My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks by Category + Catalog Preview

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The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 is here! In this blog post, I share a sneak peek at the Anniversary Sale Preview experience on Nordstrom.com. I also share my top picks from the sale by category, from home decor and skincare to new fall staples including booties, classic denim, and cozy sweaters.

If you’re new to the sale, it’s practically the Black Friday of mid-summer. Read my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Guide for info about how to get Early Access, what I bought in previous years, and my tips for shopping the sale!

How to Preview Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale

The anniversary sale catalog is 100% digital this year. As of July 24th, you can preview sale items (Nordstrom is adding more daily) and add favorites to your Wish List so that you can checkout quickly before top brands sell out.

Click here to browse the 2020 Anniversary Sale Preview on Nordstrom.com

Shop My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks

Click any category below to jump to my top picks for that section. All collages are shoppable!

The best items tend to sell out fast, so I recommend adding things to your Wish List on Nordstrom.com so that you can shop quickly when the sale begins.

  1. Beauty (Makeup, Skincare, & Tools)
  2. Activewear
  3. Loungewear/Pajamas
  4. Tops
  5. Sweaters
  6. Cardigans
  7. Coats, Jackets, and Blazers
  8. Jeans and Denim
  9. Skirts and Dresses
  10. Shoes—Casual Sneakers
  11. Shoes—Boots and Booties
  12. Shoes—Flats/Loafers
  13. Shoes—Mules/Heels
  14. Handbags and Wallets
  15. Hats and Accessories
  16. Home (Blankets, Candles, etc.)
  17. Top Investment Pieces

Shop my Beauty Picks

I highly recommend Charlotte Tilbury’s pillowtalk lip kit, and don’t miss the La Mer deals (it never goes on sale).

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Nordstrom Sale Activewear Picks

Favorite picks from Nike, Zella, and more.

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Shop My Loungewear Picks

I own the Ugg fluffette slippers and wear them daily. The Barefoot Dreams cardigans are perfect for being homebound this fall/winter.

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Shop My Top and Layering Tee Picks

I like to snag a short and long-sleeve t-shirt for fall layering.

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Nordstrom Sweater Top Picks

Added this AllSaints beauty to my bag and am eyeing this Free People sweater.

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Nordstrom Cardigan Top Picks

This is the best time to invest in a high-quality cardigan. My Vince cardigans last for years and are made from a cozy-luxe mix of wool and cashmere. This one with ribbed cuffs is on my Wish List.

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Shop My Jacket, Coat, and Blazer Picks

If you live in a wet climate, you can’t go wrong with a Patagonia or North Face layer for the cooler months. This ‘hoodie’ wool Vince coat is on my Wish List.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Jeans

The Levi’s are my favorite jeans under $100, and these are my go-to skinny jeans for fall on sale.

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Shop My Skirt and Dress Picks

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Nordstrom Shoes—Sneakers

So many sneakers! I have the Veja V-10s and the Esplars (velcro version here). Both are wonderful, but the V-10s are more comfortable for all-day wear.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Boots and Booties

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Flats and Loafers

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Shop My Mule and Heel Picks

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Handbags

I recommend a crossbody bag, a tote, and a versatile backpack that can easily rotate between all your fall activities.

Shop My Hat and Accessory Picks

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home Picks

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Nordstrom Sale Top Picks: Investment Pieces

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and Catalog FAQs

When does the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale start?

As I shared in my Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Guide, the date the sale opens for you begins on whether or not you are a Nordstrom cardholder. One of the perks of being a Nordy Club cardmember is that you can shop during the Early Access dates. Public access for non-cardholders (the general public) begins on August 19th at 9:30am ET. Sale prices go up August 30th.

Why isn’t Nordstrom releasing a paper catalog this year?

Last year, we had access to preview brand new sale items from Tory Burch, Vince, Madewell, Topshop, and so many more through a print catalog, but this year’s sale is a little different in that the entire NSale catalog is available online. The online Nordstrom Anniversary Sale preview experience replaces Nordstrom’s print catalog for a few reasons.

For one, it’s safer in light of COVID-19 pandemic.Second, while only Nordstrom mailing list customers had access to the print catalog, the online preview is available to anyone beginning late July. This gives NSale shoppers up to three weeks to add sale favorites and new arrivals to their Wish List so that they can checkout faster before favorites sell out.

Do I need a promo code to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?

No, no discount code is necessary. Simply visit Nordstrom.com, browse the site, add favorites to your shopping card, and the discount will be applied at checkout.

How do I get Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access after the preview?

Cardholders get Early Access automatically through the Nordy Club. To shop early access, you’ll need to have a Nordstrom card. Nordstrom offers two cards: the retail cards and the Visa Signature Card. The benefits of each are the same when it comes to the sale, but the Visa option earns you Nordstrom points when you use the card on Nordstrom.com. 

To apply, visit this link and click Apply Now.

If you are a Nordstrom credit card cardmember, the more points you have, the higher your Nordy Club status and the earlier you shop. Here’s when Early Access starts for cardholders by club status:

  • Icons—August 4th at 9:30am ET
  • Ambassadors—August 7th at 9:30am ET
  • Influencers—August 10th at 9:30am ET
  • Insiders—August 13th at 9:30am ET
  • Non-Cardholders (General Public)—August 19th at 9:30am ET

For more information about Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates, visit my 2020 NSale guide.

What benefits do cardholders get in addition to Early Access to the sale?

Many! Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of being a Nordstrom cardholder:

  • You automatically become a Nordy Club member.
  • All Nordstrom cardmembers can shop early access at the Nordstrom Sale.
  • Earn more notes when you shop on Personal Double Points Day during the NSale.
  • Earn 2 points per dollar spent in stores and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Hautelook, and Trunk Club.
  • Get a $20 Nordstrom Note (bonus note) when you spend $100 at Nordstrom on the day you’re approved.
  • Special benefits by level. For example, cardholders with Influencer status get free basic alterations, access to personal style workshops, and more.

Will Nordstrom open stores for the anniversary sale?

Select Nordstrom retail stores are open during normal business hours for the sale, but I recommend shopping online on Nordstrom’s web site for a few reasons.

  • It’s safer and you’ll avoid crowds and the need to wear a face mask.
  • You can browse quicker and easier online.
  • You can shop online and use curbside pickup if there’s a Nordstrom store in your area.
  • It’s faster to favorite catalog items using the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview.
My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Picks by Category + Catalog Preview