The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Our Top Picks for Men and Women


The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale has become a yearly countdown for shoppers and non-shoppers alike. It’s a great time to take advantage of substantial savings on fall fashions before the season begins. This year many of the hot pieces sold out during early access and I didn’t want to exclude anyone from the blog by posting before it went public.

I’ve already been busy sending specific links to clients (and some friends & family) as requested but the name of the game in this sale is investment. Similar to last year the best deals are on things you’ll use nearly everyday. Think about the basic items you know you’ll need to replace or add this season. Then consider tweaking those basics with a little trend here and there.

So, after likely too much research both online and in store, below are our top Canvas Picks for both men and women. Make sure you move quickly, sale prices end on August 4th!

Stay Stylish,


Nordstrom Anniversary Sale - Our Must Haves


1.Kenneth Cole New York Knit Sleeve Double Face Wool Blend Coat

Sale:$149.90 After Sale:$240.00

“A lightweight essential for San Francisco and Bay Area Fall. This contemporary style’s simple enough to pair with a work blouse or casual tee. The price is a steal to test a new style without the investment of a designer brand.”

2. COLE HAAN Palma Mule

Sale: $99.90 After Sale: $150.00

”Mules continue to dominate the shoe season this fall. These Cole Haan are surprisingly comfy and come in black and cognac brown. Step up your basics and pair these with distressed jeans now and a skirt later.”

3. Madewell Small Transport Leather Crossbody Tote, Asparagus green

Sale:$111.90 After Sale:$168.00

”A cute crossbody in a fresh new shade? Yes, please. This handy carryall mini holds all your necessities for a day on the run without weighing you down.”

4. AGL Pointy Toe Mule (Women), Grey Snake

Sale:$254.90 After Sale:$385.00

“Clean lines and a higher heel make these sleek mules a polished addition to your closet. While every foot is unique, AGL shoes are worth the investment for the comfort and quality.”

5. NATORI Feathers Underwire Contour Bra, Deep Navy

Sale: $44.90 After Sale: $68.00

”This style is a favorite among friends and clients alike. The plunging neckline makes this bra perfect for v-necks and blouses. Why not branch out from black and nude and add another neutral for the season?”

6. VINCE Cashmere Cardigan

Sale: $299.90 After Sale: $465.00

“This is the cardigan to live in this fall and winter. The longer length makes it perfect to use as a lightweight jacket for both pants and skirts.”


1.1901 Ripstop Shirt Jacket, Olive Grove

Sale: $82.90 After Sale: $125.00

“Shirt jackets have become a staple for San Francisco guys. Move over puffers, there’s a new layering piece in town. Wear this as a stand alone shirt or with a basic tee and jeans. For the more fashionable, add a plaid flannel for layering interest later.”

2. GREATS Royale Sneaker

Sale: $119.90 After Sale: $179.00

“A class revisited, this sneak brand is a newer addition to Nordstrom and worth checking out. If comfort is your thing (and why shouldn’t it be) these or Eccos could be a must for your fall wardrobe and beyond.”

3. PAIGE Transcend - Lennos Straight Leg Jeans

Sale: $132.90 After Sale: $199.00

“Most guys have (or should have) a great dark denim in their closet. This year denim has gotten more casual and lighter washes have flooded the market. Diversify your denim mix by adding a medium tone wash to soften your look and break up darker shades in your wardrobe.”

4. PAUL SMITH Stripe Socks

Sale: $19.90 After Sale: $30.00

“If you are looking to add a little personality and color to your wardrobe but don’t want to get too crazy, these socks are for you. Paul Smith has great striped options that are largely fool proof to mix and match with your existing wardrobe.”

5.Magnanni Carbon Leather Belt

Sale:$99.90 After Sale:$150.00

“Magnanni belts are among my favorites for clients. The quality and craftsmanship is worth the investment. If you take good care of this belt you should have it for years.”

6. SHINOLA The Canfield Leather Strap Watch, 43mm

Sale: $468.90 After Sale: $700.00

“This handsome watch is a great piece to invest in. Shinola has mastered clean and classic with just the right amount of cool factor. Even though you may have a smart watch, a classic timepiece continues to hold ground in the style game.”

Home and Beauty

  1. LE LABO Discovery Set

Price $85.00 (exclusive anniversary set)

“Summer is a great time to explore new scents especially if you plan to do any traveling. This kit includes four of their best sellers in easy travel sizes.”

2. MARIO BADESCU The Essentials Set

Price $23.00 ($33 Value)

“If you have been lathering on the sunscreen this summer your skin may need a little tlc. I personally picked up this product earlier in the spring when I was having a few breakouts. It may not zap your spots overnight but it’s a miracle in clearing them up (and bug bites) significantly faster. ”

3. KIEHL'S Ultra Healthy Skin Favorites Set

Price$62.00 ($88 Value)

“Taking care of your skin is the best beauty regime. This unisex set features Kiehl’s no fuss favorites to start or replenish your collection.”