My 59-Year-Old Mom Asked Me What She Should Buy From Nordstrom, and I Said These


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Unlike me, who hasn't quite figured out how to stop shopping, my mom hardly ever treats herself. Ever since she moved from L.A. to a small beach town in Michigan a few years back, the temptation that comes with living near countless shopping destinations is gone, and she rarely shops online. So when she texted me the other day with plans to go into Chicago for the weekend and asked me for ideas of what to get at Nordstrom (where I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Nordstrom is the mecca for just about everything), I was noticeably shocked. Well, shocked and excited. Because the only thing I love more than treating myself is convincing others to do the same.

Naturally, I dropped everything and started researching. We basically had an informational interview, during which she walked me through the missing pieces in her wardrobe; the jeans, dress, and shoe styles she leans toward most; and the brands she's been loyal to for years. Then, I got to work.

One too many hours later—I tend to get carried away—the shopping list below was born and subsequently given an excited checkmark from my mom. She saved a version to her phone to reference while at Nordys. I turned mine into this story. Below, find a comprehensive list of all the items I put on my 59-year-old mom's Nordstrom shopping list. If I had to guess, I'd wager they'll be on yours, too.

Shopping List

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Coming up: I'm Not an Impulse Shopper, But These Nordy Finds Have Me Quickly Adding to Cart

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Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.