Monday, July 2, 2018

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

One of the biggest sales of the year is almost is here: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. If you're not familiar, I'll give you a quick rundown. Every year around this time, Nordstrom debuts its fall merchandise. Instead of waiting until the end of the season to mark it down, they launch it at sale prices. This includes designers like Tory Burch and Michael Kors, which rarely go on sale, and major brands like Nike and North Face. So if you've been eyeing those Tory Burch Reva Flats or a North Face Jacket, now is the time to pounce. You likely won't find better prices all year. 

The sale opens to the public on July 20 and runs through August 5. You can get early access starting July 12 if you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit Card or Rewards Card. You certainly don't need early access to shop the sale, but it does ensure you get access to it before the more popular items sell out. A Southern Drawl wrote a great blog post about all of the details if you're still not convinced. 

The first time I shopped the sale, I felt very overwhelmed. Nordstrom has a huge selection to sort through, which can be especially stressful when you're hunting for a great deal and hoping nothing you want sells out. Here are some tips for getting the most out of it. 

1. Follow the professionals. If you're still not sure whether or not this sale is for you, I'd recommend checking out old posts from top bloggers who usually do a full rundown of their favorite picks year after year. Although the selection is different every year, this will give you an idea of the categories and brands that typically go on sale. These bloggers also put up a post very quickly after the early access starts to share their top picks, which is incredibly helpful. You could just use one of their lists to shop the sale. I've linked their past posts below.

I'd recommend following: 

2. Narrow it down. Whether it be by price point, category, or brand, find some way to narrow down your search. Nordstrom is well known for its top brands and designers, but I've come to love some of their lesser-known brands for their value and style. You'll definitely find prices under $100 and even under $50 when you shop these brands, especially during this sale.

For cute tops and sweaters:
Lush (I especially love this roll-tab tunic)

For denim:

For jewelry:

For shoes:

For workout clothes:
3. Develop a wish/need list. Every year before the sale, I try to assess my closet to see what's missing or needs replacing. My riding boots are looking a little worn, so I'll be shopping for a new pair during this year's sale. I'm eyeing these Sam Edelman Boots. This spring, I did a huge purge of fall and winter clothes, so I'll also be looking at new sweaters and jeans. Ugg slippers have been on my wish list for a while and the Anniversary Sale catalog includes the cutest pair with a bow.

4. When in doubt, buy it.  This is one of Nordstrom's biggest sales of the year and it's becoming more and more popular, so sizes and colors sell out quickly. Since Nordstrom offers free shipping and free returns, I would recommend buying more than you actually intend to keep. That way you can try things on before committing to them. I would also recommend buying in a few different sizes if you're not sure of your size. I always buy shoes in 9 and 9.5 because my size varies based on the brand. 

That's all I have for now. Please let me know how it's going or if you have any questions. Happy shopping and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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