What is it that makes the yearly Nordstrom Anniversary Sale so special? Well, everything! If we ever needed a little retail therapy this is the year. You in?
As you know, I’m a professional shopper around here at Jenraly. I’ve been choosing gifts, informing you on the latest in kids fashion, style, and trends. And I’ve even curated one of the most popular (and practical) toy guide on the internet (or at least in Google’s eyes!). The point is, you’ve come to trust me so, yet again, trust me when I say one of the best sales of the year out of every retailer out there comes from Nordstrom.
If I’m being honest, this has been one heck of a year – and not in a good way. We’ve all struggled emotionally, financially, mentally – all the ally’s. And I’m ok with admitting that I lived in my leggings for upwards of 15 months. And you know what? I’ve had it. I actually want to get dressed up. It’s time for some new clothes…and not just because some of my favorites are looking a little rough, but because I deserve it. We deserve it. So let’s do this!
Each year the Nordstrom sale has extensively been covered by some of the top publishers out there. And most are doing a fantastic job when it comes to breaking down some of the best sales when it comes to grouped items. Shoutouts go to sites like:
- Refinery29 – For Their Beauty Coverage
- Vogue – For Their Wedding/Honeymoon Coverage
- MensJournal – For Their Men’s Grooming Coverage
And that’s really just naming a few of our favorites. So, this year we’re getting in on the action. I’ll help you find some of the best deals, some real hidden gems, and even some of my favorite picks of the sale. But let’s start with the details, right?
When Does the Sale Start For Everyone?
If you’re just a regular person like me, you’ll have to wait until the sale is opened to everyone. Nordstrom’s just released the official start date for us:
- July 28, 2021 at 3am EST (set your alarm!)
When Does the Sale End?
Usually they’ll run these amazing deals for 11 days and this year it’s no different. Phew! The official end date is:
- August 8, 2021
When Can I Preview The Anniversary Sale?
Here’s a bit of good news! It really is right around the corner, so get ready to start planning your end of summer and right into fall wardrobe. The official preview date is:
- July 6, 2021 (you’ll basically spend the 4th of July in an anxiety-induced-anticipatory-panic)
When Does Early Access Entry Begin?
Ok, so this is where I’ve always been so confused in the past. What’s the actual difference between the preview and early access? So, I researched this a bit for y’all.
The preview is for everyone to check out the catalog online to see what will be on sale in just about every category you can imagine (from fashion – to beauty – to tech – to home decor). However, you cannot purchase anything during the preview period. It’s really a “look, but don’t touch” theory.
Early Access is when certain people can actually purchase what’s in the preview catalog online or in-store. There are a few different levels, however, of who has Early Access and when that actually begins. Here’s the breakdown:
- July 12 – 27 for Icons: See If That’s You
- July 14 – 27 for Ambassadors: See If That’s You
- July 16 – 27 for Influencers: See If That’s You
First and foremost, if you’re not a member of the Nordy Club you’re basically not getting early access to anything. I strongly suggest to join. There’s nothing worse than seeing the items you want to buy, but then by the time you’re eligible to purchase them they’re already out of stock. Gaining early access really is key. The best part? Signing up is free!
What’s New + Different This Year?
While just about everything is on sale, this year they’ve added more than 100 new popular brands that have never really been part of the event before. Some sneak peaks include:
- Urban Outfitters
- Club Monaco
- Jenni Kayne
- Open Edit
There are also the fan favorite brands year after year like:
- Barefoot Dreams
- Bony Levy
In my opinion and experience, I’d have to say some of the best deals include departments like: jewelry, beauty and skincare, home decor and accessories, and kids items. Of course, you should find the areas you’re most interested in.
For now, here’s a list of some of our favorite picks on sale today.
$59.00 $29.50 ( 50% Off )
Always one of my personal favorites, these leggings from Zella are truly amazing. I’ve lived in mine basically all year and now it’s time for an official upgrade. These start at an XXS and go up to an XXL (ranging from a 00 to a 20).
Triple Diamond Stud Earrings
$695.00 $417.00 ( 40% Off )
Bony Levy actually has a few different amazing jewelry pieces on sale right now, with one of my current top picks these pretty triple diamond stud earrings in white gold/diamonds. You could gift these to someone else, but I’m buying them for myself. It’s been a year.
$89.95 $59.90 ( 33% Off )
I just like to say “fluffette!” Ok, so they’re my go-to slippers from my one of my favorite comfy brands, UGG. These keep my feet warm without sweating to death. And you don’t need to wait until winter to rock them either. I wear mine all year round. Right now they have about 5 different fun colors to choose from.
Crimson Air Hoodie
$75.00 $50.20 ( 33% Off )
If you’re trying to stay on trend (I try, but who can keep up?!), you’ll love this oversize Air Hoodie from Nike. It’s geared towards women, but teens like their hoodies oversized, so this can fit most. I’m loving the color too and I’m usually not into pinkish-orange. A real nice change of pace.
$6.00 $3.60 ( 40% Off )
Pura Vida has been everywhere lately and we’ve even covered it extensively in our teen gift guide, but now we’re buying on of these popular string bracelets for ourself! I mean, have you seen the price?! We’re picking up a ton of them.
Ultra Facial Cleanser
$22.00 $17.60 ( 20% Off )
I typically don’t see Kiehl’s on sale that often so getting 20% off one of their top facial cleansers is pretty rad. You actually don’t need to use a ton of this at once so it can last you longer than you’d expect. Personally, I switch up my face wash throughout the week so I can give my skin a bit of a break.
Sapphire + Emerald Earrings
$9500.00 $5700.00 ( 40% Off )
Ok, so yeah this is my total reach and aspirational pick from the sale today. I didn’t say I could actually afford these, but how gorgeous are these double-drop earrings? Oh, and the clarity? Yeah, that’s a VS. If you’re in the market…
The Wave Mattress
$1495.00 $1270.75 ( 15% Off )
If you’re looking to upgrade your mattress and have been eyeing a Casper for a while, you have to check this 13-inch Wave Mattress out. They seldom go on sale, so getting 15% off is pretty astounding.