Chances are, if you love clothes and read any type of fashion or beauty blogs, you may live and die for the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that is going on right now. Nordstrom basically offers a ton of its Fall clothes on sale for about 3 weeks, and it is a great sale to stock up on. And in the past I have. I have bought voraciously from this sale and spent a lot of time and money checking back for restocks and purchasing what I (thought) I needed.
Not this year, though.
This year I have not bought one thing. I have read blog post after blog post with try ons and hauls and I find it wildly entertaining, but still! Nothing has been purchased. So I thought it would be fun to put out a different kind of #NSale post. Here are 5 reasons why I haven’t purchased a thing from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
- I am not a Nordstrom card holder, so I cannot shop early access. Which means most of the good stuff is gone by the time it is open to the public (about a week after the sale starts.) I’m not a big fan of store cards, I don’t have any and don’t think they are a great idea for myself. Nordstrom used to offer a store debit card, but they no longer do that. So basically, if you don’t have a Nordstrom credit card, you can’t shop the early access, and most of the best stuff is sold out.
- I live in the deep South, which means I have about 3+ more months of crazy heat, and there is no chance I’d even dream of any type of Fall clothing touching my body. The thought of jeans, sweaters, and any closed toe shoe in 112 degree heat index weather makes me feel like dying inside. I mean, I get that you can stock up for future weather, but I just don’t want to invest in Fall stuff in July. And on another (small, lol) tangent! I really dislike how stores make us rush into future seasons when we are just beginning to enjoy the one we are in. For months you see nothing but summer clothes from after Christmas till about June. Then all of a sudden it is Fall and you start planning for that by July 4th. Why can’t we just enjoy dressing for the season we are in for a hot second?
- This summer I worked on creating a Summer Capsule wardrobe of sorts, and I plan on doing the same for Fall/Winter. I like coming up with a uniform and purchasing thoughtful pieces that work within that. In the past I have been bedazzled by the Nordstrom Sale and bought many things that looked good on others, but didn’t fit into my closet. I also don’t really enjoy having the same dozen or so pieces that are worn by everyone else. I know the reason that most fashion bloggers sell the same items to their readers (they have limited items at stores and they can only showcase a small variety from the sale), but that means a lot of people purchase and wear the same items. Exceptions! I love this post by The Mom Edit on what she purchased! She always showcases lesser known items from the sale and I identify with her sense of style a lot. I also love how Lynzy showed how you can use certain items from the sale in a Fall Capsule Wardrobe.
- The items I would have purchased are gone by the time the sale opens to the public. I am currently in the market for a great pair of premium denim, but the AG ripped denim sold out. And I love tunics from Free People, but the colors aren’t my favorite. In the past I would have bought the colors I don’t love because the shirt was on sale, but I ask myself this now whenever I am tempted…”would I buy this at full price?” Most often the answer is NO.
- And lastly, there are some great things that are in the sale, but if they are covered by a popular blogger, they sell out immediately. Which is awesome for them, they are making an income on this sale and they have a large influencer base, but not good if you are quietly stalking items. Once they are showcased, they will be gone. I often wonder what the sale would have been like without bloggers and influencer culture? On one hand, I love reading all the posts and watching videos, but then on the other hand, whatever is covered is gone too soon. Anyone else get frustrated by this?
That’s it! I’m curious…what is your opinion on the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Do you shop it heavily, or do you ignore it all together?