It’s that time of year again. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts next week! Just like last year, they’ve opened up a preview of the sale items before you can purchase them. I personally prefer this setup because it really gives me time to pore over the offerings before things sell out! I spent all last week giving it all a really good look.
The dates for the sale are:
July 12th: Icon
July 14th: Ambassador
July 16th: Early Access for Cardholders
July 28th: Open to everyone
August 8: Last day to shop the sale
You don’t need a promo code. The prices are all as marked and will go back up to full price on Monday, August 9th.
My First Impression
Over the years, I’ve personally noticed the quality of some items included in the sale decrease. I’ve been shopping this sale for a long time. A lot of brands and retailers will now create an item that is specially made for the Nordstrom sale. It doesn’t always mean that it is of lesser quality, but I’ve definitely found that that can be the case sometimes.
I didn’t have big expectations for last year’s sale because, well, 2020. It actually ended up being slightly better than I anticipated.
I, again, did not have high expectations for this sale because it’s a very well-known thing that supply chains are currently disrupted around the world and so brands and retailers have had a tough time fulfilling inventory. I’ve personally really noticed this at a LOT of retailers. The sheer lack of selection and so many things selling out so quickly because of the lack of inventory is frustrating.
I do have to say this year’s sale is not really blowing me away. It’s a little better than I expected, but again, I was not expecting much. A lot of repeat items and a lot of in-house Nordstrom brand items (in-house brands mean that Nordstrom produces them. Brands like Zella). Nordstrom is producing a lot of items in-house to keep their overhead lower- you see this retail model becoming much more popular with a lot of online stores/brands in the past several years because it creates a higher profit margin for them. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some gems. It will take some time if you plan on going through it all like I did. There are over 3500 items and that is just women’s alone.
I always say this sale is the time to score high-quality shoes, bags, cashmere, beauty/skincare, and coats. But I really didn’t notice a ton of shoes or bags or cashmere this year and if I did, the color offerings were less than desireable.
I’m actually really pleased with the denim selection this year and find that the discounts are overall really good in that category- especially on some of my favorite brands like Mother and Rag and Bone! I think the jeans will be a quick sellout.
Anyway, that was my first impression and I’ll definitely share everything with you all that caught my eye down below but I really like to explain the Nordstrom sale to you all because so many people post about it. I’m surprised SNL has not done a parody of influencers and the Nordstrom sale yet, ha!
I am extremely discerning when going through all of this stuff. I only include things I’ve either tried and loved or products that I will likely purchase on my own. I wanted to post this ahead of the shopping window so you all have time to browse. This is supposed to be FUN! All of this perusing of fall things make me SO excited for my favorite season!
Almond Shower Oil// This is a splurge as it is quite pricey, but this is a really good deal. This is shower oil that warms up and works into a later. It’s the BEST to shave with… so much better than traditional shave gel. Plus it smells wonderful and feels really hydrating. I tried the Trader Joe’s version hoping it was just as good and it just isn’t the same. This is worth every penny and works nicely as a gift.
Dark Wash Skinny Jeans// Ok so these were my #1 pick from the sale last year and I actually got them in the sale in 2019! This year, they have an added zipper at the ankle which makes it super easy to get them on and off and also comes in a lighter wash. They run pretty true to size, they are stretchy so if between sizes, you could definitely size down. I wear these SO much. I think they’re the most comfortable and most flattering jeans I have ever worn. They always look so cropped on the model, but I am 5’6″ and they hit me at the perfect spot at my ankle. I am 5’6″. Skinny jeans are not dead!!!