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Here at Nordstrom Men’s Shop, we strive to make it as easy as possible for you to look your best. It should go without saying that this objective applies wholeheartedly to the crucial foundation of every man’s office wardrobe: Dress Shirts.

Let’s be clear. We all have a closet full of shirts with buttons and collars—but are you well-stocked with true dress shirts? There are certainly some make-or-break distinctions: A dress shirt should be long enough to tuck in with ease. It should fit comfortably at your neck with the top button done. And its sleeve should extend precisely to the hinge of your wrist, to ensure that all-important sliver of shirt cuff shows when wearing a jacket.

With those points in mind, we present 3 simple steps to finding a dress shirt that fits precisely how you want it to.

1. Know Your Size. Because true dress shirts come in sizes that pertain to your neck and arm measurements (the first and second numbers on the tag, respectively), it’s vital to know your stats. Visit any Nordstrom store to get measured by an expert, or learn how to measure yourself here. Armed with this info, you’ll be ready to pull the trigger as soon as you find the shirt you want.

 

2. Find Your Fit. As the video above suggests, we categorize the dress shirts we carry into three classifications: Regular Fit, Trim Fit, and Extra-Trim Fit. Please note that due to the vast array of brands we carry—and each brand often offering its own multiple fits—the classifications above are merely jumping-off points to get your search started on the right path. For down-to-the-decimal analyses of how individual fits from best-selling brands measure up, please refer to ‘Find Your Fit’ dress-shirt guide.

 

3. Get It Custom. After mastering your correct size and preferred fit, if you still find that your off-the-rack dress shirt is even a fraction of an inch off from how you’d like it, we encourage you to visit a Nordstrom Tailor. You’ll find them on-staff at every Nordstrom store, and they can either adjust a shirt from your favorite brand to your exact specifications, or help you order a fully customized dress shirt, Made-to-Measure.

 

Now that you know the ropes, feel free to look around. Start with our Editor’s Picks, organized conveniently by Fit:


Regular Fit. L-R: Nordstrom Smartcare | Canali | Hugo Boss | David Donahue
Shop All: Regular-Fit Dress Shirts 


Trim Fit. L-R: Hugo Boss lavender | 1901 | Burberry London | Hugo Boss dark blue
Shop All: Trim-Fit Dress Shirts 


Extra-Trim Fit. L-R: 1901 contrast collar | 1901 button-down | Hugo Boss | Calibrate
Shop All: Extra-Trim-Fit Dress Shirts 

 
 

[Tailor-shop photo via British GQ. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

After a short hiatus, we’re back with a new GQ Spring Trend Reports post. Today, Jim Moore and Michael Hainey of GQ expound on the merits of a Patterned Tie in summer-friendly lightweight cotton—a fabrication that can go casual with a jean jacket as easily as it dresses up with a cotton suit:

We pulled a few favorites below. Don’t be afraid to mix these ties with patterned shirts; just follow the can’t-fail rule of thumb, and vary the scale of the patterns. The best part? The lion’s share of the ties shown here are in the $20 to $40 range. Browse additional options here: MORE PATTERNED TIES

[Note, ties shown in detail up top are: Robert Stewart floral & plaidTopman galaxy print.]


Gitman | Robert Stewart | 1901 | Topman


Eton | Topman | Robert Stewart | 1901


Robert Stewart plaid | Hugo Boss | 1901 | Robert Stewart camo

 

Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

If you dug our GQ Selects collaboration, you’re going to enjoy the next eight weeks—during which we’ll release a new GQ Spring Trend Report video every Monday, featuring GQ Magazine’s Creative Director, Jim Moore (left, below), and Deputy Editor, Michael Hainey.

In the first installment, the two discuss the finer points of slip-on Spring footwear—i.e., dapper Loafers you can dress up or down:

Below are a few of our own favorite loafers—handily categorized by Penny, Bit, and Tassel.
Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional favorites here: MORE LOAFERS
[Note: the tassel loafers in the image up top are by 1901 and Transcript.]




Penny Loafers, from top:
Shipley & Halmos | Polo Ralph Lauren | Santoni
 




Bit Loafers, from top:
Salvatore Ferragamo | Gucci | Prada
 




Tassel Loafers, from top:
Allen Edmonds | To Boot New York | Salvatore Ferragamo
 
 

Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

Did you know Nordstrom began as a shoe store? John W. Nordstrom came to the United States in 1887 and, after cobbling together a modest sum in the Klondike gold rush, opened Wallin & Nordstrom shoes, with friend Carl Wallin, in Seattle in 1901.

Over the years, our founder handed down his avid dedication to the customer (and hands-on knowledge of footwear) to subsequent generations of the Nordstrom family. His great-grandsons still manage the company today—and all started their careers in the shoe stockroom.

Long story short: Shoes are in our DNA. And that’s never more apparent than during our biggest event of the year, Anniversary Sale, when we bring in stellar deals on Fall shoes from wingtips to high-tops. Peruse a few of our favorites below—spotted in the Shoe Shop at our flagship store in Downtown Seattle.


Cole Haan Chukka: Sale $129.90, After Sale $198
Leather | Suede | Shop All Chukkas


Timberland Earthkeepers Boot: Sale $119.90, After Sale $170
Shop: This Boot | All Work Boots


Bruno Magli Suede Chukka: Sale $259.90, After Sale $385
Shop: This Boot | All Chukkas


Red Wing Boot: Sale $159.90, After Sale $240
Shop: This Boot | All Boots


Nike ‘Free Trainer’: Sale $59.90, After Sale $90
Shop: This Sneaker | All Nike


New Balance 990: (Add to shopping bag to see sale price)
Shop: This Sneaker | All Athletic Shoes 


Nike ‘Air Flytop’: Sale $84.90, After Sale $130
Shop: This Sneaker | All High Tops


Lacoste Tassel Loafer (left): Sale $99.90, After Sale $150
Cole Haan Driving Loafer (right): Sale $89.90, After Sale $138
Shop All Loafers & Slip-Ons


Allen Edmonds Wingtip: Sale $196.90, After Sale $295
Shop: This Shoe | All Wingtips


Allen Edmonds Cap-Toe Brogue: Sale $219.90, After Sale $335
Shop: This Shoe | All Cap-Toe Oxfords


1901 Suede Longwing: Sale $64.90, After Sale $99.95
Shop: This Shoe | All 1901 Shoes


To Boot New York Cap-Toe: Sale $269.90, After Sale $398
Shop: This Shoe | All Oxfords