping, just a really great and comfortable fit that looks good under everything. Can't recommend this enough!" — Jschnell
What Buyers Are Saying: "I went in to Nordstrom to get a different brand bootie, and when I saw these I fell in love. Not only are they super adorable, but they feel comfortable, which is sometimes difficult to find in booties with a heel. I made the right choice on this pair, plus I saved money on the sale." — EdleSam
What Buyers Are Saying: "This was a screaming deal for the anniversary sale because these jeans are worth it, AT FULL PRICE! Amazing fit, amazing quality, figure-flattering! I am in love." — Rubberducky789
What Buyers Are Saying: "This sweater is a must-have. The material is really soft and feels so nice. The fit is slightly big, so if you like a more fitted style, size down. Can be dressed up or down, looks great no matter what. I'm so happy with my purchase!" — Lmreascos
What Buyers Are Saying: "I was pleasantly surprised with how this looked on me! At first it was a little tight and odd fitting, but once I figured out you can adjust the straps, it loosened up and sat much better on my body (I'm a 32C). It's long enough to function as a crop top with high waisted bottoms, which is what I was going for when I bought it. I got it in white to wear for a variety of things: a potential bachelorette party, to bring on my honeymoon, and to wear under sheer or low-cut white shirts." — LElizabethS
What Buyers Are Saying: "I absolutely love this boot! It looks true to the photo and fits beautifully. The almond shaped toe gives the boot a sophisticated look. The leather is soft and supple and has the perfect amount of sheen. I love the slant cut at the very top of the boot; it truly gives an equestrian feel. I absolutely can't wait to wear these on my trip to Italy." — 9021OhSnap
What Buyers Are Saying: "Ahhhhhhh, finally! The perfect stretchy skinny dark-wash jean! I'd been searching forever. There are so many things I love about this jean: They're as comfortable as leggings, but as crisp-looking as a jean. They look fabulous dressed up or down. The fit is perfect. And best of all, the jeans stretch and give without becoming misshapen and stretched out. The stretchy part stretches and then goes back into place; it's like magic!" — Debalina
What Buyers Are Saying: "I’ve been buying these for 10 years probably… I wear a 32DD and always get the large. It fits without any bunching up and is the perfect length for my long torso. The only reason it doesn’t get five stars is because the straps stretch out after a while. I used to hate adjustable straps, but in this case, they might be nice." — MegAbbey
What Buyers Are Saying: "Love these urban versions of an old classic! I wanted something for the heat and to slip on to go to the pool. [I was] skeptical at first, but I wore these on a family reunion trip—even with a summer dress for the party. Love them!" — Ceesea
What Buyers Are Saying: "As always, the Madewell whisper cotton shirts are perfect. They are roomy without looking shapeless, and the Carmine color is wonderful! So rich. I usually wear an XL/16 and am busty, and the Madewell shirts are cut with plenty of room even for curvy ladies, which is refreshing. You won't regret buying this shirt! If you're between sizes, I recommend going down a size." — Quinette
What Buyers Are Saying: "Love this purse! Large enough to tote many things. There is a removable reinforcement bottom in purse, but don’t really need it. The wristlet is attached/removable but great to keep attached and put glasses or lipstick for quick access. The leather look has a nice, realistic texture. I have owned mine almost a year and it still looks great. You will love this purse!" — BonMc
What Buyers Are Saying: "I bought this dress for a specific occasion and I wanted a dress that was simple enough but also had a classic cut with a stylish design at the same time. I didn’t know what to expect when I bought this dress because it could definitely look different in person, but I was amazed at how beautiful it looked and the way it fit me! I am 5’0” and I usually am around a size 4-6, depending on the brand, but I listened to the advice from previous reviews to go a couple of sizes up and got a large in the red color! I am so glad that I did! The only reason why I’m giving it a 4 out of 5 stars is because the length is a little long. This dress goes down an inch above my ankle. However, considering I’m planning on wearing heels with this, I think it will be okay! I want this dress in different colors too! So pretty!" — Bennett07
What Buyers Are Saying: "These shoes have soft leather, don’t bind and still stood up to a ton of day to day use. I take these traveling and [they] have been useful as casual wear with jeans as well as for dinners out with dresses. They take up hardly any room even on a carry-on. Perfect staple for your wardrobe." — Leslie1rn
What Buyers Are Saying: "I absolutely love these pajamas. They feel exactly like Eberjey but half the price and not nearly as high maintenance. I just got them for my mom and mother in law for Christmas, and they are also both obsessed and planning to buy more. Once you have these, you will want to buy in every color and throw out all your old PJs!" — Beautyandthebeach
What Buyers Are Saying: "I thought I would never find the perfect sports bra, but alas this one is it! I walked up to a sales associate and asked if she could recommend a good sports bra for me. She said yes, I know just the one and she sure did. This fits perfectly! Doesn't dig. Gives the girls plenty of support. doesn't create uni-boob. I am large chested—36E—and finding a comfortable supportive sports bra has been challenging. This bra is really perfect for anyone, but those of us that can't just wear 'any' sports bra or a 'moderate impact' sports bra, this is the bra you have been waiting for. Glad it comes in other colors as I know I will be purchasing this bra again." — Cmepa
What Buyers Are Saying: "These are so comfortable, have excellent arch support and arrived quickly and in excellent condition. Classic shoe that will never go out of style. Saw Freddie Mercury wearing these in a recent movie and took a chance I could still buy them!" — SherrieMcG
What Buyers Are Saying: "I am OBSESSED with these jeans! Let me first say that I am a denim snob, and have been for more than 15 years. I have always spent $150 to $250 dollars per pair on designer denim, convinced this was the only way to get quality material and a good fit. HELLO, Articles of Society! These have the perfect amount of stretch, are made of extremely soft fabric, and fit like a dream. I am 5'7, 132 lbs and the 27 fits perfectly. The hem hits about 2 inches longer than pictured on the model, but will likely shrink up as much when washed (I worked at a denim boutique in college and this was our rule of thumb). Highly recommend for anyone who craves a designer fit with an affordable price tag." — MCMA1
What Buyers Are Saying: "Great little maxi dress! It is supremely comfortable and easy to throw on for shopping or dinner. I bought the black and the knit fabric is thick enough to not be see-through but thin enough to feel easy and light. I can wear this now and into the fall. Great price and purchase!" — Busymom6
What Buyers Are Saying: "So comfortable and the coverage is excellent. When I take this one off at the end of the day, I’m not sore or have cut marks from the straps in my shoulders. Very supportive!" — Wildnerness69
What Buyers Are Saying: "I read an article about how great these boots are from a blogger… I finally got a chance to try them on in store and IMMEDIATELY I loved them! The heel is beautiful and a great height so you can wear these all day every day and not feel any discomfort. It took a couple wears to break in, but it is worth it. I only wish they came in more colors. I get compliments every time I wear them. If you're on the fence, jump off it and GET THESE NOW." — Nordy818girl
What Buyers Are Saying: "I love these pants. I have them in three colors. The rise is low enough to be comfortable, but they don’t gap or slide down when you bend/sit (I’m a teacher and need pants to move). They are a very thin wale, and the fabric has good stretch to it. They don’t sag or bag at the knees after wearing. I do hang dry them after a few minutes in the dryer, so I can’t speak to how they hold up if you use the dryer. They fit true to size, but the cut is snug. They are a skinny fit, but I find the bottom leg to be just a little too loose to tuck into boots. I wear mine with booties or flats. Could work with heels, too." — Denver111
What Buyers Are Saying: "I was skeptical at first but once I wore them a few times; they are literally the most comfortable, versatile sandals I have ever worn. They are easy to get on and off and they feel like you have nothing on your feet. I adore them and they are now my favorite pair." — CALiving77
What Buyers Are Saying: "Absolutely love these earrings! Stylish and classic… They are the perfect weight. Heavy enough to sit right and not 'flap' around, yet very light where they don't pull on your ears and earlobes. I love the versatility as I travel a lot for work. I can limit the number of earrings I bring, as these go with so much. Dress up or casual. I get so many compliments on these. These are my favorite go-to earrings." — Spunky9106
Ed. note: Reviews have been edited for clarity. This post has been updated since it originally ran.
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