Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Predictions, Top Past Picks (& A Few Fails)

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Gang, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t getting pretttttty excited for the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. There’s something about the new preview period that gives me time to plot and plan…and coupled with the happy fact that we might actually have somewhere to go this year…well.

Here’s hopin’ it’s a big one.

Honestly, the plotting and planning is at least half the fun. Years past, my Anniversary Sale plotting was restricted by that absolute tease of a catalog — followed by the frenzy of discovery once the sale opened — so last year’s preview window was like a breath of fresh air. I’m thrilled they’re bringing it back.

Like last year, I’ll be using the preview window to build fall capsule wardrobes, and see which pieces will most seamlessly integrate into my existing wardrobe. If, for example, there’s a new jean silhouette I love, it might be better to get the jeans and the shoe (and maybe a bag) that works with them, rather than a set of disparate pieces. And a big (huge) part of my plotting and planning is looking back over the years — which types of pieces will I actually wear?

Our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Predictions, Top Past Picks & Biggest Fails

So. Since we love taking a data-driven approach to style, we’re going back through our closets and taking a hard look at what’s in them: what are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale best hits, and — just for fun — what was our biggest NSale fail? Find last year’s here) And, as always, we’ll take a stab at which product (or brand) we’re really hoping to see in this year’s sale.

I have scored a ton of really solid hits over the years. In fact, most of most-worn pieces in my fall/winter wardrobe come from the Anni Sale — which is why I get so excited. That said…

My Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick? Coats.

Last year’s Anniversary sale was all about the coats. I know part of that had to do with physical distancing (and our resulting outdoor hangs), but I’ve gotten so much use out of the coats I picked up last year that I highly recommend checking the coat section of the Anniversary Sale. Theory usually has one lightweight wool coat that’s typically gorgeous and soft — the Clairene style is always a safe bet — but I’ve found that these wool coats tend to be on the lighter side. More of a fall/spring jacket this far north.

So my surprise hit from last year’s? This wool plaid Pendleton coat.

This coat is made from a thick, 100% wool, yet is super soft (not itchy), flexible (not stiff) and shockingly warm. I think it’s such a win because it’s such a good combination of style, practicality…and is really, really well-made. Truly a forever piece, and something I may not have noticed if it wasn’t for the Anni Sale. If there’s any Pendleton in the sale this year, it’s worth a second look. These coats (typically) won’t sell out in the first 48 hours…but they’re almost always gone by the time public sale opens (2021 sale timeline here). I highly recommend.

I also use this sale to snap up rag & bone jeans, Levi’s, and (if last year was any indication) a Clare V bag. I picked up a couple Clare Vs in the Nordstrom sale last year (and I already own, um, many additional) and YES: they are that good. They’re modern classics, yet outfit-savers, and are basically all I use.

My Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Anyone remember this old Alexander Wang dress? Gorgeous, right? Still is! But the reason it’s my biggest fail is simply because…I haven’t worn it. Not once. My lesson learned? No matter how sexy the dress, no matter how soft the fabric no matter how good I think I look in the dressing room (with those old, fabulous bangs that make me want to cut my hair)…if it is too bodycon then I won’t wear it.

I’m still going to flirt with the fancy pieces in the Anniversary Sale…but am really going to think twice before purchasing.

My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

We’re hearing rumours that Jenni Kayne is new to the sale this year, and I’m hoping Jenni Kayne’s Fisherman Sweater is included. I have the navy and it’s…annoyingly perfect. Lastly, my spidey sense is tingling that mayyyybe some high-shaft Chelsea boots will be in the sale. I’m crossing my fingers for my Vagabond boots…but we’ll see.


Linzi’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail & 2021 Prediction

Linzi’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Clare V Bags | Frame Tops | Veronica Beard Denim | Tan Cardigans

My top Nordstrom Sale pick is ABSOLUTELY Clare V bags. I still adore the one I got last year (see above). Clare V’s gorgeous bags give even the most simple outfits a pop of style; they’re foolproof. The Anniversary Sale often includes Clare V bags that are exclusive to Nordstrom, too, so I can’t wait to see what’s offered this year. They sell out fast, but if you’re not an early shopper, they usually pop back up later in the sale when returns happen. You just have to keep an eye out for them. 

Linzi’s Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Sneakers

My biggest fail last year was NOT keeping a pair of P448 sneakers and keeping a Vince plain burgundy tee instead because I thought the tee was a more practical purchase. I LOVED the P448s, and they were definitely “joy-inducing” when I held them in my hands, but I decided to return them since I already have several pairs of white sneaks. You have no idea, though, how many times I looked for these specific sneakers in my closet thinking I had kept them, and then was totally disappointed when I remembered they weren’t there. Lesson learned…if there’s something in the sale that TRULY makes me swoon, keep it and let go of the pieces that I’m only keeping as practical “staples”.

Linzi’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

 Vince Sweaters | MOTHER Denim | Vince Boots

I’m hoping to see lots of gorgeous everyday sweaters in this year’s sale. Last year there were a ton, and I’m glad I invested in a few of the fancy cashmere ones and Vince sweaters—I happily wore them on repeat all winter long. I’m also hoping to see a better selection of Eileen Fisher….last year’s selection was pretty meh. Many of her high-quality pieces are timeless and total forever-closet pieces for me. 


Scotti’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail, & Prediction For 2021

Scotti’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Leather moto jackets are almost always my first choice when it comes to the Nordstrom sale. I LOVED the color of this jacket and the leather is so soft and comfy. I wear it with literally everything (from graphic tees and ripped jeans to LBDs) and love putting it on every single time I wear it. 100% worth every penny.  

Scotti’s Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Shoes | Similar

I really like the Cole Haan red heels I picked up last year, but I have yet to wear them. I already have a pair of red heeled booties I can actually wear in the snow or cold, and those are the statement shoes I reach for in the winter. When it actually gets warm enough to wear these heels…I typically go with sandals instead. I bought them because they were cute, not because I LOVED them. Lesson learned? With pieces I know aren’t for everyday, I’ve got to really and truly LOVE them….and they have to be practical for the climate I’m actually living in.

Scotti’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

AG jeans

This year I’m hoping to see some AG JEANS on sale. Last year I got these and the year before I got the ex-boyfriends and the prima straight legs. They just fit curvier bodies really well, and I always find a cute pair during the sale so I’m excited to see what they have in store this year. 


Laura’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail, & Prediction For 2021

Laura’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Similar Jacket

My top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale pick is my AllSaints Moto Jackets. I now have two of them, and they are proving to be forever closet pieces…those items you’ll always have and always grab to make any outfit cooler. The leather is incredibly soft and they break in just beautifully after a few wears, but don’t stretch out. I wear a US 6 in the AllSaints moto jackets. I’ve had my black one for years and just got the oxblood color during the last Nordstrom sale. Love forever.

Laura’s Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Similar jacket | Pants | Sneakers

OK, so, everyone else might kill m,e but the Nike Palazzo pants that were so popular last year were a total flop for me in real life. Were they comfy? YES. Were they so cute styled up? YES. But then I cut mine off to an actual walkable length…and promptly never wore them again. Womp womp. They just didn’t hang the same way and didn’t have that rad full-length look and they are just really heavy, even for this gal who lives in a cooler climate. Lesson learned: if they don’t fit properly, or if they aren’t exactly right (I knew they were a bit heavy for me…I just overlooked it) — don’t keep ’em.

Laura’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Jeans | Similar Boots

What I’m hoping to see in the sale this year? MOTHER Denim. You’ve heard most of us rave about it here, and my Tomcats and the Rider high straight leg jeans have been two of the most flattering pairs of jeans I’ve put on my bod ever. Size up in MOTHER jeans for the most part, especially the high-waisted pairs. They will break in with wear, but do run small. They’ll also go so fast if they are part of the sale!


Em’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail, & Prediction For 2021

Em’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

tee | jeans (similar wash)

No surprise here, my top pick from last year’s sale was rag & bone’s Dre Slim Boyfriend Jeans. They totally turned around how I approached denim outfits last year and remain one of the best investments (so much so that I’ve since picked up a few other washes). Nordstrom typically carries them in quite a few washes, so it’s almost guaranteed that if they debut a new wash for the sale, I’ll be back for more.

Em’s Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

coat (similar)

I don’t wanna toot my own horn, but I was really discerning about the pieces I kept from the sale last year, and they’ve all served me pretty dang well. So my biggest fail is actually just my…biggest regret. (I know that’s kinda like saying that your greatest weakness is working too hard at a job interview, but I mean…) SO. Biggest regret? Not keeping this coat. It’s 1000% not necessary, and I do already have coats that serve a similar purpose in my wardrobe, but there were a handful of times this past year where I would have reached for it had it made the final cut. If there’s a teddy coat included in this year’s sale (especially at that same, middle of the road price point), I’ll be all over it.

Em’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

jeans (similar wash, no distressing) | backpack

For this year, I’m super optimistic about the addition of Jenni Kayne. I’ve been eyeing these Jenni Kayne slip-on sneakers since I first spied them in the catalog, so here’s hoping they (or something similar) makes the cut. And I know everyone will be clamoring for them, but if any of her iconic sweaters are in the sale, I’ll be looking to invest in a couple. If I’ve learned anything after three years on the coastside, it’s that sweaters really work overtime here year-round.


Kat’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail, & Prediction For 2021

Kat’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

similar top | palazzo pants | boots

I have been a loyal Nordstrom member for years! It’s my absolute favorite store, which is one of the many reasons why I love TME so much….We all have a serious crush on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Last year was a seriously amazing year for me when it came to my #NSale purchases. I am still obsessed with my Nike palazzo pants, my Vince Chelsea boots have been some of my most-worn shoes, and I bought a bulk bottle of my favorite toner and have used it every single day. 

Kat’s Biggest Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Fail

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

top | similar leggings | sneakers | bag

I love leggings, and live in them more than I’d like to admit. And while I have found some stellar items from Zella, the Zella leggings were a fail for me. I feel like I am a 2.5X in their leggings, which does not exist….The 2X always feels slightly too snug, and the 3X leggings don’t stay up. So unfortunately, the 3X Zella leggings I kept have been sitting in my dresser for the entire year because they just don’t work. Lesson learned: if I know something isn’t going to fit exactly how I want it too…I’m not going to buy it, even on sale. (And fingers crossed that these leggings will be on sale this year!)

Kat’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

top | jeans | sandals | purse | similar sunnies

This year I am predicting that some of my favorite clean beauty brands like Necessaire, SuperGoop, Alo and Dr. Barbara Sturm will be a part of the sale. Clean beauty is becoming more and more mainstream and I can’t wait to restock on some of my favorites. I’m also hopeful that Good American Good ’90s Jeans and the Good American Always Fits jeans will be a part of the sale. Jeans are so in right now, and are an absolute must for me with this year’s sale. 


Julieta’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick, Biggest Fail, & Prediction For 2021

Julieta’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Sweater (similar and on sale) 

With every passing year, my Nordstrom shopping priorities get clearer. Last year two of my best investment purchases were a Vince white mock neck sweater and that little Coach bag. I want this fun colorblock one this year. Cost-per-wear is super low on both. I didn’t have much luck with denim, but I will have my eyes on MOTHER Denim, especially the Ryder style, AGOLDE s90s styles, and of course, Levi’s — especially the wedgie and Ribcage fit

Julieta’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

For some fantastic and more affordable pieces, I am looking forward to seeing what Chelsea 28 has. I’ve noticed I get one of their pieces every year. Last year was that sweater tank dress, and it has sure gotten a lot of wear this past year. And always: Underwear. Last year, I got hooked with this True and Co super soft, non-wire bralette, and it’s my most worn bra. Already on sale!


Jess’ Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Pick & Prediction For 2021

Jess’ Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Last year’s Anniversary Sale top pick for me is a two-way tie between the Topshop Dad jeans and the Marc Fisher Platform Combat Boots. I wore the crap out of both of those pieces all year long. Still wearing those jeans, in fact I have them on right now. I was so impressed with all of the Marc Fisher LTD styles last year. For chic, affordable, good quality footwear, they win in my book.

Jess’ Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

This year when it comes to denim, I’m betting on lots of ’90s-inspired styles with relaxed fits and some good rips similar to last year’s Anniversary Sale rag & bone jeans: think AGOLDE and Good American. Secretly, I’m also really hoping for some good ’70s-inspired denim styles: wide flares, ultra high waists and vintage details. Honestly, just give me these MOTHER Fly Tomcat Roller Button Fly Flare Jeans and call it a day. As always, I’ve got boots on the brain, and at the top of my wishlist this year are some really good  chunky, lug sole platform boots, like GANNI’S Leather Lug Sole Boots and these Marc Fisher Privi Chelsea Boots. The chunkier the sole, the better, baby. I want ‘em to stomp. 


Meredith’s Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

Meredith’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Past Pick

What are our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 predictions, past top picks, and -- just for fun -- what was our biggest #NSale fail?

Sweatpants | Jeans

I typically use the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as a chance to try something I wouldn’t typically try at full price. My best purchase from last year? The “stupid pants,” (Nike’s Palazzo pants) obviously! The pants that shouldn’t work, but they should and are oh-so-comfy. These fleece-lined, wide-leg palazzo sweatpants came in handy during an unusually chilly Texas winter. I also got a ton of use out of these Madewell Roadtripper Jeans (skinny jeans 4 lyfe). 

Meredith’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Prediction

Now that I live in a cold-weather climate for the first time in a decade, I desperately need a winter wardrobe. I really want (need) a parka like this one with faux-fur trim by Lauren Ralph Lauren (currently on sale!). Also, I’m on the lookout for a pair of baby flares, like these from Joe’s, and crossing all my fingers and toes that this delightfully colorful leather bucket bag by Black-owned business, Vavvoune, goes on-sale.


Amy’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Predictions

Give it up for this newbie – because last year was the first time I actually even remember hearing about the famous anniversary sale (gasp). Whether that makes me a bit edgier because it wasn’t on my radar (ha), or just painfully obvious that I’m a workaholic who spends my summers buried in photography work….such is life. You better believe I am stoked for it this time around, though!

 sweater | leggings | boots | body serum | body lotion

I am craving an entire fall wardrobe overhaul — some fresh Free People sweaters and cute combat boots would be the dream; I’d love another perfect-for-leggings oversized sweater like my fav tunic and maybe new UGG boots (or slippers!). Leggings are always a fall fav of mine, and I’m curious if more faux leather styles will emerge in the sale. I’m even eager to see deals on my favorite beauty obsessions like Necessaire body products; I will seriously be stocking up (the body serum is a game changer)!


What are you guys hoping to see this year? Let us know, and we’ll keep that in mind when we start poring over the preview. We always love putting together outfits for our readers.

xo,

S and the team

3 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for this great kickoff to you girls’ spectacular coverage of the SALE! I enjoy poring over all of your NAS posts more than I enjoy actually buying things from the sale (sorry Nordstrom). You’ve already upped my anticipation with this appetizer. Yay!

  2. Laura, I bought the Nike Palazzo pants too! I LOVE how they look on me, and I have never worn them, tags still on.

  3. I wore my Nike sweatpants so much the last year! Winter at home 🙂 I’m definitely looking for a new fall cardigan, always love a new jean with the sale and I’m with Julieta, always love seeing the unique pieces Chelsea 28 has.

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