The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here. Get all the details you need to know to shop smart and what has changed with this year’s sale. I also shared what I bought last year to give you a sense of what goes on sale!
If you’re a loyal blog reader, you know I share great Nordstrom sales when they’re live (like this post last month!). I’m a big believer in shopping quality items and having great basics that go with lots of outfits. My all-time favorite sale of the year is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, or the NSale. This happens once a year, usually in July (but this year is different), and it’s different than most sales that stores promote.
When a store has a sale, it’s typically to get rid of last season’s clothes as the new ones come in, and generally after the sale, things will go on final sale to make sure they get out the door. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is different because they discount brand new styles and pieces for the fall season. And once the sale is over, the prices go right back up to the normal retail value. It’s essentially like a pre-season sale. And it’s sooo good.
I love to shop for shoes, especially fall booties, and high quality coats and jackets, among other things. I also shop for Tommy during this sale because (a) he hates shopping and (b) men’s stuff is typically pretty expensive. This sale is the best for brands he loves like Peter Millar, Vineyard Vines, Patagonia and more.
Everything you need to know about the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
This is one of the most popular — if not THE most popular– retail sale in the country, outside of the holiday shopping season. And for good reason! I’ve gotten some of my all-time favorite pieces during this sale at great prices. Cashmere tops, Barbour jackets, Patagonia sweaters, Tory Burch shoes and purses, Sam Edelman booties, Hunter boots, and designer denim — all of that is included in the sale. It’s like back-to-school shopping as an adult and way more fun 😉
There are some unique details to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that you need to know ahead of time. First, Nordstrom Card holders shop first. As a Nordstrom cardholder, you get to shop the Early Access Sale a week before the entire public shops. This year, the Early Access Sale starts on August 13th. I’ll talk about why I love being a Nordstrom Cardholder below.
For the general public, the Public Access Sale starts August 19th and runs through August 30th. Prices for all of the merchandise goes up on August 31st.
What’s different this year?
Unlike other years, Nordstrom is giving everyone access to preview the sale almost a MONTH early, on July 24th. This means, you can start browsing this week! This gives you time to go through your closet, get rid of some things you don’t wear (best advice is to give something away if you buy something new) and decide what you want to invest in. Like I said before, I think buying investment pieces during this sale is your best bet.
Another difference in the NSale this year is the timing. It’s never been this late into August before! I’m actually really excited about this because it makes more sense when shopping for fall items. In previous years, there’s still so much summer left that it’s tempting to buy more fun summer pieces only to realize I won’t get much use out of them. And it’s sometimes hard to buy sweaters when it’s 100 degrees and cooler temps are still three months away. Having the sale one month closer to fall helps a bit when browsing! 🙂
Plus, since I’m 7 months pregnant, I’m REALLY looking forward to fall cozy clothing since I AM SO HOT all the time! This year, I’m also going to be buying baby items (!!!). Nordstrom carries lots of maternity pieces so I may snag a few pieces for our maternity shoot next moth. And since I’ll have our sweet baby in late September/early October, we’ll need baby clothes, a jogging stroller, nursery decor, and other things that Nordstrom carries.
Should I become a Nordstrom Cardholder?
Great question. It’s not a deal breaker not to be a cardholder, especially since the sale does become public, but I’ve been a cardholder for years, and I love it. I will say that there are a large of cardholders and there are lots of pieces sell out during the Early Access Sale.
If you have your eyes on specific pieces AND you shop with Nordstrom regularly, it’s definitely something to consider. (With my background in finance, I’m not one to casually recommend that you open a bunch of credit cards! This is the only brand-specific credit card I have.) But, if you’ve never shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before, maybe see what it’s like this year before opening a card.
What if something doesn’t fit (or isn’t great in person)?
One of the reasons that I’m so loyal to Nordstrom is their return policy. They sent a free shipping return label in every one of their packages so that you can repack your items and pop them back into the mail easily. No questions asked. It’s almost better than shopping in person because there’s no pressure and you can try your items on in your own home. (Although I DO really want a Nordstrom location in Winston-Salem!!)
The return policy alone is enough of a reason to shop at Nordstrom. This sale is on new pieces, and nothing is final sale so you can return anything you don’t love.
What to expect from me during the sale
Every year, I round up and link my favorite picks from the entire sale. I spend hours looking through the pieces and organizing my finds so that you can shop the sale easily. I post a blog post when the Early Access Sale starts and then re-publish that same post when Public Access opens. (So bookmark this post! It’ll be updated regularly!!) When Public Access opens, I go back to see what’s sold out, pick new things out, and make sure it’s still helpful when public access starts.
I also post on my LiketoKnow.It page during the sale to link specific looks. You can follow me on LiketoKnow.it here. Nordstrom Anniversary Sale aside, I would definitely follow me on LiketoKnow.It if you ever wonder where my outfits are from. I always link them there and post exclusive fashion content on that app!
Okay, the countdown is on! I’m really excited about this sale, and I’m even more excited that we can all start previewing pieces this week on July 24th. Keep checking the blog for content as the sale starts, and if you aren’t already on my newsletter list, hop on here so you don’t miss a thing. I share new posts and favorite fashion finds in there too!
What time does the Nordstrom Sale start?
- Early Access period opens August 13, at 12:30pm EST. Early Access is available to those with a Nordstrom Card.
- Public Access opens on August 19, 2020!
What I picked out last year
To give you a sense of what type of things are on sale, below what I shared last year!
This year I wanted to make sure to find some good booties for fall/winter. I wear them with jeans and dresses and I think they pair well with almost everything. Plus, they’re comfortable!
I always look for Zella items, in particular Zella leggings, since I LOVE them and they’re so affordable. They have lots of great options this year!!
I always wear “real” clothes when I work, even though I work from home. But it never hurts to slip into loungewear as soon as I close my laptop.
I also really love to have some loungewear when I travel, since nothing feels better than a soft pair of sweats when I’m at a hotel. Here are my favorite soft picks from this year!
Jeans & Pants
Denim is one of those pieces that I am willing to splurge on since I know they will last for YEARS. The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is when I always stock up on jeans. It’s so rare to find such great jeans at such an affordable price.
My must-have brand is Articles of Society (so affordable, stretchy and flattering!) and I am really excited to try Good American jeans since my friends have raved about them. Another piece I bought this year are these Spanx Faux Leather Leggings. They are selling like crazy and I can’t wait to wear them this fall!
I was not as impressed with the dress selection this year, but I did manage to find a few great ones. I love the colors and cuts of these dresses. Dresses make it so easy to look put together, so this is another place I am willing to splurge.
Tops & Sweaters
You’ll see some basics, some really fun, feminine pieces, and some really great pops of color!
Jackets & Coats
Coats and jackets are definitely something I buy at the Anniversary Sale since they’re typically more expensive pieces and I like getting them on sale. Barbour RARELY goes on sale, but there are some amazing Barbour jackets included in this year’s sale, including the EXACT Barbour coat I wore in Ireland! (And then wore nonstop from October to April.)
I found some really fun home goods this year! I especially love the salad servers and the wooden salad bowl!
I prefer simple, gold bracelets and I found some fun ones to add to my layering! I also found some timeless sunglasses and awesome purses including this leather purse!
Tommy never shops. So, this sale is a great way to refresh his closet. This year’s men’s sale has the best selection I’ve seen yet! There are tons of full suits on sale, shoes, and great dress shirts!
Don’t forget to bookmark this post and follow me on the LikeToKnow.It app for updates on my favorite picks throughout the sale!