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The Very Best Deals From Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale

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Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale is back, and thousands of items are up to 65 percent off. Among them are plenty of summer essentials from brands like L.L.Bean, Natori, Madewell, and Vince, as well as deep discounts on kitchenware, skin care, and a range of accessories you can enjoy year-round. So whether you’re looking for a breezy dress to wear this weekend, a lightweight rain jacket for next fall, or a portable speaker for July picnics, we’re here to help you find options at prices that can’t be beat. Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals we spotted on clothing and accessories for women, men, and kids, plus some very good sales on beauty products and home décor.

To make things even easier, we’ve also organized it by category — just click on any of the below links to jump straight to that section. A note that this sale runs through June 5, but as we’ve seen with Nordstrom discounts in the past, stock and sizes move quickly. So don’t wait too long if you see something you like.

Women’s | Men’s | Home & Beauty | Kids’


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This bra has been a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale best seller with Strategist readers for three years running. It comes in a range of sizes, features lightly lined (and contoured) cups, and has straps that become wider as you move up into larger sizes for more support.

A finished hem and generous inseam make these denim shorts perfect for a semi-professional park hang.

A Strategist-editor favorite, the iconic, sturdy L.L.Bean boots will protect you in mid-summer downpours and winter snowstorms alike.

It’s not every day we find Skims bras on sale — let alone a bralette that’s still in stock in most sizes.

Made from luxe pebbled leather, this structured shoulder bag has a magnetic snap closure and adjustable shoulder strap.

A not-too-sweet midi dress for under $100.

Some elegant sandals for summer days in the city.

Here’s a lightweight cotton jacket (with useful deep pockets) for chilly nights and early mornings.

It’s still a splurge on sale, but we were particularly drawn to this figure-flattering button-up from Vince.

At home as naturally with a tee as with the button-up above, this slit-hem midi skirt can be styled to suit any day of the week.

I’m somewhat mooved by this faux-calf-hair baguette bag.

Nobody, not even Tory, is safe from Yeezy’s influence.

Open Edit or The Row? We’ll never tell.

Some breezy cotton utility pants with a slightly cropped 28-inch inseam.

It’s not exactly shearling-slipper season, but you’ll be glad to have these UGG slides on hand once the temperature drops (or when the air-conditioning gets too intense).


Refresh his (or your) T-shirt drawer with these sturdy cotton pocket tees from BP.

Alex Mill’s military-inspired jumpsuit is made from stretchy chino cotton for an easy fit.

If anyone could make us consider a pair of Sperrys again, it’s John Legend.

Made from a quick-drying recycled polyester, and boasting three useful pockets.

While you may just want to wear them as streetwear, these treaded Salomon sneakers are also more than ready for hikes and trail runs.

Stuffing this highly packable rain jacket into your backpack or work bag sure beats carrying an umbrella.

Created in collaboration with Todd Snyder, this L.L.Bean graphic sweater is made from soft, hand-washable merino wool.

These tailoring-inspired jeans feature trouser-style pockets and a slightly cropped hem.

Clarks Wallabees have been spotted on everyone from Veneda Carter (Kim Kardashian’s stylist) to Justin Bieber. They’re difficult to clean, however, which is why we were especially delighted to find this stain-disguising camo pair on sale.

These cotton-blend crew socks (designed in collaboration with Strategist-favorite Portland soap company Wary Meyers) have a thick sole for extra comfort, and a thinner top for breathability.

Bring this water-repellent (and laptop-pocket-featuring) backpack on hikes, climbs, bike rides, and your daily commute alike.

Home & Beauty

Several Strategist staffers (myself included) rely on Hydro Flask water bottles to keep their drinks cool all day. “It’s my favorite water bottle to bring on long car rides, where I don’t want my water bottle to get baked and weight isn’t a primary concern,” says Strategist editor Maxine Builder. (I prefer the straw lid, as I have a tendency to baptize myself with the wide mouth.)

Strategist writer Tembe Denton-Hurst dermaplanes her face (a form of physical exfoliation that involves scraping off the very top layer of skin) about once a month with this at-home gadget. “While I notice benefits (my moisturizer sinks in better, I’m a touch glowier, and there’s no peach-fuzz halo in my selfies),” she writes, “my favorite part is watching the dead skin gunk up on the razor, and seeing the smooth skin it leaves behind.”

Made from sparkling crystal in a ribbed design, these Kate Spade drinking glasses are small enough for sipping spirits neat, but still large enough to mix cocktails in.

Whether you plan to use it for accessories, gardening tools, or even art supplies, this hanging organizer features a mix of loops and deep pockets to keep everything in its place.

This Too Faced set features the cult favorite Better Than Sex mascara, along with Damn Girl!, a long-wearing volumizing mascara. Both are the perfect size for travel (or for a trial period before you invest fully).

Here’s a stylish aromatherapy diffuser that doubles as a nightlight.

Takenaka’s bento box snaps shut securely, has two layers to separate saucy and dry foods, and is exceptionally easy to clean and store. (According to contributor John Jodzio, it also makes a really good weed-storage container.)

With a 20-hour battery life, crisp sound quality, and highly responsive controls, the Marshall Emberton is one of our favorite portable Bluebooth speakers. Strategist tech writer Jordan Bowman says it produces a “full, immersive sound across all genres, whether it’s punk rock, reggae, or even a podcast.”


These sea-creature-themed Converse are shore to be a hit with your little one.

I, a 24-year-old grown woman, actually bought this stuffed Boris Bear plush for myself. (Miffy is on sale, too.)

These pull-on pants are made from soft yet sturdy cotton, with a floral pattern that’ll easily disguise stains.

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The Very Best Deals From Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly Sale