It's the big one. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (that annual event that people line the block for) starts Friday, July 18 and runs through August 4.

To help you decide whether or not to brave that breed of madness, we have a preview of some of the high-ticket items and a few suggestions for when and where to wear them around town.


Hugo Boss Suit ($599.90 sale, $895 after sale); Shirt, ($82.90 sale, $125 after sale); Tie ($62.90 sale, $95 after sale)
Where to Wear: Our fab First Look wedding party.

Suits certainly aren't required at our curated boutique wedding show, but with all the photogs running around it wouldn't hurt to treat the event like your own personal wedding rehearsal.



Frends Taylor Headphones in Floral and Silver-Black ($132.90 sale, $199.99 after sale)
Where to Wear: The Antiques Rodeo

Plug in to your getting-down-to-business tunes to work through the hundreds (thousands?) of stacks and racks of vintage goods at this hunter-gatherer event.  


Rag & Bone Devon Bootie ($389.90 sale, $525 after sale)
Where to Wear: Bumbershoot

Stomp around at Wu-Tang and sway to Elvis Costello. But mostly (stylishly) protect your tootsies from fellow stompers and add a little height for peering over the crowds. 


Diane von Furstenberg Wrap Dress ($243.90 sale, $365 after sale)
Where to Wear: On a patio

Our food and beverage team have been scouting the city's best patios for outdoor dining and drinking. We suggest this breezy DVF number for your next alfresco outing.



All images via Nordstrom. Preview more looks in the department store's digital catalogue.



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