Tips for Navigating the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Tips for Navigating the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Ohh, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale–contrary to what I originally thought, it’s still happening amid a pandemic.  So rather than inundate you over the next couple weeks, I’m just sharing a general guide of things to look out for and tips during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, sorted by category.  I’ve always been a big fan of Nordstrom, and even more so since I’ve worked them for a few years (I was an early employee at Trunk Club that was acquired by Nordstrom).  But I know the ins and outs and I also know how much the sale has seemed to evolved since even I worked there.

The past couple years has been largely the same–great deals on pretty basic items.  And it’s also a mix of “buy now, wear now” AND fall items, whereas in the past, it used to be strictly fall.  There used to be a lot of designer exclusives where brands would make items JUST for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (think Theory, Vince, ALC) ; while they still do that, I have noticed a lot of my favorite brands pulling back and there’s a bigger emphasis on Nordstrom’s in-house labels, like Halogen, Zella, and BP.  Makes sense from a margin perspective for Nordstrom.  But just a little hint that brands like Halogen, Zella, BP will all go on sale at 40% off come October (if it doesn’t sell out).

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Curated Tips

So, what I personally look out for are:

Special items that quickly sell out, items that won’t go on sale come October (because they’re gone), investment pieces that don’t tend to do on sale, or home/beauty deals that are made specially for the sale–it’s a great way to stock up or try something new. 

You’re probably not surprised by how I’m covering it this year; I always want to keep it low-key and curated.  I usually pop into the store to see the goods but I’m definitely not doing that this year (and I know that is a huge bummer for sales associates).  So, this is what you’ll see and while I can’t shop quite yet, I will keep checking back on what I have my eye on until then.  For now, this is a great mix of what I want to buy and what I already own!  So sleep well knowing that I think these items are great.

Lounge/WFH Items

Tommy John ribbed tank – awesome price on a tank I LOVE to wear to bed.

Tommy John joggers – the softest, best joggers–I own and love these so much.

Zella soft jogger – I do usually love whatever I buy from Zella and I think these will be great for post-partum/WFH.

ALO mock sweatshirt – I love ALO sweatshirts (I have two)–the mock neck sold me.

Zella soft bra – These are my favorite types of sports bras and I can’t wait to try it.

Patagonia Los Gatos fleece – I have this!  Love it!  Size up for a more generous fit (I wish I would have).

Tops + Bottoms

Vince sweater – I can’t resist a Vince sweater.  They’ve been making a version of this for YEARS (and I have a few to prove it).

L’Agence blazer – The perfect camel color?!  The only other blazer purchase I’ll support other than One/Third 😉

Bernardo coat – I have a bunch of Bernardo coats and I love them–great price and on trend.

Frank & Eileen striped shirt – I will pay up for the perfect oxford and I’m into this one.

Theory coat – Theory coats never steer me wrong–this one is gorgeous.

La Ligne sweater – I STILL haven’t bought anything from La Ligne…will this be my first?

Topshop sweatshirt – An on trend piece that you’ll probably wear nonstop.

Free People bodysuit – Looks JUST like my Paige bodysuit at a fraction of the price.

Faux Leather Spanx – I was probably the last person to understand how great these were (see my review here)

Zella jogger – Fancy joggers for when you want to ‘dress up’ during quarantine.

Frame jeans – High-rise Frame jeans are always my favorite jeans.

Levi’s – High-rise Levis’ are like the AGOLDE look for less.

Dresses + Skirts

Topshop sweater dress – I never regret a sweater dress.

BB Dakota dress – I just think this dress is the cutest and looks more expensive than it is.

AllSaints two-piece dress – OBSESSED.  Want/need (and would wear the pieces separately).

Chelsea28 dress – Looks like a Vince dress.  Could belt it and add boots.

Vince simple dress  – AWESOME price for a Vince dress!  Will take you into the next decade.

Madewell mini dress – Wear alone now and later with a jean jacket and booties.

Theory faux-leather skirt  – So much faux leather coming from designers this season–great skirt and price.

Vince silky skirt  – I have this skirt in a light pink and love it so much.

Shoes + Accessories

Clare V tote – I have this tote in navy and it’s gorgeous and always attracts compliments.

DRD diamond necklace – I have a similar necklace by Adina Reyter and wear it daily (great price!)

Hanky Panky boy brief.  – Although I love the Aerie dupe, these are my original faves.

AllSaints boots – You’ll never regret a good looking combat boot to wear with jeans and leggings.

RayBan sunglasses – I wear my round sunglasses most days and these are just as chic!

Veja sneakers – I don’t own these but my sister does and she loves them (great price!)

Home + Beauty

NEST diffusers – I buy these for full-price for my home as they’re the best!

Necessaire set – Love love love the Eucalyptus scent.

GHD curling iron – I have this curling iron and it’s awesome (1 inch).

Anthro faux fur throw – Own this and can attest it’s very comfy.

Laura Mercier caviar sticks – I have the amethyst color and it’s amazing…should I try the trio?

Sunday Riley Good Genes – One of my first “pricey” skin care buys and lactic acid is one of my favorites.

Anthropologie large candle – Pretty for the house and probably smells great to burn!

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