The Best Items to Shop At The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale

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Every fashion fan knows, there’s nothing like a Nordstrom sale. The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is one of the best sales of the year, with deals up to 50 percent off. While not quite the same as the Anniversary Sale (later this summer), the curated selection of premium brands that don’t always have big sales themselves will often go on sale. So if there are certain brands you’ve been eyeing for your wedding event looks, you might just luck out. Wedding essentials like jewelry, gifts for your wedding party, honeymoon attire, and more are all on the table.

Here are the best items to shop for during the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale.

What is the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale?

There are a few key times of the year when Nordstrom holds sales, and they’re always well worth the wait. The Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale is no exception. The sale takes place twice a year, in the spring and early winter.

If you’re a big Nordstrom fan, you may be used to being able to preview the deals during their Anniversary Sale ahead of time, or if you’re a Nordstrom credit card member, even getting early access to the sale. Unfortunately, with the Half Yearly Sale, you’ll have to wait until the sale launches to get access. Like the Anniversary Sale, the Half Yearly is exclusive to Nordstrom, while Nordstrom Rack hosts its own sales.

When is the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale 2021? 

The sale starts May 26 and goes through June 6. It also falls during Memorial Day weekend this year.

How Long is the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale?

The spring sale lasts around 12 days, while the winter sale is about a week and hits between Christmas and New Year’s. 

What's the Difference Between the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale and the Anniversary Sale?

We all know and love the much-hyped Anniversary Sale which usually includes brand new fall pieces and never-before discounted items, while the Half Yearly Sale is the best time to get timeless pieces or styles from past seasons at unbeatable prices.

What Usually Goes on Sale?

You can find discounts on nearly every category sold at Nordstrom during the Half Yearly Sale, though not every brand or item will be discounted. Your best bet is to go into the sale with an open mind and a few key items you’d like to snag for your wedding festivities.

While the sale lasts several days, shop early. Things are known to sell out at Nordstrom’s sales and this will give you ample time to make your decisions. Remember, Nordstrom also offers free returns and free shipping, so you’re not married to what you buy (no pun intended). Here’s where to focus during the sale:

  • Beauty—If you or your bridesmaids are planning to do their own makeup for the big day, this is a great time to find steep discounts on luxury beauty brands. Past sales have included brands like MAC, Nars, Estee Lauder, Chanel, and Bobbi Brown. Buying ahead of time gives you plenty of time to practice your look for the day, or to bring your own preferred products to your makeup artist, rather than them using what they have on hand. 
  • Accessories—It’s easy to leave things like jewelry, bags, wraps, and hair accessories to the last minute during wedding planning, but you can scoop up a few options at reasonable prices and decide later during the sale. In the past, favorite brands like Mansur Gavriel, Kate Spade, and Tory Burch have all been slashed. These are hot-ticket items for shoppers so get your add-to-cart finger ready.
  • Shoes—Past sales have included bridal and celebrity brands like Stuart Weitzman, (if it works for a red carpet, it works for an aisle) but there are hundreds of shoes on sale, so spend some time browsing. Narrow your search by having a style or color in mind, and act fast, as shoes are a big go-to for many Nordstrom shoppers.
  • Dresses—Whether you need a dress for your engagement party, bridal shower, or wedding, or you’re searching for a dress for your bridesmaids or mom, you can find it all on sale. Note there may be limited sizes available, so it can be hit or miss, but if you fall in love with a piece a few sizes off, remember, you can also have it altered if the price is right.


Jewel Badgley Mischka Katerina Ankle Strap Sandal

Jewel Badgley Mischka Katerina Ankle Strap Sandal

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Normally $99, Now $60

As the bride, you’re going to be on your feet all day, so don’t discount the benefits of going with a sturdier heel. That doesn’t have to mean boring, as these gorgeous crystal-embellished ankle strap sandals from Jewel Badgley Mischka prove. The supportive half-moon heels are great if you’re planning to spend a lot of time on the dance floor or if you’re having an outdoor wedding and may need to walk on grass or stones at some point.

Jenny Packham Cold Shoulder Chiffon Gown

Jenny Packham Cold Shoulder Chiffon Gown

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Normally $284, Now $171

If you’ve been eyeing premium designers for your bridesmaids’ dresses, your bridal party will thank you if you can find them a deal. This Jenny Packham gown, available in shades of Dessert Rose or Mist, features the trend-forward cold shoulder and an A-line skirt that’s flattering on all body types. Keep in mind you may need to mix and match colors or styles if not every size is available during the sale.

All-Clad 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

All-Clad 10-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

Normally $1,200, Now $700

This 10-piece cookware set from All-Clad features all the cookware you'll need to master the kitchen. It comes with two fry pans, two saucepans, a saute pan, a stockpot, and matching lids that are all oven-safe up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. And at only $700, this item is quite the steal.

BOSS Square Cufflinks

BOSS Square Cufflinks

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Normally $118, Now $71

Grooms can find great deals on designer cufflinks that feel elevated from the everyday. The geometric design on these cufflinks makes them really shine, adding a sharp look to a tuxedo or suit. They also make great groomsmen gifts from the discerning groom.

Triple Strand Slider Bracelet

Triple Strand Slider Bracelet

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Normally $79, Now $30

Need a gift for your bridesmaids? This timeless bracelet will pop as they hold their bouquets and will be a piece they can rewear for occasions to come.

Louise Et Cie Kota Ankle Strap Pump

Louise Et Cie Kota Ankle Strap Pump

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Normally $100, Now $67

Add a little edge to your bridal look with textured chrome pumps. The ankle strap connects to a thicker leather slingback so you’ll feel supported as you dance throughout the night. If you’re not already planning to do a custom wedding jacket in denim or leather, start searching, because the combo will look absolutely fire.

Tumi V4 Collection 31-Inch Extended Trip Expandable Spinner

Tmi V4 Collection 31-Inch Extended Trip Expandable Spinner Packing Case

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Normally $750, Now $525

For couples planning to honeymoon post-wedding, treat yourselves to new luggage that will last for many years of travels together. The outer shell on this carry-on is made from special material that bends and flexes while protecting your items from damage, so it can stand up to being tossed in the overhead compartment.

Midnight Bakery Lydia Floral Wrap

Midnight Bakery Lydia Robe

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Normally $58, Now $35

Get ready with your bridesmaids in these floral satin robes featuring kimono-style lace-trimmed sleeves. Getting your hair and makeup done together in matching robes not only makes for a great photo op, but means you won’t mess up your hair and makeup when you go to change into your dresses.

Riedel Vinum Set of 6 Cabernet Glasses

Riedel Vinum Set of 6 Cabernet Glasses

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Normally $177, Now $124 for 6

Uncork and enjoy your favorite bottle of red with these elegant wine glasses from Reidel. Each glass features a wide crystal rim and slim neck to help bring out the robust flavors of red wines.

Nordstrom Jewel Clasp Minaudière

 Jewel Clasp Minaudière

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Normally $99, Now $40

The perfect accessory for every wedding, rehearsal dinner, or future formal event—this versatile clutch will become your new favorite go-to bag. The shiny metallic black hue and stone clasp gives it an extra level of sophistication, and it'll go with all of the pieces in your wardrobe.

 

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