Well, well, well. Here it is. The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog. I had been waiting for this one to drop with…mixed feelings. After last year’s sale, many of you expressed some disappointment — disappointment I shared — that the Anniversary Sale had been more about Nordstrom’s in-house brands (Halogen, Caslon) than the brands we’ve snapped up in years past (Vince, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Marc Jacobs, etc.,).
(Update: *The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has begun! For full #NSale coverage — best of recommendations & #DressingRoomSelfies — head over to our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale hub, right here.)
So it was with no small amount of trepidation that I opened this year’s catalog.
Vince. L’Agence. Rebecca Minkoff All Saints.Tibi.Mother Denim.
Of course, the Nordstrom brands are still there, but the focus was definitely on special, elevated pieces.
Guys, I’m starting to get really excited about this year’s sale. My hopes are high.
So. I’ve spent the last few days poring over the catalog and rounding up all of my favorite pieces. These are the pieces that I think have the potential to become our go-to pieces this year…and these are also the pieces that I think have a pretty big sell-out risk.
For fun (and to help you early bird Anni sale shoppers), I had each of the TME contributors pick out their ONE top piece from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog…AND make a prediction about what they’re hoping to find in this year’s sale. So, without further ado….
Our Top Picks From The 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog (+ A Few Predictions)
My Top Catalog Pick
I have these exact Paige booties in snake print. You can see them in action here (with a dress), here (with skinny jeans) or here (with mom jeans). They’re comfortable and walkable (they do get a bit narrow in the toes but stretched eventually), and the shaft height is perfection. I love my snake print ones — and my exact ones are still in stock here (with – ooo! Two different snake print choices!), but the studs are really calling my name. Black is an easy win, but that brown is gorgeous.
PREDICTION: I think we’re going to continue to see a ton of animal print in this sale, but it won’t be limited to leopard print. Cheetah, snake, tiger — these are all huge trends for fall. And if the catalog is any indication, there will be a ton of plaid. I’m hoping for some seriously good pattern-mixing in this year’s dressing room selfies. And since I’m O.V.E.R my hanky panky lace thongs…I’m pulling for this much more comfortable upgrade. C’mon, Nordies!!
A’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
I’m a total sucker for a good snake and a great strap. Don’t read in. Just know this bag is in my bag; it’s my new bag and I couldn’t be more excited about it!
Sale Wish: If there’s one thing I need this fall/winter, it’s a refresh for my well-worn, black three quarter length coat. In a fabulous fabric. With perfect pockets. And a great collar. Maybe the perfect one will also be on sale? A girl can only wish.
A’s Top Pick for Guys
Just for kicks, these are in my cart for J. He has these, just not in this color, and man is it a great one! So soft, multiple color ways, dresses up and down, so well. And Blue is his favorite, to boot. Justified.
Sale Wish: For all the men in our lives, I’m wishing for a great selection of wool blazers in the sale. With all those peeks at classics and plaids for women, and the inclusion of the higher-end brands, I’m hopeful that the guys will have some great choices to be making next week too next week.
A’s Top Pick for Home
Tried and true, my FAVORITE candles. Starter set so you can become a believer too. Beautiful gift if you can bear to part with them.
Sale Wish: This sale is always a great way to stock up on my favorite candles, and gifts that I’ll use throughout the year, throw pillows and rugs. I’d expect the same this year. What I’m secretly wishing for in the Home Decor area though is some new well-curated art, some fun for the kids, and a few amazing sustainable luxury accent pieces.
Laura’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
Friends. Plaid for fall is just classic, and I’m dying over this coat (and the very reasonable price!) It was a toss-up between this, and some tiger and leopard print boots (yes, together in one shoe) but this classic piece won out. Plaid mixing is big for this fall, as is mixing these classic tones with a pop of color — like an orangey red beanie or bag would be FAB with this. Summer is not my season. I’m already so ready. I’ll mix some great sporty sneaks with this lovely piece to make it me.
SALE WISH: I’m hoping for another amazing jacket like last year’s white blazer…a great comfy yet structured piece to throw on and make everything look sharper!
Laura’s Top Pick For Guys
I finally got Pinky in slim jeans a few years ago and now he’s totally converted. I love my AG jeans so much and the wash on these is perfection, so I’m gonna snag these for him. Also loving the styling here with the fun mint green and a hoodie layered under a wool bomber. I doubt I can get him to sport white sneakers, but a girl can dream…
Linzi’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
So pretty! I’ve been intrigued with Aquatalia for a while — an Italian brand that makes GORGEOUS weatherproof and stain-resistant shoes AND claims to be designed for comfort too. My DREAM! They are usually WAY above my price point, but the fact that they’re included in the Nordy Anniversary Sale is probably a sign that I should try them, right?
Linzi’s Top Pick for Guys
The “Comfort Shoe Queen” can’t let her husband run around in uncomfortable dress shoes, obviously! Ecco makes a great dress shoe, and I’m super-excited these are part of the sale. I’ll be using the sale to stock up on other basics for the hubby too — primarily dress shoes, socks and pants for work.
SALE WISH: Hoping Bonobos pants are a part of the sale. They’re his favorite.
Linzi’s Top Pick for Kids
Looks like tons of Tucker & Tate will be included in the sale–I’ll be ordering several pairs of pants for my big kid–I think he’s grown at least 2 feet already this summer.
PREDICTION: Tons of good back-to-school kids clothes—the Anniversary sale never seems to disappoint in this department.
Jess’ Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
You guys know I’m all about billowy, romantic silhouettes and boho-inspired mixed textures. So I’m all about this satin skirt, faux fur jacket and Sam Edelman Boots. The Perfect colors for Fall!
Jess’ Top Pick for Guys
Jon actually has these Cole Haan’s and LOVES them so much he basically bought out all of Cole Haan’s shoes. They are perfect for work, and so so comfortable that he sometimes wears them on our walks.
Jess’ Top Beauty Pick
I’ve been hearing so much great stuff about Trish McEvoy’s makeup kits, and I am sooo excited to try this kit out!
Emily’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
It’s probably no surprise that these western-inspired snake print booties caught my eye. They walk that rad line between rocker + vintage-inspired, and could so easily be boho’d up a bit with a floral skirt and a turtleneck sweater (the textured Vince version in the catalog is easily my second fave item) or a distressed jeans and a gauze-y blouse. Love the chunky heel height — just enough to make me feel fashionable while still being plenty practical for errands or the park.
SALE WISH: This is so boring, guys. I have a habit of not wanting to spend money on quality workout apparel, so I have approximately 2 dozen sports bras and leggings that either ride up or are saggy and stretched out. Loving the idea of scrapping it all in favor of a few new quality pieces. (The sneak peek is already pretty promising!) And I’m looking to invest in a leather hip bag (ahem #fancyfannypack), too.
Emily’s Top Pick for Kids
This whole outfit just screams Lana. We add one whimsical coat or sweatshirt to her wardrobe each year, and I love how this furry teddy bear zip-up is neutral (read: lots of wears) but still playful. It also looks seriously cozy for chilly coastal mornings. She’s a big fan of anything with tulle, too, so I know this classic navy tutu would be worn on repeat.
Tiarra’s Top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog Pick
Autumn/Winter is the time when it’s really easy for me to fall into a color rut, so I like to be intentional about picking a few pieces I can style for work or play that have tons of color. This sweater does it for me. It has enough of the expected seasonal colors in the saffron/rust stripes, but the mauve and blue are what really make it a little more fun that your average sweater. I love how it’s styled in the catalog and on the site. I REALLY hope it’s in stock for me to try!
Sale Wish: DRESSES! Somewhere along the lines my fall dress selection really diminished, so I’d love to find one or two I can style for work and beyond. Something like this chiffon dress could work for date night, then styled with this plaid blazer for work.
Happy Shopping! More next week — when the sale really gets started! Mwahaha…