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We went ahead and did the "tough work" of shopping for you and rounded up our 19 must-have items from this year's Anniversary Sale. Happy shopping!

4 tips for shopping the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and 19 must-have items

The biggest sale of the year -- and the one that every blogger has been talking about for weeks now -- is almost here! Starting July 22, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale will open to the public and anyone can shop in-store or online. Unlike other sales trying to get rid of their end of season merchandise, the #NSALE features brand new arrivals for discounted prices for a short time -- prices go back up on August 8.

For the first time, this year’s Anniversary Sale includes Alexander Wang (ready-to-wear, accessories and shoes), Alex and Ani, Allsaints (handbags), Rag & Bone (handbags and accessories), Marc Jacobs (handbags), Current/Elliott, Madewell, Illesteva, Cupcakes and Cashmere, Alice + Olivia, Mara Hoffman, The Honest Company, Peek and Burberry (kids). Below we have a few tips to make your experience shopping the sale as easy as possible.

  1. Buy now, wear now: The Anniversary Sale isn’t just about scoring fall essentials like coats and boots. You’ll also find summer and pre-fall styles perfect for immediate wardrobe updates, or transitional staples to wear into the next season.
  2. Shop with a personal stylist: A complimentary service at Nordstrom, personal stylists are store gurus who know all the details about any product available for the sale. Make an appointment with a salesperson to take full advantage of the sale or ask for an available stylist when you get to the store.
  3. Shop in-store and online: Visit your local Nordstrom store to touch and feel the product, and try it on. Plus, employees are available to help locate alternate sizes or items that might be at a nearby store, and can order it for you at no shipping cost. But select items are exclusively available online, so check there too!
  4. Try before you buy: Nordstrom offers samples of almost any beauty product in-store, every day. During the Anniversary Sale, you’ll find limited-edition offerings, plus 300 beauty and fragrance exclusives.

We went ahead and did the "tough work" of shopping for you. You're welcome! Click through the gallery above to see our picks for must-have items and let us know what you score. Happy shopping!