The Ultimate Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide! The best buys at the sale in all the categories by Wardrobe Oxygen

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My Picks

Fashion Advice

The Ultimate Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide! The best buys at the sale in all the categories by Wardrobe OxygenHere’s my annual picks for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Know this isn’t a list of the only good things on sale, just the ones I could find that seemed the most… universal. The ones that best fit you reader in general. A good mix of work and weekend, plus and standard sizes, a few petites thrown in for good measure. And at the bottom, a few tips on what to check out more closely and what you maybe should pass on… happy shopping!

Coats and Jackets

THIS is what I look forward to in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Current trends and good fall and winter pieces at awesome prices. My picks:


  • This suede clutch is simple perfection, and the mustard color (there’s grey and black available as well) is that perfect contrast color for all your autumn fashion. It’s less than $50 and is a bag you will use for years to come.
  • My ALLSAINTS tote was a splurge purchase but it’s a bag I’ve used almost daily all spring and summer and gets so many comments and compliments. Their bags are clean, simple, modern, and free of flashy hardware and logos (in my opinion making them far more stylish). The Mast Crossbody Tote is a gorgeous bag, and knowing the quality of ALLSAINTS, this sale price is awesome.
  • I have this wallet from Brahmin in a different color. I love this wallet. It’s super streamlined but holds so much. It’s easy to slip out your ID, change doesn’t fall out of the pocket, there’s enough room for all your cards, cash, and receipts and the croco finish holds up nicely in a stuffed bag. Oh and it looks so chic when you pull it out to pay for something! This link is for it on sale in berry and this link is for an almost same version on sale in black or brown.


Blouses, Tees and Tops

Casual Pants, Jeans, and Skirts

Suiting Separates, Blazers, Work Pants and Skirts

Shoes and Boots

Sleepwear and Loungewear

Socks, Lingerie, and other Underpinnings

  • Do you get restless leg syndrome? Travel a lot and have issues with circulation? Want to recover faster after workouts? Stand up a lot at work and hope to prevent spider veins? If you answered yes to any of these, you may want these compression sleeves for your legs. I have these, I find them super comfortable and easy to slip under work pants.
  • I like the Spanx Higher Power shaper panty because it goes right up to my bra and gives a smooth line under fitted and knit clothing. I own this very one, bought it at last year’s NSale and wear it quite often.
  • The NSale is when I stock up on underwear. You can get the nice brands for big box retailer prices. These seamless hipsters from Chantelle are a cult favorite for fit, comfort, and invisibility under clothing. Seven colors, $12.90 or 3/$36
  • When you launder your lingerie, do you throw it straight in the machine? Stop doing that! Hooks get caught on things, stretchy lace gets stretched past its comfort zone, delicate fabrics get twisted and tangled. You need at least one lingerie bag, it will keep your bras from poking wires and lengthen the life of your undies. This one is on sale for just $7.90 and will save you much money in the long run.
  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a great time to also stock up on pretty underpinnings. They can be so pricey and also hard to find in larger sizes. This gorgeous bra from Elomi will make you smile when you wear it, even if it’s hidden under a thick sweater.
  • The Hanky Panky Retro Thong is the only thong I wear. It’s super comfortable, and the high rise keeps it from rolling down mid-day. I always stock up during Nordstrom sales, it’s the cheapest price you can find on Hanky Panky.
  • Speaking of Hanky Panky, I adore their Retro Vikini Briefs. They’re cute, stretchy, comfortable, fit well, hold up nicely. I also stock up on these during Nordstrom sales. This link is for them in plus sizes. This link is for standard sizes. Here’s another link for standard sizes in different colors.
  • I also am a fan of Hanky Panky’s Mesh French Briefs. Practical, yet sexy and pretty.


  • The NSale is when I stock up on Zella. It’s one of my favorite activewear brands. The prices are already pretty reasonable for the quality, fit, and style; NSale makes the purchase even sweeter! A few pieces from Zella in the sale that caught my eye:
  • Marijka Curves is one of my favorite brands for plus size activewear. I have some pieces from the line and like the combination of style and fit.

Beauty, Skincare, and Personal Care

Items I Do Not Recommend Buying

  • Don’t buy pieces for next year. Buy for now, or next season. You have no idea your tastes, your figure, or the trends a year from now and these prices aren’t insane enough to stockpile.
  • I don’t recommend buying many more cold shouldered or off the shoulder tops. If you love the trend and it’s part of your personal style, cool. But if you already own one or two, that’s likely enough for your wardrobe.
  • Same with tops with lace-up necks, big ruffles, pleats, blue and white stripes, and exaggerated sleeves.
  • I’m also not feeling the bomber jackets in sequins, crushed velvet, and prints. If you want to go classic with a solid colored one I think that can still be chic, but the novelty ones I think are fading from style.
  • Same with step-hem jeans and kick flares. Again, if this fits your personal style and you love it, rock it. But it may not be the time to invest in this trend for the first time.

What I Do Recommend Checking Out on Your Own

  • Dresses. I didn’t feature dresses because they were very specific. Silhouettes, sizes, prints. There’s some gorgeous ones in the sale; here’s the link to the sale dresses in standard sizes. Here’s the link to sale dresses in plus sizes.
  • Beauty. There’s a lot of skincare and beauty products part of this sale. Really luxurious, decadent things that you may be interested in trying now that they’re on sale, or items you use already that would be lovely at a lower price. Also plenty of appliances, beauty bonus sets at amazing prices, and fragrance on sale!
  • Watches. Kate Spade, Skagen, Larsson and Jennings, Michelle… there’s some great brands on sale and worth a gander if you’re looking for a new timepiece.
  • Bed and Bath Linens.  You'd be surprised by the brands, the styles, and the prices Nordstrom has for the home.  I've gotten some of the best deals and quality at Nordstrom Anniversary Sales.  Where else will you find Marimekko on sale?
  • Gifts. There’s candles, throws, monogrammed totes, monogrammed glassware, makeup bags with cheeky messages on them, S'well water bottles, and more. Why not shop now for great gifts?

So tell me, what did you end up buying at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?  Did any of you go to the store in person to shop?  Was the selection better or worse there?  I'd love to read your experiences!