Your Complete Guide to the Nordstrom Sale

The Nordstrom Sale is the best opportunity to save on wardrobe basics, chic workwear essentials or splurge on something special. All Nordstrom card holders may begin shopping on July 16. The sale opens to the public on July 28th and ends on August 8th. 

Popular items sell out fast but may be restocked so keep checking back.

Below is our ultimate guide to the sale, broken down by category. We did the work so all you have to do is shop!

Simply click the image below to see all our recommendations and product details. 

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Beauty, Bags and Accessories

Continuing with the Nordstrom Sale, today, I’m highlighting the top Beauty, Bags and Accessory picks. Today’s post isn’t too involved, just the best of the best. I sorted through the entire selection to highlight only the items I know you are either looking for or already love. This particular assortment offers some of the best savings in the sale. 

Once again, inventory is starting to become limited, as is the case every year. 

All cardholders may begin shopping today, public access starts on July 28th. 

Nordstrom Sale: Beauty, Bags and Accessories

NSale Beauty 

Most of my beauty splurges come from this sale since the savings are so significant. I own and use every single item below. Pick up something for yourself or buy now and old onto until the holidays to give as a gift to some of your favorite ladies. 

Laura Mercier, Translucent Loose Setting Powder Duo, $49 | YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lip Set, $38| NUFACE® Trinity® Facial Toning Kit, $199 |PMD Clean Facial Cleansing Device, $66 | SLIP Sunset Hair Tie Set, $45 | T3 Fit Compact Hair Dryer, $99 | SLIP Silk Queen Pillowcase Duo, $125| ALTERNA® Caviar Anti-Aging Set ,  $72 

Laura Mercier, Translucent Loose Setting Powder Duo, $49: Dust on to set your makeup and create a gorgeous, smooth finish.

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lip Set, $38: I talk about this lipstick balm often. It’s hydrating and gives the slightest tint of color—one of my all-time favorite beauty products at a great price. 

NUFACE® Trinity® Facial Toning Kit, $199: I splurged on this face toning gadget a few years ago and frequently use it. It uses microcurrents to help rejuvenate and tighten your skin. 

PMD Clean Facial Cleansing Device, $66: I replaced my old Clarisonic with the PMD Facial Cleansing Device. This uses silicone bristles (so it doesn’t hold dirt and bacteria) to help massage and deep clean your skin.

T3 Curling Iron (not pictured) and T3 Hair Dryer (travel size in part of the sale)- These have been my go-tos for years. Using them together cuts my drying and styling time in half and the heat from the iron locks in the curls. To prevent damaging your hair, be sure to use a heat-protecting product.  

Caviar Shampoo and Conditioner, $72 – An absolute splurge, but one I grab during every sale. 

Slip Pillowcase Set, $125 – I can’t sing the praises of these silk pillowcases enough. They stay cool at night, feel so indulgent, and have many beauty benefits like reducing wrinkles and preventing hair breakage. I’ve tried the dupes you can buy on Amazon and confidently say that nothing compares to the original. 

SLIP Sunset Hair Tie Set, $45: 

NSale Bags

TORY BURCH Carson Zip Top Crossbody Bag, $149 |TORY BURCH Carson Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag, $299 |TUMI Voyageur Just In Case® Packable Nylon Tote, $66 | TUMI Voyager Carson Nylon Backpack, $263| Claire V Crossbody (center), SOLD OUT

The bags I’ve purchased over the years during this sale have been some of my favorites.

TORY BURCH Carson Zip Top Crossbody Bag, $149: I have last year’s version of this simple bag and use it daily. You can slide in a few cards and some cash, your phone, keys, lipstick, and you’re set! Great for a night out. 

TORY BURCH Carson Convertible Leather Crossbody Bag, $299: This is my Tory purchase for the year in black. 

TUMI Voyageur Just In Case® Packable Nylon Tote, $66: This TUMI tote folds into the size of an envelope so you can pack it in your suitcase for any extra purchases you make during your travels. 

TUMI Voyageur Carson Nylon Backpack, $263: TUMI products are worth every penny. If you are looking for a high-quality backpack, their Voyageur Nylon option will last a lifetime. 

NSale Accessories

TORY BURCH The Bailey Two-Tone Bracelet Watch, $165 | TORY BURCH Gigi Leather Watch & Top Rings Set, $149 | ARGENTO VIVO STERLING SILVER Layer Necklace, $64 | GORJANA Taner Bar Small Necklace, $39 | TORY BURCH Gradient Polarized Pilot Sunglasses, $140 | RAY-BAN 50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses, $99| ARGENTO VIVO STERLING SILVER Teardrop Hoop Earrings, $44| NORDSTROM Crystal Huggie Hoop Earrings, $22| NORDSTROM 2ct tw Cubic Zirconia Earrings, $26

 

TORY BURCH The Bailey Two-Tone Bracelet Watch, $165: Classic style that goes with everything. 

TORY BURCH Gigi Leather Watch & Top Rings Set, $149: The interchangeable rings let’s you switch things up. Priced well and would make a great gift. 

ARGENTO VIVO STERLING SILVER Layer Necklace, $64: One piece that gives you instant layers. 

GORJANA Taner Bar Small Necklace, $39: Available in silver or gold tone. 

TORY BURCH Gradient Polarized Pilot Sunglasses, $140: Oversized and glamourous. 

RAY-BAN 50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses, $99: A fantastic price for Ray-Bans in a year round design. 

ARGENTO VIVO STERLING SILVER Teardrop Hoop Earrings, $44: These are in my cart, love the updated hoop style.

NORDSTROM Crystal Huggie Hoop Earrings, $22: Available in silver or gold tone.

NORDSTROM 2ct tw Cubic Zirconia Earrings, $26: Available in silver or gold tone.

See our top picks for Basics, Coats and Shoes here. 

See our top picks for Workwear, Favorites and Splurges here. 

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Our readership inspires all of our posts and this post is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Workwear, Faves and Splurges

Today, we continue our Nordstrom Anniversary Sale series focusing on Reader Faves, Workwear, and Splurges

This is a fun post, filled with pieces most of us haven’t worn or needed in over a year. But now that we’re back in the swing of life, it’s time to get some “real clothes.” 😉

For these recommendations, I followed the same strategy as yesterday’s post covering the best Basics, Coats, and Shoes.

I looked at our analytics to determine what brands and styles historically work for readers, and I asked myself, “what would I put in a dressing room for some of my styling clients?” So then, I spend hours sorting through every item in the sale to curate a list of practical and stylish things at the best possible price for our readers.

You might find something new, decided to grab a fresh pair of an old fave, or indulge in a designer item. 

As always, sizes are inclusive whenever possible, but please remember items come in and out of inventory. 

Prices are reflective of the sale. 

What to Buy at the Nordstrom Sale: Workwear, Faves and Splurges

A collage of what to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

 

Tahari Asymmetrical Sheath Dress, $75 | Spanx the Perfect Back Seam Skinny Pants, $84.90 |Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket, $98.90 |Madewell Kent Colorblock Cardigan, $58.90 |Wacoal Strapless Bra, $39.90 |Rails Cotton and Cashmere Sweater, $145.90 Tory Burch Striped Convertible Bag, $299.90 

NSale Workwear

Good American, Fit & Flare Belted Blazer, $129 | Vince Camuto, Polka Dot V-Neck Top, $48 |Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket, $98 | Tahari Asymmetrical Knot Sheath Dress, $75 | Maggy London, Knit Sheath Dress, $75 | Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Skirt, $45 | Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Belt Button Up Blouse, $65 |Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28

I hear from readers these days that they are refreshing their work wardrobe after a year at home. My workwear picks are a mix of classic, updated pieces that you can wear to a traditional office or mix with everyday items to create a relaxed, modern professional look.

Dresses 

Tahari Asymmetrical Knot Sheath Dress, $75: Available in sizes 2 -16 in olive, black and red.

Maggy London, Knit Sheath Dress, $75: This is a dark navy, sizes are limited but might come back in stock. 

Tops and Layers

Good American, Fit & Flare Belted Blazer, $129: This is one of the hottest items of the sale; it’s already gone in and out of inventory. Right now, the sizes are minimal but keep an eye on it as it may come back. With a pair of slim-cut black pants, it will make a stunning look for the office. 

Vince Camuto Tweed Jacket, $98: Another piece that will sell out is this tweed jacket that works with just about anything. Available in sizes 2 -14 for under $100. 

Polka Dot Top, $49 – Will look beautiful with slim-cut black pants or jeans. 

Vince Camuto Asymmetrical Belt Button Up Blouse, $65: Sometimes, you just want a top that completes your look without adding any additional layers. This belted blouse is available in white or black in XXS – XXL.

Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28: I’m buying multiples of this raw edge tank, in black and white to layer under blazers and cardigans this fall, available in XXS – XXL. 

Bottoms

Spanx Perfect Black Pants, $85: (not pictured) I ordered these for myself from last year’s sale and wore them to death. They’re a more polished alternative to leggings. 

Vince Camuto Stretch Trousers, $49: I recommend these trousers all the time, available in sizes 00 – 12 (limited). 

Vince Camuto Ponte Knit Skirt, $45 – If you need to replace a basic black skirt, give this under $50 option a try. You’ll need to hem it to hit the most flattering part of your leg, but that’s an easy alteration. 

NSale Reader Faves

BLANKNYC, Plaid Shirt Jacket, $59 | CeCe, Lace Sleeve Blouse, $45 | Rails, Hunter Button Up Shirt, $99 | Madewell, Kent Colorblock Sweater, $58 | SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $68 | Vero Moda, Leopard Spot Sweater, $38

Below, I’m highlighting the items that have historically been your favorites. 

BLANKNYC, Plaid Shirt Jacket, $59: The shirt jacket is a big trend for fall. Pair with straight dark jeans and boots and go straight to the pumpkin patch. 

CeCe, Lace Sleeve Blouse, $45: CeCe makes pretty and affordable tops and blouses. This blouse was a Reader Favorite last holiday. Available in five colors, in XXS – XXL. 

Rails, Hunter Button-Up Shirt, $99: Rails make some of my favorite shirts, but they are expensive at regular prices, so I always grab a few during the sale. This year I bought the classic white and the blue and white plaid. Available in XXS – XXL.

Madewell, Kent Colorblock Sweater, $58: This cardigan is already popular and will likely sell out. Available in XXS – XXL.

SPANX Faux Leather Leggings, $68: If you want to try a pair of faux leather leggings, or need a second pair, now is the time to grab them; this is the best price you’ll find. 

Vero Moda, Leopard Spot Sweater, $38: You know I couldn’t have a roundup without a leopard print something. I LOVE this sweater, available in XS-XL with a simple pair of black jeans and ankle boots.

Faux Leather Leggings Spanx
Faux Leather Leggings Spanx
 

NSale Splurges

Tory Burch, Carson Striped Convertible Shoulder Bag, $299| Rails, Cotton and Cashmere Sweater, $145| Claire V, Simple Tote, $330 | Jenni Kayne, Genuine Calf Hair Mule, $290 | Staud, Wally Knee High Boot, $340| Michele, Diamond Dial Watch Head and Bracelet, $1900 

Now, let’s have some fun. Every year I take advantage of the sale and splurge on one or two items, like a Tory Burch bag, or a fabulous pair of shoes. Below are a few options.

Tory Burch, Carson Striped Convertible Shoulder Bag, $299: The sale is a fantastic time to splurge on a Tory bag. I adore the color combination of this striped shoulder bag, but I think I’m going to order this black leather version for a more timeless option (and a $200 savings!)

Rails, Cotton, and Cashmere Sweater, $145: I love that cashmere blend sweater from Rails doesn’t take itself too seriously. I’ll wear it with my SPANX perfect black pants and black Birdie loafers around the holidays. 

Claire V, Simple Tote, $330: Pick up this stunning tote, available in three patterns, and save over $200. 

Jenni Kayne, Genuine Calf Hair Mule, $290: I’ve had my eye on a pair of Jenni Kayne mules for years but never wanted to spend over $400. The question now is, do I splurge on the giraffe print (above) or this more neutral pair in suede espresso?

Staud, Wally Knee High Boot, $340: These are the most perfect knee-high boots I’ve ever seen. 

Michele, Diamond Dial Watch Head, and Bracelet, $1900: A serious investment piece, but if it’s been on your wish list, you’ll save almost $1000 if you pick it up during the sale. 

See our top picks for Basics, Coats and Shoes here. 

Our Style Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and this post is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

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What to Buy at The Nordstrom Sale: Basics, Coats and Shoes

Over the past few years, the Nordstrom Sale has been so-so. But this year, it’s pretty good and an opportunity to stock up on basics you love, fill in some wardrobe voids, and maybe pick up a splurge at a better price. 

The sale, however, is utterly overwhelming, and there’s a lot of stuff you don’t need. I spent the weekend combing through every single item in every single category until my eyes hurt. 

Post Schedule

To cover the scope of the sale, I take three days to highlight specific categories. I started doing this last year, and readers like the organized approach. 

I do the work for you so you can take advantage of the special pricing without spending a ton of time searching. 

Today’s post is broken down by Basics, Coats, and Shoes.

Tomorrow I’m sharing top Workwear, Reader Favorites, and Splurges.

Then, on Friday, I’ll wrap things up with Beauty, Jewelry, and Bags.

If you are new to our site, welcome! What you’ll notice is that I don’t do a big try-on haul showing off my purchases. This is because I don’t find that kind of post helpful. Instead, my recommendations are both data-driven and based on all your requests. 

As always, all sizes are included when available. 

When Can You Shop

To overcomplicate things, Nordstrom restricts initial access to cardholders who are further broken down by category. If you have a Nordstrom Card, you can log into your account to see your status. The more you spend, the earlier your access.

Non-cardholders can start shopping on July 28th. 

If you can’t shop just yet, I recommend creating a “Wish List” on the Nordstrom site. This way, once you have access, you can flip everything into your shopping cart. By design, the sale is meant to sell out, and it does, every year. 

This year, your best bet is to shop online. Unfortunately, their in-store inventory is sparse. And if you do place an order, have some patience; if last year repeats itself, we’re not dealing with Amazon-type shipping. 

Please remember, unlike some sites, I am not affiliated or sponsored by Nordstrom. I do, however, receive a tiny commission if you purchase through one of the links below. All opinions are mine. 

Let’s get started. 

The Nordstrom Sale 

 

NSale Basics

Wit & Wisdom, Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans, $49 | SPANX Perfect Pants, $89 | Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28 | Treasure & Bond, Turtleneck Sweater, $39 | Wacoal Convertible Strapless Bra, $39

Wit & Wisdom, Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans, $49 – a fantastic option to replace skinny jeans. No that there is anything wrong with a skinny, this one, also by Wit & Wisdom is a long-time Reader Fave and part of the sale

I picked up these Good American jeans for the early fall, 

SPANX Perfect Pants, $89 – these were a top Reader Fave in 2020, perfect for work or weekends.

Halogen, Raw Edge Tank, $28 – love this raw edge tank, in black or white as a basic layer under long cardigans and blazers. 

Treasure & Bond, Turtleneck Sweater, $39 – I would own this sweater in every color, makes the perfect base for a jeans/sweater/booties fall outfit. 

Underwear – for the first time the sale has a fantastic selection of undergarments, starting with the always popular Wacoal Red Carpet Strapless Bra for under $40. Also, the Wacoal No-Wire Contour Bra is a nice everyday “tee shirt” bra on sale for $42. 

I’m a big fan of Hanky-Panky underwear, usually the neutral colors are not included in the sale but they are this time around so I stocked up. 

Finally, I discovered True & Co last year and this bralette is the most comfortable bra for working at home – ever. 

 

NSale Coats

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN, Snap Front Quilted Jacket, $99 | Halogen, Knit Moto Jacket, $58 | Club Monaco, Maite Trench Coat, $195 |Barbour, Sterndale Quilted Jacket, $133 | The North Face, Ancha Hooded Waterproof Parka, $150

If you are in the market for a new coat, this is one of the best categories in the sale.  The selection is a bit overwhelming on their site, so I picked the best of the best. 

LAUREN RALPH LAUREN, Snap Front Quilted Jacket, $99 – Gorgeous fall coat, available in XS – XXL. 

Halogen, Knit Moto Jacket, $58 – Soft knit, lovely for work, available in XXS – XXL in black or burgundy.

Club Monaco, Maite Trench Coat, $195 – Timeless styled trench at a fantastic price for the quality, runs true to size, available in XXS – XL

Barbour, Sterndale Quilted Jacket, $133 – You won’t find this iconic jacket at a better price, runs small in sizes 4 – 14 available in navy or tan.

The North Face, Ancha Hooded Waterproof Parka, $150 – Simple and elegant waterproof parka is under $150, available in XS – XXL, runs small. 

Shop Nordstrom Sale Coats

Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted
Snap Front Quilted

 

NSale Shoes

Tory Burch Chelsea 50MM Lug Boot, $250 | Treasure & Bond, Nova Mule, $39 | Sam Edelman, Olly Knee High Boot, $149| Sarto by Franco Sarto Lori Bootie, $99 | Vince Camuto, Gradina Block Heel Bootie, $59 | Adidas, Edge Lux 4 Running Shoes, $56

From new sneakers to classic fall booties, check these out before you look anywhere else.  

Tory Burch Chelsea 50MM Lug Boot, $250 – if you’re looking for a splurge worth fall boot, take another look at these. Available in black or tan. (These are in my shopping cart in the tan!) 

Treasure & Bond, Nova Mule, $39 – available in tan, black and a speckled leopard, these are super affordable and look great with straight or skinny pants. 

Sam Edelman, Olly Knee High Boot, $149 – by early fall a classic, clean lined knee boot is almost impossible to find, so scoop this up in either black or light stone so you’re ready the second the weather changes. 

Sarto by Franco Sarto Lori Bootie, $99 – the most basic leather ankle boot for under $100 is always hard to find. Here you can buy it in black, taupe or chestnut. 

Vince Camuto, Gradina Block Heel Bootie, $59 – for a little more style go with this Vince Camuto option in either black or tan. These go with straight and skinny bottoms or even skirts and dresses. 

Adidas, Edge Lux 4 Running Shoes, $56 – my favorite affordable running sneakers are under $60 and available in either black and white or copper and pearl. 

Shop Nordstrom Sale Shoes

Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Gradina Block Heel Bootie VINCE CAMUTO
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS
Edge Lux 4 Running Shoe ADIDAS

 

See our top picks in Workwear, Readers Favorites and Splurge-Worthy items here

Our Style Content is Inspired by Our Readers

Our readership inspires all of our posts and this post is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

Some links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase via our site, we receive a small commission.

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