2020 #NSale Preview: Prepare to Shop!

Alright, ladies. This is it. Game ON!!! The long awaited Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Preview is finally here!

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You can’t shop just yet, but you can add #NSale items on Preview to your Nordstrom Wishlist to purchase when your access level comes up in August. (Not sure of your access level? Find that here.)

This is awesome, because you can make a plan and shop the sale strategically, rather than buying impulsively.

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. That said, I realize we’re all working with different budgets, so I try to include a mix of styles and price points in my recommendations.

This is also a great time to stock up on beauty products, wardrobe staples, and foundation garments that rarely go on sale. They may not be fun to shop for, but they’re necessary, so you may as well get them at a discount.

If you’re new to this sale, and have no idea what the hype is all about, start here: How To Prepare for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

FYI, all my ongoing #NSale 2020 coverage can be found under the #NSALE tab at the top of my blog (on mobile, you can find it in the dropdown menu.)

For my #NSale Preview posts, I’ll use shopping widgets to round up my top recommendations across all major categories.

Yes, I said “posts” because I decided it’s too much for one, with the entire sale available for preview this year. I don’t want to overdo it before we can even shop, but when I asked for feedback, most said they would rather I divide it up to make preparing for the sale more manageable.

First Thoughts

Now that I’ve had time to peruse the 2020 #NSale offerings, I noticed that there are fewer new “made for the #NSale” pieces and more old favorites released in new colors, but the discounts are excellent — some as much as 50% off!

In other words, a lot of will look familiar, so not quite as exciting as in years past.

Also, Nordstrom did say there would only be about half the typical #NSale inventory this year, so if you feel like there isn’t a lot, that’s why.

That said, I notice it says, ” Check back often—we’re adding more items daily!” on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale home page, so we may see a few more goodies being added before the sale goes live.

A lot of people in the Facebook Group are saying that it’s underwhelming so far, but I feel like people say that every year, and every year we find stuff to love… and obsess over and stalk for restocks, lol!

It’s also really hard to tell which of the new pieces will be awesome until we can try them on, or see them on other people. Unfortunately, we still have to wait a while for that, but I’m pretty good at predicting what we might like (or not) based on how the brand typically fits and the website measurements.

All that to say, I see this as a year to stock up on basics and replace some of our tried and true favorites. I like the Beauty exclusives a lot this year, and I found a handbag I’m super excited about. Shocker, right? Haha!

Also, one more thing. Don’t freak out if you see that something says “sold out” or “only 1 or 2 left.” I’m sure this is just a glitch in the system. You should still be able to select a size nad color and add to your Wist List. If not, check back in a few days. Those tend to be the items that are already on the site in other colors, and I think the website just isn’t recognizing the Preview inventory yet or something.

Today I’ll start with an overview — my top picks, products I have and love, and the items on my personal Wish List. Then I’ll take a deep dive into each category in several future posts.

#NSale 2020 Top Picks

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