How To Shop Nordstrom Last Chance Like A Stylist

When I heard that Nordstrom’s Last Chance store opened in a suburb near me, I could not be more excited!

What is Last Chance? Only heaven….

But really, it’s where all things unsold or slightly damaged to to resell for HUGE discounts – I’m talking anywhere from 50- 90%. So it was only fitting that I took my mother shopping there for her birthday this past weekend and got her a few designer items that she’s been wanting at a very discounted rate. We left with 4 FULL bags of clothes and shoes!

Nordstrom Last Chance is a wonderful store to shop at but you definitely need a shopping strategy. In today’s post I’m going to be sharing my shopping tips and where you can find similar items I’ve purchased there.

Nordstrom's Last Chance store is an amazing place to get deep discounts on designer apparel and accessories! I save over $700 on designer shoes and purses on my latest haul. Click through to the post to see how I scored amazing discounts and what my best shopping tips are if you ever plan on going to Nordstrom Last Chance. Pin now and save for later & don't forget to share with all your girlfriends!


Nordstrom Last Chance Shopping Tips & Tricks

Get There Early

We had accidentally gotten there 2 hours before opening time…oops.

But there was already a very small line forming at the doors. Smart shoppers know to get there at the beginning of the day to snag up all the best items first.

Did we wait for two hours? Nah. We went to a Starbucks instead and came back 10 minutes before opening. The line hadn’t really gotten any bigger and we were ok with not being the first ones in the door. Going on and off time like Sunday morning is a pretty good idea.

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Grab First, Review Later

We did this team huddle before going in.

“Ok mom, grab first, review later”

And it worked! Once doors opened we each grabbed separate carts and went to different sections. There’s no point of inspecting every single item at first. It’s much smarter to just pile things into the cart and look at them later. Chances are, if you take your sweet time looking for damage or price point, you’ll just lose out on the amazing finds waiting for you. There was definitely a Kate Spade purse or two I wished I had taken instead of looking at a purse for 5 minutes deciding if it was going in the cart or not.

At the end of our trip, we found an empty corner of the store to actually review our items. I had no shame in just sitting on the floor trying on shoes, coats, and reviewing purses we had picked up. We created a “Buy” and “Put Back” pile. If we deduced to buy, it was put back into the cart. If we didn’t like the item, we put it aside and then walked back to put them away. So while everyone else was too busy being hesitant and indecisive while looking, we had enough time to really think about our purchases at the end.

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Work In Teams

I am glad I had someone there to help me out. What my mom and I did was take things off the rack that we thought the other might like – that way we covered more ground in less time. We went back to the sections together if there was more things to see or try on, like shoes.

My mom knows my style very well and I know hers – so it was nice to save time by picking things out for each other

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No Price? Put Back Down

Some of the items we found did not have a price tag attached. I think a lot of people purposefully remove the price tags sometimes so that no one can buy the item. It’s a shame but I even saw accessories missing – like only one earring for sale.

I didn’t know this, but unless you can find an exact copy of the item which features a price tag, Last Chance will not allow you to purchase that item. This was especially saddening as I watched a beautiful Daine Von Furstenberg dress being taken out of my hands at the checkout and put away.

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People Will Be Rude

Unfortunately there are a ton of pushers and shovers in this world – and they all seem to gather at Last Chance’s purse section. Be prepared to keep your cart close by and be on your tippy toes as you reach into the sections of piled purses. Other people will come and knock you off balance (if you’re small and petite like me) or will shove your cart to the side and almost run over your foot.

During situations like this, it’s best to carry the most minima amount (a small cross body bag) and wear very comfy sneakers so that you can sprint here and there with your amazing new finds. If you go, just set a good example for everyone else and obey the rules.

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Best From My Nordstrom Last Chance Haul

On my haul I got $1,000 worth of stuff for only $249! What a steal!

Nude Heels

My first favorite find were these Cole Haan nude stiletto heels that I got for only $37.97. Their original price is $270. Cole Haan has the “Eliza” pump for only $190, but if you are looking for a budget alternative these Nine West nude heels are a steal.

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I really wanted a heel that was nude because it really elongates my body when I wear pastels or monochromatic nude outfits. I especially love nude heels for special occasions and dinner parties. And let’s face it, the Duchess of Cambridge is one of my style icons and she loves wearing her nude heels with everything (check out her favorite brand here).



Riding Boots

I scored a gorgeous pair of Sam Edelman ‘Penny’ Riding Boots. Yes, you read that right. EDELMAN! Guess how much they were? $20!! If that isn’t a great deal, I don’t know what is! If you want the Sam Edelman look for a little bit less I found these cute riding boots and also these.

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Black Lace Up Flats

So I’ve been eyeing these Halogen Lace Up Flats for the longest time but I could never get myself to make the purchase. The last pair of flats I bought were from Loft. They were comfy but they broke within 2 weeks of wearing them. And I wasn’t wearing them everyday either. The laces broke and the laces are seen onto the shoe itself. I ordered another pair and the same thing happened.

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So I was really excited to find these black lace up flats for only $15! They’re on sale right now, but unfortunately they are almost sold out. No worries, I found a budget friendly pair here and here.


Fedora’s & Floppy Hats

I really love fedoras and floppy hats for the fall! They are excellent for keeping you warm and stylish at the same time. I got one fedora and one floppy hat for $6.00 each – both from Topshop. The fedora was actually from Topman but I don’t really care because I look cute in it!

Want a cute fedora and floppy hat? I found a budget friendly floppy felt hat here and a gorgeous wool fedora here.

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Sweaters Dress, Party Dresses, Other Shoes, Cardigans, & More!

Because everything was so last minute and I wanted to write this post up right away, I haven’t had the chance to photograph the lovely sweater dress, party dress, and many cardigans I purchased. Each day, Nordstrom Last Chance has a different deal of the day on the store floor. When I went, all dresses were an additional 30% off – so I ended up getting a $40 for $3 bucks. Not bad, eh?

I inspire to be one of the best fashion resources for women looking for elegant and simple lifestyle inspiration. So I want to make sure that my readers are aware of the best deals and sales out there. Right now, Nordstrom is having a huge sale on their fall items and I wanted to tell you about it! Things are up to 40% off and the deals there are just as good as the ones I got at Last Chance, especially if you are looking for really trendy accessories and apparel. Check the sale out here!

I linked some of my favorite finds from the sale right now below and I definitely took advantage of the sale to get a pair of winter boots!


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Have you ever shopped at Last Chance? What would you like to know about getting the best deals for designer items?Β 

xo Mariam

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  1. Nicole wrote:

    WoW! What a steal! Those are all great shoes at an unbelievable price! Thanks for the tips–I had never thought of working in teams when shopping! LOL

    Posted 11.17.16 Reply
  2. Smart shopping tips! I love the grab first, review later rule! Glad you got some great finds!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly |

    Posted 11.14.16 Reply
  3. Kayla wrote:

    Love those lace up flats and nude heels! Such great tips, loved this post!

    Kayla |

    Posted 11.14.16 Reply
  4. moninc wrote:

    so good love this


    Posted 11.14.16 Reply
  5. Bailey wrote:

    I love all your accessory picks and tips! thanks for sharing!

    Here’s The Skinny

    Posted 11.11.16 Reply
  6. Molly wrote:

    Fab tips! I need one near me!

    Posted 11.11.16 Reply
  7. Mandy wrote:

    Loved all of your tips! You picked up some great finds too!!!

    xoxo Mandy

    Posted 11.11.16 Reply
  8. Rizza Smith wrote:

    I love this! howit looks and how adorable!:)

    Posted 11.11.16 Reply
  9. Wow, only $249?! I sadly don’t have a Nordstrom in Iowa so I have to shop online.

    Amanda ||

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  10. There is a Last Chance in Phoenix where I live and you are right, it is a totally different shopping experience. I was there last weekend and snagged a pair of Hunter Boots, a Kate Spade clutch and Jack rogers sandals all for $120! I totally bought the same pair of Sam Edelman Penny boots there too a few months ago. So much fun shopping there bc you never know what you’ll find!!


    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  11. Mary wrote:

    what great tips, i always get so overwhelmed when shopping a sale!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  12. Great finds!!! Love those nude heels!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  13. Shannon wrote:

    Ugh those riding boots are the best! Great strategies, I so wish we had one of these around here.

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  14. Great recommendations, my dear! xoxo

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  15. Brooke wrote:

    I love these tips – SO great! xx

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  16. Wow girl! This sounds like a bootcamp prep, haha. Looks like you’ve got all bases covered and were quite successful! Very fun πŸ™‚

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  17. Shelby Back wrote:

    This store looks like a must visit! I’ve heard great thing about this store!


    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  18. Meghan wrote:

    LOL oh man…people are rude too. This is why I shop online A LOT.

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  19. WOW! This sounds absolutely amazing, minus the pushing and shoving πŸ˜‰

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  20. I have always wanted to shop at Last Chance!! I need to just make it happen because it would be way better for my budget. XO

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  21. such a great thoughtful post babe. LOVE IT!

    hope you are well!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  22. Crystal Marie wrote:

    So many great picks. I can’t believe those lace-up halogen’s are were only $15 – ugh (jealous). following you, on Insta now, love your page.

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Aw, thank you Crystal! That’s so sweet πŸ™‚

      Aren’t those flats adorable??

      Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  23. Jana wrote:

    Great tips, I love this! You scored some great pieces too. xo Jana |

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  24. Whitney wrote:

    Such awesome tips! We so wish we had a last chance store located near us. We have heard so many amazing things about shopping there!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  25. Kayleigh wrote:

    Every time I go shopping I always make a pile and re evaluate it later, its such a great tip!

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  26. Steph wrote:

    Great tips! Nordstrom is my favorite store to shop at!
    xO – Steph

    Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  27. Ashley wrote:

    These are awesome tips! You can find some amazing deals when shopping Nordstrom last chance!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  28. We have a Last Chance in Phoenix, and it’s amazing! It’s a lot of work but SO worth it. Great tips!!!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  29. Joanna wrote:

    You got some really cute stuff! Can you believe I have never shopped the last chance sale????

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  30. leah wrote:

    Wow! I didn’t even know about this sale! What great deals!

    xx Leah /

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  31. Amy wrote:

    Such great deals! I need to find one of these places!


    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  32. Stesha wrote:

    I love last chance but i always always get overwhelmed! Thanks for these great tips, the will come in handy next time I get there!


    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  33. Dani wrote:

    Loving all these beautiful shoes & that gorgeous hat! Perfect Nordstrom finds! xo
    Dani //

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  34. They just opened one in Chicago! I will have to go armed with these tips!!

    Jenna from

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
    • Mariam wrote:

      Yes! We drove to Lombard to shop there. Only about 30 minutes away from the city, you’ll love it!

      xo Mariam

      Posted 11.10.16 Reply
  35. There’s not a Nordstrom last chance store in my area. What awesome finds. You hit jack pot with those cole haan shoes and I love the boots too! So fun to get quality and bargains at the same time. WIN!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  36. Sam wrote:

    Great tips! Love Nordstrom sales!

    xx Sam |The Heart of the House

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  37. Kristina wrote:

    Oh my gosh, those deals are crazy good! It sounds fun but also a little stressful!

    xo, Kristina

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  38. Logan wrote:

    I love your riding boots and that hat! You can never go wrong with a good hat!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  39. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this! This post is amazing – thank you for the tips and exposing this magical sale!

    Thank you for sharing!


    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  40. Oh my god how have I not heard of this?!?!?! I need to find a Last Chance near me ASAP…this is INCREDIBLE!!!

    Coming Up Roses

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  41. Um I have never even heard of this magical place! Thanks for your tips!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  42. Great tips! I love those Halogen flats (I even have a few pairs of them too)!

    xo, Amanda |

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  43. haha I love this guide! It reminds of how Monica from Friends was shopping for her wedding dress! So jealous you have this store near you!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  44. Nataly wrote:

    Wonderful tips! I hope they open up a Nordstrom Last Chance in my area soon!


    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  45. Lauren wrote:

    Okay so I’ve been to Nordstrom Racks but never a Last Chance and it sounds so adrenaline-rushing! My mom would love that experience and if we ever got the chance I would definitely take up your advice about splitting up to divide and conquer! Thanks for the heads up about items without tags-that’s so sad and ridiculous!


    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  46. Awesome tips!!! Love all the hats and shoes! Such a great sale!

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
  47. Imani wrote:

    I used to work at Nordstrom ( Women’s Shoes), so many shoppers and stylists alike would be at the doors bright and early for a sale and 85%of them returned everything within the month lol

    Posted 11.9.16 Reply
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