So, I know social media is going crazy about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Usually, I do a good amount of shopping during the sale, but this year I’m going purchase-free! I don’t need anything and I didn’t find anything I had to have. What is the sale, you may ask? With this sale, the items are all pre-season and hit the sale before they are marked up to join other fall merchandise. Therefore, you can snag upcoming trends at a reduced price! This sale works great if you’re looking for great fall essentials or pieces that will last a long time. I will say some people go WAY overboard and buy things that they may not ordinarily buy purely because of the allure of the price. So, here are my top tips:
- Buy Items You’ve Been Looking For for a While | Have you hunted for a great blazer and haven’t found one? Are you in need of a great vest, but haven’t found the perfect one? Now is the time to pull the trigger if you fall in love with one the items in the sale.
- Buy an Investment Piece | If you’re looking for a great new boot, coat, or handbag, now is the time. Invest in that one big-ticket item before the price goes up.
- Consider If You’d Pay Full Price | If you’d pay full price for an item, it’s a good item to get. If you’re only considering it because of the price point or considering it more than you would if it was full price, it should go back to the rack. We are more likely to impulse buy when we think we’re getting a deal, even if it’s actually better to just put it back and not buy it at all!
- Limit the “there’s a sale!!!!” purchases | Mindless browsing of the sale can result in thinking you need something that you don’t. Therefore, go into the sale with a list of types of items you will consider and only browse those items. This tip builds on the previous three.
Now, I will tell you what I use the sale to buy: coats, shoes (usually boots, but also flats, heels, etc. if there’s a good deal), vests, and tops. This may seem like everything, but usually, I get one nice coat, a pair of boots, and a pair of sneakers. I get 3-4 tops if there’s some I really like. I also will use this sale to buy some nice work clothes, typically pants, dresses, and work sweaters. Disclaimer: I buy any of the previously listed items but not all of them. My purchases change depending on what I need in my wardrobe. Below are my favorite picks with the prices of during the sale (DS) and after the sale (AS).
Pendleton Port Townsend Raincoat (DS: $216.90; AS: $325.00); Barbour Saddleworth Quilted Vest (DS: $98.90; AS: $149.00); 1901 Original Blazer (DS: $109.90; AS: $159.00); Pendleton Timberline Field Coat (DS: $249.90; AS: $375.00); BLANKNYC No Limit Suede Moto Jacket (DS: $125.90; AS: $188.00); kensie Ruffle Twill Coat (DS: $129.90; AS: $198.00) Lauren Ralph Lauren Quilted Faux Leather Trim Jacket (DS: $104.90; AS: $160.00); Lafayette 148 New York Lyndon Tweed Blazer (DS: $398.90; AS: $598.00) The North Face Aconcagua Down Vest (DS: $68.90; AS: $99.00)
Varsity Stripe Ribbed Sweater (DS: $29.90; AS: $45.00); Nordstrom Signature Cashmere Sweater (DS: $219.90; AS: $329.00); Leith Stitched Shaped V-Neck Sweater (DS: $43.90; AS: $65.00); Madewell Province Cross Back Sweater (DS: $45.90; AS: $69.50); Treasure & Bond Sporty Striped Sweater (DS: $45.90; AS: $69.00); Joie Leopard Print Sweater (DS: $218.90; AS: $328.00); Calson Dolman Sleeve Sweater (DS: $39.90; AS: $59.00); BP Twist Fron Sweater (sold out already! BUT keep checking because sometimes it comes back in stock after returns) Helmut Lang Cashmere Wrap Sweater (DS: $263.90; AS: $395.00)
Spanx Camo Faux Leather Legging (DS: $72.90; AS: $110.00); Adidas Active Icon leggings (DS: $29.90; AS: $40.00); Zella Live In high waist leggings (DS: $35.90; AS: $54.00); adidas Active Icons Cropped Pullover (DS: $47.90; AS: $65.00); Nike Indy Sports Bra (DS: $25.90; AS: $35.00); BP. Front Zip Hoodie (DS: $31.90; AS: 49.00); Nike Logo Sports Bra (DS: $25.90; AS: $35.00); Nike Sportswear Rally Sweatshirt (DS: $51.90; AS: $70.00); adidas Orginals Tank (DS: $23.90; AS: $32.00)
Tory Burch Flat (DS: $164.90 ; AS: $248.00); Steve Madden Slide (DS: $49.90 ; AS: $79.95); NIKE Free TR8 (DS: $74.90; AS: $100.00); Tory Burch Marsden Over the Knee Boot (DS: $349.90; AS: $578.00); Cole Haan Harrington Grand Bootie (DS: $144.90; AS: $220.00); Tory Burch Pump (DS: $169.90; $258.00) 1.SLATE Sisteen Half d’Orsay Pump (DS: $59.90; AS: $89.95); Converse Shoreline Sneak (appears to be sold out now, but here is a similar option)
Monogram Passport Holder & Luggage Tag (DS: $47.90; AS: $73.00); Rebecca Minkoff Satchel (DS: $196.90; AS: $295.00); Tory Burch Marsden Pebbled Tote (larger size) (DS: $352.90; AS: $528.00); Madewell Bucket Bag (DS: $129.90; AS: $198.00); Monogram Oversized Tote (great carry-on or overnight bag) (DS: $42.90; AS: $65.00); Chevron 20-inch spinner carry-on (DS: $103.90; AS: $139.00)
So, there you have my top picks! Keep in mind that a lot of the items are pricier because it’s best to buy investment pieces during the sale. Furter, I usually only buy one or two big-ticket items and they last me years! I buy basics more than anything (the Lush tops I bought two years ago are tops I still regularly wear). This round up is not meant to imply you should buy a bunch of super expensive stuff!