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What I Bought: 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

August 4, 2020

By:

Erin Schrader

Well, I just did some damage [understatement of the century]. The verdict is in and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is not healthy for my bank account. Holy crap. Just when I think I am done shopping, I stumble upon something else that I NEED and all of a sudden I’m adding 12 more things to my cart and well, 290 items later I’m hitting checkout. The point is, I have found a LOT to try. And so try I will. While you will look at this list below and think “Erin, why did you ACTUALLY buy ALL of this?” [don’t worry, that is a normal and healthy reaction and if you didn’t think those thoughts I might be concerned] and while the answer is because I need all of it [kidding, I don’t], I like to think of it as “being your official anniversary sale guinea pig”. It is my job to share with all of you what is worth putting your dollars to and what isn’t, so consider me a tester of sorts. I buy a lot because it’s product research [and because getting dressed is fun although full disclosure: I’m already sweating thinking about the outfit changes that are about to ensue]. Additionally, because without all of these items my annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Hits & Misses blog post wouldn’t be possible [here’s last years for a taste of what is to come]!

In case you aren’t able to shop just quite yet, no worries, this year you can click around on what the items below and add them to your wish list! Once your date arrives to where you can checkout, you simply move your wish list items to cart and go to town! Here is a complete list of the shopping dates in case you need that!

Now, let’s get this 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale party started!

Clare V Midi Leopard Print Leather Crossbody Bag // Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Shoulder Bag  // Tory Burch Carson Stripe Leather Crossbody Bag  // Tumi Rivas Nylon Backpack // Madewell The Transport Stripe Embroidered Tote // Rag & Bone Walker Snake Embossed Leather Phone Pouch // Clare V Simple Leopard Print Suede Tote

If I Were Only Buying One: As odd as this may sound, I’m pumped for this Tumi Rivas Nylon Backpack. It has so many unique features [yes I’m the nerd that watched the product video] and I’ve been wanting a good backpack. We will see if it lives up to the hype or if she’ll be sent back!

Tried & True Favorite: Believe me when I say that this Tory Burch Carson Stripe Leather Crossbody Bag is worth every dollar. I bought one a couple of years ago in the anniversary sale and I still carry it every single day [and it’s still in amazing shape!] An absolute must!

Charles by Charles David Duke Studded Chelsea Boot  // Marc Fisher LTD. Oshay Pointed Toe Bootie • Marc Fisher  // Steve Madden Kaylah Pointed Toe Bootie  // Gradina Block Heel Bootie • Vince Camuto // Fedrilla Open Toe Bootie// Nadalie Pointed Toe Bootie • Steve Madden

If I Were Only Buying One…. I am most excited about these Steve Madden Kaylah Pointed Toe Bootie as I think I will get the most wear out of them. I am buying in two colors because they look like the perfect all-around bootie to me!

Tried & True Favorite: If there is a brand I will recommend over and over again, it’s Vince Camuto. All of my Vince shoes are so comfortable and stay in great shape for years. I don’t think you can go wrong with these Fedrilla Open Toe Bootie!

Vince Camuto Derika Leather Boot // UGG Classic Femme Toggle Wedge Boot  // Original Leopard Print Refined Short Waterproof Rain Boot • Hunter // Sam Edelman Davis Knee High Boot  // Born Alize Double Zip Boot  // SOREL Cate Waterproof Lace-Up Boot // Marc Fisher Cathi Pointed Toe Over the Knee Boot // Tour Packable Waterproof Rain Boot • Hunter

If I Were Only Buying One….This year the pair that gets my vote if I were only buying one would be these Vince Camuto Derika Leather Boot. A classic style that can be worn with jeans, leggings, dresses, etc.

Tried & True Favorite: If you have tried Born riding boots, then you know. This brand is the MOST sold item in previous anniversary sales with LIY readers and we still receive countless rave reviews from those of you who bought them. I wear my BORN boots ALL of the time in the fall and winter.

Ted Baker Wishrr Pointed Toe Pump  // Feather Loafer • Steve Madden  // Dr. Scholls Mercury Loafer • Dr. Scholl’s  // Sam Edelman Evelan Mule // Kallie Mule • Treasure & Bond  // Cole Haan GrandPro Low Top Sneaker // Steve Madden Forever Chain Pointed Toe Mule// Esplar SE Canvas Sneaker • Veja

If I Were Only Buying One…. This year I’m really digging the mule trend and it seems to be quite the “in” choice as they have taken over the sale! I’m really loving the look of these Steve Madden Forever Chain Pointed Toe Mules and can’t wait to try them!

Tried & True Favorite: One of the most lightweight and comfortable sneakers I’ve ever owned, Cole Haan GrandPro Low Top Sneaker. I bought a pair in the past and have never regretted it. My mom loves them as well!

Rachel Parcell Shawl Collar Open Cardigan  // Off the Shoulder Sweater • Leith  // Halogen Crewneck Sweater  // Madewell Kent Colorblock Cardigan // Rachell Parcell Puff Shoulder Turtleneck Sweater // Off the Shoulder Sweater  // Caslon® Turtleneck Sweater // Gibson Cozy V-Neck Tunic // Gibson Surplice Blouson Sleeve Wrap Top // Cowl Neck Sweater • Chelsea28 // x Jaime Shrayber Cozy Knit Top // Cozy Long Cardigan

If I Were Only Buying One….As soon as I spotted this Rachel Parcell Shawl Collar Open Cardigan  my eyes got excited. I can’t wait to try it and live all of my layered dreams.

Tried & True Favorite: This Caslon® Turtleneck Sweater can’t be beat! It was a top seller in last year’s sale and is a classic staple!

Rainbow Tie Dye Long Sleeve T-Shirt  // Zella Amazing Crewneck Sweatshirt  // Treasure & Bond Band Graphic Sweatshirt// Tie Dye Cotton Blend Sweatshirt • Treasure & Bond  // The North Face Knit Stitch Fleece Hoodie

If I Were Only Buying One….Long live tie-dye! I am loving this trend and hope it doesn’t die anytime soon. This Tie Dye Cotton Blend Sweatshirt • Treasure & Bond will help keep it alive at least for a little longer in my wardrobe!

Tried & True Favorite: While I’ve never owned this exact Zella Amazing Crewneck Sweatshirt, I’ve owned many Zella brand items and they have always lived up to the hype! Great quality and comfort! I love that this one is legging friendly.

J CrewLeopard Print Ringer T-Shirt // All in Favor V-Neck T-Shirt // Free People Kaylen Cotton Blend T-Shirt // Long Sleeve Modal Blend Tee • Halogen // Ribbed Long Sleeve Tee • BP // Cara Tee • Rails  // Ruffle Collar Top  // Long Sleeve Crewneck Tee • Caslon // Rita Stripe Top

If I Were Only Buying One….I have high hopes for this $15 basic tee: All in Favor V-Neck T-Shirt. If it lives up to its expectations, I’ll be going back for more colors!

Tried & True Favorite: I own several modal blend tops from Halogen and they are incredibly soft and perfect for layering which is why I’m deeming this Long Sleeve Modal Blend Tee • Halogen a must try!

All in Favor Twist Hem Top  // Dream Georgette Button-Up Shirt  // Bishop Sleeve Scalloped Lace Top  // V-Back Woven Top  // Turnt Bodysuit • Free People  // Lace Trim Satin Bodysuit // Puff Sleeve Crepe Top • CeCe  // V-Neck Shell // Mod Leopard Print Off the Shoulder Chiffon Blouse • CeCe

If I Were Only Buying One….I have no idea how this Turnt Bodysuit • Free People will actually look on me but I will say it is the one that caught my attention the most. It looks so soft and flattering, we’ll see if it’s as good in person!

Tried & True Favorite: You can’t go wrong with this V-Neck Shell. It’s an awesome option for wearing alone in the summer or under cardigans and jackets in the fall / winter!


Print Long Sleeve Dress // Ruffle V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress  // Eliza J Floral Print Halter Dress • Eliza J // Blouson Tie Waist Jumpsuit • Vince Camuto  // Double-V Long Sleeve Knit Dress // U-Neck Sleeveless Kors Crepe Jumpsuit • Vince Camuto

If I Were Only Buying One….My eyes lit UP when they saw this U-Neck Sleeveless Kors Crepe Jumpsuit • Vince Camuto so yeah, I’m going with that one. What a beauty.

Tried & True Favorite: Anything Eliza J. Whether it’s this Ruffle V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress or Eliza J Floral Print Halter Dress you will be pleased, guaranteed!

Hooded Utility Jacket  // BLANKNYC Faux Suede Moto Jacket // Leopard Bomber Sweater Jacket  // Plaid Boyfriend Blazer  // Blanc Noir Hooded Moto Blazer with Faux Leather Sleeves // Quilted Panel Faux Suede Moto Jacket  // Leather Moto Jacket // 
One-Button Stretch Crepe Blazer • 1 STATE

If I Were Only Buying One….Whether you’re dressing it up or down, I feel like there is a place in my closet for this Blanc Noir Hooded Moto Blazer with Faux Leather Sleeves.

Tried & True Favorite: One of the best purchases I’ve ever made: BLANKNYC Faux Suede Moto Jacket. Do it, don’t regret it.

Leopard Rib Sleeve Double Face Coat // Notch Collar Wool Blend Coat  // Iridescent Water Repellent Hooded Puffer Jacket • Sam Edelman  // Teddy Faux Shearling Coat  // Radalie Water Repellent Thermogreen-Insulated Jacket • Patagonia  // Fulmar Quilted Puffer Jacket  // Wool & Alpaca Blend Wrap Coat

If I Were Only Buying One….How chic is this Notch Collar Wool Blend Coat?! I am stoked to get it in and see if it’s as good in person!

Tried & True Favorite: It’s a trusted brand for a reason. You can’t go wrong with this Radalie Water Repellent Thermogreen-Insulated Jacket • Patagonia for all winter long!

UGG Laila 2-Pack Bow Fleece Lined Socks // Cosi Faux Shearling Slipper  // Animal Instinct Pajamas  // Sleepy Lounge Tee • BP  // Moonlight Short Pajamas  // CozyChic Lite(R) Circle Cardigan • Barefoot Dreams  // Half Zip Fleece Hoodie  // Red Carpet Convertible Strapless Bra • Wacoal  // Namaste Two-Piece Lounge Set • Barefoot Dreams

If I Were Only Buying One….This year, it’s this Namaste Two-Piece Lounge Set • Barefoot Dreams. Put the brand Barefoot Dreams on anything and I’m sold, especially when it’s a 2-piece lounge set.

Tried & True Favorite: I have a lot in this category. First of all, our x Living in Yellow Skye Cozy Jogger Pants • Gibson. THE best. Second, this CozyChic Lite(R) Circle Cardigan • Barefoot Dreams is the ultimate in cozy and makes for the perfect gift along with these UGG Laila 2-Pack Bow Fleece Lined Socks which are a dream for your feet on cold winter days!

Washed Organic Cotton Ankle Jogger Pants  // Nova Perforated Racerback Bra • Zella  // Live In High Waist Leggings • Zella  // Moto Mesh Zip Hoodie • Sweaty Betty  // Swift Run Sneaker • adidas  // At Your Leisure High Waist Leggings  // Amazing Cozy Wrap Jacket// Long Hooded Puffer Vest  // Endurance Performance Pants  // Live In Jogger Pants • Zella

If I Were Only Buying One….I must admit, I am most excited about these At Your Leisure High Waist Leggings this year! We’ll see how they are in person but online, gosh I love them.

Tried & True Favorite: I have a couple here again. For starters, these Swift Run Sneaker • adidas. They are so comfortable and awesome for working out or walking! Next up, these Live In High Waist Leggings • Zella. Always a fan favorite and for good reason!

 

At Your Leisure High Waist Leggings // Nova High Waist Perforated Ankle Leggings  //High Waist Studio Pocket 7/8 Leggings • Zella // Live In High Waist Leggings • Zella// Faux Leather Leggings • Spanx // Active 7/8 Leggings • Spanx

If I Were Only Buying One….I’m going with these sleek beauties: At Your Leisure High Waist Leggings. Don’t they just look fun!?

Tried & True Favorite: You must and I repeat you must buy these Faux Leather Leggings • Spanx. The number of times I have worn mine is too many to count but yes they are worth every dollar and yes, you will love them!


AG The Ex-Boyfriend Slim Jeans • AG Jeans // Paige Verdugo Ripped Raw Hem Skinny Jeans  // Paige Skyline Crop Raw Hem Skinny Jeans  // // Le Sylvie High Waist Raw Hem Crop Jeans // Dre Slim Fit Ankle Boyfriend Jeans  // Ex-Boyfriend Relaxed Slim Jeans • AG Jeans

If I Were Only Buying One….This year I’m going with a classic and basic choice but one I know I’ll get a ton of wear out of. These Paige Verdugo Ripped Raw Hem Skinny Jeans. I love that they are short enough for taller booties and I love the raw hem and medium wash making them super versatile!

Tried & True Favorite: Last year I bought these AG The Ex-Boyfriend Slim Jeans • AG Jeans and wore them literally all of the time in the fall. They are awesome with booties or sneakers and such a comfortable fit. I find myself reaching for them constantly as I feel so confident in them!

The Bond Raw Hem Skinny Jeans // Good Legs High Waist Raw Hem Skinny Jeans // Catherine Distressed Boyfriend Jeans  // Donna High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans  // Ab-Solution Distressed High Waist Ankle Jeans  // Rachael Distressed Cuff Mom Jeans // Catherine Boyfriend Jeans // Donna High Waist Button Fly Jeans  // Ab-Solution High Waist Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans

If I Were Only Buying One….Anytime you can get Good American jeans for under $100, I think you should. I recently just tried my first pair and I’m hooked. These Good Legs High Waist Raw Hem Skinny Jeans get my pick!

Tried & True Favorite: You literally can’t go wrong with any of the Kut from the Kloth pairs of denim in the sale. I buy several every year and they are my most worn jeans from the sale year after year. The Donna High Waist Ankle Skinny Jeans are a great style along with the Catherine Boyfriend Jeans!

Jacquard Dot Scarf  // gorjana Parker Shimmer Bracelet // Animal Print Faux Fur Belt  // 57mm Aviator Sunglasses • Tory Burch // Velvet Trim Felted Wool Panama Hat • Rachel Parcell // 62mm Oversize Aviator Sunglasses // Snakeskin Print Trim Wide Brim Wool Panama Hat  // Round Chain Link Necklace // Kendra Scott Ryder Hoop Earrings // Taner Bar Short Y-Necklace • Gorjana  // Avaline 2 58mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses • Kate Spade  // Animal Print Trim Wool Felt Panama Hat

If I Were Only Buying One….I love a great fall hat and this Velvet Trim Felted Wool Panama Hat • Rachel Parcell has fall style written all over it. I’m also really excited about these Kendra Scott Ryder Hoop Earrings!

Tried & True Favorite: While I’ve never owned Tory Burch sunglasses, I’ve owned several other Tory Burch items and the quality [and style] is 100. I’m going to go with these 57mm Aviator Sunglasses • Tory Burch as a sure-fire guarantee!

Olaplex Jumbo Bond Maintenance System Set // Travel Size Soy Face Cleanser & Mask Set  // Almond Shower Duo Set // for beauty sleep Mega Scrunchie Set // Hand Cream Duo Set  // 10-Day Cloth Set  // Donna Karan Full Size Cashmere Mist Deodorant & Antiperspirant Set  // Sugar Lip Balm Set // Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Set • Jo Malone

If I Were Only Buying One….This is literally the hardest for me to choose as I love all of these things and truly want them all BUT I will say I’ve never tried this Donna Karan Full Size Cashmere Mist Deodorant & Antiperspirant Set but have heard amazing things so it feels like the most “treat-worthy” item on the list!

Tried & True Favorite: I have several on this list! For starters, this Olaplex Jumbo Bond Maintenance System Set is a must-buy if you’re looking for a shampoo and conditioner set that restores your hair back to great health [I’ve been using this for over a year now and love it]. My go-to perfume Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Set • Jo Malone  [such a lovely scent] and my recent love obsession with all things SLIP silk brand – for beauty sleep Mega Scrunchie Set.

Nordstrom at Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw • Nordstrom // Click & Grow Smart Garden 3 Self Watering Indoor Garden  // Set of 3 Nesting Mixing Bowls • Golden Rabbit // Treasure & Bond Large Mango Wood Cheese Board // Salt & Sand Scented Candle • Anthropologie Home  // Chelcey Tate – Wildflowers Framed Wall Art • Deny Designs  // Houndstooth Framed Wall Art • Deny Designs  // Set of 3 Block Print Cotton & Linen Dishtowels • Anthropologie Home  // Michelangelo Set of 4 Stemless Wine Glasses • Luigi Bormioli  // ’50s Retro Style Electric Kettle • Smeg

If I Were Only Buying One….I’m weirdly excited about these Set of 3 Nesting Mixing Bowls • Golden Rabbit as I love the look and I know I’ll get so much use out of them whether I’m baking or serving chips, popcorn, etc! Also, HELLO. This ’50s Retro Style Electric Kettle • Smeg  just has my heart.

Tried & True Favorite: Whatever you do, buy one [or twelve] of these Nordstrom at Home Kennebunk Bliss Plush Throw • Nordstrom. They are awesome soft blankets that hold up perfect wash after wash. They also make great gifts to give at Christmas time!

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  1. Caitlyn says:

    Don’t forget the Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Set. This is a tried and true favorite of mine and is one of the better deals of the sale every year!

  2. Amanda says:

    I love your style! Thank you for sharing your great finds! I love the Ruffle V-Neck Ponte Sheath Dress the most but there are so many great items I am debating getting on the website and checking out the sale now!

  3. Megan Adams says:

    So many items to be excited about! I love your “most excited” item from each list as well as the “tried and true” suggestions.
    Can’t wait to see what you decide on for your “must have” items. While my wish list isn’t nearly as long as what you purchased, it is growing! And…I’m teaching online this year – so I need to add some comfy items instead of “in person, durable, can get little kiddo germs on” clothes.

  4. Ashley says:

    Obsessed with the Tory Burch crossbody! Makes me think of fall! ????

  5. REGINA ALLEN says:

    Can you post the link to the green robe?

  6. Jenny Jakobs says:

    I am new to the Nordstrom Sale and am in love with so many of your choices! I have really enjoyed your blog as well. I check in often. I am a preschool teacher during this pandemic and your blog is such a fun distraction.

    Jenny Jakobs, Illinois

    • Erin Schrader says:

      Hi Jenny! Thanks so much for following along with us, I’m so happy to hear that! Your job is NO easy task, thanks for doing what you do! xoxo

  7. Jan says:

    Love the chelsea28 beige cowl sweater!

  8. Nancy says:

    Hi Erin!
    Thank you for all of your insight into the sale. We did major damage in store today!!!!!!!
    Question for you: we are looking for the head wrap that is pictured in the top left hand corner of the beauty section. We could not find the link. Please help?

    • Erin Schrader says:

      Hi Nancy! Woohoo, sounds like a blast! SO SORRY, it looks like the hair wrap is currently out of stock!!

  9. Kelcey says:

    Hi! Love some of these picks. I am able to shop on Thursday, but unfortunately some of my favorite items are already sold out. Any chance they are restocked before the sale ends?

    • Erin Schrader says:

      Ahh shoot! We’ll be keeping a close eye out for any restocks, be sure to keep checking! xo

  10. Alicia Webber says:

    I love that Tumi backpack!!

  11. Tara says:

    Love the Adidas! Been trying to snag them since I saw them on here! I did get the Steve Madden calf shoes, after seeing them on you I was sold haha.

  12. Tracy Batkins says:

    Thank you so much for all your great insight into this sale!! I love reading your blog and your great fashion ideas! Things have been crazy busy with virtual teaching and you have made my N sale shopping so relaxing and easy!!!! Thank you so much!!
    🙂 Tracy

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