The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the best times to invest in staples and items you’ve been lusting over but don’t want to pay full price. It’s exploded over the years to a point of overconsumption, but I still think it’s worth shopping. In years past, I have bought some of my most favorite items during the same. Like my Tory Burch riding boots (that I bought over ten years ago!) and my favorite everyday bras and underwear.
Now here’s the thing. I think it’s a risk to buy fall items in July! If it’s something you know you’re going to wear a lot, then go for it! But if it’s something you think is “cute” but otherwise not head over heels, wait. Generally speaking, I find it’s worth waiting until you “need” (lol, I use that term quite loosely!) something than to buy something ahead of time just in case just to save a few bucks. Things to avoid: expensive trendy items that you’ll find replicas at in other retailers come fall (you can get it for a better price anyway!), brands that do frequent sales anyway (looking at you J. Crew & Madewell), and impulse buys (this sale capitalizes on psychologically making you feel like you need something now or you’ll miss out forever but everything actually comes back in stock and in today’s retail market there’s a good chance it’ll go on sale again).
Here are what I would consider the ten “best buys” of the sale:
This bra has a cult following for good reason. It’s a beautiful bra that provides just the right amount of coverage and works with all kinds of fabric. (If you want a more traditional bra, I also have/love this style.)
I have last year’s version of this dress and it’s one of my favorites GMG has ever done. I am totally loving this year’s colorway and it’ll be work for more than just the fall season. Whenever I wear it, I get tons of compliments, which never hurts.
You know I love a good Barbour coat. While this isn’t the “classic” Beadnell, it’s close. It’s a lightweight version (so it could be extra perfect for people who live in slightly warmer climates but want the look) and has a unique floral lining. I’d personally go for the archive olive, but I’m loving the merlot as well.
I absolutely swear by Hunter’s packable boots. In my opinion, they’re not only the most practical (they can be squished/folded into a suitcase with ease) but they’re also the most comfortable because they’re more lightweight than the originals. I find that I can wear these ALL DAY without my feet feeling heavy at all. I even climbed Arthur’s Seat in them when I was in Scotland years ago.
I don’t have this particular brand but I do have a similar style cashmere cardigan that I love. Even though it’s expensive, I generally find investing in cashmere to be worth it– especially with proper love and care! I wear mine year-round, bringing it with me on trips for chilly airplanes, as an extra layer for evening al fresco dinners, or layered over something cute for extra warmth on a cooler day.
While this seems like a bizarre luxury, I love my Slip pillowcases. Highly recommend. As I’ve been working to correct my neck/back issues, I have been forcing myself to sleep with pillows (which I had never really done before) and I just love how this one feels. It’s also supposed to be better for your hair and skin– but the most noticeable thing to me is how much cooler it stays throughout the night! If you’re a “Christmas in July” kind of planner, consider getting a few of these to have on hand for gifts! They’re crowdpleasers.
This is the only makeup remover my mom uses (she buys it multiple bottles at a time!) and she passed on her love for it to my sister and me. This has two full-sized bottles and a travel-sized. If it’s something you know you love, it’s worth stocking up!
This rain jacket is as classic as it gets. The yellow is a must-have in my opinion, but the black would be a great option too if you want a traditional style that doesn’t stand out too much. (But honestly if you’re going to do the black, I would do this one with the tartan lining– too cute.)
Patagonia is a great to brand to buy when it goes on sale. If you need a lighter layer, I can’t recommend the Nano Puff more. This one is hooded and a great thing to have in your closet. I love traveling with mine because they don’t take up too much space and it’s almost like a magic layer that gives you just the right amount of warmth without bulk.
WHAT AM I BUYING?
I wasn’t planning on buying anything because I did a good job stocking up on my usual things last year. But I think I may upgrade my boots (and I like the name hehe) because I realized I wasn’t wearing my black boots since they are not the most comfortable and I may get these Anthropologie dishes for our open shelving!!
Congratulations KATHRYN HODAKOWSKI!
To say thank you (for reading in general and for putting up with one more post about the Nordstrom sale 😉), I’m going to be giving away a $500 Nordstrom e-gift card to a commenter. Super easy to enter, just leave a comment with what you’re eyeing in the sale! Make sure when you leave the reply that you include your email address in the form (where it asks for your name + email + website)– not the actual comment so it doesn’t get flagged as spam! I’m picking the winner tomorrow at 12:30pm EST so you can shop the sale… good luck!