Public Access is Open! Best Buys of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

The #NSale is here!

Every year, Nordstrom holds a sale on pre-fall merchandise from July to August. Think of it as a reverse sale – instead of discounting old merch that hasn't sold, they offer discounts on new items then raise the prices back to ‘regular' rates.

On the one hand, I get kind of sad when the sale starts because seeing fall stuff in stores makes it feel like summer is already over – and summer in NYC is so short! But on the other hand, fall is hands-down my favorite season to dress for so I've already found tons I like.

Here's what I think is and isn't worth buying from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


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Best Brands in the NSale

There are some brands + items that are part of the sale year after year, and cult favorites. 

*Note on Zella: I used to love their ‘live-in leggings' but the quality seems to have gone down. Instead, I opt for their inexpensive, yet cute tanks, sports bras and socks.



Top Picks




Below are my picks in more detail, broken out by category!




I know most people love the casual clothes in the sale, but generally that's not something I go for. I feel like you can get casual sweaters and cardigans on sale any time of year?

Instead, I like the sale for workwear (well, I did when I still had a full time job). This year's Nordstrom sale includes some nice blazers, trousers and dresses from Theory, J.Crew and Veronica Beard.



I use the sale mainly to replenish basics – nice bras and undies and cute workout gear. In particular, I'm always on the lookout for cute tops! Its always so easy to find nice leggings and a little harder to find affordable, cute sports bras and tops.

The sale includes some options from Zella, Alo, Nike and Adidas in a rainbow of colors.  



Shoes are my favorite section to browse.

NYC summers are really short so my most worn shoes tend to be boots (for when I make an effort) and slip-ons (for running errands)

In particular, I have my eye on the Aquatalia boots – they're a little too basic to buy at regular retail, but at sale price there's potential! Aquatalia is known for waterproofing their shoes to be extra durable, so if you also live in a place where you mostly walk to get around, give them a go! 

If you've ever wanted the Stuart Weitzmen 5050s or Hunter rainboots, some are included in the sale this year. For trendy shoes, check out Vince and Marc Fisher. I have multiple pairs from both brands and they always look so cute on the foot (although they're not super super comfortable). For airy cloud shoes, I stick with UGGs!






The older I get, the more excited I am by interior design and home stuff! Since I haven't shopped this category much before, I don't know how steep the discounts are to regular prices.

But I did notice some great home brands are included in the sale:





2019 Nordstrom Sale Dates

The sale opens in waves.

First access was open earlier this week to Nordstrom Card Holders with a status level of either Icon or Ambassador (aka have spent $$$ over the previous year).

Today, July 12th, anyone with a Nordstrom Card can shop Early Access!

July 9th Icon Pre-Shop in Stores
July 10-11 Icon & Ambassador 
July 12-18 Early Access
July 19- August 4 Public Sale
August 5 Prices Go Up

*Caveat about retail credit cards | If you don't already have a Nordstrom card, there's no need to open one purely for the sale (just wait for Public Access to open next week on the 17th). For me personally, I look for credit cards that will earn me cash back or great travel rewards. The only times I consider retail credit cards are if they offer a 10-20% discount on a purchase (which comes in handy for splurge items, like handbags, watches or jewelry). Otherwise, retail credit cards don't offer much reward and have very expensive interest rates (~13-25%). Make smart money moves people!!


Best Way to Shop the Sale

The easiest approach is to shop online, so you avoid the madness in store. Nordstrom carries the full inventory online and only a small portion in store.

At checkout, pick ‘store pickup‘ if there's a location near you instead of delivery – that way, you get a $10 reward and can pick everything up ASAP. 

I hate paying for shipping, so in past years I've chosen the regular standard shipping option. That was a mistake – the free shipping option takes forever (close to 2 weeks).



What are you buying in the sale? Do you still get excited by the Nordstrom Sale?


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