Welcome to our 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage! The #NSale is easily the best sale around, especially for those long-term investment pieces. This year when we shop the sale, we know for certain we’ll get to wear these clothes out. This year. In public.
On Wednesday, July 28, the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale finally opens to the public! We’ve been shopping, doing try-ons and reviews (aka Dressing Room Selfies) since July 12th, when Icons initiated Nordstrom card holder Early Access to the sale. BUT, never fear, our coverage continues. Because we’ve been perusing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview (similar to the analog catalog) since it dropped July 6th, we have plenty of wish lists, capsule wardrobes, and other articles highlighting the best pieces in the sale — the ones we’re truly most excited about. Most importantly: don’t sleep on the #NSale — prices go back up August 8th.
This page, Our Ultimate Guide To The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, is the one (well, one of the ones) you want to bookmark so you can stay up-to-date on the sale. The other page to keep on your radar that is continually updated is our one-and-done cheat sheet. It’s updated daily.
We have a handy-dandy li’l table of contents here to take you exactly where you want to go.
Happening Now: 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Public Access
WELCOME EVERYONE to our 2021 coverage of the #NSale! Right now, everybody gets to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Nordy Club Icons, Ambassadors and Influencers (that’s most of our team of editors) have been shopping Early Access since July 12. In addition to trying on all the clothes and reviewing them, we’ve been perusing the preview since July 6th when it dropped. SO we’ve go the goods!
In addition to try-ons and reviews (aka dressing room selfies,) as well as wish lists, we’ve compiled some really cute Nordstrom Looks, and we’re creating capsule wardrobes to make it easier to shop the best of the sale. ALSO — we’ve updated the best picks in the Nordstrom Sale at the bottom of this page, so be sure to check out exactly which investment pieces (and fun fall fashion) we’re actually coveting (and hopefully buying).
Our one-and-done cheat sheet is updated daily, and features a roundup of all our coverage — added in real time — so you have it all in one place (other than here). If you’re new to all this madness, hop on down to learn about shopping the Nordstrom Sale early (good to know for next year, read the posts or watch Shana’s handy video (she’s been blogging about this sale for a decade now) of tips and tricks. You can also watch a fun little behind-the-scenes of Shana and Linzi on their first day in-store. If you missed our little sneak peek of what we’re excited about in the preview (not really a sneak peek anymore, but still fun) watch it here. To keep up-to-date with ALL our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage, sign up for the newsletter and/or text alerts here. Our Facebook Insiders get fun first-to-know info, too.
Um…What Is The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a bit unique. Unlike other sales, which typically discount in-season or post-season merchandise that didn’t previously sell, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale offers deep discounts on pre-season items. Which means that all of the boots, bags, jeans and sweaters that you’ll be investing in this fall can be had — at a really discounted price — for a few weeks in July. Once the sale is over, the merchandise goes back up to its retail price. It’s a genius concept, really. One that I wish more retailers would copy. The sale will be a bit different this year, so keep reading.
On a personal note….I’ve been shopping this sale for years. And I’ve found, really and truly, even on the years where everything sells out, or the years that everyone complains that it ‘wasn’t as good as last year’ and even on those years when they’re right….I still ended up with pieces I really and truly do wear for years to come. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is worth the time invested.
How To Shop The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
So far, it looks like the biggest changes to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (aside from the preview, which we’ll get back to in a minute) have been to the in-store experience, shipping and/or curbside pick-up.
For those of us who can shop in-store, keep in mind that it may still be a slightly different shopping experience from say 2019 and before. There will still be measures in place to keep both shoppers and employees safe. This includes sanitizer stations, store ambassadors wearing face masks, well-spaced clothing racks, and plexiglass partitions. Best to shop mindfully if you’re going in-store. Face masks will still be required where mandated and for those who aren’t vaccinated, and store hours may be in flux. Nordstrom has also noted that they will be temporarily limiting the number of customers inside their stores. And that contactless and curbside pickup — that’s a welcome change.
1. When Is The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Dates
The public sale begins today — July 28th, while Nordy Club members/Nordstrom credit card holders have been shopping since Early Access opened, July 12th. However, a new feature this year was the preview, which dropped online July 6th (replacing the usual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog). The sale ends August 8th, 2021. Below is a rough timeline for when Nordy Club members and the public get to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
July 6: Preview (Digital. Replaces The Catalog. Open For All)
July 12: Nordy Club Icons Shop Early Access
July 14: Nordy Club Ambassadors Shop Early Access
July 16: Nordy Club Influencers Shop Early Access
July 28: Public Sale Begins
August 8: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Ends
August 9: Prices Go Up
2. Get A Nordstrom Card, Get Early Access
You don’t need a Nordstrom Card (a credit card) to shop this sale. But you do need a Nordstrom Card to shop during that critical first two weeks of the sale — Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Early Access. If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years, it’s that the best stuff typically sells out during this first “Early Access” week. (More on that, below.)
Secondly, if you are really opposed to signing up for a Nordstrom Card (and we’re not able to persuade you otherwise…) there is some value in signing up for The Nordy Club, a free rewards program. There are benefits to using your Nordy Club Card (like an extra $60 bonus note if you sign up before right before the sale, or an extra $40 bonus note good through the beginning of the Anniversary Sale, if you already have a Nordstrom credit card). You can still enroll in The Nordy Club and earn rewards points, even if you won’t get to shop during Early Access week. You can earn rewards at Nordstrom, Nordstrom.com, Rack, and HauteLook…but…I’ll say it again: you won’t be able to shop Early Access without a Nordstrom Card.
3. Schedule Your Bonus Points Day For The First Day of The Sale
One of the smartest things you can do is schedule your Personal Bonus Points Day during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Just check that baby online during checkout at Nordstrom.com. You can earn 3 points per dollar spent if your status is Ambassador or Icon, and if you have Influencer status you can earn 2 points per dollar spent.
4. Follow The Mom Edit For The Best of The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Year after year, our approach to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is to try and make it easier for you to shop. We narrow it down to only the best stuff — the stuff you really will wear and use all year long, the stuff we’ve personally tested for comfort. We start shopping on the very first day of Early Access (Icon level), and cover this sale…pretty much everywhere (we’re all over social media) so the best way to get our recommendations is to follow us on your favorite social media channels, and subscribe to our daily newsletter. We typically send one newsletter per day (and never share your email), but for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, we’ll be sending out special editions you don’t want to miss.
5. Check Out The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Preview
The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has an online preview that drops today — July 6th. Unlike the Before Times when we received a catalog, we’re now able to browse the preview and save items to our wish lists in our Nordstrom accounts. Check out the articles linked below to see how we cover the sale; and bookmark this page to return to when it’s your turn to shop. And if you love our coverage and want to support it, please be sure to come back to our articles and click our links right before you check out. THANK YOU.
As I mentioned earlier, this year we’re trying to be even more intentional (and mindful) with our own coverage, and are coming out with special capsule wardrobes and outfit formulas for all different styles and lifestyles. Of course I’ll be doing my usual #DressingRoomSelfies thing, and we’ll continue updating this page…but these things take time (genius can’t be rushed, haha). We are publishing wish lists as soon as the preview is published — starting today — as well as those capsule wardrobes, so those are all good places to start. May the force be with us.
6. What About The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog?
In a bittersweet twist to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale we’re used to, there is no Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog for 2021; it went away in 2020. For nostalgia’s sake, find our 2019 Anniversary Sale catalog picks here to get the gist. But, as noted above, the preview has replaced this bit of magazine-style goodness.
7. Go For Early Access To Shop The Sale As Soon As Possible
I cannot state this enough: the best pieces — the stuff we really want, really will wear — typically sell out during that first week. Highly anticipated re-stocks have been few and far between. A few readers have gotten lucky waiting for returns to come back into stock…but most have not. Your best bet is to shop the sale as early as possible. Once again, this means shopping (with your Nordstrom Card) during the first Early Access week of the sale.
8. The Best Way To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Online
If you’ve ever wandered into a Nordstrom during the Early Access sale…it’s a zoo. Historically, even when pieces are theoretically in stock in-store, chances are they’re stuck in someone else’s dressing room. Despite the gaggle of helpful staff Nordstrom has on hand during the sale, it’s a grueling shopping experience. That said, 2021 is a different year, and the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale likely will be a different shopping experience. The good news is that Nordstrom’s online inventory is completely synced up with their in-store inventory, so if the website says that it’s sold out online….it is, in fact, sold out everywhere. Shopping online also means taking advantage of free shipping, one of the best perks of shopping at Nordstrom. If you don’t love the idea of packages sitting on your doorstep while you’re at work (hey, Philly)— or uh…playing camp counselor all day— you can pick up online orders in-store or drive-thru/curbside!
Another perk (again, we don’t know how this plays out in 2021): if the items you’re crushing on are in-stock at your local store, Nordstrom will deliver them to you SAME DAY for only $15 ($20 in NYC) — historically. Check to see if same-day delivery is available for your local Nordstrom store here.
9. Buy Sale Items With Huge Sell-Out Risk First
Seems obvious, right? But how does one know which items are at risk of selling out? Well. I’ve been doing this shopping thing for more than 10 years now (crazy, right??), and after a decade of covering this sale, I do have some thoughts on this subject. As soon as the preview hits, we will start rounding up our favorites (as well as make a few predictions)–which you will eventually be able to check out below. But for now, here’s what I know:
– Don’t worry about Kids’ or Men’s. The sell-out risk pales in comparison to Women’s.
– If you like brands like VINCE, rag & bone and Nike…you really need to shop that first week. These pieces almost always sell out.
– Statement athletic wear (like the really cute leggings from Alo, for example, and that matching sweatshirt) rarely last past that first week. Snap ’em up!
– Nordstrom brands (Treasure & Bond, Halogen) tend to be better stocked than non-Nordstrom brands…the exception being Nordstrom Signature Collection. If there’s a cute cashmere sweater in the actual sale, don’t hesitate. In years’ past, they’ve been some of the best cashmere sweaters I’ve owned.
– For 2021, Nordstrom released a brand list (kinda a sneak peek situation) and we’re excited to see many of our favorites are back like: Zella, Nike, UGG, Vince, Barefoot Dreams, True & Co, AllSaints, Veronica Beard, Charlotte Tilbury and La Ligne. AND we’re getting over 100+ new brands in this year’s sale! Anyone else excited to see Jenni Kayne, Dyson and Club Monaco on that list?
10. Don’t Rely On Re-Stocks
In years’ past, Nordstrom would reserve a decent amount of merchandise for the public sale. Which meant that even if something sold out during the Early Access week, there was still a chance to score it during the public sale. This is no longer true. Don’t bet on a restock, even for public sale.
However, this also means that if there’s something you can’t live without…buy it in multiple sizes, just in case. It’s much better to send back what you don’t want than to totally miss out. (But do the rest of us a favor, and send it back before the sale ends, OK?) Also, we got a reader tip during Facebook Live last year: If you love something, but need to exchange for a different size that’s not in stock during the sale, hold on to it, tags on, until the end of the sale. Once the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is over, and items are restocked at full-price, you can make your exchange and keep your discounted price.
11. But Don’t Give Up On Returns
This year – since more people will be shopping online – many sold out pieces may come back into stock as returns get processed. Since online shoppers tend to buy more than one size, it’s reasonable to think that a larger number of items will be returned. So if a piece is sold out in your size, I think it’s worth stalking, this year more than past years. It may come back as a return.
12. Avoid Being Overwhelmed (We Can Help)
That’s (hopefully) why you come here. We Do. Alllllll. The. Research. All the #DressingRoomSelfies. All the “Best of” lists. All the “Best of what’s left” lists.
We do it all…for the entire length of the sale, with contributors literally from coast to coast. We try stuff on, wear it around, make sure it actually works for our everyday lives, and blog the heck out of it. Don’t forget to keep up with us here, at our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Guide.
Shop The #NSale By Contributor
If you’re feeling a particular contributor’s style, or maybe have similar sizing – this is the place for you! Click on any of the images to see all their #NSale coverage (capsule wardrobes, top picks, and dressing room selfies). You can also shop all the things currently in their closets and learn a little bit more about them.
The Best Items In The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
If you’re curious what we we’re snapping up this year, this section is for you! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens up to Nordy Club Icons today, July 12th. This list covers alllll the categories we’re shopping, and we’ve already picked out our faves from each. If you want to see more of the things we’re coveting from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, take a peek at this post where we gush about our top 3 pieces.
The Best Jeans In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Denim has always been our thing and this year’s sale has not disappointed. We’re so excited to see a pretty broad range of denim from skinny to boyfriend – and so many washes! Kinda obsessed with these FRAME ‘Le Original’ Jeans and the distressing on the knees. We’re also eyeing these RE/DONE High Waist Stovepipe Jeans in black and some MOTHER denim like The Looker High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans.
The Best Blazers In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Leather & Faux Fur In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Kiiiind of excited about all the jackets this year. I mean this Nordstrom Belted Faux Fur Coat…need I even feature anything else? In fact, I do because this Double Breasted Faux Shearling Coat by Ralph Lauren…be still my beating heart. And if something quilted is more your style, this Faux Leather Hooded Puffer Coat by Bernie is absolutely gorgeous in this cappuccino color.
The Best Coats In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Kinda excited for the chill to roll back in with fall just so I can start rocking a mean wool coat. Anyone else favor fall over summer? I know I personally will be stalking this Theory Hooded Wool Coat to perfect my pumpkin patch pics this fall. Or maybe this Reiss Leah Wool Blend Wrap Coat. And if you want something a little tougher to fight the elements, we’re always in love with the coats from Pendleton like this Beverly Wool Blend Hooded Coat.
The Best Cashmere In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Cardigans In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
We’re already dreaming of cardigan season and just how good we’re gonna look in those pumpkin patch pictures. Anyone else already setting up a fall pinterest board? Anyone? Anyway…our faves right now are: this Vince Slub Wool Blend Cardigan, this Open Edit Belted Long Cardigan, and this La Ligne Braid Stripe Cardigan.
The Best Sweaters In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Tops In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
A big category to be sure, BUT we’ve combed the digital racks to find the best, from simple tees to silky tanks. We’re gonna be rockin’ this Ruffle Sleeve Top from Free People and doin’ a little romancin’ in this Cinq À Sept Silk Satin Camisole. We’re also tempted to keep it simple with this AllSaints Anna Cuff Sleeve Cotton T-Shirt.
The Best Pants In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Skirts In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Dresses In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Plus-Size Fashion In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Loungewear In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Athletic Wear In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
For all the booty-shakin’, namaste-in’, and weight liftin’ you got going on in your life right now. It does not hurt to look cute while sweating it up. Our faves right now? This Zella Studio Lite set (Longline Bra + Crop Leggings), this Beyond Yoga set (Square Neck Crop Tank + High Waist Leggings), and these North Face Winter Warm High Rise Tights.
The Best Intimates In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The NSale is a great time to stock up on a few basics, intimates included. Maybe it’s even a good time to treat your booty and get some Spanx Lacer Hipster Panties. If you’re in the market for some support for the girls, we suggest checking out this True & Co. Convertible Strap Bralette or this Wacoal Convertible Strapless Bra.
The Best All-Weather Boots In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
There are so many boots we want from this sale that we split these babies up into multiple categories. This one is dedicated to all the tough boots dedicated to weathering..uh..the weather, while still looking good. The ones we’re eyeing right now? These Timberland Courmayeur Valley Hiking Boots, these Blondo Verity Waterproof Booties, and these Blondo Shaker Waterproof Winter Boots.
The Best Mid-Shaft Booties In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
If you’re on the hunt for a boot that’s not too tall, not too short, but somewhere in-between, there are a ton of options. We love a good lug sole and Chelsea boots are still on our minds from last year. Maybe that’s why we’re eyeing these: Paul Green Chelsea boots, Paul Green Lug Sole Chelsea Boots, and Vagabond Shoemakers Cosmo 2.0 boots.
The Best Tall & Over-The-Knee Boots In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Heeled Boots In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Loving the mix of heeled boots and booties in the sale! Kinda already getting fall vibes from some of these chunky heeled beauties like these Platform Booties by Steve Madden or these Varsan Platform Chelsea Boots by Louise Et Cie. And if you’re interested in something with a little more slouch, take a peek at these Pointed Toe Booties by Paige.
The Best Sandals In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Shoes In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
There are sooooo many gorgeous shoes in the sale this year and we split them out into categories to make drooling over our favorite easier. But look at these Treasure & Bond Nova Animal Print Mules, you guys. And these Charles David Livid Faux Shearling Clogs. And and and these Jenni Kayne Genuine Calf Hair Mules. Ahhh so many choices!
The Best Sneakers In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Sneaks. Need we say more? Honestly the love of our lives in our closet. They’re comfy, stylish, and are best for chasing kiddos around. Whether a simple running shoe or a statement sneak is more your style, the sale has you covered. Definitely check out these P448 Thea Leopard Embossed Platform Sneakers, these On Cloudflow Running Shoes, and these Adidas Edge Lux 4 Running Shoes.
The Best Heels In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Slippers In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Accessories In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Jewelry In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Listen, we’re all suckers for a little sparkle and sometimes you just have to treat yourself. After scanning through the preview we found some favorites that are worth wish listing for sure. Keep an eye on these Kendra Scott Scarlet Bead & Chain Layered Necklaces, these Jenny Bird Heartbreaker Drop Earrings, and these Gorjana Taner Extra Large Hoop Earrings.
The Best Bags In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Beauty In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Makeup In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
We’re gonna be paying close attention to what makeup Scotti is picking up from the NSale, but we do know that some faves are this Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lip, Cheek, & Eye Set, this Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Bae-sics Deluxe Kit, and this Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Color Trio.
The Best Home In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
While we’re busy snapping up all that good denim and cashmere, we’re not forgetting about bringing something new in for our homes. Top of our list? This Pendleton Sunset Canyon Throw Blanket and this. Ohhh and this Nordstrom Percale Duvet Cover & Sham Set. And hello Dyson, I’ll be taking that V11 Cordless Vacuum, thank you.