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2022 #NSale Preview: Early Favorites

Alright, ladies. This is it! The long awaited Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview is live online, and shopping for top tier cardmembers starts tonight at 12:01 AM ET/9 PM PT!

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This is when Nordstrom brings out a ton of new fall styles and immediately marks them down so you can get “of the moment trends” at a discount before the fall season even begins. Even if you don’t plan to shop the sale, it’s fun to see the new fall styles.

It’s also a great time to stock up on larger sizes of your favorite personal care products and refresh your wardrobe basics like bras, underwear, t-shirts, etc.

While you can’t shop the sale just yet, you can add #NSale items on Preview to your Nordstrom Wishlist to purchase when your access level comes up. This is awesome because you can make a plan and shop the sale strategically, rather than buying impulsively. Just select your preferred size and color, and then click Add to Wish List, as shown below.

FYI, all of my #NSale 2022 coverage can be found under the #NSALE tab at the top of my blog. (On mobile, tap the 3 lines at the top left, for the dropdown menu.) As I add new posts, they will be added to that tab.

First Thoughts

Most people are more excited about this year’s sale than they have been the past few years. There are definitely some familiar pieces, but there are a lot of new styles too; you just have to dig deep to get to them. It seems like it’s all the old standbys that are on the first few pages.

Fortunately, I did the deep digging for you. I spent hours combing the website, making lists of my top picks, and creating shopping widgets to round up my top recommendations across all major categories.

Dates to Know

Here are the dates you need to know. (Not sure of your access level? Find that here.)

2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale dates to know

How to Shop the #NSale

If you’re new to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, start here: Your Complete Guide to the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

A few quick reminders: You will get the most bang for your buck if you shop investment pieces and rather than trendy items because the savings on investment pieces is far greater than it is on lower priced, trendy items. I also recommend paying the $12 for 2-day shipping, so you don’t run the risk of your order getting canceled.

I’ll point out items where the sell-out risk is high, and you definitely want to focus on those items first. As a rule, brands like AllSaints, Natori, Barefoot Dreams, Mother Denim, and Vince go fast. Nordstrom Made brands typically have more stock than the other designers (except for Nordstrom Signature — which often has some of the best deals on high quality cashmere, so grab those if you see them!)

Speaking of which, let’s start this roundup with the best sweaters in the #NSale this year!

The Best Sweaters:

In general, the sweater styles this year are trending towards the oversized, although there are some crop styles too. A lot of them have puff sleeves, both short and long, which look great on ladies who are smaller on top. I prefer slim-fitting sleeves to emphasize my slender arms and de-emphasize my larger chest and wide shoulders, so I’m being pretty choosy about sweater purchases this year.

My early favorites are this cardigan, this cashmere v-neck, and this polo sweater. I was also excited to see this cashmere hoodie back this year, as well as the AllSaints Ridley funnel neck sweater that was in such high demand last year, and their asymmetrical mock neck as well.

AllSaints Lock Mock Neck Sweater

I also noticed that cardigans are making a comeback this fall. Yes, they did fall out of vogue for a few seasons, but I realize not everyone noticed. I’m seeing a lot of v-neck cardigans worn buttoned-up over crew neck base layers, but I’ll wear mine over a scoop-neck tank, such as this or this.

All that to say, the styles out this year are not my favorites, but I’m sure I’ll still find plenty of sweaters to love! Vince and Nordstrom Signature (two of my favorites for luxe cashmere) have a decent showing this year, and other brands to watch are Frame, AllSaints, and Rails.

In the under-$100 range, Madewell and Treasure & Bond have some good ones, but otherwise I’m not seeing a ton in this category that are exciting me. Here’s a roundup of my early favorites, with the investment sweaters first, and then the more budget-friendly price points.

The Best Denim:

I’m seeing a lot of familiar denim styles in the sale, but I feel like there is a better assortment of styles represented this year. I’m seeing a decent amount of skinny jeans, which tells me they’re still selling, but I don’t plan to add any skinnies to my fall closet. I see flares being a big trend this fall, and there are a lot of good straight ankle styles too.

There are quite a few styles of AG Jeans in this year’s sale, including the Mari in 10 Years Highline from last year’s #NSale as well as a nice, clean black denim. I’m also curious to try the Farrah Fray Hem Bootcut Jeans.

AG Mari in 10 Years Highline

I’m also happy to see a good assortment of styles Mother Denim, including the Hustler and the Dazzler — two of my favorite denim styles at the moment. Frame has a few good pairs as well.

In the under-$100 range, there’s tons of Wit & Wisdom denim in the #NSale this year. If you’re a Wit & Wisdom fan, you should find plenty to love.

Shoes & Boots:

Initially, I found the boot selection a bit underwhelming, but I’m seeing a lot of sandals and other shoe styles that I love like these and these and these. How fun is that rhubarb!?! It is often warm well into October here in Philly, and these would ease that summer to fall transition. I also noticed the retro sneaker trend still going strong, and there are some really good P448 sneakers in the sale this year too.

As far as fall boots go, I’m not seeing as much of the lug sole Chelsea boot this year, but it’s still out there. I’m noticing more of the higher, slimmer shafts, which are perfect for wearing with flares and bootcut jeans.

Vagabond Shoemakers Marja Cap Toe Bootie

As usual, Blondo is very well-represented in the sale this year. I actually like all of their styles quite a bit. I also noticed a mix of square and pointy toes, as well as subtle nods to western styling like clipped heels. I love this sleek Vince block heel bootie, and this low heeled AllSaints bootie also caught my eye.

Top Handbag Picks:

I usually pick up new handbag or three during the #NSale, and I did find a few to add to my Wish List. Army green is making a strong showing in the handbag selection again this year, and there’s also a lot of blush and white.

AllSaints leather backpack

Shockingly, there are no Tory Burch handbags in this year’s sale! But I’m really not sad about that because I wasn’t wowed by any of their styles in the past few years.

There are some nice options from Rebecca Minkoff and Coach, and I really like the AllSaints offerings this year. I particularly love that they all have silver hardware.

Pants:

There are some nice pants in the sale this year if you need work wear, or if you just want some classic pants to elevate your casual wardrobe. The Spanx The Perfect Pant Back Seam Skinny Ankle Pants are included again this year.

Spanx The Perfect Pant Back Seam Skinny Ankle Pants (M)

They don’t have my favorite Vince Crop Leggings, but they do have the Coin Pocket Stretch Cotton Chinos as well as these Crop Stretch Cotton Chinos, and I’m also interested to try these Crop Flare Pants.  Most of these come in several different colors.

Coats & Jackets:

At first glance, I didn’t see many coats and jackets that called to me, but then I did come up with enough to make a list. The Caslon hooded leather jacket is back this year, and I also really like the look of this Treasure & Bond leather bomber with shearling collar.

Caslon hooded leather jacket

There are a lot of blazers and shackets, but I’m just not feeling drawn to the longer, boxy styles.

As far as coats go, they brought back my The North Face Miss Metro II Parka; I got mine at the #Nsale two years ago, and it’s one of my most worn coats. And this Barbour lightweight puffer looks really promising; I got a similar one during last year’s #NSale.

I think I’ll find jackets and coats more exciting when I’m not at the beach, feeling the ocean breeze, ha!

Dresses:

Rails Margot Long Sleeve Sweater Dress

I haven’t had time to get through all the dresses in the sale, and I don’t tend to buy a lot of fall/winter dresses, but here are a few I found that I’m curious to try.

Foundations:

There are a lot of really good foundations in this year’s sale, including some of my favorites from this post. I will definitely be stocking up on a lot of those, as well as trying a few new items included in the widget below.

Beauty:

This is when I stock up on large sizes of my favorite beauty products like the L’Occitane Almond Oil Shower Gel, the Kiehl’s Creme De Corps Body Moisturizer, and my Revitalash Eyelash Conditioner. They also have my Simplehuman Magnifying Mirror for 25% off.

And I haven’t even touched on non-sweater tops, jewelry, home, or menswear, but I definitely have some favorites in those categories as well. I’ll be sharing more next week, once I can get in the store and try things on.

Let me know what types of items you are looking for, and how I can help you!

All of my #NSale 2022 Coverage:

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26 thoughts on “2022 #NSale Preview: Early Favorites

  1. Thanks for putting this together! It really makes it so much easier to navigate the sale. I have to say nothing is jumping out at me this year so maybe I will save some money! I am not loving the boxy looking sweaters and blazers.

  2. Thanks for all your hard work….. especially when you are on vacation. Have fun at the beach. I’ll be needing a dress and shoes to wear to a Dec. 10 th wedding. Not fancy. Small church wedding with reception place not far away. I’d like dress for tights and cute boot/booties. Are sweater dresses appropriate for weddings? Guess I should think coat too. Lol. It will be on a lot that time of year. I have never been to a Winter wedding.

  3. I will just echo my thanks for all of your hard work. Your posts and links are always so much easier to use/follow than other bloggers…very appreciated!

  4. Love the anniversary sale reviews very much and have my wish list prepared but no sweaters. Since moving to south florida, I don’t use my cashmere sweaters however for the few times it is chilly here do you have any sweater suggestions for me.

  5. Vince cropped leggings….. a definite favorite and looking at the details of the crop flare in the sale I’m pretty sure they’re the exact same pant with just a little kick out at the bottom and by little I mean 1 inch. Reading the details and measurement and fabrication of both to compare I’m pretty sure…. So they could be a super buy for someone wanting a great pant….especially for travel!

  6. Thanks for your hard work, especially on vacation.
    Is there a way to save an article, rather than just pictures to Pinterest?

  7. I started a comment and my Phone went down. I haven’t ever ordered anything from Nordstrom. But I did join the Nordy Club. I would love to know how I could review My Wish List. Thank you!!
    Linda W.

    1. When you look at a product on the Nordstrom website, rather than adding to cart, there is an option to Save to Wishlist. There’s a screenshot of what that looks like in this post.

  8. First of all, happy belated birthday! Thanks for your posts because I’ve been uninspired by the sale this year and really just need a pair of black ankle boots with a lower heel and there are so many to wade through the way they’ve organized the pages!

  9. Thanks so much for putting this together. I’m looking forward to shopping on the 9th (even though past experience has shown that some of my favorites will be sold out…most of the time they come back). I was reading your updated NSale email, and wanted to double check about clicking through using one of your links. If I add items from my wish list to my shopping cart, and then go back and click through one of your links to add another item to my cart and then check out, do you get credit for the order? Thanks!

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