The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is the ultimate sale to shop this summer

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Wed August 1, 2018

Summer's ultimate sale has arrived. Today, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale — Nordstrom's biggest sale event of the year — kicks off with tons of sweet savings.

Unlike other seasonal sales, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale isn't the retailer's way of getting rid of old, unwanted inventory. According to the retailer, this promotion features "brand-new arrivals at super-sale prices." That means, you won't have to settle for worn-out styles of subpar brands. Instead, this is a chance to score brand new styles on back-to-school clothing, home goods, beauty products, shoes and more for the whole family — without breaking the bank.

Hurry and act fast because these markdowns are for a limited time. From now through Aug. 5, you can save on products from most every department, including men's, women's, kids, shoes, home and beauty. After that, prices go back up with no guarantee that they'll go back on sale later.

Note: The prices below reflect the retailer's listed prices at the time of publication.

Shop Women's

There's an entire selection of women's fashion items, shoes and accessories to shop. Click through the gallery to find top picks from brands we know and love.

Ray-Ban 53mm PolarizedRound Sunglasses ($135.90, originally $203,

WAYF Sleeveless Blouson Midi Dress ($49.90, originally $75;

BP. Tonya Open Toe Mule ($49.90, originally $79.95;

Vince Cameo Kochelda Over the Knee Boot ($159.90, originally $239.95;

Frame Slender Straight ($173.90, originally $260;

Steve Madden Trace Studded Mule ($49.90, originally $79.95;

Vince Camuto Tie Waist Crepe Jumpsuit ($98, originally $148;

Adidas PureBoost DPR Running Shoe ($104.90;

Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Stretch Angle Skinny Jeans ($44.90, originally $68;

Hunter Original Short Rain Boot ($89.90, originally $140;

Adidas Oversize Crewneck Sweatshirt ($36.90, originally $50;

Tory Burch Benton Ballet Flat ($164.90, originally $248;

Zella Street Style High Waist Leggings ($49.90, originally $75;

Paul Green Stella Bootie ($274.90, originally $415;

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Shop Men's

Sprucing up your wardrobe is easier than ever with these stylish sale picks for men. Click through for our favorites for men from the sale.

Nike Windrunner Wind & Water Repellent Hooded Jacket ($74.90, originally $100;

Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Sneaker ($89.90, originally $120;

Vans Authentic Sneaker ($39.90, originally $59.95;

Nordstrom Men's Shop Trim-Fit Solid Dress Shirt ($29.90, originally $39;

Patagonia Better Sweater Performance Slim Fit Zip Jacket ($109.90, $149;

Vans Old Skool Sneakers ($42.90, originally $64.95;

Bonobos Summer Weight Slim Fit Stretch Chinos ($65.90, originally $98;

Ted Baker Jay Trim Fit Suit ($529.90, originally $795;

TUMI Alpha 2 22-Inch Continental Wheeled Carry-On ($449.90, originally $675;

The North Face Venture II Raincoat (starting at $69.90, originally $83.90;

Adidas EQT Support Adv Sneaker ($81.90, originally $109.95;

1901 Brooks Chelssea Boot ($79.90, originally 125;

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Shop Home

We're extra thankful that the Nordstrom sale features top home goods and kitchen appliances. That way, we can actually afford to keep our homes up to date.

DASH & ALBERT Geo Print Wool Rug (starting at $28.90, originally $39 to $1,129;

Picnic Time 'piano' cheees board set ($32.90, originally $55.96;

PERI HOME Fringe Throw Blanket ($36.90, originally $49.99;

GOLDEN RABBIT Set of 3 Nesting Mixing Bowls ($43.90, originally $65.99;

PERI HOME Cut Geo Duvet Cover (starting at $59.90, originally $79.99 to $129.99;

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Shop Kids/Baby

Kids grow so fast, which means new clothes are frequently required. To keep up with their wardrobe needs — without draining you financially — we'd recommend shopping below for shoes, clothes and more.

The Honest Company Baby Arrival Gift Set ($32.90, originally $49.95;

Adidas N-5923 Classic Sneaker (starting at $36.90;

Tucker + Tate Sparkle Heart Sweater ($25.90, originally $39;

Baby Bling Headband ($7.90, originally $10;

Steve Madden Hybrid Embellished High Top Sneaker ($38.90, originally $64.95;

Tucker + Tate 'Sadie' Jeggings ($18.90, originally $29;

Tucker + Tate Plaid Hooded Flannel Shirt ($22.90, originally $35;

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Shop Beauty

Last but not least, we rounded up professional-grade products from the sale that are a total game changer in the beauty department.

Beachwaver Pro Professional Rotating Curling Iron ($133, originally $199;

Bobbi Brown Deluxe Eye & Cheek Set ($98, a $380 value;

Estée Lauder Nutritious Night Detox & Glow Collection ($78, a $125 value;

Jo Malone London Discovery Fragrance Collection ($45, a $60 value;

Trish Mcevoy Sunlit Glamour Planner Collection ($225, a $585.50 value;

SimpleHuman Sensor Mirror with Brightness Control ($134, originally $200;

Nuface White Trinity® Anniversary Facial Toning Kit ($217.75, originally $325;

Slip Silk Pure Silk Queen Pillowcases ($110, originally $158;

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