TOP 20 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 picks – most likely to sell out first!

It's the moooooooost wonderful tiiiime of the year! No, it's not really Christmas, but the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is LIVE to the public today – so almost the same thing as waking up to Santa's gifts on Christmas morning, right?!

I've spent EIGHT YEARS covering this sale top to bottom, upwards, downwards, backwards, forwards, and I've sorted through thousands of items to tell you the TOP Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 picks… what I think is MOST LIKELY to sell out FIRST, and what you should get as fast as you can when your access opens up!

My team and I will be here to help by giving you the most all inclusive guides to the sale of the year, starting with this, your BUY FIRST list!

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Jeans sold out, similar
Black Leather Tote 43% off
Star Necklace sold out, similar
Coin Necklace
Photos by Arielle Levy

In a hurry? Go straight to my picks below!

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When can I shop the sale?

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

Preview: June 29

ICON early access: July 6

Ambassador early access: July 7

Influencer early access: July 9

Open to the public: July 15

Sale ends July 31.

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!

Why do I need this list?

Okay, let's get started! The very best and very trickiest part about the sale of all sales is that a lot of the items are brand new, and only on sale for a few weeks or until they sell out!

Things do sell out (sometimes on the very first day) because the prices are that good. These Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 picks are all the items that we think pose the very highest sell out risk! These are ALL the things that, if you've got your eye on, you should buy very first before they have a chance to sell out.

If they do sell out, we'll be updating you on any Nordstrom Anniversary Sale restocks in our Complete Guide here.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 picks – buy these first!

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  1. Good Straight High Waist Ankle Jeans: With the new straight-leg jean trend we've been seeing in 2021, these jeans are going to go ULTRA FAST. They are SO DANG CUTE, look like amazing quality (Good American always is), and are only $79.90 (reg $129)!! That's almost 40% OFF, and significantly lower than a lot of the other designer jeans in the sale this year. This exact pair sold out, but you can find more Good American jeans from the sale HERE!
  2. SPANX faux leather leggings: GRAB THEM WHILE YOU CAN! These are maybe on sale once a year, so if you're thinking about buying, now is the time!! And if you've read my blog in the past you KNOW I love these magical slimming faux leather leggings. I swear they take me down a full pant size, but are somehow mysteriously comfortable and all-day-wearable, too. PERFECT for winter boots and a sweater with booties, or with a lighter shirt till we get to cooler temps. And with 3k incredibly high reviews, you know they're not just hype! $64.90 during the sale, but $98 after.
  3. Restore Soft Pocket Leggings: Zella, Zella, Zella (all linked to evidence that…) we love ALL things ZELLA at this house!! And these soft pocket leggings are one of my favorite finds of 2020, and they sold out VERY fast in last year's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. They're extremely highly-rated, the best quality, and I promise you'll wear them all year round, multiple times a week (so maybe stock up?). Only $39 during the sale, $65 after!
  4. Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite Circle Cardigan: The Barefoot Dreams cardigan is always a hot Anniversary Sale item! They sell out almost every year. This cardigan regularly earns THOUSANDS of top-rated, flawless reviews from Nordstrom shoppers, and notoriously sells out toward the beginning of the sale every year. It's the magical unicorn of sweaters because it feels like you're wearing a blanket or the very coziest robe, but you still look like a totally normal (cute) person!
  5. Moonlight pajamas: OBSESSED is a total understatement when talking about these Nordstrom Moonlight Pajamas – I talk about them ALL the time! They're included in my Nordstrom Anniversary coverage EVERY year, they're featured on all my gift guides, and they're even included in my BEST baby registry list. They're next level good. Buttery soft, lightweight, and oh so comfortable for sleeping! Every time my mom comes to visit me, she asks to borrow a pair – no joke!
  6. Amazing Crewneck Sweatshirt: This sweatshirt is the BEST sweatshirt I have ever put on my body. Strong words? Maybe. But TRUE nonetheless!! You know when you first get a new sweatshirt and you don't want to wash it because the inside is SO incredibly soft? This sweatshirt STAYS THAT WAY. Forever. It's so plush and soft, cozy, and beyond anything I've ever worn. AND it's the perfect length in front and back, which is super important to me when wearing leggings! This sweatshirt fits TTS (maybe even a little roomy), so keep that in mind when you're choosing! A sweatshirt and leggings is my favorite no-brainer outfit that I pretty much live in for school drop-offs and pickups and alllll the other things. Get it in pink for only $44.90 (reg. $69) if they still have your size! If not, you can shop more sweatshirt & hoodies that are part of the sale HERE!
  7. Madewell Printed Calf Hair Tote: Honestly, this year the bag selection is a little underwhelming to me. But I do really LOVE this calf hair tote bag for the value and the look and the function and ALL the things! It's already marked a popular item on the site, and I'll be surprised if it sticks around long because Madewell totes always go fast.
  8. Quay Cat Eye Sunglasses: Give me allll the oversized cat-eye sunnies in 2021!! Obsessed with this trend and kind of hoping it never goes away. These Quay sunglasses are SUPER affordable during the sale at only $35.90, but they totally look luxe. I'll be wearing the leopard print all throughout the fall and into next summer, thankyouverymuch. (The pink is a serious fave too!!!) This exact sunglasses is sold out, but you can find more Quay Sunglasses from the sale HERE!
  9. Steve Madden Cedar Bootie: These are for sure going to sell out fast in all of their gorgeous neutral colors! Each year Steve Madden designs something killer for the sale and because of their fit and finish and reputation for quality, they're always some of the first to go. I guarantee you'll wear these ALL the time during the fall & winter, and during the sale they're only $89.90 (reg. $134.95)!!
  10. Swift Run x in leopard: These white & tan leopard print running shoes are some of the cutest running shoes you'll ever wear. I'm obsessed with the design and even MORE obsessed with the $56 N-Sale price. (Insane!!!!) And every year, the cutest running shoes in the best prints (leopard!!) go the fastest. With over 500 amazing reviews, I predict that these are going to be gone in a FLASH.
  11. ON Cloudflow Running Shoe: These shoes are a HOT N-Sale item, mostly because they're the definition of comfortable, one of the biggest trends of the past year, and their FIRST time in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I'm super into the knotted elastic laces that make these extra easy to slip on and off, too! This pair of running shoes gets a 10/10 from me, especially after I put the waterproof claim to the test on a rainy day and they kept my toes perfectly warm and dry. These shoes sold out, but you can find more running shoes and sneakers from the sale HERE!
  12. UGG Genuine Shearling Slipper: If you've ever put these on your feet, you already know that they're the BEST slippers ever. EVER. Hands down. I've included them in so so many gift guides over the years. Soft, comfortable, and super warm. I give them 5 out of 5 stars. All of the women in my family love UGG slippers and over 2,000 other women agree. Only $69.90 during the sale, $100 after! These slippers sold out, but you can find more slippers from the sale HERE!
  13. Natori Rose Dream Underwire Bra: I really used to sing praises over and over of the Natori Feathers bra (which I still LOVE by the way), but I have to say I think this one is somehow even better. With over 1.6k other women obsessed, I'm not the only one in love! It's for sure the one I reach for the most and I'm impatiently waiting for it to air-dry on laundry day. $47.90 is the best deal you'll see all year for a $72 bra that's worth every penny.
  14. Olaplex Hair Care Set: One of my very most favorite, bombsauce beloved, tried and true hair brands is Olaplex – and I'm SO excited that this set is part of the 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! The secret sauce is actually the Olaplex treatment (not just the shampoo and conditioner). This is a LIFE-CHANGER for damaged or color-treated hair! But the fact you get all THREE items in this set makes this one of the best investments you can make during this year's Sale. This set sold out, but you can find more hair care items from the sale HERE!
  15. Riki Lighted Mirror: I’ve been using a Riki mirror for YEARS so I was super excited when Nordstrom brought it back to the sale this year! It's perfect to take out of town for a good mirror to do makeup by a window, to combat bad bathroom lighting in any place, and it's perfect for somebody who doesn't have a ton of bathroom counter space at home. Makeup game-changer, for real! AND IT'S $80 OFF.
  16. Nécessaire Full Size The Body Wash & The Body Lotion Set: This limited edition body wash & lotion set is the BEST gift you can give to your skin. I think everyone's been talking a lot about healthy facial skin lately, but don't forget that your body loves TLC too! This set is going to go fast since it's a limited edition, perfect for gifting, AND it's only $35 (but valued at $50). This set sold out, but you can find more bath & body items from the sale HERE!
  17. Brow Bae-sics Deluxe Kit: This Anastasia brow pencil and brow gel kit is what eyebrow dreams are MADE of! Anastasia Brow Wiz is a LONG time favorite of mine so anytime it goes on sale I RUN! I get my eyebrows tinted and laminated, but you can totally help create that fluffy look with this kit alone, or use it to touch up that look once the lamination and tinting starts to fade. The “natural” brow trend of 2021 is going to make this kit FLY off the online shelves, so seriously make sure to grab it while you can! This brow kit sold out, but you can find more eye makeup items from the sale HERE!
  18. Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Deodorant & Anti-Persperant Trio: I used to be a DIE HARD DK Cashmere Mist Deodorant user and so many people discovered it here on this blog! I've since switched to all-natural deodorant, BUT soooooo many women have hit me up over the past year in DMs or emails asking “where can I get Donna Karen Cashmere Mist Deodorant?!?!?!?” It's been next-to-impossible to track down so if you need some, not only is this one place you can finally get it, but stock up on it at a crazy good price! Because there's a supply/demand issue with this stuff, I definitely think it's likely to sell out early. This deodorant sold out, but here's another deodorant set from the sale!
  19. Barefoot Dreams In the Wild Throw Blanket: Remember that dreamy cardigan I told you about at the beginning? This is that – but in blanket form. These Barefoot Dreams blankets are $40 off during the N-Sale, and can we get a round of applause for the gorgeous leopard prints?! Perfect for dorm rooms, your office, your bedroom, ANYWHERE. These are ALWAYS, every year, one of the first things to sell out.
  20. Vista V2 Stroller with Bassinet: This is UPPAbaby's newest design, and we are HUGE fans over here. (See a video I JUST MADE last week showing some of the many features and functions we LOVE about it.) It comes with a regular seat and a bassinet AND you can even add a second seat for a growing family! The thing I love most about this stroller is the undercarriage basket. It is ginormous and holds all.the.things. It glides like a dream and folds up easily which is basically everything you need in a stroller. I'm DYING that it's almost $250 OFF – definitely one of my top Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 picks and the best stroller deals usually disappear pretty fast in the sale. This stroller isn't on sale anymore, but you can find more strollers on sale HERE!
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Jeans sold out
Black Leather Tote sold out
Star Necklace sold out, similar, similar
Coin Necklace
Photos by Arielle Levy

Someone Go Buy This

These are the pieces from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that I really do think will sell out fastest, so if you're wanting to know what to buy first, I hope this helps! And keep checking back here on the blog, because every couple of days we'll be releasing a new guide for ALL THE BEST picks from every category so you can shop smarter, not harder.

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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. Thanks so much for finding all the great deals. How I don’t see much kids or baby items in the catalog?

    1. Hey Stephanie,
      You know it’s funny the past couple years they’ve completely left baby and a lot of the kid stuff OUT of the catalog. But they still have great stuff on sale this year in both categories!

  2. Where did you get the tunic/long diagonal hem shirt you are wearing with the black leggings? Love it!

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