Our Guide To Nordstrom’s Memorial Day Sale (AKA, The Half-Yearly Sale)


Helloooo Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly sale! As we head into summer, Nordstrom’s Memorial Day sale is the perfect opportunity to snap up key wardrobe pieces — for up to a hefty 50% off. Sale ends 6/2, so now’s the time to pounce!

We’ve been perusing the sale (only 379 pages, NBD) and our editors are sharing sale finds they have (and love!), plus a few new things that caught their eyes. Everything from walkable summer sandals (ahem, Linzi’s comfort flip-flops) to Shana’s striped linen pants, the coolest jeans for under $50 and more.

Best Of The Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale: Madewell, Free People, Caslon & More

Right off the bat, we’re swooning the designer bag section…Tory Burch, specifically. The only question is: Pine Tree or Brick Lane? Ok, this classy bucket bag in Wine, too. Dang, Tory. We’re also seeing some good sale action from Stuart Weitzman. We’ve crowned pretty sandals, whether metallic or denim, an instant outfit-maker. They work with jeans, pants (stretchy waistbands, FTW – under $50), dresses…everything. And we’re big fans of Nordstrom’s in-house brand, Zella, but pieces are going fast: everyday joggers, the “Cloud” sweatpants & this tank dress are still well stocked.

5 most exciting finds of the Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale:

  • If you live in comfy tanks during summer: One for everyday (cotton-blend, under $20) & one that feels special (it’s the square-neck for me, 40% off).
  • Craving new sunnies? Yeah you are: These are under $60.
  • Jeans, obviously: These pleated baggy jeans are made from a featherweight fabric so good, we can’t shut up about it. S has been eyeing up sailor jeans (under $100) since, well, forever, and cargo jeans (the dark wash is so good) are one of our fave trending styles.
  • The prettiest 100% cotton top to wear instead of a tee: This.
  • 3 dresses that make you go, “now that’s a sundress”: this (in either shade of blue), this (for the floral lovers) and this (100% cotton).

Oh, and hey! When you’re done here…head on over to our Memorial Day Sales Cheat Sheet. It has the details on allll the sales, all in one place.

Shana | Em | Amy | Jess | Julieta | Laura | Scotti | Anne | Bev

Shana’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: Madewell striped linen top and pants, and Free People sweatpants

linen top (4), linen pants (s) | sweatpants (xs)

ONE: This striped linen “set” (not really, but that’s what makes it perfect). The top is Madewell and it’s not as cropped or open as it looks on the model (TTS), & these Caslon pants. I’ve tried on a ton of linen pants, and this pair is the best. They don’t squeeze the waist, and I like wearing the top rolled down (as shown). Fit is a little big, but they shrink a bit in the wash. (And yes – I still need to get them hemmed.) Lastly, my little gold sandals are from Sezane, but there’s a TON of really gorg pairs in the sale. Scroll to see: 

TWO:  If you’ve also been eyeing Free People’s seriously cool, baggy sweatpants…I now own them in two colors – they’re that freaking GREAT. Nordstrom has one color currently on sale. Would look cute swapped in for my purple pair. I especially love the sweats with a not-quite-matching Free People cropped Camden sweatshirt (not on sale but this is similar) and cushy, updated Vans (at Nordstrom). 

Em’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: cargo pants and MOTHER graphic tank top

pants (tts), tank (tts) | tank (tts), jeans (tts)

ONE: Oooh, 50% off! Sizes are going fast in these cargo pants, but they’re some of my favorites. Maybe it’s because they feel deliciously nostalgic (I definitely wore this style in high school w/ a baby tee & even babier bangs), or maybe it’s because the color feels like pure summer. True to size – and the “cloud forest” hue is finally on sale, too (and better stocked) – which gives me mega lake vacay vibes.

TWO: Oof, sizes dwindling in this one, too, but SO worth it if you can snag this cool MOTHER tank while it’s 30% off! Have talked at length about this tank: the perfect fit, not too boxy, not too cropped but roomy and…cool. Somehow the red graphic is always exactly what my mostly neutral outfit needs. Wearing a small.

Scotti’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

shirt (m), sandals pants (2, run big) | tank (xs)

ONE: Not only are these wedge sandals 30% off, but the Rails shirt I’m wearing is also 50% off! These are my favorite button-ups for summer… they’re super lightweight, soft and yes — the wrinkles come out…this one was fresh out of the package! 😅 Also wearing: shorts (28)

TWO: These Treasure & Bond tanks are so good, I have them in multiple colors. I love the cut of the neck and shoulders…and they’re up to 45% off! Fit is TTS.

Amy’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: Wit & Wisdom cargo jeans and SKIMS bodysuit

Jeans (28) | Bodysuit (L)

ONE: Wit & Wisdom Colorblock Cargo Jeans: I’m so excited to see these jeans on sale – and for a whopping 55% OFF! That whole “ab solution” waistband is truly magical & makes the whole jean worth it, but the unique wash + cargo pockets sends them beyond.

TWO: SKIMS Seamless Sculpt Bodysuit: No other bodysuit/top has made me feel as shapely and curvy as this (which is a hard feat, I’m shaped like a rectangle). I feel SO good and confident wearing it, and that says it all. Don’t be alarmed by how tiny it is when you open it – the stretch is unreal, but size up if you don’t want it too snug. Also: the thong version, on sale.  

Jess’ Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: Madewell midi tank dress and Madewell wide leg jeans

Dress (M, TTS) | Jeans (29, TTS) 

ONE: Madewell’s Mixed Media Tank Dress – This dress is easy, breezy perfection. The skirt is made from lightweight gauze and the bodice is stretchy-cotton knit. The fit is universally flattering and it would be a great option for a beach-cover up or vacay dress. 

TWO: Madewell’s Superwide Leg Jeans – These were some of my favorite jeans from my big Madewell try-on last month and these jeans are just an instant wardrobe classic and are 35% off in a more classic light blue wash. They are available up to size 33. 

Julieta’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Jeans (27) 

TOP PICK: These Frame Barrel Jeans are the easiest to wear with a cute top, sandals & accessories for a quick look. I’ve been wearing them nonstop since November with sweaters and boots, but I’m so happy wearing them now with t-shirts, camisoles, tanks and more. The wash on sale is also perfect for Spring and Summer. They’re slightly long on me which I like. 

Laura’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: Caslon linen pants and Wit & Wisdom flare jeans

Similar Tank | Pants (MP) | Jeans (8) | Tee (M) | Sandals

ONE: These Caslon Tulip Hem linen pants have been my go-to’s for years & they’re on sale for under $50. They’re easy to wear, have a sporty-ish vibe and are so comfy. Available in regular & petite sizes (TTS). Wearing MP and they’re perfect.

TWO: These cute, comfy and stretchy pinstripe Wit & Wisdom Flare jeans. They have that emotional support waistband (haha) I’ve talked about. NBD. They also have cute sailor pant button details on the front. I’m 5’4” and wearing a 2.5” platform sandal here, just FYI. TTS.

Bev’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: pleated skirt

Skirt (L)

I have been wearing this skirt year-round. My 7- and 4-year-old love when I twirl in pleats, which quite often. The skirt is also easy to style with different shoes.

Anne’s Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale Picks

Best of Nordstrom's Half-Yearly sale: Nike sweatshirt and Madewell slip skirt

Sweatshirt (L) | Skirt (10)

ONE: The Nike Pheonix sweatshirt is one of my favorite and most worn items. This sweatshirt runs oversized, so size down if you want a more fitted look. There are a handful of pretty colors on sale right now.

TWO: This Madewell slip skirt is such an easy piece to dress up or down. This color is on sale as well as a beautiful buttery yellow color. I like to wear this skirt with my Sambas for running errands or with stacked heels for special occasions.

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