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Tommy Fazio

August 20, 2012

The Key to a Killer Suit

The key to a killer suit? It’s all about fit. Start with the cut that suits you best—Trim, Extra Trim or Classic. Tommy Fazio, Men’s Fashion Director, explains the differences in the video above.

If you’re used to wearing suits and confident in your preferred brands and correct size, shop our full online selection of Suits and Sportcoats. (Unsure of your size? Read our crash-course on how to measure.)

If you’re new to the suiting game, or feel like getting a fresh perspective, your best bet is to block out some time with one of our Personal Stylists. They’ll help you define your ideal fit and offer honest advice on the right brands for you—all completely free and with no obligation to buy. Fill out this form to get started.

Last but not least: The true game-changer is a trustworthy tailor. With master tailors at every Nordstrom store, we’ve made it easy to turn an off-the-rack suit into a fully customized classic. If you’re wondering what that might entail, it goes way beyond hemming your pants. Learn some lesser-known tricks of the trade below, courtesy of our Men’s Fashion Director.

 

1. Sharp Shoulder. Seams should hit at the edge of your own shoulder. If there’s extra room after you’ve found your closest size, a tailor can nip the jacket in back to tighten up the ‘point to point.’

2. Fitted Torso. The jacket should graze your frame, but not hug it. A tailor can move the buttons left or right, subtly affecting how snugly the jacket fits.

3. Tailored Sleeve. Your jacket sleeve should be short enough to show a sliver of shirt cuff: Quarter-inch minimum; up to a full inch for a more dramatic effect. (You can also have the sleeve narrowed slightly, below the elbow.)

4. The Seat of Your Pants. The seat should hang comfortably, but without a lot of excess fabric. Your tailor can take it in or out as needed.

5. Clean Break. When having your trousers hemmed, ask for either a slight break in front (the traditional option) or no break, ending at or just above your shoe.

“Most people look to Hugo Boss for work-wear staples, from perfect business suits to shirts and ties, but what a lot of them don’t know is that the brand is a great resource for sportswear with a great European sensibility. This bathing suit is a great hybrid of a swim trunk and an athletic short, cut a little slimmer and sexier than American versions. The sporty, contrasting side-stripe detail has the same spirit as a racing stripe on a muscle car and the graphic touch flatters every guy by making him look like he has smaller hips.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, 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 our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

Calvin Klein has some of the best-fitting underwear out there and their T-shirts are no different. They fit spectacularly and are our go-to T-shirt here at GQ. As much as the brand’s ad campaigns are edgy and progressive, they do iconic American basics uncompromisingly well. These T-shirts have a precisely cut sleeve that fits around the arm perfectly and ribbing at the neck that’s just the right width. It’s a chance to own a little bit of that James Dean mystique and mojo for not a lot of money.

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

Havaianas are made with the most incredible quality. We visit them every year and the process of how they are put together constantly amazes me. They are engineered perfectly to be comfortable on all terrains and hold up well in salt water and chlorine. They come in a million colors but, for us, it’s got to be black. As far as I’m concerned, if you don’t have black flip-flops you can’t make it through the summer month. In a way, it’s the $18 status symbol of the beach.

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

“We’re very big fans of Orlebar here. The short story behind the brand, pun intended, is its founder, Adam Brown, was an art director and photographer who was tired of going to the beach and having to change out of his swimsuit to go to lunch or get something off of the sand. So these have been tailored like a great pair of trousers, including pockets and tonal side tabs, and work when worn with other clothing or simply as a swimsuit. This olive drab color is one of those great neutrals that can be paired back to just about any hue. They’re a bit of an investment—most guys have never spent three figures on swim trunks—but it’s one that’s totally worth it. They’re going to do double duty over any other swimsuit and last twice as long.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

“Not only are you buying into Persol’s amazing heritage with these sunglasses, but you’re getting this incredible craftsmanship and quality. They’re made in Italy, and if you’re investing in sunglasses, it should be ones, like these, that aren’t flash-in-the-pan trendy.

The keyhole detail is key here because there’s not one person who doesn’t look good in these sunglasses—the cutout flatters the bridge of every nose. Tortoiseshell can look spotty or cheap sometimes but because of Persol’s commitment to quality, this pair strikes the right balance between light and dark and looks good on every kind of skin tone.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

This is a great summer sneaker in a rich blue suede. It has a low profile and looks good with everything from jeans to white pants to a pair of shorts. Prada has made them lightweight and the insole is nicely cushioned and comfortable compared to similar styles out there. Essentially, it’s the quality and craftsmanship you’d expect from a Prada shoe, but found in a sporty, refined sneaker.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

“To most designers a henley is a henley, but not to Todd Snyder. He’s found ways to do these really masculine pieces but make them his own and make them original.

“The placket and collar are trimmed with chambray fabric, which creates some visual interest at the front, and turns the piece into something that looks as good under a jacket as it does by itself. Snyder’s touches take something born in underwear culture and turn it into a fashion staple.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

Jack Spade is sensitive to the fact that guys don’t want a lot of bells and whistles. I appreciate that what Jack Spade does is make products that are simple, but never boring. This rucksack, which is different from a backpack because of the drawstring and single closure, comes in this amazing red that would look incredible with a khaki or navy cotton suit or even an army jacket and jeans on the weekend.


“The durable matte-nylon material makes it easy to clean, so it works for the office or the beach, and the lined interior is equally suited for an iPad or six-pack of beer. You don’t feel like a college kid wearing it, or a mountain climber, just like a cool guy who wants some color in his wardrobe without incorporating it into his outfit.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, 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 our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.