Tuesday, July 21, 2015


{ Image via Glamour }

As a girl who grew up in Seattle (where Nordstrom is headquartered, and where my mother worked for many years), I have a special place in my heart—and my closet—for this particular department store and its famed Anniversary Sale.

I've seen the sales floor from both sides (I worked in The Rail over summers and holidays in college), and thanks to behind-the-register observations, a few cases of buyer's remorse and more than a few "It's mine!" moments, I've learned a thing or two about shopping this 2-week long sale. People love this one because it specializes not in marked-down summer stuff but new season finds that will return to their regular price once the sale ends.

On that note, it's easy to lose your head (and a sizeable chunk of your disposable income) on purchases that felt right at the time but ultimately might not feel as special as their price in a few months. And so behold: my 5 best tips for shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary sale like a pro:

1. SHOES, SHOES, SHOES: Historically I've found that the shoe department tends to be one of the most hectic spots to try and snag a deal during the Anniversary Sale—so shop these online! It's easy to talk yourself into just about anything when the price is right, but be realistic: What do you need? Where are the holes in your closet? Personally, I need a great pair of simple heels for a wedding in August, so these playful blue suede Enzo Angiolini sandals will do the trick. And while they're not necessarily on-trend, I always find a reason to wear flat, black leather boots at least once a week in the fall, so these classic tall boots from Tory Burch would be a worthwhile investment. (I'm also a big fan of sneakers (duh) and have my eye on the Nike 'Internationalist' for fall!) 

2. DOUBLE DOWN ON DENIM: In my experience, my favorite pairs of premium denim are rarely on sale. That's just how it is. Jeans aren't seasonal, and sell well consistently, so deals can be few and far between. The Anniversary Sale has some wear-them-for-years styles from Frame Denim, J Brand and more at great, temporary prices—so it's a prime time to invest. Look out for Paige's 'Skyline' skinnies (I love the fit of these everyday jeans), J Brand's 'Lovestory' flares (nail that AW15 70's vibe instantly) and the J Brand 811 skinny jeans in black (essential, obviously).

3. THE DESIGNER SPLURGE: Ah, the elusive #NSale Easter egg! If you can find that perfect and appropriately expensive piece in your size, you'd be foolish not to snatch it up. But beware the draw to have something designer just because it's on sale. Make sure you love it. Make sure it fits (or can be tailored). Note the materials. Need some ideas? Consider this cool Rag & Bone white shirt or this gorgeous Vince hooded coat.

4. LOAD UP ON HANKY PANKY: If you, like most women I know, have come to worship Hanky Panky's signature low rise lace thongs, now is the time to stock up. True, they are expensive undies no matter how you slice it, but if you love them, this is the time to splurge on a few pairs.

5. LITTLE THINGS, BECAUSE #TREATYOSELF: For all the rules and smart tips you can implement when shopping the Anniversary sale, sometimes you have to let yourself have something you definitely don't need. A cool new iPhone case? Yep. Another wide-brim hat? KAY. Pretty little stud earrings? Indeed.


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