Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023: A Cheat Sheet


Well, hey there, friends. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview kicked off a few days ago, and we are…in it. We’re currently (like, literally right this second) pouring through all 86 pages of sale items, searching for the gems. At this point, we’ve become known (infamous?) for our practical edit of the NSale, and this level of reader trust is something we take very seriously. All this is to say that we work our asses off. This team (of almost 20, omggg) has been debating, comparing, researching, trying on…basically around the clock.

If you’re interested in the full scope of our coverage (including individual editor picks, try-ons, videos, etc.) head on over to our Ultimate Guide to the NSale. However! If you just want to get shopping (I see you), this cheat sheet is for you.

The Best Items In The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: A Cheat Sheet

Below, you’ll find our very favorite pieces, conveniently split by category — women’s, plus size, men’s, kids’, beauty and home. The idea behind the cheat sheet is to help you find exactly what know you need (the best black work pants?), as well as some fun finds you didn’t realize you wanted (a seriously cool tee that works for date night).

We want to make shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as easy as possible, so this is a pretty comprehensive list. Everything we think you need to see, all in one spot.

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Women’s | Plus Size | Men’s | Kids’ | Beauty | Home

Best Women’s Clothing In The Anniversary Sale

Need to shop for women’s clothing (plus-size, closet staples, fave brands)? The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the BEST time to do it.

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Jeans | Boots | Shoes | Outerwear | Blazers | Sweaters | Sweaters Under $100 | Tops | Pants | Skirts & Shorts | Activewear | Lounge & Intimates | Dresses | Bags & Accessories

NSale Women: The Best Jeans

  • The most interesting jeans in the NSale (two words: waist. detail.) – these 
  • The jeans Shana can’t stop wearing – these
  • The jeans Amy can’t stop wearing – these
  • The jeans they both now want to order (hint: same brand) – these
  • The jeans that are perfect for summer (ooo…the distressing) – these 
  • The jeans with the best black wash – these
  • The jeans giving ‘French Vogue editor’ vibes – these
  • The best jeans for holiday parties – these
  • The best jeans for holiday parties, plus size – these
  • The best long, loose jeans under $100 (fresh & modern) – these
  • The best wide-leg jeans for petites (30” inseam) – these
  • The jeans we’ve decided are for petites (31” inseam) – these (you really want them to puddle – like this). 

NSale Women: The Best Pants

  • The most under-rated pants in the Nsale – these
  • The best cargo pants – these
  • The black work pants with an elastic-waist – these
  • The black work trousers (petite, regular, plus) we can’t believe are under $100 – these
  • Beautiful, silky, trousers in a matching setthese
  • The best faux-leather trousers – these
  • Designer trousers for a plaid-and-sneaker moment – these

NSale Women: The Best Boots

  • The best Western boots (Amy likes black, S likes taupe) – these
  • Platform boots all the editors loved (under $200, surprisingly comfy, every color is good) – these
  • The sexiest designer ankle boots – these
  • Waterproof moto boots to wear with straight leg jeans  – these
  • Chic & sporty winter boots (S styled them 5 ways, here) – these 
  • The best boots for an apres ski moment – these
  • Chunky, lug-sole boots S & Em both love – these
  • The best UGG boots (need we say more?) – these
  • The best tall boots with 70’s vibes (in ‘dune multi suede’) – these
  • The best tall boots for refreshing your look  – these

NSale Women: The Best Sweaters

  • The best cashmere sweater is actually men’s. (Yup – we’d steal it) – this 
  • The sweater that doubles as a really luxe coat – this
  • A cozy, everyday pullover (runs big) – this
  • A cropped sweater to to unbutton or not – this
  • Technically a cardigan, but wear it like a jacket (it’s indestructible) – this
  • When you want your plaids soft – this
  • If you love wearing graphic tees – this 
  • To layer over a slipdress in winter – this
  • A cozy cashmere cardigan – this

NSale Women: The Best Sweaters Under $100

  • The cropped sweater that looks good on every TME Editor – this
  • For ballerina vibes – this
  • To wear with those apres-ski boots – this
  • An oversized sweater in the most universal blue – this
  • An oversized black turtleneck sweater – this
  • Wants to be worn with high-rise flares – this
  • If you’re looking for a bright pop of color – this
  • The sweater that everyone seems to like (are we over it yet?) – reg & plus
  • The best knockoff sweater (looks like Stine Goya, iykyk) – this

NSale Women: The Best Shoes

  • The best pumps to elevate work outfits (the silver, promise) – these
  • Forever clogs beloved by the team – these
  • The best ballet flats (again, that square toe) – these
  • Sneakers in the prettiest blue (perfect with denim) – these
  • The best clogs (think: Dansko & Doc Marten had a baby) – these
  • The best chunky loafers (check out the two-tone) – these
  • Sculptural date-night heels – these
  • The best platform sneakers to wear with flares – these
  • Creepers, but cooler. And the office Gen Zers approve – these
  • Date-night sandals for the boring (I love boring) – these
  • The best summer sandals – these
  • On-trend silver heels staying power (and super walkable) – these
  • The sneakers with the coolest colorways (either Memphis or Louisville for me) – these
  • Running shoes that are actually cute (we love the orange) – these

NSale Women: The Best Outerwear

  • The wool coat most worth the splurge – this 
  • The best wool-blend coat for workdays to the weekend – this
  • The coat you’ll love if bright colors are your jam – this
  • The best classic wool coat under $200 (in navy) — this
  • A twist on a classic wool coat (gorg color, roomier shape, feels fresh) – this (up to XXL)
  • The best plaid coat (just so classic) – this (up to size 16)
  • The trench coat that looks waaaay better on – reg & plus
  • The best trench coat under $200 (it’s giving Burberry, gang) – this
  • The best trench coat under $100 (the lines are gorgeous) – this
  • A waterproof rain coat that’s shockingly pretty irl (in ‘ink) – this
  • The coolest puffer jacket (it’s the faux-leather, for mel) – this
  • The coat that scares me (rich-lady-preppy-quilting, but I love it?) – this
  • The best quirky jacket under $50 (the irreverent details & oversized shape) – this
  • The best bomber jacket under $80 (ooo…also it’s corduroy) – this
  • The best mid-length vest (I’ll bet you thought it was going to be that Zella one) – this

NSale Women: The Best Blazers

  • The blazer that keeps it classy (ooo…double-breasted & that color) – reg & plus
  • A sleek and sexy oversized blazer for day + night – this
  • The most flattering longline blazer under $200 (the lines are great) – this
  • The perfect cropped blazer to add to your closet (so fresh) – this
  • The best faux-leather blazer to replace your moto jacket – reg or plus
  • An oversized blazer that’s perfected the fit – this

NSale Women: The Best Activewear

  • A basic pullover to wear with everythingthis
  • The best knit shorts (in the happiest color) – these
  • The best athletic shorts for running errands to actually running – these
  • A workout top that gives serious cool-girl vibes – this
  • The best joggers (the name says it all) – these
  • The best utility pants (both parachute & cargo) – these
  • The coolest track pants (swish, swish) – these
  • The best workout set – this + this
  • The best top to layer over the workset set (they match!) – tank or top
  • The best black leggings (under $40) – these
  • The best maternity leggings – these
  • The one piece our readers hate the most (haha) – this

NSale Women: The Best Intimates & Loungewear

  • The comfiest underwear – these
  • The sexiest underwear – these
  • The softest bra – this
  • The sexiest bra – this 
  • The best underwire bra – this
  • The best classic pajamas (team fave) – reg & plus
  • The cutest ruffled pajama set (in gray) – this
  • A cool, printed long pajama set (in b/w…also a shorts version) – this
  • The best silk pajamas – these
  • The best silk pajamas under $150 – these
  • The best cashmere pajamas – these
  • The best robe (silk, of course) – this

NSale Women: The Best Tops

  • The best graphic tee (super-wearable and sweet) – this
  • The best workout top that doubles as a real top – this
  • The sexiest take on a waffle tee – this
  • We didn’t know 100% cotton could look this sexy – this
  • An everyday top when you’re sick of t-shirts – this
  • The best long-sleeve top to wear on date night (hint: sheer) – this
  • A date-night bodysuit (team fave) – this
  • A sweet, pretty top that looks better on the plus-size model – reg & plus
  • A top perfect for the holiday office party – this
  • The sexiest button-down – this
  • The best silk top for work or girls night – this
  • The silk top for work or date night (unbutton those buttons) – this
  • The best silk cami (hmmm, also the only silk cami) – this
  • The top most likely to be overlooked (but don’t) – this
  • One seriously badass bodysuit, whoa – this

NSale Women: The Best Skirts & Shorts

  • The best denim shorts (are sailor shorts, actually) – these
  • Shockingly cute hiking shorts (that can actually be dressed up) – these
  • The comfiest shorts (it’s a set…sweatshirt here) – these
  • A uniquely-sporty skirt (so freaking cool) – this
  • The best midi skirt – this

NSale Women: The Best Dresses

  • A dress that looks really sexy on (the lines are GOOD) – this
  • The coolest shirt dress (office vibes but in a deeply chic plaid) – reg & plus
  • The coolest shift dress (looks better in plus, tbh) – reg & plus
  • The fashion girl dress – this
  • The best black everyday dress (comes in plus) – this
  • The sexiest mini dress (it’s the blazer vibes for me) – this
  • The best jumpsuit (wear with sandals now, UGGs later) – this
  • The best everyday midi dress (for layering & lounging) – this
  • The best sundress (ooo…that print) – this

NSale Women: The Best Bags & Accessories

  • A belt bag for chasing kids and running errands – this
  • The clutch that’s quirky and gorgeous this
  • The bag for people who hate wearing bags – this 
  • The best everyday hoops (perfect size, super lightweight, gold or silver) – these
  • My favorite hoops of all time (the texture makes ’em fancy) – these
  • The sweetest everyday necklace – this
  • The necklace I want to wear all summer – this
  • The coolest statement earrings – these
  • The sunglasses I just bought for a fresher look – these
  • The sunglasses with 70’s vibe – these 
  • The softest wrap (that we’d happily let fall off the shoulder) – this
  • The one with a serious ‘80s vintage feel – this

Best Plus-Size Clothing In The Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale reliably has a small section of cute plus-size clothing (from adidas, Avec Les Filles…) we can reasonably endorse.
  • The best black trousers for work – these
  • The best wide-leg jeans (that blue wash for fall, though) – these
  • The best faux-leather pants (work to happy hour) – these
  • A three-piece pajama set (under $100) – this
  • The best sweater for date night (just a little sexy) – this 
  • The best faux-leather blazer (those seams are SO flattering) – this
  • The best crewneck sweater (balloon sleeves FTW) – this
  • The best blazer (to spice up work outfits) – this
  • The best plaid blazer – this
  • A flattering wedding guest dress (in black) – this
  • The best workwear dress – this

Best Men’s Clothing In The Anniversary Sale

If your guy is in serious need of new work shirts, joggers or even some undershirts, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale men’s section is worth checking out.
  • The best casual button-down shirt (in black) – this
  • The best long-sleeve tee (a baseball style never gets old) – this
  • The best sweatshirt (that looks kinda fancy) – this
  • A simple hoodie (with the matching joggers too) – this
  • The best basic sweater (at $100) – this
  • A non-denim jacket (when he wants to spice it up) – this
  • The best sport coat (works well with jeans) – this
  • The best leather jacket (bought this exact one eight years ago for Mike, & he still wears it) – this
  • The best puffer jacket (if you’re already buying for winter) – this
  • The best athletic shorts (that aren’t ugly) – these
  • The best joggers (with that matching hoodie) – these
  • The best jeans (Mike’s worn ‘em for years) – these
  • The best track pants (with the matching hoodie) – these
  • A pair of everyday shorts – these
  • The best pants for most offices (technical too) – these
  • The highest-reviewed suit pants (hard to go wrong with BOSS) – these
  • The best running shoes (there are a bunch of On sneakers in the sale) – these
  • The best casual sneakers (cool enough for date night) – these 
  • The best waterproof boots (rugged) – these
  • The best waterproof boots (dress) – these
  • A tough weekender bag (you know his needs an update) – this
  • The sleekest designer sunglasses (that aren’t flashy) – these
  • Cult favorite underwear (fave at my house) – these
  • The best no-show socks – these

Best Kids’ Clothing In The Anniversary Sale

Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale kids’ section is fun. You can find the latest fashion for everyone from baby to teen.
  • The best baby romper (the pictures…AH) – this
  • The best baby onesie (what kind of noise does a giraffe make?) – this
  • A baby coat for snuggles (holy freaking cute.) – this
  • The best winter baby buy (one and done) – this
  • The best basic tee (basic in a good way) – this
  • The sweetest little cardigan (100% cotton) – this
  • The most wearable hoodie (cropped is where it’s at) – this
  • The best lightweight puffer (rose is the new black) – this
  • The best running shorts (keep ‘em moving, keep ‘em dry) – these
  • The simplest fleece joggers – these
  • The chicest skirt (can they make this in adult sizes?) – this
  • The trendiest school shoes (lug-sole, baby) – these
  • A pair of boots for puddle splashing (I cry) – these
  • The best sock multipack (can never have enough) – this
  • The cutest pajamas (organic cotton) – these

Best Hair, Makeup & Skincare In The Anniversary Sale

The NSale is a good time to treat yaself w/ some high-quality skincare, hair tools, makeup… We’re watching for Colleen Rothschild or a Dyson hair dryer.
  • The best eye cream (creamy is an understatement) – this
  • The best sunscreen (that we all stock up on) – this
  • The most luxe skin buy (don’t fear the mask…) – this
  • The best body wash (like ever) – this
  • The fanciest body-care splurge (we buy it every year) – this 
  • The most trending set to grab (we’ve heard amazing things) – this
  • A really pretty lip combo (suits all skin tones) – this
  • These foolproof eye-shadow sticks (that you just slap on & blend) – this
  • The best mascara (that nearly everyone swears by) – this
  • The easiest makeup remover we know (this size will last forever) – this
  • The top hair-product set (for home & away) – this
  • A scalp-saver for dandruff (it WORKS) – this
  • The best non-Dyson hair tool (just over $100) – this
  • The only anti-wrinkle pillowcase you need (it’s silk, baby) – this
  • Our fave hand cream (to ever exist) – this

Best Home Goods & Decor In The Anniversary Sale

Waiting for a sale to give your home an upgrade? Us too. Find cozy pillows, kitchen gadgets, Parachute linens in the 2023 NSale.
  • The best bedding (shocker….it’s Parachute) – this
  • The prettiest towel (we love their prints) – this
  • A helpful organizer (I’d stack bracelets too) – this
  • The fan-fave candle set (and there are many) – this
  • The best throw blanket (the reviews, tho) – this
  • The sturdiest cookware (the possibilities are endless) – this
  • The most useful buy under $10 (thick & so soft) – this
  • A total room-maker (to set those vibes) – this
  • Something to try if you haven’t yet (you’ve heard us rave for years) – this

Don’t forget! Our more in-depth Ultimate Guide to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is updated regularly! It has even more recs, plus outfit ideas, shopping tips, try-ons & so much more.

Happy shopping!


Team TME