In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was an American gentleman who offered holistic, 360-degree gentlemanly advice. You could read him in GQ Magazine and in best-selling books, which gained him a loyal and stylish audience. His advice has aged exceptionally well–and so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits. 

hixshaving1Image by Bruce Weber from Charles Hix’s Looking Good

Shaving is shaving right? You pull a sharp thing across your face and then the hair is gone. But lo, there are ins and outs and all kinds of ways you can go wrong. Hix has tips and here they are.

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This way for the Hix…


throwback1976“I don’t want to sound immodest but we’re killing it.”

Did this duo from our 1976 activewear catalog stop at matching suits? No, they followed through with turtlenecks and accessories. Even the handlebar tape on homegirl’s bike matches their rainbow arm bands.

Because fall is about enjoying the transitional weather, for outdoor jaunts–and for aggressively coordinating your outfit with your partner.

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throwbackthursdaypatternedshirtThe styling of her scarf tucked into her belt is amazing. And yet how can you look at this image from our 1993 fall catalog and see anything other than the guy’s shirt with birds all over it?

Purple birds next to navy pants, the colors related but different, the simplicity of the pants next to the complexity of the shirt pattern. All great.

This fall, may your shirt be loud. May your pants be chill. And may you be lucky enough to be photographed with a beautiful woman who does interesting things with scarves.

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MARK_RONSON_PICS_0012_Layer 1Mark Ronson and Shomi Patwary on the set

The best party nobody went to might’ve been 12 years ago in Norfolk, Virginia, when producers who would change the sound of hip-hop and R&B deejayed to basically nobody.

We’ll let our music video director friend Shomi Patwary tell you about that one.

Long story short, Patwary and British star Mark Ronson go way back, and we now have the video for “I Can’t Lose.” It’s more zesty funk from Ronson–whom we shall never fail to mention without hyperlinking to his and Aaliyah’s classic Hilfiger ad–and bigger-budget moves from Patwary, best known for A$AP Rocky’s “Multiply.”

Check out behind-the-scenes images below from “I Can’t Lose” and an edited transcript of our phone call with Patwary.

We talked about Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal,” Dick Tracy, Blade Runner, the cameo from Waris Ahluwalia–and what happens when the zeitgeist moves post- ‘90s retromania.


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Our 1980 spring catalog had so many polo shirts. Look at them! And that’s not even the full assortment. The turn of that particular decade was a great time for polos. We couldn’t get enough.

For a laugh, look closer and notice these guys’ pieces of flair: kite string, apple, buoy, soccer ball, frisbee and…dictaphone? We aren’t sure what the yellow-shirted guy is holding.

Anyway: Polos. Now’s a good time of year to be sporting them. We’ve had our eyes on this banded collar Kooples polo that is currently on sale, but you’ll want to do your own picking and choosing.

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This summer, we will recreate this 1980 Nordstrom spring catalog cover. Or versions of it.

We will enjoy long walks on the beach in a romantic mode. We will take off our shoes and socks as much as possible. And we will dress like cotton candy, wearing pink shirts and white pants.

Because this preppy/pastel aesthetic was one thing the ‘80s got right.

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Nineteen eighty-one: a good year for pastels and polo shirts. Here we see our spring catalog cover, shot on the beach in Mexico. Looking very 1981. But what’s the deal with that one styling choice…




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From the 1980 Nordstrom holiday catalog, we present this scene of brotherly togetherness on the golf course. You might not consider golf a team sport, but think about it this way:




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We have a few thoughts about this image from our 1976 Christmas catalog…




Our favorite aspects of this photo from the 1989 Nordstrom Anniversary catalog, from left to right:

  1. Batman hat
  2. Halo hat
  3. Double jacket
  4. Mr. Plaid
  5. Wide-leg corduroys
  6. King of Pleats

…and the fact that 83% of the young, fashionable men in the image are rolling up their pants, just like in 2015.

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