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Nordstrom Sale Preview: Last Year’s Best Sellers

Clothing sales can be dangerous territory because they’re usually filled with stuff no one else wanted. The leftovers. That blouse that fit everyone wrong or the color that flattered no one. Those low prices can be pretty enticing, so we may buy things that aren’t our style or don’t coordinate with anything in our wardrobe. I call those wardrobe orphans, and they’re a total waste of money. But there is one sale that’s different… The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It’s your opportunity to save on new fall merchandise from some of the best brands before the season even starts.

This year, early access begins July 11, for the highest tier of cardholders. The next tier gains access on July 12th, which is me, and then the sale opens to all card members on July 13th. Shopping begins for everyone else on July 17, so it’s smart to be a card member. You can sign up here. I have a Nordstrom Visa card which I use for groceries, gas, and almost everything else because it racks up Nordstrom notes to spend in-store.

I’ll be covering some of the sale, but I’m not going to beat it to death. That gets old really fast in my book. Today I’m sharing some of Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale brands and products that were top sellers last year and similar items that might appeal to you. This is also a great sale to shop for holiday gifts. You can’t purchase anything yet, but you can add them to a wish list which saves it until you’re eligible to buy.

2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Top Brands:

Here are the top-selling brands from the Nordstrom Annual Sale last year. You can see several of my favorite brands made the list.

Products that are Similar to the 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s Best Sellers:

Faux Suede Moto Jacket

women wearing patterned blouse and faux suede jacket

Kut From The Kloth makes a great faux suede, machine-washable little moto jacket that seems to come back in some form each year. This year’s version comes in five colors and doesn’t have exposed zip pockets. It has the same quilted sleeves and super soft fabric.

Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Ultra Lite Long Sleeve Lounge Shirt and Pants

This cozy pajama set is perfect for crisp fall and winter nights and mornings curled up in front of a fire with a cup of coffee and a good book. I bought this sold out best selling Barefoot Dreams crop pajamas set last year and LOVE them. Funny story…I wore them running errands, not realizing they are pajamas, so I think of these more for lounging than sleeping. These will also make a wonderful Christmas gift to a daughter or sister. I have these on my wish list in the Driftwood color.

Monica Vinader Mini Paper Clip Chain Necklace

It’s hard to go wrong with a simple, chic gold chain. They look great alone or layered with other necklaces. I particularly like them layered with classic pearls to modernize the look. This is very similar to the best-selling deco paper clip version from last year.

Rails Top

I love cotton gauze shirts, and Rails makes some great ones. This comes in several great fall colors you could wear when the weather is still warm, but you want a fall vibe.

Cashmere Crewneck Sweater

woman wearing cashmnere sweater, wool fedora and paige jeans

It’s hard to go wrong with a classic cashmere sweater, and this sale always has lots of terrific options. I have this Nordstrom brand cashmere sweater in several colors and find it a fabulous value for the price. It’s soft and fits well. Last year’s best-selling sweater is back in 6 great colors. The moths ate my dark gray heather last year, so I have it, plus the blue ceramic color, on my wish list.

Vince Camuto Ponte Ankle Pants

A great quality pair of black pants is another one of those classic staples that I like to keep in my closet all year long. They’re a fabulous alternative to wearing denim, and they pair so well with a multitude of blouses and sweaters. This pair from Vince Camuto is made with a ponte knit, similar to this pair that sold very well in last year’s sale.

Eileen Fisher Token Slingback Wedge Bootie

My feet typically love Eileen Fisher’s shoes, so I’m very interested in these beautiful slingback wedge booties. The almost $100 in savings is even more appealing! The suede puts me in mind of her Juku pump that sold out last year, but I think I am liking this style even more.

Barbour Clydebank Quilted Jacket

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is always a wonderful time to grab a new winter jacket since they are typically more of a pricey investment item. Quilted jackets like this one from Barbour are gaining in popularity, and one of their quilted jackets was a best-selling item last year. I love the sleek combination of black and gold with the textured corduroy collar.

Madewell Cameron Ribbed Crop Cardigan

Cropped button front cardigans look wonderful paired with denim or slacks this fall and winter, and even into the spring. Last year’s best selling cardigan was by Halogen, but I love this ribbed one by Madewell even more! It comes in a very pretty blue color, but you can’t go wrong with a classic black or simple white.

Madewell Paperclip Chain Necklace

This necklace made the best-sellers list last year, and I predict that it will again this year. If you don’t love the miniature size of the above necklace from Monica Vinader, try this one from Madewell.

This is a sale where I also keep an eye out for some of the pricier brands I like. Eileen Fisher is always well represented in this sale and here’s what caught my eye this year-

More Items Similar to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale’s 2022 Best Sellers:


  1. Jennifer, Your suggestions as to how to shop at this particular sale event are very practical! I really love the faux suede moto jacket you showed from last year’s sale and I actually bought one at some point after you showed us one within the last year. I’ve gotten a lot of wear out of it. Thank you so much for helping me to make better style decisions!

    1. It’s a great jacket! I’m glad you’re enjoying it.

  2. Very helpful post! Thank you Jennifer.
    I haven’t been following you very long but each post is informative, relevant…love your sense of humor!

  3. Linda Shearer says:

    There are a couple of things I want. When I try to add to wish list it ask me to sign in. Can I get an account without getting a credit card?

    1. I think if you join the Nordy club, which is free, you will be able to save a wish list.

  4. Hi Jennifer and all: Does perfume ever go on Sale in the Nordstrom’s Anniversary sale. Does it ever go on sale at all? Thanks.

    1. They sometimes do. Often closer to the holidays. Macys usually puts select ones on sale.

  5. Holly DewBean says:

    I love your post. Thank you, Jennifer

    1. I’m glad it was helpful, Holly

  6. Thank you for this excellent post! I haven’t shopped at Nordstrom for years because I was horrified by their prices. Thanks to you I put several things on my wish list for the upcoming sale. So appreciative of your curated choices.

    1. I’m glad you found some things. As I always say, great style has no price point.

  7. Do you know when Nordstrom will begin shipping to Canada again? I’ve asked several times and have never received an answer.

    1. I don’t but I assume it’ll be when they’ve pulled all financial business out of the country. Let’s hope it’s soon!!

  8. Great sale items! I’m going to be looking for a cashmere sweater this year. Mine are looking a little worn. Last year I found a pair of wedge Uggs. I wore them often. Thanks for all the info!

    1. There’s lots of cashmere. I have my eye on their ruana. I bought one 6 or 7 years ago and wore it so often I couldn’t get the pills off it. The moths finally got it 😂

  9. Thanks for all the work that entails finding us good deals. . With pages and pages of online sale items your recap really helps. Thanks again.

    1. I’m still going through them! I’ve got to weed out what’s in my wish list, lol.

  10. SuzanneGabrielle says:

    I appreciate your take on this sale. It’s been overhyped for so many years now by bloggers and YT that I’m sure credit card debt figures increase because of it. I love Nordstrom, but I don’t have their credit card and have no plans to add it to my wallet anytime soon. I love the Nordstrom Signature line (particularly their cashmere sweaters) There are great deals to be had there throughout the year so I won’t be getting anxious if I miss out on any one item.

    1. That’s wise! I love their signature cashmere too. It’s on par with Vince quality and just a bit better priced. The over hyping burns me out too.

  11. I used to look forward to the N Sale like a kid before the holidays. This year, just not much to get excited about. I trust you that this is “new”
    merchandise, but more than a few sweaters look suspiciously like ones I purchased at last year’s sale. Think I’ll load up on beauty products for the year.

    1. I agree. I assume they bring back what they know from experience sells well.

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