I’ve always said that one day I’ll be the smart girl who buys summer clothes during end-of-summer/fall sales and winter clothes during spring/summer sales, but that’s never what actually happens.
Here in the real world, most clothes left on end-of-season sale racks are extremely picked over, or only left in size XXS or XXL. And while there are certainly finds to be found, it takes a bit of luck and know-how.
Yet Nordstrom’s big anniversary sale takes a different approach: Rather than have an out-of-season sale, they’re temporarily reducing prices on in-season items — i.e. the looks you’re currently coveting for this summer/fall, not next.
Take a look at my 10 favorite picks for women from the BIG Nordstrom sale — all of which will become staples in your wardrobe, now and in years to come:
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2013 1 of 12
If you've always wanted to splurge on a few high-quality wardrobe basics — be it a designer handbag, quality denim, or an iconic fashion look — now might be the time. While all of these on-trend items are at a reduced price now, expect the prices to go up on August 4.
Nixon Kensington Crystal Bracelet Watch 2 of 12
An oversized watch is the "it" chic accessory, and this Nixon watch — on sale in both rose gold and gold — is the perfect balance. It has the strength and structure of the menswear trend, with enough delicate details to feel feminine.
Will be: $175
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Dooney & Bourke Clayton Satchel 3 of 12
If you've been thinking about splurging on a high-quality neutral handbag — a staple in your wardrobe — this might be the time for you.
Will be: $428
Chelsea 56mm Sunglasses 4 of 12
From the highly coveted House of Harlow 1960.
Will be: $138
Bernardo Zip Trim Leather Scuba Jacket 5 of 12
You've been dying for a real, classic goes-with-everything leather jacket for YEARS, but you can never find anything in a reasonable price range. Well while this jacket is still pricey, it's almost $150 less than it will be in a few weeks.
Will be: $399
Diane von Furstenberg Silk Jersey Wrap Dress 6 of 12
If owning a real DVF wrap dress is on your fashion bucket list, now might be the time to make the splurge.
Will be: $365
BP. Darbie Boot 7 of 12
If you're planning on buying a new pair of Fall boots anyway, you typically won't find good sales until Spring 2014. But you can get this gorgeous pair — a Fall/Winter basic — at a much more affordable price (and then be thankful for the purchase EVERY SINGLE DAY).
Will be: $150
NYDJ Stretch Skinny Boyfriend Jeans 8 of 12
Finally buy a pair of good designer denim — and it'll cost you less than $100.
Will be: $130
L.K. Bennett Doris Bootie 9 of 12
Your new goes-with-everything, all-season shoe.
Will be: $395
Faux Leather Fit & Flare Dress 10 of 12
On trend yet eternally classy. It's like an LBD with edge.
Will be: $248
BCBGeneration Tweet & Faux Leather Military Jacket 11 of 12
You know it's a good sale when you can get something this on-trend and desirable for almost $100 off — and before the jacket season even starts.
Will be: $210
Plus Online Exclusives! 12 of 12
In addition to the anniversary sale items, Nordstrom is also having Daily Online Exclusives with new sale items every day — now through July 25.
And don't forget: The entire Anniversary Sale (in ALL sections, by the way) ends on August 4, which is when the prices go back up.