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Whenever I think of clothes with a lot of spirit I think of Michael Bastian. This is a case in point where he’s taken a simple Bengal-stripe shirt and amped it up in this tomato orange color that matches wonderfully to greys, navies and earth tones.

Bastian’s button-down collars tend to be a bit higher and longer, so they sit well under a cardigan, tweed jacket or your dressiest suit, with or without a tie. It’s a shirt that’s anchored in a classic menswear piece but has a bit of continental flair.

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

The most traditional knit ties are made of silk, followed by wool, then cotton. What makes this Burberry one incredibly modern, but just as sophisticated, is the fact that it’s slimmer and has this wonderful stripe pattern. Because the colors in it are muted, it doesn’t come across as being too preppy or too nautical.

It really marries beautifully with a pinstripe suit or a fall tweed sport jacket. Put it with a chambray shirt, put it with a white oxford, put it with anything.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

This is a great example of a well-crafted shoe for a good value, and while it’s a personal preference, some guys may want their first monk to be a single monk. This Cole Haan pair is a caramel brown, which tends to be a bit more European looking, that plays beautifully off grey flannel trousers or even white jeans.


It’s very liberating for guys to feel like they can buy a pair of monk straps and not just save them for special occasions. Break them out of the box and wear them all the time, from work to weekend.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

“At this point it’s no secret that GQ loves Thom Browne shirts, especially this fall’s exploded plaid patterns that we’ve shown in every color. This white version, for example, makes a quieter statement because of its neutral, tonal color combination, but the rounded collar still gives it plenty of personality.

“We love that Thom takes the woodsy, casual heritage of a plaid shirt but does it as a dress shirt in his famous oxford cloth. It’s a little heavier, and so it marries up well with all those heavyweight fabrics for fall.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

“It’s the season of the polka-dot tie. This Gitman one is exciting because it’s made of linen and the dots are embroidered, not printed. Polka-dot ties are usually silk so when crafted in this soft linen, the tie becomes a unique piece that stands out from the pack. It comes in this beautiful pale blue, almost chambray, which gives a little dash of color to your fall wardrobe.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

“Another one of the things Ralph Lauren does so well is to keep some of the old-world trappings of a garment but still make it wearable. These corduroy pants have a utilitarian, work-wear look to them, but the fabric is extremely soft and the garment washing has faded them into a beautiful blue color.

Corduroy is a heavier fabric, so you should always go for a slimmer cut, like these, to avoid adding extra pounds to your physique. It’s a great weekend pant for those autumn days when the mercury starts to dip a little low.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

Michael Bastian keeps surprising us with these pieces that have an old-man-cool element to them. The windowpane is one of those patterns we thought was dead forever, and then Michael brings it back and recolors it in this rust and olive, out of a scratchy wool.

“It works as a piece of outerwear in the early fall, and then when it’s freezing outside, you can pair it with a shirt and tie and wear it in the office or a turtleneck and jeans on the weekend—it’s incredibly versatile. Because of the way Michael has cut it and fashioned it, it’s something incredibly nontraditional, but it still has that traditional appeal.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

David Hart kills it this fall by taking classic menswear patterns, in this case a houndstooth and a windowpane, and putting them together in one tie.

“It marries beautifully with tweeds, a khaki dress shirt, even just a work shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Pattern mixing with an accessory like this can be tricky, so opt for solid colors that let the bold tie stand out.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

“We’re going on a decade or more now of our love affair with A.P.C., when founder Jean Touitou introduced the New Standard jean. It’s the jean you buy and make your own. They are stiff as cardboard at first, but after a couple of wears, they break in like a great pair of shoes. The fit is perfect in that the waist sits on your hips but isn’t too low-rise and the slim, straight leg isn’t too skinny or too wide. 

We recommend holding off on washing them as long as possible to keep the dark, raw denim intact. When you finally do wash them, turn them inside-out in the bathtub with some cold water and Woolite® Dark, letting them drip dry. It’s the perfect jean if you’re going to pair with dressier items like a suit jacket and a pair of brogues – these are jeans that will elevate your look. They’re crisp and stiff and simple in the best way possible.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.

One of our Creative Directors, Strath, flew to rainy/sunny/steamy New York City a couple weeks ago to shoot our second edition of GQ Selects. A denizen of the Big Apple himself for many years, Strath knows all best spots—as you can see from this excerpted Instagram journal of his travels.

 


“Billboard in Chelsea, advertising the excellent Richard Avedon show at Gagosian Gallery through July 27.”


“Celebrity sighting no. 1: graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister at Pastis.”


“Celebrity sighting no. 2: David Byrne riding his bike through Soho.”


“The classic: Eero Saarinen‘s TWA terminal.”


“My favorite hidden Soho coffee shop, Rabbits.”


“Hotel room at The Standard. That’s Diane von Furstenberg’s apartment in the background.”


“View of the High Line from my hotel room. Back in Seattle, we’re excited that the same designer who did the High Line will be designing the new Seattle Waterfront.”


Alright, enough sightseeing. On-set with the GQ team.


Racks on racks.


The GQ styling team knows their watches.


Fall textures.


Good old-fashioned New York hospitality.
 

Quotes and photos by Strath Shepard.

Until next time: Go behind the scenes at last month’s GQ shoot, and shop the 16 Fall essentials we selected from the August issue.