Because what I needed was MORE DRESSES: A review of Nordstrom Rack

By | September 15, 2011

When the opportunity arose to review Nordstrom Rack, I was a little dubious. To be honest, I didn’t actually know that they carried plus sizes. Turns out they do, and starting September 15, they’ll be carrying more of them in the store where they already exist, and adding plus sizes to 15 additional stores. Yay! See, I’ve gotten accustomed to all my favorite discount stores (who shall remain nameless) limiting or removing their plus size selection, as so many have done in recent years, so rather than get my hopes up, I tend to presume that I won’t find anything to fit me, and sometimes I get to be pleasantly surprised.

There’s little to recommend my local Nordstrom Rack as a destination insofar as decor is concerned; the space is purely practical. On arrival, I spent several minutes wandering the big open floor in confoundment, wondering, oh no, maybe they DON’T have plus sizes in this joint. Or maybe they do but there will be three things and I’ll hate them all.

I needn’t have worried. Once I located the plus racks — which are integrated within the store, and not hidden in a back corner as is typically the case — I spent half an hour picking out cardigans from the racks of separates before I even found the dresses.

Longtime readers know that I don’t wear pants, and indeed I don’t even wear skirts — dresses and sweaters are my uniform of choice, all year round. Plus size dresses that are both high quality and pretty to look at are a rare resource indeed, rare enough that I usually rely on internet purchases to satisfy both requirements.

So I was pretty shocked when Nordstrom Rack had literal armloads of dresses in my size. (I may even have done a little dance of victory. Maybe.) I tried on ten different dresses, at least. I actually couldn’t tell you the last time I was in a store that even had ten different dresses that were both in a size that might fit me AND that I liked as well. It was glorious. They even had great music playing. (These are things I notice when I’m shopping. I have a much better time if I’m singing along — quietly — to “Inbetween Days,” I’m just saying.)

While I was greedily savaging the racks of dresses, I overheard an older woman and a younger woman — probably a mom and daughter — walking by. The older woman said, “Do you want to look at dresses?” and the younger replied, “No, summer’s almost over anyway.” LIKE DRESSES ARE ONLY FOR SUMMER. As if.

I left an hour and a half later (much to the chagrin of my husband, whom I had left waiting in the car while I ran in “for a few minutes”) with two dresses, three cardigans, a scarf, and a pair of shoes (which I’m going to have to return because they don’t fit — that’s what I get for being lazy and not trying them on in the store).

On to the stuff I bought!

Outfit the first:

The dress is by Donna Ricco, one of my favorite dress-makin’ brands, in a gorgeous blue-violet watercolor print. It has POCKETS. Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets? Cardigan is by Sejour. The scarf is Fossil. I do dig my pattern-mixing.

Outfit the second:

I did not have my photographer on hand for this one, and my tripod is broken, still.  Again, with the Donna Ricco dress, this time in an abstract floral in pinks, purples, blues, and white. Folks, I was so happy to find these dresses not at full price, if they’d had ten of them I probably would have bought them all. The cardigan is by Sejour. Belt is my own, as try though I might, I couldn’t find any plus-size belts in my local store.

Overall I had a really fantastic experience at Nordstrom Rack, much better than I expected as a jaded and bitter plus-size dress-wearin’ lady.

As part of this review, I get to give away a $100 gift card. EXCITING, right? So! To enter, comment below and tell me what you’re looking forward to for fall. (It doesn’t have to be fashion-related, either — “apple cider donuts” is a perfectly good answer.)

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Theresa B on October 4, 2011 at 9:24 am.

Excited for the cooler weather summer was just to hot, and wearing layers with leggings and a cute purse


Theresa B on October 4, 2011 at 9:25 am.!/becker3030
I tweeted 🙂


Tiffany on October 4, 2011 at 9:54 am.

I am unreasonably excited by the prospect of seeking out a Nordstrom Rack in my area. Must… Have… Dresses… (Love the outfits you put together, by the way. Pattern mixing rocks!)


Dana on October 4, 2011 at 11:08 am.

Apple cider and apple picking are what I’m looking forward to.


Nicole on October 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm.

The warm autumn colors, hot apple ciders and chilly nights in front of the fire!


angie hart on October 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm.

honestly, i have always had a fear of mixing patterns, but i like your creation here. new to your blog, i do look forward to seeing more in the future. by the way, what i am a fan of is scarves and sweaters. as a floridian, i am so happy when autumn comes around!


Julie2 on October 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm.

For fall, I am pretty psyched to eat buckets full of seasonal orange-color Kit Kats. Also, apple-picking or whatever.


JodyM on October 4, 2011 at 6:30 pm.

The cool weather! Those 100 degree days were killing me!


carrie on October 5, 2011 at 9:51 am.

Great dress finds!


ELIZABETH on October 5, 2011 at 10:27 am.



sarah b on October 5, 2011 at 11:28 am.

Oh my gosh – that is a cute combo on you. I love it.


bety Goines on October 5, 2011 at 11:35 am.

I visit nordstrom rack because i like their clothes and the rack gives me the opportunity to buy from the sore.


Mildred McIntosh on October 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm.

I love the cooler weather in the fall, the fair, and getting in gear for the upcoming holidays! Would love the gift card for the holidays!


Joddy on October 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm.

I’m just glad summer is almost over here in Utah. Looking forward to the cold weather!!!


Moises Campos on October 5, 2011 at 3:57 pm.

I’m looking for a pair of jeans.


Steva Spottswood on October 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm.

Autumn moons and crisp mornings… and late evening walks in the nice cool October breeze.


LeTonya Jackson on October 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm.

Looking forward to sweaters and more sweaters this fall. I love to bundle.


carly on October 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm.

I’m looking forward to sweaters, boots, and tights! I love Fall. I also love that blue cardigan and the Fossil scarf. Cute!


LiteralGemini on October 6, 2011 at 5:03 am.

I am looking for more dresses and sweaters….oh and that gift card!!


Elle on October 6, 2011 at 8:40 am.

The thing that I look forward to most about the fall…being able to layer and wear sweaters!

Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


Kat on October 6, 2011 at 9:24 am.



Marianna on October 6, 2011 at 10:03 am.

I LOVE the Rack. They also have extended shoe sizes (up to women’s size 14 I believe) which is amazing.

I can’t wait for fall clothes in general! Boots and scarves especially. 🙂


Marianna on October 6, 2011 at 10:07 am.

I tweeted:!/mariannacecile/status/121948999593897984


Sabrina Krejci on October 6, 2011 at 11:52 am.

I am looking forward to leaves falling and gorgeous fall colors. Layering, tights, and much much more…. + you can add one of those apple spice donuts in my fall cart too 🙂


Sabrina Krejci on October 6, 2011 at 11:54 am.

Tweeted about the giveaway!/sabrinakk/status/121976562781396994


Rebecca -- The Plus Side of Me on October 6, 2011 at 11:56 am.

I’m looking forward to my sister’s annual bonfire. Huddling up around the fire to make s’mores is way too much fun 🙂


Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell on October 6, 2011 at 6:13 pm.

Beautiful dresses. I rarely find a dress to fit my plus size body. I would probably wear them more often if there were something available.
You are lucky to be near a Nordstrom Rack. Shopping for plus size clothing here is a real challenge. Thrifting is really hard because there isn’t much in the way of attractive clothing retail so there is sure none to donate!


Jennifer Hemphill on October 7, 2011 at 2:31 am.

Fall means one season closer to snow!


Kimberly Mendoza on October 7, 2011 at 10:59 am.

Thanks for the sweepstakes 🙂 If I win the gift card I’m gonna get some cute fall boots


Janet on October 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm.

Interesting combinations!


Christine burd on October 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm.

egg nog, hot soup, and reading a book while I am wrapped up in my comforter on the couch , and shopping for sweaters. I think I hit on all the high points of fall for me. seaburd at


Ada on October 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm.

I am looking forward to cute and colorful scarves!


Shelby S on October 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm.

Love big cable knit sweaters and a good book on the back porch


Valorie Hoelscher on October 8, 2011 at 10:41 pm.

The beautiful colors of fall are my favorite. And you are right, dresses can be worn anytime. Thanks for the chance.


CurvyCEO on October 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm.

Love, love, love those dresses!!! I, too, prefer dresses as my outfit of choice – throw it on and you’re done! I didn’t realize that NR had stepped up their plus size collection so I will definitely be making my way over there — I really need a pencil skirt in a dark, neutral color (black or gray). Thanks for posting your finds!


CurvyCEO on October 9, 2011 at 5:11 pm.

Just posted about this on my blog – keeping my fingers crossed!


Victori on October 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm.

I’m excited to wear riding boots and sip chai lattes!


Allison on October 9, 2011 at 6:02 pm.

I love Nordstrom Rack for jeans I wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford.


nan on October 9, 2011 at 10:50 pm.

apple cider donuts sound good, but i also love the hayride to the pumpkin patch
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Ashley H. on October 10, 2011 at 10:41 am.

I can’t wait to go boot shopping.


Maria on October 10, 2011 at 11:13 am.

I am looking forward to the nice weather days, not too hot , not too cold.


Katelynn on October 10, 2011 at 2:54 pm.

I’d love a trench for fall!


Lindsey on October 10, 2011 at 4:21 pm.

I’m looking forward to knee high boots and apple cider. Kids in leaf piles and sitting around my firepit!


Naturally Alise on October 10, 2011 at 6:00 pm.

I am looking forward to wearing (and buying) fabulous jackets!


kim on October 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm.

anything pumpkin does it for me!


Star McCoy on October 11, 2011 at 8:24 pm.

You have given me HOPE! Maybe there IS a place to find clothes that fit me. Even (gulp) fashionable clothes?! I know where there is a Nordstrom Rack not far from me. I’m on it.


millie on October 12, 2011 at 7:51 pm.

Looking forward to wearing warmer layers and dreary (but delightful) weather!


Lulu on October 12, 2011 at 10:21 pm.

There are some bushes on my street that turn BRIGHT red in the fall. It’s lovely.


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