It’s about that time of year again. Time for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
You’ve probably seen the sale everywhere already. Lots of people sharing their favorite items to shop from the sale. Sweaters, jeans, dresses, super cute boots, all on sale. It’s hard to not shop right?
But what do you do when your trying to develop a thoughtfully curated closet? You’re trying to buy ethical, or at least reduce your shopping, and now this sale is everywhere. With cute things too. Can you still shop it?
Personally, I really think it’s okay to check out sales like this when your goal is not to just buy a bunch of things for cheap. My wardrobe isn’t 100% ethical and that’s okay.
Also, I think Nordstrom does have some great wardrobe staples and some of the items in my closet I’ve had for over 5 years are from Nordstrom!
So, lets talk about this sale today. Get into some details around shopping it thoughtfully. Specifically:
- What to buy and what to avoid
- How to avoid impulse purchases and scarcity pressure
- A few closet staples, basics, and investments that are on sale
How to Thoughtfully Shop the
Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Even though I am developing a thoughtfully made and more ethical closet, that doesn’t mean I’ve completely avoided shopping at retailers like Nordstrom.
But, I have learned how to shop at places like Nordstrom thoughtfully and strategically. And by that I mean buying things I know I’ll have for awhile and fill a gap in my wardrobe.
So, how can you do this for yourself?
What to Buy and What to Avoid
Maybe you’re in need of a purse, sweaters, winter coats, or boots. You can check out the Nordstrom sale for these things. Some items are hard to buy ethically AND affordably. Especially sweaters, coats, and shoes. I am still looking out for makers selling these items but I do tend to end up buying items like these from non ethical brands.
When it comes to things to avoid buying, I’d say not to buy any of your core wardrobe basics at the sale. Like t-shirts, tank tops, stockings, or button ups. There are quite a few retailers making these same things responsibly for the same price as the things on sale.
Where to buy these elsewhere? Check out:
Tights | Swedish Stockings
Avoid Impulse Purchases & Scarcity Buying Pressure
The hardest part with sales like these is avoiding falling into the excitement of it all. Especially the scarcity pressure.
Sales get you because they present the idea that you need to buy it now before it sells out. They make you feel like you need to make a decision right then and there or you might regret not buying it when it sells out soon.
But, you also might regret buying it without really thinking about it. So how to avoid this?
I go through the sale. I add all the things I like to my cart. Then I comb through it and delete the things I don’t really love or really need. I give myself the afternoon or the day to think about it. Do I really want to spend X amount of money on these specific items? Would I rather save that money for something else? Specifically something from my ethical wardrobe wish list like Kamm pants?
Closet Staples and Basics from the Sale
As I mentioned above, there are a few things in my closet that I bought at Nordstrom that I’ve had for over five years. My rain boots, purses, sandals, etc. All items I knew wouldn’t fall apart or grow tired of. Here are a few of those items on sale: