Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide

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It is that time of year that you will hear your favorite bloggers and influencers talk nonstop about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I know that some of you could take it or leave it, but I love to check out what Nordstrom is offering. It is a great opportunity to save money on quality staple pieces while also getting a glimpse at the Fall/Winter trends.

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is definitely a sale for cardholders since they get first access. Please don’t feel the pressure to open an account. I am not a cardholder and will never advocate for opening a store credit card. If an item you like sells out before public access, there will be a similar version available later in the season.

I went through the entire sale and picked out things I already own and love and a few things I have my eye on. My recommendations are based on items that I already own and love as well as new things that have caught my eye.

The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will open to the public on July 28th, with Early Access for NordyClub cardholders beginning on July 12-27th. Click here to preview the sale

Before Shopping The Sale

Before you even start adding anything to your cart, you have some homework to do.

First and foremost, you need to make a budget. Look at your financial situation and decide how much you can spend on clothes for the season.

Second, you need to make a shopping list. Go through your current wardrobe. Try on items you haven’t worn for a bit. Think about what you need to round out your wardrobe. Then make a list.

If your budget isn’t big enough to cover your entire list, pick a couple of things that are priorities. Then shop for those essential items first.


Nordstrom offers a lot of the same things from year to year. Sometimes they will be slightly updated with a new pattern or color. Now is your opportunity to purchase basics like jeans, blazers, and outwear in new shades or prints.

Plus Size

In years past, Nordstrom hasn’t offered much for plus sizes during the sale. This year the options are marginally better. I would focus on picking high-quality pieces that you will wear for years like blazers, cardigans, and coats.

Shoes and Accessories

If you need to replace a pair of boots or your gym shoes, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to buy them.


The selection of beauty items on sale doesn’t change much from year to year. If you bought a haircare set last year, chances are it will be on sale again this year. Take this sale as an opportunity to stock up on your beauty staples.

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