how to shop the nordstrom anniversary sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially begins tomorrow for Nordstrom card holders! Don’t fear if you don’t have a card – this sale lasts for several weeks and everyone will have the chance to shop.  I know so many bloggers hype up this sale every year, and probably because honestly – for most of us it’s our favorite sale of the year.

I prefer this summer’s Nordstrom sale over any other sale of the year.  So I want to fully explain WHY this sale is so killer.


1.  When is it?  

Tomorrow, July 13th – Thursday, July 20th:  early access sale begins for card holders.  I have a card (you can sign up for one here) which I love because it means I get first dibs, BUT if you don’t, do not sweat.  There is so much inventory and you will have PLENTY of time to snag some amazing deals!

Tip: For those of you that hate having 13874 different cards in your wallet (I never sign up for cards), Nordstrom’s card will pull straight from your debit account which is amazing. No bills, no paperwork, no excuse to over-spend.

Tip #2: Sign up for Nordstrom Rewards. As a member, you will rack up points every time you shop, which gives you a nice little boost when you make purchases. No purchase is necessary to sign up for for Nordstrom Reward. You just share your phone number (which will also be your member number).

Friday, July 21st – Sunday, August 6th: the sale is open to everyone.

2.  Why is it such a big deal?  This sale is unlike any other. This isn’t merchandise that didn’t sell last year being marked down, these are brand-new styles and pre-fall selections that are on crazy markdown. The time to snag designer boots, denim, suede jackets, cashmere – it’s the real deal, people.

3.  What should I be shopping for?  I think this is an amazing time to save on some of the luxury items you may have had your eye on.  The Stuart Weitzman boots, the Rebecca Minkoff bag, a rad leather jacket, upgrading your watch game, prepping for fall/winter outerwear… when else are you going to see cashmere on markdown? Say whaaaa?


It’s also a great time to stock up on staples like great tees, layering pieces and exercise clothes.

4.  What is CBL shopping for?  This is my time to justify that item I’ve had my eye on for the past x months. And when in sizing doubt, I’ll buy two sizes and send back the one that doesn’t fit. Another major pro about shopping this sale – Nordstrom‘s return policy is bomb, so you can always try and return/exchange #NSale purchases at no cost.

Last year I snagged this moto jacket on major markdown (styled here, here and here) and I’ve worn it so many times over the past year, I think this year I am going to look to snag it in another color!

I’m also interested in expanding my leather jacket collection, so I’ll be perusing and keeping you guys in the loop!


Thanks so much for reading, and I hope this helped some of you! You can see past Nordstrom Sale posts here or by clicking the #NSale tab at the top right of CBL.

I’ll be keeping posts updated with my recommendations starting tomorrow AND of course when the sale is open to everyone.  Stay tuned to CBL for the latest details on this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! XO –

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  1. Favorite sale! Just an update for those who may be interested in the debit card option, Nordstrom doesn’t offer it anymore (bummer!). They only offer the credit card, which is unfortunate!

  2. I was dying to get that fringed sweater, but it’s already sold out! Major bummer! I did snag some other good stuff though. 😉 I’ll have to keep my eye out for it to come back in stock…

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