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Are you acquainted with our Complete Looks page? It’s where we post head-to-toe kits assembled by the pro stylists at our photo studio, and give you links to easily shop each item shown.

As you can see above, there’s a lot to choose from. To help you narrow the field, we asked Chad Christensen—lead men’s stylist at our Seattle photo studio and the man who builds said looks—to answer a perennial office conundrum: how to look better than the guy in the next cube.

Keep reading to see Chad’s three key items for fall—which will serve you well from work to weekend.

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With fall officially here, you might hear sentimentalists bemoaning summer’s end. The barbecues, the concerts, the bikinis—all on hold ’til next year. For our part, we welcome this brisk and soggy new situation. Attacking your closet with wit and creativity each morning is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about sweating through your shirt.

With that spirit of sartorial enthusiasm in mind, we invite you to peruse the hardy fabrics, heritage patterns and rich details that compose our 10 Fall Essentials guide.

Keep reading for tips and picks regarding the first five items you should ensure are in your arsenal for the season ahead—from tweed coats to textured ties.

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It takes a lot to engineer a truly new development in the field of menswear. (Before you make fun of Kanye West for wearing a skirt—talk to William Wallace.) That’s not to say the great minds in our industry are lacking new ideas—rather, they reap the benefits of centuries-worth of reference points, and innovation comes in the form of fit, fabrication, and re-thinking the ways we wear eternal classics.

For that reason, we’re pleased to bring you 10 Fall Essentials: a considered list of items every man should have in his arsenal this Fall—and that won’t let you down in the years to come. Ever.

Below, find three ways to wear our first cold-weather necessity: The Wool Overcoat.



1. Weekend Upgrade. An overcoat, of course, is essential for shielding your finest suits from wind and rain. But you can maximize its mileage by repurposing it off the clock, too. A hearty tweed is especially at home in the country, as much as it is uptown. Wear yours with white jeans (yes, after Labor Day) for a fresh perspective—and don’t be afraid to beat ‘em up. They are jeans, after all.
Billy Reid overcoat | Burberry Brit white jeans | Wallin & Bros. quilted vest
Johnston & Murphy chukka | Grayers henley | Shinola watch

 



2. Modular Office. A coat this streamlined will make you the sharpest-dressed guy in the elevator, no matter what office gear you layer underneath it—be it a suit or tweed sportcoat for a big meeting, or a shirt/sweater combo with dark selvedge jeans for your standard daily grind. Add impeccably detailed, slush-proof boots and a laptop-friendly bag, and you’re ready for any commute.
Theory overcoat | Naked & Famous selvedge jeans | J. Press York Street shirt
Lottusse boot | Grayers merino wool sweater | Jack Spade briefcase

 



3. Boozy Brunch. Last night was wild. The fall sky is brisk and far too bright. You’re starving. Drag your significant other out of bed, locate some alarmingly comfortable yet intelligently designed clothes, and throw your best overcoat on top. The concept is called high/low, and it’s a smart way to elevate a casual occasion—even when you’re not at your Sunday best.
The Kooples overcoat | Stetson beanie | Zanerobe ‘Slapshot’ pants
New Balance sneaker | Shipley & Halmos long-sleeve T-shirt | Shwood sunglasses

 

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September 26, 2012

GQ Selects: October Look #4

Levi’s® Made & Crafted™ and the guys at Rag & Bone are masters when it comes to modernizing heritage-steeped garments. Here, a sweater inspired by centuries-old Irish fishing tradition and a coat modeled after the 6th Earl of Chesterfield (1805–1866) have never looked better.

 

Rag & Bone ‘Coldhayes’ Long Coat. Every guy needs a topcoat this season, and luckily there are tons of options out there from which to choose. We love this updated Chesterfield from rag & bone that maintains the hallmarks of the classic style, velvet collar included, while getting that cool edge the duo does so well thanks to a superb fit. A coat like this should always be cut on the trim side, so whether you put it over a three-piece suit or a T-shirt, you’ll always cut a sharp line.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Levi’s Made & Crafted Cable-Knit, Shawl-Collar Sweater. A cable-knit sweater is really an essential piece of knitwear every guy needs this season but, rather than reaching for an all-over weave, we really like the look of these chunkier, fisherman-style sweaters. They have a handsome heft to them but aren’t as weighty as true wool ones. The great thing about this one by Levi’s Made & Crafted is the added, abbreviated shawl collar that nicely frames any shirt you put underneath.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Brixton Driver’s CapNaked & Famous Selvedge Jeans (Black) | Prada Double-Monk
 
 

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 fourth edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 fall essentials from the October issue. Check back each month for more.