With an eye on dressy details like smart stripes, contrast collars, and physique-enhancing designs at the chest and shoulder, we chose a few favorites below—any of which should hold up as well in a casual work environment as they do on the weekend. Browse additional options here: MORE DRESS POLOS
[Note, the polo shirt up top is by Fred Perry.]
Last week, along with our friends at GQ, we brought you loafers that are classy enough for the office, comfy enough for the weekend.
Today, the second in our series of GQSpring Trend Reportsshowcases that all-American casual classic, the Jean Jacket—which, as the tie-clad lad above proves, can also be dressed up as a substitute sportcoat. Below, GQ Creative Director Jim Moore (left) and Deputy Editor Michael Hainey offer some key insights on jean-jacket fits and colorations:
Check out own favorite jean jackets below, from raw denim to washed-out. Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional options here: MORE JEAN JACKETS
[Note: The jacket up top is by Rag & Bone.]
Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s pretty much no better time to wear a sweater: The weather’s finally nice and crisp, the vibe is quasi-dressy but comfortable—and a soft, forgiving knit lets you load up on yams without popping a shirt button.
The festive occasion (coupled with the fact that you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, rather than the judging eyes of strangers) means the time is also ripe to break out something more…obscure. And when it comes to sweater inspiration, Bill Cosby is king. For proof positive, visit The Cosby Sweater Project, an ingenious mix of TV nostalgia and original artwork by Chicago illustrator Kelly Tucker. Here are a few of our favorite recent entries:
To find sweaters with Heathcliff Huxtable levels of swagger, you might need to hop a time machine to 1985 (or at least locate your nearest thrift store). But we have hundreds of modern interpretations, from eye-catching to classic. Here are some ideas to get you prepped for the big day next Thursday:
Fair Isle. This pattern has been quote-unquote “on trend” for a few seasons now—but given that it’s derived from a Scottish island that’s been occupied since the Bronze Age, you can bet it will stick around for centuries to come.
Shown: Topman | Jack Spade | Grayers
…And if you’re up for a second helping of Thanksgiving spirit,
check out these appetizing pants by Bonobos:
[Artwork by Kelly Tucker, via The Cosby Sweater Project. View more of Tucker's work at i draw pictures. Cosby Show stills courtesy of Carsey-Werner, Viacom and Paramount. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]
Today, we’d like to focus on a class of Rugged Boots that fully embraces masculine military and workwear influences—but still can (and should) be worn in a dressy way.
Just look at how handsomely they anchor a plaid tie and tweed vest in the images above. Add a bleached-out jean jacket and you’re ready for anything, from drinks with the guys to lunch with a new client. It’s called contrast, sirs—and it’s the key to a cool outfit.
Here are 6 of our favorite Rugged Boots (in addition to the Frye ‘Logger’ Boot above)—but be sure to shop our full selection here.
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 (shop this item)
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 (shop this item)
Yes, it’s still Summer. And yes, we’re already ready to start talking Fall (our Fall men’s catalog drops in a couple weeks—more on that later). But NO, it’s never too soon to start talking Spring ’13.
Especially when it’s a collection, and lookbook, as innovative as Rag & Bone’s. Designers Marcus Wainwright and David Neville took a bold turn this time—eschewing the vintage menswear influences that often inform their work, in favor of lightweight technical fabrics with a sport-meets-military aesthetic.
To prove the clothes move as good as they look, the designers opted to shoot the collection on real-life pro skateboarders (outtakes above). Enjoy a sneak peek in the video below—and until Spring ’13, shop Rag & Bone’s Fall collection.
[Photos and video courtesy of Rag & Bone. Photos via Style.com.]
Key players from our Men’s team are in New York for the weekend, shooting looks for next season’s Designer Collections. Here’s a sneak peek from their Instagram feeds. Check back next week for more behind-the-scenes glimpses at new Rag & Bone, Burberry, Zegna and more.
[Shots 1 and 2 by Tommy Fazio, Men's Fashion Director. Shot 3 by Strath Shepard, Men's Digital Creative Director. Check out Nordstrom's company-wide Instagram here.]
Our Half-Yearly Sale for Men kicked off last week, and it just keeps getting better: Designer Collections markdowns go even deeper starting this morning, with many items up to 60% off. In other words, the time to pull the trigger on that coat, blazer or bag you’ve been eyeing is NOW.