I don’t usually post about thee Anniversary sale. I think it’s overhyped, and things sell out so quickly it’s hard to stay ahead of it. But I want to share with you what few items piqued my interest, so here’s what I bought at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023. Oh, and some of them are still available.

I have a confession, this year’s No-Buy July has not been going well. Case in point, I bought some items from the “big” Nordstrom Anniversary sale. I’ve reined it in now and will attempt to take my fashion shopping fast through August.

My reasoning for breaking the no-shopping self-commitment was complicated, but at the most basic level, the Nordstrom Sale is a great time to pick up key wardrobe pieces at a reduced price. It’s also an opportunity to buy luxury items you wouldn’t usually be able to afford; it makes it a bit easier to pull the trigger.

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I don’t usually look through every item in the sale; it’s simply too much and too much temptation. Instead, I look at specific categories for particular items I’m looking for.

I always check out booties, outerwear, and cardigans because not only are they wardrobe staples, this is a good opportunity to save money on pricier items.

Last year I was in need of a replacement for my too-small cold-weather puffer coat, and I scored a gorgeous Bernardo quilted coat during the Anniversary Sale. I also bought this jacket for my mom’s December birthday, so it’s a good opportunity to buy gifts.

Keep in mind I won’t keep everything. As you will see, some of the items I’ve purchased are still quite expensive (at least to me), so they will have to fit extremely well and be very versatile to be worth the ROI and space in my closet.

So let’s get to it.


V-Neck Sweater 1X || V-Neck Cardigan L (sold out) || Pink Sweater XL; Plus-size || Faux Suede Jacket XXL || Lug Sole Booties

The navy v-neck cotton waffle-weave sweater is super soft and is an excellent staple. However, the 1X is a bit oversized on me, so I’m trying to decide if that’s what fit I prefer or not. The Misses-sized version is currently only available up to a size large, so I can’t even try the smaller size.

This gorgeous gray acrylic cardigan is a keeper. Unfortunately, it’s already sold old…dang it! It only goes up to a size large, but it’s oversized, and I love that it will be great with jeans, over dresses, and on a chilly evening over my pj’s. So I’ll keep my eyes open for it to return and let you know.

The pink acrylic sweater is the pink version of the brown one I bought last year. It’s so cozy, and I love the color. But do I need two off-the-shoulder sweaters? Probably not.

This gorgeous Kut from the Kloth faux-suede puff sleeve jacket will be a fantastic addition to a fall/winter wardrobe. It only goes up to size XXL, but luckily it fits me, and I’m keeping it.

The lug-sole booties have arrived, but I haven’t had a chance to try them on yet. However, even on sale, they are quite expensive, so they’ll need to look, feel, and fit amazingly to earn a coveted parking spot with the rest of my shoes.


Clockwise from upper left – Tan Booties (also available in black) || Longline Cardigan || Mushroom Booties (three colors) || Hooded Cardi

There were one or two pieces that I looked at but didn’t pull the trigger on because I couldn’t find a good enough reason to add them to my closet if they panned out.

One of the most popular posts on Dimples on My What is The Best Booties for Curvy (and Petite) Women. Pop over and read it if you haven’t already. The best booties for a curvy woman are very hard to find, but THESE and THESE meet the criteria, so if you love wearing booties with skinny jeans or dresses and have full calves, consider trying them during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

If you don’t own a Barefoot Dreams cardigan, you are missing out on the coziest piece you’ve ever put on. There are two cardigans in this year’s sale, a basic longer cardi and a hooded version. I already own two, so I’ll pass this year.


Admittedly, I need absolutely nothing. And in my opinion, the anniversary sale is overhyped and over-promoted by influencers who get paid to drive sales.

That being said, it’s sometimes fun to find sought-after pieces to complete an outfit or to help you get excited about wearing fall clothes. And if you can get it on sale, it makes it better.

Now I’ve got to get back to my No-Buy July challenge. Maybe I’ll do a ‘Stop the Shop September‘. 😉 No matter when I do it or what I call it, I’m putting my browsing blinders back on now.

Did you see anything in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2023 edition that made you hit ‘add to cart’?


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  1. Regina P

    Same here with the No Buy July! I came across a few items at the Talbots sale. I’m trying to replace a few trendy impulse purchases with ones that I know I’ll get more wear out. Sadly I’m returning 2 of the 3, too tight and too low cut……This year I didn’t check out a single things at the Nordstrom sale. You are so right about the Barefoot Dreams cardigans, I have 2 as well, love, love them!

    • Paula

      You sound like me, Regina. I’m really trying to hone in on my style and that often means, letting go of purchases that we “thought” we could wear. And you know what, it’s okay and all kart if the learning process. I try not to beat myself up over it.

      All the best to you my friend!


  2. Kristin

    I did shop the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I agree it’s hyped. I also keep a list of things I want/need. I ended up buying 3 pair of walking shoes. Actually one was from prime day. I use walking shoes every day as I walk my dog daily. Of corse in the snow I put on snow boots, but most of the year I wear walking shoes. So I know these are a good investment. I also am pleased to say I lost weight and my current jeans needed to be replaced. So I bought two new jeans in sale. And one jacket. One sweatshirt. One jogger. One blouse. I tried to buy workout pants but the ones I ordered didn’t have pockets! What was I thinking? So those are going back.
    I have to tell you about my Jean experiment! I bought one high end jeans, Mothers. And one lower end, Wit n Wisdom. I like both. I haven’t worn them out of house yet as it’s been over 100 for a week. I am going to see come fall which ones I like best. I have never had a high end Jean before and thought the sale would be a good time to try them. Plus it’s my reward for sticking to health plan and my incentive to keep it up!

    • Paula

      I like you plan, Kristin! And what a great way to reward yourself … WAY TO GO!!!! 🚶🏻‍♀️


  3. Diane R Sundberg

    I wonder if your reason for breaking is to buy clothing in “your” colors now that you’ve had them done.

    • Paula

      Hey, thanks for helping me justify it, Diane. 😁 But seriously, I think that’s some of it too Diane. When I see pieces that are in my colors and my style, I’m more likely try to replace staple pieces in my closet.

      Have an amazing day.

  4. Do you remember when you’d get the NSale catalog and dog-ear certain pages? I haven’t gotten a catalog in several years. It seems like the last few years have just been the same thing in different colors or a little bit different heel or something like that. What did I buy? Some Laura Mercier setting powder. That’s it! I would have bought some Bobbi Brown shadow pencils, but they’ve sold out. I agree this sale is just so overhyped. Quite honestly, it makes me angry when “influencers” get to shop early and talk about, basically, the same things. That almost makes me wonder if they’re sent a list of items to push. They do, however, do their jobs because I’ve been influenced to buy things before. Luckily, I came to my sense and returned them because they just weren’t for me.

    Have a fabulous week, Paula, and don’t be too hard on yourself!


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