What to Wear

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We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.

You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.

Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.

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Fall Denim: Five Washes to Know

falldenimblack1There are a billion and one things to know about denim, but at this exact moment you only need to know two:

1) Slim fit is the new normal.

Don’t worry, wearing slim-fit jeans does not mean having an awful time trying to get your keys into/out of your pocket. It means you’re living in modern times.

2) Owning jeans in various washes is the move.

If you care about coordinating with your shoes and the rest of what you’re wearing, you’ll need a few pairs of jeans in different colors. Five washes for you to consider: black, distressed, grey, vintage inspired and dark wash.

Check out the murdered-out fit above and, below, four more ensembles to inspire you to master each category.

Shop: cold weather Chuck Taylors | DIESEL hoodie | BLK DNM t-shirt | J Brand jeans

Shop: all jeans

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seattleseahawksBecause you want to rep your squad before the game but unlike at your bro’s tech job–where everyone wears t-shirts and sits on yoga balls all day–your office dress code is business casual.

That’s why Vineyard Vines’ NFL ties are on point.

But you know what? It’s not just about the external pressure to look good. Contrary to popular belief not all football fans are schlubby.

Some of us, as much as we love the no-cares-given fashion sense of Bill Belichik–and sincerely, we do–like to look crispy and clean while supporting our team.

Shop: Vineyard Vines ties | all Vineyard Vines

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New! Expanded Y-3 Selection

yohjiyamamoto5The hits keep coming from Y-3 at Nordstrom–Y-3 being one of streetwear fashion’s most elegant pacesetters, the team-up of legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto with adidas.

We’re now selling the Retro Boost, above, and Desert Boost, below. They join our offerings of the game-changingly awesome Qasa high sneaker and Y-3’s AW 15 apparel line.

We’re happy to show you these sneakers. But we wish we could hand them to you through your computer or phone screen.

They’re eerily lightweight. The midsole feels like tapioca, strangely. As with all Y-3 stuff, they look hard but feel soft–and are full of details you need to be physically near to get.

Shop: Retro Boost | Desert Boost | all y-3

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throwbacksweatersIt might not be fall yet but trust us, the season is coming fast and you’re going to need a sweater. You’re probably already packing additional layers in this transitional phase, as football begins and night swimming becomes less of an option.

These dudes from our 1976 holiday catalog know the deal. Thin sweaters are the move. Warmth without bulk.

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New! Balenciaga Sneakers

balenciaga_arena_blackDid you know we carry the Balenciaga Arena? True story. We offer this extremely flossy yet approachable designer sneaker several ways: low, high, black, red, white or navy.

Like with Common Projects shoes, we aren’t offering the Arena online. Check our full collection of men’s Balenciaga sneakers in these select Nordstrom stores:

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conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

converselunarlonShop: Chuck II high | Chuck II low

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We asked Jorge Valls, our Men’s Fashion Director, to hand-select his favorite pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.

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rag & bone Maddox shirt jacket

“This military overshirt is tough, masculine and stylish.”

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Wallin & Bros. Jackson french terry striped crew neck

“I love stripes and this sweatshirt hints at its nautical origins, but the dark background keeps it modern.”

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Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6 Trainer

“It’s all about white sneakers! This pair is incredibly versatile and you can wear them with just about anything.”

–Jorge

The 2015 Anniversary Sale doesn’t start until July 17, but Nordstrom Rewards members get early access starting today (July 9). Get all the details here.

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CMRTYZ | Behind the Brand

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A new brand for us, Seattle’s CMRTYZ (say each letter) operates in a downtown loft right around the corner from where Nirvana used to play. That would be about one mile south of Nordstrom headquarters. Because we’re 100% in love with CMRTYZ’s punk concert-poster aesthetic, which gets a streetwear twist in our exclusive mini collection of hockey jerseys and T-shirts, we dropped by the studio to learn more about designers CMR (Carlos Michael Ruiz) and TYZ (Ty Ziskis).

Inside, we found artwork and silkscreens on the floor and local punk band So Pitted carefully “hole-ing,” ripping holes in T-shirts for decoration. It made us laugh, looked cool and the band getting paid (“We’re huge fans,” said Ziskis) was a clear example of CMRTYZ’s ethos: support the scene that inspires you.

Nordstrom isn’t carrying CMRTYZ’s hole-y stuff. But there is a rough/degraded quality to our jerseys and tees due to Ruiz’s hand-drawn comics-style illustrations, quick cutouts and images processed via photocopier.

Check our interview below to learn about life-changing album art, how to make a bad impression during a business deal and what happens when the punks take marketing jobs–all filtered through Ruiz’s unique hand-style.

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Shop: CMRTYZ | The Rail

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puma4Perhaps you are shopping for comfy, statement-y footwear for summer. Have you noticed our whole collection of Pumas is white hot flames? It’s true. Check it out. You will find nary a weak sneaker.

Right now we’re especially psyched on the R698 running shoe and the slightly taller, adidas Tubular-esque Blaze of Glory.

Check out two of each model in the images above and below. The first three are collaborations with esteemed streetwear brands Brooklyn We Go Hard and Alife.

Shop: R698 X Brooklyn We Go Hard

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