Basics are my favorite thing to buy during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! When they’re normally full price most of the year or the weird colors end up going on sale at the end of the season, you’re forced to pay full price for the whites, grays, blacks in sweaters, tees, and for the normal non-embellished or trendy-cut jeans! Below, I’m sharing the best basics to buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale now while they’re here!
I know the first few days of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale are crazy, in 2018, the whole website crashed for hours! To be honest, it probably crashed because of crazy people like me who placed 6 separate orders… anyways. Here are the best basics to grab in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!
Side Note: I know the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is crazy and all over social media, but I can promise you, you’ll never hear me say that you “need” anything. Shopping this sale is fun for a lot of people, but we all can’t buy everything. This is a post full of my suggestions based on years of past and present NSale purchases. You don’t have to buy them all at once! Each year similar items come out in updated versions, so I’ve curated this post based on the best of the best.
Note: Some items pictured may be from previous years, and slightly different versions from the items linked.
Basics to Buy at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
If you’ve scrolled through Instagram in the last year and follow any blogger at all, you’ve probably realized that cardigans are super popular in the fall-spring, and then for a brief stint in July when we all lose our minds and take photos outside in 100 degrees heat. They’re still super popular, so I recommend grabbing a great basic in gray, black, or cream while you’re shopping.
I love this inexpensive BP sweater (pictured), it’s great to throw on the back of your office chair or over pretty much anything as an extra light layer throughout the year. I’ve had mine for 3 years and counting!
If you are willing to spend a little bit more, this Caslon one is so stinking soft! It has a bit of chenille in the knit but it isn’t the shiny looking material. The look is a little more expensive as well, so I’d definitely call it a nicer version. It’s so worth the price, I am upgrading to this one in 2019.
Your splurge cardigan (still under $100), is the Barefoot Dreams cardigan. Personally, I love the brand. I have a great robe and bought my mom and sister blankets for Christmas last year! We all love it, but I still don’t own this cardigan, all I can say, is everyone who has it wears it all the time and raves about it all year long. I’ll make the splurge one day, but for now, it’s out of my budget.
SHOP MY FAVORITE LONG CARDIGANS ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
I talk all the time about splurging on jeans. I wear them all the time when the weather is below 80 degrees. If you are one of those weird people like me who actually finds jeans comfortable, now is your chance to grab some designer denim. If you aren’t, maybe you should get new jeans, because this discovery was basically life-changing for me!
Nordstrom carries a great range of brands and prices, many of which go on sale during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! I love AG jeans and am wearing these ones as I write this post!
However, if you’re looking for an under $100 pair, this Free People (pictured) pair was great in the fitting room, and I love the Wit and Wisdom brand styles as well!
SHOP MY FAVORITE JEANS ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
Leggings are a staple in my wardrobe, I am constantly wearing them, even throughout the summer. While not suited for some occasions, my life is pretty casual, so I like to have various styles on hand.
This is the only time of year that I know of when the regular faux leather Spanx leggings go on sale. This is not a drill! As of my writing this, they are fully in stock, so grab them now at $65 instead of $90 later! I know they are a splurge, and I thought people were crazy for buying them too until I owned a pair. Now I need more than one because I wear them so often! They are comfortable, look great, non-transparent, comfy for travel, easy to dress up for brunch or a night out, or anything in between!
I couldn’t talk about leggings without mentioning Activewear. I discovered Zella’s live-in leggings last summer during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and fell in love. Seriously, I bought 3 pair! If you haven’t tried them yet, and either work out frequently or wear activewear to hang out often, grab them while they’re on sale!
For upgraded activewear leggings, try this Alo style! They are super comfy and great for yoga!
SHOP MY FAVORITE LEGGINGS ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
This is also a good sale to stock up on pajamas or comfy clothes. I usually grab a few pieces to wear at home for this sale. Last year I grabbed this Thread and Supply Wubbly Fleece Pullover and it is so cozy! Last year’s version is lined, which is different than the unlined, thinner version this year, however, it’s still cozy. I will note that mine got a tear in the sleeve, so I wasn’t thrilled with the quality. I haven’t heard of anyone else having issues, though, so if that does happen, you can take it back to Nordstrom because they are great with returns.
The Barefoot Dreams Blanket is always a winner. It’s a splurge, but oh so cozy! Last year I grabbed two for Christmas gifts!
These joggers are the cutest ever and so so soft. If you’re looking for a pair to lounge in, grab them!
SHOP MY COZY FAVORITES ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
My favorite layering piece, and top in the summer. There are tons of cute options, but the good basic colors sell out so quick. The classic lace trim satin cami by BP is back (pictured), and only $26! Fill in the holes in your closet, then grab the fun prints! Note: The lighter colors are a little thinner.
I loved these two 1 State camis with the lace inset and mesh inset. They fit true to size and come in various colors. These are slightly more expensive, but still under $50. They are still a cute elevated basic that you’ll wear a ton! Plus they are better quality because they are lined!
SHOP MY FAVORITE CAMIS ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
Hello $11 t-shirts (pictured)! I have a few of these from last year too, and they are great basics! This year’s version is softer and I actually think a little thicker. It feels like a totally different material, so I don’t want to compare quality. I like it an will likely grab a couple because everyone needs a few basic tees!
There are tons of options, but I also loved the $15 Caslon tees as well! I love the star print on this one!
SHOP MY FAVORITE TEES ON SALE DURING THE NORDSTROM ANNIVERSARY SALE:
Moto Jackets & Winter Coats
Any jacket you wear a ton can be considered a closet staple. This is a fantastic time to pick up a winter coat or moto jacket that you’ll wear all season long. I grabbed my suede moto jacket a couple of years ago and it’s been one of the best purchases I’ve ever made! Blank NYC comes out with a new version every year, and this is this year’s suede moto jacket. I also switch it out with my faux leather moto jacket which is another staple. If you are only getting one, I’d start with the leather!