Shop back-to-school during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Anna Hecht, CNN Underscored
Updated Thu July 26, 2018

Hard to believe it, but the start of the school year will soon be upon us. That means everyone — from elementary school kids to college-age students — is in need of some fresh new back-to-school gear.

Since buying everything on your list can get expensive, there's no better place to start shopping than the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. This is Nordstrom's biggest sale event of the year and features limited-time markdowns on brand new styles.

Here, you'll find the best deals (plus free shipping) on fashionable clothing, dorm room essentials, shoes and backpacks for everyone in the family. Whatever you're looking for — whether that be comfy leggings or trendy backpacks — this sale has something for everyone.

You'll want to act fast and score savings before the sale ends on August 5 at 11:59 p.m. ET. After that, these sale items will be marked back up to their original retail price.

Shop dorm room essentials

1. Nordstrom At Home Cuddle Up Faux Fur Throw Blanket ($98.90, originally $149; nordstrom.com)

2. Touch Trifold XL Dimmable LED Makeup Mirror ($58.90, originally $89; nordstrom.com)

3. Fringe Studio Saturday & Sunday 17-Month Faux Leather Planner ($19.90, originally $30; nordstrom.com)

4. Jairpur Spectrum Poof ($65.90, originally $89; nordstrom.com)

Shop women's fashion

1. Zella Live In High Waist Leggings ($35.90, originally $54; nordstrom.com)

2. Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan ($98.90, originally $148; nordstrom.com)

3. Boktier Chelsea Boot ($164.90, originally $247.95; nordstrom.com)

4. Urban Originals Splendour Vegan Leather Backpack ($64.90, originally $98; nordstrom.com)

5. Rag & Bone High Waist Skinny Ankle Jeans ($132.90, originally $198; nordstrom.com)

6. Halogen Calf Hair Mule (64.90, originally $99.95; nordstrom.com)

Shop men's fashion

1. Wodehouse Lost History Chukka Boot ($199.90, originally $299; nordstrom.com)

2. MVMT The Chrono Chronograph Leather Strap Watch ($89.90, originally $135; nordstrom.com)

3. 7 for All Mankind Straight Slim Straight Leg Jeans ($139.90, originally $209; nordstrom.com)

4. Cole Haan Grand Nylon Backpack ($167.90, originally $250; nordstrom.com)

5. Patagonia Lightweight Better Sweater Pullover ($88.90, originally $119; nordstrom.com)

6. Good Man Brand Legend Low Top Sneaker ($129.90, originally $198; nordstrom.com)

Shop girls' fashion

1. VANS SK8-Hi Zip Sneaker ($29.90, originally $44.95; nordstrom.com)

2. Tucker + Tate Hoodie ($18.90, originally $29; nordstrom.com)

3. Tucker + Tate Mixed Media Jacket ($35.90, originally $55; nordstrom.com)

Shop boys' fashion

1. 5-Pack cotton underwear ($18.90, originally $29; nordstrom.com)

2. Tucker + Tate Baseball T-Shirt ($11.90, originally $19; nordstrom.com)

3. Nike Flex Contact Running Shoe ($48.75, originally $65; nordstrom.com)

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