Fall Shopping: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2020 Wishlist

While it is later than usual this year, it is finally time for the much anticipated Nordstrom Anniversary sale where shoppers have the opportunity to snag brand new fall styles at a significant discount. Since I grew up in Seattle, aka the birthplace of Nordstrom, this sale has been an annual tradition as far back as I can remember. When I was little, the Anniversary Sale used to be a huge in-store event with balloons, breakfast treats, even glasses of bubbly for adults! Maybe I'm admitting my age, but it was magical. So many things have changed over the years, including migrating most shoppers to online and staggering the dates and times that cardholders can shop based on your annual spend/status tier. This year I get to shop the presale tomorrow, August 10th (the sale officially starts on August 19th, but the presale started August 4th for the highest spend cardholders). I know I shouldn't say this as a fashion blogger, but with everything going on this year I had a hard time getting excited about the sale this year and didn't even flag items in a wishlist until this last week. Since I am working from home and not traveling, I really don't need anything, but I intentionally put together a small wishlist of high quality, timeless styles (some I already own but are back on sale) that I know will be able to wear long after this year is over. Please scroll through to see more photos and the items that I am recommending from this year's Nordstrom Anniversary sale.

Faux Leather Leggings: exact here
Long cardigan: similar here
Camisole: similar here
Pumps: similar here
Necklace: current version here
Wallet on Chain: similar here

Let's start with shoes, because you all know how much I love my shoes. Fall is the time to to assess your collection of boots and booties and add or replace as needed. I love the Steve Madden cutout booties I purchased two years ago, and there are some similar options this year if you are in the market. I linked a pair of Steve Madden cutout booties below that look very similar to the pair I purchased at the 2018 Anniversary sale, and if they fit like mine they will be a winner. This year, I added a pair of Vince square toe sandals to my wishlist because a that is a gap in my current closet. I also added a pair of black booties from the same brand to my wishlist--these are ones that I want to see how they fit and how heavy they are before making a final decision. My other Vince shoes are very high quality, so I am not concerned with the higher cost as I know they will last a long time.

Stripe Midi Dress: similar here or here
Military Vest: similar here
Booties: similar here
Bucket Bag: similar here

My second category is still technically in the shoe category, but more specifically let's talk about tall boots. I purchased these Vince Camuto tan suede knee high boots at last year's Nordstrom sale, and they are a perfect mix of comfortable and stylish! Great news that there is a similar pair available this year from the same brand. If you have been following me for a while, you also know that I love my Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee boots. Stuart Weitzmans are an investment, but a high quality product that is absolutely worth the expense in my humble opinion. There are a couple of pairs included in this year's sale, and I listed my favorite style below. If you are looking for a more reasonably priced pair over-the-knee boots, I also added a really great option that is on sale under $150.

Boots: current version here
Dress: similar here
Watch: exact here
Clutch: similar here

Now I want to talk about leggings and oversize sweaters, otherwise known as the uniform everyone will be wearing this fall and winter while we continue to stay at home and work from home. It took me a while to get on the Spanx faux leather legging train, but I finally did last year and am so that that I did. These leggings are so flattering, and comfortable too! They look fabulous with an oversize sweater, and I have a Free People one on my wishlist (also linked below) if I can get my size. My size is currently sold out, but don't forget that many shoppers purchase multiple sizes or multiple styles and return what they don't want...so things come back into stock over the course of the sale. The key is to keep checking back! Zella leggings are also a great option for working from home, working out, or anything in between. I have several pairs of Zella leggings, and am sharing my favorite of the sale options below.

Leggings: exact here
Sweater: similar here
Booties: similar here
Belt bag: exact here
Hat: similar here

Finally, let's talk about coats. I love, love, love high quality coats especially love cozy wool styles that feel like wearing a warm blanket all winter long. I purchased this Kenneth Cole light grey double faced coat a couple of years ago, and each year since there has been a different colorway included in the Anniversary Sale. I linked to this year's adorable windowpane print below, along with a really pretty similar light grey coat with a removable faux fur collar. I don't need any more wool coats, and wasn't planning on buying any this year, but then I saw a beautiful, sleek, black and brown giraffe print number that I also linked below. I have a terrible time resisting a good animal print, so it's now on my wishlist and if my size is available I will be ordering it to see how it looks and fits in person.

Coat: current version here
Scarf: similar here
Boots: similar here
Bag: similar here

That's it--I really am not looking for much at this year's sale, just a few high quality pieces with longevity. If you are shopping the Nordstrom sale this year, what items are on your list? Leave me a comment below to let me know what you purchased or plan to purchase, I would love to know! Thank you for visiting my blog today, and I hope you have a great week!


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    1. Thank you, and I hope you have a great week too!

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! I was very intentional with my picks this year and I'm so glad you like them!

  3. I don't get to shop until the 13th and hope the things on my wishlist are still available! I'm all about the shoes too and love your booties and tall boots!

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. Boots and booties are my favorite fall item to shop for! I hope you find your wishlist picks this year!

  4. I love your style so much! All of these outfits are extremely cute, but I especially love that first one with that pretty burgundy cardigan. I've never shopped the Nordstrom Sale, but I can imagine why you weren't super excited this year. And I grew up in Seattle too! It's sad to see all the in-person "life" fall out of stores over the years... I'm definitely an in-person shopper rather than an online kind of gal!

    Miles of smiles,


    1. I agree with you, Grace! Hope you are having a great weekend!

  5. I have those Spanx leggings and love them. Every year I tell myself I'm going to get onboard with this Nordstrom sale and maybe next year will be that year! Lol! I do have one item I hope to get if it is still in stock on Aug. 19th.


    1. Crossing fingers for you that the item you want is available next week, Carrie! I know some things get returned and come back into stock throughout the sale, so hopefully that works for you!

  6. Hi Amber, you look wonderful! I always see ladies in the Spanx leggings and I get tempted, but I cant wear anything constricting. Love your burgundy jacket and all of your boots are gorgeous! I get excited for Fall too!
    thanks for sharing!
    jess xx

    1. Thank you, Jessica, for your kind words! I hope you are having a great weekend!

  7. Have fun shopping the sale! I haven't been interested in the sales here so far although I did pick up a few Christmas presents in the recent round of sales - but haven't felt much like shopping for myself as we rarely go out, haha!

    Thank you for joining the #weekdaywearlinkup!

    Away From Blue

    1. Thank you, Mica, and I hope you area having a great week so far!


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