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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Guide (2024)

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Updated 7/6/2024

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It’s getting to be that time of year when retailers are bringing in new fall merchandise! Perhaps it makes you cringe because you feel like summer just started. Or maybe you’re excited about all the fun that comes with fall and the start of a new school calendar. Either way, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is almost here, bringing with it the best deals on brand-new fall styles and classic closet staples that will give your wardrobe a fresh and current feel! It’s my favorite sale of the year because of the great deals and the early clues about the colors and styles we’ll be seeing in stores this fall. Fall is my favorite season to get dressed!

With over 6,000 items on sale, it can be overwhelming to shop the sale. That’s why I’m sharing a complete overview of how to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Plus, now that the sale preview period is open, I’m sharing my top picks, including the best of beauty products, jeans, workwear, boots, shoes, tops, sweaters, coats and jackets, and accessories; yes, that includes handbags! Bookmark this post now to come back to the last week of June and during your shopping period.

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I tend to be cost-conscious, so if I wouldn’t spend money on something myself, you won’t see it in this post.

First, let me answer some essential questions about the sale so you can take advantage of this great opportunity. 

What is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale is the best time for steep discounts of 30% to 40% off brand new arrivals for the fall season. It’s a great time to refresh your closet for the fall and winter seasons by shopping for the latest styles of jeans, boots, sweaters, blazers, coats, and jackets. You’ll also find great deals on bras, underwear, beauty products, home goods, kids, and men’s clothing. It’s a great time to buy investment pieces at deep discounts and to stock up on your favorite brands.

Nordstrom has announced that the following popular brands will be on sale, including:

Charlotte Tilbury
Veronica Beard
La Mer
Good American
All Saints
Bobbi Brown
Free People
Le Creuset
rag & bone
Lauren Ralph Lauren

When is the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is held once a year in the summer, typically in July and August. The 2024 Nordstrom sale is open to all Nordstrom shoppers from July 15th to August 4th. The sale preview period begins June 27, 2024, at 12:00 PM Eastern Time. Shop online starting at 12:01 AM Eastern Time the first day you’re eligible to shop. Nordstrom card holders receive early access to the sale.

How do you get early access to shop the sale?

All Nordstrom cardholders get early access to the sale.

By design, good pieces sell out fast. They may or may not be restocked during the sale. As an incentive to open a credit card, early access to the sale is a perk given to all Nordy Club members who also have a Nordstrom credit card.

When you get to shop depends on how much you’ve spent a year.

Anyone who spends $500 a year has Influencer status. Ambassadors spend $5,000 a year. Icons are the top spenders.

Your Nordstrom account dashboard may list you as an Influencer or Ambassador based on your yearly spending amount, even if you don’t have a Nordstrom Credit Card. You must have a Nordstrom credit card to shop the sale early. 

Card members with Icon status begin shopping on July 9th. Those with Ambassador status start shopping on July 10th. And those with Influencer status shop begin on July 11th.

Public access to the sale opens on July 15th. Everyone shops!

Begin shopping the sale starting at 12:01 AM, Eastern Time, on the day it opens to you.

Here are those early access dates and the sale dates at a glance:

Prices go back up on August 5th, 2024.

To find out your Nordy Club status, log in to the website or Nordstrom app. The home page will tell you when you can start shopping, depending on your status. Definitely log into your account to double-check your shop date. You may be able to shop earlier than you expected. I was surprised to find that I could shop a couple of days earlier.

Anyone can become a Nordy Club member for free by signing up for a Nordstrom account. Signing up will give you password-protected access to the website and allow you to create a wishlist for easy shopping once the sale goes live. Also, earn points as you spend, which can be redeemed for $5, $10, or $15 Nordstrom bonus notes.

By becoming a card member, you can enjoy early access to sale shopping, accrue points toward future purchases, get free alterations, and receive free two-day shipping (in selected areas). 

Is a Nordstrom card worth it? If Nordstrom is your go-to store and you plan to pay the card in full monthly, then yes. Personally, I don’t have many store-based credit cards. But shopping is a big part of my job, so I opened one last year to get early access to the sale. I use it during the sale and at the holidays only. Ultimately, you have to do what makes sense for you.

Sign up for Nordy Club membership here. Apply for a Nordstrom Credit Card here

How to take advantage of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

Nordstrom provides a sneak peek of new items that will be on sale. The sneak preview for 2024 started on Thursday, June 27th at 12:01 PM Eastern Time and continues until the sale begins for you. Simply visit the website to preview the anniversary sale items. 

Popular items sell out fast. Creating a wish list of the sale items you want to shop for once the sale goes live is a great way to increase your chances of getting the pieces you want. To create a wish list, log in to the app or website and “heart” the items you love. 

Using the app will give you notifications when your wish list items come back in stock. Just make sure to turn on back-in-stock notification when you download the app.

How do you shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

Shopping will open to the general public on July 15, 2024, at 12:01 AM Eastern Time. Although the stores will be very busy, you can shop the sale in your local store. There’s low inventory and limited sizing in-store, especially for petites and plus sizes.

It’s a good time to use online shopping for popular items, as it offers the best selection and allows you to take advantage of free shipping and returns. If you live near a store, using curbside pickup can be convenient for staples that aren’t likely to sell out quickly.

Consider using expedited next-day or two-day shipping, as these orders are processed before standard shipping. This can help prevent your order from selling out and being canceled while waiting for it to be shipped.

Shop for the most popular items as soon as shopping opens. If your items sell out, keep checking back as items get returned.

Please note that Nordstrom Rack does not participate in the sale. However, you can return Anniversary Sale items at Nordstrom Rack. 

I know it’s helpful to see pieces on a real body, so I’ll share periodic outfit posts created with my purchases on the blog and Instagram. For reference, I am 5’6″, 165 lbs., 36-B bust, and wear size 12 jeans. Sign up for my weekly newsletter here to get emails about new posts,

Can you return things from Nordstrom Anniversary sale? 

You can absolutely return things from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. So try new items and buy multiple sizes. Customer satisfaction is always Nordstrom’s top priority, and with that philosophy in mind, they have a liberal return policy with no time limit for returns or exchanges. They do their best to take care of customers. When you make a return, it’s ideal to have a receipt or order number to help them locate the purchase, but if you don’t, they can still help you.

Return your Nordstrom items in person to any Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack location. 

You can make returns for free by mail. Start a return online and print a shipping label. Or start the return online, generate a QR code, and show it at an eligible UPS, USPS, or FedEx location, and they’ll print a shipping label for you.

How to decide what to buy in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

It’s easy to get swept away by sale mania when there are over 6,000 pieces on sale. To build a hardworking wardrobe for the upcoming months, take a few minutes to look at your wardrobe and assess what you truly need. 

Spend a few minutes in your closet, seeing what holes you have in your wardrobe and what pieces you need to replace. Try on last year’s blazers, jeans, and boots to see if they will work for this year or if you need to update the style or size. If you’ve had a baby or are in midlife, it’s amazing how your feet can change. So try on your boots and shoes too.

Make a game plan going into the sale. Have a list of what you need to buy, and take note of items you should steer clear of and not buy.

One of my favorite things is scouring the website to discover great items at a discounted price. Then, I share what’s in my cart with you. Read on to discover my top picks.


View all sale jeans.

Denim is an area where the sale stands out, and there are plenty of options whether you like straight, kick crop, or wide-leg jeans. I use the sale to discover new styles that could become an everyday favorite. I weigh my picks carefully and select those with a good probability of fitting a size 12 bottom half. Many styles have stretch, but they may fit with a higher cotton content if they have a wider leg.

One of the best ways to keep your look current is to wear the latest styles of jeans. And having a great pair that you love can make all the difference in how you feel about your body. Shopping for jeans can be challenging, but finding a great pair makes the effort worthwhile. If you need guidance on picking jeans that work for your body type, check out my post, How to Find the Best Jeans for Your Body Type Every Time.

The Anniversary Sale is a great time to snag a second pair of your favorite jeans, experiment with new styles, and try jeans at a higher price point. Jeans at a higher price point tend to have nicer washes, finishes, and details.

Wit & Wisdom and Kut From the Kloth are popular styles to keep an eye out for.

Jeans styles trending currently: Wide leg, wide leg cropped, baggy, flare, straight, and kick crop jean styles. Barrel jeans, curved at the knees and tapered, are also big; however, they’re not a top pick for me and didn’t make it on my list.

Quick tips: Straight or kick crop jeans are a great alternative to skinny jeans since they’re fitted in the hips and thighs.  


View all sale dresses.

Dresses emerged as a surprise hit from this year’s sale! You’ll find tons of satin and chiffon midi and maxi styles with jewel tones that are perfect for fall. I’ve selected styles cinched at the waist, and opening into a swingy skirt to accommodate a larger bottom half.

For a dressy event like a fall wedding, pair them with metallic or flesh-toned strappy sandals or flesh-toned suede kitten heel ankle booties or boots.

Sweaters and tops

View all sale sweaters and tops.

Now is a great time to replace basic short—and long-sleeve tees.

Some of my most worn sweaters came from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I’m seeing many striped sweaters and classic pullovers. I can’t resist a sweater vest!

Boots + shoes

View all sale boots, booties & shoes.

The shoe options are on point, with many great white sneakers, flats, heels, and bootie options to choose from. I’m looking for styles that are good-looking but also wearable. For me, that means lower heels and cushioned footbeds.

Quick tip: Consider your favorite jeans styles and think about which shoes or boots you’ll wear with them. Full-length jeans may pair best with heels, while cropped styles can be worn with either heels or flat boots. A heeled boot can work with both cropped and full-length jeans, making it the most versatile option if you only buy one pair.

Boots and shoes trending for fall: Ankle boots, ballet flats, loafers, knee-high boots, Western-style boots, slingback heels, and white sneakers. Square toes are also trending. If you prefer classic styles, look for shoes with a longer toe box that’s almond or pointy toe (if you can wear them). A longer toe box will lengthen the look of your legs, which is slimming.  

Quick tip: Skin-tone color boots are the most versatile. They also make your legs look longer. If you need a pair of boots for evening outfits, look for suede boots. Leather boots are more casual and look heavier, making them better for the daytime. If you intend to tuck your boots under cropped jeans, look for booties with a narrow shaft that hugs the ankle so they easily slip under the hem.

To order knee-high boots that will fit you, use a cloth measuring tape to measure the widest part of your calf, and then read the calf circumference in the online description. To ensure the boot won’t be too tall, measure from the floor to the bottom of your knee. At 5’6”, my perfect shaft height is around 15 inches, and my circumference is 16.5 inches, which means I need wide calf boots. 

I stepped out of my comfort zone last winter with a pair of kitten-heel ankle boots from Talbots and ended up loving them! I’m looking for either suede taupe kitten-heel ankle boots or knee-high boots. They’re great in fall with jeans and a sweater or a dress.

Here are my top picks, including a pair of wide-calf tall boots.

Coats and jackets

View all sale coats and jackets.

If you’re looking for a statement coat, trench, or quilted coat for every day, there’s a great selection to choose from this year. One of my favorite classic coat brands, Lauren Ralph Lauren, is on sale, and I had to keep myself from picking every single style! Barbour also has some styles on sale.

Quick tips: If you plan to wear midi skirts, consider a very long coat so the hem extends within a few inches of the dress’s hem. Longer coats are more elevated and chic; you can also wear them with jeans and sneakers. 


View all sale work pants & blazers.

There are a few good pants options this year. I prefer flat-front trousers and pants with an inseam of 28 inches to wear with flat shoes at 5’6″ and longer trousers that elongate the leg line.

What’s trending: Oversized blazers, pleated pants, wide-leg trousers, and straight-leg pants. I prefer tailored blazers for a more classic, timeless look. 

Quick tip: Choose workwear made with stretchy material for all-day comfort, especially for blazers.

The sale is great for adding staple and statement work tops to your closet.

Jewelry and handbags

View all sale jewelry and handbags.

Handbags instantly define and elevate any outfit. You don’t need to have a ton of handbags, but they are so much fun to collect! Make sure you have a daytime bag that’s a neutral tan or brown. And a black day bag that easily pairs with your black outfits. And also an evening bag or clutch that’s lightweight and carries your essentials. 

Beauty products

View all sale beauty products.

Nordstrom has a great sort feature for beauty products that allows you to filter out products containing ingredients that irritate your skin or are free of phthalates, sulfates, and parabens.

This curling iron is going in my cart for sure. Finding a curling iron with an extra-long barrel for longer hair is very difficult.

Interested in Beauty brands? Check out Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale Beauty Exclusives

Follow me for Nordstrom Anniversary Sale coverage

After shopping the sale, I’m sharing outfit photos in my yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Try-Ons post and on Instagram so you can see several of the actual pieces. You can receive posts in your inbox by joining my weekly newsletter or following me on Instagram.

Hi, Friend. I'm Marya. I'm so glad you're here!

I’m here to help women feel good inside and out through approachable everyday style inspiration and encouragement for midlife. Once upon a time, I worked as a therapist and coach. Now, I’m a holistic style blogger studying style coaching! Be So You celebrates leaning into who we were meant to be! 

Read about my  journey to self-discovery at 40. Follow me on Instagram here and Pinterest here. Send me a quick question through my contact page here.  

Fit Note: I’m midsized at 5’6″, 160 pounds, with size 12 jeans.

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