Hey, Gang! Welcome to the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Talk about a Shopping Enabling Event (mwahahaha)! 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. If you’re ready to shop, our most current posts are riiight here.
Below you’ll find an outline of all our contributors linked to their posts, in case you’re kind of new here (or to the sale) and looking to decide what styles you identify with. We also highlight the important dates in the sale, a rundown of our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale strategy, and then more good stuff — a sample of our recommendations for the sale (fashion, beauty and home), from loungewear for our #StayAt Home lifestyle and back-to-work dresses, to jeans for errands and date night porch-sittings, as well as sneakers, makeup and bedding. So let’s jump in. For another version of all our posts, check out our cheat sheet.
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NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE 2020
Happening Now: Influencers Shop The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
All our contributors, as well as Nordstrom Influencers, Ambassadors and Icons, are shopping the sale. Early Access for all cardholders (Insiders) starts the 13th, while the Public Sale follows on the 19th. We’re shooting & publishing our #DressingRoomSelfies, as well as doing some sneak peeks in our newsletter (you can sign up below) and on our Facebook Insiders page. Even if you’re not able to shop the sale yet, you can still scope out all the goodness of the #NSale via our posts (you can find them all on this page, or on the cheat sheet, or by continuing to peruse the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview, which dropped July 24th. If you’re new to the sale and not sure about the access levels, go to our How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale post (with a handy video) to find out all you need to know to shop our Christmas In July (errr, August). If you’d like a refresher of all the important Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates, that’s right here (maybe screenshot that baby and keep it in your phone.)
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Dates
The public sale begins August 19, while Nordy Club members/Nordstrom credit card holders get to shop first during Early Access, beginning August 13. HOWEVER, if you’re an Icon, an Ambassador or an Influencer, you’ve already started shopping (August 4, 7 or 10,) respectively. The preview (new this year as noted above) went online July 24 (replacing the usual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog). The sale ends August 30, 2020.
What We’re Shopping At The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Right Now
We’re already shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, and we’ve been putting our time in delving into the preview, #dressingroomselfies, capsule wardrobes and wishlists. To get a head start on what we’re shopping, trying on and buying (and definitely lusting after), go straight to our posts by contributor starting here. You can also check out our cheat sheet, for a list-like view.
Shana’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
– The Best Shoes (& Boots) To Wear With Levi’s 501 Jeans
– Best Boots For Light-Wash Jeans? Taupe
– Shana’s Anni Sale Selfies, Round I (Hint: Lots of Sweatpants)
– Shana’s Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe (& Complete Edit) Of The Anniversary Sale
– Best Of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: A Decidedly SoCal Capsule Wardrobe
– 5 Cute Looks To Get You Excited
– Cute Fall Outfits From The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
– See More From Shana
Kat’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Scotti’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Laura’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Linzi’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Emily’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Cam’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Julieta’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
Jess’ Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Posts
How To Shop 2020 The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
For the next few days, you can find a condensed version of our strategy for shopping the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right here on this page. Once the Early Access starts August 13th, you’ll need to hear over to the full How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Guide (don’t forget, it includes this handy #NSale tips video). So, in addition to bookmarking this page, be sure to stick with The Mom Edit.
1. Follow The Mom Edit To 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 guys 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. And 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, made up of pieces from this sale, for all different styles and lifestyles.
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 first critical week 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. I cannot state this enough: The best pieces — the stuff we really want, really will wear — typically sell out during that first week. (More on that below.) If you haven’t already, sign up for a Nordstrom Card, here. 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 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 Triple Points Day For The First Day of The Sale
One of the smartest things you can do is schedule your Personal Triple Points Day during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Just check that baby online during checkout at Nordstrom.com. You’ll earn a $20 Note for every $334 you spend on your Personal Triple Points Day (and these tend to add up pretty quickly during the sale).
4. 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 (or this year, possibly being quarantined for a short period of time (read more about that here). Despite the gaggle of helpful staff Nordstrom has on hand during the sale, it’s a grueling shopping experience. That said, 2020 is a different year, and the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale likely will be a very different shopping experience. The good news is that Nordstrom’s online inventory is completely synched 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 2020): 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.
5. 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 blogging thing for more than 10 years now (crazy, right??), so, I do have some thoughts on this subject. As soon as the preview hit, we started rounding up our favorites (as well as made a few predictions) — 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.
6. 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?) 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. Also, we got a reader tip during Facebook Live yesterday: 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 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is over, and items are restocked at full-price, you can make your exchange and keep your discounted price.
7. 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 2020 Guide.Now, let’s get to good stuff. Check out the section below for our sample of the best items in the sale, or head back up to the top of the page for the posts of our edits we’re releasing right now. Happy shopping!
We’re just now getting our Dressing Room Selfies (aka #dressingroomselfies) out there, but if that’s all you want to see, the 2020 articles are here, followed by those from past years.
The Best Items In The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Jeans In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Denim is kind of our thing. And omg does this sale have A LOT of good choices. If you’re part of the straight leg denim gang, these Levi’s Ribcage Jeans might be worth a peek. If skinny jeans are more your style, the Nina Skinny Jeans from rag & bone and the Raw Hem Crop Skinny Jeans from FRAME are two of our faves.
The Best Blazers & Jackets In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Honestly a blazer can boss-up an outfit and be a pretty flexible closet piece. Pop this Plaid Boyfriend Blazer from BB Dakota over a graphic tee for a more polished look. If a more Zoom meeting friendly blazer is what you’re after, peep this amazing Gibson Notch Collar Blazer or this Schoolboy Stretch Blazer from J.Crew.
The Best Leather & Faux Fur In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Kiiiind of excited about all the jackets this year. I mean this Avec Les Files Star Print Faux Fur Coat…need we even feature anything else? Topping any outfit with a leather jacket (like this one from AllSaints) really channels some tough mother energy. Maybe that’s what we need for the rest of this year? Or we continue with the cozy vibes from quarantine and wrap up in this Sam Edelman Faux Shearling Moto Jacket.
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 Pendleton Double Breasted Wool Blend Coat to perfect my pumpkin patch pics this fall. If a puffer is more your style, check out this Sam Edelman Hooded Puffer. And if a raincoat is what you want, definitely peek at this one from Barbour.
The Best Cashmere In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Cardigans In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Our cardigans may not be seeing much of the light of day, but popping one on over some pajamas counts as a full outfit. Right? Right. That being said, these still work great over denim and a classic white tee. Our faves right now? This Rib Cashmere Cardigan, this Madewell Madison Side Tie Cardigan, and this Cardi Coat from Thread & Supply.
The Best Sweaters In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
A go-to piece right now is a good sweater while boppin’ around the house. If I’m feeling really wild I even zip up some skinny jeans and put on socks. Who says you can’t look cute just for your own damn self? There’s a few sweaters we’re stalking including this Cowl Neck Sweater, this Stripe Crewneck, and a Neat Stripe Cotton Sweater from La Ligne.
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 graphic tees to swingy blouses. We’re gonna be spreadin’ a little positivity in this Better Days Will Come Tee, working a bit more color into our lives with this Free People Catch Me If You Can Top, and rocking this Smocked Blouse with the buttons down the back.
The Best Pants In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Judging by our list, faux leather leggings are IT this year. There are so so so many good ones featured, but we’re definitely going to be keeping an eye on these Vince Leather Zip Leggings. The Nordstrom Sale is also a great time to freshen up your work-drobe. Take a peek at these Leopard Print Crop Flares from J.Crew or…ooooooohhh these Halogen Tie Waist Houndstooth Pants!
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 selection is SO GOOD this year for plus sizing and we couldn’t be happier. I mean this piece is literally called Amazing Cozy Wrap Jacket (and it’s accurate. It looks amazing). The NSale is a good time to snap up some really nice new denim like the Good Legs High Waist Crop Skinny Jeans or maybe grabbing a blazer like this Plaid Blazer from Treasure & Bond.
The Best Loungewear In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Athletic Wear In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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 buttery-soft Hipster Panties or…y’know…some zebra action? If you’re in the market for some support for the girls, we suggest checking out this Cherry Blossom Convertible Underwire Bra or this.
The Best Boots In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Boots. I think at this point we could consider them a pretty big part of our brand. We love a good over-the-knee boot, maybe something a little more slouchy like this Derika Leather Boot. Oh, ohhh or something a little more edgy like this Laurie Combat Boot. And don’t forget our love of hiking boots like these Ellendale Water Resistant Hiker Boots.
The Best Booties In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
The Best Shoes In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
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 Star Zebra High Top Sneakers, and these Air Max Dia 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 Taner Bar Chain Earrings, this Cayne Crescent Plated Pendant Necklace, and these Arc Wire 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 Plump Lips & Sexy Lashes Duo or this Pillow Talk Lip Secrets Set from Charlotte Tilbury.