An Insider’s Look At Strategically Shopping The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

July 18, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Shopping

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The first day of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It reminds me of going school shopping with my mom, only everything is on sale (and I now have to pay for things myself, boo)! When I lived in Chicago, and had a Nordstrom within walking distance of my home, I would make sure I had a game plan and was armed with various credit cards ready to go the first day of the sale. I was very strategic, and thankfully still am, even though I may have to shop it online this year.

In case you are new to the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, it happens in the middle of the summer and features brand new merchandise (mostly fall) at limited-time prices (usually about a 1/3 off). If you are like me and love having something new to wear the first day the temperatures fall, you should take advantage of this opportunity. You can also stock up on items to wear now and later. Just be sure to shop early for the best selection, though, because these prices only last until August 3rd.

How does one strategically shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Look for trends you know are going to be your staples this fall, like leather everything, oversized menswear coats, cashmere sweaters, designer bags, leather boots and of course denim. Jewelry and watches are also a safe bet. Try to avoid lesser quality or super trendy items you in your heart-of-hearts know might just end up in the back of your closet. Buy only those items that you know you will be wearing to death and are truly excited to own. After all, a deal is only a deal if you use the item!

I have gone ahead and picked items I myself think are the best and safest bets in the slide show above. Things do sell out quickly (like the Chloe bags that were gone by noon) so don’t think to long. Also be sure to shop the Nordstrom beauty exclusives which I reviewed last week Beauty Preview: The Nordstrom 2014 Anniversary Sale. Many of the items are exclusives only available at Nordstrom specifically for this sale.

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale here.

Happy shopping!


– Lauren Dimet Waters


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