Nordstrom Anniversay Sale 2019

A Finance Blogger's Guide to the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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If Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, what comes next? In my book, it's the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. And before you roll your eyes, I do recognize the irony of a personal finance blogger spending money on (arguably) frivolous things. But just hear me out. I'm excited about the Nordstrom sale because it's the only one out there that discounts NEW merchandise, not old inventory. That means all the new fall and winter pieces are discounted right when they hit the shelves for the first time. Then they go back to full price for the rest of the season.

Since my everyday budget has a discretionary spending category, I have a monthly pool I can spend "just for fun." This month, I'm using the Nordstrom sale to pick up wardrobe staples that I'll wear over and over again: a leather jacket, a pair of riding boots, soft cardigans, a good pair of denim, suede booties. You know, the items that you find yourself wearing on repeat. Plus, it's the perfect way to get a head start on holiday shopping.

There are plenty of fashion bloggers and influencers covering the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but I thought it would be interesting to share a finance blogger's perspective, plus the items I picked up this year. And for all my male readers, I'll be including my picks for the hubby, too.

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How the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Works

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is a once-a-year event and the only one of its kind. This year, Fall 2019 pieces are going on major sale before the season even begins. Once the sale ends, the items will be full price.

If you have a Nordstrom card, you can shop the sale before it opens to the public. Early Access starts on July 12 at 12:30pm ET, and the sale opens to the public on July 19, running until August 4.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 Early Access
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Is it Worth Opening a Nordstrom Card to Shop the Sale Early?

The most popular items sell out during Early Access and typically are NOT re-stocked until they go back to full price. So, shopping the sale early is worth it if you have your heart set on specific pieces. The only constraint is that you must have a Nordstrom card.

That brings me to the topic of retail store credit cards, which even earned their own ModMoney blog post. SPOILER ALERT: they aren't usually a good idea. But in this case, I ascribe enough value to Nordstrom Early Access to make it worth it for me.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds for Her

Now comes the fun part! These are the staple pieces I picked up from the sale this year.

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket

BLANKNYC Suede Moto Jacket

These sell out Every. Single. Year. and are one of my favorite staple wardrobe items for fall and winter. Scoop one up asap if a suede moto is on your wish list!

Free People Softly Structured Tunic

Free People Softly Structured Tunic

I live in soft, roomy sweaters like this one in the fall, so I picked it up in a couple colors. Looking forward to wearing over leggings or front-tucked into jeans!

Madewell High Waist Skinny Jeans

Madewell High Waist Skinny Jeans

These Madewell jeans sold out within the first few days of the sale last year, so you bet I'm snagging myself another pair. (These have a lot of stretch, so I had to size down).

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Vince Camuto Bootie

A versatile little bootie is a year-round closet staple, in my opinion. Wear them with cutoff shorts in the summer and with leggings, jeans, skirts and dresses when it cools down.

Dana Rebecca Diamond Bar Necklace

Dana Rebecca Diamond Bar Necklace

Dana Rebecca makes a line of splurge-worthy pieces that I have been eyeing for some time. If you've been saving up for a timeless piece like this, now's the time to pull the trigger (and save some cash).

Halogen Leather Moto Jacket

Halogen Leather Moto Jacket

Cocktails with the girls? Date night with the hubby? This leather piece will be getting plenty of wear from me once it cools down. I also love this biker jacket option.

Steve Madden Snakeskin Bootie

Steve Madden Snakeskin Bootie

I don't own anything like this, so it was the perfect time to add a fun snakeskin print to my bootie collection.

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GHD Platinum Professional Styler

This is the best flat iron / styler (you can curl with it too!) I have ever owned, and it's on major sale!

Diptyque Candle Set

Diptyque Candle Set

It's rare that I don't have one of these candles burning in my home or in my office. Their scents are as timeless as they are warm and complex. My absolute favorite holiday gift, too!

TopShop Check Double Breasted Blazer

TopShop Check Double Breasted Blazer

In a fun departure from my neutral-filled wardrobe, I snagged this red checked blazer to throw over a t-shirt and jeans.

Michele Deco Sport Silicone Strap Watch

Michele Deco Sport Watch

Confession: I don't own an everyday watch. Now I do! And to say I'm obsessed is an understatement.

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Nordstrom Pajama Set

These are the SOFTEST pajamas, and I personally like them better than the Eberjey set (and they're a lot less expensive). I stock up on these during every sale in multiple colors. They come in a shorts set too.

BP Lightweight Sweater

BP. Lightweight Sweater

These lightweight sweaters in one style or another go on sale every year, and I find them to be the perfect layering pieces. At $25.90, snag every color!

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

Thread & Supply Wubby Fleece Pullover

Seriously the softest, coziest pullover I own, and it sells out within the first few days of the sale every year. At under $50, buy one for yourself, your mom, your sister and your friend. Trust me.

Blondo Wedge Sneaker

Blondo Wedge Sneaker

I've been slow to get on board the "wedge sneaker" train, but I have to admit, I'm sold. I picked these up in black suede and mushroom suede.

Nike Dry Element Crewneck

Nike Dry Element Crewneck

I fully embrace the athleisure trend on the weekends and wear my pieces down until they have holes. So now is the perfect time to add a few new gems to my closet.

Zella Live In Leggings

Zella Live In Leggings

I have lived in these Zella leggings since I first discovered them five years ago. Always need to restock when they're under $40!

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Nike Flyknit Running Shoe

My husband thinks I have a sneaker problem, and he might be right. But I couldn't resist, and these feel like pillows on my feet.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Finds for Him

When I buy clothes for my husband, I always enlist the help of my dapper, always perfectly put-together friend. For this post, I asked him to round up his favorite pieces from the Nordstrom sale. And they are GOOD!

Barbour Quilted Jacket

Barbour Quilted Jacket

Love this classic, quilted, water-resistant jacket for any guy.

Mizzen Main Performance Sport Shirt

Mizzen + Main Performance Sport Shirt

Chris loves the Mizzen + Main line because it's so low-maintenance! These shirts are perfect for work or weekend wear. And the best part? You can toss them in the wash, and they won't wrinkle.

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Bonobos Summer Weight Slim Fit Stretch Chinos

This is your basic, everyday kind of pant and comes in several shades of khaki, gray and blue. Great for any season.

Cole Haan Low Top Sneaker

Cole Haan Low Top Sneaker

I bought these for Chris in brown and navy during last year's Anniversary Sale, and they have gotten more use than any other shoe in his closet.

Ted Baker Slim Fit Polo

Ted Baker Slim Fit Polo

Chris lives in these soft, slim-fit polos, so I always like to pick up a few new colors for him during the sale.

Nike Flyknit Men's Running Shoe

Nike Flyknit Men's Running Shoe

Chris literally wears holes in his running shoes, so these are a must.

Bonobos Short Sleeve Button-Down Sport Shirt

Bonobos Short Sleeve Sport Button-Down

For the guy who wants to elevate his casual wear game, I love this unexpected print on such a classic template.

Kiehl's Jumbo Facial Fuel Energizing Face Wash

Kiehl's Jumbo Fuel Energizing Face Wash for Men

If there's anything I've learned, it's that skincare is key to preventing fine lines and wrinkles. I've enticed Chris to follow suit, and this energizing face wash kicks off his regimen.

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