2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Slim Pickings

2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview

Sharing my thoughts on this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, plus the best beauty exclusives.

The 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is right around the corner and now you can preview the online catalog and start adding items to your wish list.

In previous years, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale always happened in July but thanks to COVID-19, things were pushed back. I’m glad this sale isn’t starting until August because shopping for fall clothes and accessories in July seemed ridiculous and out of touch.

This is also the first time they have segmented Early Access among cardmembers, which means depending on your spend level, will determine how early you can shop as a cardholder.

Personally, I think Nordstrom picked the wrong year to roll out this new Early Access program because it’s essentially setup for those who spend thousands of dollars to shop first. I get it, it’s a business and they are going to do what works best for them but we are in a pandemic. In previous years, all you needed to do was sign up for a credit card with Nordstrom to shop the sale early, no spend minimum.

Below is a breakdown of cardmember early access and sale dates.

Early Access for CardmembersIn previous years I loved shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale; however, it has gotten less and less appealing each year. I’m assuming because of COVID-19, the selection is not very big (even though they are marketing it to be). I’ve already spotted items in the catalog that were available back in June/early July and marked down. I’m convinced most of it is just repurposed products or inventory from last year’s sale.

Of course, that’s not to say I still won’t shop the sale. My wish list this year is very different. I have zero interest in shopping for work clothes. Everything on my wish list is basically loungewear, bras/underwear, sweaters and maybe a cute blouse I could wear for work conference calls.

2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks


There’s no shortage of beauty exclusives in this year’s sale (over 200 items). In the beauty category, it’s always a good idea to restock on favorites and value sets to save money. A few things caught my attention in this year’s catalog. I swear by this clean deodorant (I use the classic coconut oil scent). I also spotted a cleanser value set that smells so good. Also, my favorite makeup setting spray is included! I’ve included more of my personal beauty picks below.


I never invested in denim until I bought my first pair of PAIGE and AG Jeans a few years ago during the sale. I’m really impressed with the quality of both brands and how they hold their shape after going through the wash. I’m hoping to treat myself to a pair of jeans during this year’s sale (I’m eyeing these high waist jeans from Madewell).


I have no plans to purchase any shoes this year; however, they do have some good deals on athletic sneakers, casual loafers, booties, and comfortable flats. Sam Edelman, Marc Fisher, and Adidas are my favorite shoe brands but BP. Shoes (Nordstrom’s in-house brand) are very affordable if you want to spend less than $100.

Loungewear, Sweaters, Cardigans, Tees 

This particular category is essential in 2020.While I do work from home everyday, I basically live in leggings, sweatpants and t-shirts. I usually avoid buying trendy clothes during the sale and stock up on comfortable sweaters, cardigans and tees. BP., Caslon, Halogen, and Madewell are my go-to brands for these types of pieces. And typically, they are all under $100.


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks