While we were all in 10×10 land, Nordstrom kicked off their Anniversary Sale. I love Nordstrom, so I really like their Anniversary sale. What I do not love, however, is the frenzy that sometimes goes along with it.
I mean, I get it. Brand new fall pieces with super sale prices? That’s cool. I get how that creates a frenzy. I’ve fallen into the frenzy myself. :)
But I think it’s possible to both enjoy the sale and approach it in a chill + thoughtful way.
It sounds fun to sit down with my laptop and a glass of wine and peruse the goods for a while. But it doesn’t sound fun to feel pressured, overspend, and labor over that feeling of, “I don’t want to spend this much, but it’s such a good deeeal.”
As a person who’s had both experiences, I’ve found that the difference between the two sale shopping scenarios is all in the approach.
So here’s what I do to keep things fun, chill, and thoughtful:
First, I fill out my wardrobe planner and keep it close at hand.
About a week ago, I spent a few minutes loosely filling out my wardrobe planner for fall. We’re currently in the hottest part of the summer, so having an excuse to dream about cool fall days for a little bit sure was fun!
Later, as I sat down to check out the sale, I did a quick scan of my planner — my guiding words, my fall uniform ideas, and notes about what I like and don’t like — and kept them in mind while I browsed. It made all the difference. I was able to make quick, confident decisions and filter out the maybes in a flash.
And hey…you can download a wardrobe planner of your own right here for free. :)
Second, I reframe my expectations.
When we hear the term sale, the phrase stock up often goes along with it.
But if I were to take that stock up approach to the Nordstrom sale, I’d overspend. Because they often have super expensive pieces for half off.
I mean, that’s awesome. But half off a $200 piece is still $100. Feeling the need to stock up on pieces that cost that much can get out of hand real quick.
So I leave the stock up mentality at home.
Instead, I went in with an expectation that I would buy one, maybe two things.
And to be honest, I haven’t bought anything yet. I’ve narrowed down to a handful of favorites — you can see them below, mixed with a few pieces that are similar to items I already own and love — but I’m taking my time, listening to my gut, and continuing to narrow down until I land on the right one or two pieces.
1 / Rag + Bone Boyfriend Jeans $149 ($229 after sale ends) / Last year, I only bought one thing from the Nordstrom sale — and it was a pair of these Rag+Bone jeans! A year later, I couldn’t be happier with them. Soft, comfortable, and they don’t do that saggy butt thing like most boyfriend jeans. :)
3 / Caslon Sweater $45 ($69 after sale ends) / Also available in grey
5 / French Connection Parka $159 ($240 after sale ends) / Also available in black / It’s hard to think about coats right now with the summer heat coming on so strong, but I’ve been eyeing this parka since last year, so I was excited to see it included in the sale.
6 / Kork-Ease Chelsea Bootie $129 ($199 after sale ends) / Available in more colors / Personally, this was my very favorite item out of everything I saw at the Nordstrom sale. Since they are Kork-Ease you know they’ll be comfortable, and that worn-in leather is absolutely stunning.Thinking these might be my winners this year.
8 / Treasure + Bond Oversized Cardigan $65 ($99 after sale ends) / Also available in black and grey / Similar cardigan in cashmere $199 ($299 after sale ends)
10 / Halogen Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater $129 ($199 after sale ends) / Available in more colors
11 / Adidas Gazelle Sneaker $59 ($79 after sale ends) / Available in more colors
12 / Nike Flyknit Training Shoes $89 ($120 after sale ends) / Available in more colors / I got a pair of these a while back and they are particularly wonderful for travel! Since the whole top of the shoe is sock-like, it flattens down all the way to the sole. Super convenient when you’re trying to pack light, but need to pack a pair of athletic shoes.
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To me, successful sale shopping is all about taking a different approach — not letting the frenzy get to you, but instead staying mindful. Keep your wardrobe planner in hand and reframe your expectations so you don’t feel the need to get it all.
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 enjoy the day.
Tell me, do you have any strategies to shop thoughtfully when it comes to sales?