Hi NSale Fam! I know so many of you found me from my annual coverage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale over the past seven years. It means so much to me that you will be joining me for another year of sales shopping! For those of you new to the sale, basically the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale offers new arrivals ON SALE from all our top favorite brands. Nordstrom cardmembers get to shop the sale before everyone else during Early Access, and everyone will be able to shop the sale on August 19th. You can apply for a card here, but do not feel pressured to ever open a card you cannot afford.
Even though Fall feels far away, the NSALE is the perfect time to stock up on BRAND NEW Fall styles and essential basics that need to be replaced. I revamp my basic tees, sweaters, and bras for the year, while picking up a few new pieces for the season, including gifts! The savings are really good, so below I’ve listed out my all time favorite things & brands to buy. THANK YOU so much again for joining me in another year of sales fun, and BE SURE TO ENTER the giveaway down below! Will have more later in the sale.
1st GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. CONGRATS TO OUR WINNERS! LIZ M, JENNA K, CHELSEA M, JESSICA A, MATTHEW S
IN STORE TRY-ON HAUL #1
Welcome to my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 In Store Try On Clothing Haul! This is the cliff notes version of my full blown series. I wanted to give you guys a fast rundown of the items I saw in store the day Icon shopping opened on the 4th. Below I’ve detailed all the items mentioned in this haul #1 along with sizing and pricing. Stay tuned for full in depth reviews in my haul and lookbook videos. I will load them into this post!
T O P S
J A C K E T S
BP. sherpa collar denim jacket [XS $40.90] reg $69 | BLANKNYC faux leather moto jacket [XS $56.90] reg $98 | BLANKNYC suede moto jacket [XS $111.90] reg $188 | ALLSAINTS leather biker jacket [2 $319.90] reg $498 | TOPSHOP faux leather biker jacket [2 $49.90] reg $88 | BERNARDO teddy coat [S $124.90] reg $210 | TREASURE & BOND plaid blazer [XXS $65.90] reg $99
S W E A T E R S
TOPSHOP balloon sleeve sweater [XS $29.90] reg $50 | TOPSHOP stripe crewneck sweater [XS $39.90] reg $68 | TOPSHOP cable stitch crop sweater [XS $39.90] reg $68 | TOPSHOP v-neck sweater [XS $39.90] reg $68 | BP. leopard pullover [XXS $34.90] reg $59 | LEITH off the shoulder sweater [XXS $38.90] reg $59 | ALL IN FAVOR bishop sleeve ribbed sweater [XS $28.90] reg $59 | BP. drop shoulder sweater [XXS $24.90] reg $39 | CASLON turtleneck sweater [XS $34.90] reg $59 | TREASURE & BOND crewneck pullover [XS $39.90] reg $69 | MADEWELL waffle stitch sweater [XXS $49.90] reg $75
MY WISHLIST ITEMS
1 | steve madden kaylah booties [$89]
2 | bp taylor combat booties [$59]
3 | nike blazer low se sneakers [$49]
4 | steve madden nifty OTK boots [$79]
5 | thread & supply cardigan coat [$44]
6 | bp open stitch cardigan [$32]
7 | topshop plaid blazer [$49]
8 | bp sweater [$24]
9 | levi’s ribcage jeans [$63]
10 | clare v mini suede animal print crossbody [$249]
BEST OF SALE PICKS
BRANDS TO SHOP
activewear: Champion, Zella
clothing basics [$]: BP, Leith, All in Favor, Socialite, Dreamers by Debut (cute sweaters)
clothing basics [$$]: TOPSHOP, Madewell, BLANK NYC, BB Dakota
nordstrom made [$$]: HALOGEN (professional), CASLON (casual), CHELSEA28 (feminine), TREASURE & BOND (madewell vibes)
bras & socks: natori, ck, bombas, wacoal, chantelle lingerie
denim under $100: Levi’s, STS Blue, Wit & Wisdom, Kut from the Kloth, Madewell, BLANK NYC
shoes: steve madden, vince camuto, marc fisher, sam edelman
MY SHOE PICKS
I am a little torn on what to do with the shoes this year because we’re not really going outside like we used to, but the styles and deals are so good! I am going to try stuff on and just see what items really speak to me. For everyday ankle booties, I have these on my list to try: steve madden kaylah & nadalie booties, the marc fisher oshay booties, and the vince camuto gradina booties. For OTK boots, I always head to steve madden because they always have an under $100 option for narrow leg girls.
For outdoorsy booties, I LOVE the bp taylor combat boots! I was looking for the perfect pair of white combat boots, and I think this one will fit the bill. I also like the naturalizer colby hiking boots for fall, and for a splurge buy, I was interested in checking out the paige natasha chelsea boots.
Nifty Over the Knee Boots
On my list to try
AFFORDABLE SHOES UNDER $50
For summer to fall transition, a light cardigan is your best friend. Cute, cozy and the perfect 3rd element to complete your outfit base. Each year I go to the SAME 3 brands: BP, Leith, Topshop. This year we have the BP Open Stitch Cardigan, the Leith Cozy Long Cardigan and the Topshop Ribbed Open Front Cardigan. A wide range of versatile solid colors, this is a great place to start in your search for a basic cardi. I also saw this cute striped colorblock one from Caslon and this elegant long camel one from Topshop that I may throw in my cart too. If you are looking for the SNUGGLIEST (and great gift idea) cardigans, you must check out the Barefoot Dreams collection!
Basic Cardis Under $50
From fall to winter, I live in basic sweaters. They replace my everyday tees now that I live in a cold climate. BP BRINGS IT with the simple crewneck sweaters, and this year the winner is the Easy Drop Shoulder Sweater. I am so happy to see this shape again because I have ones from 3-4 years ago still in my closet. Another annual affordable favorite is the DREAMERS by DEBUT line. They only have a few skus each year, but they are always cute for the price – like this off the shoulder sweater oroversized sweater that’s good for leggings.
Basic Sweaters Under $50
Here is where I love to score my long sleeve tees for the cold season! I’ve had this Halogen striped modal long sleeve tee for years and LOVE IT. I also dig henley & thermal top options for winter. There are also tons of basic crewneck and v-neck tees available for under $15. In contrast, if you have a bunch of basic tops, you can scope out the accent blouses or plaid button downs (perfect for fall!)
Tees & Camis
Tops & Blouses
MATCHING LOUNGE SETS
If you love leggings, now is the time to clean house. Faux leather, ponte, athletic, everyday stretch – there are many great options in the sale at great prices! I still till this day LOVE my SPANX faux leather leggings & Zella live in leggings that I bought in past sales.
I also normally pick up 1-2 skirts, a mini and a pencil. My highest recommendation is the BLANK NYC suede mini skirts. I’ve collected different colors over the years, and it is a must have for the fall.
I think this is my first year where I am going to go super light on the designer jeans. I didn’t see anything that really caught my eye, and the selection seems to be more limited this year. My favorite pair from last year was my Good American Good Legs, so I may try the raw hem style they have this year in dark & light washes. Honestly, the best styles I’ve seen are all under the $100 mark. Jean options from STS Blue, Wit & Wisdom, Kut from the Kloth and BLANK NYC. The “ribcage” style of Levi’s are my absolute favorite and I do see a pair in the sale.
Denim Under $100
Leggings & Pants
Bras are one of my favorite things to stalk during the sale. Over the past 3 years, I’ve slowly collected my collection of Natori bras during each Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. In terms of bags, nothing really stuck out to me except for one of my favorite brands, Clare V, has some cute animal print options! I have several midi sacs and consider them a perfect daily small crossbody.