Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 - Art in the Find

Tips for Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019

Posted on: Friday, July 12, 2019

Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is one of the most highly anticipated events that happens all year.  To help you shop, I’ve pulled together some of my most useful info that will help you make smart purchases during the sale.  I’ve also created a fun printable for you, to help you stay organized!  Here are all my insider tips and tricks to help you shop the sale with ease!

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What to Know About Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will feature brand new pre-fall and trend pieces, all discounted, before being officially released in late August.  So it’s best to prepare as items sell out very, very quickly.  And yes, their site has crashed multiple times in previous years because of the sale.

When to Shop

There are a few dates of note for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  For Nordstrom Card holders, it begins on July 12th.  So if you are part of the Nordy club and have a card, you get what’s called Early Access to the sale good.  The sale then officially starts for everyone on July 18th.  And it’s best to shop early, if you have a card, and use a double points day, which will offer benefits to you throughout the sale.  Here is a preview of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog so you can get a jump start on your list.

Sale Dates:

  • Early Access (with a Nordstrom Card) July 12th-18th
  • Icon status (big spenders!) July 9th – July 11th
  • Open to the public July 18th – August 4th


Shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: What to Shop

Shop the Trends

This is a great time to pick up some trend pieces that you can incorporate into your fall and winter wardrobe.  Brands like Topshop and ASTR the Label are great trendy brands.  When shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for trends, it’s best to choose items that are under $100.  That way, you’re not breaking the bank with pieces that are only in ‘season’ for a small amount of time.  Trends are the pieces you can purchase one or two of.  They are perfect to mix with your basics and essentials to feel perfectly updated for the coming season.  I’m listing and linking some great trends to be on the lookout for in the next section.

The trends that are making an appearance for fall are:

  • Mixing and matching plaids
  • Bright colored sweaters
  • Fun bags and accessories
  • Pieces that are the ‘color of the moment/year’ ie: purple


Shop the Basics

Basics are pieces that tend to be found in neutral colors, or simple prints.  Before shopping, make a list of some basic pieces you wear a lot (jeans, sweaters, tops, etc.).  Then be on the lookout for those specific basics during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.  Because basics are the pieces you’ll be wearing over and over again, a great rule of thumb for budgeting is $100+.

Shop the Shoes

Another favorite category of mine to shop during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale is shoes.  In other words, almost every brand has shoes on sale.  So the sale is the best time to grab some really great options.  However, prices vary depending on what brands you are shopping for. But typically look to spend anywhere from $60-$200 for great options.


Ways to Pick Up Your Purchases from the Sale

Now that Nordstrom has exclusive curbside pick up (it’s a perk when you’re part of the Nordy Club), you can order your items online, then pull up, send a text via the app, and have the items delivered straight to your car!

  • In-store
  • Online
  • Curbside

From Trends to Classics: The Nordstrom Sale Pieces To Shop


Trend pieces that you should be on the lookout for during the sale are the pieces that you are spending under $100.  I listed the categories to be on the lookout for in the section above, so here are some of my favorites.

Budget-Friendly Trends to Shop


Remember that basics are pieces that are on your ‘wear all the time‘ list.  These are items that are neutrals, streamlined, and sleek.  Therefore, your goal is to get a lot of wear out of this list.

  • Tops, tees, blouses
  • Layers: leather jackets, cashmere sweaters, cardigans in neutral colors
  • Denim (black, white, dark wash) with no embellishments
  • Shoes:  Flats and heels in neutral colors (cream, nude, black, navy)
  • Handbags, accessories

Great Basic Layers to Add to Your Wardrobe


Great Basic Denim to Shop

Great Basic Leggings and Athleisure to Shop

Great Basic Shoes to Shop

Great Basic Accessories to Shop


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  • Avatar Jessica

    Conni, how do you think the Wool & Cashmere Sweater from AllSaints would work for pregnancy? I am 18 weeks pregnant now so I’ll be significantly more pregnant in the fall. Being pregnant makes shopping the sale extra tricky. Thanks!

    • Avatar Art in the Find

      Hi Jessica! Because of the length, it would be great for a growing baby bump. I lived in hip length shirts, tops, and sweaters when I was pregnant with Kate! xx, Conni

  • Avatar Jessica

    Thanks Conni! Love your content. It’s so different from all the other bloggers. Your thoughtful expertise really shins through.

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