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8 Best Things to Buy During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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You’ve likely seen every influencer and their mother beginning to post about the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The annual event typically happens in July, but this year, for the first time, it will take place in August. (I have full details on all the Nordstrom sale dates below.)

Another thing that’s different about this year is that unlike years past, Nordstrom launched a dedicated Anniversary Sale Preview on their website, so people who plan to shop can begin to browse the selection and “favorite” items that they have their eye on.

I’ve talked about how excessive the Nordstrom Anniversary sale can feel—especially when you find yourself scrambling to buy things you have no need for. Here’s what I typically think is worth shopping for:

  • a staple item (pajama sets!)
  • something you were planning on buying anyway
  • something you’ve been needing (like a pair of joggers)
  • such an awesome deal that it’s too good to pass up (the $90 La Mer Mini Miracles set or the Barefoot Dreams blanket, although it has probably sold out by the time you read this!)

So, that’s what I’ll be sharing here and on Instagram. My focus is mostly going to be on the beauty exclusives + work-from-home loungewear because that’s truthfully all I’m in the market for (and what you all told me you were in the market for as well!)

Before we dive into my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale recommendations, a few important things to note:

If you’ve ever shopped the sale, you know that things tend to sell out VERY quickly. They do occasionally restock—and I’ll try to let you guys know if I see a popular item that sold out gets restocked.

When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for 2020? 

Depending on your card status, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts as early as Tuesday, 8/4.

It then opens to the public on Wednesday, 8/19. The sale ends on Sunday, 8/30. Cardholders get early access (which I’ve detailed dates for below):

when is the nordstrom anniversary sale

When Does the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale End?

The Anniversary sale ends on Sunday, August 30th. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Catalog

In previous years Nordstrom would release a proper anniversary sale catalog PDF, but now it’s all digital. Click here to browse.

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Nordstrom Sale 2020 Picks

FYI I literally combed through THOUSANDS of things to narrow down this list. Some of you had asked to include fall shoes/boots but to be honest I didn’t see anything on sale that I liked (besides Hunter rain boots.)

 

1. Skincare / Beauty


DEODORANT: The best deodorant of all time. Every single person I have recommended it to now swears by it also. 

HAIR: Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Set is a good deal; so is this Olaplex trio.

BODY: Necessaire body lotion + body wash (started using it a few months ago and I’m obsessed.)

HANDS: This $10 Kiehls hand salve seems like a practical purchase since my hands have been dry AF lately.

EYES: 

Revitalash (It’s 50% off, which is more than I’ve ever seen discounted. This is what I credit with saving my lashes after I stopped getting extensions. I’ve used it on and off for years and I typically see results within a month)

FACE:

2. Makeup

MAC: I always love the Mac brush sets that they put out for the anniversary sale ($42 for 4 classic brushes.)

LAURA MERCIER: The Laura Mercier translucent powder is a holy grail product of mine.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY: Pillow Talk is my ride-or-die.

LIGHT-UP MIRROR: I always post about my portable Riki Mirror. Didn’t realize it would be part of the sale. Highly recommend.

BOBBI BROWN: I have this gloss/lipstick duo and it’s the perfect shade for everyday. The texture of the gloss is amazing because it isn’t sticky.

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3. Loungewear & Athleisure

LOUNGE SHORTS: My all-time favorite lounge shorts are on sale for $29.

JOGGERS: These classic black Zella joggers and these grey ones (are always a top seller during N sales). And then these (with pockets) you could get away with “dressing up” (I use that term loosely.)

The BP brand ones are also good (and on sale for $24.)

WORKOUT ZIP-UP: Zella stretchy zip-up

HOODIE: I’m a big fan of Beyond Yoga‘s stuff and will prob get this lightweight hoodie that’s on sale for $39.

WORKOUT TOP: Alo Yoga makes the best workout tank top with a built-in bra (on sale for $39).

COZY PULLOVER: I don’t own this fleece pullover but I’m tempted to buy it because I could see myself living in it during the fall/winter.

4. Basics

SNEAKERS: These best-selling (and comfy AF) Adidas running sneakers are on sale for $49. I’ve also heard really good things about these Nike Flyknit ones.

SOCKS: Bombas socks (these are the only socks I wear. It’s weird to be passionate about socks but I’m telling you, once you try Bombas, you’ll never go back.) If you prefer no-show socks, they have those on sale as well.

TOTE: The expandable Longchamp tote is on sale for $119 (orig $195.)

T-SHIRT: The perfect everyday white tshirt (crew-neck) and another perfect everyday white tshirt (Free People v neck).

DENIM JACKET: I love this classic denim jacket.

BUTTON DOWN: A classic white button-down (to wear for Zoom calls with sweatpants on the bottom.)

BOOTS: Hunter Rainboots are always a good practical purchase (on sale for $89). I still have mine that I bought years ago (and HIGHLY recommend the packable ones over the regular ones.)

NECKLACE: I just noticed that the gold choker necklace I wear everyday is part of the sale. It’s one of my favorite quarantine purchases. (I even wear it in the shower and it hasn’t tarnished.)

CARDIGAN: A blanket cardigan. Need I say more.

SPANX FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS: These are the BEST.

5. Sports Bras (and an Amazing Strapless)

I was surprised to see my favorite sports bras on sale: this Wacoal one (for high impact) and this convertible Natori one. I’ve sworn by them for years.

I haven’t personally tried this sports bra but it has amazing reviews.

And if you like sports bras that are a bit longer (almost like a cropped tank) this is a good one.

The greatest strapless bra of all time is on sale. It’s the bra that convinced me I could actually wear a strapless without it slipping down.

6. Pajamas

This $29 pajama set is always part of the sale and always sells out. So soft (and so reasonably priced.) Here’s the pants version.

These PJ Salvage pajamas are also usually one of the first things to go during Nordstrom sales. 

I’ll pretty much buy anything Barefoot Dreams makes (these PJs included). I’m telling you, the brand lives up to the hype.

The best Ugg house slippers are on sale for $49.

7.  Home Stuff

I didn’t understand the obsession with Barefoot Dreams blankets until I got one. On the off chance that they are still in stock by the time you click this link — JUMP ON IT. Trust me. (I curl up in mine every single morning while I drink my coffee + it’s the highlight of my day.)

If the solid-color blanket is sold out, this one would be my second choice. And this would be my third.

This indoor garden is the most random thing ever, but I’m kind of tempted to buy one (I feel like I’m always wasting so much money on herbs that go bad.)

A candle trio in one of my all-time-favorite La Labo scents.

8. Men’s Stuff

What’s up #SilbSquad? Matt aka @instahusband here. The Queen @lindsaysilb put me to work to find the best deals and top picks from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I sifted through 961 items and came across these gems. Hope you like them!

SHORTS: Goodlife Clothing came on strong this season with their corduroy shorts and the discount on these shorts from Bonobos is crazy!

SNEAKERS:
CASUAL:
These clean and casual sneakers from Vince will elevate any look. Also love these beauties from Cole Haan.
ATHLETIC:
Only Nike could design an athletic sneaker that’s both work and gym appropriate.

T-SHIRTS:
CASUAL:
Goodlife Clothing was my top brand discovery of 2020. The quality is off the charts good for the  price point – and they’re now on sale!
HENLEY: Henleys are my new favorite type of casual shirt. Don’t miss out on this deal from Theory.
TEXTURED:
Make your most casual look more interesting with this textured tee from  Topman.
BASIC:
There’s no better time then now to refresh your around-the-house tees with these from Polo Ralph    Lauren.

LONG SLEEVE SHIRT: You’ll want to live in this soft AF long sleeve shirt from Club Monaco.

DRESS SHIRT: This classic dress shirt from Boss has been in my closet consistently since 2008. This is possibly the lowest price I’ve ever seen for it.

SHORT SLEEVE BUTTON DOWN: Normally I find short sleeve button downs to be either too boring or too trendy but this one from Topman sits in the sweet spot just in between.

SOCKS: It’s no secret Bombas socks are my go to’s, so sign me up for any sale you can find!

TRAVEL KIT: This travel kit from Tumi is front and center on my list of travel essentials for men.

LIGHTWEIGHT JACKET: I’m going nuts over these crazy deals on Boss. Where have they been all my life?

CASUAL PANT: These casual pants from Topman are perfect for any occasion when the heat is on.

JEANS: Frame has jumped on the scene in recent years and for good reason. Love this classic medium wash pair.

BRIEFS: My top drawer is stacked with these Calvin Klein briefs. 

 

If you’re planning to shop the sale, I hope you find this list helpful—and if you’re not in a financial position to spend right now—I completely hear you. (Please do not feel pressured to buy just because there’s a sale! There will always be more sales!)

One more thing to note! Many of you know this already, but using my links when you shop is a great way to support me/my business (since I earn a small percentage of affiliate income based on anything you purchase after clicking something in this post.)

 

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