#NSALE: My Guide to Tackling the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Hi fellow fashionistas! The time has come to talk about Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale once again. I’m sure you’ve all heard everyone buzzing with anticipation as the greatest sale of the year is about to start. Even I haven’t been able to hide my excitement since, as I mentioned in this post, the sale is one of the best parts of July! So, I thought I’d create a fun and quick guide to conquering the #NSale. Let’s get started!!

Step One: Know the Details
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is especially exciting because they, unlike most companies, put new products on sale. Instead of buying discounted out-of-season merchandise (hello Valentine’s Day candy on February 15th), shoppers get to snatch up brand-new styles at ridiculous markdowns. Therefore, to put it into a practical perspective, you’re saving money by buying your fall clothes now instead of later.
The sale officially starts on July 22nd, but if you’re a Nordstrom Card Holder you get a head start. Early access for those who have a debit or credit card through Nordstrom, like I do, begins on July 14th, so mark your calendars! Everything comes to an end on August 7th, so make sure you take advantage of markdowns because prices are raised the next day.

Step Two: Prepare
To get ready for the sale of the year, I recommend taking inventory of your closest and making a list of what you need versus what you want. Keep these categories separate to help you prioritize how much you should spend. Cover your basics first and then have fun! Maybe your rain boots went through a tough winter last season, and you need a new pair to chicly withstand the elements. Lucky for you, Nordstrom is including both tall and short Hunter rain boots in this year’s sale (check out my guide to Hunter boots here). Items like these will make up the practical part of your list. However, you might want to add the Chelsea28 Suede Moto Jacket to your closest because it’s clearly to-die-for (and $100 off). Articles like this will make up the fun part of your shopping list. Try to balance the two categories for successful and exciting shopping!

Pro Sale Tip: This can be a great time to plan ahead for gifts or for the start of school. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale covers all product categories (clothing, accessories, home décor, makeup and hair, etc.) so it makes back-to-school and holiday shopping much easier.

Step Three: Do Your Research
If you haven’t already, scan (or devour) the #NSale catalog here to get an inside look on what sort of styles will be in the sale. Mark down some of your favorites to get more inspiration on what you might want or need for the upcoming fall. There’s something for everyone during this sale, no matter his or her price point. Some of my favorites items under $100 are the Nadri collar necklace and the Halogen cozy draped vest. For pieces that are more of a splurge, I love the Via Spiga knee-high boots and the ALLSAINTS luxe leather tote.

Step Four: Have Fun!
As silly as it may seem to mention, this sale is supposed to be fun! So relax, sit back, and find comfort in the fact that you’ll come out of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale with beautiful clothing and accessories for a steal. Even if you walk away from the sale empty handed, Nordstrom is reliable for their great selection of clothing year-round. They have such variety; I’ve even worn an entire outfit from Nordstrom. Happy shopping, everybody!!

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