Favorite Bomber Jacket + #NSale Early Access Tip for Non-Cardmembers

Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP

This bomber style jacket is one of my go-to throw on jackets since the olive color matches a lot so I was excited to see that a very similar style is back in chambray, a tan khaki color and black this season. I’m interested in trying the chambray color which has two positive reviews so far. I got this jacket in 2016 when it was a splurge for $88 and now the price is $99 in 2018. The jacket is not worth full-price considering the thin fabric they used but when I factor how much I ended up reaching for it I don’t regret buying it. I’ve machine washed my jacket and air dried it many times so the ease of care is a plus. There’s a similar light pink ruffle collar bomber jacket from LOFT that I want but I missed out on it in my size. I bookmarked the jacket and I keep stalking it from time to time. I recently saw it in person on Becky this past weekend and now I just have to have it.

Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP

OUTFIT DETAILS: Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP (past season favorite, current season version and colors here) | LOFT Butterfly Flounce Shell, size XSP (review here) | Topshop Jamie High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans, size 26W x 28L petite (review and measurements here) | Talbots Sadie Pom-Pom Slides (true to size) | Round Straw Bag (review here)

Below are two other ways I styled this jacket (pictures are old from 2016):

 Halogen Soft Collarless Jacket, size XXSP

OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Ruffle Hem Sweater, size S regular (past season, similar here and here) | LOFT Denim Leggings in Vivid Dark Indigo Wash, size 25/0P (past season, similar here which I reviewed here and here) | LOFT Striped Ankle Tie Espadrilles (past season, similar here) | Banana Republic Ginkgo Leaf Necklace (old) | Ann Taylor Signature Laser Cut Crossbody Tote (past season but I found one on Poshmark)

 5/22/16 OOTD

OUTFIT DETAILS: LOFT Striped Swing Dress, size XSP (past season but I found size S and M on eBay, similar here) | Andre Assous Josie Espadrille Sandals (past season but I found a few sizes on eBay)

Will you be shopping the Nordstrom Anniversay Sale? I created a dedicated page on my blog here since I’m not sure if I can do the sale as much justice compared to other bloggers that clearly live and die by the infamous #nsale. Early access starts tomorrow July 12th (well in less than 3 hours by the time I publish this post), access to the general public begins July 20th and the sale ends on August 5th this year. I typically ignore the infamous #nsale unless I spot something really cute. Personally I haven’t had a lot of luck shopping at Nordstrom which explains why you rarely see me covering Nordstrom finds or their sales unlike other shopping blogs. This year I placed 5 orders and being the return queen that I am, the only item I managed to keep are these Topshop Jamie high waist ankle skinny Jeans (review and measurements here). I am contemplating this dark blue pair from the sale and I’ll try going up from my usual size like I did with the pair I have in white.


1. You don’t need to sign up for a credit card to shop Early Access – If you don’t have a Nordstrom card check out the below tip for how to gain access to shop the #nsale without being a credit card holder. Hopefully this tip still works this year (update: thanks to those who confirmed in the comments that this tip worked for you!). I have a Nordstrom Rewards card to earn rewards points only (not the credit card) and I was able to order online with this workaround. However, you should be able to shop using this workaround without signing up for the credit card or rewards card.

How to shop the #nsale without being a credit card holder

When browsing an Early Access product you’ll see the option to ‘Confirm Card to Add to Bag‘ right below it. Enter the following values and then click on the ‘Confirm & Shop Now‘ button to shop the sale!

Last 4 digits of your Nordstrom Card: 3012
Last Name: NORDPRD
Billing Zip Code: 80111

2. Don’t sweat it – Per Annie‘s helpful tip from 2017, Nordstrom will honor the sale price of an item that has been restocked only if your #nsale order was cancelled. Therefore, I wouldn’t sweat it if you miss out on an item due to a cancelled order as long as you don’t mind online stalking an item. I bookmark the item’s page and check at random times throughout the day for pop-ups in the size/color I want. After all, fall weather is still far out and I wouldn’t want to spend 3 weeks of summer shopping solely based on a fear of missing out. In 2017 the only purchase I made were for the popular Vince Camuto Fileana Split Shaft Bootie (review here) in September well after the #nsale had ended. I had tried to order the booties during the sale only to have my orders cancelled twice so they price matched the sale price when I did finally manage to order them in September. In full disclosure, I ended up returning them since the style didn’t fit my feet comfortably so technically I didn’t keep anything from the 2017 sale.

3. Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack accept each other’s returns – This is yet another helpful and convenient tip I’ve learned from Annie in case you don’t have a Nordstrom store near you. This article (short and sweet) and this article (more in depth) both confirm how and why cross-chain returns are possible. I’ve only tried this once last year. The politically correct response from Nordstrom Rack employee I asked was that they accept Nordstrom returns as a courtesy to their customers.

4. Be wary of restock alerts – Items will get returned and be back in stock online in random sizes and colors throughout the sale (and well after the sale has ended). I believe this is due to many people ordering multiple sizes and colors. However, items that frequently get restocked in almost all sizes and colors may also be due to poor fit, poor quality or both. Most of us can’t wait to return something we don’t love fast enough but the majority will not bother to leave a helpful review.


What I ordered from the #nsale
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Here is what I ordered to try on at home:

Update 8/5: I reviewed a few more items here.

Update 7/28: I reviewed a few more items here.

Update 7/20: My review with pictures and a video clip of my try-ons is available here. If you’re on Instagram you can always refer to my NSale highlights as items arrive and before I’m able to update my blog.

Hinge Puff Sleeve Lace Top (sale price: $38.90) – My friend Su shared this pretty top with me as seen on Liz Adams. I ordered size XXS to try in ivory. Update 7/16: I received this top in the mail today and the lace is pretty but you will need to layer it with your own camisole. Size XXS has a generous fit and the measurements are as follows: 36″ bust, 12.5″ sleeve length, 48″ circumference along the bottom hem and 24″ total length. Sadly I will have to return this top due to the oversized fit.

Gibson Convertible Cozy Fleece Wrap Cardigan (sale price: $45.90) – I ordered the grey white (stripes) color in size XXSP to try. Update 7/17: Due to the more open length and relaxed fit I would recommend sizing down one size in this cardigan for a closer fit. Size XXSP fits more like size XSP. The measurements of size XXSP are: 22″ sleeve length, 25″ total length.

BP. Raw Edge Scoop Neck Tee (sale price: $18.90) – I ordered size XXS in the beige bark and stripe colors. Update 7/17: The striped tee and the beige bark color fit differently even though I ordered them in the same size. The beige bark color is more snug especially through the body (34″ bust measured pit to pit, 24.25″ front length, 26.25″ back length) and it’s also more thin/sheer than I prefer. The striped version has a more relaxed fit (35″ bust measured pit to pit, 25.25″ front length, 27.25″ back length). Also, the sleeve length of the solid beige bark color is 24.5″ while the ivory Liz striped tee is 22.5″.

Halogen Scallop Edge Sweater (sale price: $39.90) – I love anything with scallops and I ordered the the grey color in XSP. I remember trying it on in red last year but I recall that my fitting room pictures did not save last year due to issues with my old iPhone. Update 7/17: The sweater is very soft and comfortable and it fits true to size. Sadly I didn’t love the how the sweater fit me and I will be returning it. There’s something about how it drapes against my body which suggests that I may need to size down for a closer fit but then I think it would be too snug at the waist. The measurements of size XSP are: 31″ bust (measured pit to pit), 13″ shoulders, 17″ sleeve length and 22.5″ total length.

Caslon Peplum Top (sale price: $32.90) – I ordered size XXSP in ivory cloud to try since the Caslon brand has very generous sizing. Update 7/17: The fabric is an ivory color and the material is soft and slightly see through. Size XXSP has a very generous fit but the material falls nicely if you don’t mind loose babydoll tops. Size XXSP fits more like a regular size medium and the measurements of size XXSP are: 40″ bust, 24-25″ asymmetrical length, 44″ around the start of the peplum hem flounce.

J.Crew Ruffle Sleeve Tee (sale price: $32.90) – I ordered the blue pink stripes in size XXS. Update 7/17: This tee has a cropped fit and runs small. Size XXS regular fits more like a LOFT size XXSP. Size XXS measured: 34″ bust (measured pit to pit), 14″ shoulders, 36″ along the bottom hem and 22″ total length.

Barefoot Dreams® CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan (sale price: $76.90) – I have yet to try everyone’s favorite cardigan so I ordered the stone color in size XS/S to try. This cardigan looks very oversized on similar size petite bloggers that I follow. Update 7/17: This cardigan feels like a soft fleece blanket. To me the stone colors’ fabric looks like the matted fur of a child’s favorite stuffed animal that needs a good wash. The sleeves of size XXS measures 25″ long and when I measured from the longest part in the back it is 31″ total length. The fabric is made of 75% nylon and 25% rayon. I loved the feel of the cardigan but the sleeves were too snug on me and the overall length doesn’t quite work for me since I’m petite. It’s crazy that it costs almost $80 even on sale.

Zella Live In High Waist Leggings (sale price: $35.90) – I have also yet to try everyone’s favorite leggings. I’m afraid the inseam may be too long on me since it doesn’t come in petites but I ordered size XXS to try anyway. I probably should have ordered this cropped pair to try. Update 7/17: The waist of size XXS fits me well but the legs fit very slim which works for my thin legs. Size XXS has a 29″ inseam. I cuffed the extra length and the inseam is about 4.25″ longer than I prefer (I prefer ankle length petite jeans between 25-26″ and I’m 5′ 2.5″). The leggings are soft and not stiff and they appear to be well made. I decided to order the cropped version to try in size XS since size XXS is very snug.

Update 7/13: Yesterday’s ordered shipped out and I should get them early next week and I caved ordered these neutrals:

#nsale neutrals I ordered
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BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover  (sale price: $25.90) – I ordered size XXS in grey bark. Update 7/23: See it on me here.

Louise et Cie Bayne Loafer (sale price: $89.90) – I ordered the Light Mink Patent in my usual size. The black color is very chic. Update 7/23: See it on me here.

1.State Sisteen Half d’Orsay Pump (sale price: $59.90) – I ordered the neutral Cipria leather color in my usual size 7. Update 7/26: See it on me here.

Topshop Lily Knit Back Midi Coat ($82.90) – Kendall reviewed this chic menswear inspired camel coat in her Instagram stories. Update 7/16: I caved and ordered this coat in size 2 (supposedly fits like size 0). I’ve been wanting a camel coat and I’m hopeful that it will fit me well since the J.Crew Factory wool topcoat did not work out for me (review here). The coat is currently backordered with an estimated ship date of 7/20 so it will be some time before I receive it. Update 8/5: Nordstrom cancelled my order for this coat much to my disappopintment.

Here are some other items I am eyeing. I feel like I need to check myself since I feel like I already ordered a lot.

Topshop Jamie Petite Step Hem Skinny Jeans in dark blue (sale price: $49.90) – I have the Jamie style in white as mentioned at the top of this post. Nasreen reviewed these jeans in her Instagram stories. Update 7/18: The size I wanted popped back in stock today so I ordered size 26W x 28L petite to try. Update 7/31: I should receive them by 8/3 but I am out of town until 8/5.

Paige Hoxton High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans (sale price: $109.90) – These ankle jeans look petite friendly and I love the medium wash. I have a hard time justifying paying over $100 for jeans when LOFT and Ann Taylor always have good sales for equally awesome jeans.

Caslon Asymmetrical Drape Collar Terry Jacket (sale price: $52.90) – I wanted this jacket in the olive color in size XXSP but my size and color is sold out for now. This jacket is highly recommended by Annie both last year and this year.

Badgley Mischka Double Face Wool Blend Wrap Front Coat (sale price: $229.90) – I love the color and it comes in regular and petite sizes but the sale price is still pricey for a coat I won’t need for months. Update 7/13: This coat is currently sold out online.

Madewell Ryder Cardigan (sale price: $64.90) – This cardigan looks so chic.

Calson Dolman Sleeve Sweater (sale price: $39.90) – I loved this sweater on Lilly.

Topshop Stripe Hoodie (sale price: $32.90) – This hoodie and the matching joggers look so good on Rachel.

RevitaLash Advanced duo (sale price: $98) –  The positive reviews make me want to try out this lash serum. I have never tried any lash serums before but I also heard good things about Latisse.


Lucky Brand Yabba Wedge Bootie (sale price: $86.90) – I am eyeing the sesame suede color and I saw these booties in Courtney‘s Instagram stories. Update 8/1: My size in sesame suede popped back this early morning so I ordered them to try.


Nordstrom Chevron 20-Inch Spinner Carry-On (sale price: $103.90) – Get the 20″ and 29″ set for $223.90. I’m shopping for a spinner and this one looks both cute and functional. I have yet to own a spinner and for our short weekend trips I still default to using the the Ricardo luggage my parents gifted me during in college (I graduated in 2005).


Caslon Draped Utility Jacket (sale price: $45.90) – This popular jacket is back and you can catch my review here. The draped collar can be very overwhelming if you have a smaller chest. I ended up returning the size I reviewed in 2016 since I never reached for the jacket due to the larger lapels.

Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Expandable Tote (sale price: $129.90) – I review this expandable tote here compared to the other sizes I own. I like the olive (new khaki) and the pinky color which already sold out for now as I update this post.

Diptyque candle set (sale price: $55) – My favorite candle set is back.You can see the sizing compared to the full-size 6.2oz candle here.

You can check out my other past season #nsale reviews below. I’d love to know if you have any recommendations or if there’s anything you’d like me to review. Perhaps you’re avoiding the sale because summer is too short and #yolo and all that.

2016 – Part 1

2016 – Part 2

As an aside, I noticed Daniel Levy as one of the faces gracing the pre-sale banners and my husband and I  just finished binge watching all 3 seasons of Schitt’s Creek tonight.

P.S. I just received the latest LOFT mailer and the next everything sale is July 18-22, 2018. It will be 40% off for non-cardmembers and 50% off for cardmembers.

Happy shopping!



  1. Gritt
    July 12, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Love your honest post. Especially since a lot of other bloggers make you feel like you have to have the Nordstrom credit card in order to roll with the cool kids and shop early. But I agree, I’m not seeing anything majorly exciting and haven’t in the past either. LOFT has way cuter styles all the times for my personal taste. Thanks for all the amazing tips on LOFT sales and even the NS early access (if one might find something and not just buy under pressure).

    • Jess T
      July 12, 2018 / 2:08 pm

      Thanks Gritt! My pleasure! I don't need another credit card because that puts you at risk of possibly forgetting to pay yet another bill. I ordered some basics this morning out of sheer curiosity. As much as I try to branch out, I find LOFT (and Ann Taylor) cut and styles suit my body best. They're getting a lot better at releasing cute new arrivals to keep us coming back too!

  2. Anonymous
    July 12, 2018 / 6:29 pm

    Thanks for the workaround, it worked for me–I love the Caslon blazers from Nordstroms. By the way, I do most of my shopping at Loft and love your reviews.

    • Jess T
      July 12, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Thanks for confirming that the workaround worked for you too! I need to try the Caslon blazers some time. I appreciate your shared love for LOFT and my reviews! I'll try to post a new one soon but I was hoping they'd have a better sale sooner before I did.

  3. petite cate
    July 12, 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for the workaround! It worked for me as well! 🙂

    • Jess T
      July 12, 2018 / 7:34 pm

      You're welcome! Thank you for confirming!

  4. Anonymous
    July 13, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Thank you as well for the workaround! It just worked for me, too. I’ve enjoyed following you on Instagram for the past year. I’m always impressed with your reviews and outfit selection. Please keep posting! I wish you continued success. 🙂

    • Jess T
      July 13, 2018 / 7:14 pm

      You're welcome! Thank you so much for your continued support here and on Instagram!

  5. Unknown
    July 13, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    Did not work for me. I don't even get the option of the screen shot that you provided. Only to log into my account with email and password. They may have caught on and changed it up. 🙁

    • Jess T
      July 13, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Hi! I updated my instructions above after your comment. When browsing an Early Access product you'll see the option to 'Confirm Card to Add to Bag' right below it. Enter the avalues I shared at the top of this post and then click on the 'Confirm & Shop Now' button to shop the sale!

  6. Txgirl83
    July 13, 2018 / 10:38 pm

    Can I ask how you found the workaround? Is someone getting credit or points for our purchases? I mean, I’m probably going to use it, but im just wondering how you figured this out. It’s genius!

    • Jess T
      July 13, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      It was an insider tip I read online about 2 years ago and supposedly the source of this helpful tip was an employee.

  7. Kristin
    July 13, 2018 / 10:56 pm

    Unless I'm totally blind I think they may have caught on and changed this. I did exactly as you said – went to an item and clicked "Confirm Card to Add To Bag" and it takes me to a page to login to my account. Not giving me the options I see in your screenshot… :-

    • Jess T
      July 13, 2018 / 11:27 pm

      Hi Kristin, I created a new Nordstrom account with one of my other emails to test it and it still works. I did notice that it made me login again even though I swear I was already logged in and then I saw a very similar form as the one in my above screenshot.

    • Kristin
      July 13, 2018 / 11:40 pm

      Ohh… well I apologize for not testing it fully! I thought I was doomed when it forced me to login (cuz then it'd know I don't have a N-card tied to that account). But I just logged in with my regular info and I do see the fields! I'll try to order now. THANK YOU!!!

    • Jess T
      July 13, 2018 / 11:59 pm

      No worries and you're welcome! Persistence always pays off!

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