Is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Worth it This Year?

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Is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale worth it this year? I break down the best deals.

The conversation started in my post on how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale… is it even worth it any more? I get you, I too am sick of Barefoot Dreams cardigans and Spanx faux leather leggings, and I have ben burned by items that seem like great deals from great brands only to have them arrive and find they're subpar quality not usual for the label. So I went through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview and put together the things I think will be worth your money and time if you are still considering this sale.

Is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Worth it This Year?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview is up, and you are able to see everything that will be included and save to a wish list to shop quickly when you are available. I went through every single page to see if the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is worth it this year. For reference, the sale dates are:

  • July 11: Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for cardmembers with Icon Status. To be eligible for Icon Status, you must purchase an annual minimum of $15,000 in net purchases from Nordstrom using their credit card.
  • July 12: Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for cardmembers with Ambassador Status. To be eligible for Ambassador Status, you must purchase at least $5,000 a year from Nordstrom and put it on your Nordstrom card.
  • July 13: Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for cardmembers with Influencer Status. Some places on the Nordstrom site it says you have to spend $500/year to be Influencer status, some say just having the card puts you in this status. If you click this link you can find out which level you are at.
  • July 17: The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the general public.
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I went through the preview and while I still see a lot of Barefoot Dreams, I did also find a lot of quality items that may be worth your time and money. Instead of focusing on specific individual items, I am going by brand I know and trust, and items I myself have purchased from previous Nordstrom Anniversary Sales.

My Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I have separated my picks by category, and share why I think this category is worth buying during the sale, and then bullets of what brands and products caught my eye. If you think I missed anything that is worth it in this year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, do share in the comments!

The Best Beauty Sale Picks

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IMO, beauty (makeup, skincare, haircare, and tech) is the best deal during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. No worries about subpar quality, you're often getting gift sets and multiples for a lower price. Stock up on your favorites, buy now for holiday gifts, and use the lower price to try a product you have been considering. My picks:

The Best Apparel Sale Picks

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Apparel is the category where I am the most hesitant to recommend for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I've been burned far too many times by a brand I trust and receiving things that look like sloppy fast fashion. So while I am a fashion blog, this will be the section with the fewest picks because I don't want to lead you astray.

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cropped pants from Vince | full-length pants from BOSS | leather jacket from BOSS | boxy blazer from Vince (same in plus sizes) | tailored blazer from BOSS | cashmere sweater from Vince | cowl top from Halogen | stretch silk blouse from Vince (same in plus sizes)

The Best Intimates and Hosiery Sale Picks

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Every Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, I seek out the bras, the socks, and the underwear because these are usually the same quality these well-known brands always offer, just in discontinued or limited edition colors or bundles where you get more for less. The items I recommend and may buy myself:

The Best Outerwear Sale Picks

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Where the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale shines is with outerwear. We're all sweating in summer and it's hard to think about winter coats, but this is one of the best times to get great brands at great prices.

The Best Footwear Sale Picks

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The majority of the footwear in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is either subpar styles designed for the sale or styles that are on clearance due to the style or color being discontinued. There are only a few brands and styles I would consider:

The Best Bags, Jewelry, and Accessories Sale Picks

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I always pick up some good accessories during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. While I am hesitant to buy bags (same issue as with apparel and footwear with some being subpar quality), I do find jewelry, sunglasses, and other accessories to be standard quality at a great price.

The Best Bath, Bed, and Home Sale Picks

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This is not everything that is worth it this year in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but these are the items I feel most confident recommending to you. There is no need to even check out this sale if you do not need anything. It's not a lot of fun or frivolous things this year, which is good, because it's not quite as fun to peruse and will keep you on track and on budget. But if you do need some things, I hope this list helps you narrow it down and shop quickly, smarter, and have more success!

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  1. Putting together a reasonable picks list has got to be a lot of work. Much appreciation for all that you do for us.

    As far as Nordstrom goes, who are they talking to when they require an expenditure of 15 grand a year to be in the top tier? That much money to one store in one year? Obviously they are not addressing people in my neighborhood or in many American neighborhoods. Wow. Yes I understand that anyone can shop at the sale once it is opened. But the most complete choices are only open to people that have much bigger bank accounts than anyone I know. I was really shocked.

  2. I wholeheartedly agree that the Spanx faux leather leggings and Barefoot Dreams cardigan are getting old. Every year, every “influencer” puts the same boring things on their picks for this sale.

    I absolutely love the capsule you put together and added it all to my wish list! Your capsules are always so thoughtfully constructed. I really appreciate the time you put into them!

  3. Thank you Alison for this impressive preview of the sale! Wow! I just want to vent about Nordstrom a bit now lol! Nordstrom used to have a great selection of petites. Now not so much! They don’t make it easy to find them without going through the search option. Plus my Nordstrom closed so I can’t even go try anything on. At 4’11” I NEED a petite section. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll stock up on bras and socks right?

  4. IMO, the sale is not worth it. Quite a few of the EF pieces are from several years ago and are not new stock. And the great Jenny Bird Stevie earrings were sold at Nordstrom Rack last year for $45 — I gave them as Christmas gifts to the women in my family.

    1. PS. I was excited by the Le Creuset dutch oven (when I saw it last week, before this post), but then realized it’s the oval-shaped one. The oval does not fit on any of my stove’s (round) burners and is super awkward to use. Again, it seems like the Anniv Sale is hawking less desirable, dated, and previous years’ items. Sad.

  5. Socks! I always forget to check for Bombas deals! I was rather disappointed in the sale this year, particularly the shrinking number of items available in plus sizes (I counted 60 of the 271 items grouped in plus as not actually being available in plus sizes, just labeled “16 (similar to 16W)” and sorted as such.) And no activewear in plus! But at least I can get new socks. Thanks for all the work that went into this post!

  6. Firstly, thank you for all that exhausting research, because scrolling through Nordstrom’s website for deals is tedious. More and more, when these big sales roll around, I’m faced with the dilemma of trying my best to find something to want or need in order to buy it on sale. What does that say about me as a consumer? Maybe I just have enough stuff and I’m finally beginning to lean into that!

  7. I flagged the Vince pieces and I own the pants in other colors, and I love them—they are very tummy-friendly. I also flagged that cowl shell, and would pay full price to get the size and color I want, but that doesn’t seem to be an option. Oh well—I also have to go into the office on the 13th, so it’s either stay up late or get up early to try to get the best shot!

  8. Thank you for all of your thoughtful commentary! I do so long for the anniversary sale of the early 2000s- I felt like they had pieces that were more fashion forward, things I hadn’t seen before. That said, I do have some wish list items and have added the base layer turtleneck!

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