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What You Need to Know About the Nordstrom Sale

What is the Nordstrom Sale?

The Nordstrom Sale is an annual sale of BRAND NEW fall merchandise, including clothing, accessories, beauty products, and home.

While the inventory is heavy with seasonal sweaters, coats, etc., there are a lot of year-round pieces too. So you can stock up on wardrobe building basics and fall and winter must-haves.

The sale is overwhelming, but I shop it for you, using our insights, data, and analytics, sharing only the best of the best.

Here’s what you need to know about the unique way we approach it.

Is the Nordstrom Sale Worth It? 


Savings range from 30% to 40% off, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to stock up on better basics, especially if you have a few holes in your wardrobe. And it’s also a great way to save on a splurge. 

Looking back at the pieces in my closet that I turn to over and again; many of them were purchased at the sale. 

How We Approach the Sale

My approach isn’t as glamorous as other content creators you may follow.

You won’t see me taking selfies in a dressing room or sharing my “haul.”

Why? Because the sale isn’t about me. 

Think about it like this: if you are one of our petite readers, how do you benefit from seeing me, at 5’10, in a new pair of jeans? 

You don’t.

Instead, I take a very strategic approach.

I spend hours analyzing every piece of data I have and my knowledge of our community, and I shop the sale for YOU.

Last year there were 55 pages of women’s clothing alone to sort through. 

So when our round-ups go live, know that they have been curated specifically for our audience, as if you are one of our shopping clients.

It’s size-inclusive and done with the same thoughtfulness you’ve come to expect from our daily style content.

And after the sale, you’ll see the items we suggested show up in our outfit ideas, so you have ways to wear them all year long. 

When Can You Start to Shop? 

Everyone can preview the sale on July 3rd. However, no one can purchase during preview. This is just an opportunity to take a peak.

Top spending customers and card members are given early access between July 11th – 16th.

“Status” is based on spend. The top level is ICON, who start shopping on July 11th, next is Ambassador who start on the 12th and Influencers get entry on the 13th.

On July 17th, the sale opens to the public and comes to and end on August 6th.

The most frustrating part of the sale is how fast things sell out, but it’s designed to, so if you see something, grab it.

How to Get Early Access

Card members get early access, so if you don’t have a card and want one, you can qualify for one here and get into the sale on the 13th at the Influencer status..

Is the card worth it? 

I keep my card active solely so I can access the sale early. It’s the only store card I have.

Over the years, my spending at Nordstrom has dropped significantly.

I used to shop almost entirely at Nordstrom, and now, I go to many other places.

So if Nordstrom is “your store” and you pay your bill off when it comes in, I think having one is beneficial.

There is no fee; you get access to the sale, points on what you spend, and bonuses like free alterations depending on your spending level.

It’s a personal decision; you know what is best for your financial life.

How to Shop the Sale

  1. Shop Online. Don’t go to your local store, it’s an utter waste of time. They won’t have everything and sizes are always limited, especially if you are petite or plus. Returns are easy so don’t worry about it and order more than one size, try something new, etc. 
  2. Join our Private Facebook Group. I share real time, up to date information throughout the duration of the sale here, letting you know about deals and restocks. 
  3.  Follow our calendar below

I dedicate three days of content to the sale, and break each day into three categories that cover everything, and we do a bonus round-up when the sale goes public.

We start coverage when the sale opens on the 11th, and all cardholders can shop by the 13th, so you should be able to get what you want within those three days.

To make life easier, if you see something you like and can’t yet shop, add it to your wish list, and once you can get in, pop it in your cart and check out. 

And if you are on the hunt for anything specific, let me know in the comments, as I’m already knee-deep in curating this year’s offerings. 

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Wednesday 29th of June 2022

In the last 6 months I have lost 30lbs and am not done yet. I would appreciate pointers to things that are forgiving in terms of size - Today I am an XL/16, but I expect that in another 3 months (I will be closer to a L/12-14 instead. [I would also love a post on what can and cannot be tailored for weight loss and how to deal with being in the middle of that process while still having to look professional.]


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Also, I'm tired of seeing influencers trying on clothes in the same weird pose that no one in real life EVER does. Every picture they are all in the same awkward- tilting slightly backwards one foot balanced in front of the other just so- pose lol. If I do that in a store dressing room, I'd look like a lunatic!

Rita Whitehead

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

I am looking for a classic Chelsea style boot in brown size 8 1/2 or 9


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Definitely need to replace my faux leather leggings.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Megan, your authentic approach is always so appreciated! I've gotten some good stuff from the Anniversary sale a few years ago, but do I want to wade through all of that on my own--- no thank you!! Thank you for all you do!


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Hi Megan, I'm in the market for some splurge handbags with SILVER or no hardware. I typically love your handbag recommendations, however I have a difficult time finding handbags with silver accents, not gold. Thanks! Rebecca


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Re: Your comment about skipping the store--what about shoes? It seems like my store has a good stock of shoes and I have been waiting on this sale to get some new black flats, but I find fit/comfort is so important I often have to try on a dozen pairs to find a pair I like.

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Certainly, if going to your store is helpful, go for it. Over the last few years, my local Nordstrom has been painfully disappointing, with little inventory and even less help available, and mine is considered a top-tier one. I find it more efficient to place a large order, try everything at home with all my other things, and send back what doesn't work. This way I can see all my options online and not have to leave the house.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Thank you for investing your time and your authentic approach to the Nordstrom sale. I’m not moved by the “typical hype” of the Nordstrom sale anymore. If I’ve learned anything from following your posts and the FB group it has been ALL of your valuable information and the input of the many women in your FB group. So I will continue to sip my hot tea and wait for your results.

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