10 MUST READ SHOPPING TIPS FOR THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE

I’m so excited to be gearing up for my favorite sale of the year. I shared all the key dates and information you need to know about this year’s Anniversary sale here, and I will continue to update this page as more information comes available. I have been shopping this sale for years and wanted to share my best tips for shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Looking for important dates and details for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Sharing all the dates you need to know here!

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This post has been updated with new information since its initial post in 2018.

MAKE YOUR WISHLIST

It’s helpful to go into this sale with a plan, and in order to do that, you need to have a good understanding of your current and upcoming wardrobe needs. I have a wishlist on my phone I update whenever I go through my closet or if I notice a need in my wardrobe when I’m getting ready. For example, last winter I noticed my feet were a different size after pregnancy, so I jotted down I may need a new size in my winter boots next season. It’s easier to do this as you go because now that it’s summer.. I totally forgot about that! But it’s also easy to do whenever you declutter your closet, which I highly recommend doing before this sale! I do a thorough closet cleanout 2 times a year, typically between winter/spring and summer/fall since these are bigger wardrobe transitions. I talk in more detail about how to do a closet declutter here.

I will also send out a lookbook to my newsletter subscribers on July 1st to help you form your wishlist. The lookbook typically has 100+ outfit ideas to use as inspiration for the rest of the year, and you can click to shop any item featured. It’s one of my favorite things to put together for you all year… don’t miss out on it!

FAVORITE ITEMS IN THE LTK APP

There’s a new update in the LTK app that makes shopping so much easier! Starting tomorrow, I’ll be posting my curated NSALE picks into the LTK app (follow me here!) and you can simply heart your favorite items or outfits in the app. Think of this as your digital wishlist to keep your shopping efficient and organized. The app will also let you know if there’s been a price change. I highly recommend using this new feature!

BUY YOUR MUST-HAVES FIRST, BROWSE SECOND

I place multiple orders during the sale because I don’t want to be browsing only to find my #1 item sold out when I’m ready to check out. As soon as the sale goes live, I tap through my LTK wishlist, add them to my cart, and check out right away. At Nordstorm you don’t have to worry about shipping minimums, so there’s no added pressure there!

SHIPPING HACK

If you want the best chance of getting your entire order, I recommend paying for expedited shipping if you can! I’ve noticed through the years that my items are less likely to be canceled because doing so speeds up how quickly my order is fulfilled.

HAVE YOUR PAYMENT METHOD SAVED 

You don’t want to be checking out only to find you have to look for your card and enter the information as you’re trying to quickly check out! Log into your account ahead of time and have your shipping and payment information in your account ready to go so you can check out as efficiently as possible.

SHOP WITH ME!

I absolutely love to be a resource for you during the sale! I’ll be combing through all the pages of the sale to highlight only the best for you, as well as provide honest outfit reviews and restock alerts on my Youtube channel and Instagram. Items sell out quickly, so I highly recommend turning on post notifications for these platforms! My goal is to help you build a wardrobe you love and to minimize returns and buyer’s remorse.

Here is my upcoming content calendar if you want to be on the lookout for these posts coming up (**Dates are subject to change):

  • July 1: Nordstrom Sale Lookbook (100 Fall Outfits from the sale restyling my favorite items from the sale). To receive your copy, subscribe to my newsletter here!
  • July 3: The start of NSALE week! I’ll be covering fun topics every day this week in my newsletter and have a new video on Youtube channel EVERY DAY! Today I’m sharing my all-time favorite purchases and how they’ve held up through the years
  • July 4: Sharing the items I think will be hot sellers in the sale this year
  • July 5: My personal wishlist
  • July 6: Shop with me Vlog + What I purchased
  • July 7: Massive Try-On Haul
  • July 8: Bestsellers
  • July 9: Best In-Stock Items
  • July 10: Best Basics from the sale
  • July 11: Best shoes from the sale
  • July 13th: Favorites under $100
  • July 14th: Try on haul Part 2
  • July 17th: Best workwear from the sale
  • July 18th: Best buys for the whole family (men and baby)
  • July 20th: Best beauty buys
  • July 21: Christmas in July! Best gifts to buy now on sale

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SHOP IMPULSIVELY (BUT WITH A PURPOSE)

I kind of cringe I’m saying this, but this is the only sale I actually shop impulsively. If I think I want something… I buy it and decide later because things in this sale sell out like it’s free Louis Vuitton.

BUDGET FOR STAPLES

I always opt for investment basics during the sale. Some things always included in the sale that I would recommend include: Barefoot Dreams anything | AG, Paige, or Madewell JeansLeith + Halogen Cardigans | Boots/ Booties | A fall coat | bras and undies | Spanx leather leggings (see how to style them here and here)

BE PATIENT

You can usually expect delayed shipping and a few items being canceled from your order. It can be frustrating, but just don’t be surprised by it! Inventory sells out quicker than the site updates, so know items in your order aren’t guaranteed until the order ships. I’ve learned this the hard way the last two years. I just want to give you the heads up so you’re prepared!

USE NORDY NOTES

Speaking of Nordstrom Rewards, don’t forget to use your double/triple points day when placing your order! I usually save up some of my Nordy Notes for the sale. It’s essentially free money back from Nordstrom as a thank you for your purchases!

SHOP ONLINE THEN IN STORE

I would avoid doing in-store pickup during the busiest times of the sale (the weekend of early access and public access). I did this the first year it was offered and nearly everything in my order was canceled since it doesn’t get fulfilled right away, plus inventory can be hard to locate in-store during busy times. Online has the biggest selection and inventory and you’re order is much safer placed online in my experience. During less busy times, in-store pickup is a great way to go to save you time and a wasted trip to the store. I do this usually on weekdays outside of the opening tiers for the sale (so this year the 6th-10th and 15th).

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I hope that helps you get ready for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2022! I can’t wait to be a resource for you this year 🙂

 

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  1. Norah wrote:

    Hello Mrs. John! I am a younger girl who has fallen in love with your videos and you have gotten me into fashion blogs/bloggers! I absolutely love your style and you’re everything I aspire to be! Being younger and having a more mature style has been a struggle because I don’t really keep up with what is super trendy with my age group, but watching you has given me so much inspiration to wear whatever I feel my best in. If I win this giveaway and I would use the money for a few staple fall pieces that my current wardrobe is lacking, especially a pair of booties. Or anything buffalo check. I hope you’re having a great day and thank you for giving the perfect guide to the Nsale! Xoxo

    Posted 7.12.19 Reply