Topman

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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

STEP FURTHER INTO THE 1980s

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Throwback boogie band Tuxedo never fails to change our mood. It’s just something about their music. If you didn’t catch their recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, increase the amount of positive energy in your life:

Check out our interview with Tuxedo. And if it’s relevant to you, let their outfits serve as a reminder that it’s prom season. Now is the time to shop for that perfect tuxedo, casual suit (Topman would be ideal for 90% of high schoolers) or flawless gown.

If you’re considering the suit/sneakers combo that Jake One is rocking in the image above (that’s Mayer Hawthorne next to him by the way), keep it clean and start by exploring the world of designer sneakers.

SHOP: tuxedos | Topman suits | designer sneakersprom dresses

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The bomber jacket above is a preview of Topman′s fall drop

One thing we’re noticing at this summer’s festivals and concerts is crazy creative patches all over jackets and denim. Both nostalgic (no doubt you had a few as a teen) and trendy, they look good on several of our favorite articles of clothing, adding a bit of personalization to your staple pieces.

Patches on man at Fashion Week

Here are a few things to consider as you decide where to plant a badge and some of our favorite patched styles.

SHOP: bomber & varsity jackets | denim jackets

CLICK HERE TO PARSE PATCHES

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Summer is here and sandals are on our mind and feet—and not sandals worn purely for function, like beach flip-flops or shower shoes for the funky locker-room floor. We’re talking about sandals worn out in the world, for style.

Drop “mandal” from your lexicon immediately (to ensure it dies, don’t even say it in jest). While we can’t endure that term, we sympathize with your sandal anxiety. Not every guy can wear them with style; that’s what makes this a medium-to-high-swagger move. You’ll have to BYO confidence.

We spoke with men’s senior stylist Jodi Taylor on how to wear sandals and discussed the big puzzler: socks or no socks. As usual, she had the answers.

—Andrew Matson

READ MORE FOR ADVICE FROM THE SANDAL SAGE

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Pastel colors are enjoying a new prominence in men’s style, especially in the sector known as athleisure. Look around this season at dudes mixing athletic and casual clothes and you’ll notice an influx of colors like oatmeal, mauve, mint and rose.

As far as how to style pastel clothing? You can’t really screw it up. Pastel colors in general go well with each other. As long as you stay in the pastel family—or stay “tonal,” wearing various shades of the same color—you’ll be fine.

There are a few finer points to consider. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor explains those below.

graphic sweatshirt | ripped chino shorts | striped crew socks | Air Maxes

all Topman

—Andrew Matson

PLAY IN THE SHADES: HERE’S HOW

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Topman suits for weddings and proms
Prom and wedding season happen in proximity to each other on the calendar, but—hopefully—they occur at very different periods in a man’s life. Even so, there are a couple of things these occasions share:

  1. There will be dancing.
  2. You should try to look your best.
  3. You should probably wear a suit.

Whether this is the first time you’ll be suiting up or if you’re looking to update your usual wedding attire, here are a couple of styling and fit pointers to make off-the-rack suits look off the hook.

Suiting rules and styles are constantly evolving—thankfully, or we’d all be wearing knee breeches and tails. Even if you’re not in the market for a new suit, you might make an honest assessment of your suiting staples to see if they abide by these guidelines.

JACKET REQUIRED? READ OUR TIPS

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What to wear this spring? Good question. Please allow us to direct you to our men’s Spring 2016 Trend Report.

There you will find answers: tank tops, ripped-up denim, white jeans, stripes, ponchos, the military look—and new, extremely fresh styles by brands such as Commes des Garçons, wings + horns and adidas.

SHOP: Spring 2016 Trend Report

Related: How to Layer for Spring

CHECK OUT OUR SPRING TREND VIDEO

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How to layer for spring? Nordstrom Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor has the answers.

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Images by Nordstrom art directors Bobby Kelly and Kari Pearson

Modeling by BenadriLL

This layering style is about showcasing the print of the tee. We’re doing that here by layering two shirts, and essentially thinking about the overshirt almost like a jacket, leaving it unbuttoned so the bottom layer comes through. The idea is simple. It’s a cool print; you want people to see it. In this case I chose an extremely busy print, so the shorts and shirt are relatively plain to balance that out. Balance is a key concept in styling. You don’t want to be visually overwhelming.

–Jodi Taylor

Shop: Vans Sk8-Hi | Topman ripped chino shortsgraphic tees

Click here to see this outfit close-up and mid-heelflip

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In this series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

Shout out to Dej Loaf: there’s just something godly about rocking white.

We’re especially feeling that vis-à-vis these recent portraits of model Magor M’Bengue by Nordstrom Senior Photographer Barb Penoyar–portraiture being something she does in her free time, after she’s shot the looks that our in-house Studio N needs for the day. Her current theme is “In/On White.” Expect to see more of Barb’s portraits on this blog, all shot with 100% natural light.

“This ‘In/On White’ thing might evolve over time,” she says, “but for spring I’m inspired by white on white.”

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Annie Georgia Greenberg is yet another one of my favorite style stars. As the NYC editor of Refinery29.com, Annie’s personal style is always on point. I think my favorite thing about Annie, however, is her attitude. She has so much fun with fashion and isn’t afraid to get creative. She is a master at mixing modern and vintage, high and low. Today’s belted look is daring, cool, and perfectly seasonal. Her signature red lip and cascading waves are the cherry on top.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Over-The-Knee Boots | Capes | Red Lipstick

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Stuart Weitzman Suede Knee High Boot | Topman Check Cape | M·A·C ‘Red, Red, Red’ Lipstick

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