How to Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

How many times have you heard about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in the past week? I’m willing to bet at least 10 times. But, it’s because it is honestly the best sale of the year. While it gives me extreme anxiety (staying up until 4am scouring the site for the best deals and sharing them with you), it seriously is the best investment you could make for your wardrobe.

Here are my tips for shopping the biggest sale of the year:

Mark your calendars! 

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to Nordstrom cardholders on 7/13 (this Thursday!). Cardholders have an entire week to shop the sale before it opens to the public on 7/21. The sale will last until 8/6.


Plan out what you need vs. what you want:

This sale is seriously amazing. Last year I got everything from jeans to shoes to blouses and accessories. But, you want to know what you have in your closet and what you need. The day before, go through your closet and get rid of things you might not wear as often. You want to make room for new inventory! See what you’re missing the most of. Do you need new jeans for work? New boots for your fall/winter travels? Pretty blouses for work? Take note of that and keep it in mind while you’re shopping the sale. Preview some of the items that will be on sale HERE.

For me, I need:

  • Jeans
  • Blouses and dresses for work
  • Flats/sandals for work
  • Sweaters for fall/winter in NYC!

Have a list of what you need and always check on what your favorite bloggers are getting. You can always check THIS page, where I will be updating daily on what I’m getting, what I’ve gotten, size reviews, fit guides, etc. I also buy things that I know I’ll wear more than once, so you know that you’ll get the most bang for your buck if you buy things I recommend (all about the basics… oops!).


Be strategic when shopping online

The first things to always go during the sale are the basics. Shop the basics/essentials categories first. Also, everyone goes crazy for sweaters and booties so tackle those next. Of course, only buy what you really need (well, and maybe some stuff that you really want), but do it in order. Last year, I found that so many tees, cardigans, oversized sweaters and ankle booties were gone within the first day. They do restock when it opens to the public but not fully. So, if you see it, buy it. It won’t last forever.


Buy more than one size! 

I can’t tell you how many times it happened to me last year where I bought a top I loved and it ended up being too small or too big. When I went to get another size, it was sold out! Don’t let this happen to you. Buy two sizes of things you love. That way, if it doesn’t fit, the other one will.  Trust me on this one!


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Just do it. We all do it. They might have found something you didn’t see on the site. I think I made like over 15 orders last year… my bad. You only shop this once a year so make the most of it! Search the hashtag #NSale during the sale and you’ll find a bunch of fun Instagram posts! Also, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration if you search the sale with 2017 at the end.

Grab your rosé, laptop and credit card… it’s (almost) time!

Lauren Ashley
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