Guest Post: These Three Words “Extra 40% Off”

[By Camala Greene]

There is something quite delightful in hearing the words “extra 40% off” when you least expect it. On a trip to Nordstrom Rack earlier this year, I was at the cashier checking out, when she whispered almost a bit conspiratorially that there was an extra 40% off on all sale dresses.  Although my transaction was complete, those words were enough for me to do a u-turn and head back to the floor.

I had briefly browsed the dress section before, but since my main goal on that particular shopping trip was to find shoes, I simply skimmed.  Three simple words—extra 40% off—however, spurred me to dive deeper into the dresses and I managed to find two designer dresses for about $27.00 each!

Today’s post features one of these dress finds.  A dress with a striking blue color, exquisite pleating at the collar and waistline, and my favorite detail, pockets!  Pockets are an appealing and useful detail, right?  The dress is topped by a rose cape, a final sale online purchase from J.Crew.  I was hesitant about purchasing the cape because they seemingly work best on smaller frames since they potentially add bulk.  After playing around with a few styling options for the cape, I’ve realized that may not always be the case.  Today’s look is completed by a bright pair of red flats by Born.

Dress—Anne Klein via Nordstrom Rack
Shoes—Born via Nordstrom Rack

Camala Greene is a a writer and program manager at an international non-profit in New York City. In addition to working on higher education as it relates to the development of civil society, she writes short stories that are primarily based in the Caribbean, or her adopted city of New York.


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  1. August 29, 2011 / 6:15 pm

    I love the dress and Nordstrom Rack. Last summer I was able to purchase many of their summer items on sale for 40% -75% off the lowest price. However, I lost weight and they don't fit. Also, I am in love with the cape from J crew. I wonder what other colors were available. In all, nice look with the red shoes.

  2. August 30, 2011 / 1:08 am

    @Losing and Eating Healthy, I am in the same boat too with losing weight. What I try to do when shopping is looking at clothes that can be easily adjusted. Have you tried altering the dresses?
    Unfortunately, the cape only came in rose (pictured) and an off-white shade.

  3. August 30, 2011 / 4:43 pm

    @Losing and Eating Healthy: I am hoping to stock up on some dresses in the current clear the racks sales at the Rack (Aug 30-Sep 5).

    @Peacheslcg: Thanks again for your post, Camala! I hope to see more. You know that I love the way you play with color!