What to Wear

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.




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

This way for the jacket tutorial

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Collage by Donovan Nguyen; images by Avi Loud

Usually when you shop, you choose whatever quantity you want of a particular item. Not so with Foothills CA–the new Californian brand where there is only one of each thing.

That’s because Foothills, run by former skater Jonnie Henderson with J.P. Plunier, specializes in vintage. Particularly Native American, military and Western jewelry and gear–stuff which looks best mixed into modern outfits.

We spoke with Henderson and Plunier about their twisting paths in the vintage game, the unique cultural feedback loops connecting North American folk art with streetwear/style in Japan and Great Britain, and rejecting notions of vintage as old-timey dress-up.


Shop: Foothills CA | Heartbreakers II

Click here to read the conversation

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Twelve Black Sneakers for Spring


Looking ahead from winter to spring sneakers, know this: we are still in the era of the re-appreciation of the adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. Aka the whitest sneaker that ever white-ed in the history of whiteness.

Get you some white Stan Smiths and you shall look fresh for spring.

But do not fail to consider the all-black Stan Smith, which is crucial in its own way. Or black-on-black sneakers in general. Once the provenance of video store guys, black sneakers are having their own fashion moment. Choose a pair with clean lines and achieve the same monochromatic outfit-grounding power of white sneakers–without showing dirt.

Twelve styles are pictured above and linked below.

Shop: Gucci low tops | Vans low topsGucci high tops | adidas Stan Smith | Nike Air Max 1 Essential Nike Air Huarache | adidas skate shoe | Prada high tops | Lanvin high tops | Nike high top skate shoes | Converse Chuck II high tops | Nike Air Max 1 Ultra Essential



7 For All Mankind designer Steve Romero and president Barry Miguel; image courtesy 7 For All Mankind

The challenge was simple: make a pair of jeans that don’t shrink in the dryer. Because you know how jeans are, right? You wash and dry them, they get tighter.

That shrinkage, however endemic though it would seem to all cotton-based garments, was unacceptable for 7 For All Mankind designer Steve Romero and president Barry Miguel.

Two years later—20 prototypes, 150+ dryer trials and 1 winning recipe for the weave and the yarn—enter FOOLPROOF Denim, 7 For All Mankind’s newest innovation.

We got on the horn with Miguel for a FOOLPROOF overview and with Romero for a drilled-down conversation about what they’re calling the best denim ever.

Shop: 7 For All Mankind

Let’s pop the hood on these jeans, shall we?



In a convergence of favorites, one of our favorite style writers, Jian De Leon, wrote about one of our favorite trends, the rise of fashion sneakers, for one of our favorite publications, Business of Fashion. We suggest you read the piece.

In it, De Leon asserts that the Platonic ideal of the fashion sneaker is Common Projects (which we sell in-store only) and goes into detail about Amsterdam-based brand Filling Pieces.

More broadly, De Leon makes the case (correctly and astutely, we think) that fashion sneaker customers are not necessarily status seekers, but intelligent people who care about quality and design.

Read: Jian De Leon on Filling Pieces for Business of Fashion
Shop: Filling Pieces


How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit four of four.


Business casual:

“For a casual but professional look–aka business casual–try an untucked button-up shirt with jeans and a fitted sport coat. Make sure the shirt is shorter than your jacket. We didn’t do it for this photo, but if it’s cold enough, consider the sport coat a middle layer and finish the outfit with a tailored overcoat in a classic navy, camel or black.”

Shop: Topman jeans | car coat | Topman shirt | Topman jacket | To Boot oxfords


How to layer for winter? Good question, because more clothes = more decisions. For inspiration and guidance, we asked Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor to dress model musician Ryan Neighbors and give us a note on her thought process. This is outfit three of four.


Date night:

“Lots of guys look the same. It helps to look a little different. No hate to sport coats, which can definitely set a cool tone. But if you’re feeling spicy, for your next night out remix your outfit. Replace your sport coat with a bomber jacket and layer over a button-up.”

-Jodi Taylor

Shop: rag + bone jeans | 7 Diamonds shirt | Todd Snyder + Champion jacket Topman tie | Converse low-tops (the Chuck II is dope, too)



Photos by Matthew Sumi

Filson began 118 years ago in Seattle and the brand never intended to appeal to anyone but hunters, fishers and outdoorsmen. But sometimes you can’t control who’s into you, you know?

Now that it’s cool for urban and suburban men to dress like they’re chopping logs in the woods, it’s boom time for Filson. And the brand’s expansive, newly remodeled showroom and manufacturing facility just south of downtown Seattle speak to that prosperity.

Photographer Matthew Sumi snapped the action at the grand re-opening party for the Filson facilities. And Filson’s creative director Alex Carleton spoke to us about talk about stewarding the brand, favorite hikes and the importance of being earnest.

See images below interspersed with the interview.

Shop: Filson


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To paraphrase Yoda: There is no try. Only do. Which we’re taking as inspiration right now as we make executive decisions and wrap our holiday shopping.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

Gift like a pro with these tips and guidelines