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One idea for a uniform for spring 2016: designer sneakers everyday.

Shop: men’s designer sneakers

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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.

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Embracing his entrepreneurial spirit and Midwestern attitude, designer Matt Baldwin of Baldwin Co. has disrupted the fashion game by creating American denim smack dab in the middle of the heartland.
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Photographs by Ryan Strong

Baldwin is Kansas City; it’s durable, it’s industrious, it’s modern. With exceptional classics and seasonless staples, this KC-based brand is poised to put its community on the map as a fashion force. Step aside Brooklyn cool.

KC—the City of Fountains—is revered for sports, the arts and its absurdly good barbecue–wait-in-an-hour-long-line-outside-of-a-gas-station good. That good. The popular Power & Light district is an nightlife hot spot, Westport is a low-key favorite and the Plaza always makes for a great day of shopping (with a stop at Baldwin, of course).

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We chatted with Matt about creating a clothing company, the perfect pair of jeans and the barbecue capital of the world.

SEE MATT’S KC PICKS AND BALDWIN CLOTHES INSIDE THE CITY’S PREMIERE ART GALLERY

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If you follow professional basketball on any level, you have witnessed the boldness of Russell Westbrook, he of the nasty crossover and risk-taking personal style. Like Dwyane Wade (whose Stance socks we love), Westbrook has two lives: athlete and fashion conversation starter.

He just stepped out as a serious collaborator with True Religion, designing a strong collection of tapered jeans and long, eminently layerable shirts. They look good on the Internet but there’s a solidness and soft feel to the pieces that comes through in person.

We caught up with Westbrook on the phone to talk about all that–as well as his fashion industry goals and why he’s not interested in designing a basketball uniform.

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Shop: Russell Westbrook x True Religion

Related: The History of True Religion and Hip-Hop

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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/kickflipping by BenadriLL

The styling here is about the proportional balance of the outfit. The bomber is normal length, meaning relatively short, but the shirt is longer. And the pants are cropped. Notice how the shirt works with the bookending jacket and pants. It’s harmonious to alternate lengths like that. If everything were short and cropped, the pieces would be competing. It would be too much. And as a general guideline, you don’t want anything to hit halfway down your body. This look roughly sticks to the rule of thirds, which is pleasing to the eye.

–Jodi Taylor

Shop: bomber jackets | Zanerobe longline shirtTAVIK cropped pants | Stan Smiths

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We remain inspired by Rob Lowe, the film and TV icon who has somehow found time to become a serious player in men’s skincare and fragrance while working on four TV shows: Moonbeam City, the Lion Guard, You, Me & the Apocalypse and The Grinder (so apropos).

With Rob’s self-care brand Profile now offering its debut scent, “Amber Wood 18,” exclusively at Nordstrom, we got on the phone and chatted about the details of the fragrance, regrettable colognes from the 1970s and what it means to be truly successful in life.

Because Rob is the man of the people, you can conduct your own Q&A as well: in person March 18 at 5 pm in our Seattle flagship, or pose your question right now on Twitter by tweeting to @Nordstrom with #nordstromxroblowe, where you might get a video response.

Shop: Profile fragrance

Click here for our Q&A

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We know you’ve been searching for inspiration, so here you have it: two ideas for how to wear bomber jackets for spring. Major props go to senior stylist Jodi Taylor for putting together these outfits with commentary and links.

All images are from our hometown of Seattle and feature models Sophia Phillips (also a stylist for us) and her special friend Jesse Brown, the muralist whose works are pictured as well. Photography is by art director Bobby Kelly.

We should point out Sophia’s bomber seen above is a men’s jacket. When it comes to bombers, “men’s” and “women’s” aren’t incredibly meaningful designations. Just wear what looks right and call it good!

And keep Jodi’s words of wisdom in mind.

Shop: rag & bone bomber (“Focus” style available in selected stores) | Levi’s jeans | Bedwin & the Heartbreakers reversible bomber | Topshop crop top | Topshop jeans

–Andrew Matson

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As cuffing season comes to a finale, check out five flawless fits on this moody dude, who may or may not have just broken up with his boo. He will inspire you to level-up your menswear game for the spring season.

Everything he’s wearing is from Heartbreakers II, the special menswear-only edition of Pop-In@Nordstrom–the themed shop curated by Olivia Kim. Heartbreakers II lasts only until March 13, so now is time to shop. These pieces are rare, some are exclusive and most of the brands are emerging as creative forces you’ll be hearing more about in the near future.

In this video we see looks by some but not all Heartbreakers II brands: Cottweiler, Études, Spellbound, Rebuild by Needles, Xander Zhou and Maiden Noir.

The music is “Architect of Heartbreak” by Witch Prophet and Stas THEE Boss, from Toronto and Seattle.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

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Created by the Belgian fashion legend Raf Simons–described in this recent T Magazine profile as “the most important menswear designer in the world”–we offer these sneakers for your consideration. Both began as adidas sneakers and then Simons had his way with them.

Are you drawn to the monochrome austerity of the R-branded Stan Smith? Do you feel emotions when faced with the beautiful colors and calculated gaudiness of the Ozweego 2?

If you answered yes to either, you may have found your new spring sneaker.

Shop: Raf Simons ‘adidas Stan Smith’ | Raf Simons ‘adidas Ozweego 2’ 

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Images by Suzi Pratt / Getty for Nordstrom

You know him from throwing the pigskin on TV, where he is simply one of the most electrifying quarterbacks to ever play the game. You know him also, perhaps, from his red carpet outings with the pop music star Ciara.

But did you know Russell Wilson is into fashion? Not only because he’s well-dressed but also because he has cofounded Good Man Brand, a collection of modern essentials made in Italy for guys who need to level up their style game.

During a public appearance at our Seattle flagship store, Wilson spoke with our own Pete Nordstrom about the philanthropic angle of his business, his perception of himself as a man dating up and the origin of Good Man Brand.

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SHOP: Good Man Brand

READ WHAT RUSSELL HAD TO SAY

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