If you have been here awhile then you know I used to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like it was my job.  Not my job per se, but it was FOR my job.  In the past, I used the sale to refresh my work wardrobe for Fall and Winter. Since COVID my approach to the Nordstrom sale has changed … ALOT (and so has the sale)!  I no longer need a 5 day a week suit wardrobe and they aren’t really a focus area for the sale.  The sale now includes lots of “Wear Now” and everyday items. #SaleStats

For the past few years, I have targeted finding 5 new pieces from the sale. I look for items that will stand the test of the time or occasionally trendier pieces I can score at a bargain and not feel guilty if they don’t last forever in my closet.  The sale is also still a good time to restock staples that I use on the daily. Lastly, with the additon of “Wear Now” pieces – I browse those to see if there is something I can’t make it through the Summer without. #SaleSystem

Curious what is on my Wish List this year? I shopped the entire sale and created five curated lists for the best of the best from the sale covering these categories: 

  • Stand-outs (these are the five items I am buying this year)
  • In My Closet (and should be in yours)
  • Staples (things I buy every year)
  • Wear Now (because Summer is far from over)
  • Home (not a category I normally shop but a few things caught my eye this year)

The Stand-Outs

Each year I look for those winning pieces that will be in my closet for years.  They have to really catch my eye and stand-out from the everyday of the sale (thus the category).  This year I found five winners that will be in my cart and a few alternatives that caught my eye but don’t really fit into my lifestyle. #InMyCart

Pleated Dress | Earrings | Necklace | Suit | Boots| Leather Sheath Dress

Nordstrom Pleated Dress

I am a sucker for knife pleat anything. This Nordstrom Pleated Dress comes in two colors but the plum is the stand-out winner to me. Aside from wearing this as a dress for work … it can also be dressed down for Summer with a Tee over or for Winter with a sweater over giving you so much versatility. Or paired with the All Saints Midnight Leather jacket I am going to talk about in a minute … gah!!! #SoManyWays

Monica Vinader Snake Chain Necklace and Jenny Bird Earrings

Lately I have been reaching for simple gold hoops and chains and you cannot go wrong with classic jewelry. The sale includes two stand-out brands – Jenny Bird and Monica Vinader.  I have several pieces by each, and I wear them weekly.  My most recent MV necklace purchase I wear almost daily. #YesIKnowThisIsReallyTwoItems #LoopHole

Tahari ASL Suit Set

I don’t wear suits weekly these days, but I do still wear them monthly and when I do I like suits that go beyond basic black.  This blue Tahari ASL checks all my boxes plus the price cannot be beat. You can hardly find a blazer for that price let alone a full suit. #BossBargain

Steve Madden Grazia Boots

These Steve Madden Ganni inspired boots remind me of the uber popular Ganni Chunky Buckle slingbacks (which Steve Madden also made a dupe for) and fit my lust for edgy non-traditional pieces. These will make great transition booties paired with crop denim and then tights and skirts in the cooler months. #BootBuyer

Nordstrom Leather Sheath Dress

This Nordstrom Leather Sheath Dress comes in both black and beige but I am picturing the beige paired with tall brown boots and a long cardigan in grey or black (choose a cardigan that is longer than the one on the model or even better the All Saints Midnight Leather Jacket). I am opting for the beige because I have a closet full of LBDs but the black would be equally gorgeous. #BuyBoth

Stand-out Runner Ups

There were five other pieces that caught my eye, but they won’t be in my cart because they either didn’t fit my lifestyle, or I already had something too similar in my closet. They are worth looking at though because they were very tempting. #InYourCart

Quilted Barn Jacket | Plaid Hooded Blazer | Black Crop Blazer | Denim Jacket | Denim Skirt

In My Closet (Clothes)

I have been shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for so many years and many sale items come back year after year so the sale includes many pieces I already own (or are similar). If these pieces aren’t in your closet … now is the time to invest.  These are pieces that stand the test of time. #ClosetWinners

All Saints Grey Balfern | All Saints Midnight Dalby | Cuffed Denim | Jean Jacket

I already own the Dalby in Black, Ivory and Rose and the Balfern in Grey.  Both styles are good but that Dalby in Midnight … I am trying to resist because as I noted … I already own three. You can never go wrong with All Saints Leather though. #IsFourTooMany #AskingForAFriend

These Wit & Wisdom Cuffed Denim remind me of my Banana Republic score from the Spring.  If you haven’t jumped on this trend it isn’t going away. The dark wash makes them very office friendly and my coworkers comment every time I wear mine. #CommentMagnet

Every closet needs a quality jean jacket to toss on whenever. The styles lately have been a little longer, looser and lighter so it might be time to upgrade yours – this AG Jean Jacket is perfect. #DenimUpgrade

In My Closet (Shoes)

With a closet FULL of shoes it is hard to find something I don’t already own …

Black Loafer | Beige Loafer | Brown Loafer

Any loafer you choose will get endless wear because they go with everything. The black reminds me of my Stuart Weitzman ones, the beige reminds me of my Jeffrey Campbell ones with the gold accents and the brown is a brand known for quality. #BrownIsJustBeautiful

You would have to live under a rock to not realize how popular Adidas anything is. I love this taupe color and if I didn’t already have Adidas Sambas and a pair of yellow Gazelles I might be even more tempted than I already am. #SoTempted

Gold | Stud | Silver | Heel

I am a sucker for Mary Janes – I have so many pairs!  These gold ones with a triple strap are super unique and remind me of my Buru pair (they also come in black and red).  Or opt for silver for another wear with anything color. There was also a studded pair that I would buy in a heartbeat if I didn’t already have three other studded pairs. Lastly, you are going to see burgundy everywhere this Fall – pick up these gorgeous burgundy herringbone heels and you will be ready. #FallTrends

Slingbacks are having a moment and the sale includes both flat and kitten heels – with just enough edge and in an unexpected color (and three other color options) to keep things interesting. These are the two pairs in the sale I find drool-worthy. #LadyLike

Staples

So many deals in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on Staples I buy ever year.  Now is the time to stock up!  Shampoo, deodorant (a Donna Karan diehard … this year I am trying Salt & Stone), Oribe, Sunscreen, Shower Oil, Lancome Genefique … This is also the time to try out new brands – I am trying Dr. Dennis Gross because I hear so much about it! #SoMany

Dr. Dennis Gross | Slip | Supergoop! | Donna Karan
Oribe | Salt & Stone | Lancome | L’Occitane Shower Oil
Supergoop! | Alterna Shampoo & Conditioner | Dry Bar | Westman Atelier

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is also the best time to refresh wardrobe staplesbras, underwear, socks and workout gear

Wear Now

The newest category to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the Wear Now pieces. While Athleisure and everyday basics tend to top the list but you can always find a few gems to “Add to Cart” that you will put on and not take off for the rest of the summer. Here are the pieces I am eyeing.

Black Denim | Blue Top | Red Flats | Stripe Dress | Scarf | Stripe Blouse | Necklace | Crop Denim

Wear Now (Clothes)

I love easy throw on tops that look crisp and polished. The Madewell Crop Camp Shirts perfectly fit this bill (also comes in white). I will pair these with a colorful skirt or pants to head to the office during the blistering days of August. #LookCuteMelting

Are stripes never not having a moment? There are few that caught my eye … the Madewell Stripe Button Down (or this Faherty one if it is still in stock or this Lafayette 148 if your budget is a little more generous). #SupportStripes

Everyone needs a throw on comfortable dress …. but one with a racing stripe? Come on!! I picture myself sprinting to my gate in attempt to make my connecting flight all while wearting this comfortable number and a pair of Sambas. #RunGirlRun

It might be summer but I’m still wearing jeans (our AC gets cranking in the office some days). I love the tailored look of the Wit & Widsom Wide Leg Denim and the dark wash on these cropped cuties from Rails. Denim is one item you will continue to wear well into Winter. #EasyInvestment

Wear Now (Accessories)

Scarves may not be a hot accessory for Summer but tie this Nordstrom Print Silk Scarf on your tote now and transition to your neck after the temps cool off. #PickMeUpForYourTote

Another accessory that is priced to good to ignore is the Argentina Vito Sterling Silver Mesh Chain. Layer this with your finer pieces and noone will realize you got this for a steal! #StealthHighLowMix

Red is absolutely having a moment and an easy way to incorporate it into your wardrobe is with a cute ballet flat. #TooCute

Home

I can honestly say I have never shopped the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for home goods.  There is a first for everything though.  This year I am ordering bedding and a cutting board. I have heard so many good things about Boll & Branch sheets and it is a brand that rarely has sales. Also, we have a block of Viking knives and our cutting board is looking a little tired so this will be the perfect refresh.

The one other home item that caught my eye was the Le Crueset Brazier – who could ignore that beautiful blue while scrolling. Your kitchen needs one of those if only to make you smile everytime you see it sitting on your stove. We have a gorgeous red one that we use weekly all year long.

Are you shopping the sale this year?

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What are the top items on your list?