Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips


If you know me or have been following SMT for a while then you know that I love Nordstrom, after all, it is The Mothership.  I've been shopping at The Mothership for my entire adult life & I'm legit obsessed. Well, my favorite sale of the year is quickly approaching, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (#NSale).

For those that might be new to the sale or not sure how to go about navigating it, I'm sharing my tips to ensure that you can hit the ground shopping come this Thursday.  So first things first, what is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? For a limited time, The Mothership puts upcoming Fall/Winter fashions on sale giving you the opportunity to get a jump start on your next season's wardrobe. The sale officially starts on July 21st. However, Nordstrom card holders (debit or credit) can get early access to shop the #NSale starting this Thursday, July 14.  You can read more about gaining early access hereThe sale ends on August 8th, which means all those Fall/Winter items you passed up on go back to full price.

So now that you know when & what it's all about, now let me share with you some tips for shopping this sale. If you received the #NSale catalog then I hope that you have already ooh'd, ahh'd, & marked all of the items you want. If so, you're already ahead of the game but if you haven't then you can sneak a preview of some items from the online catalog.  

#NSale Shopping Tips


1. 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.

  • Things I Need: This is anything you realized last Fall/Winter that was missing from your closet and wish you had.

  • 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 to moderate designers. There are also 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, Rebecca Minkoff, AG Jeans, Wayf, & Treasure & Bond (to name a few) have on sale.

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. So I'm sure you can guess my next tip...

2. 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). 

3. 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 these designers will make your shopping trip much more efficient.

4. Shop Early. If you have a Nordstrom debit or credit card then definitely shop early.  Their early access opens eight days before the sale opens to the public (non-Nordstrom credit or debit card holders) which gives you the chance to scoop up sizes and items that might be limited. Have you noticed those tents inside Nordstrom leading up to the Anniversary Sale? Those hold all the coveted sale items that early access members can shop. 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 you 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). 

5. 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.  If it turns out that you do keep it, you'll be thankful because you didn't wait until after August 8th 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 and let me know what you're looking forward to picking up.  Also, if you have any questions about the sale, let me know.

Be sure to check back Thursday because I'll be posting my top picks from the #NSale.