Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Fall wardrobe checklist!

As you know by now, one of Nordstrom's BIGGEST (and very BEST) sales of the year is here – the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! We're still SO excited … and we just can't hide it! Especially now that Insider Early Access is LIVE for ALL cardholders. Remember the Anniversary Sale is all about what's BRAND SPANKIN' NEW! No discounts on the current season or the previous season, but all the newest, cutest stuff for fall! This is the BEST sale of the year when it comes to getting extreme quality and major sale prices on ALL the things you'll be wearing all fall long!

fall wardrobe checklist nordstrom anniversary sale
Black Top sold out, similar
Crossbody Bag
Photos by Arielle Levy

When can I shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale?

The Anniversary Sale is LIVE to the public. This means everyone can shop the sale, whether you're a cardholder or not! This is your chance to snag some items that maybe sold out during Early Access and have (hopefully) been restocked. Here are the dates you need to know:

August 19-30: DAILY DEALS
August 30: Sale ends

Stay tuned for all of our posts throughout the sale so we can provide you with the BEST advice and my honest reviews on each item.

The fall outfit checklist

I want to help you buy wisely and make sure that you get those items that you're absolutely dying to have from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Things you'll love and wear and use and will last you months and months and MONTHS! So we created a printable wardrobe checklist that you can take into your closet (with a big Diet Coke, of course!) and do a little inventory!

The checklist has men's and women's fall wardrobe items, so you can easily check off the things you already own, and figure out which items you need to snag at the Anniversary Sale. Things like a new coat or new booties or whatever! Super fun, right?

Black top

A tunic top is 100% a fall wardrobe staple piece. For sure. Especially in a neutral color. It's great to throw on with some leggings or your favorite jeans and feel totally put together. Comfortable, easy tops like this one pair just as well with the cutest fall booties as they do with your go-to flip flops or tennis shoes.

This exact one is sold out, but I am crossing my fingers for a restock at some point during the sale because it is so good. The relaxed fit. The texture. I just really love it. Here's a similar one that I bought from the NSale that I love.

black sweater nordstrom anniversary sale

Black leggings

I have been singing the praises of these faux leather leggings for a few years now. They are one of my top TOP wardrobe staples for fall and winter. It's so nice that I feel confident wearing them-even right after having a baby!

If you don't own these already, add them to your cart…you won't regret it. If you do already own them, consider a second pair so that you never have to be not wearing them! These leggings are SO ultra flattering and make me feel 1 size smaller instantly. I don't know how they do it, but they suck me in without sacrificing ANY comfort! It is wardrobe wizardry and the faux leather look is so much fun. Absolutely love these to death.

During the Anniversary Sale these faux leather leggings are $64.90 (orig: $98), so snag them while you can save 35%!!

spanx faux leather leggings

Leather Mules

These leather mules were included in my BEST women's shoe guide and they are perfect for fall. I was pleasantly shocked, surprised AND delighted by just how comfortable they are.

These mules are a such a super simple, but very versatile shoe. The stacked heel elevates any outfit and elongates the leg, but they're so easy to slip on and go. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale this go-to shoe rings in at just $44.90 (orig: $80)!!

leather mules fall outfits
leather mules nordstrom anniversary sale


These oversized aviator sunglasses are such a great Anniversary Sale buy. A similar pair of Ray-Bans would cost you over $150, but these lightweight and subtly glam sunnies are just $42.90 (Orig: $65.00). I have all the heart eyes for the flecks of sparkly gold in the frames. SO cute. In addition to being super cute, these sunnies are also very functional because they actually work well at blocking out the sun!

quay sunglasses for fall
quay sunglasses
quay sunglasses nordstrom anniversary sale

Crossbody bag

Five-star crossbody bag right here! This small (but roomy) bag is kind of the ideal size for everything. It easily holds a small laptop or iPad, snacks, a water bottle and ZIPS CLOSED at the top. I am always ALL about this feature. I don't know about you, but I want the contents of my bag to stay inside my bag regardless of the activity. THIS is just one of those perfect bags with an equally perfect price point of $99.90 (Orig: $168)!

The spotted calf hair is totally neutral, making it very versatile and worthy of this wardrobe checklist. It can be worn with black, brown, colors-it literally goes with everything. The large exterior pocket is also really nice for providing easy access to your phone or keys.

madewell zip tote cossbody bag nordstrom
madewell tote
Black Top sold out, similar
Crossbody Bag
Photos by Arielle Levy

Teddy coat

This TOP RATED teddy coat was included in my What to Buy First roundup and I'm almost shocked (but very happy) that it's still in stock. It is my very favorite teddy coat and I wore it more than any of my other coats last winter. It is very lightweight and the material is so soft and cuddly. Honestly, it feels like I am wearing a Saranoni blanket as a coat. It is long and soft and warm without being heavy or bulky. During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, this wardrobe staple is $99.90 (Orig: $168) and all the other reviewers agree it's PERFECT.

free people teddy coat nordstrom

Our picks from the checklist

Here are our picks of the ALL fall outfit items from the checklist that you can find during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!



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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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