What a 55-Year-Old Former Nordstrom Buyer Wants From the Big Nordstrom Sale


(Image credit: Susie Wright)

There’s nothing that gets us going quite like a massive Nordstrom sale. In fact, we recently covered a range of the summer items we’re eyeing in the brand’s discounted section, which features coveted products at up to 60% off. Well, we thought we’d take another perusal through all of the redlined merch, and we tapped a fellow Nordstrom shopper, Susie Wright, to join us. In fact, our friend also happened to work as a Nordstrom buyer for 10 years, so it’s safe to say she really knows the product and what’s worth scoring on sale. The personal stylist and mastermind behind So Susie also happens to be a 55. And while age has absolutely nothing to do with what you should or shouldn’t wear, we always love tapping her for shopping guidance given her experience fine-tuning her classic wardrobe over the years.

Curious about the categories she’s interested in shopping during the Nordstrom sale? If you’re shopping at the moment or are interested in scoping cool finds to bookmark and reference later, keep scrolling to uncover what Wright is eyeing, along with inspired summer items that could be worth a little add-to-cart action.

Summer Dresses

"I'm always looking for easy summer dresses since they're the easiest piece to throw on once temperatures rise. I'm especially loving casual T-shirt styles and anything that's comfy for backyard barbecues and hanging around the house."

Lingerie and Pj's

"This is the sale where I scour the lingerie department. I recommend stocking up on lightweight summer pj's and anything soft and comfy. You can also find your favorite bras in pretty spring colors." 



"Since denim is the backbone of our wardrobes, I'm always tempted when it's on sale. This year, look for ankle-length, soft, stretchy jeans to wear at home or to the grocery store (preferably in a light wash)."

Slide Sandals

"Since many of us aren't currently wearing heels, slide sandals have replaced slippers. There are many slide-sandal options, and the prices are incredible, so take the opportunity to grab a couple of pairs. Try some in a fun color or with embellishments."


"I always advise my clients to stock up on a few basics like tees and tanks because they often need replacing after a full season of wear. Since tanks are the chic update to every outfit this summer, I'll have my eye on ones that can easily be worn with a bra."


"Swimwear is at the top of my list of sale items to buy, and since many of us have canceled trips, there might be some really good deals available. While we might not be traveling quite yet, cover-ups often work as casual dresses, and purchasing a swimsuit or two for a future trip might be wise!"


"I'm always looking to add to my jewelry collection, so finding a few new pieces on sale is an added bonus. This year, I'll be looking for bracelets and interesting hoop earrings." 


"Lastly, since we're all trying to get motivated for home workouts, sometimes new athletic wear gives us extra incentive. Plus, these days, we can wear it around the house, too!"

Next, check out stylish shoes under $100 available at Nordstrom.

Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retailers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.