This just in: new heat from New Balance. Catch us mobbing around the city this spring/summer in any of the above styles, most likely on our rolled-up Bonobos steez.
If the Wieden+Kennedy-produced spot above doesn’t have you convinced that Levi’s® are the ideal pants for acing a presentation, riding your bike, teaching a class, falling in love, nailing a cello audition, and sprinting down an alleyway to the sounds of dramatic spoken-word poetry, then consider this: The San Francisco-founded brand’s heritage, dating back to 1873, makes these jeans and chinos a time-tested gift for yourself—or any guy on your list who appreciates pants.
We currently have more Levi’s in stock than ever before. Check out some favorites below, or shop our full selection of Levi’s.
Made & Crafted. Levi’s are incredible because you can get into a solidly constructed, great-fitting pair of pants starting around $58 bucks. For true denim-heads and fans of supreme American craftsmanship, though, there’s the next-level Levi’s known as Levi’s Made & Crafted™. Visit the Library at the brand’s official site to learn about the impressive degree of meticulous, turn-of-the-century-inspired handiwork these garments undergo.
Non-Blues. One of our Rail Dept. buyers, Daniel, called our attention to a shade he fondly refers to as ‘workwear khaki’—a dark, rich beige that borders olive or brown. His favorite pair is the 511™ skinny twill pants above and to the left. Noting their slightly dressier slant pockets, he said: “It’s a cool, versatile style that bridges the gap between chinos and a normal 5-pocket design.”
Fits for a King. From the old-school original 501™ to the trim-fitting 511, Levi’s literally makes a fit for every guy. Here’s a range of fits, in dark neutrals ideal for the office.
A print ad from the video campaign above, by ad agency Wieden+Kennedy—the same people responsible for bizarre catch phrases like “I’m on a horse” and implausible mash-ups like Kobe Bryant x Robert Rodriguez.
[Video and print ad courtesy of Levi’s®.]
Our new lineup of GQ Selects goes live today. First up, a festive blazer gets new legs outside the holiday party circuit. In fact, as GQ Creative Director Jim Moore suggests below, you can even throw it on over your most casual staples, for a day spent shopping for gifts or an eggnog-soaked night on the town.
Gant Rugger Tartan Plaid Blazer. “As Frank Ocean proves in our December issue, a sportcoat is essential to every guy’s wardrobe, young or old. This one from Gant Rugger reimagines the stodgy tartan plaid with a tailored blazer that looks stellar over a hoodie (as shown on Ocean), or just about any combo in your closet that isn’t a shirt and tie.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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(shop the trends: proud plaid | red)
Band of Outsiders Slim-Fit Classic Chinos. “Scott Sternberg’s genius is to take familiar items of American sportswear and reissue them in fresh ways. These chinos nod to the garment’s military and prep ancestry while offering a distinctly modern cut.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with the Nordstrom Men’s Shop, select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.
For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 favorites from the December issue.
Nordstrom sales associates have always been known for impeccable customer service. A lesser-known fact, though, is that we promote the best of the best to the elite position of Personal Stylist. These hands-on experts are available by appointment to solve any sartorial conundrum you might have, from a complete wardrobe overhaul to pinpointing that elusive pair of perfect pants.
If having a professional stylist at your disposal sounds the least bit intimidating, think again. Our Personal Stylist team is made up of highly knowledgeable, ridiculously nice individuals like Brandan Chang-Barstow, pictured here.
Brandan is well-versed in all aspects of menswear, but specializes currently in one of our newest imports, British brand Topman. (Considering Brandan works at Nordstrom’s best-selling Topman location, Southcenter Mall near Seattle, one might infer he’s doing something right. If you live in the area, be sure to pay him a visit.)
Below, Brandan models 6 Topman-based outfits of his own creation—and shows how easily the brand’s sharp tailoring and signature streetwear can blend with items you might already own.
Look 1: Rugged Prep. This mix of a bow tie with worn-in boots is what Brandan has on when we stop by to meet him. He notes that a look like this is not only for the office. “I’d also just wear it out for the day,” he says. “Shopping, or going downtown. You never need an excuse to dress nice. Why not throw on a bow tie, do something different to attract attention and represent your uniqueness.”
Look 2: Weekend Update. Here’s how Topman puts a twist on casual standards like a hoodie and tee. “The attention to detail is my favorite thing about Topman,” Brandan says, pointing out the yarn-dyed stripes at the shoulder, quilting details, and subtle heathered effect on the T-shirt.
Look 3: Power Suit. “I feel really powerful in a double-breasted jacket, it’s very traditional, very old-school,” Brandan says, while praising Topman’s slim-fitting version of this classic item. “Try to liven it up with your shirt and tie,” he recommends, noting that a patterned shirt helps balance out the boldness of a DB suit.
Look 4: Easy Fall Layering. “I was thinking Black Friday shopping when I put this together—it would be nice going in and out, just having one layer to take off. Also for the evening, if you have a casual date—the coat and scarf give a dressy feel, but the white tee and jeans underneath are a pretty classic outfit on their own.”
Look 5: Double Denim. “Yes, it can be done,” Brandan says. “If you’re mixing light and dark denim, I think it’s totally safe.” Where to wear it? “I’d say somewhere like a trendy lake walk. You’ve got the boots if you need to go in the wilderness, you’ve got the ruggedness of the denim—but if you go somewhere nice for lunch, you have the short-sleeve button-up underneath to keep it dressy.”
Look 6: Desk to Drinks. “I feel like Joseph Gordon-Levitt right now!” Brandan says, pulling on this tailored vest. “I like a vest for the dressiness it adds. You could wear this all day, then go out somewhere nicer that evening and still be appropriate.” His other current style icon: “Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love—best styling ever.”
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Get in touch with Brandan. If you’d like to book an appointment with Mr. Chang-Barstow—or would just like help tracking down an item seen above (some are in-store only, and not online)—he welcomes your emails: Brandan.J.Chang-Barstow@nordstrom.com
[Note, not all items pictured are available online; we’ve recommended similar items as appropriate. Styling and quotes courtesy of Brandan Chang-Barstow, Personal Stylist and Topman Specialist at Southcenter Nordstrom. Photos by Justin Abbott.]
The wait is over—Britain’s finest eccentric streetwear and affordable tailoring is now online.
Topman: Fair Isle cardigan ($88), oxford shirt ($52),
skinny jeans ($60), tie ($20). Shop This Look
Topman: stripe knit polo ($55), acid-wash skinny jeans ($80),
socks ($24 for 5-pack). Shop This Look
Topman: ‘Aztec’ print sweatshirt ($55), black acid-wash skinny jeans ($80),
corduroy snap-back cap ($32). Shop This Look
[Instagram photos by Strath Shepard, Men’s Online Creative Director.]