This week the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts July 11th! Also known as the #nSale on social media you may already be seeing all the hype into this special event that takes place in store and online. It’s a time to shop new released items for fall and stock up on whatever designer brands you’ve had your eye on and not have to pay full price. After the sale the items go back to regular price. If you’re not familiar with this sale, let me give you the simple break down and answer all of your questions here! I also have past blog posts on this topic found here.
What is it? Just a Sale?
Once a year Nordstrom showcases hundreds of new merchandise deeply discounted, many pieces that rarely go on sale. Unlike other retailers Nordstrom only marks these items down once a year, and many of them are staple fall/winter items and brands such as Tory Burch, Alo, and Michael Kors. Prices go back up at the end of the sale and many items are quick sell out. On social media you’ll see so many bloggers blasting your feed with the #nSale. If you have the Nordstrom credit card you will have access to shop the sale starting on different dates, depending on your status. The Nordstrom card is your first step in having the best chances to get your top items from the #Nsale before they sell out. You can apply here, and shop it instantly upon approval. New card holders can also score $60 in Nordy rewards just for opening before the sale starts. As part of the nordy club every dollar earns you points toward a certificate of savings.
So Who Can Shop and When?
This year Nordstrom is doing things a little differently. Beginning July 11th at 12:30 pm EST Ambassador and Icon Status cardholders can shop online and in store. Friday July 12-18th only Nordstrom debit/credit card holders have early access to shop the sale. This is key because so many items will sell out prior to opening to the public. I recommend applying for the card if you want to make sure you secure items in time to shop early access. The sale opens to the public ( for non card holders) July 19th and prices go back up August 5th!
What’s on Sale and for how long?
Each year there’s new items featured and some returning items from the 2018 sale that were popular. There’s anything on sale from beauty, to home, accessories, and clothing. Most of the clothing, accessories, and shoes are on sale with fall feels in mind. Cue the falling leaves and pumpkin spice…jk! It’s WAY too early for my fall mindset. However , I’m always glad when I can take out some of the items I stocked up on in summer and use them come fall. I always end up ordering a range of sizes just in case. With free shipping & returns it makes it so much easier.
Will any items from the 2018 sale be featured?
In comparison to 2018’s Anniversary sale I’m seeing lots of the items featured are Nordstrom labels such as Leith, Caslon, Halogen, Zella, and B.P. There are definitely still a decent amount of designer items available that will be marked down that usually can’t be found reduced elsewhere, so I find this is where the value is.
You can see the items I shopped from the 2018 sale here, many of which will return to the 2019 sale.
What should my shopping game plan be?
Many of the versatile pieces like booties, cardigans, long sleeve basics, sneakers, and accessories usually sell out the fastest. Just keep in mind the quality of the material and the mark down price. Some items from the sale I end up seeing just a few short months later at Nordstrom rack, or back in stock just not on sale.
My best advice is to have a strategy and list of what you need or want to invest in, rather than getting wrapped up in the hype or seeing something that looks cute on during someone’s instagram try on haul. You know yourself your style and your budget best so keep focused on what makes sense for your closet. I recommend taking an inventory of your fall items and only purchasing what sparks you joy..or what won’t light your wallet on fire :)
I’ll be featuring a range of items from the sale throughout the week and separating everything by categories in posts to come. I’m featuring some of the items in this post that I think are worth purchasing if you don’t already have and pieces that usually sell out quick. Don’t forget, it’s still summer outside so don’t go overboard ! Checkout a preview of some of what will be on sale in the categories below.
Stuart Weitzman Darla Over the Knee Suede Boot Hands down my favorite over the knee boot worth the investment. I have thin calves and this is the only brand that fits my legs like a glove.( For reference, my calves are 13”) The suede is smooth as butter and the block heel is practical. I love these over denim, leggings, or paired with a dress. The do run true to size or slightly big, definitely no need to size down. Just be warned that I did find these on sale not part of anniversary sale, but they do sell out quick. Took me months to score my size at the sale price.
Marc Fisher Yakira Over the Knee Boot I have the grey version of these boots and I like the pointy toe. The flat heel makes the boots look great with anything casual or a skirt. I definitely have to tie them tighter and they are a great height for longer legs.
Marc Fisher Arletta Over the Knee Boot Love this heeled version of the Marc Fisher Yakira. If I wasn’t 5’11” I would order them because they are gorgeous.
Tory Burch Riding Boot I have a similar version and they are my go to boots for fall that look incredible styled with denim or skirts. The quality of the leather is phenomenal and they are definitely a bit of a splurge. Mine do have some space in the calves and aren’t as fitted as the Stuart Weitzman or Marc Fisher brand. I’d say these are great for average or larger calve sizes. They go great with fall sweaters and vests.
Sweaters & Cardigans
Thread & Supply Pullover $49.90 on sale, after sale price: $79.00
Leith Long Line Cardigan $45.90 on sale, after sale price: $69.00 Have the circle cardigan from last year and by end of summer on cooler nights I was wearing it and then all into fall and winter. I recommend a neutral color that you’ll get a lot of wear out of. The quality is good for the price, but the Barefoot dreams cardigans are my ultimate picks for soft comfort and warmth.
B.P. Long Leopard Cardigan $45.90 on sale, after sale price: $69.00 *This was a hot sell out last year that never made it as part of the sale, so excited it’s going to be on the sale. Will for sure be a quick sell out!
Gibson Off the Shoulder Sweater $45.90 on sale, price after sale: $69.00
Free People Tunic Sweater This tunic is a must for winter and can be worn with denim or leggings. Comes in so many colors too! Sale Price: $98.90 Regular Price: $148.00
Leith Wrap Sweater Sale Price: $31. 90 Regular Price: $49.00 This is a returning item to the sale from 2018
Barefoot Dreams Blanket This is my go to blanket at home & I bring it when I travel because it is so soft and washes so well! I had snagged mine from Nordstrom rack. The larger size will be on sale for $119 and I can’t recommend it enough. I use it every day, not even kidding!
Diptyque If you’re looking to splurge on these scrumptious candles, now is the time. I love this mini set because you can sample all of the scents or can make them part of a gift for a friend. I love clearing them out afterward and using to hold matches/makeup brushes. Not a MUST but they usually don’t go on sale.
Athleisure & Sneakers
Alo High Waist Moto Leggings Always a fast sell out If you’re looking for a legging that can go from the gym to an evening out or to lounge in with a long cardigan these are it. The quality is 100 and they’re a thicker legging. I peronally don’t think they’re as comfortable as a the zella high waist leggings, but they are my go to moto leggings. Sale Price: $75.90 Regular Price: $118
Adidas Sneakers I usually wear Nike as my go to, but I’ve added these to my list since I need a black pair for not just the gym but to wear out and about and at work. My sneakers last so I usually grab only one or two a year. The price in on point! Sale: $63.90 regular: $85.00
Patagonia Los Gatos Jacket Sale price: $89.90 Regular Price: $129.00
Tory Burch Saddle Bag Sale Price: $305 after sale: $458
Tory Burch Everly Leather Tote Sale price: $352.90 after sale: $528.00
B.P. Leopard Printed Belt Sale Price: $38.90 Regular: $59.00 I wear this belt all throughout fall/winter and love it with an all black outfit!
Something Navy Fedora Hat Sale Price: $38.90 Regular Price: $59.00
Hope you find something within your shopping strategy! I’ll be making more posts throughout the sale over viewing the items that tend to be quick sell outs.