My 12 Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early-Access

It’s time for the sale everyone loves to hate: the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Nordstrom marks down fall items for a few weeks and then prices go back up on August 5. The pre-sale for cardholders opened today so if you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop now vs. wait until the general sale opens up next Friday. Some things sell out quickly, some don’t–but keep an eye on stock because there are tons of returns being made throughout the sale.

This sale is good but it’s gotten to the point where I buy less and less each year and end up searching for the diamonds in the rough. When you’re shopping, be sure to read the product reviews and fabric compositions, check the care instructions, and look at the actual percentage off before you buy! The best part is Nordstrom’s free shipping and free returns policy so I recommend ordering things you’re considering (or going into a store, if you’re near one) but not getting carried away about what you ultimately keep. It’s not worth spending hundreds of dollars on impulse purchases–do an inventory of what you own and just hold onto what you need because we still have the whole season ahead of us and that means lots of other (often better) sales! I also don’t cut the tags off things so in case I haven’t used it by mid-fall, that may be a sign it needs to go back.

Also, to address the elephant in the room: If you read multiple blogs, you’ve probably seen every possible way this sale could be covered…it’s a huge money-making opportunity for bloggers due to its longstanding popularity. It’s great being able to shop for fall items on sale vs. waiting till items have been out for a bit before they get marked down, ya know? The markdowns used to be pretty noteworthy but now there are many cases where you can get the same item on a discount by October…which means the Anniversary Sale prices aren’t always the best deal. That being said, shopping the sale is a way of guaranteeing you’ll get some kind of sale if it’s an item you have your heart set on. If you don’t cut the tags and it goes on further sale before you wear it, just return the one you have and buy it again, or ask for a price adjustment!


My favorite part of this sale is being able to pick up things that usually never get marked down (or at least go on sale very infrequently)—like certain bras, makeup, outerwear, shoes, etc. Other than one or two “fun” items, I typically stick to basics like bras, leggings, and sneakers. My mom and I used to shop this sale when I was growing up so it’s always been an exciting time to me!


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This roundup features a combination of a) items I own or b) things that are really similar to something I own or c) things I’m buying myself. My post next Friday will have a few more things that caught my eye, but I’m not doing an intensive breakdown of items by category. J always thoroughly browses the men’s section for himself so he’s going to share his top picks once the general sale opens up–stay tuned if you’re shopping for guys!


The BP. Cami in both colors, the quilted Barbour, and ponte leggings. I also bought this sweater in oatmeal but I’m skeptical about the material and therefore haven’t included it in my top 12. If it ends up being a keeper, I’ll highlight it next Friday!

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