Happy Thursday, friends! I'm sure by now you've seen and heard all the buzz about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is one of my favorite times of the year because it's the best time to snag brand new arrivals at some CRAZY, super-sale prices. I'm talking brands that never go on sale (plus your all-time Nordstrom favorites) at up to 1/3 of the price. If you're a Nordstrom cardholder (you should be! - It links right up to your debit card, i.e. no annual fees or the hassle of making payments), early access to the sale officially begins today, July 13th. If you're not a cardholder, the sale opens to the public on July 21st and runs through August 6th. Prices go back up on August 7th!
I'm not gonna lie, I legitimately get some mild anxiety when the sale starts. Shopping and navigating the site gives me serious FOMO every. single. time. I end up making several purchases throughout the sale because I find things I missed out on the first time I browsed.
To make things easier, I wanted to share my thoughts and tips behind shopping the sale.
What Should I Buy During The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Anniversary Sale is going to be your time to stock up on all your pre-fall through winter favorites and my biggest piece of advice is 'buy now, return later.' Meaning - make sure to snag what you love when it's in stock because you can always return - Nordstrom makes it crazy easy! Keep in mind, they do often re-stock throughout the sale.
So, what am I buying and what should you look for? I like to think of the sale as a time to stock up on wardrobe staples. I try to avoid pieces that are overly trendy and instead focus on items that will last for years to come. Think your favorite jeans, the perfect day-to-night booties, that pair of over-the-knee boots you've been lusting for in your closet, your goes-with-everything handbag and your go-to, everyday sunglasses. These are the MUSTS! The staples you'll want to wear every day (& when it's finally cool enough), so don't miss these!
Next, I always think layers and pieces to take me through winter and beyond. Cashmere sweaters and classic cardigans (my Halogen cardigans are still some of my favorite pieces from the #nsale last year - I STILL wear them year-round & on a daily basis), a must-have moto jacket or a classic trench/wool coat. This long camel coat is my fave! If I can get outerwear at a fraction of the price, that's a major win in my book.
Another major must for me is always sneakers. I could LIVE in athleisure (and secretly off-insta - I do!), so a new pair of kicks is always something I snag. This pair of white Nike sneakers are definitely coming home with (to) me.
Then, I think about tops. Maybe it's counterintuitive but I think about these last. I usually grab basics like knits and sweaters + they always have some gorgeous tunic blouses in neutral and fall hues. This is also where I'll throw in a couple trends. For me, I know I lack night-out tops, so I might grab some fun dressier pieces in addition to my staples. What do you lack in your wardrobe? Now go grab it!
I hope this helps and I would love to hear any of your tips or what you plan to purchase! I'm traveling this weekend for work but hope to share another post with my favorites when I can and will also be updating my Shop Page with all of my finds/favorites.