Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2016 Must-Haves

The day we have all been waiting for is finally here… THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE! I’ve seriously been excitedly anticipating it since about mid-May. It’s my favorite shopping event of the year, especially since I love fall clothes (who can say no to cozy sweaters and booties?!). It’s the perfect time to stock up on basics while the new arrivals are discounted. Early Access begins today for Nordstrom cardholders, so you know I’ll be heading right to the mall after work! It’s also really easy to shop online since Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns (and great customer service!). I’ve created a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale ‘Shop’ page on my blog (click here to see it), which will be continuously updated so that you can shop all of my picks whenever you’d like! Make sure to follow me on Instagram, too, because I’ll be sharing outfit photos and my favorite finds linked to which makes shopping as easy as opening your inbox. For now, here are some of my initial must-haves. Just click the image for details!


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Strategy & Shopping Tips:

It seems silly to need a “strategy” for a sale, but having an idea of what you’re looking for will make shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that much easier and rewarding. It can definitely be overwhelming with so many new styles at amazing prices, so these tips should help you narrow down your search:

  • Take inventory of your closet and see what you need. Are the booties you bought a few years ago a little too scuffed up to wear anymore? Have your favorite skinny jeans gotten too much love? These are my issues currently, so I’ll be on the hunt for boots and denim. It’s the worst when your favorite skinny jeans start getting holes and rips, which some of mine are (insert sobbing emoji).
  • Think about gifts. I know it’s only July, but the holidays will sneak up on you before ya know it! Now is a great time to purchase presents for friends and family since seasonal items like scarves and hats are on sale. Plus you can find accessories and home items that are perfect year-round.
  • Stock up on basics and layering pieces. It’s so boring to buy a plain white long-sleeved tee or basic black leggings, but this is the perfect time to stock up on those necessities.
  • Splurge on one or two items. Eyeing a designer handbag (like this Kate Spade satchel that is $133 off)? How about a beautiful piece of jewelry (I love this BaubleBar collar necklace)? Now is the time to purchase those big-ticket items since they are sometimes marked down by at least $100. To make sure it’s money well spent, keep in mind whether it’s versatile and neutral.

P.S. Here are some of the trends from the 2015 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It’s fun to see what’s still in style and what is totally last year. Happy Shopping!

  • I LOVE lists of must-haves, and comparing them together! Mine might include slightly different items but yours has excellent finds in it nonetheless! :)
    Glad to have discovered your blog!
    French Girl In DC

    • It’s hard to go wrong with all of the great pieces this year :) I’ll have to check yours out! Thank you, Sophie!

  • Why don’t we have it here in Argentina :(((( no Nordstrom and no SALES…. Buuuhhh

    I invite you to visit my travel blog and read my latest posts… I hope you’ll like them :)

    • Sad! I will definitely check it out :) thanks for stopping by, Pati!

  • Great picks, Jaime! I’m looking forward to all great deals!

    Luci’s Morsels | fashion. food. frivolity.

  • pennyanddash

    Wow, I love all of these picks! I love this time of year because the stores all have the best sales :)

  • Lindsey Simon

    That camel sweater is calling my name! I’ve got a few pieces in my online shopping bag as well! Love the Nordstrom Anniversary sale!

    Love, Lindsey

    • Doesn’t it look so cozy?! A pair of boots I added to my bag is already sold out :( I’m heading to the mall after work tho haha

  • yesss to shopping basic and layering pieces! it’s actually all I do right now, I’m beginning to lack statement pieces. hahaha. these are great stuffs! yeay summer sale!

    • haha that’s okay! because then when you do buy statement pieces you’ll have a lot of neutral items that you can pair them with

  • These are great picks, Jamie! I can’t wait to shop the sale.

    • Thanks, Vanessa! Me too, heading to the mall right after work :) is it 5 yet?! ha