Shop the FASHION Team’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Wishlist

Graphic by Kayleen Dicuangco

The retailer’s biggest event of the year is almost here.

Picture this: It’s the early seventies and you’re sitting on shag carpet flipping through the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog. You pick up your pencil and draw a circle around a “flippy” little two-piece floral skirt and shirt — the “young active look for fall.” Beside that is a dress we would probably categorize as “fairycore” today with its puffed sleeves, u-neck top, ribbed bodice and long skirt.

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1974 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog. Photography courtesy of Nordstrom

In the decades to come, you’d trade in your groovy garments for wool blazers and sweater vests in the eighties and multi-coloured anoraks and checkered cropped jackets à la Clueless in the nineties.

Trends come and go, but what’s remained the same for fans of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the chance to nab new styles at reduced prices. And starting July 15, the retailer’s biggest event of the year returns.

Here’s why it’s different: These are not clearance items. Every summer, the company brings in *brand-new* merchandise that is on sale for a limited time (the sale ends August 1) in-store and online. This concept actually dates back to the mid-’40s when Nordstrom acquired a company called Best Apparel which had its own version of the event.

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1992 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale catalog. Photography courtesy of Nordstrom

For the 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale,  you can shop from more than 100 brands like Good American, Nike, AllSaints, Frame, UGG, Veronica Beard, AllSaints, Bony Levy, as well as over 25 new brands added to this year’s sale, including Naked Wardrobe, Reiss and Open Edit.

Starting July 8, customers can get a sneak peek at the sale items on and save their favourites to a Wish List. But if you’re looking for a bit of inspiration, the FASHION team has created a wish list of our very own.

Swipe through the gallery below to see our top womenswear picks for the 2022 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, from summer sandals to fall staples and everything in-between.

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