Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2019 First Look: Catalogue Picks and Shopping Tips

The Nordstrom Anniversary sale catalogue for 2019 has dropped and guys – it’s good! I’ve already got my eye on several must haves and today I wanted to share the pieces I’m already loving, my recommendations for the best buys from the sale, and shopping tips to help you make the most of the sale. (See the full catalogue here)

MY CATALOGUE PICKS

I’ve got my eye on this gorgeous sweater/tweed skirt combo! (Chelsea28 sweater $49.90 after sale $79 // Halogen pencil skirt $58.90 after sale $89)Love this plaid coat – which also has a removable faux fur collar! (Kenneth Cole New York coat $198.90 after sale $300)img_2373

This is a great time to grab Hunter boots! $99.90 after sale $150

Nordstrom signature sweaters are so good and I love the look of this mock neck one. (Nordstrom Signature pullover $185.90 after sale $279)

I’m loving the peek of this ribbed dress – perfect transition piece! (Topshop dress $35.90 after sale $55)img_2374This tweed blazer is perfection and looks so much more expensive than it is! (Halogen $98.90 after sale $149). I also have my eye on those plaid pumps! (Louise Et Cie Plaid pumps $79.90 after sale $119.95

BP cardigans are always a super popular sale item! This leopard print one is so on trend and I have a feeling it will go fast! (BP sweater $45.90 after sale $69) img_2375

Snakeskin is still trending strong for fall and these Vince mules are gorgeous ($214.90 after sale $325)

Really liking the look of this Vince sweater – I’m curious to see the other color options as well! ($215.90 after sale $325)img_2376

So many good denim options! AG Farrahs are my favorite fitting style of jean so I have my eye on these! I’ve also been loving the straight leg look these days, and I’m really liking the look of the AG Prime jeans as well! (AG jeans $149.90 after sale $225)

The teddy bear coat is baaaack! Love the chestnut color of this one (Kenneth Cole New York Coat $138.90 after sale $208)img_2377

I have a nearly identical pair of booties to these and they are workhorses in my fall wardrobe. Can’t believe what a great price these are! (BP bootie $69.90 after sale $109.95)img_2378This Diptyque Five-Candle set would make an amazing gift – you could even break them up to give as individual hostess or teacher gifts during the holidays! ($55 – $75 value). And I’m really excited about this Charlotte Tilbury Lip Kit! I bought one at the sale a few years ago which didn’t include the gloss…so I’m definitely snagging this one! ($60 – $78 value). I also love getting a little more bang for my buck and buying La Mer when it comes in a gift set like this ($90 – $116 value).img_2379-1I hadn’t initially considered taking a look at athleisure/workout wear during the sale, but this sneak peek is changing my mind! I have these Alo leggings and looove them! (Alo High Waist Leggings $75.90 after sale $114). I’m also really loving the athleisure sweater/sweatshirt options, particularly the Alo Pullover ($51.90 after sale $78), Sweaty Betty Crop Sweatshirt ($49.90 after sale $75), and the Zella Wrap ($45.90 after sale $69). I would love to grab a new pair of Nike Frees too! ($82.90 after sale $110).img_2380My beloved Kiehl’s Creme de Corps is back ($54 after sale $78), as well as my favorite pjs the Nordstrom Lingerie Pajamas ($35.90 after sale $55). The always popular Barefoot Dreams Cardigan (#6) is back too – this one will sell quickly so if you want it act fast! ($76.90 after sale $116). And the Natori Rose Dream Bra (#12) has caught my eye as well! ($47.90 after sale $72).img_2381For men, this classic Ferragamo reversible belt is a great buy and something that never goes on sale ($295.90 after sale $395) and this Tumi carry on is another great investment piece ($501.90 after sale $750).

Past Sale Best Buys

If you aren’t exactly sure what to buy at the sale, I wanted to share my favorite, no regrets purchases from past years sales. These are the categories I really focus on, to make sure I’m getting what I feel are the buys and value from the sale.

Kids outerwear Last year I got each of my kids North Face coats and let me tell you – that was probably my best purchase from the sale last year. My kids wore the heck out of their coats all winter and the anniversary sale price for brands like North Face and Patagonia can’t be beat! I also grabbed Evan a super cute Patagonia fuzzy jacket last year – and kids outerwear is definitely one of the first categories I will be browsing again this year. While most of the kids clothing doesn’t have a high sell out risk and you can wait until later in the sale to buy kids clothing, outerwear is the exception and the good pieces won’t last long!

Sweaters and outerwearΒ I have a major sweater addiction but I feel like you can never have too many! I purchased several great sweaters at the sale last year, and already have my eye on a few this year. One splurge I like to make almost every year at the sale is a luxe, cashmere sweater. There are also always so many great outerwear options, from trendy to classic investment pieces.

Designer jeans Nordstrom always has several great designer jeans options in the sale, and this year is no exception!

Shoes This is a great time to grab classic fall staple shoes like boots/booties, menswear inspired loafers, or Hunter boots. Nordstrom also always has some really fun trendy options as well (like those gorgeous Vince mules!).

Beauty A few of my favorite beauty brands like La Mer and Charlotte Tilbury will included in the sale again this year! Kiehls Creme de Corps jumbo body lotion is a great buy and one bottle lasts me all year! These are all products I buy anyway, so I love getting them on sale.

Pajamas/Lingerie Nordstrom Lingerie Moonlight Pajamas are my absolute favorite pajamas, and I will definitely be grabbing a pair in the sale again this year. Also keep an eye out for Barefoot Dreams robes which are amazing (they aren’t always included but hopefully will be this year)! I pretty much only buy bras during this sale as well and my favorite Calvin Klein bra is typically included.

Gifts This is a great time to start thinking ahead to Christmas and/or just grabbing gifts to have for birthdays/weddings/showers, etc. A friend gifted me these Le Creuset Au Gratin Dishes from the sale last year for my birthday and it was the BEST gift! I have also gifted the Barefoot Dreams Throw Blanket after grabbing it in the sale, and it is a no-fail gift anyone would love.

Sale Shopping Tips

First of all, if you are new to the sale you may be wondering – why is this sale so great?! What makes this sale unique is that unlike most sales where a store discounts end of season merchandise to make room for new inventory – this sale is 40% off new season items! That’s right – you can shop early for all of your fall and winter essentials at end of season prices!

If you aren’t already a Nordstrom cardholder, it’s definitely worth getting the card so you can get early access on July 12th. You can apply for a card here and Nordstrom is also offering a $60 note to apply towards your Nordstrom purchases for signing up! It’s a pretty great deal!

If you don’t want to get a card, you can still sign up for the Nordstrom Reward Program! It’s completely free and you will earn a $20 note for every 2,000 points accrued.

Shop early! Last year on the first day of early access I was slowly adding things to my online cart thinking I would take a day or two to decide what I wanted. To my surprise, by the end of the first day half of my cart was sold out and I was hugely disappointed! And when I did finally check out, I ended up getting an email notification later that some of my ordered items had sold out and couldn’t be fulfilled. While I’m certainly hoping Nordstrom does a little better job with accurate inventory and avoiding this frustration for their customers this year, I’m not chancing it and will be grabbing my must-haves immediately this year!

Check back regularly. While I missed out on several things the first day, I kept checking back and fortunately pretty much everything I wanted came back into stock before the sale was over. While last year Nordstrom didn’t make full restocks of many very popular items, people make tons of returns, so stock is continually fluctuating. That said – if there is something you REALLY must have, don’t chance it and wait. Nordstrom always offers free returns should you change your mind. And if you are planning on shopping in store, you can buy online and pick up at your local store to ensure you don’t miss it!

Use your triple points day on your first day shopping the sale. What I like to do is grab all of my must have items and items that I know have a high sell out risk on the first day of the sale and also make that my Personal Triple Points Day at checkout. You earn a $20 note for every $334 spent, which means you can go back later during the sale to grab other items that have a lower sell out risk at an even deeper discount with accrued notes!

Key Dates for the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

  • July 9 – 11: Icon status early shopping in-stores
  • July 11th: Pre-sale for Icon and Ambassador status starts online and in-stores
  • July 12th (12:30pm EST): Early access begins for all Nordstrom card holders
  • July 18th: Last day of early access
  • July 19th: Public access begins
  • August 4th: Sale ends

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