I Was a VIP Nordstrom Stylist—Here's What I Tell Everyone to Buy on Black Friday


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Many of Nordstrom's pre–Black Friday deals have already landed. We filled you in on the initial discounted buys worth considering, and next up, we thought we'd get some insider intel on what a former employee at Nordstrom thinks you should consider this holiday season. 

Sandy Koszarek was a VIP stylist at Nordstrom for years and is the mastermind behind Stylish Sandy. Today, she is offering guidance on the general items she tells everyone to consider during the Black Friday sale season because they're great gift ideas and/or could elevate a wardrobe.

Keep scrolling to check out what's worth buying ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Month and peruse on-sale pieces from Nordstrom as shopping inspiration.



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"Sweaters are perfect gifts. Don't forget to pick something up for yourself too. Whether it's classic cashmere, stripes, or eye-catching patterns, you'll find it all during the Black Friday sale." — Koszarek



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"It's officially boot season, and Black Friday is the perfect time to add a new style to your wardrobe or to give as a gift. I have my eye on tall boots, ankle boots with kitten heels, and any boot in a beautiful shade of brown." — Koszarek



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"Get fantastic deals on jeans, whether for yourself or as gifts. Wide-leg, straight, and flare jeans are trending, and Black Friday is the perfect time to get them." — Koszarek



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"Black Friday is the ideal time to get a wool overcoat for your wardrobe. It's the perfect finishing touch for achieving that effortlessly chic and polished look." — Koszarek



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"Sneakers continue to be a popular shoe choice, and this Black Friday is the perfect time to grab the latest styles. Whether it's classic white sneakers, athletic options, or low-profile styles, there's a sneaker for everyone on your holiday list." — Koszarek



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"Accessories like jewelry, scarves, and belts are fabulous gifts to give and receive. I'm looking for scarves I can drape over my cashmere sweaters or coats to complete my looks." — Koszarek



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"Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to look for workwear essentials like trousers and jackets. You'll come across many amazing pieces that will complete your work wardrobe." — Koszarek

Beauty and Self-Care


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"Stock up on beauty and self-care items. Nordstrom always offers holiday beauty gift sets, so don't forget to treat yourself to one too." — Koszarek

Bobby Schuessler
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 retialers 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.