Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on a Budget | Seersucker Sass

Monday, July 18, 2016

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale on a Budget

I'm currently being a "basic blogger," but I will not apologize.  If you're a blogger on a budget like I am, the Nordstrom sale is your best friend.  Why?  Unlike most sales where the clothes are full price and then reduced, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts the clothing at a reduced price and then raises it to regular price at the conclusion of the sale.  This means you can get the hottest, trendiest pieces for fall and winter at a discounted price.  Nordstrom has become my "go to" when it comes to  shopping because I know that if I don't love something, I can easily return it without paying a small fortune for return shipping.

Sometimes sales can cause us to purchase things we don't need, so I'm sharing the game plan that I used while shopping to keep myself on track.  I'm also sharing a few of my favorite pieces from the sale!

1. Identify gaps in wardrobe.  I know I need flats, a pair of every day earrings, and a camel colored cross body.  

2. Apply for Nordstrom card.  Not only does having a Nordstrom credit or debit card give you early access to the sale, but you also get a triple points day that you can use.  I chose to use my triple points the day that I opened the card since I was purchasing a big ticket item.  

3. Shop for identified "gap" items.  I looked through flats, earrings, and handbags, as those were the gap items.

4. Browse the rest of the sale.  After looking through the "needs," I browsed the rest of the sale for "wants" in order to find a few on trend pieces to add to my wardrobe for fall.  Shopping for the things I needed first stopped me from overspending.

Here are a few of the pieces that I fell in love with while browsing.  With the exception of the shoes, all items in the collage below are under $40!

NSale Picks Under $40

Off the Shoulder Chambray Dress ($31.90) •  Two of the hottest trends for fall in one dress!  I love that it's shown styled with booties, and I would complete the look by adding a long beaded necklace.

Cowl Neck Shift Dress ($24.90) •  I have a navy cowl neck dress, and it is such an easy throw on and go piece.  This dress comes in a variety of colors and prints, including a gorgeous blush shade.

Olive Utility Vest ($37.90) •  I didn't pick one of these up last fall, and now I'm having major FOMO about not picking one up this season.  I plan to pair it with graphic tees, turtlenecks, and even basic black dresses.

Plaid Blanket Scarf ($18.90) •   I love that the base color of this scarf is cream, as that hasn't been a major blanket scarf color the past two years.  This is the cheapest I've seen blanket scarves, so definitely a good time to stock up!

Side Slit Turtleneck Tunic ($31.90) •   This will be great with my signature pixie pants at work, but I also look forward to styling it with leather leggings as a cute "drinks after work" look.

Bow Blouse ($37.90) •  I'm excited about this top, because I feel like it can be styled so many different ways - leather leggings and heels for a night out, dark skinny jeans and flats on the weekend, slacks or a pencil skirt for a board meeting - the possibilities are endless.

Hunter Rain Boot ($129.90) •  I know that everyone is going crazy over discounted Tory Burch riding boots, but I am so excited to see that Hunter boots are on sale!  I never had much of a desire to own a pair, but I watched How to Steal a Million last week, and Audrey Hepburn's black rain boots have me thinking I need a pair of my own.

Block Heel Tassel Bootie ($99.90) •  These are so fabulous and are another piece that could be worn a million different ways.  I'm seeing lots of gray leather when it comes to accessories this season, and who doesn't love tassels?

Faux Leather Bucket Bag ($31.90) •  My hunt for a designer, camel colored cross body has been unsuccessful, so I'm really leaning toward purchasing this bag.  I love how sharp camel looks with neutrals like black, navy, and cream.

Burgundy Crossbody ($32.90) •   The saddlebag style of this crossbody is really unique and seems pretty spacious.  I love the rich burgundy color for fall.

Have you shopped the sale yet?  Anything you've got your eye on?

Happy Monday, sweet friends! I hope you all have a great week!


  1. These are awesome tips! I haven't shopped the sale, but when shopping a sale like this, it's so important to go into the sale knowing what you need.

  2. Love the block heel tassel booties you have linked! Thanks for sharing those tips!

  3. I'm currently trying to pay down my bills so my boyfriend and I can look into buying a house which means a lot of budgeting on my part. I took a similar approach to the NSale as you, I identified pieces I have been missing in my wardrobe before I looked at the sale and only allowed myself to buy items that filled those gaps (instead of purchasing anything that caught my attention).

  4. It's such a good sale. So many good items this year!

    Greta |

  5. I love the Nordstrom sale! That off the shoulder dress is so cute!


  6. The NSale is great because there are a variety of items at so many different price points. The items I bought arrived today- yay! :D

    xoxo A

  7. So true! The N sale is the perfect time to add staples to your wardrobe. Good tips!

    Sara Kate Styling

  8. I bought several items from the sale under $40!

  9. These are fabulous tips!! I absolutely love all of your picks too!

    xo Ashley

  10. Great picks! The sale has some great items but it can be SO easy to get sucked in and blow your budget :/

  11. Great tips! I need to look for the gaps in my wardrobe and pick a few things up!

    The Blush Blonde

  12. I'm pretty well set wardrobe wise and do not have any more hangers or space in my closet. So glad that everyone is finding some great stuff at the sale.

  13. I definitely think it's worth investing in staples since so many are on sale!

  14. Great tips aka game plan!! The idea of identifying gaps is genius. I love your faux leather bag picks! I try so hard to only purchase faux leather and these are too cute.


  15. Haha this sale has been all over the blogosphere. Antsy for it too open to the public!!

  16. I definitely am doing this sale on a budget. Thanks for sharing!

  17. You've got such great picks!

  18. I LOVE that chambray dress! I hope it doesn't sell out before I can purchase! You always have the best picks when doing collages :)


  19. Those "easy dresses" need to get in my closet now!

    -Meagan | Love by Meagan

  20. LOVE that you shared things on a budget! I want to shop the NSale but alot of bloggers are sharing things that are wayyyy over my budget!