The sales have been insane since March. In 13 years of shopping, I’ve never seen quite so many deals at one time and for such a prolonged amount of time. And we are ending the summer with a bang. The once-a-year Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is my clients’ favorite sale. It’s one of the few sales that dramatically discounts brand-new, coveted merchandise and go-to classics. We all munch at the bit for this baby. This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has almost 1,000 discounted items for men — and I looked at every single one of them. Yes, every single one. My eyes hurt, but it was worth it.
When Can I Start Shopping The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale For Men?
You heard the sale starts on August 4th, so you go to the website and try to purchase, but alas, you are not allowed! That is because the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is like a caste system. Nordstrom credit card holders shop first, and there is a tier of power within those folks as well. The more you shop at Nordstrom, the more powerful you become, mwah ha ha! Here is the schedule on who is allowed to shop first:
- Tuesday, Aug 4th – Credit card holders with Icon Status get first dibs. This is the most exclusive Nordstrom status and you must spend at least $15,000 a year to achieve Icon status.
- Friday, Aug 7th – Credit card holders with Ambassadors status — those who spend $5,000+ a year — can shop now.
- Monday, Aug 10th – Credit card holders with Influencer status can start shopping now. You must spend $2,000 a year to have Influencer status.
- Thursday, Aug 13th – Credit card holders with Insider status can start shopping now. You automatically gain Insider status when you’re approved for a Nordstrom credit card.
- Wednesday, Aug 19th – Everyone can shop now!
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Shopping Tips
The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale can be overwhelming. One, it’s easy to overshop. Two, it can be time-consuming to browse 1,000+ items. Three, everything sells out so fast! I already have a huge issue with everything selling out at Nordstrom. I have heard many a frustration from V-Style readers when my recommended Nordstrom items in any blog post, let alone this one, sell out within an hour of it going live. And if you’re one of my clients who has received one of my online shopping lists you are fully aware of how quickly things sell out. To counter these issues, here are my Anniversary Sale shopping tips:
- To avoid overshopping, make a list of what you need or want before browsing.
- Instead of browsing 1,000 items yourself, browse the recommended shopping lists of your favorite bloggers. Oh, look! You’re already on that.
- Order two sizes of any item you adore. If you wait until after the item arrives to size up or down, the item in the color or size you want will most likely be sold out.
- Set an alert on your phone for the day you are allowed to start shopping (check your status above).
- If an item is sold out, check back every few days. Half the items that sell out right away will come back in stock from all the returns.
To elaborate, items will sell out right away, but many will come back in stock due to returns. This is mostly due to the overshopping we discussed. People go manic and shop insane amounts and then realize they don’t actually need most of what they bought, or the size is off, and they end up returning at least half of what they purchased. So, you may think that shopping on August 19th will have nothing, and it will certainly be less than on August 4th, but you can get really lucky by shopping the sale late.
Travis Mathew Trumbull V-Neck T-Shirt
This Travis Mathew Trumbull V-Neck T-Shirt is one of my favorite t-shirts ever made and I’m so delighted to see it included in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for men. And this color! To die for.
Cole Haan Frankland Grand Plain Toe Derby
This Cole Haan Frankland Grand Plain Toe Derby is the absolute best tan oxford to pair with jeans, chinos, and casual suits.
Paige Transcend Lennox Slim Fit Jeans
These Paige Transcend Lennox Slim Fit Jeans are for my lean fellas who need a versatile, dark blue jean.
Good Man Brand Edge Sneaker
Nordstrom Men’s Shop 3-Pack Supima® Cotton Boxer Briefs
If you want to add some color to your underwear drawer, these are the Vanessa-Approved shades in the Nordstrom Men’s Shop 3-Pack Supima® Cotton Boxer Briefs.
Saxx Daytripper 3-Pack Boxer Briefs
I love the minimal presence of these Saxx Daytripper 3-Pack Boxer Briefs in these Vanessa-Approved colors.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Day-to-Night Hydration Duo
This Kiehl’s Since 1851 Day-to-Night Hydration Duo is an incredible deal. You will be blown away by your youthful glow. Especially if you haven’t been taking care of your skin.
Neuw Lou Slim Fit Twill Jeans
I love the edgy shade of these Neuw Lou Slim Fit Twill Jeans. Pair with earth tones, and skip the bright colors with these moody pants.
Cole Haan GrandPro Low Top Sneaker
I have been looking for an olive green shoe for ages! Thank you, Cole Haan GrandPro Low Top Sneaker.
Nordstrom Men’s Shop Sawyer Sneaker
I love the muted navy of this Nordstrom Men’s Shop Sawyer Sneaker. Pair it with light blue and olive green jeans.
Gucci 58mm Square Sunglasses
These Gucci 58mm Square Sunglasses are some of the freshest options available right now. This color is so much more flattering than black.
Quay Australia Hardwire 50mm Sunglasses
The Quay Australia Hardwire 50mm Sunglasses are another super fresh accessory. Skip your black shades, and go for these.
Bonobos Wear to Work Quarter Zip Pullover
This Bonobos Wear to Work Quarter Zip Pullover is just easy. Enjoy.
Robert Barakett Broderick Short Sleeve Knit Button-Up Shirt
The Robert Barakett Broderick Short Sleeve Knit Button-Up Shirt is so soft and versatile.
Scotch & Soda Regular Fit Button-Up Shirt
I am going to have you tuck in this Scotch & Soda Regular Fit Button-Up Shirt — scary, I know.
Boss Canzion Leather Belt
The Boss Canzion Leather Belt is such a yummy black leather belt for your more casual looks.
Rodd & Gunn New Haven Sports Fit Piqué Polo
I adore Rodd & Gunn and this Rodd & Gunn New Haven Sports Fit Piqué Polo is perfection for you polo wearing fellas. The color alone is a treat.
AG Marshall Slim Fit Chinos
Who needs to update their khakis? These AG Marshall Slim Fit Chinos will help you out.
Brax Cooper Fancy Houndstooth Plaid Five-Pocket Pants
I have been loving Brax on my clients. The Brax Cooper Fancy Houndstooth Plaid Five-Pocket Pants are great if you want to add a little texture to your pant collection.
Paige Federal Slim Straight Leg Jeans
The Paige Federal Slim Straight Leg Jeans are another gorgeous and unique shade of denim to add to your wardrobe.
7 For All Mankind Luxe Sport Slimmy Slim Fit Jeans
These 7 For All Mankind Luxe Sport Slimmy Slim Fit Jeans in olive green may be too bright for some of you, but they’re still worthy of a mention.
Eton Slim Fit Floral Print Dress Shirt
There are a lot of Eton options available in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s selection for men, but this Eton Slim Fit Floral Print Dress Shirt is my favorite! Note: Eton shirts are for the tall and slim fellas.
AllSaints Vieno Leather Jacket
Some of you are on me for a black leather jacket. You know I don’t love black, but I can get on board with this AllSaints Vieno Leather Jacket.
Zanella Parker Flat Front Textured Stretch Wool Trousers
These Zanella Parker Flat Front Textured Stretch Wool Trousers are gorgeous for your work wardrobe.
Johnston & Murphy McGuffey Chukka Boot
The Johnston & Murphy McGuffey Chukka Boots are stunning if you need to replace your brown boots this fall.
Cole Haan GrandPro Rally Sneaker
Cole Haan has seriously never been better! I adore the Cole Haan GrandPro Rally Sneaker in this lagoon blue.
Ted Baker London Jay Trim Fit Plaid Wool Sport Suit
Ted Baker is my go-to for suits. Snag the Ted Baker London Jay Trim Fit Plaid Wool Sport Suit in blue at this crazy Anniversary Sale discount.
Rodd & Gunn Lake Hawea Suede Bomber Jacket
Madewell Garment Dyed Slim Everyday Flex Jeans
These Madewell Garment Dyed Slim Everyday Flex Jeans are perfection for fall. Please get them.
Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt – Purple
Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt – Orion Blue
Here is another gorgeous shade of the Robert Barakett Georgia Crewneck T-Shirt.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Jumbo Size Midnight Recovery Concentrate
Rub this Kiehl’s Since 1851 Jumbo Size Midnight Recovery Concentrate on your face every night and you will thank me. I know I already mentioned it, but this is an amazing deal.
Vince Slim Fit Long Sleeve Thermal Top
Get ready for winter with this Vince Slim Fit Long Sleeve Thermal Top. The fit and feel are fabulous.
Scotch & Soda Island Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt
Green! I never get to show you green garments. This Scotch & Soda Island Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt is a real find.
Nordstrom Men’s Shop Ultra Soft Socks
Do you know how hard it is to find true brown socks to pair with brown dress shoes and boots? Stock up on these Nordstrom Men’s Shop Ultra Soft Socks. Again, a real find. Thank you, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for men.
Nordstrom Men’s Shop Hudson Chukka Boot
This Nordstrom Men’s Shop Hudson Chukka Boot is another gorgeous option for a brown boot this fall. Pair it with jeans and casual chinos.
AG Everett SUD Slim Straight Fit Pants
Are you noticing a theme?! I am trying to add color to your wardrobe with these AG Everett SUD Slim Straight Fit Pants.
Robert Barakett Georgia Regular Fit V-Neck T-Shirt
This Robert Barakett Georgia Regular Fit V-Neck T-Shirt is the v-neck version of the dressy tee. I love that the vee is not too low — we don’t need to show your chest hair, you know? Note: the v-neck is better for men with shorter necks.
Ted Baker London Jefferson Flat Front Wool Dress Pants
Another pair of trusty Ted Baker London Jefferson Flat Front Wool Dress Pants. The sale price absolutely astounds me.
Ted Baker London Wonyeer Slim Fit Button-Up Piqué Shirt
I love this casual Ted Baker London Wonyeer Slim Fit Button-Up Piqué Shirt. Wear it untucked with jeans. If it is too long, have your tailor hem it.
Magnanni Ibiza Low Top Sneaker
Magnanni Dali Leather Belt
You will need this navy Magnanni Dali Leather Belt to go with the shoes above.
Nordstrom Men’s Shop Quarter Zip Cashmere Sweater
Cashmere lovers rejoice over this Nordstrom Men’s Shop Quarter Zip Cashmere Sweater.
Cole Haan Washed Leather Trucker Jacket
I know you leather loving fellas are going to swoon for this Cole Haan Washed Leather Trucker Jacket. The pockets will help you appear more endowed in the pectoral region. Enjoy.
Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Plain Toe Boot
These Allen Edmonds Higgins Mill Plain Toe Boots are deeply handsome. I don’t believe I have ever seen an Allen Edmonds boot and I am delighted.
Hunter Original Insulated Commando Boot
I was blown away by the cool style of the Hunter Original Insulated Commando Boot. They’ll look best on tall fellas since you will want to cuff your jeans over this boot. Though you could also pair these with bootcut jeans or snow pants.
Trask Landers Chukka Boot
You know I love a navy shoe and this Trask Landers Chukka Boot is the perfect navy shoe for fall and winter. Pair with olive green and burgundy jeans.
Calvin Klein 5-Pack Micro Stretch Boxer Briefs
I am on an underwear kick. It’s not my fault. It’s the sale’s fault. They have all my favorite underwear on sale, including these Calvin Klein 5-Pack Micro Stretch Boxer Briefs.
Ted Baker London Bonfyre Slim Fit Knit Jacket
I always adore Ted Baker’s knit jackets and this Ted Baker London Bonfyre Slim Fit Knit Jacket is no exception.
Ecco City Tray Cap Toe Derby
All my Ecco lovers will be delighted that this Ecco City Tray Cap Toe Derby made the list. Pair it with your suits and slacks.