The Best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Items, Shop Here

It’s here! The fashion event of the season (or at least July) and I have the best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items all picked out for you.

This review is focused on how this sale can help you build out your capsule wardrobe. I divide my findings into capsule wardrobe categories of essential elements (blazer, skirt, blouse, jeans, etc). I hope this helps with shopping overwhelm.

This recent blog post provides all the details of shopping this sale. The tiered shopping commences on July 12th. This is based on your Nordstrom Card status. To check your status log into Nordstrom or check your Nordstrom card billing. 

All links to shop are below the photos, so click to browse and get additional details.

The blazer (or third piece)

This sale is full of amazing blazers this year. A blazer is a key piece to your capsule, as well as the third piece. A third piece can take any look to the next level. Add these blazers below to your jeans and t-shirt for an amazing outfit. The options I selected vary in price and provide alternatives to a traditional blazer.

Classic camel, traditional black flannel, alternative black blazer. tweed one button, denim color with ruched sleeves, cashmere sweater alternative

Sweaters as an alternative essential piece

While sweaters are not an actual capsule wardrobe essential item, they are a great alternative to a blazer or blouse. Sweaters are another option for a third piece, a great statement garment, or a solid basic to wear over and over again. They are a staple and the sale offers some great choices, this was hard for me to narrow down. But I pulled the best sweaters in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale for you.

There are wool, cashmere, and cotton options. I cannot wear wool or cashmere right on my skin, so I was sure to provide different materials for you to choose from in case this is an issue for you as well. The bold green sweater comes in multiple colors so you can choose one that works with your capsule color palette. I’ve included bold patterns like the animal print. Classics such as the camel colored boxy cardigan. An open cardigan that looks like an expensive hand knit (but it’s not). A sporty looking side stripe. An asymmetrical stunner. As well as a striped Chanel looking basic that you could pair with jeans or trousers for the office. Just to name a few of the sweater options.

Animal print cardigan, hunter green turtleneck, crochet black sweater, open front cardigan, camel classic cardigan, striped braided cardigan
Slub camel cropped cardigan, striped knit, asymmetrical roll neck

Denim and the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

These two go hand in hand. There are always amazing denim options at this sale, this year is no different. The dark denim essential piece to your capsule is the workhorse of your wardrobe, so you have to have plenty of options. I have different silhouettes and washes so you can use these to build out your jean selection in your capsule. I love that there are multiple denim silhouettes that are popular right now. If all you have are skinnies, this is a great opportunity to add a different shape to your denim arsenal.

Veronica Beard high waisted flare jeans, Mother boot cut raw edge jeans, Rag & Bone boyfriend straight jeans, Frame classic blue straight jeans

Blouses for a new era

I went beyond your capsule wardrobe basic white blouse on this one. With Zoom reigning supreme (still) no garment has been more important than the blouse these past 18 months. I think as remote working remains a part of our lives, this will continue to hold true. A solid selection of blouses and tops will be key for style success and there are some great choices below. Blouses you can wear from the office to a night out. Bold colors to add to your capsule (there are tons of color options on the green blouse). A floral statement blouse, and a couple of great white options. There is something for all capsule wardrobes here.

White puff sleeve blouse, emerald green satin blouse, black ruffle sleeve blouse, floral blouse, classic white poplin, white silk

Up-leveled T-shirts

Along the same vein as blouses, t-shirts are vital to a capsule wardrobe. A great basic t-shirt is the solid foundation of any outfit. I pretty much stuck with the basics here, added one stripe for some fun. These can be dressed up or worn for everyday use.

Derek Lam 10 olive tee, white rushed sleeve shirt, striped t-shirt, off the shoulder black tee, navy puff sleeve shirt

The Dress

This is perhaps my favorite category of a capsule or any wardrobe. A dress is a 30-second outfit. It can look different based on accessories and shoes, and always delivers when trying to look polished and pulled together. These dresses are elevated basics that allow for repeat wear. Some are real investment pieces, but still at great prices.

Short sweater dress, puff sleeve empire waist black dress, short sleeve wrap dress, cashmere turtleneck knit dress, latte colored sweater dress, navy sheath dress

Skirts in elevated fabrics

I have so much more than the capsule wardrobe essential black pencil skirt for you to look at here. These are basic and neutral, but in faux leather, tweed, and knit material options to make them more interesting. A floral skirt for a romantic feminine look. Some of these could be your statement piece, you need only pair with a simple blouse or t-shirt. These skirts are great for the office, but could also be styled differently for running errands, brunch on the weekend, or a date night. It’s all about what you wear with these beauties.

Pleated faux leather, camel wrap skirt, classic pencil skirt, ribbed knit pencil skirt, black floral skirt, faux leather aubergine wrap skirt

Coats and Jackets are the best at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

A trench coat is the topping piece in a capsule wardrobe. I’m expanding this include all coats and jackets. They can also deliver elevated style all on their own no matter what they are paired with. Sometimes a coat is too much for your outfit or lifestyle. So I included car coats and bomber jackets as well. These make for a more relaxed casual look while not sacrificing an ounce of style. If you need a new coat or jacket, this sale is a great chance to get your hands on a high end, well made, long lasting investment piece. The coats ALWAYS sell out because they are great prices. Don’t hesitate if this is something you are considering. Grab it while you think about it, you can always return it if you change your mind.

Olive trench coat, hooded wool grey coat, wrap camel colored classic coat, tie belt wool, straight wool cashmere blend, one button army green
Quilted bomber jacket, white bomber jacket, navy quilted jacket, faux shearling jacket

Workout wear

If you need to freshen up your exercise clothes, this is the time to do it. They have a ton of Zella, their in-house athletic brand, but it’s not my favorite. Alo is involved in the sale, which is a great brand but the color options were not doing it for me. I’ve included Sweaty Betty below. This is such a good brand. But its price point can be off-putting. This is your chance to grab some of this high-end, hold you in place workout wear at a great price. I’ve included some to and from studio or gym wear, as well as the new “it” shoe, Cloudflow.

Cropped rainbow sweatshirt, shiny black leggings, black tank, Cloudflow tennis shoes, muted rainbow hooded sweatshirt, black sweatshirt

Only discounted at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Undergarments

Last but certainly not least, I have a few underwear options for you to shop. My favorite 100% cotton (except for the lace trim) Natori Bliss undergarments. These never go on sale outside of the Anniversary extravaganza. These Hanky Panky staples in either solid or patterns are a great grab. And the retro high waist style is an alternate choice for minimal panty lines.

If you want to browse the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale yourself, click HERE to get to the preview. You can create a wish list. Once you’re eligible to shop, you just move what you want to purchase over to your cart and checkout. It will save you time and secure items more quickly.

Remember if something is sold out, keep checking back on the item, they do restock. All shipping and returns are free, so order up knowing that nothing is permanent. And if you buy something and the sizing is wrong, but they are now sold out. Hold on to that item as they will fully restock the sale items after the sale but at full price. You can exchange for the correct size at that point.

Reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions. And please share this with a friend who may be interested in shopping for the best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items.



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P.P.S. Some of these items are affiliate links (this is new for me). This means I get a small commission if you buy from the link. There is no price difference to you, and this does not affect what I recommend. Only the best for you.


Hi! I'm Kim.

I teach women to dress with more confidence and joy. By understanding a few style concepts, how to dress your body type and how to curate a capsule wardrobe everyone can leave the house feeling great.



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