UPDATED JULY 18th with try-on pics of my favorites from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale!!!
Hello, sweet friends! As you may have noticed, I’m not a fashion blogger. That being said, after years of feeling insecure about my appearance I’ve finally found a ‘formula’ for buying clothes that help me look and feel my best. And I’m passionate about helping others do the same! So when the SALE OF ALL SALES– the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale— arrives each summer, I strive to pick out my very favorite pieces and the ones I think will be universally loved to help you save money on your wardrobe and feel great about what you buy, too.
In case you’re new, here’s a quick rundown of why the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is SUCH a big deal and why I buy all my fall and winter clothing in July. In case you’ve been here awhile, skip down to the goodies from this year’s sale!
What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
Each year, Nordstrom runs their famous Anniversary Sale with brand-name and higher end goods for a fraction of the regular price. Often items are hundreds of dollars less during the sale. It is a fantastic time to scoop up investment pieces like luxury handbags, as well as pieces for your capsule wardrobe that you intend to keep for years such as great jeans, shoes and boots. There’s also some trendier items mixed in at fantastic prices to pair with your investment pieces.
Why does everyone go crazy for the sale?
Well, for all of the reasons above PLUS Nordstrom has free shipping both ways in case you want to return something, plus a fabulous return policy, so it’s basically no-risk shopping the sale.
What are the 3 most important things to know about the sale?
- You need to be a cardholder to get early access to the sale (starts July 12th at 12:30 PM EST for all Nordstrom cardholders) and trust me, you want early access. It’s easy to apply for a Nordstrom credit or debit card and SO worth it. In years past things sell out on the first day and often the most popular items are gone by the time public access starts on July 19th. The sale runs through August 4th.
- Did I mention the most popular items go quickly? I’m so so serious about this! Last year I wasn’t able to get a few of my must-have items and I had early access! Also, consider getting something in two sizes if you’re unsure of the sizing. You can always return the one you don’t want (just do so in a timely manner so the rest of us can snap it up, haha!)
- If you’re a cardholder, use your double points day to earn Nordy Notes to spend later.
In years past, I’ve gotten to the store early and spent hours trying on clothing. Of course, the past two years I’ve done something dumb and traveled out of town the day the sale starts and that is why, my friends, I am not a fashion blogger. #bloggerfail
So I don’t have photos of this year’s favorites, but I have a very good idea of what will be popular using my data from past year’s sales (and also from what’s creating the most buzz so far!)
With that in mind, I’ve rounded up my absolute favorite items from the sale below. I’m going to be searching for a wi-fi hotspot mid-air while flying to New York City today so I can stock up, that’s for sure! Once everything arrives, I’ll do try-on sessions on Instagram but I don’t want you to miss out because the best pieces will most likely be sold out by then– so I’m sharing my favorites sans try-on pics today so you can get them now too.
After years of experience shopping the sale, here’s what I am buying, would buy if I didn’t already have something similar, or suggest buying because I know it’ll be popular and go super fast!
Remember, you can’t add anything to your cart until July 12th at 12:30PM EST if you’re a cardmember or July 19th for the public, so keep this tab open and bookmarked and come back here at noon to get ready!!!
Favorites from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Shoes + Boots
Hunter Boots, $99.90 (after sale $150)
An absolute classic, you can dress these up or down with leggings, jeans, or a cute dress
Caslon Wedge Sneaker in multiple colors, $64.90 (after sale $99.95)
These have a hidden wedge and look great with jeans… I’m wearing them above and they’re SO comfy, I love them!
BP. Heath Bootie in multiple shades, $69.90 (after sale $109.95)
BP booties are always a bit hit, and this comes in several popular shades.
UGG Scuffette in multiple colors, $54.90 (after sale $84.95)
These come in several colors and make great gifts; to be honest I was waiting all year to order slippers in the hopes they’d have an UGG slipper with a back (and they might, this is all I could find for right now, I’ll keep you updated!)
Addidas Swift Run Sneaker, $63.90 (after sale $85)
HANDS OFF THEY’RE MINE! 😉 Great price and perfect for wearing on the daily.
Sperry Boots in multiple colors, $79.90 (after sale $119.95)
I already have a similar pair otherwise I’d be snagging these; they’re super cute for rainy and snowy days
Vince Perforated Bootie in multiple shades, $99.90 (after sale $145.95)
These look like great everyday booties, and I’d snag them if I didn’t already have a similar pair
Hidden Wedge Bootie in multiple shades, $79.90 (after sale $119.95)
Comes in many shades and that hidden wedge will elongate legs for those who want that like me. 🙂
Sam Edelman Boots, $149.90 (after sale $224.95)
I love Sam Edelman, and I love tall boots, so these seem like a win to me but I have yet to try them on.
Knee-High Vince Boots in multiple colors/patterns, $159.90 (after sale $239.95)
Knee-high boots always go super fast, and the heel isn’t too high on these so they look comfy as well.
Waterproof Suede Boots $99.90 (after sale $149.95)
LOVE THESE suede boots! I predict they’ll be huge sellers. I’m getting them in this pretty taupe color.
Caslon Sandals $64.90 (after sale $99.95)
YAY, I love when they have items that will work in the summertime in the Nordstrom Sale! These are perfect for going out on date nights or when you want to dress up a casual outfit.
Cardigans + Outerwear
Barefoot Dreams Cardigan in multiple colors, $76.90 (after sale, $116)
This is the biggest seller every year because it’s SO stinking cozy! Perfect for fall and winter mornings, or layering over t-shirts. You seriously won’t believe how soft this is.
Halogen Cashmere Cardigan in multiple colors, $132.90 (after sale $199)
This is a little bit long for my body shape, but I predict it’ll be a big seller as it’s a fantastic price for cashmere and comes in lots of colors
this is such a ringer for the H&M leopard cardigan from a few years ago, I know it’ll be a best seller
Bernado Packable Jacket $119.90 (after sale $180)
This is SO similar to my favorite winter jacket that I bought at the Nordstrom sale two years ago; it’s super packable (can be reduced into about the size of a volleyball in my luggage) and yet super warm. Love it!
Bold Stripe Cardigan $45.90, after sale $69
This cardigan is SO soft and is thin enough to feel comfy without being too bulky. It’s a keeper!
Zella Wrap in two colors, $45.90 (after sale $69)
Obviously I can’t get enough cardigans and wraps. I want to check this one out in person, but it looks great for workouts.
Leopard Print Scarf $26.90 (after sale $44.95)
I have a similar scarf I bought at last year’s sale that I wore all over Ireland last month! This is one of those accessories that makes even the most basic tops looks chic and stylish.
Hammered Coin Necklace $42.90 (after sale, $65)
This pairs beautifully with just about everything, a gold toned necklace is such a core wardrobe staple that I’m adding this one to my collection! I’m wearing it in most of my try-on photos in this post!
Treasure and Bond Leopard Belt, $38.90 (after sale $59)
I love a bit of leopard. There’s SO MUCH animal print in this year’s sale so I have to be careful not to overdo it!
Tops + Sweaters
Something Navy Speckled Sweater, $49.90 (after sale, 79.00)
This is super soft and flattering! It runs big so you may want to order a size down, I’m wearing a size small.
Leopard Crewneck Pullover, $49.90 (after sale, $79)
If I didn’t already have a sweater in a similar pattern then this would be jumping into my shopping cart
Soft Cowl Neck Sweater, $49.90 (after sale $79)
This is such a cozy and flattering style and it’s getting RAVE reviews; I’m getting it in several colors for those chilly winter days when I want to curl up on the couch but have to be out and about instead. It looks oversized so I plan to do a front-tuck and wear with boots and skinny jeans.
Halogen Sweater in multiple colors, $45.90 (after sale $69)
Solid colors that are perfect for stocking up on and pairing with not-so-basic pants and skirts.
Cozy Print Sweatshirt $31.90 (after sale $49)
Yes and yes. I love cozy sweatshirts and this one is cute and comes in several patterns.
Jeans and Pants
Wit + Wisdom Snake Print Pants, $51.90 (after sale $78)
I don’t know why I love these so much, but the heart wants what it wants. Plus, snakeskin is a neutral and they’ll go with pretty much any other solid color. These fit great, keep everything in, and will be fun for date night or girls night out.
AG Farrah High Waist Skinny Jeans, $149.90 (after sale $225)
THESE ARE AMAZING!!!!! They fit like a glove and look flattering as well. I adore the high waist for my body shape.
Paige Jeans, $139.90 (after sale $209)
Paige jeans are one of my top favorite brands, so I’m excited to try these on
AG Prima Ankle Jeans, $149 (after sale $225)
AG Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans, $149 (after sale $225)
these make me want to actually try the boyfriend style jeans after years of only skinny style jeans
Zella High-Waist Leggings in multiple colors/patterns, $38.90 (after sale $65)
I’ve found sometimes the quality of the Nordy sale Zella leggings doesn’t always match the quality of the regular Zellas, so I’m ordering a few pairs to see if I like the sale version. Since I live in leggings year-round, I’m hoping they’re good this year!
High Waist Moto Leggings, $75.90 (after sale $114)
I love a great pair of leggings, and these are cute enough to run errands in as well as work out. I’m going to have to make sure they aren’t see-through, but it’s on my must-order list and I’m hoping they’re as great on my body as they look online.
Celia Croc Embossed Leather Tote in multiple colors, $152.90 (after sale $229)
I absolutely love this bag, it’s chic and tailored in several classic colorways
Tory Burch Everly Tote bag, $352.90 (after sale $528!!!!!)
If I worked outside the home, this would 1000% be coming home with me. It’s not in my ‘need’ list right now, but wow, this bag is a stunner! And it comes in PINK. Be still my heart.
Snakeskin Clutch (also comes in leopard print) $65.90 (after sale $99)
I’ve been looking for a snakeskin clutch for years because it’s a neutral and looks chic with everything, and this one has a gold strap you can tuck away if you want; this is such a keeper!
Last but not least, I splurged at last year’s sale and bought the Barefoot Dreams Blanket— it’s like the cardigan, but a throw blanket you can cuddle with. IT IS HANDS-DOWN OUR FAVORITE BLANKET IN THE HOUSE. We get in friendly tug-of-wars over this thing. So I’m snagging another so we no longer have to throw elbows to see who gets to snuggle up in this cloud-like dreaminess! Makes an amazing and much-appreciated gift for the holidays (or any time, really) too.
My personal thoughts on this year’s sale items: you guys, after a few disappointing years I feel like this sale is really, really good. I’ve found the quality has gone down on a few items (such as BP. and Zella), but if you feel like the quality isn’t great remember you can return it for free. The shoes and boots are awesome this year, as are all the cardigan options. One downside is there is SO. MUCH. ANIMAL. PRINT. And you know how much I love an animal print! But I’m not about to pair leopard with leopard, and I already have leopard flats, a scarf, a belt, a cardigan and a clutch so I’ll be looking for those in other patterns or even solids.
So what am I personally getting this year? Here’s what’s on my must-order list, hopefully they won’t sell out by the time I land in NYC!
If you found this helpful, it would mean the world to me if you’d share it on Facebook and Pinterest! I’m sharing try-on and styling pics in the ‘Nsale’ highlight circle on Instagram as everything arrives. Remember, you can’t shop the sale until 12:30PM EST on July 12th for cardholders (and July 19th for non-cardholders), so come back here at noon AND GET READY!
Which items are you most excited for? What do you wish was on sale?