It’s that time of year!! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is here! The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access has begun, with a preview starting now for many cardholders and the full rollout to all shoppers coming later in August. Public access to the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates start Wednesday, August 19th through Sunday, August 30th; however, depending on your Nordy Club access, you can shop the sale as early August 4th during the Early Access period.
2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is Nordstrom’s biggest sale of the year, and easily a favorite of mine.
Things all around are definitely a bit different this year in the midst of a pandemic, so although I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite picks from this year’s sale, I’m pairing down my usual coverage because, honestly, I think we’re all shopping a little bit differently these days. My big focus when shopping the sale this year: clothes I can really live in, clothes and shoes for myself and the family that we’ll be able to wear this fall and winter, and a few home things for our brand new place!
In case you’re new to the sale, what makes the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so special is that the sale is actually ALL NEW fall and winter items that are marked down for a limited time. (This year, everything goes back to full price on August 30th.) When the sale ends, the prices go back up to their original price.
It’s a whole different kind of sale WIN knowing that all of the items you’re shopping in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are brand new, never been seen, rather than things that have been sitting for months, and marked down once the trend has simmered.
I typically count down the months leading up to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, because I always score such amazing finds at every year’s sale. Some of my favorite coats, shoes, and denim have come from Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s of years’ past, and that love has amplified over the years, especially having a husband and two kids to shop for as well. (For instance, I always snag the girls’ North Face coats and either Hunter rain boots or UGG boots at the sale.)
What if I don’t have a Nordstrom Card?
No worries! Public access (a.k.a., where everyone with or without a Nordstrom card) can shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on Wednesday, August 19th.
And now, without further ado, I’m sharing what to buy at this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, how to shop for the biggest steals and deals, and what not to miss before it sells out!
What to Buy at The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale This Year
(The Hottest Deals And What’s Really Worth the Splurge)
I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to shop the brand new season, on-trend items. The best thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and probably why it is SO popular, is that the products sold are all new arrivals for fall. We’re talking new clothes for women, men, kids, and baby, shoes, bags, homeware, and all new collections, that have never been seen or released until now!
I take advantage of the sale every year, and I’ve bought some of my favorite pieces through the sale. (Coats, boots, and bags are always my picks, but more on that below.) For years, my mom, sister, and I, start by browsing the catalog (you can check this year’s catalog out here), and we really try to narrow down what we really need aaaand want for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.
Because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to stock your closet for fall and winter, take a mini inventory of your closet, and decide where you’re lacking or where you’d like to update a bit with the latest trends. The trick is, deciding what to splurge on and what to stock up on. Every year during the Anniversary Sale, I buy at least one investment piece, whether that be a new coat, a handbag, a wallet, or a dream pair of boots. If you really look, some of the pricier pieces are marked down 40% or more. (And remember, these are NEW items that will go back to full price at the end of the sale.) An inexpensive way to add on-trend basics is by shopping Nordstrom’s Trend or BP department; so many cute, inexpensive finds there. Last year, I did SO well at the sale.
Once you’ve found those investment pieces and on-trend items, these are the other things you should definitely consider snatching up:
1. Coats and Leather Jackets.
Over the years, I think I’ve bought two coats that I have worn endlessly from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Jackets are the perfect thing to get during the sale, because all of the styles are brand new – a.k.a., perfect for the upcoming cold seasons – and coat and leather jacket options include best-selling brands that don’t normally go on sale … like, ever.
Without fail, I always buy at least one pair of boots during the sale. This year the sale includes so many cute fall and winter boot styles. I always try to choose pairs that have a classic, streamlined look, like riding boots or over-the-knee boots; i.e., a pair I can wear for years to come. Winter boots and cold-weather boots are also a great thing to snag at the sale, because they rarely go on sale and you’ll definitely need a pair once the snow starts falling.
This is the time to get your new fall/winter designer bag. So many chic options this year.
4. Sneakers + Activewear.
The sneakers are SO GOOD this year. Plus so many cute leggings (buy anything Zella that goes on sale … the best, I tell you), sweatshirts and tanks.
Oh, how I love a good sweater. Cashmere, wool, and luxe sweaters and cardigans … that’s the way to go during the sale. Keep an eye out for great cardigans and oversized, slouchy sweaters for the cooler months ahead.
6. Designer denim.
I’ve bought some of my most-worn pairs of jeans at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in years past. Designer brands are included. Prices will be up to 40% off so the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is definitely the best time to stock up on denim for fall.
Without fail, I always find myself getting a new bra or pair of sunglasses. There are amazing deals this year on things like watches (MICHELE), wallets, and jewelry. The sales on designer sunglasses during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are always HUGE (and ZOMG, so many good sunglasses this year 😎), and I’ve always loved Nordstrom’s selection of intimates, so the fact that my favorites (like Wacoal, Free People, Natori – seriously, try the Feathers bra, Hanky Panky, SPANX, and Calvin Klein) are on sale, well, that’s just a win.
This year, there are some crazy good brand new beauty items on sale. Buy the fall season’s hottest scents and colors on sale; you’ll be thanking yourself later.
9. Mens, Kids, and Home.
The men’s shoes are insanely good this year.
I love getting the girls new coats and/or winter boots during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
The past few years, I’ve been blown away by what the home section of the sale has to offer: the coziest Barefoot Dreams blankets (we have one in every room of our house), the cutest decor, and an awesome selection of bedding and pillows.
10. Baby Gear.
THE most popular strollers, carseats, high chairs, and so much more go on major markdown for a limited time during the sale, and if you’ve been on the hunt for a big ticket baby gear item, you’ll know those things almost never go on sale. We’re talking car seats, top of the line strollers, high chairs, and so much more.
2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites + This Year’s Best Buys
REMEMBER TO GO IN WITH AN ANNIVERSARY SALE GAME PLAN
Think about what you need and want. Plan with the upcoming colder weather in mind, even though it feels like it’s about a thousand degrees outside right now. Remember that Nordstrom does try to restock some items, but many of the best and most popular deals will sell out FAST. Nordstrom has an amazing return policy, with free shipping and returns, so don’t be shy about ordering something, trying it out, and returning it if it’s not a perfect fit.
Check back here and on the Glitter, Inc. instagram, facebook, and twitter often for the best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’ll keep on sharing updates on my favorite finds, things I think will sell out fast, and the very best deals.
Happy Sale Shopping!!
What are you shopping for during this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Any amazing finds? Do share!
Be sure to visit my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for exclusive information about my favorite Early Access sale picks. I’ll be shopping the sale early and often and sharing sneak peeks along the way!