The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a fantastic way to get everything from luxury items to wardrobe basics at a steep discount. With a generous return policy, free shipping both ways, and impressive sale prices, there’s a reason the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is highly anticipated every summer!
Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can feel overwhelming because of the huge amount of items on sale. After years of shopping that sale I’ve got it down to a science, and this year they’ve shared an online preview ahead of time which allows you to add items to your wishlist in advance. That’s a BIG DEAL because you can now add your favorite items to the wishlist and just ‘add to cart’ when they come in stock during the sale.
The biggest downside to the sale is that popular items sell out FAST. Sometimes they’re restocked, and sometimes not. Plus, the way Nordstrom structures the sale they give early access depending on your card level. Icon level cardholders get first dibs, but to achieve this status they’ve spend $15,000 or more during the calendar year.
2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Dates
The most important thing to note is that if you want early access to the sale, you need to be a Nordstrom card holder. It only takes a few minutes to get one, but definitely have it in place before the sale starts so you can get in early. The best items will often sell out before the sale opens to everyone on July 15.
Note that the ‘Influencer’ level is open to anyone who is a cardholder. I wish they’d change that wording because some people think it’s only open to those with a blog or large social media following. Nope, you just need to have the Nordstrom Card to qualify for that level.
How I Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
As with everything in life, go with your gut, your budget, and your values. What do you really need for your current lifestyle? What’s your budget? Do you need core pieces, shoes and accessories, or some fun extras?
The truth for me is that I just don’t need much this year. As a work-from-home mama, I dress comfy with a few key pieces for going out or Zoom meetings. I usually snag a new handbag and a pair of on-trend booties and shoes during the sale to add something fun to my wardrobe. I also usually get staples such as leggings and a new pair or two of jeans. This sale is perfect for adding those type of items to your closet.
Add to Wishlist
The BEST thing that Nordstrom did was add a Wish List feature. You can go in right now and put everything on your Wishlist and then easily add to cart when the sale opens for you. Note that items really do go FAST, so you might not get everything you want. My advice? Keep checking back because they may add more stock throughout the sale. That’s why the wishlist is a BOMB addition to the sale shopping!
Build Your Core Wardrobe With Staples From the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Perhaps the biggest reason I love the Anniversary sale is it gives you the option for stocking up on fall and winter pieces before the season starts. That way you can build your outfits around them from the start of the season as opposed to waiting for them to go on sale around the holidays.
Tip: get neutral pieces when it comes to clothing and add on-trend accessories, shoes, and handbags. Works like a charm to build a timeless capsule wardrobe that will be in style for years to come.
Capsule Wardrobe Shopping List:
My Top Favorites at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
North Face makes the best jackets, and this rain jacket is stylish and the olive green color looks great on EVERYONE. Added to wishlist!
Mark my words… THIS handbag will sell out super quick. It checks all the boxes: stylish, practical, and goes with everything.
These gorgeous sunglasses are breaking the internet. They will go fast as well at that price!
This blanket. My kids fight over the one we got last year, so for under $25 I’m getting a few more in different colors!
These sold out last year before I could snag them, but they’re on my wishlist and I’m ready to hit ‘BUY’ as soon as the sale starts. They are my FAVORITE and on super deep discount.
These have amazing reviews and my guess is they’ll be one of the big sellers this year since they’re stylish, comfy, AND $60 off the regular price.
I’m such a sucker for retro sneakers, and these come in several fun colors.
If I didn’t already own this necklace I’d get it again… each time I wear it, I get compliments! It’s so chic and makes a great gift too.
I get a pair or two of these Zella leggings every year and wear them all winter long.
I already have this top in several colors otherwise I’d get it again. I do a little font tuck and it’s perfect for date nights or hanging out with friends.
Since items sell out quickly, instead of categorizing my favorites individually I’m going to put them all below. Simply click the photo of the item you’re interested in and you can shop right from there as soon as the sale goes live! I’ll update this post frequently as I find new goodies and try items on in store.
Here’s everything mentioned in the post! I’ll try to keep it updated throughout the sale as they add new items that I think you’ll love.
Hopefully this shopping guide helps you get the very deals on clothing and accessories that you will love for a long time. Now it’s your turn–what are your favorites from the sale? Any disappointments? Or great deals I missed?