Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Preview | Everything You Need To Know


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is just around the corner! Are you ready to shop? See a few outfits from last year’s sale and my first picks below!!!

Ya’ll, there are some great things in this sale!!!

What Is The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is considered the most important sale of the year. While Nordstrom holds half-yearly sales throughout the year, this sale has become legendary among Nordstrom customers who enjoy outstanding savings on the most exciting new Fall and Winter items. There’s also summer items on sale too at deep discounts!

I have been shopping at Nordstrom for several years now. I first discovered the department store when I starting this blog in 2014. I was blown away at everything they have in the stores and online. Shopping online at Nordstrom is super easy, convenient, have fast free shipping and they have free return shipping too!

The Anniversary Sale is when I buy my core closet essentials that I use in my capsule wardrobes, like tees, jeans, sweaters, cardigans and shoes. If there are any clothes or shoes in my wardrobe that need replacing, the Anniversary Sale is the perfect time to buy quality-made items at low prices.

Let me just tell ya’ll right now, there are so many great things that will be in this sale!!! Last year, because of Covid, there were some good items, but not near as many as prior years. But, this year’s sale is gonna be good!!!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 cloud banner

When Is The Anniversary Sale?

  • July 6th:  Online Preview Begins
  • July 12th:  Early Access Begins for Icon Status Cardholders
  • July 14th:  Early Access Begins for Ambassador Status Cardholders
  • July 16th:  Early Access Begins for Influencer Status Cardholders
  • July 28th:  Sale Opens to the Public
  • August 8th:  Sale Ends and Prices Go to Full Price

See the chart below for the dates to shop:

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Schedule Chart

How Do I Get Early Access?

Early Access to the sale is available to Nordstrom cardmembers.  The sale start dates are arranged based on your Nordstrom Cardmember Status. You can find out your Nordstrom Cardholder status here.

I have had the Nordstrom card for several years and it makes shopping at Nordstrom more convenient! Nordstrom is one of my most favorite stores to shop!

If you don’t have a card, you can sign up for one here.

What Are The Benefits Of The Nordstrom Card?

  • Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • You can sign in to access your card online and start shopping right away.
  • Earn 2 points per dollar spent in stores and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook and Trunk Club.
  • Plus, get a $20 bonus Note when you spend $100 at Nordstrom with your new Nordstrom card the day you’re approved.
  • Enjoy the benefits of being a Nordstrom cardholder.
  • No annual fee
  • 24/7 Nordstrom Customer Service

Go here to sign up, and click Apply Now to submit your application. The application is simple and the approval process is quick.

Items That Are Back This Year!

Here are a few photos of items I am wearing from last year’s sale in this blog post. The Halogen Open Front Cardigan is back in this year’s sale. The will have several colors to choose from including gorgeous burgundy and olive colors! My Tory Burch Convertible Chain Crossbody Bag is back again this year in the black color, green and a beautiful sand color. They have a Chiffon Edge Trim Tank similar to the one I’m wearing below and in a few colors to choose from. The Madewell Disc Necklace I’m wearing is back and the discs are a pretty oval shape.

The Spanx Faux Leather Leggings I’m wearing from last year’s sale will be back again in this year’s sale! I love wearing these leggings in the Fall and Winter season with my long tees, cardigans, sweatshirts and tunic sweaters. The Caslon Long Sleeve Tees will be back too, like the one I’m wearing below but with thin stripes. And, the Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Cardigan I’m wearing below will also be on sale! Several colors will be available to choose from and I’m really liking the tan color they have this year.

The Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Circle Cardigan I’m wearing in the “heather pewter/pearl” color will be on sale again! This is the SOFTEST cardigan you will ever wear! You can wear this cardigan lounging around the house, wear it casually with jeans or dress it up a bit like I did in the photo below. I’m also wearing the Spanx Faux Leather Leggings, the Chiffon Edge Trim Tank and the Tory Burch Convertible Chain Crossbody Bag that will be on sale.

What Is Included In The Anniversary Sale?

Preview the 2021 sale HERE!

You’ll be able to see what items are going to be in the sale and if you have a Nordstrom card, you can save items to a wishlist for fast, easy checkout when the sale goes live. This sale is notorious for quick sell-outs, so if there’s something you have your heart set on, check out right away!

If you are a Nordy Club cardholder, you can start shopping August 13. Nordy Club cardholders with Icon, Ambassador or Influencer status will get even more time to shop Early Access. The higher your status, the earlier you shop. This is on top of the six days of Early Access all cardmembers get.  

You can see the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Preview Online Catalog and start saving items to your Wish List now!

Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips

Shop Online – Since I live about 3 hours away from the nearest Nordstrom retail store, I always shop the sale online. I’ve heard from other fashion bloggers that shopping in the store, especially the first few days of the sale, is very busy! When I shop online, it’s quick to find what I’m looking for, especially using the “wish list” feature, you instantly can pick your sizes and you save time and shop from the convenience of your home!

Buy Multiple Sizes – Items sell out quickly, so if you need to exchange your item for another size, it might be available. If I’m unsure about what size to buy, I will buy two sizes, then send back the one that does not fit with free shipping.

Keep Checking On Items That Sell Out – If an item that you want sells out, keep checking back. Nordstrom will often restock return items, so your size may become available.

Download the Nordstrom App – you can get notified when items in your Wish List and Shopping Bag are back in stock using the Nordstrom App.

Double Your Rewards – Cardmembers can use a Personal Double Points Day to earn 2X the points on any day you choose.

Get Email Updates – Sign up for emails so you can stay up to date on Anniversary Sale news.

Contactless Curbside Pickup – It’s a fast and convenient way to get your Anniversary Sale finds! Click here to find a Nordstrom store near you.

What Should Be On Your Shopping List?

Fall and Winter clothes should definitely be on your shopping list! Since this sale consists of all new arrivals at deep discounts, now is the time to stock up on your Fall, and even Winter, essentials!

Some of my favorites from previous years:

  • Jeans: If you like wearing jeans from brands such as AG, Madewell, Mother and 7 For All Mankind, you can get some great deals with them being on sale! I also love the Wit & Wisdom Jeans brand and have several pairs of them, including these Black Ab-Solution Skinny Jeans.
  • Cardigans: A cardigan instantly elevates an outfit and is a great layering piece.
  • Zella Leggings: Whether you are working from home, lounging on the weekend or need leggings for your athleisure outfits, this brand of leggings are always a favorite!
  • BlankNYC Suede and Leather Jackets: These jackets are always popular to wear in multiple seasons.
  • Booties: Booties are such a popular shoe to wear, especially if they are a neutral color like tan or black.
  • Handbags & Jewelry: Several of these brands like Tory Burch, Tissot, Allsaints, Ted Baker London, and Quay just to name a few are discounted during the Anniversary Sale!

Anniversary Sale 2021 Picks

Just like in previous year anniversary sales, my focus will be on replacing any worn essentials in my closet, like jeans, cardigans, sweaters, tees and shoes. I also like to buy a few trending pieces to freshen up my wardrobe!

I have discovered the MOST COMFORTABLE BRA EVER…the True & Co. Convertible Strap Bralette. Ya’ll need to buy this bra!!! In the recent months, I have replaced all my bras with this bralette in the nude and black colors. Since they have no wires, seams or elastic, they are so soft and comfortable. They have removable pads and you can criss cross the straps if you are wearing a sleeveless top. Here are two of my True & Co. Convertible Strap Bralettes (I have 5 nude colors and 1 black color)…

True and Co bralettes

These are a few items so far on my Wishlist that I will be buying…

  1. Leather Moto Jacket – I love the style of this leather jacket and that it has a removable hood.
  2. Oribe Dry Shampoo & Texturizing Spray Set – I bought a few trial sizes of the Oribe hair styling products, recommended by Amy of Fashion Jackson in this post. I absolutely LOVE Oribe hair products – where has Oribe been all my life?!
  3. Barefoot Dreams In The Wild Blanket – You may have seen bloggers raving about this blanket for a few years and YES it’s that good! I have this blanket in the “stone/cream” color in our living room and cover up with it whenever I’m watching tv. I also use it for backdrops of my flatlay outfits on Instagram! I’ll be buying a 2nd one for our bedroom to cover up while I’m reading in the chair.
  4. AG High Waist Slim Straight Jeans – Although I still love wearing skinny jeans, I also like straight jeans. I prefer the “slim straight” style as they look better on me than just regular straight jeans. AG is one of my favorite brands and I’m glad to see these jeans will be included in the sale!
  5. Halogen Balloon Sleeve Sweater in the “tan cobblestone” – I really like the v-neck style and the color of this sweater.
  6. Treasure & Bond Cozy Button Sweater in the “beige oatmeal” color – This cardigan looks so soft and cozy and I can’t wait to try it on!

Here are a few of my first picks of items that will probably sell out quickly, so make sure you add them to your wishlist so it will be easy to purchase when the sale starts!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 Preview and First Picks

Shop The First Picks:

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” – Psalm 9:1-2

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