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December 3, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #5

After six months of impeccable outfits (and exclusive insights from GQ Creative Director Jim Moore), this is the last of our GQ Selects posts! At least for now. Let’s finish things off with a look that’s quintessentially GQ: From the sharply tailored suit to the semi-spread collar, and from the $15 tie bar to the splashy socks, our favorite magazine’s signature touches are all here.

 

Dolce&Gabbana Solid Suit.“To put it simply, Dolce&Gabbana has mastered the modern black suit. From the duo’s focus on a body-hugging fit with a shorter jacket and trim pant legs, to the perfect lapel width to pair with a skinny tie, this is a two-piece any man can feel confident investing in.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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John Varvatos Collection Trim-Fit Stripe Dress Shirt. “Any guy looking to add some pattern into his weekday wardrobe in a conservative office should reach for a striped dress shirt. The vertical lines add subtle visual interest to any outfit, while the semi-spread collar works for every occasion, be it with a tie to close a big deal, or going open-collar to grab a celebratory drink afterwards.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Salvatore Ferragamo ‘Faraone’ Cap-Toe Oxford. “When you buy a pair of Ferragamo shoes, you’re not only getting fine Italian craftsmanship that will last a lifetime, but you’re also getting great design. In the brand’s deft hands, a standard cap-toe silhouette has its vamp elongated and toe tapered ever so slightly—slight tweaks that create a more elegant option for the office or a night out.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Fahlgren Tie | Robert Talbott Pocket Square | Lorenzo Uomo Socks
 

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.

Inventory is running low, but there’s still time to grab some of our GQ Selects from the December issue—or something similar—as seen in action below on rising R&B star Frank Ocean, photographed by Peggy Sirota for GQ. Read the full interview with Ocean here.


Nothing Odd About It. Breaking news: Sportcoats aren’t for fogeys. Whether you go with a banging plaid or charcoal grey, it’ll make you stand out among your doughnut-hoodied friends.” —GQ

Shop: Gant Rugger Tartan Plaid Sportcoat | More Gant Rugger | More Sportcoats

The Band of Outsiders chinos have sold out—
but you can shop more from Band of Outsiders and browse more chinos.

 


A Brief Lesson in Fearlessness. True style is bringing worlds together—like a techy jacket, an old-school herringbone blazer, and some next-level sneakers. Your taste should never be one-note.” —GQ

Shop: The North Face 3-in-1 Jacket | A.P.C. ‘New Cure’ Jeans
More from The North Face | More Dark Denim

 

One of our resident music gurus, Sonya, suggested a few favorite tracks off Ocean’s recent album, Channel Orange. (His performance on the season opener of Saturday Night Live was amazing, but we dig the album version of this first song even more):



Click over to The Seattle Times to read critic Andrew Matson’s track-by-track take
on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.
 
 

[Photos by Peggy Sirota, courtesy of GQ. Songs © Frank Ocean and The Island Def Jam Music Group.]

November 26, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #4

Once your closet is stocked with a few great basics—dark jeans, indispensable shades, timeless sweaters—pulling together outfits is effortless. This straightforward yet stylish cold-weather combo would look as sharp downtown (just throw a blazer on top) as it would wandering Whistler.

 


Ray-Ban ‘Outdoorsman®’ 58mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses.“The iconic Ray-Ban aviator frame style holds true to the classic we love so much, like the gradient brown lenses, but with added luxe touches like leather accents on the brow bridge and temple arms. It’s a style that continues to conjure up images of McQueen and Newman in their respective heydays.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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AG Jeans ‘Matchbox Slim’ Straight-Leg Jeans in Coated Black. “Every man should own a pair of black jeans. They’re an indispensible addition to a guy’s closet, dressier than basic blue. These AGs are the perfect cut for such a pair, skimming the leg for a look that’s equal parts rock ‘n’ roll and refined.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item | shop the trend: dark denim)

 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Brixton Knit Cap | 1901 Cashmere Sweater | Clarks® Originals ‘Desert’ Boot
(shop the trend: standout stripes)
 

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.

November 19, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #3

A wise man once said you shouldn’t wear your gym shorts outside of the gym. Referencing the kind of style icons who first turned athletic gear into sharp-looking streetwear in the 1970s, here’s a look that’s equally at home heading to and from your workout, stopping by the store, or meeting up for a drink. (With a little finesse, you can keep your bag and beats on the stylish side, too.)

 


Fred Perry Track Jacket.“We love the spirit of the retro running gear that has inspired designers like Prada and Bottega Veneta for spring 2013, and for guys like Steve Prefontaine, a track jacket was elementary to that look. We shot this classic one from Fred Perry on Adam Driver for our December issue. The fit and the sporty red color make it a standout, even if the only running you do is errands.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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(shop the trends: red | retro athletic)

 


Levi’s 511 Skinny Jeans. “We’ve been advocating white jeans in winter for some time now, and one of our favorites are these from Levi’s®. Cut in their slim 511™ silhouette, the crisp, colorless denim adds some lift to darker winter standbys like a navy peacoat or tweed sport jacket, and looks great when stacked over a pair of broken-in desert boots.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Puma ‘Bayndyt’ Sneaker. “This sneaker takes its design cues from a ’70s running shoe, but is thoroughly modern, thanks to the tonal fabrication combining matte nylon and suede. We suggest going sockless when wearing these runners, allowing the contours of the slick silhouette to stand out.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Knapsack | Alternative Henley | Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

 

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.

November 15, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #2

A traditional topcoat doesn’t have to be your only weapon once the weather starts to turn. GQ has been all about creative layering options for fall and winter in recent issues, and we’re fully on board. Here, outdoor gear blends seamlessly with tailoring for cool visual contrast—and a smart way to stay dry on your morning commute or en route to a rainy-night date.

 


The North Face ‘Denali’ Triclimate® 3-in-1 Jacket. There’s no reason performance outerwear can’t also look great. The fire-engine-red shell gives this North Face jacket eye-catching style, especially when paired with the graphic black chest and elbow patches—the sleekness of a sports car, with the toughness of a Mack truck.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item | shop the trend: red)

 


A.P.C. ‘New Cure’ Slim-Leg Jeans. This is the slimmest jean in Jean Touitou’s arsenal of prime, raw-denim cuts. The New Cure tapers closely from the knee to the ankle, resulting in a silhouette that works as well with a casual-Friday sports jacket as it does in your weekend wardrobe. And these will mold to the wearer over time, making each pair truly unique .”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item | shop the trend: dark denim)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Brooks Brothers by Jeffrey Blazer | Vans Leather Sneakers | Steven Alan Shirt

 

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.

 

November 13, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #1

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
(shop this item)
(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
(shop this item)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Alternative Hoodie | Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford | Topman T-Shirt

 

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.

November 1, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #5

The final look from our November-issue edition of GQ Selects proves, once again, the power of accessories. In this case, a dapper tie and tie bar, at a combined cost of only $30, give you the power to invest in a truly killer suit—as well as a high-quality laptop case that lends a subtly rugged touch to your most polished office attire.

 


The Tie Bar Woven Tie. “For the man who has a closet overstuffed with striped ties, this wool-and-silk rendition from The Tie Bar offers a heftier helping of stripes that amps up any basic shirt-and-suit combination.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Editor’s Note: The exact tie featured in GQ has sold out.
Luckily, we have plenty more ties by The Tie Bar—and all at a mere $15.
Shop color variations of the bold stripe above here, or shop all ties by The Tie Bar.

 


Jack Spade ‘Tech Oxford’ Slim Laptop Briefcase. Everything is slimmed-down these days, from our cell phones to our laptops, but so many guys are still lugging around bulky, oversized briefcases. Jack Spade thankfully catches men up to the times with this scaled-down brief. It’s slim without skimping on utility, thanks to the exterior zip pouch, interior pockets, and a durable nylon shell.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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The Tie Bar Woven Tie. “I’m a believer that just as you shouldn’t leave the house without a pocket square, you shouldn’t without a tie bar if you’re wearing a tie. You can never go wrong with a tie bar. It’s that extra detail that’s going to set you apart from the person next to you, whether it’s with a sharp suit or a shirt and tie with a hoodie thrown on top. Aside from looking smart, it’s a functional piece that will keep your neckwear in place throughout the day. This one-inch-long accessory is going to you give you miles’ worth of style.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Canali Chalk-Stripe Suit | Ted Baker Trim-Fit Shirt | Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford

 
 

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 latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

October 24, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #4

Here’s a great example of going high/low by mixing activewear into your around-town wardrobe. Thanks to a trim fit and clean design, this Nike track jacket blends seamlessly with a high-end shirt, loafers, and cords in the season’s coolest color.

 

Nike ‘HBR’ Track Jacket. This is a great example of a throwback piece that doesn’t feel overly retro. Nike’s classic ‘HBR’ track jacket conjures up images of ’70s track stars like Steve Prefontaine and Bruce Jenner, but it has a sleekness to it that’s quite current. It’s a versatile piece, wearable either alone or layered under a topcoat or a suit jacket, as we showed on Jeremy Lin in the November issue.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Shipley & Halmos Washed Cotton Woven Shirt. The exploded, repeating windowpane plaid on this shirt is a bold pattern, but one that would look great peeking out of a classic navy suit or cardigan. It’s designed with a semi-spread collar, too, so it can easily transition from dressed-up with a tie to casually unbuttoned at a bar.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Editor’s Note: The Shipley & Halmos shirt featured in GQ has sold out. Shop the same shirt in other colors here, or try these vibrant plaid alternatives.
From left: Jack Spade (yellow) | Jack Spade (blue) | Shipley & Halmos
 
 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Randolph Engineering Sunglasses | Levi’s 511 Corduroy Pants | Allen Edmonds Loafer
 
 

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 latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

October 22, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #3

Today’s look centers around a fall/winter prerequisite: a warm and exceedingly dapper top coat. But we’re equally enthused by the finishing touches we picked to accentuate the official GQ selections—like Hav-A-Hank’s paisley pocket square (available in 8 eye-catching colors) and budget-wise gloves by Topman.

 

Michael Bastian Double-Breasted Houndstooth Top Coat. Every guy needs a great top coat this season. When done right, like this Michael Bastian number, it works for any occasion, from a black-tie ball to the office to weekend errands. Bastian’s is modernized by its slimmer peak lapels. The trim double-breasted silhouette ensures this coat will look good over any and all of your fall outfits.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Allen Edmonds ‘MacNeil’ Oxford. When we talk about wingtips at GQ we talk about them with a lot of passion and gravitas. A black wingtip is one of the most worthwhile and elegant shoes a man can have in his wardrobe. It stands up to dressier fall flannels but looks just as appropriate with a pair of khakis or corduroy jeans. This pair walks the line perfectly between being too chunky and too refined—the proportions are just right. They’re made in America, and with a little care, these will last 20 years. Guys can rest assured they will never go out of style.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Hav-A-Hank Pocket Square | Brixton Driver’s Cap | Jack Spade Henley
Topman Burgundy Stripe Gloves | Obey Fingerless Gloves | Topman Navy Stripe Gloves

 

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 latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

October 18, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #2

Here’s an downtown-outdoorsman take on the layering technique that GQ advocates in this month’s issue. With fall layers that fit this well, you can pile them on and stay warm without your winter coat for a few more weeks.

 

Todd Snyder Herringbone Sportcoat. “A wool herringbone sportcoat is a tried-and-true fall staple, but what separates Snyder’s from the others is that the designer removed the lining, eliminating extraneous bulk for a clean fit. What remains is a smart option for these crisp autumn days, and a handsome sportcoat once the temperature really dips.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Todd Snyder Sweater Vest. The sweater vest is something guys usually think of as nerdy, but several designers are reinventing this geek-style icon into a cool layering piece for fall. One of our favorites comes from Todd Snyder, who crafted his with a two-tone Fair Isle pattern in a trim fit that’s a home run under any tweed suit or jacket.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Victorinox Swiss Army® ‘Original’ Chronograph Watch. We’re really loving the pilot-style watches that are updates to classic chronographs. Victorinox, a company that knows a thing or two about handsome military-inspired timepieces, has created one that retains the trappings of the original, like a stainless-steel case and nylon strap, but renders it in of-the-moment shades of grey. It manages to be both elegant and tough, which means it will work as well with a classic wool suit as it would a hoodie.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Gant by Michael Bastian Down Vest | Obey Trucker Hat | A.P.C. ‘New Standard’ Selvedge Jeans
 
 

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 latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.