How to Be the Best Dressed for The Holidays – 25 Must-Have’s from Nordstrom’s Designer Sale

(In collaboration with Nordstrom)

The holidays are a time of fun, festivities and, most importantly, parties and get-togethers with our friends and families. This means we’re going to have plenty of opportunities to spruce up and create festive looks packed with style.

How to be the best dressed for the holidays? It’s not as hard as you might think.

This week, we’ve broken it down with a little help from one of our favorite stores – Nordstrom.

Taking our 5 key fashion rules for dressing your best this holiday season, your winter wardrobe will guarantee you a chic outfit no matter what the occasion. So, take a look at our top fashion picks from the latest incredible Nordstrom Designer Sale that fit flawlessly into our 5 winter style rules.

From Alexander Wang and Stella McCartney to Balenciaga and Fendi, the Nordstrom Designer Sale is NOT to be missed this season. All our picks are from the latest sale edit and come packed with up to 65% off the RRP.

Complete Every Look with The Perfect Winter Coat

Embrace the chill this festive season with winter coats that will have you wishing for snow. Whether you’re running out of the house for a last-minute coffee catch up with the bestie or you’re heading to your first seasonal evening out in your favorite party gear, your coat is the final thing to add to your look and the first thing people are going to see. The Nordstrom Designer Sale is packed with classic and on-trend options to finish every look with a touch of polished style.

Forget throwing on whatever you have hung next to the front door because ‘it’s only a coat’, start thinking about your coat as an extension of your outfit. And if you choose wisely, it might just become your favorite part.

A classic tailored wool coat can never lead you astray. But opt for a pop of bright red from Kenzo and you’ve found the dream holiday coat to complete any look.

Keep it classic in a neutral tan color palette and you can style this Proenza Schouler cropped coat with anything.

When we’re talking classic styles that will always look good, can we really exclude a traditional trench? We think not. Take it to the next level with this style that adds a little extra detail to the look with this chic print.

If you take the cold seriously, this Loewe wrap coat could be the answer to all your prayers. In a stylish yet neutral navy hue with a cinched back detail, this casual coat can easily be dressed up with a pair of heeled boots.

Fans of color, unite! This Ulla Johnson wrap coat balances warmth with style to perfection making adding color and print to every single one of your looks so easy.

Cashmere, Cashmere, Cashmere

Can you ever go wrong with cashmere? The answer is no. Gorgeous cashmere will last you a lifetime when looked after well and adds an instant expensive feel to any look, no matter how simple.

By adding a couple of key pieces of cashmere to your winter wardrobe, you have the ultimate in high-end basics and the Designer Sale at Nordstrom is full of the best labels in the biz. From a chic and simple rollneck sweater to a cashmere two-piece that you’ll never want to take off, if you’re planning to invest in something special this season, make it cashmere.

Simple and oversized, this Balenciaga cashmere sweater makes dressing for the festive weather a breeze. Style with anything from cashmere sweatpants to leather skinny trousers and heels.

Every wardrobe needs a classic cashmere rollneck and this winter, it won’t let you down. Style this Lafayette sweater in on-trend forest green with a textured midi skirt and long boots for instant elevation.

Even your casualwear gets a cashmere update with this butter-soft cashmere cardigan by Anthony Thomas Melillo. Perfect to style up casual sweats if you’re traveling this festive period.

Take it to the next level with a cashmere sweater dress that rules them all. We’re obsessed with this cut from Lafayette. All you need is a pair of slouchy winter boots and your chunkiest coat to throw over the top.

Blending cashmere with wool, style up this asymmetric sweater dress for your next holiday party by adding heeled boots and some seriously sparkly statement jewels.

Versatile Boots for EVERY Look

Boots are a wardrobe staple for winter. But this season, they’ve taken the top spot when it comes to trends too. Long boots are back and they’re looking chicer and sassier than ever before. Plus, they go with absolutely EVERYTHING. So, they just can’t be missed.

Investing in a beautifully made pair of designer boots means not only will they last you for years and allow you to style on-trend looks season after season, but they’ll also be comfortable enough for you to wear all day long and dance the night away in. That’s where the Nordstrom Designer Sale comes in to help. The trend looks for knee boots this season mean styling is easy. Wear them with your go-to black skinny jeans or your most extra sequin mini dress – they just always work.

Exuding every trend that this season is all about, these Salvatore Ferragamo boots are EVERYTHING. If you tend to wear solid colors on the regular, these boots are so for you.

If you like to mix and match some print into your wardrobe, these brown leather versions of the Ferragamo boot are just as chic and perhaps more versatile to style.

Simple. Classic. Perfect. Alexander Wang nails it with these black knee-highs. Style them when with any midi skirt or dress and you’ll see in an instant upgrade.

Now we’re talking. Holiday best-dressed style points in the direction of these Alexandre Birman mixed animal print knee-highs. Style realness 101. Layer under heavy-textured and slouchy knitwear for a super high-end feel.

We’re finishing with Fendi. Because did you know you can now get Fendi in the Nordstrom Designer Sale? Well, you can. And they are good.

Add Leather and You Can’t Go Wrong

Leather is HUGE this season. Whether you like the real deal or prefer a faux leather alternative, adding a key leather piece to your wardrobe promises to take a simple look to the next level in an instant.

When it comes to finding leather pieces for your best-dressed looks this season, think a little outside the box. A leather biker jacket and leather jeans will always be staple pieces for any stylish closet. However, a luxurious leather shirt dress or midi skirt can up the ante in seconds. Also remember, when shopping for leather fashion pieces, black is not your only option. From creamy vanilla or tan to rich and wintery forest greens, explore color and give your holiday looks an instant edge.

There’s nothing ordinary about this ultra-on-trend leather midi skirt from Lafayette 148. The perfect pairing to knee-high boots and a slouchy knit, dress it up or wear it casually – it always looks amazing.

Embrace leather and on-trend snake with this statement Alexander Wang. Best styled with coordinating neutral tones and a whole lot of sass.

Switch up a traditional leather jacket for this Lafayette trench. Easy to layer up with knitwear and a chunky scarf, exude ultimate Matrix vibes.

Feeling a little extra? Now is the season to really embrace it. Opt for these patent wet-look Tibi pants for serious edge. Best worn with boots and chunky grey knitwear.

Take a classic blazer and make it perfect for this season. It’s the Helmut Lang Mylar blazer and it’s now in the Nordstrom Designer Sale – but not for long.

Always Finish with A Statement Bag

No matter how casual you decide to go when you’re heading out this season, the perfect touch of sparkle, color or texture with an evening clutch or mini bag can add an instant party vibe to your look. Add a luxe, statement bag to your collection from the latest Nordstrom Designer Sale and you’ll always be ready to head out.

Whether you’ve opted for a classic LBD, plunging evening gown or cool black jeans and a body with a leather jacket, complete your holiday looks with the right bag for ultimate style points.

Keep it classic with black but opt for on-trend gold hardware with this chic Mulberry clutch.

Opt for all the color with a Balenciaga must-have. Wear as a mini top handle tote or a crossbody for ultimate versatility with the optional strap.

This season is all about fringing so make a statement with Wang and this seriously cool leather fringe pouch bag. The perfect partner for a dressed-up ‘jeans and a nice top’ look? We think so.

Want something extra? Opt for metallic tones for the holiday season and you just can’t go wrong. This Paco Rabanne shoulder bag breaks all the rules by combining super-simple styling with a high-end luxe metallic silver finish but it just works.

Add a touch of this season’s biggest print – snake – to your collection with this statement piece from Fendi. With fall and winter hues packed into the design, you can style this casually and formally, making it a must-have for any occasion.

Dressing your best for the holidays is all about having fun. This is the time of year where you can get creative with color and texture, combining anything from sequins to fluffy knitwear. It’s also the best time of year to allow yourself a treat or two. And when the treat comes with a sale price like no other, you really can’t go wrong.

Dive into the Nordstrom Designer Sale this winter and give your wardrobe a festive refresh that sets you up to be the best dressed this holiday season no matter what you have on the calendar. Plus - don't forget to check out Nordstrom's online style experts who are on hand 24/7 to offer you style advice for any event!