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SV Complete Early Access: Shop My Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks!

This post will go public next week, so shop early before items sell out!

July means two things: high heat and summer sales. Especially the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I like Nordstrom for their free shipping and easy returns. And if you're familiar with their Anniversary Sale, you've been waiting all year for this day.

Shop My Summer Sale Picks from The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

We have a ton of readers who shop at Nordstrom because of their friendly return policy and free shipping. And this little thing they call Nordy Notes. The more you spend, the more money you get back to spend in their stores. So since Nordstrom is so popular with our readers, I'm providing my two cents for what I would buy during the Anniversary Sale if I were you. If you're a Nordstrom cardholder, you got early access on July 13, 2017 (and your email account was flooded with notices from them, I'm sure!). Everyone else can shop when the sale goes public, July 21, 2017. They restock a lot of items, but best to be a cardholder if you want early access to snag the best stuff first. (I am not sponsored by Nordstrom, nor am I getting paid to say this. Just passing along what may be useful info.)

What's the big deal about the sale? It's brand new fall merchandise that goes on sale before the season, and then goes up to regular price when everyone else is finally thinking about buying fall clothes. Up to 30% off. Very clever way to boost slow summer sales.

There are 5 main categories I like to shop: Outerwear, Pants including Denim, Tops, Shoes & Handbags, and Beauty. I look for big-ticket items like a winter coat or leather boots because you can save so much. I've got a pretty targeted shopping list, and this is what's in my make-believe shopping cart if I were buying everything I wanted.

Outerwear

This trench coat is a great one, because of the color - that deep and rich honey rather than stone khaki. It's hard to find a stylish, longer coat. And even harder to pull off a double-breasted coat. Which is why this one is so fabulous - the proportions are perfect. And you do know you can hem a coat, right? I like this one hitting right below the knees. It's ok if your skirt or dress is longer.

Pants, Denim and a Skirt

I cannot love this skirt enough. The split hem is so chic, and will be flattering to your calves. Wear it with an untucked sweater, or tuck in a button down blouse. If you want an investment pair of black pants, these St. John ones are WONDERFUL. I don't know how they do it, but they do it right. I have 2 pairs. If you're looking to update your denim, and everyone should because denim has a much shorter shelf-life than people realize (the rinses, the cuts, but mainly the rinses), here is my selection of the best of the best.

Tops

Good tops are just hard to find. So when you find one, grab it. Ok, so I included a few more jackets here because honestly I wasn't wowed by a lot of tops in the sale. But this sale is ALWAYS good for a jacket or two. The margins are really good. If you have a few fancy events to go to this fall and winter, I highly recommend investing in a beautiful blouse like the Lela Rose one that you can wear over and over by pairing it with pants and skirts that you can switch up - or even pair with jeans for a cool change. Better than a dress you may only wear once.

Shoes & Handbags

Get your fall boots now. They will sell out, and I like these very much. I can't bring myself to pay what they're asking for their over-the-knee boots, largely because I don't wear them, but I don't want you over-paying for them either. Best to buy on clearance after season if you want some.

Beauty

Oh I am such a sucker for the beauty sale items. I always grab the Trish makeup notebookthingy, and a candle or two for gifts. Love the small commitment you can make to a fragrance, too, in these little Joe Malone mini-bottles.

There you have it.

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