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How to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (and a sneak peek!)

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So…it’s just about that time again. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kicks off in a few days, with reduced prices on new items for a limited time.

Above: jacket | watch | tote | brow set | kettle | top | shoes | cardigan

While this sale can be over-hyped, I do think it’s worth checking out. It includes new styles for Fall, so it’s not the same stuff we’ve all been looking at for the last few months. The selection and range of styles can vary from year to year, but there are always a few good finds in the mix if you know what to look for. If I come away with 1-3 “keepers,” I consider that a success. And aside from clothing and accessories, there are usually opportunities to replenish lingerie, hosiery, and beauty favorites at reduced prices.

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How to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The sale preview is already online. If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you’ll be able to shop the sale first, as early as July 6 depending on your Nordy Club status. (Check your account information for your status and access date.) The “All Skate” access (everyone else) is July 15.

The good news is, you have some time to go through the preview. If you have a Nordstrom account you can save favorites to your Wish List, and easily add them to your cart when you have access to shop.

Here’s the strategy I use to get the most from this sale:

👉 Make a list. Are there items you need to replace or refresh? Gaps in your wardrobe? You can use the filters on the Nordstrom product pages to refine your search by item type.

If you’re planning to shop this sale, what types of items will you be looking for? Let me know and I’ll be on the lookout.

👉 Then, search by your favorite brands. Some of the brands I usually check for first are:

👉 Next, I’ll have a list of any specific items I might be looking to replace or update, and will search by category. For example:

Finally, I may wait a day or so to clear my head, then I’ll do what I call a “stream of consciousness” lap, just scrolling through broad categories (e.g. Clothing, Shoes, Beauty, Accessories) to see what catches my eye that I might have overlooked. (I’ve actually found some of my best Anniversary Sale purchases this way.)

And I’ll also take a pass through the store early in the sale, to see if anything jumps out at me.

👉 Don’t get discouraged…inventory may be tight on some items, but if something you wanted is sold out in your size or preferred color, bookmark it or keep on your wish list and check back periodically. Returns and restocks happen throughout the sale period. With the shift toward shopping more online rather than in stores, there will be more tendency for people to order multiple sizes and return what doesn’t fit.

I’ve added more of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks to my SHOP page, and will be updating throughout the sale, so do check back regularly.

What’s on my wish list (so far)…

Caslon cotton utility jacket rust

A utility jacket is one of those pieces I’ll wear almost year-round. This one in rust is a nice change-up from olive, but if you like olive, that’s available too. Plus-size here.

Vince block heel slide sandals from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Here’s a simple sandal with a not-too-high heel that will go with everything… (also in black, white and red).

Missoma zircon huggie earrings

I love huggie hoop earrings for everyday, and like the slightly rough look of these

L'Agence coated cotton jacket from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

I’ve been coveting this jacket in denim for some time, but the coated cotton version in Maple may push me over the edge…

Cole Haan leopard print loafers.

Leopard print…nuff said…

Frame leather crossbody bag camel

This sleek cross-body bag reminds me of the one from Céline, but at a fraction of the price. Plus, it seems to come with a shorter chain handle too…

Don’t forget to check out my SHOP page for more of my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks HERE

And I’ll be updating throughout the sale, so do check back!

Stay in touch.

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  1. Kathleen Johnson
    July 1, 2022 / 8:29 am

    Susan, I am constantly on the lookout for structured and neat sweaters. I need a black one and a white one. It seems like sweaters like these would be easy to find, but they aren’t. I have an older black sweater that I love, but I need to update. If you see anything, please let me know. I love reading your posts. I look for them every morning. Bonne Journee! Kathleen

  2. Kathie
    July 1, 2022 / 9:52 am

    Thanks, the rust jacket is a real find. Its on my wish list I hope its around on the 15th. Nordstrom doesn’t have a store here in Asheville so I rarely shop their website. I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume and most of the clothes I see look like what my 27 year old hair stylist wears. I do appreciate their free shipping.

  3. Bette
    July 1, 2022 / 10:59 am

    Oh, man. This was eye-opening. What I see on the Nordstrom site is a sea of autumnal colors coming our way, and all very muted and blah looking. So much for the beautiful colors I was hoping to see carried forward. Maybe it’s just the featured items for the anniv sale — I hope so. On the other hand, I have enough clothing! I’ll save my $$ for a gorgeous bag or shoes!

  4. Tym
    July 1, 2022 / 11:07 am

    I will update and replace undergarments and skin care. There is not much clothing in the Plus department that doesn’t look like it’s for a 20-30 year old. So many ripped jeans and tee shirts, ugh! I buy less and less each year.

  5. PJ
    July 1, 2022 / 4:48 pm

    I appreciate your very helpful advice as I get overwhelmed by the vast amount of sale items and find it difficult to think about fall/winter when I am in summer mode. I know you are in CA but it would be helpful for those of us in full-on winter climates to get some cold weather recommendations if you happen upon anything in casual wear that stands out in your browsing (e.g., boots, sweaters, jackets/coats, scarves). Thank you for keeping us updated on your favorite finds!

  6. MaryKay
    July 1, 2022 / 7:52 pm

    Long time Nordstrom shopper/card holder her (began in college – 40+ years). Received my catalogue today and began to go through the selections on-line. The Rust utility jacket was the 1st thing to go on my wish list. Not sure if I will purchase it in the end, but it sure did catch my eye. In addition, my favorite wireless bra, a Pendleton barn jacket and a few basics. Now my kids will join in and provide their wish list items. Two days ahead – we all review/refine. I always enjoy your “how to do the Nordstrom Annniversary Sale” posts every year!

  7. Elizabeth
    July 1, 2022 / 10:07 pm

    I was disappointed by this year’s Anniversary Sale offerings, in pretty much every department (womens, shoes, kids, home and beauty). I’ve often scored terrific Eileen Fisher pieces but not this year. I’ll be saving money by not splurging at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year!

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