2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Ultimate Shopping Guide

Welcome to our 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage! The #NSale is easily the best annual sale around, especially for fall style and those long-term investment pieces (hint: coats).

This sale is a little 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 the boots, bags, and jeans we invest in each 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 full retail price.

How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary sale opens to the public on July 15, 2024. That said, Nordstrom Card holders can start shopping the sale as early as July 9th, depending on their Nordy Club level. This Early Access period is a special perk just for Nordstrom cardholders, and the level is based on a yearly spend amount. You can join (or check your Nordy Club Level status) here.

The preview officially launched June 27th, so everything rounded up below is what we can expect to see in the sale! And guys, it’s good

If you’re curious about what kinds of pieces (or brands) we’ve gotten in the past NSale, check out our video, The 10 Best NSale Buys Ever to see our most-worn NSale deals of all time, or even The Things I Buy Every Year In The NSale, for a list of the useful, everyday (but maybe boring haha) products we stock up on at the NSale (think: underwear, hand soap, etc.)

When Does The 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview Start?

Typically, a week or so before the sale opens for Early Access, Nordstrom allows a “preview”  at everything in the sale (to look, not shop). This year, the 2024 NSale preview dropped on June 27th (at noon, EST). Once this preview opens on Nordstrom.com, The Mom Edit team dives right in and starts curating our own edit of the sale. During this preview period, you can expect us to produce articles like The NSale’s True Gems or Best of NSale Beauty, and more.

Top Picks & Insider Tips for the 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Mom Edit team has been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for over a decade(!!), and fancy ourselves experts. We focus on finding closet basics (coats, sweaters, jeans, boots) that will get the most wear long-term, and especially love uncovering hidden gems. While women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories are our main focus, we’re also shopping for the men, kids, teens and sometimes even (happy sigh) babies in our lives, so we have best-of lists for them, too.

To shop our full edit of the sale, keep scrolling. Or, for a more curated list, check out The Mom Edit’s NSale Cheat Sheet for our very top picks in each category (women, men, kids, teens, home and beauty). You can also take a peek at Shana’s True Gems, where she covers the very best pieces that are not only pretty, but practical, versatile and well-made. Lastly, if you really want to dive in, our NSale Try-On articles (published during Early Access) will have the most in-depth information.

All NSale Articles

Just to give you a little insight into what to expect, here are all of the articles we wrote during last year’s NSale, and we just dropped some new articles for this years sale, too. 

Shop The NSale By Editor

This team has been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for over a decade now, and all have strong (and sometimes conflicting, haha) opinions on which pieces are best. So, if you’d like an NSale edit that’s been perfectly curated by one of our editors — including links to their try-on articles, their top picks, and what they’re actually buying & keeping themselves — click on an editor name below.

Best of NSale: Women’s Clothing

When it comes to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, our editors often have the most luck with boots, coats, jeans and sweaters…so we’ll start there. But we’ve also rounded up seriously cute tops, dresses and — of course — loungewear (team fave, obvi).

Since the sale opened, the shopping widgets below are filled with our top Anniversary Sale finds so far. 

Shoes & Boots

Shoes & boots are often what the NSale does best. This year, they not only have the platform Gazelles we love, but they have a gorgeous new brown color way in the classic Gazelles. Allsaints has some seriously cool moto boots, we’re tempted to try Nordstrom’s brand of ballet flats (still deciding which color we like best), and they have great running shoes in the sale this year: On and Hoka

 

Jeans

The jeans in the sale this year are great. We’re most excited about this pair and this pair. Super curious to try out these Free People jeans, and these other Free People jeans are the unexpected, cool-girl pair in the sale. The best steal? These gorgeous Wit & Wisdom jeans. There’s also some pretty cool patchwork jeans in the sale from Rails and Avec Les Filles. In general, don’t miss out on FRAME, Veronica Beard and Rag & Bone

 

Sweaters

Sweaters are some of the most-loved pieces in the sale. We’re looking forward to this Vince cashmere sweater (those sleeves!), this Topshop sweater in the prettiest color, and this Topshop cardigan. As always, the Free People sweater selection is great, but don’t miss out on the rest of Vince and Allsaints’ cool take on everyday sweaters. 

 

Coats

The NSale coat selection is often THE most exciting part of the sale. We especially love the gorgeous coats from Nordstrom’s line, Theory, and Reiss. Avec Les Filles has some amazing options in the sale this year that are far-from-boring, too. Lastly, don’t miss the practical (but still cute!) coats — Barbour raincoats are great, as are Save The Duck puffers.

 

Dresses

The NSale always has some seriously great dresses in the sale from a ton of favorite brands. This year is definitely no exception. This super interesting En Saison dress is the perfect work dress that’s actually interesting. We’re excited to try out Rails’ selection (that denim!), this cotton dress from FRAME, Topshop’s shirtdress and sweaterdress, and Good American’s dresses (that are also available for the plus size babes). 

 

Tops

There’s some great wardrobe staple tops in this year’s sale. The classic Free People long sleeve, a Nordstrom button-up and then a cropped version, a Faherty varsity tee, date night ribbed tank, and an everyday oversized tee from Madewell. There’s a gorgeous silky FRAME button-up in stripes and another silky button-up in a pretty mauvey brown from AllSaints. As for something exciting — FARM Rio has this top in the best fall floral and a tee that makes us all kinds of happy.

 

Bags & Accessories

Let’s be honest here: The NSale bag section can be hit-and-miss. While we were riding a wave of Clare V.-induced happiness for years, last year’s NSale bag selection was disappointing. That said, this year there’s some very drool-worthy JW PEI bags and Allsaints has some pretty cool options, too. Additionally, the jewelry selection in the NSale seems to keep getting better, so something to keep in mind for upcoming holiday gifts. (Oof — sorry, mentioning the holidays in July is rough.)

 

Under $100

Looking for affordable fashion? We’ve got you. That said, even while looking for pieces under $100, we’re still staying true to our core values and only recommending pieces that we think will go the distance. Wit & Wisdom denim has us wow’d (and is currently competing with our expensive designer brands). Kut from the Kloth jeans under $100? Always a solid buy. Zella workout clothes? Team faves. And we always end up finding a piece or two that’s seriously exciting from Topshop, too (this year is no exception). Cheers to finding budget-friendly pieces that are still useful, versatile and (relatively*) durable.

*kids, dogs, kids&dogs — it’s rough out there.

 

Activewear

We’re super excited about the activewear in this year’s sale. These team fave leggings are making an appearance in the coolest colors, and this tank and leggings set is soso cute. In general, we’ll be looking to Zella, Beyond Yoga and Sweaty Betty

 

Pants

The NSale is a great place to stock up on work trousers (Vince, Veronica Beard, Reiss, Good American). Or snap up a pair of fun cargos from Vince: these or these, or FP Movement. Check out Frank & Eileen for some matching sets (that work great for travel), too.

 

Loungewear & Intimates

We live for sweatpants and all things lounge. Nike has deliciously comfortable (and cute) sweatpants and sweatshirts in the NSale, and Zella rarely disappoints. Lunya has their washable silk pjs in the sale, which we’re sooo excited about. But we definitely cannot miss Barefoot Dreams insanely cozy pieces either. As for intimates — Natori bras, as well as Hanky Panky and Chantelle underwear (thongs, specifically), are all frequent flyers around here.

 

Best of NSale: Plus-Size Clothing

While plus-size shopping is often an exercise in frustration (one of our long-standing complaints with basically EVERY retailer that isn’t SKIMS or Good American), the NSale reliably has a small section of plus-size pieces we can reasonably endorse. Like…we can’t resist an elevated tee or sweater from EILEEN FISHER or something cute from Madewell. When it comes to denim, we’ve been super impressed with Kut From The Kloth (under $100!!). There’s often some straight-size pieces (think: Free People) that work for plus-size babes too.

 

Best of NSale: Men’s Clothing

While we may heavily focus on the women’s section of the NSale…there’s no denying that it can be a good time to stock up on stuff for the guys. Shana’s husband would normally use this time to get a suit for work, but the work-from-home trend has us focusing on practical, everyday closet staples (although, you can still get those sexy Hugo BOSS suits). If your guy is in serious need of some new work shirts, workout joggers (don’t skip Zella joggers) or Stance socks…it’s worth giving the men’s section a peek.

 

Best of NSale: Men’s Shoes & Accessories

This is when we stock up on the good-quality socks and boxer briefs…but sometimes we find the perfect fall boots or cool running shoes too.

 

Best of NSale: Baby & Toddler

Arguably the cutest section to look at. Nordstrom has definitely thrown in those adorable dresses and furry coats, but there’s really no better time to buy an ever-growing baby the essentials too — boots, coats or even some baby gear.

 

Best of NSale: Kids

We came up with some pretty cool capsule wardrobes and outfit ideas with the NSale kids’ section last year. Anything from bright colors and graphics to simple and practical pieces. It can be a good time to get a nice winter coat and boots too.

 

Best of NSale: Teen & Tweens

Back-to-school shopping, anyone? Yikes, maybe too soon. But, really, no better time to get it done than the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Activewear, cute tops and hoodies, new pants, or fresh Nike sneakers…we can usually find some good stuff for the big kids.

 

Beauty

The NSale can be the perfect time to give yourself a luxurious treat like a nice Charlotte Tilbury product, fancy hand soap or silk pillowcase. We can’t help but stock up on the essentials too — skincare, sunscreen (Supergoop! obvi) or an everyday mascara. It gets the in-house beauty expert, Scotti’s, stamp of approval.

 

Home

I know a lot of us might reserve a home upgrade for sale time. We’ve been able to find cozy pillows and blankets, Apotheke candles, pretty but useful things for the kitchen (gorgeous airfryer/toaster, anyone?), and little trinkets to make a home feel homey.

 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale FAQ

1. 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 bootsbagsjeans and stuff under $100 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.

2. When Is The 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Nordstrom cardmembers with the highest status (Icons) begin shopping July 9, followed by Ambassadors on July 10, Influencers (that’s all cardmembers) on July 11th and public access to the sale starts July 15. The sale ends August 4. Keep your eyes peeled — the digital catalog and Anniversary Sale Preview will launch on June 27th at noon, EST.

JUNE 27 (12PM EST): PREVIEW & DIGITAL CATALOG LAUNCH (OPEN FOR ALL — START ADDING ITEMS TO YOUR WISH LISTS!)
JULY 9 (12:01 AM EST): NORDY CLUB ICONS SHOP EARLY ACCESS
JULY 10 (12:01 AM EST): NORDY CLUB AMBASSADORS SHOP EARLY ACCESS
JULY 11 (12:01 AM EST): NORDY CLUB INFLUENCERS (ALL CARDMEMBERS) SHOP EARLY ACCESS
JULY 15 (12:01 AM EST): PUBLIC SALE BEGINS
AUGUST 4: NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE ENDS
AUGUST 5: PRICES GO UP

We’ve been covering this sale for more than a decade now, and shopping it for even longer. Over the years we’ve developed some very strong opinions — not just about the best pieces in the sale, but the best way to shop this sale in general. Keep reading for our 11 FAQ’s for shopping the NSale, based on that many years (gulp) of experience.

3. Should I Get A Nordstrom Card?

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 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. (More on that, below).

If you haven’t already, sign up for a Nordstrom Card, hereIf you’re a current card-holding member, check your Nordstrom Card status, here.

Secondly, if you are really opposed to signing up for a Nordstrom Card (and we’re not here 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 the ability to earn bonus notes and free basic alterations). 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.

4. What Are Bonus Points Days?

One of the smartest things you can do is schedule your Personal Bonus Points Day during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Just check that checkbox 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. When you’ve accrued enough points, Nordstrom sends you a Nordstrom note (basically a gift card) to use on any future purchase.

5. How Can I Score Stuff Before It Sells Out?

For an early, behind-the-scenes sneak peek of our best finds, subscribe to our special NSale newsletter. We start shopping on the very first day of Early Access (Icon level), and start sending out special Nsale newsletters almost immediately with real-time upates. During the Early Access period, we make sure our NSale newsletter subscribers are the first to hear about our top picks, hidden gems, and selfies, too. Once articles go live on our site things typically sell out fast, so our special NSale newsletter is our way of giving our most loyal following a head start. 🙂 

ps. We’ll never share your email. Ever.

6. How Do I Preview The 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Before It Drops?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has an online preview. 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 above 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.

What does The Mom Edit do during the preview period? We review all the sale inventory to find the really good pieces, the ones worth investing in. Once we’ve wrapped our heads around the goods, we start crafting inspo. We brainstorm outfit ideas and capsule wardrobes, as well as check for fall trends to see how we might be wearing these pieces a few months from now. From the day the preview begins, we’re all in until the last day of the sale, August 4. Stick with us for updates, outfit ideas, capsule wardrobes, and — this is the best part — allll the deets of what we’re actually trying on and buying. 

7. What Happened To The 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog?

In a bittersweet twist to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, the exciting catalog (that delicious paper we loved getting in the mail) has been scaled wayyyyy back (and it’s often hard to find, too). But, as noted above, the preview will still feature all the sale items just like that magazine-style goodness used to.

8. Is The Early Access To The Sale Worth It?

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.

9. Should I Shop The Nordstrom Sale Online or In Store?

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. The good news is that Nordstrom’s online inventory is completely synced up with its 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. That said, we’ve had readers complain about orders getting canceled after the fact. One perk we’ve been using a ton is to shop our local store online…and then pick up online orders in-store or drive-thru/curbside!

10. What Should I Buy First & How Do I Know About Sellout Risk?

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 sellout 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.

11. Can I Rely On Restocks?

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 restocks, 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 genius reader tip 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 2024 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is over, and items are restocked at full-price, you can make your exchange and keep your discounted price.

12. Should I 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.

13. How Do I Avoid Getting Overwhelmed?

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 2024 Guide.

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