Let me tell you a story about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that explains the core of my being. For the first eight years of my life, I lived in Germany with my Expat parents. What does that have to do with the Nordstrom Anniversary sale? Well, every summer my parents would plan our annual trip to visit my grandparents in Seattle around the Nordstrom Anniversary sale. Since then, the sale has become a shopaholic’s dream national holiday and a pivotal part of my personality (and the first seasonal retail job on my resume). I’ve been curating my Nordstrom Anniversary sale picks ever since I was old enough to circle light-up sneakers in the Anniversary sale catalog with a red pen.
Since Seattle is home to the Nordstrom flagship store, the in-store selection is amazing and competition is fierce. I used to line up hours before the store opened to get first dibs on my favorite items from the catalog (like I said, I’m a fashion writer and I have a shopping problem). Thankfully, online shopping has since developed, and now I’m able to scroll through all 3,000 plus women’s sale picks without ever encountering a line.
It’s the greatest time of year. It’s Christmas in July. It’s the 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary sale and may I just say, this is the most excited I’ve ever been about the selection (yes, I’m even more excited than when I bought a teal Juicy Couture track jacket on sale back in 2009). If you aren’t familiar with the sale, here’s the gist. Nordstrom pulls an Uno-reverse and puts thousands of fall new arrivals on sale. The pieces range from everyday basics like bras, tanks and jeans to designer accessories and home decor. Once the sale is over, all the items get marked up to the full price. Essentially, if you snooze, you lose. The entire inventory is available to the public on July 15, which means it’s officially time to shop ’til you drop.
I just hung up a FaceTime call with my (very stylish) mom to evaluate my favorite items from the 2022 sale. This year, I’m excited about the influx of loafers, soft denim, chic blouses and luxury candles. I love that the sale also helps me predict what will be trending this fall. Spoiler alert: scrunchy boots, quilted jackets and fall florals are going to be big next season. Here are my favorite 18 pieces that made my shortlist.
Leather Shoulder Bag
This shoulder bag is so chic and comes with a removable shoulder strap and removable, adjustable crossbody strap.
Logan Barel Leg Jeans
These vintage-inspired jeans have the coolest stitching on the knee and an adjustable buckle on the back of the waist to ensure a perfect fit.
Genuine Shearling Slipper
Once you start wearing slippers around the house, you will never ever go back to the barefoot life. UGG makes the best in the game. This pair comes in six colors.
A slip dress is a year-round staple and the lime green color of this one guarantees that it’ll be a standout in your closet.
The Exercise Dress
Outdoor Voices created the OG exercise dress and have redesigned and refined it to perfection over the years. This winner comes in three colors.
Air VaporMax 2021 FK Knit Sneaker
This pair of knit Nike sneakers will look so cute with your athletic gear or with a pair of slacks and a blouse. They’re fitted, versatile and the epitome of sporty-chic.
Balloon Sleeve Top
I love the delicate silhouette of this balloon sleeve top. It comes in three colors and is a steal for just $39.
Wedge Heel Bootie
You heard it here first, wedge boots are the next big thing—might as well buy them on sale! This pair by Rag & Bone comes in three stunning, fall-ready colors: white, camel and green.
Quilted Crest Jacket
I’m clearly into an equestrian theme for fall because I’m obsessed with this quilted Lauren Ralph Lauren jacket. It comes in three colors but I’m partial to the houndstooth.
Admore Floral Print Smocked Organic Cotton Dress
Baum und Pferdgarten is known for making beautiful dresses (but they are a bit on the pricey side). I’m taking full advantage of this floral number being on sale.
Everyday Poplin Shirt
Live out your Matilda Djerf dreams (for a fraction of the price) with a classic white button-down.
Out Of The Woods Zip Jacket
This cheetah print fleece will have you actually looking forward to colder weather. I love the cinch-tie neck and shoulder pads.
Squall Chain Chelsea Boot
I already bought these boots and already know they will be my go-to for the foreseeable future.
Ui Mug & Warmer Set
This heated mug is a bit of a random pick but honestly, who doesn’t love a perfectly hot cup of coffee?
Smocked Sleeveless Midi Sundress
Finding an incredible designer piece on sale is the greatest feeling and this Proenza Schouler White Label dress is giving me all the feels.
4-Piece Candle Gift Set
I’m a Diptyque super-fan and use this candle set to create a special mood around occasions.
I already own these loafers and can confirm that they are the most comfortable shoes in my closet. I cannot recommend them enough!
Kali Floral Print Smocked Blouse
This Veronica Beard blouse is the perfect example of florals for fall.