I'm Nordstrom's Fashion Director—Here Are the Smart Buys I'm Behind This Summer



If you haven't already noticed, we're big fans of Nordstrom over here. From its affordable basics to its highly reviewed jeans and their epic sales, we don't miss a beat when it comes to new arrivals, new trends, and trusty, timeless pieces from the easy-to-shop multi-brand retailer. This week, we tapped into Nordstrom's fashion director, Elizabeth Kanfer, to share some of the smart investment pieces she recommends scooping up this summer.

From trending puff-sleeve blouses that will take you seamlessly from summer to fall to mixed pearl-and-gold chain necklaces fashion girls are wearing all over Instagram right now to timeless sandals that you’ll own for years to come, scroll below to shop Kanfer’s must-have picks along with our Nordstrom editor favorites. These are guaranteed to make your wardrobe seriously more stylish this summer.

"For Monday morning screen meetings, this pretty blouse is the perfect balance between romanticism and fresh color."

"This chic sandal that takes you from the park to a (socially distant) summer get-together in a breeze. It’s easy to slide on and slip off and the square toe provides a fresh update for the classic style."

"For a touch of summer novelty, add straw in an unexpected shape. A crossbody handbag makes it hands-free while the ribbon detail adds a touch of femininity. See above and below."

"If you feel like you’re missing dressing up for summer, this caftan silhouette brings a beautiful and colorful touch of elegance. It’s perfect to wear as a luxurious yet comfortable summer lounge look."

"For your next work or cocktail Zoom call, mix two of the biggest trends—chains and pearls—in a statement necklace. This perfect length also allows you to layer-in a second statement piece."

"Oversize sunglasses are the must-have summer move from skinny and slim shades."

"We love this graphic print in a one-shoulder silhouette. It’s a great way to stand out on virtual Happy Hour dates."

"Since joggers are too warm for summer weather, consider transitioning to an easy pant shape that has a comfortable elastic waist yet still looks crisp and minimal."

"Mix and match earring shapes and stones for fun layers and an ear party that lasts all summer."

Shop More Editor-Favorites From Nordstrom

Turn heads in this sunny ribbed swimsuit with a scoop back and flattering square neck.

The perfect high-waisted cutoffs in the ideal vintage wash.

You can never go wrong with a straw bag in summer. Opt for one with polished leather trim.

This free-spirited frock is so easy to dress up or down this summer.

Pair this soft and stretchy bodysuit with the shorts below.

Long, relaxed tailored shorts are trending for summer and fall.

A favorite among the fashion set.

Wear over a tank top and shorts, or as a cover-up with your bikini. 

Snap up this timeless ribbed dress while it's still on sale.

All the cool girls are wearing Birks this summer. This waterproof pair is ideal for beach and pool days.

One of WWW's best-sellers, you can never go wrong with one of Madewell's classic crewneck tees.

Milkmaid-style dresses are having a major moment this season.

This tropical top is putting us in the summertime spirit.