How To Shop The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Like A Pro

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It’s that time of year again! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is around the corner and all the fashionable people of the world are prepping for sale time! This sale is amazing because designer items are first “on sale” for a few weeks and then the price goes up after the sale ends. This means everyone can get a great deal on fall items before fall begins! If you’re an Instagramer, you’ve probably seen hundreds of fashion bloggers, celebrities, and models post about the sale and the items they’ve bought. I didn’t know about the sale until last year!

So this year I want in on the fun – and I want you to join me too! Here are the steps to shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like a Fashionista.

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There’s me happy as can be after a successful sale day recently! Aren’t sales the best?!1

Outfit details: Dress from Zara (similar here)

Purse: Kate Space (here in all black)

Know The Dates

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens to the public on July 22nd and ends August 7th. That means all the prices go up the very next day. But you can get in on the #NSale action even earlier when you sign up for a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card. Early access for card holders begins July 12th and ends July 19th.

Get Early Access

I know – you probably don’t want to add another card in your wallet just for a sale, but hear me out! If you want to shop to sale early and get the goodies before they’re gone (and they go fast) then signing up for a Nordstrom Credit or Debit card is a wise choice. I am personally taking the Debit card route for ease of use and budgeting. Despite stereotypes about fashion bloggers, I’m very firm about my spending habits – ain’t nobody got $$$ for a $1,000 purse….ok, well some people do. A Nordstrom Debit card allows me to shop the sale early access and enjoy the experience as well! A lot of popular items like riding boots and purses, get picked up right away and shop run out of stock. Get a card and you can pick one up before anyone else!

How to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Like A Fashionista| The Petite Bijou

Have A Strategy

That being said, having a strategy is a great way to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale like a fashionista Β – because even chic women have a strategy to their purchases. Take a lesson from the best dressed women in the world and plan ahead. Look into your closet and see what autumnal items you might need to upgrade or buy. When I shop the Nordstrom Sale, I’m definitely checking out some Victorianesque Trench Coats (in the catalogue), Riding Boots, and Hats.

These are the items I either don’t have or get damaged every other year (I’m too much of an explorer to keep anything clean). I got riding boots (similar here) for the first time two years ago and actually went riding. Needless to say, farm mud and rough terrain gets those boots and clothing items pretty damaged.

So take stock – what could you use more of? What needs to be replaced? Having a strategy is a great way to get what you want without really fast. Remember, early access get’s you there first!

What I’m On The Look Out For

Military Trench Coats

Riding Boots

Lace Up Boots

Fedora’s & Wool Hats

Black Skinny Jeans


Patterned Dresses



Shop Online & Get Free Shipping

The best part of the sale is probably the ability to stay in your PJ’s, sipping your morning coffee, and watching Gilmore Girls on repeat (guilty!), and hitting “add to cart”. Total fashionista moment!

Nordstrom offers online access to the sale and FREE shipping! Those shipping costs can add up in other stores – especially when you’re getting a lot of things. Nordstrom will deliver your #NSale items for free!

How to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Like A Fashionista| The Petite Bijou

Head Out To The Sales Early

Or head out to shop in stores. But make sure you are getting there early to beat the afternoon crowd. I’m heading to early access the very firs thing in the morning – but first, coffee. Make sure you have lots of energy if you’re just browsing.

Shop It Here!

The Petite Bijou is the destination for women who love modern style with a vintage and romantic twist. I’ll be linking my must haves and favorite sale items throughout July and August so that you can get inspired!Β Check back to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shop to get updates and see the items before you head out to the stores or shop online. If you’re like me, you’ll like doing some research before you buy. I’ll be giving honest feedback on everything I see or buy that might interest you. On the lookout for something? Let me know what you’d like to see or know about before you buy it! I’ll do my best to get you feedback.

What items are you looking for during the sale? What needs an update in your closet? Let me know in the comments below and let’s share our sale goals!Β 

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  1. Chris wrote:

    My friend and I were just talking about this sale! It’s a great time to pick up just about anything you need especially those all important staples! Thanks for the reminder!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  2. I”m so excited for this and am trying to write a post as we speak. I’m also headed to their Seattle Flagship tomorrow to meet with Burberry beauty for a sneak peek at new products. Let the games begin!

    Posted 7.15.16 Reply
  3. janna doan wrote:

    mariam–hello parisian lady! gosh the nsale is epic, and the only reason why i have a nordstrom credit card, they are so genius arent they?! what i love most about the sale is you get to purchase them at a discount to wear for the upcoming season — that is AWESOME! i am eyeing a few things but just know it’s gonna be more than that when i start browsing some more, my friend always says, buy now ask questions later.! lol. “add to cart” is the worst button ever. ps–love your outfit and that bag is def your signature bag. xoxo,

    janna |

    Posted 7.14.16 Reply
  4. Krista wrote:

    We love Nordstrom…and the Rack. Can’t wait to implement your tips next time I’m there…likely this weekend! πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  5. Shannon wrote:

    Great tips! Definitely looking forward to this sale!! Not too long.

    Clothes & Quotes

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  6. Samantha wrote:

    Love your tips! I’m busy preparing myself and I am super excited. I can’t wait to see all your picks in the coming weeks! Happy shopping!
    XX-Samantha |

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  7. Katy wrote:

    Who doesn’t love the Half Yearly sale??? And don’t forget to sign up for their Nordstrom rewards program!

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  8. Adaleta wrote:

    Even though I’ve been scoping Nordstrom for the past few months I need ALL the advice I can possibly get when it comes to the sale! xx Adaleta Avdic

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  9. Margo wrote:

    Hi Miriam. I love your look! This is one of my favorite annual sales and you’re right, early access is key if possible! Hope you’re able to get the items from your list! Also, thanks so much for mentioning me in your beauty blogs roundup. I really appreciate the support! <3 You're amazing and your blog is awesome!

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  10. Suzanne wrote:

    The best sale ever! I can’t wait!!

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  11. Meaghan wrote:

    Such a great post!! I’ve been debating on a card…decisions, decisions. Such helpful tips for being a successful, and potentially poor, fashionista : ) Hope your having a great week!

    Meaghan xx

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  12. I did not know about this sale!! Thanks for all the tips… xoxox


    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  13. tara wrote:

    Great round up- i think i only learned about the sale two years ago. not sure how long they have been doing it! i LOVE getting a head start on all the fall goodies at a reduced price! it feels like christmas!
    XO, Tara

    Posted 7.13.16 Reply
  14. I didn’t realize this was coming up! Great tips!

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  15. I wish I could shop the Nordstrom Sale this year! This is literally the worst time for me, but I can always window shop! The items all look so nice πŸ™‚ I always love going to Nordstrom.

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  16. Sophia wrote:

    I keep seeing many blogger talk about this sale. It is going to be a great event.

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  17. Ashley wrote:

    So excited for the sale! I’m definitely on the look out for a new fall bag and some boots!!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  18. Krista wrote:

    This was genius, babe! I love having a strategy, because I really go in there with nothing, and then leave with it ALL or leave with NOTHING.

    Not good – I am checking out yours and hopefully we can get some good stuff!

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  19. So excited to shop the #NSale! I’m on the lookout for a good pair of riding boots for fall too!

    xoxo, CiCi

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  20. Bella B wrote:

    I am so excited for the sale, I already picked out some great items that I’m going to get. Ive had my eye on a pair of shoes for awhile now that i must get!

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  21. Angelle Marix wrote:

    Great tips!! Shopping online is the best way to do it!! I think that I might need to get the card.


    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  22. Jenn wrote:

    I’m counting down the hours!!! I’ve got my shopping list ready and cannot wait for the doors to open on Thursday!! This is my favorite sale of the year!!!!

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  23. Gotta be prepared!!! These are great tips…I’m not always one to think ahead on sales like this, but it’s so important to have a strategy! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ Maybe it’ll help some sale procrastinators like me!

    Posted 7.12.16 Reply
  24. candice wrote:

    Great tips!! I sure do love this sale!! SO good! And you are SO darling babes!!


    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  25. Anna wrote:

    I am dying for the start of the sale! It almost feels like X-Mas Eve – I am dying with anticipation! πŸ™‚ Love your tips! I am also eyeing lace-up boots! There are so many really cute ones out! XO

    Anna || A Lily Love Affair

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  26. Thanks for the tips! I’ve been debating getting a Nordstrom card, and I think you just helped me make up my mind! *signs paycheck away to Nordstrom* lol

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  27. anvita wrote:

    I need to share this with my sisters who is a nordstorm fan.

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  28. Brie wrote:

    So many great tips! I seriously cannot wait for the sale!

    xo Brie

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  29. Lauren wrote:

    I love the nordstom anniversary sale! I always snag a pair of my favorite Kut from the Kloth jeans!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  30. I love these tips! Brilliant for getting the best out of any sale, really! I love your Zara dress in your photos too – the shade is goooorgeous!

    Lottie xx

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  31. Heather wrote:

    Love your break down of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Definitely one of my FAVORITE times of the year. I am glad to hear you give the advice of getting a card for early access. I didn’t last year and by the time I was able to access the sale, the boots I was eyeing were already gone. Tear! This year I am prepared! I look forward to seeing what you will be purchasing!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  32. Annie wrote:

    Such a great outfit and you look gorgeous! I can’t wait for the sale πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  33. Katelyn wrote:

    Loved these tips. I’m on the hunt for some new clothes to wear this coming year at college, and never thought about getting a Nordstrom debit card! And I absolutely love the bag you’re carrying here. Great post!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  34. I needed these tips! I am the worst at shopping sales!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  35. Rachel wrote:

    So many great things! I’m trying to resist but it’s going to be tough!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  36. Maegan wrote:

    I am so excited for this year’s sale! It’s the best being a cardholder because you do get the best stuff first!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  37. Amy wrote:

    Thanks for sharing your tips! I’m definitely going to have to check it out online. I’m on the hunt for something to wear to a wedding this fall, so this looks like a great time to find it!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  38. Lanae Bond wrote:

    Great tips about the nordstrom sale! I did not know about it until I joined polyvore!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply
  39. Thanks for all the tips!!! I am super excited for the sale!!

    Posted 7.11.16 Reply