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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview: Your 2021 Guide

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So many retailers like to claim Christmas in July, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale may just take the cake. I believe this is my fourth year covering the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and I’m handling things a little different this year. When I first started blogging I felt like I had to buy everything I loved and wanted, not what I needed in order to share in real-life images with you all. Well, let me tell you that is not necessary to do EVER. While checking out the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview, I knew this was the year to make a change and how I wanted to do it.

I absolutely love shopping at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It’s my favorite time to start buying gifts for the holidays ie. barefoot dreams blankets and candles. But I also find it worth grabbing designer denim brands you love like AG, Frame, and others that only go on sale when they hit Nordstrom Rack and only have a few random sizes left.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

Top Denim Picks

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The denim section is always my first stop. I’ve come to find that some designer denim brands are worth the price tag, and some honestly don’t feel much different than a pair of Old Navy jeans. The thing about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale though, is that a lot of the designer denim is only on sale at that time and you won’t see it marked down again until the summer sale when inventory is extremely scarse.

Top Shirt Picks

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The Barefoot Dreams cardigans are always a hot item that sells out fast. They last for years so the investment in one is worth it, but you truly just need one. Go with a neutral that you can wear with anything. Besides the Barefoot Dreams, I try to grab staples that aren’t going to go out of style in just a year. I picked up a similar plaid blazer last year during the sale and am so glad to see a close style again this year. The Free People tops always sell out fast which is a bummer because I’m a big Free People fan.

Top Boot Picks

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I’m not going to lie, I’m really disappointed in the boot selection for the sale this year. Buying the shoes is usually my downfall from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but this year it’s not going to be a problem. A lot of styles are a chunky combat style and that’s just not a fashion statement I’m ready to make.

Top Sneaker Picks

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I’m actually as shocked as you may be that I picked out more sneakers than boots this year. Usually during the sale is when I grab a fall/winter style of the P448 sneakers. They are by far the most comfortable casual sneakers and half the cost of Golden Goose. As far as an athletic sneaker, I’m interested in checking out the ON Cloudflow sneakers. You know, for when I think I’m going to start working out again. LOL

Top Bottoms Picks

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It’s all about the comfy bottoms here. I bought my first pair of Zella leggings at least 3 years ago and still have them. They’ve never faded and suck me in tight. However, by far my favorite pair of leggings here are the Spanx! If you do decide to go after the Spanx, I suggest going up one from your regular size.

Top Cozy and Intimate Picks

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If you’re in the market for a strapless bra that truly stays in place this one is it. I’ve had this one for at least 3 years now and it’s still like new. When it comes to the socks, I always grab these Barefoot Dreams cozy socks to have on hand for extra gifts at the holidays!

Top Jewelry Picks

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Whether you are after jewelry for yourself or thinking of gifts for others there are some styles you may want to check out!

Top Home Picks

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I’m not sure about you, but I almost missed the pretty floral print in the Barefoot Dreams throw. This is the throw that everyone fights over in our house. The Nordstrom Bliss throws I bought a handful of last year and gave them out as gifts!

Top Beauty Picks

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Beauty items wouldn’t normally be something I went after during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, but they’re pretty good. I’m truly considering the face mask if I find that it could possibly even help with acne as the kids are hitting that stage. However, if you haven’t found a chapstick that you love, the Sugar brand is my favorite!

Top Girls Picks

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Madison loves shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as much as I do. She combed the pages of the girls section and made these picks herself. Last year she snagged the Spanx faux leather leggings and it made me smile a tad bit because we could match. 😉 This looks like the perfect back-to-school wardrobe if you ask me!

Top Boys Picks

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I think Jayden’s whole back-to-school wardrobe could be set from what we’re seeing on the preview for shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. He’s a big fan of the Volcom shorts and Quicksilver shirts.

Ok, I see what I like… when can I shop?

One of my biggest pet peeves with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is how they limit it only to cardholders for over a week before it’s opened to the public. I did get a Nordstrom Credit Card when I first started shopping there, but my reasoning was for the points. If credit cards aren’t your thing, I really don’t encourage anyone to get the card just so they can shop the sale. It’s just not worth it in my book.

I hope this 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview has helped you with how you want to tackle the sale this year! Keep an eye out for upcoming posts on how you can check your inventory of what you have, so you’re not buying what you don’t need!

What items from this Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview do you like the most? Let me know in a comment below!

I’m a stay at home mom of three kiddos, ages 10, 8, 5, and wife to my high school sweetheart. I’ve always had a love for fashion and styles that you won’t find on just anybody. Follow me on this journey so I can share with you all of my favorite things!

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