This sale is massive and can therefore feel a bit overwhelming—not to mention time consuming—so below, I’ve short-listed my favorite strategies and top picks for getting in and out of this sale feeling accomplished, triumphant, and also maybe like you need a new storage system of some kind. But we’ll solve for that later. Right now, we shop.
Invest In Your Most-Worn Items
When we think of the essentials, we often think of things we wear out until they develop holes and then toss. But when you think about it, why shouldn’t the items we wear every day be really, really good quality? The clothes you live in should be your most trustworthy, you want to be able to rely on them, always. Now’s the time to upgrade the items you live in. Classic dresses, your go-to jeans, the best pair of pajamas on the planet, or essential blazers that can top anything—this stuff is important, and it’s majorly marked down.
Trends On Sale
Even someone enamoured with classic style can appreciate a good trend moment every now and then (how pretty is this dress?!). The smart time to try out a trend that’s caught your eye lately is when it goes on sale, but the thing about trends is that they rarely go on sale while they’re still trendy. Not true with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Do you see now why I’m obsessed?
Keep An Eye On Accessories
Amid all the shopping for fall clothes and trends and whathaveyou, it’s easy to forget that there’s kind of an endless supply of accessories on sale to browse, too. It’s tough to go an entire summer without losing a great pair of sunglasses to the backseat of an Uber. Find your new favorites, along with a few fun accessories to refresh the essential items you stack and wear always (see tip #1).
Beauty. Get Into It.
The beauty section this year might be my favorite category, and that’s saying a LOT. This is a spectacular time to scoop up beauty products that have had your eye for awhile but kind of scare you with sticker shock. But it’s also exactly the time of year that you should score your absolute essential products for skincare, makeup, hair, and body. What better time to replenish your supplies?! Stop scraping the bottom of your face cream hoping it will self-regenerate. Just grab a new one on sale (or five) and feel really smart about your life decisions.
Decor & Gifts—Don’t Skip ‘Em
The “gift closet” or “gift drawer” if you live in New York, tends to run a little low around this time of year. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is such a smart time to grab easy, always-pleasing gifts for hostesses, teachers, basically anyone who appreciates a good candle, serving dish, or the single greatest throw blanket ever created (YOU MUST OWN THIS). And, if there are any items around your home or kitchen that are looking a little in need of an upgrade, dive into the decor section and remind yourself that the things we use all the time should be the things we love.
Baby Stuff… Because That’s A Thing I Think About Now
Yeah so… I have someone else to shop this sale for now I guess? Because you know, I didn’t have my hands full enough getting absolutely everything I wanted and maybe like two things for Rich. In all seriousness, while baby clothes shopping has been nothing but fun so far, I have a feeling it’s also about to get really functional, too. Nordstrom has so much for babies and kids marked down (even this car seat and high chair I’ve registered for!), so it’s a really smart time to shop for essentials for the little ones, too.
Go forth my friends, and sale shop. Leave no cart full, leave no deal behind. You’re now informed of my strategies, I trust you to take it from here. Also I can’t chit-chat anymore I’m super busy adding to cart, bye!