I tried on ALL the jeans from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale – these are my top 5

One of my very MOST popular Nordstrom Anniversary Sale posts annually is my BEST JEANS guide, so it’s making another comeback! Nordstrom totally delivered again, because there’s sooooo much good denim at the Anniversary Sale this year. I did all the research and tried on EVERY SINGLE PAIR of Nordstrom jeans included in the sale to help YOU get the very best jeans for the very best price!!

I even went to several different Nordstrom locations AND had several pairs shipped to me to make sure I could make this happen. And something you HAVE to know is: multiple associates told me that the inventory in-store this year is super low.

Your best bet to shopping the 2021 N-Sale is online – so it’s a good thing you’re here! I did all the trying on for you so I could tell you how these jeans fit and which ones I think you should definitely add to cart if you’re wanting to score on some denim this year. Are you stoked? Let’s do this.

Mother Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans
Shortsleeve Sweatshirt
The Insider High Waist Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans
BEST Nordstrom jeans

In a hurry? Go straight to my picks below!

When can I shop the sale?

Early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is available to all Nordstrom Cardholders!

ICON early access: July 12

Ambassador early access: July 14

Influencer early access: July 16

Open to the public: July 28

Sale ends August 9.

If you’re looking for all the information you need to shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this year, make sure to check out our Complete Guide!

How this guide works

There are so many different categories when it comes to jeans, so I included the best for EACH category. Whatever you’re looking for, the anniversary sale has it, and I have the BEST option from their selection ready for you in this post.

Let’s get started so you can have all your favorites ordered and ready for you to buy before they sell out in your size!!

*All photos of each pair of jeans are BELOW the description

BEST OVERALL: Good American Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans

Good American Good Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans – Sale: $79.90 (Orig: $129) Runs TTS!

These were my first pick in my top 20 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale items list, and they are FOR SURE my favorite jeans of the sale!!! Perfect 10/10 from me.

They’re super slimming in the waist (flattering on everyone), stretchy, non-skinny (if that’s a big deal to you in 2021!), and they just fit like a glove. The bum is super flattering, too! And I love love loved how they looked with this bodysuit, too (also part of the sale!).

At $79.90, these are some of the very least expensive designer jeans of the sale. Sizes in these sold out FAST, but we will keep an eye out for restocks because they are SO GOOD. Shop more Good American jeans on sale here!

best nordstrom anniversary sale jeans
Good American Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans

BEST SKINNY: Rag & Bone Dre Raw Hem Slim Boyfriend Jeans

Rag & Bone Dre Raw Hem Slim Boyfriend Jeans – Sale: $129.90 (Orig: $195) Runs large, size down one size.

These were my very very favorite skinny jeans I tried on, which actually really surprised me! I noticed that Nordstrom brought back their boyfriend jean from years past and I expected to love that pair, but I loved these skinnies SO much more.

They fit SO slimming and flattering, and I think the raw hem is really cute and fun. And can we say a hallelujah for a high waist?

The wash and the way these jeans are cut make for a very elongated figure. Nothing like pulling out a pair of jeans that makes you feel slim every. time. If you want a reliable skinny jean that always makes you feel like your best self, these would be my recommendation!

Rag & Bone skinny jean
Pink short sleeve sweatshirt


Paige Verdugo Ripped Raw Hem Crop Skinny Jeans – Sale: $125.90 (Orig: $189) Runs TTS

If you’re the type of person who doesn’t love a super high waist and could go for a really nice mid-rise, THESE jeans are for you!!! But you’ll want to add these to cart fast because sizes are going quick. This pair of denim is everything you want in a good pair of jeans. Flattering, good quality, great fit, and a traditional blue color. That means you can wear them with pretty much anything!

Another thing about PAIGE jeans is that they’re super extremely comfortable. If you’re investing in a pair of jeans this year and you want something you’ll actually wear over and over and over again – you can’t go wrong with these. In fact, I have a feeling they’ll make you so comfortable and confident that you’ll never want to give them up for wash day!

Ahh these went QUICK! You can find more PAIGE denim here!

Paige Verdugo Ripped Raw Hem Crop Skinny Jeans
Knit top

BEST CROP FLARE: MOTHER Insider High Waist Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans

The Insider High Waist Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans – Sale: $159.90 (Orig: $238)

I already have a crop flare pair of jeans or else I totally would’ve bought these for myself. It was SO hard to not just buy another pair because these are SO dang cute!

If you’re looking for a crop flare to add to your closet, I promise you’ll be head over heels for these. I mean, can we just talk about that step hem on the flare?! SOLD.

Sizes in these jeans went fast, but we will definitely keep an eye out for restocks!! In the meantime, here’s another pair of crop MOTHER jeans!

Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans
The Insider High Waist Crop Step Fray Hem Jeans

BEST AFFORDABLE & BEST BLACK SKINNY JEAN: Wit & Wisdom Ab-Solution Skinny Ankle Jeans

Ab-Solution Black Skinny Ankle Jeans – Sale: $44.90 (Orig: $68) Runs large, size down one size.

The price of these are a WIN already, but they’re also crazy soft and comfortable and flattering! They’re actually made with a “slimming technology” so that they suck you in, in all the right places.

But not in like an “I can’t breathe these are so uncomfortable” way. In a “wow these are slimming AND comfy” kind of way!!

These are also the best jeans for tucking into boots for the fall and winter because they’re so perfectly snug around your ankles. They don’t fit quite as tight as a legging, but they’re as close as you’re gonna get in jean-form.

Year after year I try these on in the other washes available, and the other washes are (funny enough?!) never as good. So this is the only pair of jeans that I really think that black is the best color you can get! Seriously – for some weird magical reason, these black jeans are more flattering and more comfortable than the other washes. I don’t know why, but they’re the very best!

Skinny Ankle Jeans
Ab-Solution Black Skinny Ankle Jeans

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I tried on EVERY pair of jeans that my Nordstrom store carried when I shopped on one of the Icon Level days. As I mentioned above, I only included my TOP 5 favorite finds!

I hope this guide helps you get the very BEST jeans of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale for your body type, budget, and personal taste. Now hurry before your size sells out!!

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Corrine Stokoe

Corrine Stokoe is a blogger, podcaster and content creator behind the brand Mint Arrow. She and her husband Neil live in South Orange County with their 3 little girls and baby boy, she runs her blog and business with 7 team members, where they find the best daily deals and share favorite finds in fashion and beauty. They also run a podcast called Mint Arrow Messages. Mint Arrow has been featured in Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, AdWeek and Allure. Corrine is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as often as she can and teaching others to use social media for good.

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  1. which DL1961 jean is darker? On line they look too similar to tell. I’d like to order the darker on on your recommendation. Thank you

  2. This is so helpful! Can you share how tall these girls are so I can get a better idea of how the jeans would fit me?

    1. Of course! Jaquie (long dark brown hair) is 5’5, Auna (short dark brown hair) is 5’1, and Jenn (light brown hair) is 5’8. Hope that helps! 🙂 -Kourtney

  3. The Rag & Bone raw hem skinnies are listed both in 4 stars & 2 stars with different reviews but it’s the same link. Can you clarify the difference in jeans?

    1. Oh I’m sorry about that, I can totally see how that would’ve been confusing! Auna who is petite rated them a 2, and we concluded after that MOST petite girls don’t love Rag & Bone. However, Jaquie who is 5’5″ LOVED these and rated them a 5, and I always feel like Rag & Bone fit amazing on me at 5’10”! Hope that helps 🙂

    1. Oh no, I did and I really liked them! Not sure how we missed including them in this post, I’ll see if I can dig up those pics and add them in 🙂 But those are a big YES for me!!!

  4. I loved that you tried on so many jeans and this post is helpful but I really loved how last year you had other people of different sizes ( especially diff heights) try on the jeans and give their opinions.

    1. Hey Jenna, thanks for your feedback. I know, last year it was fun to be able to show different heights and body types. It was a tremendous amount of extra work though outfitting several different people, which was necessary since I was almost 9 mo pregnant and couldn’t fit into 90% of the clothes! This year, with the things going on in our family (Neil’s brother’s pre-murder-trial hearing etc. and having to travel and plan for that right in the middle of the Anniversary Sale opening week) I knew I wasn’t going to be up for extra work on top of whatever we needed to do to get our content ready for the blog. I hope you can understand and that what I did provide was of value to you! 🙂

      1. Oh my goodness. I am so sorrry and I feel terrible, Corrine! I definitely wasn’t trying to be critical. I thought this was a great post and I appreciate the energy and work you put into this sale (and your blog in general). I just thought last year’s was helpful and fun in a different way. I never even considered how it would be more work. I actually told my husband that I can’t believe how much time you must have spent trying on so much stuff! And, now that you’ve mentioned it, I completely see how it would be so much harder to have more people involved. You did a great job with this and it was valuable to me–and probably tons of other people too. Also, I’m very sorry about your loss and I’m sending lots of love your family’s way.

        1. Oh no please don’t feel terrible!! I just wanted to give an honest and transparent answer so that it didn’t seem like I was blowing off whatever would be most helpful to people. I really do appreciate your kindness and understanding, and even the fact that you’re here as a reader in the first place!!! Can’t tell you how grateful we are for you 🙂

  5. Your jeans guide has been so helpful! I prefer a higher waist jean, so I took a chance on the Wit & Wisdom high-rise jeggings. Per your recommendation, I ordered two sizes down. You were right on the money! The smaller size fits perfectly. They are very flattering and comfortable. I can’t wait to wear them. Thanks again!

  6. Were there any wide leg jeans that you liked? I see that these are all skinnies. Aren’t wide legs a thing again?

  7. I love these!! And what a task you took on!
    You look great, especially right after having Harry! I know the #10 pair (Madewell) made your top ten, but weren’t your favorite, but I have to say from the pics they stand out as the most ultra flattering on you!
    Thanks for the great recommendations; this is so helpful for next week’s shopping!

  8. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into this Nordstrom favorite Jean hunt! I love all your honest-talk of how things fit! Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is definitely a highlight of the year for me and your hunting down all these best jeans saves me a ton of time! Thanks a bunch! ❤️

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