Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Well my friends, it's that time of year...the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale arrives this week with early access beginning on Friday. Not sure what the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is or how to get early access? Check out my dedicated page here.

If you've been following me for a while then you know that I make somewhat of a big deal about this sale every year. No, this isn’t a blogger thing. It’s an Emily thing. Although, style bloggers have kind of ruined the sale for me. This used to be an event for me. I would take the day off and have so much fun shopping and then style bloggers came along. They buy everything up and don’t actually wear it. It completely made the #NSale not as exciting. Let me be truthful with you as I always am, I've been shopping at Nordstroms since I was in college. Nordys & I, we go way back. I’d like to think I’m somewhat of a master of this sale.

In years past, I’ve added #NSale content to SMT because I actually shop the sale and wanted to share the things I’ve found with you. Plus, 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 on sale early.

I was able to swing by last night to pick up a few items. I mostly prefer to shop online but I saw some items in this years catalog that I wanted to pick-up. I will be posting an NSale video…probably early next week; maybe even sooner depending if I can get it all filmed and edited.

Last year I put together several posts including my first Concealed Carry Style Guide video with items from the #NSale and it was very well received. So you can definitely expect another video and other posts but trust me, it’s not going to be overkill. 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 while maintaining your sanity.

Plus, any self-reliant girl knows that you gotta have a good game plan.  

  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. You don't need to shop or buy from each list but it helps to stay on track & focused especially if you're working with a budget (see tip 2), 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. 

  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 designers will make your shopping trip much more efficient.

  4. Shop Early. If you have a Nordstrom card then definitely shop early.  Their early access opens seven days before the sale opens to the public 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). 

  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 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 4th 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.

  6. Just Wait. This ties into tip 1 in regards to making your list. If there is something you need then obviously get whatever that is but if it’s just an item you want and/or are lusting after, you can always wait. Yes, prices go up after the sale buuuttttt Nordstrom will also put many of the items that were part of the NSale back on sale during the fall/winter. They’ve gotta move their inventory and make room for spring so eventually these items will go back on sale and sometimes for less. Yes, sizes and quantities will be limited but then you can chalk it up as it wasn’t meant to be. You can also check Nordstrom Rack later in the fall/winter season as you might find one those items you were lusting for at an even deeper discount.

  7. You Do You. This is my final tip and I think the most important. These tips and the posts I create are all here to help you. I want to be a resource to you by sharing what works for me along with things I love and would wear. Not things I think you '“need” or “must” buy because I don’t know what that is. Only YOU know your budget, what you actually need, and what is realistic for you and if I can be of help in any way, let me know.

From one Nordy girl to another, get that list going but you do you. 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 a few more posts on sale and another video. So be sure to sign-up below to get an update when a new post goes live. Additionally, in the navigation menu, under the ‘Shop’ menu you'll see a new menu item called 'Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’ where you will be able to find all the posts regarding the sale in one spot as well as some of my picks from the NSale.

Happy Shopping!

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