I Was a VIP Nordstrom Stylist—These 8 Classic Pieces Never Disappoint Clients


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As a former Nordstrom stylist and current blogger with Stylish SandySandy Koszarek has tested out a range of items over the years and has also recommended a slew of products to her clients. And yes, it’s the more timeless pieces that were often front-runners for herself and those she worked with at Nordstrom.

As Koszarek mentioned, "Classic pieces just never disappoint.” This makes perfect sense given that modern classics always feel chic and relevant, regardless of the season.

Below, you’ll uncover the versatile staples Koszarek stands behind, including her number one dress style and basics pick. You’ll also find visual references from Koszarek and shopping recommendations for each if you’re looking to refresh your current wardrobe. 

Black Slip Dress


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"Everyone needs a timeless little black dress in their wardrobe they can reach for at any time. That’s why I suggest my clients have an easy-to-style slip dress that never fails to impress. The Vince satin midi is one of my favorites. It’s a versatile piece you can dress up with a blazer and strappy heels or down with a denim jacket and comfy sandals, making it also a great dress to pack when you travel.” — Koszarek



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"A blazer is a classic piece I always recommend to my clients. It’s the perfect finishing touch that adds style to a wardrobe and completes every outfit. I recommend starting with a classic black blazer and then adding a seasonal color for a fun twist.” — Koszarek

White T-Shirt


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"Everyone needs a good-quality classic white T-shirt. It’s a timeless staple that is easy to wear and never goes out of style! My go-to for years has been the ATM schoolboy crew-neck. It’s a versatile and reliable item you can always count on. Layer it under blazers for a cool sophisticated outfit or wear it with jeans for a casual yet stylish look.” — Koszarek

Straight-Leg Jeans


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"Regardless of which style of denim is trending, classic straight-leg jeans never disappoint. Style a dark pair with a blazer for work or a lighter shade with jeans, a T-shirt, and your favorite sneakers for a reliable casual vibe.” — Koszarek

Button-Down Shirt


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"A button-down shirt is a timeless staple that always gets it right. I recommend styling an oversize shirt over a tank with jeans for a relaxed, cool vibe or tucking a classic button-down into trousers for a sophisticated look you can feel confident wearing just about anywhere.” — Koszarek

Neutral-Colored Sandals


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"When it comes to timeless style, I always suggest adding neutral-color sandals to a spring wardrobe. They elongate the leg and easily go with many outfits, making them a classic wardrobe staple that never disappoints.” — Koszarek



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"Trousers never disappoint! Whether aiming for a chic everyday casual look or wanting to elevate your style for a sophisticated evening outfit, trousers are a versatile go-to item for any occasion with style and grace. Try a wide leg this season.” — Koszarek

Denim Jacket


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"A classic jean jacket is a timeless favorite I like to recommend because it easily completes any outfit. Whether you wear it over a dress, pair it with jeans or trousers, or over athleisure, the jean jacket is a third piece that never lets you down!” — Koszarek

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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.