A Sneak Peek at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A polished casual look with items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

First, Defense will stipulate that Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is often overhyped. 😉 But it also can be a great opportunity to find new season items, sometimes at substantial markdowns.

Necklace | Top | Sunglasses | Pants | Sandals

Some years are better than others, but I’ve learned to temper my expectations. If I find one or two pieces that add long-term value to my wardrobe, I consider that a success. And keep an open mind…sometimes the best finds sneak up on you. (Case in point: last year’s butterscotch leather jacket .)

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How it works…

So this year, rather than a print catalog, the sale preview is already online. If you are a Nordstrom cardholder, you’ll be able to shop the sale early, on August 13. (Some cardholders may have a premier status that allows them to shop even earlier. Check your account information for your status and access date.) The “All Skate” access (everyone else) is August 19.

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.

There’s a lot to sift through, and IMO this is not one of the more exciting collections. (Though if you’re looking for activewear, there’s a decent selection.) Still, I’ve found some pieces that I do think are worth a second look, which I’ll share with you periodically over the course of the sale.

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.

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

If something you wanted is sold out in your favorite size or color, bookmark it or keep on your wish list and check back periodically. Returns and restocks happen throughout the sale period. I predict that with more people shopping online rather than in stores, there will be more ordering of multiple sizes and returning what doesn’t fit.

A sporty chic look with items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Earrings | Top | Watch | Pants | Sneakers

And what’s on my wish list…

On my wish list for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, these Cole Haan slip-on calf hair sneakers in leopard/camo print. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Starting with the shoes. These were one of the first items that jumped out at me…a slip-on sneaker in a leopard-camo mashup print.

Louise et Cie buckle loafers in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’ve long had a “thing” for loafers with a buckle detail, and it’s so nice to find a pair in brown rather than black! (Yes, they are also available in Black, as well as a Beige patent leather.)

Vince Camuto leopard print v-neck top from Nordstrom anniversary sale preview. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I purchased this top in ivory a couple of years ago, and found it to be a real workhorse piece. But leopard print is also a neutral, so I’ll be trying this one too.

Halogen ponte knit crop pants from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I love ponte knit pants. They’re comfortable and great for travel, but it’s not always easy to find them in colors other than black. I have these cropped pants on my wish list, and fingers crossed that the color IRL leans more a warm rust red than a cool berry. (Other colors available too, including Black.)

Argento Vivo bee stud earrings. Details at une femme d'un certain age

These bee earrings are really cute, and quite budget-friendly.

Caslon leopard print utility jacket from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I’m perpetually on the lookout for lightweight, casual jackets. I really like the simple stand collar on this one, and that this leopard print isn’t too dark or heavy.

Hanky Panky boyshorts in aqua. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I always look for these lace boyshorts in the sale, and take advantage of the lower price to replace a couple of my older pairs. And I usually pick up another bottle of the delicates wash, which will last just about until next year’s sale. (I use it for silks, too.)

In past years, I’ve been able to visit my local store and try things on to show you. I don’t think I’m going to be able to do that this year, but will report back regarding any items I order. If there’s anything in particular you’re hoping to find in the sale, let me know and I’ll try to help suss out options.

You can see all of my picks on my SHOP page. I’ll be updating it throughout the sale, so do check back. Think of it as “one stop shopping” for the sale. 😉

And for those of you who aren’t into shopping at the moment, I get it, and please feel free to skip over these posts. I promise to try to be selective and not inundate you with sale content. 😉

Thanks for reading!

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13 Comments

  1. Holly
    August 3, 2020 / 1:10 am

    I like your so-far picks from the NAS sale, Susan. Keep them coming!

  2. Beverly Mowry
    August 3, 2020 / 4:32 am

    Thanks for your picks. I have a few of them already in my wish list; but I too am a bit underwhelmed this year with the selection…….!

  3. Lori
    August 3, 2020 / 4:53 am

    Thank you so much! I am determined to buy workhorse, quality pieces going forward. I love how you’ve incorporated color. I still like my black but wish to add more color to the top half! You always have such thoughtful, quality pieces! Appreciate all your effort! Keep it coming for the Nordstrom sale!

  4. Deborah
    August 3, 2020 / 7:20 am

    I agree that these, this year is not exciting. I guess that’s good since we’re not going out these days.I went overboard last year. This year I’ll save my money. I did put a Spanx and some panties on my wish list.

  5. Carol Granger
    August 3, 2020 / 8:44 am

    You and I have duplicated some of the same items from the sale. I have been laid up with a broken ankle since March and my daughter moved in to take care of me. She has cleaned out every closet in my house and, with my permission, has really reduced my clothes down to almost nothing. So……..I’m excited to say My Wish List is bursting at the seams and I’m looking forward to August 13! Happy Shopping, everyone.

  6. Carol Granger
    August 3, 2020 / 9:02 am

    You and I have duplicated some of the same items from the sale. I have been laid up with a broken ankle since March and my daughter moved in to take care of me. She has cleaned out every closet in my house and, with my permission, has really reduced my clothes down to almost nothing. So……..I’m excited to say My Wish List is bursting at the seams and I’m looking forward to August 10! Happy Shopping, everyone.

  7. Eve
    August 3, 2020 / 10:08 am

    I love ponte pants too and have several pair. You always pick the greatest shoes. I think I like the slip on sneakers in leopard. I have leopard tipped black flats, solid leopard flats and rain boots but no leopard sneakers. These would be great since they would go with most things.

  8. Debra
    August 3, 2020 / 10:23 am

    I’ve added some Dior beauty products to my list and one Vince sweater; not buying much as most of what I buy from Nordstrom is work clothing and I ‘m not dressing for work these days. I like your strategy and will go back through the preview with it in mind. Thank you for sharing your great picks!

  9. Suzanne
    August 3, 2020 / 10:39 am

    I love your style and your picks, especially since you’re wearing more color. I’m an autumn so I can wear some of the same things you do. I’m hoping you’ll feature a selection of handbags. I’m looking for a cognac leather shoulder bag for fall. Keep up the good work!

  10. Francesca B.
    August 3, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Lovely post and great picks thank you Susan.Happy week:)

  11. Jeanette
    August 3, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    I’m looking for casual/lounge wear. With having to stay home so much, I’d like some comfy clothes that look nice and can lift my spirits while I’m on quarantine.

  12. Helen
    August 4, 2020 / 12:27 pm

    I sure like your picks. I purchased a similar leopard print top a year ago and it’s been a a sure winner. Works with a number of outfits.

  13. Nicole Kowalski
    August 4, 2020 / 2:17 pm

    I haven’t been excited about the sale except for some Vince items and my favorite Almond Body Oil from L’Occitane.

    Those J. Crew pants are a good find though and I’ve added them to my wish list.

    Do you think you’ll do the Men’s Sale? I noticed the Vince Polos are in the sale. My husband likes them too.

    Thanks Susan!

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