Men’s Fashion

We get this question all the time: Can I wear my golf clothes after I’m done golfing? The answer is yes. Golf apparel can indeed be liberated from the course.

All it takes is a little mixing and matching. There are no hard rules, although we don’t recommend rocking head-to-toe golf gear in the real world. Blend in one or two pieces at a time, however, and you’ll be good.

To show how you might approach this mix, we called on the photography skills of Nordstrom Senior Content Producer Thig Gishuru, who in turn called on Cole DeLeon for modeling. They’re friends who share a second life: Thig is Cole’s older brother in the Seattle rap world, Thig being in the group the Physics, Cole in Brothers from Another. So this shoot had a little of that energy.

We caught up with Cole afterward to talk about hanging out with your heroes, dressing differently as you get older—and the joy of golf even when you’re awful.

SHOP: all golf everythingTravis Mathew polo | Komono watch | BOSS pants

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Spring is here and days are full of sunshine and rain. One way to dress for that kind of crazy weather variance is to combine thin waterproof jackets, loose pants and high-tops. With your jacket on or off and you’re ready for anything.

SHOP: Stutterheim jackets | Rick Owens pants | similar Nike shoes

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No-Rules Spring Style

Allow us to guide you through key rule-breaking trends this season: throwback ’90s style, playing with proportion, and layering colors and patterns.

Consider the new trouser, above. There’s a Dockers dad vibe with those pleats. But mixed with a ’90s skateboarding influence that translates to a looser, cropped silhouette, the trouser is reborn.

SHOP: Topman trousers | Topman T-shirt | Herschel Supply Co. hat

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Our friend Matt Walters—who happens to be married to Nordstrom Social Media Manager Carina Holtby—is going on the golf trip of a lifetime, headed to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Tickets to the premier American golf tournament are extremely rare. But after years of entering the country club’s lottery, Walters was finally rewarded with tickets and is taking his dad, the man who taught him the game.

What do you pack on a trip like that?

SHOP: Nike jacket | Nike Air Max sneakers | Nike Air Berwuda sneakers | Filson bag | AG pants | Bonobos shorts | Herschel hat | Peter Millar shirt | Peter Millar jacket | Ray-Ban sunglasses

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The idea behind Mizzen+Main is simple: provide great-looking dress and casualwear made from performance fabric. Cut for freedom of movement, it’s no wonder the American-made brand is popular with pro athletes.

Want proof? Check out reviews from football heroes J. J. Watt and Ryan Fitzpatrick, hard-serving tennis star John Isner and CrossFit Games champion Jason Khalipa.

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J. J. Watt

“I’m still trying to figure out my personal style and that’s the fun of it. So if I put something on and I feel good, I like it. If I wanted to, I could play a basketball game [a favorite spare-time activity] in Mizzen+Main clothes—it would be easy to do. It kind of combines both of my worlds. I don’t really love the tight feeling of dressing up. Mizzen+Main doesn’t give me that feeling and that’s why I like it.”

SHOP: Mizzen+Main

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Following last year’s espionage-themed “Mission Impeccable,” London brand Ted Baker is back with another shoppable video experiment. This time it’s a 360-degree experience where you can hang out with the Baker family in their perfect surburban home and shop their looks.

Check out the shoppable video here. The version embedded above is not shoppable but still offers a chance to poke around the world of the Bakers.

Just in case you don’t know: Ted Baker is not a real person and the Bakers are a fictional family. Ted Baker is the hero figure, invented by brand founder Ray Kelvin, whose world is flawless on the outside and ever-so-slightly messed-up underneath.

For a chance to get further into the shoppable 360° video, we’ll have Google cardboard VR viewers on hand March 26 in our Oakbrook Center store in Oak Brook, Illinois, and our NorthPark Center store in Dallas. Come check it out. To us, virtual reality storytelling is a brave new world, and every step forward is exciting.

Keep reading for our conversation with Craig Smith, Ted Baker London’s global brand communication director, about “Meet the Bakers” and why storytelling is part of the Ted Baker DNA.

SHOP: Ted Baker London

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The cover of the new Popeye Magazine shows a city boy wearing a pair of Clarks Originals Wallabees—the O.G. comfort shoes from England. He looks pretty dang cool.

If you have not worn a pair of Wallabees, you must. It’s all about the gum soles. They’re squishy and unlike anything else. And the style of Clarks Originals—the line that includes the Wallabee—is flawless and versatile. Design wise, they are perfectly no-frills and go with shorts and long pants.

Consider below a few classics and a range of new-for-spring Clarks Originals: black and sand suede Wallabee boots, pink Wallabee derbys, green and blue Weaver derbys, Burcott field derbys or Trek mule. Click the shoe to get a closer look.

SHOP: Clarks Originals

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Perhaps you noticed: it’s prom season. For guys that means suits and, generally, a fair bit of uncertainty. That’s normal. Many teenagers are unfamiliar with suits. What’s a cool suit? There will definitely be photos taken, so you want to come correct. Should you purchase or rent?

Let us make this simple. You should definitely buy. And you should buy from the British brand Topman – which is distributed in the U.S. exclusively through Topman and Nordstrom. Forget tuxedos. Get a hip, affordable, easy-to-wear Topman suit. Done.

There was no Topman in 1981, which is when Nordstrom Senior Designer Tim Haywood went to prom. Things were more complicated then. Feeling the spirit of the season, he took us on a walk down memory lane.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Topman

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7denimbrandstoknowOn one hand, you could wear the same pair of jeans every day and be fine. Probably nobody would notice. And jeans go with everything. On the other hand, with so much diversity in the field, why deprive yourself?

In the short Q&As below, get to know seven denim brands our buying team is excited to be working with: 3×1 NYC, Baldwin, FRAME, J Brand, Jean Shop, PAIGE and Raleigh. Most have a little stretch built into them (helps with things like car keys). All are strong and sturdy-looking while being butter soft.

SHOP: denim brands to know

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Nordstrom is based in Seattle right down the street from Sub Pop Records, the label that originally introduced the world to Nirvana. We’re big fans and old friends. Lately, rap music is ascendant in Seattle and now Sub Pop is working with one of the stars of the scene, the literary-minded Porter Ray.

To capitalize on the timing of Ray’s new album Watercolor and our new spring selection, he came through our Seattle flagship to see what was good. Turns out: a lot.

Ray prefers a uniform of tapered pants, hoodies and bomber jackets. Within that framework, he picked graphic designs from brands that are a little underground and not especially glitzy – J.W.Anderson, known for androgyny; Tim Coppens, known for ’90s-era skate style – along with this season’s hottest jackets from Gucci and Givenchy.

We appreciate that in his dressing, as with his music, Ray is traditional yet fearlessly artistic. There’s a frame, and he’s flexing within it.

Below, see more looks as well as quotes from Ray about how and why he raps. Plus: a video about forming his view of style through the lens of a private school uniform.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Gucci jacket* | Lanvin pants | J.W.Anderson polo* | adidas Gazelles | Givenchy bomber | Maison Margiela sneakers* | Tom Ford sunglasses | Tim Coppens hoodie* | all men’s designer | all men’s designer sneakers

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