I’ve been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for 12 years now. It is my favorite sale of the year. It’s like Christmas in July! Over the years, I’ve collected many Anniversary Sale Must Have items that seem to come back each year.
If you’re not familiar, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is all brand new Fall merchandise that is marked down for 3 weeks in the Summer. Once the sale is over, the prices go back up. Oh yeah, and there’s limited quantities so stuff sells out quickly. Sometimes, before the sale starts.
I love me some luxury items, but I don’t love me some full price. So I save up money all year in a YNAB budget category to shop this sale and get my fancy things for less!
You definitely need a plan when shopping this sale in order to make the most of your budget. There is a TON of stuff included in this sale, even items specially made or beauty bundles specially packaged just for this sale! If you don’t make a plan, things can go haywire fast. Your strategy will help you get the things you want before they sell out, as well as make smart choices with your budget!
My strategy with this sale is a bit different than most of the Instagrammers and Fashion Bloggers you see all over social media. Those ladies are all about the trends. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to spend a bunch of money on trends that I won’t want to wear in 2 years. I tend to skip the trendy stuff in the sale.
My plan is always to get classic pieces that I will wear over and over again for years and years. I’ve been able to find staple items to add to my wardrobe at this sale over the years that I still love today. That, to me, is what makes this sale great. Items that rarely go on sale that I’ll wear forever go on sale. That’s the sweet spot.
Some of my favorite finds (that you’ve probably seen on my Instagram mirror selfies) include my AG skinny jeans, Sam Edelman boots (the ones with the snaps down the back), my Ugg slippers, Kendra Scott jewelry, and my Vince Camuto booties!
Since the pre-sale for Nordstrom Card holders starts on Thursday (the sale opens to everyone else on the 20th), I thought I’d give you my favorite must-have items that are in the sale every year. Not a Nordstrom Card holder? Apply today and get a $40 Nordstrom Note when you make a purchase the day you are approved. I love saving up my Notes to use during the Anniversary Sale!
So without further ado, here are my Anniversary Sale Must Have Favorite items I’ve bought over the years. It’s a great list to get you started with some things that you’re sure to love! I’m putting this together before the sale starts, so these links and items are not the exact item that is included in the sale. Once Early Access starts, I’ll update with the correct sale links.
My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Must Have Favorites
Barefoot Dreams Cardigan – I don’t remember when I bought this one, maybe 2014? I absolutely love this cardigan. I wear it everyday and it is the softest thing I own. It feels like an adult minky blanket that you get to wear. It’s the first thing I put on when I get out of bed in the morning. Mostly, I wear it around the house as a house coat over my pjs, but lots of people wear them as a cardigan.
You must have this cardigan, and you must buy more for Christmas gifts. It is number 1 on my must-have list for a reason. It comes in several colors and it’s totally worth every penny. I have this drape-front version, but the Circle version is super cute and probably next on my list. There’s also a hooded version that was new last year. They come in Plus Size too! A few years ago during the NAS, I bought the bath robe. The throw blanket is on my wish list. The cardigan is normally $90, on sale for $62.90!
UGG slippers – I held out for a few years on these, but I’m glad I pulled the trigger. I also wear these everyday, and they’ve held up great! I think I bought these in 2014. They have rubber soles, so you aren’t going to wear holes through them, and the lining is warm but not too hot. They’re cozy in the winter and still comfy in the Texas summer. This version of the loafer slipper is included in the 2018 Anniversary Sale. These are normally $119.95, but priced $79.90 during the Anniversary Sale!
Caslon Rounded V-Neck Tee – These are great basic tees. I first bought one in 2016’s Anniversary Sale. They fit a bit oversized. I wear an XS and its a little big, but I like it to fit like that. Great price & tons of colors, plus I love the little pocket for some extra detail! These are $25 regular price, but on sale for $17.90!
Nike No-Show Socks – Believe the hype, these really are the best no-show socks ever. I’ve check the prices over the last year, and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the best deal. I finally gave in an bought a set last year. I’m buying 2 more sets this year and donating all of my old “no-show” socks! They are not as good as these. Regularly priced at $14, this 3 pack is on sale for $8.90 during the Anniversary Sale!
Natori Feathers Bra – This is the best bra on the face of the planet. It’s sexy, it fits well, it has extended sizing, it comes in fun colors, it’s fantastic, and it’s on sale! I love this bra so much I had the Nordstrom tailor make one into a nursing bra for me. It’s this one. Can you tell? 😉 Don’t forget the matching panties! I have worn these bras for at least 8 years now, and I get a new one every Anniversary Sale. These awesome bras are normally $68, and are priced at $44.90 during the Anniversary Sale.
pmd Microdermabraision Device – I started using this last year to help fight lines and wrinkles. It is my Sunday night skincare routine, and it really works! This set is normally $199, with an Anniversary Sale price of $133!
Sweaters – There are always lots of cute options for sweaters during the Anniversary Sale! I usually get one or two new sweaters during this sale every year. It’s so great to get new Fall items at a discount, and that is especially true for sweaters. Plus, you can wear them right now since we all know that the AC in Texas is frigid during the Summer.
Shoes – Specifically booties, fashion sneakers & athletic shoes. I’ve always been happy with my purchases in this category. There is always a great selection! The most popular items go really fast. On more than one occasion, I’ve waited to think about a pair for a few days only to come back and find out they are sold out. If you see something you must have, buy it, and buy in 2 sizes if you’re unsure. With Free Returns & Free Shipping both ways, you can always return it later.
That’s it! Those are my list of absolute must-have winners from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. These are my tried & true favorites that I’ve bought over the years. If you’re new to the Anniversary Sale, this is a great list to start with!
Stay tuned for my picks from this year’s Anniversary Sale. Keep track of all things NAS by bookmarking and checking my special Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Page. Also, make sure you sign up for Stacy’s Savings Emails so you never miss a new post!
What are your tried & true favorite purchases from past Nordstrom Anniversary Sales? Tell me in the comments! Maybe its something I need to add to my list this year.