Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Top Picks

July 13, 2017

**Hello friends! If you are looking for the 2018 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Post, you can check that out here!**

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that if you are a longtime reader of The Motherchic, you probably come back for more because you like fashion and want to look put together, but you don’t have time to think about it. For those reasons alone, this post is probably the most important post I write because I am sharing staple items that will make your wardrobe in the upcoming year. And, all of these things are on sale because this is the post where I give my edited picks from the highly anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. The sale is massive and overwhelming and the deals are….. GOOD! Really good.

But first, strategy….

I’ve talked a little #NSALE strategy in previous posts, but my best advice would be to think about your fall wardrobe (I know that is hard in July, but just trust me) and think about those key items that you wear on repeat, but could use a refresh (jeans, shoes, jackets, bags etc….). The Nordstrom Anniversary sale is time to buy these items because brand new arrivals hit the store already marked down, then will go up to their original price when the sale ends. After staples, I hit up the no brainers (like basic tees, GOOD bras, and live in sweaters), then I just sort of go with my gut and maybe spend a little too much, but then again so is everybody else which brings me to my next point: Things. Sell. Out. Fast. Don’t dawdle. Don’t overthink it. Free shipping and free returns is your new best friend. Oh, and also ordering online picking up in store….. I know.

Abby and I spent hours giddily hand selecting outfits and putting together looks for a little inspiration. Over the next few weeks, we will delve a little deeper into each category. Yes, there will be dedicated posts on jeans and knits and kids and beauty and activewear and even mens, home and more. This post however, has a little bit of everything broken up by “vibe” from everyday casual to workwear to workOUT! A few of my initial obsessions were of course the coveted AG jeans (they are painfully perfect), the Rag and Bone booties are back and did not disappoint, the Madewell tote (now with a stripe!), and these Vince Camuto heels were an unexpected favorite. I also love this cardigan, this button-down and these leggings are so insanely good, and this epic bootie from last year is back in new form, but let’s get on with the outfits…..

Vibe: Comfy, Cool, Casual

nordstrom anniversary sale rails


Rails Button-down (splurge worthy flannel – if you don’t own a Rails top, now is the time. They seem crazy overpriced, but they are super soft and perfectly cut and I can pretty much promise you will live in it // save version here) -wearing XS

Madewell Cardigan – Wardrobe staple! Splurge version here (so good – Abby and I both agreed this cardigan would be an amazing gift for someone special around the holidays – either version)

AG The Legging Raw Hem Skinny Jean (the Holy Grail of denim – perfect fit, cut, wash, feel – TTS)

Rag and Bone Booties (I didn’t buy these last year and regretted it all year. Another splurge, but these are  seriously amazing. I own one other expensive pair of booties by Joie and have worn them for years. It’s one of those cost per wear things…)

nordstrom anniversary sale flannelsLeft: Splurge-Worthy Cardigan | Rails Button-down | Frame Split Hem Jeans | Rag and Bone Booties

Middle: Bobeau Tie Front Flannel | Articles of Society Jeans – sold out – similar here) | Hinge Booties (need to check out the side view!)

Right: Treasure and Bond Flannel | Articles of Society Jeans not yet on site – similar here) | Hinge Booties | Cross Body Bag (not yet on site- check back!)

nordstrom anniversary sale sweaters

Left: Textured Sweater | Button Front Jeans | 1.State Slip On Sneakers

Middle: Free People Sweater (size up for slouchy look – I have on the medium)| Paige Jeans | Rag and Bone Booties

Right: Vince Sweater (splurge worthy classic – SO soft!) | Paige Jeans | Left Shoe: Pearl Mule, Right Shoe: Halogen Black Loafer

nordstrom anniversary sale sweaters

Left: Hinge Side Tie Sweatshirt | Articles of Society Jeans (not yet on site) | 1.State Slip Ons | Madewell Tote

Middle: Poncho | Articles of Society Jeans (not yet on site – similar here!) | Sam Edelman Booties

Right: Side Slit Zip Sweater | Button Front Jeans | 1.State Slip Ons | Sole Society Cross Body Bag (not yet on site – check back, but similar here!)

Vibe: Femme, Flirty, Fun

nordstrom anniversary sale paige cold shoulder dress


Paige Cold Shoulder Dress – a great throw on and go dress. Also looks great layered under a chunky knit cardigan

Sam Edelman Booties – super comfortable and can be worn as backless mule or a regular bootie!

nordstrom anniversary sale outfits

Left: Ruffle Hem Sweater | AG Jeans | Vince Camuto Heels

Middle: Current Elliot Dress | Trouve Leather Jacket | 1.State Slip Ons

Right: Nordstrom Signature Floral Maxi Dress | Vince Camuto Heels

nordstrom anniversary sale graphic tees

Left: Going Out Shirt | Frame Denim Crop Flares | Halogen Slide Loafers

Middle: Camo Tee | Button Front Jeans | 1. State Slip Ons | Backpack

Right: Current Elliot Dress | Trouve Leather Jacket | 1.State Slip Ons | Madewell Scarf

Vibe: Work, Work, Work

Nordstrom anniversary sale workwear


Polka Dot Bell Sleeve Top (comes in several prints – great price!)

Halogen Cropped Pants

Halogen Slide Loafers

Baublebar Earrings

Madewell Tote (comes in 4 colors)

nordstrom anniversary sale workwear

Left: Side Twist Tee | Soft Knit Blazer | Paige Jeans | 1.State Booties (these are SO cool!) | Madewell Tote

Middle: Red Scalloped Sweater (this color is going to be huge for fall) | Halogen Slide Loafers

Right: Tweed Dress | Vince Camuto Heels

nordstrom anniversary sale dresses

Left: DVF Colorblock Dress (sort of obsessed) | Vince Camuto Heels

Right: Lace Overlay Dress (this photo doesn’t do the dress justice!)

Vibe: Preppy, Playful, Party


J.Crew Pardon My French Tee – just plain fun (wearing XS)

Equipment Star Button-Down – a great conversational top – cute layered under a sweater or over a graphic tee (color is blue and white in real life)

Madewell High Rise Jeans

Vince Camuto Heels – Obsessed with the cut of these and surprising, super comfortable. I have wider feet and this were a MAJOR win.

Sole Society Cross-Body Bag – a versatile little number that keeps you hands free on the go (not yet on site – check back!)

nordstrom anniversary sale

Left: Equipment Star Shirt | AG Jeans | Vince Camuto Heels

Middle: J.Crew Striped Sweater with Cuffs | Frame Split Hem Denim | Rag and Bone Booties

Right: Piped Button-down | AG Jeans | Vince Camuto Heels

Vibe: Sporty, Spunky, Spicey

nordstrom anniversary sale zella cece leggings


Zella Pace Tank | Zella Cece Leggings (these are THE END and only $42) – I couldn’t rip the tags off fast enough) | Zella Sports Bra (lined!) | Adidas Tubular Sneakers (these are old, available in pink and white)

Best of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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  • Carrie
    July 13, 2017 at 7:46 am

    Yay, I’ve been looking forward to this! Is the Leith ruched tank dress on sale? I’ve been eyeing it since I first saw it on your blog and may just get the card for early access on that one – looks like sizes/colors are fully restocked!

  • Megan
    July 13, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Ahhh!!! I want that ruffle hem sweater! They need to put that on site ASAP!

    • Lindsey
      July 13, 2017 at 11:29 am

      I know! its by Joie – I will let you know as soon as they do!

  • Jane
    July 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

    What is that turtleneck poncho in the middle picture? NEED IT.

    • Lindsey
      July 13, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Here is the link! sorry about that!

    • Hayley Chancey
      July 17, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Speaking of the poncho I love how it looks on you! Since it is one size fits all I was wondering if you’re wearing the regular or petite? Thanks in advance!!

  • Meredith
    July 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    How did the State slip one run?? True to size?

    • Lindsey
      July 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      yes they are TTS!

  • Kate
    July 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    what size are you wearing in the Going Out Shirt?

    • Lindsey
      July 13, 2017 at 9:37 pm

      its actually a juniors shirt so I had on the Large!

  • Sarah Bradley
    July 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    What size are you wearing in the splurge worthy cardigan by Halogen?

  • Sarah Bradley
    July 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Also, how do the Rag + Bone booties run?

  • Casey
    July 14, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Hi, Any more info on that lace overlay dress? Brand maybe? I can try to hunt it down in store if they don’t post it.

    • Lindsey
      July 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Hi casey! I think it was by Wayf! Checking to see if it’s on the site yet and will let u know!

  • Csaey
    July 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

    Hi! Sorry if I’m posting this twice. I don’t see my post, so I’m trying again! Looking for any more info on the lace overlay dress! Thanks!

  • Caitlyn
    July 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I love all your picks from the Nordstrom Sale! It’s really helpful when you try things on. I especially love those Prasata Booties from Vince Camuto!

    x, caitlyn

  • Trish
    July 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Love this!! Thanks for all of the ideas and info! Had the red scalloped sweater in my cart (before even seeing it on your post!), checked this morning and it’s already sold out! I’m going back to teaching in the fall (near you, actually) after being home for 7 years with my two boys and living in jeans and yoga pants, so I’m trying to take advantage of this sale for new work clothes! We are on same wavelength bc I bought the tweed dress and soft cardigan on my own, so I was proud of myself that you had it on here too! Ha, thanks again, so fun to read your blog and see your ideas!

  • Jessica Kelly
    July 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I love love love this post! I ordered so much from your list and just got in the mail today – Nordstrom did not disappoint! Thanks again for such great style recommendations!

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