Sept. 2020 Update: Alas, the Nordstrom Anniversary sale has ended; keep an eye on this page if you’re looking for info about the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. But you can still shop thousands of markdowns at the big Nordstrom clearance sale happening now. Sign up for our newsletter to stay on top of all the major workwear sales!
When is the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
Early access starts August 4 for the first tier of cardholders, and the sale is open to everyone from August 19 to August 30. Prices go back up Monday, August 31, 2020!
What is the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview?
Nordstrom has traditionally done a special catalog to whet people’s interest in the sale items — for 2020, Nordstrom has decided to do an online catalog instead. You can’t buy things yet, but you can see everything that will be on sale at this link. You can check out all of our picks for the sale at this link.
When Can I Shop the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
For the 2020 Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom is limiting early access heavily to Nordstrom cardholders, and even then heavily by tiers. Those cardholders who’ve spent more than $15,000 in net purchases (Icons) get earliest access, starting August 4, while Ambassadors ($5K), Influencers ($2K), and Insiders ($500) get access August 7–18.
The sale opens for everyone August 19–30 — if anything is left. You can click this link to get more details on the sale; there’s also a link on that page where you can check what status you have. (You may have to log in.)
What is the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (or NAS) is a once-yearly summer sale where Nordstrom marks down new fall merchandise for a limited time. Unlike other sales, which focus on clearing out old merchandise, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale gives you discounts on brand new fall merchandise as it’s hitting the shelves.
Wait, What? Really? New Fall Merchandise On Sale?
Yes, truly. This is why readers LOVE this sale — there are a ton of sizes and colors available; it’s all current trends, shapes, lengths, and colors; and in general it’s a great time to stock up on basic things, from underwear to shoes to bags to suits, from budget picks to investment pieces. We’ve rounded up the best lingerie to buy at Nordstrom based on shoppers’ ratings; you may also want to check out our roundup of the best jeans to wear to work.
What Will Be Included In the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The selection is a bit different every year, so stay tuned here (or, even better, sign up for our newsletter!) for our picks for this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Workwear brands we’ve seen represented a lot in the past include Halogen, 1901, Leith, Vince Camuto, Boss, Sam Edelman, Eliza J, Hanky Panky, Chantelle, Natori, Wacoal, Lafayette 148 New York, Tory Burch, Theory, Zella, and more. (You can see our NAS picks from previous years right here!)
What are the 2020 Dates for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will be August 4–August 30, 2020. Early Access starts August 4, 2020 for Nordstrom cardholders. As noted above:
For the 2020 Anniversary Sale, Nordstrom is limiting early access heavily to Nordstrom cardholders, and even then heavily by tiers. Those cardholders who’ve spent more than $15,000 in net purchases (Icons) get earliest access, starting August 4, while Ambassadors ($5K), Influencers ($2K), and Insiders ($500) get access August 7–18. The sale opens for everyone August 19–30 — if anything is left. You can click this link to get more details on the sale; there’s also a link on that page where you can check what status you have. (You may have to log in.)
(Warning if you don’t have Early Access: things DO sell out!)
How Do I Get Early Access to the 2020 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale?
If you have a Nordstrom rewards card or a Nordstrom credit card, you can shop Early Access. You can sign up for a rewards card here. (You can read our older thoughts on the benefits of the Nordstrom credit card — it is still one of the few “store cards” that I use.)
Should I Shop 2020 NAS Online or At the Store?
I’m Team Online in general, all the time, but especially with Nordstrom because they offer free shipping and free returns (to say nothing of a great return policy!). As of 2020 there is no end limit on returns, at least for items with tags still on. (This is particularly great during the pandemic, when you may be trying to limit trips to the post office! I always love that Nordstrom gives you prepaid return labels, though, so all you have to do is drop bigger packages at the counter — you don’t need to weigh anything, stand in line, or talk to the postal worker.) That isn’t to say you should take advantage of them — as they note, “We will do our best to take care of customers and deal with them fairly; we ask that our customers treat us fairly as well.”
That said, if you really want your stuff TODAY, do note that Nordstrom offers an “in-store pickup” option — depending on which store is your local one, they may even offer curbside pickup, where they bring it out to you. You can find your local store here.
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