20 Hot Picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale (Under $50 Each)

Exterior of Nordstrom store

If all of your girlfriends have gone silent, they may be immersed in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It’s Nordy’s biggest sale of the year, and Early Access Week of the event has already started. As of Friday, July 12, Nordstrom cardholders exclusively can shop the beloved anniversary sale. You can also apply for an account now and you’ll get early access upon approval.

At Budget Fashionista, we’re not big proponents of shopping on store credit. So, we’re taking a peek at the early access deals online to prep for the public sale that begins on July 19 ends on August 4. That’s plenty of time to pick out the pieces you need to round out your summer wardrobe and lay the ground work for fall.

Need a second set of eyes to help you focus in on what pieces will make the cut? Yep, that’s what we’re here for. Read on for our top 20 picks under $50.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Top Picks

Tops

The upgraded t-shirt

I’m in love with this simple t-shirt, with that fun metallic star pattern. What a cute upgrade to the basic white t-shirt! Wear this on days when you don’t want to dress up, but still want to stand out (er, that might be every day). You could also use it as an unexpected companion to a dark-colored blazer to show off your playful side.

The twist tank

Ever wonder how much of your life is consumed by retucking tops throughout the day? Stock up on twist tanks and you can have all that time back. The tie at the hem creates a beautiful drape over the front of the body, like a modern-day toga.

The wrap top

Here, dolman sleeves combine with a belted waist to create a top that flatters almost any figure. Add in the eye-catching floral pattern that mixes summer and fall hues, and you’ve got a versatile top you can wear now and later. Reach for this piece when you have plans after work — it suits the office, the bar and the swanky restaurant.

Tie-neck top

You may have to wait for cooler weather to make use of this chic top, but it’ll be worth it. A standout color, sleek fabric and long tie at the neck make for a big style statement at work or at play.

Pants

The utility pant

If there ever was a time to invest in camo utility pants, it’s during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Speaking from experience, these are the pants you don’t think you’ll wear that often — and then you reach for them over and over again. They’re also a quick solution to a jeans rut!

The plaid pant

These plaid skinny pants are the workhorse of office-wear! Match them up with a white blouse and heels for a sophisticated upgrade to your usual office ensemble. Then, take it up another notch by adding a red scarf in your hair or on the strap of your bag.

The biker legging

Faux leather leggings are on my fall must-have list already — with shine, texture and structure, they’re a sexy alternative to cotton leggings or skinny pants.

Track pants

Isn’t it fabulous that we can wear track pants with heels? Heels work with this pair thanks to the straight-leg silhouette and lightweight polyester construction. And if you really wanted to, you could also team these pants with sneakers.

Dresses

The floral

This pretty dress makes for an easy outfit, anchored by sandals or espadrilles. When fall rolls around, add leggings plus a cropped denim jacket and call it a tunic!

The jumpsuit

This eye-catching jumpsuit is a steal for under $50, considering that it’s an entire outfit by itself. The green dots are flashy enough that you don’t need accessories other than a pair of shoes. Plus, the polka dot is going to reign supreme this fall, so you’ll be right on trend.

Bodycon

The deep V neckline and curve-hugging silhouette of this dress will have strangers staring and stammering when you walk by! It’s a perfect choice for date night — just add strappy heels and a pendant necklace.

The cowl neck dress

When the weather cools off this fall, you’ll appreciate having a cozy dress to slip into. The cowl neck dress is a classic choice for fall, and this one is upgraded with button detailing down the side.

Blazers, Vests & Jackets

The crop jacket

It’s super handy to have a crop jacket in the closet as a layering element. Slip it on over your summer dresses and they’ll stay in the rotation so much longer! This one, in a deep gold corduroy, feels fancier than classic denim.

The vest

Step up from the old puffy vest with high-pile fleece version. The hemline falls just below the hips, which means you can easily pair this vest up with skinny pants and even leggings.

The terry jacket

When a cardigan doesn’t feel right, a soft terry jacket can stand in. This one features an asymmetrical drape collar for added interest, plus a flattering hemline that lands just above the knee.

The boyfriend blazer

A knit boyfriend blazer is a dreamy travel companion — it’s comfortable, forgiving and wrinkle-free. This one’s available in this light gray as well as a darker charcoal color.

Accessories

Earrings

Statement earrings don’t have to dangle! These brilliant CZ earrings feature round stones connected by shiny, hammered metal. They’ll dazzle without the weight of a pendant style.

Leather tote bag

Back-to-school season isn’t just for the kids. This faux leather tote holds all of your essentials in its roomy interior. Stash the keys and lip color in the inside zipper pocket, and slide your phone into an open exterior pocket for easy access.

Sunglasses

Cat-eye sunglasses never go out of style — even the modernized designs like this one. These sunnies are on the larger side and fairly reflective, so pop them on when you’re feeling especially bold.

The cuff bracelet

Beautiful abalone stones flank this statement cuff by Kendra Scott. Try wearing this understated piece to add elegance to an otherwise casual, t-shirt and jeans combo.

Catherine Brock

Owner and Editor at The Budget Fashionista
As a Southern California transplant now living in the Midwest, Catherine has turned layering into an art form and accepted that UGGs actually do have a place in the stylish lady's wardrobe. She's been featured in Woman's World Magazine, DrLaura.com, Refinery29, Wellness.com and has made appearances on ABC7 Chicago, FOX2News St. Louis, KCAL9 Los Angeles, Fox19 Cincinnati, WGN TV Chicago and WCPO TV Cincinnati.
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