Styling by Morgan Dillon; images by Matthew Sumi
Is there any amount of cozy which is too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks – fuzzy shoes, even – and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.
Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album Leavings is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Listening is a warm, enveloping experience. Dressing-wise he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store, so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:
“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”
Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.
SHOP: Helmut Lang coat | Public School anorak* | Rick Owens pants | Clarks Wallabees
*available by phone: 1.888.282.6060
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In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.
Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | APPRVL bandanas
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This image from our 1991 holiday catalog shows five coats cut at waist level. You’ll notice one other coat, the second one from the left, goes much lower. If you’re looking at that brown, single-breasted overcoat and thinking, “dang, he looks pretty cool…” well, then:
1.) You’re right.
2.) It’s time to browse our selection of overcoats and trenches.
This is the season for three-quarter and full-length coats. Once associated with dressing up, over the years the overcoat has gone from formal to normal. Consider it a versatile piece you can wear everyday, dressed down with a t-shirt or a hoodie (you’ve probably seen Drake do that), over jeans and a button-up (as in our catalog image), or you can kick it old school and wear one with a suit. A classic look.
Whether you needed a reminder to break out your longer coats or are considering buying your first of this style, we hope you enjoy the style and the warmth. As well as the gravitas which comes with adding subtle structure to your shoulders and chest.
SHOP: men’s overcoats and trenches
You probably think you know Dockers. And maybe you do. But just in case: Dockers pants were first issued in Argentina in 1983, with initial designs patterned after a dockworkers’ pant that a Levi’s merchandiser had brought back from Hong Kong.
The global brand eventually became a household name, its chinos redefining the business casual work aesthetic. Based in San Francisco – where Dockers has been part of Levi Strauss & Co. since day one – Dockers is currently launching a new American initiative: the Premium Edition collection, an elevated look and feel for the brand. It’s not new to Dockers but is new to the U.S.
To find out more about Premium Edition we spoke with Tony Murray, the design director for the division, and Radha Weaver, senior merchant. They explained to us some of the finer points of the clothes and how right now, Premium Edition is all about getting back to Dockers’ California roots.
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This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, Atelier & Repairs.
As embedded in the fashion industry as Maurizio Donadi is—he’s worked for major brands and consults for several more—he’s ambivalent about it in general, questioning what it is and why it operates the way it does. Why so much mass-produced excess? And why so serious?
With Atelier & Repairs, he creates a unisex line in limited quantities where every piece is completely unique. Perhaps most characteristic of his approach are A&R’s vintage military pants, reinforced with fun/functional patchwork and artistic crotch gussets.
He spoke to us on the phone about the difference between transformation and production, his concept of “de-militarizing” military clothes and how he doesn’t ship internationally because he doesn’t want to burn airplane fuel.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | Atelier & Repairs patchwork cargo pants | Chamula boots
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Feel that chill in the air? It’s time to wear cozy clothes. But as fall kicks in, it’s still not quite the season for the heaviest coat in your closet. An in-between measure is in order.
Check out what these guys wore in our 1978 fall catalog. Maybe you’re not about to go hiking, or perhaps teach a college English class – which is what these gentlemen look like they’re going to do.
But if their style is at all your thing, let these men inspire you. They’re dressed for the weather. They’re looking right. Now it’s your moment to shine.
SHOP: sweaters | designer sweaters | turtleneck sweaters | lightweight & shirt jackets | corduroy pants | jeans | chinos | flannel shirts | scarves | boots | boat shoes
LET 1978 INSPIRE YOU TO DO WHAT, EXACTLY?
The story of sneakers in the past few years has been that of the stampeding crossover, from athletics to streetwear and from fashion runways into your business-casual and weekend looks. Right now, with designers at the top of the chain focusing on this area of footwear, it’s safe to say the sneaker knows no bounds.
Four fall/winter styles worth your attention are by Gucci, Raf Simons and Rick Owens (both designing independently for adidas), and Giuseppe Zanotti.
Above, you see what happens when Gucci designer Alessandro Michele teams up with GucciGhost (some background on Mr. Ghost) for a graffiti-inspired high-top. Basically the story here is that GucciGhost went from spray-painting the Gucci logo on walls (an artistic act, if an illegal one) to making legitimate designer sneakers. See what we mean? The crossover is real.
SHOP: designer sneakers | Gucci high-tops
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Image above: 1988; below: 2016
Scanning the archives, we could not help but notice our 1988 Anniversary Sale catalog was full of fashion and styling that holds up today. Living in the sartorial past may not be your thing–totally valid if that’s how you feel–but if you’re open to it, 1988 is a rich time to explore.
SHOP: Vintage 1946 chinos | Baldwin wool trousers (these are cropped already–buy them huge if you want to roll them) | Levi’s jeans (especially check out the 501 CT) | Comme des Garçons striped shirt | denim jackets | leather jackets | cardigans | turtlenecks | plaid pants | Vans | Paul Smith plain toe derby
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Images by Indigital Images
The Fashion Weeks are almost over (full coverage here) and with Paris finishing Wednesday, we continue to bring you street-style slideshows of what men wore. First there was New York City, then London, then Milan.
And now, Paris.
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Image courtesy Alexander Wang
We were working ahead, interviewing rapper and fashion designer A$AP Ferg for a top-secret future Pop-In shop, when he mentioned Alexander Wang with an anecdote we thought you might like to read now.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang
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