Everything You Need to Know for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016
#NSale 2016
Second look: exact white tunic (on sale) // Joe’s Jeans // Topshop faux fur vest // similar booties
Third look: similar striped sweater // Michael Kors watch // similar Tory Burch bag // Joe’s Jeans // leopard heels
(These are all items purchased from last year’s #NSale)
Exactly one week from today, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale begins! This is the BIGGEST sale of the entire year and the one that there’s the most hype over. So today, I’m answering a few questions and giving a few tips and tricks to shopping the sale the best possible way.
To start, what is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, otherwise known as the #NSale on social media, is when Nordstrom releases brand-new fall merchandise at seriously discounted prices. We’re not just talking any old fall merchandise, though… all of the designers team up to offer exclusive items. I’m talking Tory Burch riding boots, Kendra Scott jewelry, Michael Kors watches, Rebecca Minkoff handbags, etc. The prices are always insane and some items are marked down by several hundred dollars.

Why is it important?
Unlike other sales, where items start out at full price and then are marked down, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is opposite. Items start on sale for a selected period of time, and then prices go back up in August. You won’t find deals like this on brand-name items anywhere else for the rest of fall and winter, so people usually buy now and wear later.

When can I shop?!
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has an Early Access Sale for cardholders from July 14-21. During this time, only Nordstrom debit or credit cardholders can shop the sale. This is important because items usually sell out quickly and you get the first pick, so your size is guaranteed to be available. If you want to shop the pre-sale, you can sign up for a Nordstrom debit or credit card here. It takes a few days to process a new card, so if you want to shop the Early Access Sale on July 14th, you should sign up sooner rather than later.

The sale opens to the public on July 22, and prices go back up on August 8th.

Which items usually sell out quickly?
It’s good to know which items usually sell out the fastest, because those are the items you should shop for first! Tory Burch riding boots and flats usually sell out the quickest, as well as faux fur vests, suede booties, Tory Burch handbags (especially in the “cognac” color),  black leggings, Hunter boots, Michael Kors watches and Kendra Scott jewelry. The Tory Burch boots are always marked down more than $100, so they are the quickest to go.

Here are last year’s most popular items that sold out the quickest:

Best selling items from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Should I have a strategy?
YES!! You should definitely have a strategy for shopping the sale. To start with, go back through your fall and winter clothing. Is there anything your wardrobe is missing? Do you need new black pumps for work? Do you need a new watch? Maybe your black leggings from last year are starting to look worn, and you want a new pair? Take inventory of everything you have, and make a list of new items you’ll need for the fall and winter. Write them down! These should be items that you look for online during the sale.

Also, know your sizes! If you want a new pair of Hunter boots for the fall, know that they run large. I size down an entire foot size in Hunter boots. My normal size is a 7, and I order a 6 in Hunters. If there’s something you want in particular, research a little bit about it before the sale starts.

If any of the items on your list are items that sell out quickly, make it a priority to buy those first. If you’re still unsure about sizes, Nordstrom has free shipping and free returns. Order two sizes, and send back the size that doesn’t fit. I do this all the time!

Nordstrom has already released its Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog, so take a look and see if there are any items that are “must haves” so you can be on the lookout for them during the sale.

And lastly…. I have a surprise planned for July 14th, the start of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale  so come visit first thing in the morning! I’ll also be rounding up my picks from the sale, including which items are guaranteed to sell out.

Whew! That was a lot. Can you tell I’m excited? P.S. This post isn’t sponsored at all, but a lot of you guys ask about the sale and I figured this would be helpful!

To see more of my #NSale purchases from last year, check out this blog post & this one.


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  1. Thank you for posting! This is my absolute favorite sale of the year! I spend way too much money every year. There's a Rebecca MInkoff saddle bag in the catalog that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Also, I cannot wait to see what Torys will be on sale! 7 more days!!

  2. Watch out for the Hunters. If you live in a colder climate and think you'll use the boots in slush and snow ordering down is probably not the best idea because the boots are terrible insulators and if it gets cold where you live you will want a warm pair of socks to fit in them.

    • Great tip, Jess! I only wear my Hunters in the rain and it never gets too cold where I live in North Carolina!

  3. Great picks, love the boots! Sophie x


  4. This is so great and informative. I always see so much hype around the sale but I am not a nordstrom shopper due to where I live and never utilizing the online site or sales so….this is making me want to check it out. I am currently expecting our first child so I won't be purchasing any clothes yet but shoes, purses and jewelry yessss! love this

  5. This is so helpful! It'll definitely make shopping for the sale much easier!


  6. Thanks for the tips, def need to go through my fall clothing and figure out what would be best to buy! Also that catalog is perfect summer reading 😛

    Laura | Laura Aime Vous

  7. thank youuuuuu!! i signed up for the card and I'm so ready for my fall wardrobe! i've been looking through your archives for looks.

  8. This is so helpful Caitlin! I hoping to finally get a pair of hunter boots!


  9. I just got their catalog in the mail and am SO excited too! Do you prefer to shop the NSale online or in person? I tend to do it online mostly just because the stores are always packed.

    By the way, I appreciate the non-sponsored post. Very refreshing that a super helpful post such as this wasn't paid for. 🙂

    • Hey Huong! I prefer to shop online! A lot of the stores don't carry everything from the sale that can be found online, or they don't have every size stocked. Plus there are huge lines and lots of people trying to shop everything at once! For me, online is the way to go!

      Thanks for the kind comment! 🙂

  10. Do brands like Hudson, Paige, and Joe's typically go on sale during the event? If so, how fast do they usually sell out? Also, what are your favorite jeans to shop during the event?

  11. Do brands like Hudson, Paige, and Joe's usually go on sale during the event? If so, do you know how fast they usually sell out? Also, what are you favorite jeans to shop during the sale?


    • Yes!! I'm pretty sure all of those brands are included in the sale, and I know for sure that Joe's are included because I bought some from the sale last year and they are one of my favorite pairs of jeans! My favorite brand of jeans to shop during the sale is actually AG. They're my favorite jeans in general, and there's a really cute pair that is in the NSale catalog this year – they will be the first item I put in my cart 🙂

  12. I'm SO excited for the #Nsale! I've already been doing my research + can't wait to purchase amazing fall/winter items for the best prices 😉 thanks for the heads up on what sells out quickly!


  13. Thank you thank you for posting! 💓 cannot wait to shop this sale & see what all my fashionista friends score on!

    -Hannah Rose

  14. I can't wait for the Nordstrom sale this year!! I loved all your outfits from last year!! xoxo


  15. Such a great roundup of ideas to prep!! Can't wait for the sale!! Xo


  16. Great picks! I definitely need to get in and look at their boots.

    Lifestyle by Joules

  17. I'm so excited for the sale! I never realized there should be a strategy, but I'll have to make a list of must-haves now. You picked some great items from last year!


  18. Great tips indeed:P

    Shall We Sasa

  19. Such pretty picks! I want both bags!

    Her Heartland Soul

  20. So excited for the sale! I only bought the "it" tunic from last year and a phone case but am much more prepared this year! Love your tip about inventorying your closet before hand .. that's what helped me plan my strategy this year!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  21. Ry and I are already gearing up for this, I got him hooked last year too. Such a good sale, can't wait!

    Erin, Attention to Darling

  22. I never comment, but wanted to say this is an extremely helpful post. The anniversary sale can be overwhelming when you want EVERYTHING. Thank you, Caitlin! Your blog is one of my favorites – I love your style!

  23. You got me so excited that I went ahead and applied for the credit card Lol! Thanks for doing such a detailed post because I honestly didn't know much about it. So excited!

    -ashley @ http://www.mrschachachic.blogspot.com

  24. Do you happen to know if what is shown in the catalogue is all there will be, or is just a smaller selection of the actual sale? I'm not in love with anything in the catalogue like I have been in years past. 🙁

  25. Are there going to be more things on sale than what is in the catalog??? I didn't see that many things I was interested in.

  26. Thank you for this post! Now I have an idea of what to look for tomorrow!

  27. Good post. I like your post. Thanks for sharing.

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