Well my friends, it's that time of year...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale arrives this week with early access beginning on Thursday. Not sure what the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is or how about getting early access? Check out my dedicated page here.
If you've been following me for a while you know that I make somewhat of a big deal about this sale every year. I've been shopping at Nordstroms since I was in college. We go way back. I don't know about you but I certainly don't like paying full price for things and this sale puts all those cute Fall/Winter items you want on sale now.
Last year I put together several posts covering the #NSale and it was very well received so I'll be doing it again. For those that might be new to the sale or not sure how to go about navigating it, I want to share my tips with you so that you can hit the ground shopping. Plus, any self-reliant girl knows that you gotta have a good game plan.
Make a List. The best way to approach this sale is to start with a list. I love a good list and I love a good shopping list even more. I like to make three lists: things I need, things I want, & designers to check out. You don't necessarily need to shop or buy from each list but it helps to stay on track & focused especially if you're working with a budget, which I also highly recommend.
Things I Need: This is anything you realized last Fall/Winter that was missing from your closet and wish you had. Additionally, this is also a good time to assess your bras & panties and stock up on some fresh new pairs.
Things I Want: This solely stems from what you find in the catalog or something from your lust list. It might not be practical but depending on your budget this could definitely be a great little reason to #TreatYoSelf.
Designers: The #NSale isn't limited in the designers offered up during the sale. There are many contemporary and higher-end designers that have items listed in the #NSale. I personally shop by designer first. Meaning, I want to see everything that Rag & Bone, AG Jeans, Rebecca Minkoff, BP., & Treasure & Bond (to name a few) have on sale.
Set a Budget. It's so easy to go a bit crazy & go overboard. By setting a budget, you can decide from your list(s) what your priorities are and possibly pick up things you need and want. With your budget in mind consider if there are any investment pieces you want to procure. The sale isn't limited to just modern designers, there are plenty of contemporary and higher-end designers that have items on sale. That Burberry trench you've been eyeing or a very similar version will most likely be part of the sale & who doesn't love picking up designer pieces on sale (#score).
Know Your Sizes. I always take a quick inventory of some of my current wardrobe items and take note of their sizes. For instance, if I know I want to get a new pair of Rag & Bone jeans, I check the size on a pair I currently own so when I go to buy them (online especially) I know which size to get. This is also a good tip for shoes as each designer sizes their shoes a tad differently. Unfortunately, not all designers sizes are created equal. So having an idea of what size you are with designers will make your shopping trip much more efficient.
Shop Early. If you have a Nordstrom credit card then definitely shop early. Their early access opens eight days before the sale opens to the public (non-Nordstrom credit holders) which gives you the chance to scoop up sizes and items that might be limited. However, if you don't have early access don't fret. Make your list and start making note of item numbers from the catalog. If online or your local store is sold out, ask your store to check if any other stores have them in stock & have it shipped to you (it's free and so are returns).
Just Buy It. Okay, this really isn't a tip but more of one of my "lessons learned" when it comes to this sale. If you're hesitant on something, I suggest buying it. Take it home and try it with clothing from your own closet. You might realize you don't like it or need it and if that's the case, you can always return it. Nordstrom's return policy is awesome and if you buy online shipping/returns are free (they provide you with the return label). If it turns out that you do keep it, you'll be thankful because you didn't wait until after August 5th when the prices go up. Yes, it's seems a bit odd to shop for cold weather clothing when it's 90 degrees out but your wallet & closet will be thanking you.
From one Nordy girl to another, get that list going. I would love to know what you end up getting. Also, if you have any questions about the sale, let me know. As I mentioned I'll be doing posts on recapping some of my favorite finds, sizing tips, my concealed carry friendly finds, and much more during the entire sale. So be sure to sign-up below to get an update when a new post goes live.. Additionally, under the 'Shop' menu in the navigation you'll see a new menu item called 'Nordstrom #NSale' where you will be able to find all the posts regarding the sale in one spot.
Happy Shopping, friends.