SUMMER CLOTHING SALES are steaming ahead, although the merchandise still available is thinning out. That’s good reason to dig into Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, continuing until August 6 in local branches and online. What sets Nordstrom’s apart is that the clothes, shoes and accessories are new arrivals, which means you can get a headstart on fall or at least grab a few transitional items so come an unseasonably cold September day, you’re ahead of the game with some fresh looks. We pored over the offerings and came up with eight pieces, including a few that are not actually featured as part of the anniversary sale but are good buys for the end of summer. Our picks: Aquatalia leather booties, a Lafayette 148 New York suede coat, a Madewell tote, Marc Jacobs sunglasses, a plaid linen shirt, a white knit blazer, white linen flare pants and a Clarisonic cleanser. All can be found on the Nordstrom website.
Sunglasses are a necessity of summer but I wear mine all year round to protect my eyes from midday rays. Enhance the mystique factor with these bold-shaped shades from Marc Jacobs. The polarized lenses get a thumbs up for reducing glare and increasing color clarity. $113.90 during sale, after sale $170.
A breezy maroon and navy linen-blend shirt cut in a drapey silhouette works with white jeans in summer and for the still-warm days of early fall. $99 now, $148 Aug. 7.
Score these Theory linen pants pants now and wear them for summers to come. Their ankle-skimming cut with wide, flared legs are ideal for those days you want to look relaxed but still polished. They’re not part of the anniversary sale, but at 60 percent off the original $275 price (now $109.98), we rate them a very good buy.
Madewell’s classy-looking leather tote with an extra-large interior can handle your essentials and a lot more. It’s $129 now and $198 on Aug. 7. Scoop it up.
What I love about Aquatalia is the brand combines good style with utility and sane pricing. This soft suede ankle bootie with tapered toe and sculptural heel fares well in comparison to my $450-plus Rag & Bone ankle boots. But what gives these the edge is their weatherproofing treatment. Snag them for $259.90 now, $395 if you wait.
Celeb DC dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster is a big fan of Clarisonic for face cleansing. The Clarisonic Mia is designed with a timer to give you a 60-second scrub. It’s waterproof so you can use it in the shower and it’s the perfect size for packing. $86 until the sale ends.
Lafayette 148 New York’s relaxed anorak design with a toggled-drawstring waist is timeless in soft-as-butta lambskin suede in a rich sage. Pricey but worth it. It’s available up to size 1X. $935.90. After sale, $1,398.
De rigueur for summer. A white jacket. Olivia Moon’s lightweight knit blazer also comes in other solid colors and prints. Another item not part of the anniversary sale, but for $47.70 (that’s a 40 percent reduction from the original price), it’s one of those not-to-be-missed buys.