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October 21, 2014

Fall Accessory: The Umbrella

Five guys who look great with an umbrella: George Clooney (as in The Good German above), Gene Kelly, David Beckham, Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake.

For some of us the umbrella is a necessary evil—one left all too often, unfortunately, in cabs, restaurants and cocktail bars. But in the right hands, an umbrella is also a thing of refinement.

Keep reading for our guide to pairing the foul-weather essential with jackets and accessories that’ll help you dial in a smart, practical look that’s right for you.

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Way back in 1875, Arthur Liberty, the original founder of the eponymous U.K. department store (the flagship is still there on London’s Regent Street, in the West End) pioneered a collection of iconic prints influenced by his dealings with Oriental imports. By the 1920s, the miniature floral and abstract prints produced by the Liberty brand took on an Art Deco feel well-suited for the era, and later, 1960s bohemians paired the prints with corduroy and velvet for that opulent rock star vibe. Think: Jimi Hendrix in paisley and flares.

Fast-forward to now. Liberty Art Fabrics take center stage in Topman’s latest accessories collaboration, which is rolling out in stores and online as we speak. Hand-picked from Liberty’s extensive archives, these mostly abstract prints allow you to tie on or tuck in just the right spot of color and wit.

SHOP: Topman x Liberty Ties and Pocket Squares
SHOP ALL: Topman | Ties & Pocket Squares

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After salivating over the sun, fun and fried dough infiltrating our Instagram feed during a colleague’s recent trip to Los Angeles, we had to ask him for some insights on traveling to Southern Cali in style. “I hadn’t been to L.A. before as an adult,” says Donovan Nguyen, a web designer at Nordstrom HQ. “There’s a huge difference between seeing a city with your parents at age 8 and seeing it now as a grown-up. It’s so much better.”

Keep reading for highlights from Donovan’s visually arresting L.A. photo journal, complete with tips on where to go and what to pack.

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Hip-hop maestro, talented photographer, and Men’s Shop Daily guest editor Thig Nat (short for “Natural”) recently offered us a glimpse into a music/art/charity event that he helped organize and host. Being an after-hours event and taking place at a museum, this was one of those frequent yet potentially perplexing occasions when a tuxedo is too much and a T-shirt won’t cut it.

Keep reading for stellar photos from the night’s proceedings (which included a performance by Thig’s longtime friend and colleague Macklemore) and to see how Mr. Nat struck an ideal balance between decked-out and laid-back.

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In case the invitations piling up under your refrigerator magnets (or—congratulations!—your own impending nuptials) weren’t enough, the photos pervading the internet in recent days of Kim and Kanye’s wedding have offered a more-than-sufficient reminder that summer wedding season is officially here.

Keep reading for 10 helpful hints on how to be a winning groom (getting the girl is not even half the battle)—from holding up your end of the planning process to properly outfitting the noble gents standing next to you.

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You met him (mostly from the knee-down) in our Sneakers in Seattle video and corresponding Q&A. You might have caught his hip-hop group, The Physics, performing live on globally streaming public radio station KEXP. Your fiancée has probably even heard one of his tracks 1,000 times while analyzing the latest slo-mo wedding video craze.

His name is Thig Nat, and the “Nat” part of his name is short for “Natural”—a reference that applies to his abilities on a microphone as well as his innate knack for wearing classic, versatile clothes that look good without trying too hard.

Keep reading to see how Thig put a modern spin on three menswear staples that he selected from our store: a henley, a trench coat, and slip-on sneakers.

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January 29, 2014

3 Ways to Wear Jogger Pants

From Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to rapper Kendrick Lamar to our friends at Street Etiquette, we’ve been seeing men everywhere sporting one of our favorite new evolutions in male leg coverings (otherwise known as pants): Jogger Pants. And it’s easy to understand why: Besides being abnormally comfortable (many have elastic at the waist as well as the cuffs), they cut a lean, tapered silhouette that shows off your favorite shoes, without pesky concerns about rolling or hemming your pant leg.

Keep reading to see three ways to wear them: on the weekend, at the office, and for a night out.

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See London Collections: Men through the masterful photographic lens of Joshua Woods. Click through for the full gallery, and stay tuned for more from Milan and Paris, coming soon.

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Inspired by “gloomy shipyards, stormy northern skies and maritime paraphernalia,” the latest vision from our friends across the pond at Topman contained enough oversized coats and densely netted sweaters to warm the bones of the most grizzled sailor.

Keep reading to see a video of the Topman Design Autumn/Winter 2014 fashion show, which took place yesterday at London Collections: Men, opened with prose by a Punk Rock-era poet, and ended with an indoor downpour drenching the models. Good thing they were dressed for the weather.

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Let’s be honest: Most of us men are probably just now getting around to Christmas shopping (hey, we have almost five whole days left!). And while there are innumerable fantastic holiday gifts available right here on Nordstrom.com—sometimes the best gifts come from somewhere else. Like the heart. Or the liquor store. For advice on thinking outside the gift box (and, hopefully, getting a reaction like the one above), we asked nine men with impeccable taste to answer one simple question: What’s the best gift you’ve ever given?

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