I love Nordstrom, so I really like their Anniversary sale. Sometimes there’s a lot of frenzy surrounding it, and while I’m not crazy about that, I get it. Brand new fall pieces with super sale prices? That’s cool. I get how that creates a frenzy.
But these days, I prefer to tune out the frenzy completely, and take the opportunity to create my own experience instead. Something relaxing and light and special.
First, I reframe my expectations (and let go of any pressure I might put on myself).
I don’t see this sale as something to conquer. I don’t attempt to do all (or any) of my Christmas shopping. I don’t stock up on everything I might need for the fall and winter.
I let all that go. (And it feels good to let go.)
Instead, I go in with the mindset of buying maybe just one or two special things that speak to me and fill a need in my wardrobe.
Second, I set a soothing tone.
The best part about shopping online? The store doesn’t set the tone — you set the tone.
I like to make it into a soothing experience and maybe even turn it into a self-care night. I’ll light a candle, turn down the lights in the house, maybe pour a glass of wine, turn on a relaxing, uplifting playlist (I just recently made this playlist for a self-care night in), and snuggle into the couch with my laptop.
The moment I notice I’m feeling anything other than calm, I close the laptop and focus on something that feels better. Because it’s just a sale — not anything worth getting stressed about.
Then I’ll end the evening with a face mask or a bath or a cup of freshly brewed sleepy time tea.
No stress, no frenzy. Just a nice, relaxing night.
Third, I keep my wardrobe planner close at hand.
I always enjoy loosely filling out a few pages of my wardrobe planner if I know I may be doing some shopping soon. Then I’ve got all that valuable information — my color palette, uniform ideas, wish list, and notes about what I like and don’t like — to keep me on track so I can avoid impulse purchases.
(And hey — you can get your own wardrobe planner too. Download it here.)
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Here are a few of my favorite things I found while perusing the sale. Some items may say they are out of stock, however they usually come back in a day or two. See something you like? You can shop it and support Unfancy at the same time by using the affiliate links below.
Floral dress $35.90 ($55 after sale ends) // also available in rose // This dress has a vibe that’s similar to Christy Dawn (my favorite dress designer), but it’s incredibly affordable. I’d pair it with white sneakers and Ray Bans and a backpack — yep, pretty much everything on this board.
A few other Christy Dawn-esque dresses:
Adidas Gazelle Sneakers $67.90 ($90.00 after sale ends) / also available in blush // I was excited to see this classic sneaker style on sale. My white sneaks are a wardrobe workhorse — I wear them with everything from jeans to yoga leggings to dresses.
Ray-Ban Round Sunglasses $135.90 ($203 after sale ends) // I’ve gotten so many questions about my sunglasses this year — and here they are, on sale! I have them in gold, but to me, the black color is subtle and classic, while the silver color is unexpected and cool.
Open Knit Sweater $39.90 ($59.95 after sale ends) // I ordered this one myself! That warm neutral color and the ease of an open knit — heart eyes. Thinking of pairing it with denim shorts and sneakers, or throwing it over my shorter floral dresses to help them transition to fall.
Madewell Transport Crossbody $109.90 ($168.00 after sale ends) / also available in a darker brown // I’ve had a Mini Transport bag for several years and, while it’s excellent for everyday use, it’s exceptionally great for traveling. Not too big, not too small, zips up for peace of mind, and hugs close to the body. It’s a winner.
Slouchy Cardigan $58.90 ($89.00 after sale ends) / Looks like this particular color is sold out right now, but there’s a good chance it’ll come back in stock. In the meantime, it’s also available in light blue, grey, and navy.
Madewell Bootie $129.90 ($198.00 after sale ends) Also available in white and dark brown // I have last years version and I can’t say enough good things about them. They’ve got a 2 inch heel that’s friendly for a day of walking, while the pointy toe elongates the ol’ legs. Favorite boot to wear with mini and midi dresses.
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And there you have it! My approach to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and a few of my favorite things.
And hey, if you’re not in the market for anything right now, enjoy that feeling of letting go. Don’t feel the need to shop just because there’s a sale happening. Instead, go soak up the sunshine and do your thing. :)