TIP 2: KNOW THE DATES
Nordstrom card holders get access to this sale first. It’s called the ‘Early Access’ portions of the sale, and it runs from July 13th-20th (get your own Nordstrom card + $20 if you apply by July 9th to shop the sale here). It opens up to the general public July 21st-Aug 6th. The sale ends, and prices go up, August 7th.
TIP 3: SHOP EARLY!
In order to get the sale price during the early access from July 13th-20th, you have to have a Nordstom card. You can sign up for one online here. Get first dibs on the sale by applying for a Nordstrom debit or credit card. If you are approved before July 9th, you will receive a $20 Nordstrom Note toward your first purchase during the sale. Plus, as a cardholder, you will receive Early Access to shop the best arrivals at their Anniversary Sale discounted prices. If the card isn’t for you, you can join Nordstrom Rewards here without applying for the credit card, and you will still receive a $10 Nordstrom Note to spend at the Anniversary Sale!
Is it worth it to get a Nordstrom card just for this sale? YES! The pieces with the best discounts usually are sold out by the third day of the Early Access portion of the sale. That means that if you don’t have a Nordstrom card, you won’t even get the chance to purchase the item before it sells out.
A few years ago I didn’t have a Nordstrom card, so I had to wait until the sale opened to the public to shop. I was so disappointed to find that a lot of the items on my wish list were sold out or out of my size. It’s absolutely crazy how fast some of the items go. If you don’t have a card yet, it isn’t too late to register for one and be able to jump on that cute new Kate Spade bag, or booties right when they go on sale.
TIP 4: START YOUR SHOPPING HERE!
Make sure you check out my Nordstrom Sale Roundup Post here, the morning of July 13th. I will be giving away THREE $100 NORDSTROM GIFT CARDS to use during the sale! In order to enter, you must leave a comment on my upcoming Nordstrom Sale Roundup post before 7am PST the morning of July 13th. The post will be live super early the morning of the 13th, so jump on over, leave a comment, and get your shopping started here!
!My Nordstrom sale round-up of all of the best items from the sale as well. You can see the ones I did for 2016, 2015 and 2014. I pour through pages and pages of sale items (so you don’t have to) and only pick out the good stuff. Throughout the sale, I post about all my favorite buys (and why they are my favorites), I give dressing room peaks of multiple items and talk about the fit/style of each one, and I give fall styling tips to get your mind working on how you will want to style your sale buys.
TIP 5: SHOP ONLINE
Online, online, online. I cannot stress this enough! I always post all of my top picks from the sale by 6 am the morning the sale starts. Then, in order to give you a detailed description of which items are good quality, flattering on, and cuter in person, I always brave the crowds to find the best stuff in person, and I do a dressing room round-up the day after the sale goes live so you can get a good feel for the cut/sizing/fit of the best items. Then I also do a post with all of the full fall looks I end up taking home with me. I do all the legwork for you, so you have all the info you need to get the best items of the sale.
My advice to you is to get yourself a Nordstrom card if you don’t already have one, and check out my blog first thing the morning of July 13th. I usually pull an all-nighter the night before the sale, narrowing down the items online, to select the best stuff. Then, place your order online first thing.
If you aren’t sure about sizing, order 2 sizes. Nordstrom’s free shipping/return policy makes shopping so painless. Your order will come with a return label, so if there is anything you don’t want, just stick it on your box and set it outside for the mailman to pick up. You don’t even need to make a separate trip to the Post Office!
Another good smart tip is if something you love is sold out in your size, buy it in any size you can find. Then hold on to it. Two weeks or even two months later when they restock the sizes and it’s regular priced you just take yours in and do a straight exchange! There is always a small chance it might not be restocked, but since these are all pre-fall items, they almost always restock. (if you are super worried, give them a call and ask, they might be able to tell you if they will be getting more in!)
TIP 6: SHOP SMART
I always do my research to know which items are hot and will go quickly, and I will make sure to alert you of which items will go the quickest, and of any restocks throughout the sale on Instagram and my Instagram stories. Make sure you check there regularly during the sale. In the past years, the items that sold out the fastest were:
- cognac ankle booties (especially ones with fringe, or this cut)
- Kate Spade and Tory Burch handbags and wallets
- floppy felt hats
- gold/nude flats (gold is always the most popular color because it goes with everything!)
- designer sunglasses
- leather jackets (there is one jacket I have my eye on for this sale and I can’t wait to show you!)
- slouchy striped tees
- cognac tote bags
CAN I GET A PREVIEW OF WHAT ITEMS WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Yes! The online preview catalog of what will be available is LIVE NOW! Just head here, and scroll all the way down to the very bottom of the page. You will see big letters that say “Early Access Sale,” with a link to the Women’s catalog and Men’s catalog.
Here are some of my wish lists from years past…
2016 WISH LIST