-Jul 12, 2018

The Best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

By Teresa Caruso

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access is finally here! After weeks of excitement, the day has come. Today is the first day of Early Access, meaning Nordstrom card holders can officially shop the sale. If you’re not a Nordstrom card holder, now is the perfect time to start making your shopping list and preparing for Public Access, which begins July 20th. While the catalog gave us a bit of a preview, it barely scratched the surface. There are so many standout pieces in every category, from outerwear to basics to shoes. All of the incredible sweater options are kind of making me wish it wasn’t July. How crazy would I look wearing a sweater and knee-high boots in 90 degree weather? I’m almost tempted.

It may seem kind of silly shopping for fall clothes in the summer, but once the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ends, all of these fall pieces go back to full-price. There is seriously no better time to start building your fall wardrobe and planning ahead. Since the sale features hundreds of new items, I thought I would breakdown some of my favorites by category to help make navigating the sale a bit easier. It can be so easy to miss the hidden gems scattered across Nordstrom.com.

Tory Burch Tote | Kate Spade Wristlet | Kate Spade Card Holder | Puffy Jacket | Shearling Boots | Earrings | Fringe Sweater | Bracelet Set | Rose Gold Watch | Blush Crossbody Bag | Mules | Sunglasses | Adidas Sneakers | Scarf | Tote | Luggage Set | Stripe Sweater | Platform Sandals

Sweater Dress | Lace-Up Ruffle Cami | Crossbody Bag | Patchwork Faux Fur Jacket | Earrings | Midi Coat | Over The Knee Boots | High Waist Jeans | Sunglasses | Moto Jacket | Ear Crawlers | Ballet Flats | Twist Front Sweater | Rib Wrap Sweater


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The Best Outerwear

Outerwear is possibly one of my favorite categories. Since jackets and coats tend to be on the pricer side, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to build your winter wardrobe. The sale is full of all different types of outerwear; from work blazers to winter coats to moto jackets.

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1. Thread & Supply Wubby Pullover, $51.90 ($78 after sale)
2. J. Crew Dover Blazer, $131.90 ($198 after sale)
3. Caslon Faux Shearling Jacket, $85.90 ($129 after sale)
4. Badgely Mischka Double Face Coat, $229.90 ($349 after sale)
5. Avec Les Filles Faux Shearling Biker Jacket, $129 ($199 after sale)
6. Free People Cold Rush Puffer Jacket, $64.90 ($98 after sale)
7. Madewell Oversized Denim Jacket, $84.90 ($128 after sale)
8. Leith Midi Coat, $59.90 ($89 after sale)
9. The North Face Rissy Packable Wind Resistant Jacket, $89.90 ($120 after sale)

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The Best Shoes

Whenever the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hits, I always stock up on shoes. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, or follow me on Instagram, then you know I kinda, sorta have a thing for shoes. You really can’t go wrong with a great pair! I especially love the shoe category because there are dozens of pairs you can wear now, so you don’t have to keep them in boxes until the fall.

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1. BP. Tonya Open Toe Mule, $49.90 ($79.95 after sale)
2. Vince Camuto Jorlyn Mule, $79.90 ($129.95 after sale)
3. Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneaker, $55 ($70 after sale)
4. Steve Madden Carter Slingback Platform Sandal, $72.90 ($109.95 after sale)
5. Sam Edelman Caprice Knee-High Boot, $149.90 ($224.95 after sale)
6. Adidas Gazelle Sneaker, $67.90 ($90 after sale)
7. Caslon Braided Bootie, $79.90 ($119.95 after sale)
8. Adidas Flashback Sneaker, $67.90 ($90 after sale)
9. Vince Alora Mule, $194.90 ($295 after sale)
10. Sperry Shearwater Water-Resistant Genuine Shearling Lined Boot, $109.90 ($184.95 after sale)
11. Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat, $164.90 ($248 after sale)
12. Vince Darlington Flat, $189.90 ($295 after sale)

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The Best Sweaters

Out of all the categories this year, I have to say I am most impressed by the sweater selection. I think I have about 10 on my wish-list and most of my favorites are under $50.

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1. Topshop Long Open Front Cardi, $49.90 ($75 after sale)
2. BP. Mock Neck Colorblock Sweater, $31.90 ($49 after sale)
3. Hinge Fringe Detail Cardigan, $65.90 ($99 after sale)
4. 1. State Cutout Sweater, $58.90 ($89 after sale)
5. Leith Boxy Cardigan, $43.90 ($65 after sale)
6. Caslon Knitty Gritty Cardigan Sweater, $84.90 ($128 after sale)
7. Topshop Long Open Front Cardi, $49.90 ($75 after sale)
8. Halogen Ruffle Neck Sweater, $45.90 ($69 after sale)
9. Topshop Colorblock Knit Pullover, $44.90 ($68 after sale)

Twist Front Sweater, $31.90 ($49 after sale)
Convertible Fleece Wrap Cardigan, $45.90 ($68 after sale)
Baggy Balloon Sweater, $51.90 ($78 after sale)
Oversized Sweater, $98.90 ($148 after sale)
Chevron Stripe Sweater, $29.90 ($46 after sale)
Crewneck Sweater, $38.90 ($59 after sale)
Baggy Balloon Sweater, $51.90 ($78 after sale)
Cozy Pullover Hoodie, $29.90 ($46 after sale)


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The Best Tops

I can’t get over how many tops there are to choose from. Out of all the categories, this was the one I had the hardest time narrowing down. This year I gravitated more towards basic tops, because I want to be able to mix and match more in my own wardrobe.

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1. Leith Easy Wrap Top, $32.90 ($49 after sale)
2. BP. Twist Front Tee, $22.90 ($35 after sale)
3. Peplum Top, $32.90 ($49 after sale)
4. Madewell Adios Tee, $22.90 ($35 after sale)
5. Leith Flare Sleeve Cinch Top, $36.90 ($55 after sale)
6. Wayf Lace-Up Ruffle Cami, $38.90 ($59 after sale)
7. Gibson Ribbed Cozy Fleece Twist Back Top, $42.90 ($64 after sale)
8. Sub_Urban Riot Good Vibes Tee, $21.90 ($34 after sale)
9. Socialite Thermal Henley Top, $24.90 ($38 after sale)

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The Best Denim & Bottoms

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AG Ripped Ankle Skinny Jeans, $149.90 ($225 after sale)
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, $64.90 ($98 after sale)
High Waist Distressed Skinny Jeans, $44.90 ($68 after sale)
Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans, $44.90 ($68 after sale)
Suede Skirt, $64.90 ($98 after sale)
Faux Leather Moto Leggings, $72.90 ($110 after sale)
Skinny Jeans, $41.90 ($64 after sale)
Step Hem Skinny Jeans, $49.90 ($75 after sale)
Tie Front Skort, $43.90 ($65 after sale)

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The Best Dresses

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is filled with tons of dresses that you can wear now! I always like to have a new dress or two in my closet for when events or parties come up.

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1. Sleek Knit Midi Dress, $42.90 ($65 after sale)
2. Caite Chambray Cold Shoulder Dress, $82.90 ($125 after sale)
3. Leith Long Languid Dress, $56.90 ($85 after sale)
4. Chelsea28 Flounce Hem Shift Dress, $85.90 ($129 after sale)
5. Topshop Bubble Satin Wrap Dress, $39.90 ($60 after sale)
6. Chelsea28 Tiered Floral Tie Neck Dress, $85.90 ($129 after sale)
7. Leith Sweater Strap Dress, $49.90 ($75 after sale)
8. Leith Melange Wrap Dress, $37.90 ($56 after sale)
9. BP. Ruched Ribbed Bodycon, $31.90 ($49 after sale)

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The Best Handbags

Most shoppers use the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as the perfect time to invest in a handbag. Let’s be honest, purses can get expensive real quick. What I’ve noticed about the sale, is that the more expensive the item, the better the discount. For example, this Tory Burch tote which would normally retail for $528, is on sale for a little over $350. That is quite the discount! If the designer handbags are still out of your price range, there are dozens of gorgeous, trendy handbags for under $50.

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1. Madewell Mini Transport Perforated Leather Crossbody Bag, $109.90 ($168 after sale)
2. Nordstrom Kara Leather Expandable Crossbody Bag, $98.90 ($149 after sale)
3. Sole Society Fronto Faux Leather Tote, $42.90 ($64.95 after sale)
4. Tory Burch Marsden Pebbled Leather Tote, $352.90 ($528 after sale)
5. Madewell ‘Lafayette’ Bucket Bag, $129.90 ($198 after sale)
6. Marc Jacobs Mini Double Leather Crossbody Bag, $196.90 ($295 after sale)
7. Leith Bicolor Faux Cylinder Bag, $27.90 ($52 after sale)
8. Kate Spade Oakwood Street – Lora Pebbled Leather Hobo, $218.90 ($328 after sale)
9. Chelsea28 Leigh Faux Leather Tote & Zip Pouch, $58.90 ($89 after sale)

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The Best Loungewear

I live in loungewear, so it’s no surprise that this category is one of my favorites. I can’t resist a cozy pair of sweats or an adorable pajama set.

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1. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan, $76.90 ($116 after sale)
2. Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas, $42.90 ($65 after sale)
3. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan, $88.90 ($134 after sale)
4. J. Crew End on End Sleep Shirt, $44.90 ($68 after sale)
5. Eberjey ‘Gisele’ Shorty Pajamas, $67.90 ($102 after sale)
6. Make + Model Best Boyfriend Brushed Hacci Lounge Pants, $29.90 ($45 after sale)
7. J. Crew Tipped Short Pajamas, $56.90 ($85 after sale)
8. Topshop Cupro Pajama Top, $22.90 ($35 after sale)
9. J. Crew Striped Sleep Set, $56.90 ($85 after sale)

The Best Home Decor

It’s no surprise that I love home decor, which is why the home section of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always one of my favorites.

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1. Pom Pom At Home Finn Throw, $129.90 ($195 after sale)
2. Address Book, $19.90 ($32 after sale)
3. DKNY Mixed Media Wastebasket, $29.90 ($39.99 after sale)
4. Champagne Coupes Set, $30.90 ($47 after sale)
5. Cupcakes & Cashmere Lamp, $149.90 ($229.99 after sale)
6. Petit Pehr Pom Set of 3 Canvas Bins, $60.90 ($92 after sale)
7. Peri Home Chenille Pillow, $29.90 ($39.99 after sale)
8. Pom Pom At Home Morgan Throw, $66.90 ($100 after sale)
9. Swell Pink Topaz Travel Bottle, $25.90 ($40 after sale)

The Best Accessories

The accessories section of the sale is overflowing with amazing finds. I always like to pick up a pair of designer sunglasses during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I can’t live without sunglasses, but I hate paying full price for them, so it’s the perfect time to grab a pair (or two).

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1. Nordstrom Chevron Luggage Set, $223.90 ($299 after sale)
2. Shiraleah Paulina Scarf, $21.90 ($33 after sale)
3. Nixon The Arrow Milanese Mesh Strap Watch, 38mm, $132.90 ($200 after sale)
4. Baublebar Asteria Set of 3 Bracelets, $31.90 ($48 after sale)
5. DIFF Dash 58mm Aviator Sunglasses, $56.90 ($85 after sale)
6. Free People Kensington Brushed Herringbone Fringe Scarf, $37.90 ($58 after sale)
7. Madewell Colorblock Blanket Scarf, $35.90 ($55 after sale)
8. Treasure & Bond Felt Panama Hat, $31.90 ($49 after sale)
9. Shiraleah Tyler Scarf, $21.90 ($33 after sale)

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The Best Beauty

You guys know how I feel about make-up and beauty. I simply can’t get enough. Nordstrom always releases the prettiest limited edition sets during the Anniversary Sale. The sale is also a really great time to buy beauty tools that are generally more expensive, like hair dryers and curling irons.

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1. Simplehuman Sensor Mirror, $134 ($200 after sale)
2. T3 Cura Hair Dryer, $134 ($200 value)
3. Donna Karan ‘Cashmere Mist’ Deodorant Trio, $65
4. Foreo Pink Luna Set, $119
5. MAC Nordy Girl Face & Eye Set, $44.50 ($202 value)
6. Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum, $150
7. NARS Hot Escape Palette, $49
8. Impressions Vanity Co Touch Trifold XL Dimmable LED Makeup Mirror, $58.90 ($89 after sale)
9. Charlotte Tilbury The Pretty Pink Lipstick Set, $60

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The Best Activewear

I may not work out as often as I should, but I basically live in activewear. Popular brands like Adidas, Nike, and Ivy Park have dozens of great deals happening now. A popular favorite of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are the Zella leggings, so be sure to grab a pair!

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1. Adidas Stadium Hoodie, $51.90 ($70 after sale)
2. Zella Sun Salutation High Waist Leggings, $42.90 ($65 after sale)
3. Zella Body Relay Sports Bra, $25.90
4. Adidas Stadium Pants, $44.90 ($60 after sale)
5. Adidas All Me Seamless Sports Bra, $32.90 ($50 after sale)
6. Zella Wrap Sweater, $58.90 ($89 after sale)
7. Alo Airbrush High Waist Leggings, $51.90 ($78 after sale)
8. The North Face Furry Fleece, $68.90 ($99 after sale)
9. Zella Sneak Peek Print Sports Bra, $29.90 ($45 after sale)

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Popular Items I Predict Will Sell Out Quickly


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1. BLANKNYC Meant To Be Moto Jacket, $64.90 ($98 after sale)
2. BP. Stripe Pullover, $31.90 ($49 after sale)
3. BP. Oversized Waffle Stitch Cardigan, $45.90 ($69 after sale)
4. Free People High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans, $51.90 ($78 after sale)
5. Nike Free RN 2018 Running Shoe, $74.90 ($100 after sale)
6. Thread & Supply Brandon Fleece Jacket, $58.90 ($88 after sale)
7. Socialite Tie Waist T-Shirt Dress, $31.90 ($49 after sale)
8. BLANKNYC The Rivington Ripped Straight Leg Jeans, $64.90 ($98 after sale)
9. BP. Textured Stitch V-Neck Pullover, $25.90 ($39 after sale)


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My Favorite Brands Included in the Sale

Free People is definitely a pricer brand, so I’m always happy when they’re included in any sort of sale. The quality of their clothing is fantastic, and I love how all of the pieces have a flowy, relaxed feel. The fabrics are always super cozy and comfortable. I also have to note that every Free People piece I have ever owned has washed extremely well, and lasted for years. *Click here to shop Free People*

BP. is Nordstrom’s junior’s line that has quickly become a favorite in recent years. All of their pieces are always on-trend, and most importantly, affordable. While the line is technically for “juniors”, I find most of their pieces to be current and age appropriate for adult women. *Click here to shop BP.*

Leith is a Nordstrom-exclusive brand, and possibly one of my favorites. Their pieces are feminine, versatile, and very on-trend. Quite a few of their purses are included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I couldn’t be happier. Where else can you get a stylish, well-made purse for under $50? Not many places! *Click here to shop Leith*

I have loved Madewell for years, and I’m so glad that the brand is now available at Nordstrom. The pieces are great quality, and they consistently release the cutest, classic styles. *Click here to shop Madewell*

Topshop is probably one of Nordstrom’s most-popular brands for women, and rightfully so. Their collections always have a high-end look and feel, yet most of their pieces are well under $100. *Click here to shop Topshop*

Steve Madden is my go-to when it comes to designer shoes for less. They consistently release the most popular styles at a more affordable price-point. Whenever I’m tempted to splurge on a new trendy designer shoe, I always turn to Steve Madden. *Click here to shop Steve Madden*


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Isn’t everything so good? I am seriously impressed with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year. I’ve already placed an online order for the items I think will sell out first, and I can’t wait to head to the store later today to try-on some pieces I have my eye on. I’ll be sharing a try-on haul later today and narrowing down my top picks for you. If you’re not feeling brave enough to fight the crowds, in-store pick-up is my favorite way to shop. You can shop from the comfort of your own home, and get your items same-day. What’s better than that?

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Last Updated: Sep 8, 2019
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