Why the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a Big Deal + My Top Picks for 2021

Last Updated on July 7, 2021 by haveclotheswilltravel

Just in case you haven’t heard, Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is about to kick-off! This post is going to explain why people lose their minds over this sale, how this sale works and some key dates, and also what I’m eyeing up in this year’s sale.

Why is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale SUCH a Big Deal?

People seriously go crazy over this sale…and being on the outside looking in it was a bit difficult to figure out at first. I mean, stores run sales ALL the time…why is this one so special?

Well, here’s the deal. Most sales are old, end-of-season merchandise. What sets this sale apart is that it is NEW fall and winter merchandise that’s on sale before the season starts. That’s a big deal.

This sale also features a ton of designer merchandise that people save up all year (or years) to purchase. Want a new pair of Prada sunglasses? How about a Movado watch? Or perhaps a Bony Levy diamond ring? You can get hundreds and even thousands of dollars off these timeless items in this sale.

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This windbreaker was the best Nordstrom Anniversary sale purchase ever!

Now, you don’t have to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on designer items to get good deals in this sale. I bought most of the clothes I wore for my Peru trip in the sale a few years ago! So, that was a waterproof windbreaker, sweatshirts, athletic pants, flannel shirts and a pair of sneakers. (Some of the stuff is pictured below.)

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Sweatshirt + windbreaker were from this sale!

I also went a little purse crazy in last year’s sale and scored a Tory Burch tote that I adore and a Kate Spade clutch that I get SO much use out of. Both are pictured below. 

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Key Dates

*PREVIEW – You can preview the sale starting now! (Click here to preview it.) So go crazy and load up your wishlist! Then, you can just hit the purchase button when the sale goes live.

July 12-27 is the “Icon Early Access” sale. What this means is if you have a Nordstrom credit card and have Nordy Club Icon status, you get first dibs on the sale items.

  • If you don’t have a Nordstrom Credit Card, you can apply now and then shop the sale earlier! 

July 14-27 is the “Ambassador Early Access” sale. What this means is if you have a Nordstrom credit card and have Nordy Club Ambassador status, you get to shop the sale a little earlier.

July 16-27 is the “Influencer Early Access” sale. What this means is if you have a Nordstrom credit card and have Nordy Club Influencer status, you get to shop the sale a little earlier.

July 28 – August 8 is the “Public Access” sale. This is when everyone who doesn’t have a Nordstrom card gets to shop the sale. I personally don’t have a Nordstrom card. (My husband and I only ever use our Marriott card – we’re all about Marriott points!) But, when I went to shop the Public Access sale last year, some of my wishlist items were already gone. So, be sure to have a backup plan if you don’t have the card.

My Top Picks for This Year’s Sale

I usually try to keep items below $100 when I’m shopping…and for the most part, almost all of these items are less than $100! I’m starting this list with my favorite items first. I am really looking to get more “everyday wear” in comparison to years past. 

 
Faux Leather Leggings SPANX®
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I bought these Spanx leggings in last year’s sale (see them in this post) and I love them! They are so comfy, and you won’t find a better price point than during the Anniversary Sale!

CozyChic Lite® Circle Cardigan BAREFOOT DREAMS®
Click here to shop this cardigan.

With over 3,000 positive reviews raving about how cozy and soft this cardigan is… I just might have to test it out for myself!

Imitation Pearl Collar Sweater CECE
Click here to shop this sweater.

I have a similar version of this sweater and live in it. It’s so versatile and cute! It works great with jeans and skirts alike.

Honey Curvy Bootcut Jeans JOE'S
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I have these jeans as well, but I have, unfortunately, outgrown the pair I have. Haha. They were incredibly comfortable when they fit me, though! Time to order a bigger size!

Moonlight Pajamas NORDSTROM LINGERIE
Click here to shop these PJs.

This year I am all about updating my loungewear and PJs, given that I’ve worn my current collection to death!

Bliss Plush Throw NORDSTROM
Click here to shop this throw.

This throw looks like the perfect soft complement to a new pair of PJs!

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Click here to shop this mascara set.
OMG. This is the deal of the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale right here. This is the only mascara that I have used for the last 5 years. It’s freaking amazing. Typically, 1 full-sized tube is $26. For the sale, you get 2 full-sized tubs + a mini tube for $35! (This is a $65 value.)

Brow Bae-sics Deluxe Kit ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS
Click here to shop this brow kit.

Anastasia makes the best brow products out there. If you haven’t tried them yet, now is the perfect chance!

Balfern Leather Biker Jacket ALLSAINTS
Click here to shop this leather jacket.

AllSaints makes the best leather jackets. I LOVE that this year’s sale includes so many AllSaints pieces. This leather jacket is a great deal!

Chuck Taylor® All Star® Lift Platform Sneaker CONVERSE
Click here to shop these sneakers.

You can never go wrong with Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers. I love the gold accents on these!

Studio Crop Lite Leggings ZELLA
Click here to shop these leggings.

I ordered this pair of leggings in last year’s sale, and they are my favorites to wear to the gym and for running in. They’re super comfy and are holding up very well.

Sleeveless Cutout Ponte Dress HALOGEN®
Click here to shop this dress.
 

You can also never go wrong with a black dress! This will work for everything all year long. Just pair with a cardigan or blazer + tights in winter.

Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden CLICK & GROW
Click here to shop this smart garden.

My mom has one of these smart gardens, and I think it is the coolest thing ever. It has its own little light, plus it’s self-watering!

 
Treatment Set MOROCCANOIL®
Click here to shop this treatment set.

I have been using Morrocan Oil for over 10 years now and swear by it. I almost never see any sort of sale for it, though. So, you best believe I will be taking advantage of stocking up on some during the Anniversary Sale!

Long Sleeve Floral Print A-Line Dress ELIZA J
Click here to shop this dress.
 

I am a firm believer that you can never have enough floral dresses! Plus, with the darker colors, this one could work in fall and well into winter too.

Rive Gauche Full Coverage Underwire Bra CHANTELLE LINGERIE
Click here to shop this bra.

I am in dire need of new bras. This one has more than 1,000 positive reviews and is going to be the next addition to my bra collection!

Ultra Run Sports Bra SWEATY BETTY
Click here to shop this sports bra.

Likewise with sports bras. I am ALWAYS looking for good high-impact sports bras. This one is popular with the ladies I exercise with and I’ll be ordering it now thanks to this sale!

Polka Dot Wrap Front Long Sleeve Dress SAM EDELMAN
Click here to shop this dress.

I have a very similar polka dot dress to this one that I get a ton of use out of. I love the hem on it!

 

I’m curious, are any of these items also on your wishlist? And have you shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale before? Let me know in the comments!

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