What NOT to Buy...Yes, You Heard It Right!

There are so many 'what TO buy', 'here's everything you NEED', 'here are 10293 of my FAVORITE items from the sale' type posts floating around so I figured I would try and bring you something a little more valuable...what NOT to buy from the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Point blank - with the amount of influencers covering the sale, it's very easy to feel like you want everything, and need more than you had set out to buy. But here's the thing...you don't.

When you see people leaving a Nordstrom store with 15 bags, know that they're using most of those items to try on and share, and will return most of it later. As a shopper, I'm telling you that it's not realistic to buy 10 pairs of shoes. Somehow, though, when we see influencers sharing their "shopping trips" and leaving with those 15 bags, we subconsciously might be more inclined to buy MORE because we feel like we need to.

I'm going to break it down short and simple for you today after having shopped the sale for years, of what to leave out when it comes to the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

1 / That One Thing You See Everyone Buying

Okay yes - everyone is buying that one thing because it's cute, on-trend and a great price BUT - there's always that one item that everyone won't stop talking about, which sells out in a day.

Unless you feel like you can't live without it (which is rare), you don't need it, and you also don't need to be wearing the same thing as EVERYONE else.

2 / More than 1-2 Fall Pieces

One of the perks of the sale is that you get to shop pre-season pieces...in JULY. I've experienced first hand buying a handful of Fall pieces that I loved at the time, only to leave them sitting in my closet once October rolled around.

Again, unless you feel like it's going to be a true staple in your wardrobe, hold off. Prices will eventually drop again, and if they don't, chances are you'll find something else you love even more.

3 / A Major Splurge Item

Brand marketing 101...those great deals? They'll get better. What you think might be a major steal on a splurge item during a sale, sometimes may not be all that special.

4 / Basics

Maybe it's just me, but I don't see the value in buying basics at Nordstrom! We see "sale" and think we're getting a great deal for a basic but in reality, you can find great basics at stores like Zara, H&M, Madewell for a fraction of the price.

2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


Brixton is the brand I really try to keep an eye out for during the sale. If you love Lack of Color but don't want to spend over $100 for a hat, this one (also pictured below) is a great alternative! Will be the first thing I add to my cart. For reference, I wear a S in Brixton.

Brixton Joanna III Hat
$58.90 ($88 after sale)

Treasure & Bond Snakeskin Detail Hat
$38.90 ($59 after sale)

Halogen Felt Panama Hat
$38.90 ($58 after sale)


My advice for buying Fall sweaters during the sale is to look for neutral pieces that will turn into wardrobe staples. An open cardigan great for layering or a versatile tunic that you can style for work or a night out.

Topshop Colorblock Sweater
$44.90 ($68 after sale)

Free People Tunic
$98.90 ($148 after sale)

Halogen Cashmere Ruana
$112.90 ($169 after sale)

Midi Skirts

Disclaimer here...I live in midi skirts all year round. A midi-skirt sweater is my go-to Fall combo, and for that reason, I'll be picking up a few! If you love midis, I recommend finding one basic that will get you through the season. Also love this suede mini style from BLANK NYC (runs TTS).

Something Navy Leopard Midi
$49.90 ($79 after sale)

Chelsea28 Satin Midi
$45.90 (69 after sale)

Chelsea28 Pleated Midi
$59.90 ($89 after sale)


This was actually the most highly-requested category that you guys asked for from the sale! Girl, I gotchu - I love me some shoes too. Don't go crazy with Fall boots! There will be a lot but there will also be tons of even newer arrivals come September. Also crushing majorly on these Converse platforms with rose gold detailing!

Vince Camuto Gigietta Bootie
$99.00 ($150 after sale)

Paige Willa Studded Chelsea Boot
$249.90 (375 after sale)

Vince Camuto Nestel Knee High Boot
$159.90 ($240 after sale)

That's about all I'm going to round up specifically, but you can head right over to
my Nordstrom tab on my top menu to see a full list of finds by category! 

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43 responses to “What NOT to Buy From the 2019 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale”

  1. Maureen says:

    So true! The after season sales are actually way better and gets you most bang for your buck. I normally don’t buy a lot of items from the NSale but I do think there are items that are worth the investment. Of course, that doesn’t mean buying 5-10 items but rather focusing on one. For example, two years ago I bought the Blondo booties and it is a workhorse! This year is a jacket and I know it will be put through the test!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  2. LeAnn Harbert says:

    I like all of these boots.

  3. Dana Scott says:

    I am excited to shop jeans! I definitely need new ones

  4. Paige says:

    I love those hats! Nordstrom is the best 🙂

  5. Deborah G. says:

    I’m excited to shop tops and jackets! I’m loving those panama hats too!

  6. sophia l says:

    oh your picks look GREAT! but i also appreciate the list because i SO agree! esp people who say to buy basics in nordstrom hahah unless it’s jeans, i think you can buy a white tee anywhere xD

  7. Mary says:

    I’m excited to shop for shoes. I always get such a great deal during the sale.

  8. Romina says:

    Girl!! You just make the most fun, comfy, gorgeous looking looks! Like I love how you add all these fun accessories like those beautiful hats!
    I’m obsess with all the skirts you posted but its so hard to find a midi skirt to look flattering with all the junk I have in my trunk.

  9. Kim Henrichs says:

    I really want one new plush sweater for winter!!

  10. Nancy says:

    Definitely want to check out the adorable shoes. Thanks for the chance.

  11. Carolsue says:

    I am most excited about the boots and booties. There are so many great ones — like the Vince Camuto Nestel Knee High Boots

  12. Ann B says:

    Definitely looking for sweaters this year.

  13. sarah says:

    With my current budget I don’t see myself shopping the sale, but if I did I would stick with neutral pieces and especially a pair of jeans and a cardigan.

  14. Emily says:

    I’m excited to get a new bag and a new pair of shoes or two

  15. Sandra Watts says:

    I am excited to shop for some great boots and shoes.

  16. Peggy Johnson says:

    I need to shop for a coat and I would love a Barefoot Dreams Cardigan

  17. Jovan B. says:

    I’m really loving the sandal booties!!! So cute with jeans!

  18. Linda says:

    I’m most excited to shop for maxi dresses for the hot weather.

  19. Gabrielle says:

    I am dying for some cute new tops and SHOES!

  20. Dreva says:

    This is a great post. I love that you included what not to buy, and did things differently from everyone else covering the sale! 👏🏻

  21. Elena says:

    I will be shopping for cashmere sweaters.

  22. Courtney Rutledge says:

    Thanks for the great post!! I’m off to order a hat!!

  23. bianca roman says:

    i live in florida and so it’s very hard to shop fall item anything (except for booties because i can wear them year round) and so i always tend to wait until the septmeber sale to see if anything i thought was worth while comes back.

    i do want to stock up on some volsupa candles again this year. and some of the beauty stuff looks pretty good.

  24. Kim Pincombe-Cole says:

    I have my eye on the Vince Camuto Gigietta Snakeskin Booties and the Thread & Supply Cream Wubby Pullover in the NSale!

  25. sandra says:

    I like the Satin Midi

  26. sandra says:

    I like the different ideas you have.

  27. Lesly F says:

    I want to buy jeans and sandals

  28. Dawn Meeka says:

    Thank you for posting this! SO many bloggers never say what not to buy only what to buy. And of course there are hats on your list!!! <3

  29. This is a great what NOT to buy post, Danielle! I am for sure grabbing a hat ASAP before they are sold out.

    XO Amanda | http://affordablebyamanda.com

  30. Laura Mueller says:

    I’m excited to buy some fall sweaters and baby bling bows for my daughter!

  31. Kelly Kimmell says:

    Thanks for the tips. I need some new jeans.

  32. Jessica Deffenbaugh says:

    By far the best blog post regarding this sale!! Omg thanks for speaking the truth! Last year was my first year having a credit card so I shopped early & I can’t believe I only applied for it because I had my heart dead set on a brand new real leather jacket. By far one of my favorite purchases. This year, I found myself getting caught up in all the hype but sat with myself and wrote a list of things I actually needed… needless to say, I stocked up on much needed bras/spanx/panties & a pair of over the knee boots. I highly suggest this method and it’ll save you buyers regret or looking like everyone else

  33. Cindy Gaarder says:

    A good staple jean

  34. athena graeme says:

    Love the Not To section! I definitely need some new core pieces. Especially comfy dress pants.

  35. Sharon Rooney says:

    I am looking to buy shoes and new sweaters/tops for fall.

  36. These are all really good tips. I do like investing in high quality basics though – they get the most wear in my wardrobe.

  37. Nelle says:

    Thank you for the tips ! I am excited to shop for shoes!

  38. Bethanne says:

    So helpful to hear this info! It is definitely an overwhelming sale, and so many bloggers cover it, it’s easy to feel FOMO if you don’t buy every last item!!!

  39. Cal says:

    Pants and stuff are what I’d get. Cool shares.

  40. Susan Christy says:

    I shouldn’t buy 10 pair of shoes?!? As long as I can snag a pair of Steve Madden Studded Loafers I’ll be okay!

  41. Kierra says:

    I love shopping pre-season. It’s the perfect time to snag awesome deals!

  42. Angela says:

    I LOVE that you did this post about what not to buy. So many including me sometimes get caught up in the hype and don’t realize you don’t need half of it. Thank you for doing this. Do love your picks though. 🙂

  43. Maureen says:

    there are a lot of things that are posted over and over and I’m meh over or know that I would wear maybe for one season, max. I love that you did a “What not to buy” post.

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