I always shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. It's honestly my favorite. Fall staples, classic colors, things you will wear forever and that will hold up.
I'm sharing my Nordstrom Anniversary sale must haves – everything I buy or have bought that I know and love. Be aware- things go QUICK. I am sharing not only what to buy at the Nordstrom sale, but when you can shop it and my top tips.
Something you should know: I ONLY share things I am actually buying. I hate when I find a list and it's all this crap and I think, wait, are they really buying this? This is stuff I am buying and will keep and wear. I'm not a fashion blogger. I'm a real person (not that fashion bloggers aren't real, they just tend to buy a lot more clothes than the average joe or jane.)
Every year I stock up on my favorite brands like Zella (the leggings I live for!), Patagonia, The North Face, and so much more. This Nordstrom Anniversary sale guide will help you pick out the best pieces and fall staples you need in your closet.
When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale in 2020?
The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is open to the public on Wednesday, August 19th, and ends on Sunday, August 30th. If you’re a cardholder you get early access.
For cardholders, your shopper status determines when you can start shopping. There are four different statuses, depending on how much money you spend per year at the retailer, and the higher your status, the earlier you get to shop.
- Icons: Tuesday, August 4th
- Ambassadors: Friday, August 7th
- Influencers: Monday, August 10th
- Insiders: Thursday, August 13th
- Open to everyone August 19th
Early access for all cardholders ends on Tuesday, August 18th, the day before the sale opens up to everyone. But after early access ends, cardholders can continue shopping as they please until the sale is officially over.
Nordstrom is launching a sneak peek of all sale items on Friday, July 24th, 2020.
Nordstrom Sale Must Buys
If an item is sold out I recommend adding it to your wish list and they will notify you if it's restocked!
Best #NSale Tops
Topshop Ribbed Open front Cardigan – Originally $68 on sale for $44.90. Great length, colors, and perfect for layering. I'm getting the cream (umm and the gray too.) Oh, and there's a cable knit version too!
Topshop Patch Cable Stitch Crow Sweater, originally $68, on sale for $39.90. I have got get this because I wore the absolute shit out of my other one. That's how often I wear it. This one is super thick and a good length. Also this is cheaper than it was last year, so scoop it up! My favorite sweater of the sale!!! If you get one sweater get this one. I wear it so much.
Patagonia Better Sweater Quarter-Zip Fleece Pullover, originally $99 on sale for $83.90. I am obsessed with this half-zip pullover. I have it in white and I am buying it in black and grey. I wear it constantly. I've had my original one for 5 years so decided to treat myself and get a new one. It's something I wear for everything: hiking, walking, lounging.
Dreamers By Debut Oversize Sweater, originally $49, on sale for $31.90. This comes in a variety of colors (including classic white and black) but this teal and purple is awesome. Would be so cute over jeans!
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan Barefoot Dreams – originally $116, on sale for $76.90. People have been talking about this cardigan every single sale, so I'm FINALLY caving in. Comes in 3 colors but I love this green one!
Free People My Only Sunshine Sweater was $108.00, on sale for $69.90. A chunky sweater is just my all time favorite. This one isn't cheap but it's well made, Free People always lasts. FYI this is currently sold out but I believe will be restocked soon!
Nordstrom Signature Colorblock Funnel Neck Cashmere Sweater – originally $299.00 on sale for $178.90. This sweater isn't cheap but it's cashmere! It holds up so well and is so soft and comfy.
The North Face Cragmont Fleece Jacket – originally $149.00, on sale $104.90. I love this contrast trim and North Face is the best brand. Warm but functional!
Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover, originally $78, now $49.90. Fun story. I tried ordering this fleece last year during the Nordstrom anniversary sale. But the thing is, I live in Germany. I ordered it, and Germany sent it. But I wasn't here. So they sent it back. Horrified, I called Nordstrom. They immediately refunded me, then offered to try and resend. At that point it was a lost cause. BUT, I am getting it now. Thank you.
I also love this colorblock one!
Treasure & Bond Curved Hem Tee – on sale for $29.90 was $49.90. I'm not trying to be over the top here, but I'm extremely picky about my shirts. I love long sleeve shirts but the curved hem is what I find to be most flattering on my shape. This one isn't cheap (nearly $30!) but it's a lightweight piece that I will wear all the time.
BP Black Betsy Dress, on sale for $31.90 originally $55. Not really a top but this dress is just too cute to pass up. This is honestly my ideal dress: long sleeves and flowy but still structured at the top. Also comes in others fun prints like leopard and olive polka dot!
Best #NSale Bottoms
Levi's 501 Ripped High Waist Crop Straight Leg Jeans – originally $98, on sale for $63.90. Also, there's a skinny jean version too! I've had my eye on a pair of Levi's jeans for a while so I'm thrilled about them being on sale. I love their jean shorts so I'm pumped to buy the jeans! These jeans are not cheap, but they will last you a very long time. They are a staple. Also thinking of buying the Madewell Jeans, because I adore this brand. Originally $128 but marked down to $84.90 during the sale.
Zella Live-In leggings, originally $59, on sale for $38.90. These are the best leggings in the WORLD. After 3 years I'm finally buying a new pair. The only reason is because I went hiking and a stick scraped my leg and I have a small hole. I wear these for lounging, working out, hiking, walking around, LIVING. They are the best. Buy 8. They are comfortable, high waist, and moisture wicking. I also wear them with sweaters and dress them up with boots.
Zella Live-In Leggings Pocket 7/8 – originally $65 on sale for $42.90. What I really REALLY love are the 7/8 pocket legging because they are a bit shorter (and I'm pretty short) AND they also have pockets. I will be buying these in every color offered.
Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – originally $98, on sale for $64.90. Cute, comfy, suck you in, and look great for dressing up.
Good American Good Waist Ripped High Waist Crop Jeans, originally $175, on sale for $116. I currently have a hole in my black jeans and I've ALWAYS wanted to try the Good American jeans. I've heard they are not only comfortable but flattering so I'm in.
Zella Live in Jogger Pants on sale for $38.90, originally $59. Are y'all ready for this… I've never owned a pair of joggers. PSweatpants that you can wear around the house or grocery shopping is very appealing to me. So I'm truing these- super highly rated, over 200 4.5 star reviews. Plus, one of my favorite brands.
Best #NSale Shoes
Vince Camuto Gradina Block Heel Bootie – Originally $149.95, on sale for $99.90. If you need one pair of booties, I suggest these. They aren't cheap, but Vince Camuto is such a great brand and these will last. I have them in the tan but they also come in snakeskin, black, and a few others colors.
Steve Madden Nadalie Pointed Toe Bootie, originally $119.95 but marked down to $79.90 during the sale. Yes, I have tan booties, but I'm getting some much needed black ones. ›¢These are great shoes for a night out, no matter the weather. I do love a good pair of booties that can go with everything. If I'm not wearing white Superstar Adidas that means I probably had to dress a bit nicer. These are a great pick.
Steve Madden Nifty Pointed Toe Over the Knee Boot, originally $79.90 on sale for $129.95. These are so pretty and will go with so many cute Fall and winter outfits. Also the price is right! I hate to admit it, but I adore over the knee boots. They are so cute in the fall with an oversized sweater. Call me basic, I do not care. These have a short heel, not too high, and go with everything. These are great shoes for a night out, no matter the weather. I do love a good pair of booties that can go with everything. If I'm not wearing white Superstar Adidas that means I probably had to dress a bit nicer. These are a great pick.
Sam Edelman Davis Knee High Boot, originally $249.95 on sale for $149.90. A bit pricier than the Steve Madden over the knee boots but Sam Edelman is a standout brand and well made shoe.
Madewell Remi Mule, originally $88, on sale for $44.90. Because that price is just too dang good and these are adorable. Do not sleep on these!
Nike Blazer Low SE Sneaker, was $75, on sale for $49.90. There are many sneakers in the sale but I'm so particular when it comes to these! 9 times out of 10 I'm wearing white Adidas superstars, but I decided to switch it up and get these. These are the highest rated in the sale and are super comfortable and cute!
Timberland Ellendale Water Resistant Hiker Boot, was $119.95, on sale for $79.90. I recently just got back from a month long trip in Wyoming and Montana where we did tons of hiking. I've had the same hiking boots (these!) for 7 years! I'm shopping the sale for Hiking boots and my requirements are: waterproof, sturdy, and super comfortable. So I'm ordering these.
Best #NSALE Beauty
Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum Duo, originally $190, on sale for $97. If you indulge yourself in one thing, may it be the Neulash enhancing serum. It works. I've had 3 tubes over 4 years. I don't use it daily but every couple days. It lengthens and strengthens your lashes. I'm obsessed.
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set – $68 for a $98 value. THIS WILL SELL OUT. This is one of the most popular lip colors in the world! And there's a reason – it's so pretty and universal. I'm buying.
Olaplex Jumbo Bond Maintenance System Set AND Thirsty Hair Oil & Leave-In Conditioner Kit. These are both on sale and Olaplex just works. I adore the bond conditioner and I love it, it's a hair saver. Also, if I don't use leave in conditioner my hair will break off, so this is a lifesaver.
Laura Mercier Prime & Perfect Collection, originally $75, on sale for $49. I watch a lot of beauty on YouTube. Everyone swears by the Laura Mercier translucent powder. I finally caved and bought this last year and it lives up to the hype!
Hum Nutrition Growing Hair Sweet Hair Gummies set for $35. I've been looking for some hair vitamins and heard wonderful things about these. Also the fact that they are gummies make it even better.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Set, $144 value for $72. I've been wanting to try this hair line for so long and I'm finally doing it now that it's on sale.
Giorgio Armani Glow Set – $112 value for $75. Lately I'm all about minimal makeup. The kind that just heightens your overall look. I wanted to buy one set (because I'm a sucker for cute little sets) and this one is just perfect.
Supergoop! Superscreen Daily Moisturizer SPF 40 Sunscreen Set, $58 value for $39. I'm proud to say I've become religious about sunscreen. I put it on every single day without fail on my face and hands. This brand is one of the best. Very lightweight and high SPF. No greasy residue.
MAC Brush With The Best Set on sale for $42.50. I need a few new brushes and this is the perfect little set.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Duo – $42, and $81 value. I will buy this once and this will be my entire supply for the year. I keep the smaller in my travel kit. It REALLY works to lock in makeup.
Best #NSALE Extras
Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Throw, originally $147 but marked down to $97.90 during the sale. This will sell fast! Everyone and their mom freaks out about this blanket. So I am getting one. I think this would be perfect on the plane, road trips, or draped over my couch that I need to purchase because I currently have no furniture.
Dermaflash ONE Lilac Exfoliation & Peach Fuzz Removal Device, value of $139 on sale for $99. Okay, I'm sick of the peach fuzzy on my face. I've had it. So this device that instantly removes dead skin cells, built-up debris and pesky peach fuzz.
Anthropologie Salt & Sand Scented Candle, $34 on sale for $19.90. The Anthropologie candles make such great gifts and candles are kind of necessary for life. The coastal scent is a good one but volcano is super popular.
RayBan 51mm Hexagonal Flat Lens Sunglasses – I love RayBans. But only when they're on sale. They are expensive, but so classic. You can wear these FOREVER.
Allsaints Captain Round Leather Crossbody Bag, originally $298 now $179.90. I only carry a crossbody bags. They are safer when you travel, easier on your back, and give you both hands. I love this pretty green color of this bag and like the size. It holds everything I need and isn't too bulky. It's really hard to find the right size bag, but this one is perfect! Also like this Coach one, similar price too.
Brixton ‘Wesley' Wool Fedora, originally $59 on sale for $38.90. Are you even a travel blogger if you don't have a hat? 4 years ago I bought a felt hat from the sale. Now, I need a new one.
So there you have it! My top picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale 2020. Ill be updating this list with anything sold out or additional purchases so be sure to check back.