SPLURGE vs. SAVE- Looks for Less of the Most Popular, Sold Out NSALE Pieces!

The two worst words to say to any woman: SOLD OUT. 😉 One of the biggest bummers of this year’s NSALE (and honestly, a bit bummer of EVERY NSALE when it inevitably happens year to year) is how quickly bestsellers sell out completely. While Nordstrom often restocks certain top picks + pieces, this year was obviously impacted by what’s going on in the world, and I don’t think I saw a SINGLE full restock of favorites – the only “restock” has been when returns are processed and put back up for sale, which doesn’t count as a “restock” in my opinion. The good news: I’ve got your back, girlfriend. 😉 I found quite a few look-for-less options that are just as good if not better than their NSALE counterparts, so I’m STOKED to be sharing the look for less with you today!

SPLURGE vs. SAVE - NSALE edition! Featuring better, cheaper versions of the most popular sold-out pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - on Coming Up Roses


Steve Madden Loafers Look for Less

SPLURGE: Probably THE most popular shoe of this year’s NSALE were these Steve Madden loafers (only 2 colors still available!). They’re $49 in the sale and will be jumping up to $89 on August 30th.

SAVE: This might be the closest look-for-less of all time…these Amazon loafers look IDENTICAL, don’t they?!?! I mean, color me shocked it’s not literally the same shoe. Save $10 here AND they’re fully stocked.

Adidas Sneakers Look for Less

SPLURGE: The other most-popular shoe of the sale: These sold out Adidas Sneakers. They were a hit last year, too, and the spotted pair in this year’s sale sold like hot cakes. (I’m a BIT salty about it, since they were top of my own wishlist and I didn’t get to grab a pair – shucks!). They were on sale for just under $50.

SAVE: WHAT A WIN. Get the look-for-less for only $17!!!!! Found these spotted Sneakers online and JUMPED at them while they’re fully stocked; they’ve got memory foam soles and are SO comfortable for walking AND working out. I’m so glad I snagged ’em and 100% recommend if you, too, had your heart set on the Adidas and couldn’t grab a pair!

Madewell Mules Splurge vs Save

SPLURGE: These spotted Madewell mules have been really popular, too (shoes in general have been a HIT in this year’s NSALE – can ya tell? 😉 ). On sale for $49 and back up to $88 in a few days.

SAVE: SPOTTED: The look-for-less at Target, for $24 LESS. #winning.

Leopard Flats Look for Less

SPLURGE: The sold-out Steve Madden Leopard Flat is $39 in the NSALE and $81 after.

SAVE: SAVE YO’ MONEY, friends – these two suuuuuper similar options are $19 and $14 respectively. Definitely a classic transitional shoe style right now, and so very versatile!

Black Steve Madden Loafers Look for Less

SPLURGE: Again with the Steve Madden Loafers – so perfect, and so very sold out. HA.

SAVE: These loafers aren’t EXACT in that the toe is more rounded and the metal detail is a silver strip instead of gold chain, but they’re comparable in HOW you’d wear them so I wanted to include regardless. Plus, the price point is spot on and less than half the price – only $22 instead of $49!!!!

SPLURGE: The classic Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk shade is loveloveloved by so many, and for good reason. It is in a great deal in this NSALE Lip Kit, so if the shade and/or brand is on your wishlist, it’s a good time to treat yo’self.

SAVE: If you just want the shade and longwear and aren’t brand loyal to CT, my favorite $7 drugstore option is where it’s at. I’ve blogged this formula SO MANY TIMES before and have sang its praises since I first tried it a few years ago, and it’s just that good. It’s not drying, so easy to apply, longlasting color, and comes in the best shades. I own, like, 7.

Sam Edelman Coat Look for Less

SPLURGE: ‘Tis the season for teddy coats, and this Sam Edelman Teddy Coat in the NSALE is just under $100.

SAVE: The look-for-less, on Amazon for just under $60 instead.

Leopard Cardigan Splurge vs Save

SPLURGE: This Barefoot Dreams Leopard Print Cardigan sold out INSTANTLY, and for good reason. I got lucky and snagged the last one in my store (bless up).

SAVE: While there is NOTHING quite like the classic Barefoot Dreams material and I 100% swear by them (they’re truly worth it), this leopard cardigan on Amazon can get you the look for less if you weren’t able to grab a BD on sale!

SPLURGE: PAIGE denim is always reaaaaally raved about, and it only typically goes on super sale during the NSALE. This pair is on sale for $125 (which is still STEEP for denim, in my opinion, since I have so many favorites from American Eagle and Abercrombie that I got for not even $50!).

SAVE: This is pretty cool – it’s the SAME PAIR OF JEANS (just a different wash) for $67 at a different retailer, instead!!!

Steve Madden Feather Loafer Look for Less

SPLURGE: Back at it again with the sold out Steve Madden Feather Loafer – classic, and on sale for $39 before jumping up to $71 on 8/30.

SAVE: A GOOD LOOK-FOR-LESS This is SUCH , on sale for only – wait for it – $12!!!! Twelve freaking dollars. Dude. Duh.

SPLURGE: The ever-popular, also sold out BlankNYC suede mini skirt, which is typically $49 in the NSALE and then $98 after that.

SAVE: A near EXACT BlankNYC suede mini skirt at the Rack – I bought it and it’s PERFECT. Stay true to size and snag one before they sell out – cheaper AND stocked!!!

SPLURGE: These cult-classic Moonlight PJs are already sold out…

SAVE: …So save a few bucks and grab these instead!

SPLURGE: This $39 leopard sweater is super fuzzy + cozy for the season…

SAVE: …but I think I like this $29 leopard sweater more!

SPLURGE: A hidden gem of the NSALE: this now sold-out off the shoulder sweater from Leith that’s normally $59, on sale for $38.

SAVE: A near-exact style for $16 instead!!!

SPLURGE: While it’s not necessarily a “splurge,” this sleeveless blouse will sure feel like it when it jumps up to nearly $50 for a tank top in a few days.

SAVE: Save a few bucks on this sleeveless bodysuit instead – only $19!


SPLURGE: One of the most popular booties of the NSALE: these Marc Fishers, on sale for $99 and going up to $189 soon!

SAVE: WHAT A STEAL: another pair of snakeskin Marc Fishers on super sale for only $34!!!!!!! Will sell out fast, so grab ’em!

Joggers for less

SPLURGE: The sold-out Zella Live-Joggers that I raved about (+ that the CURowd loveloved, too – they were a bestseller from the sale!) were $38 in the sale.

SAVE: Zella’s sister brand has this $29 pair on sale here!

Which SAVE vs. SPLURGE from the NSALE is your favorite?

Do you have any of the saves or splurges yourself? If you enjoyed this be sure to check out this Ugg Slippers Look for Less post!