Asking for a Friend

Men’s Fashion

Asking for a Friend: How Do I Wear Dad Sneakers?

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

The dad sneaker has been coming on for a minute now, even before A$AP Rocky championed the Balenciaga Triple S in GQ last fall. Some trace it to Ian Connor’s stubborn preference for Skechers, while others point out that adidas Originals x Raf Simons debuted the Ozweego way back in 2013. Regardless of the origin story, this clunky, chunky supershoe is here to stay for a while—maybe even muscling your sleek Common Projects kicks to the back of the closet.

So how do you wear dad sneakers without actually looking like your dad? Pair them with other dad-inspired pieces that have been tweaked for the 21st century. Think ’90s silhouettes, boxy and oversized, with exaggerated proportions that feel perfectly modern.

Here are three looks to get you started.

WALK THE WALK

{ 0 comments }
Hawaiian shirt Ted Baker London Men’s Fashion

Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Prints & Patterns

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

Summer is here, and with it comes an exuberant crop of patterned shirts to bring vacation vibes to your every endeavor. The options are so good this season that even men who traditionally steer clear of prints might be tempted to give them a try. If you find yourself in this situation, allow us to suggest three ways to wear them well.

GET INTO PRINT

{ 1 comment }
Men’s Fashion

Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Black and Brown

“Asking for a Friend” is our style advice series.

One of the great lies men are told about dressing is not to mix black with brown. The same warning is often issued for navy with black. This is not good advice! These colors look good together and you should do what looks right to you.

We especially encourage mixing black and brown. Coming off the streetwear trend in recent years of high-contrast black-and-white combos, substituting brown for white offers a relaxing change of pace.

In the outfit above, you may notice a new silhouette of pants: baggy. It’s a bit of a fashion killa move, but if you want to dress like our fashion hero Josh Peskowitz, you’ll give it a whirl.

Check out more new silhouettes and outfit inspiration below: you’ll find tapered pants, ideas for how to layer up top, and plenty of black and brown.

SHOP: Billy Reid long-sleeve T-shirt | Baracuta jacket | Lemaire pants (sold in store only in Downtown Seattle and Eaton Centre, Toronto) | Common Projects shoes (sold in store only at these locations) | Smartwool socks | Brixton hat | Topman scarf

CLICK FOR MORE BLACK AND BROWN

{ 1 comment }
Men’s Fashion

Asking for a Friend: How to Wear One Suit Jacket For Everything

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

Every man needs a suit, but not everyone gets the most bang for his buck. Is there a way to increase the value of this purchase?

Yes, sir: wear the pieces separately. Mix up your outfits to give more life to the jacket and pants. You hopefully got them tailored, so they fit you perfectly and deserve to be worn frequently. For more information on that, see our story Asking for a Friend: How to Talk to a Tailor.

Without further delay: here are three ways for you to consider wearing your blazer.

CLICK FOR INSPIRATION

{ 1 comment }
Men’s Fashion

Asking For a Friend: How to Talk to a Tailor

‘Asking for a Friend’ is our style advice series.

As you develop your personal style to incorporate traditional menswear, tailoring becomes essential. We understand if that causes some apprehension. But let us take care of you and you’ll see there’s nothing to worry about.

We offer alterations for free in all our stores, on almost every item. Drop in any time or make an appointment online. Our tailors are easy to speak with and ready to help.

Now let’s talk about tailoring pants. There’s not just one way to do it. You have to think about what kind of fit you want, and what kind of shoes you’re most likely to wear with the finished pants.

For inspiration, here’s how to make your favorite dress pants work three ways by tailoring them differently.

SHOP: Bonobos pants | Nordstrom Men’s Shop sweater | Eleventy coat | Common Projects Chelsea boot sold in-store only; inquire at these locations | all Chelsea boots

LET’S GET INTO THIS

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS Style

Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Slides to Work

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments. 

How often do you build your workday look from the shoes up? Often, right? And how often do you prioritize comfort? Often, right? At this time of year, that’s going to lead us to the sandal section of our closets.

The question: Are slides, by nature, too casual for the office—or are there ways to work the sport-chic angle for the 9-to-5?

All images by Victoria Kovios

The solution: Putting the more casual, après-workout varieties aside, it’s totally possible and completely modern to rock a fashion slipper among colleagues and partners. But here’s the deal: the fact of the matter is that you will always and only look great when you feel great. If your gut feeling is that a pair of slides—or any item—feels too casual, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to stride into the conference room feeling confident.

On the other hand, if you feel good about a look, all that’s left to do is own that feeling and walk (or, uh, slide) right through the door. Whether your office is a lifestyle-vibe coworking space, a classic corporate HQ or a startup with an open-plan room full of cozy quarters—or, really, anywhere in between—we offer these four looks for your consideration.

CHECK OUT SLIDES BY ALEXANDER WANG, CHLOÉ & MORE

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS Street Style Style

Asking for a Friend: How to Wear a Scarf Now

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments with the help of our smart and stylish Nordstrom colleagues. 

Scarves, so pretty. So elegant. So confounding. Although this simple strip of fabric is often lauded as an instant outfit upgrade, wearing a scarf is an acquired skill. To that end, we spoke with our Styling Director, Ruth Basloe, on the best ways to wear one now.

How to Wear Scarves

Images by Kristin Yamada

The question: How to wear a scarf without looking like our bubbies? More to the point, how and where do you tie them?

The advice giver: Nordstrom Styling Director Ruth Basloe

The solution: “The freshest way to wear them right now is in place of another type of accessory, so as a necklace, bracelet or belt,” says Ruth. “I’m glad to see scarves having a moment as they come in handy when I can’t be bothered to think about my outfit. I just grab a basic white shirt and pants, and a scarf instantly adds a level of sophistication.”

Below, we’ve got it all tied up for you: some photo inspiration, guidance from Ruth, plus a video that shows ways to wrap a scarf and some shopping links.

SEE RUTH’S TIPS & MORE

{ 1 comment }
ALL POSTS Style

Asking for a Friend: How to Style Mom Jeans

“Asking for a Friend” is our advice series that seeks to solve all manner of fashion predicaments with the help of our smart and stylish Nordstrom colleagues. 

Ribicca Mamuye, mom jeans shoot

Mom was our original style icon. Thoughtful children that we are, we decided to mark this Mother’s Day by exploring some very nonmaternal ways to rock the high-waist denim styles (aka “mom jeans”) that are seeing a resurgence right now. To successfully do so, we tapped our friend and Nordstrom stylist Keara Matthiesen, as well as our gorgeous coworker Ribicca Mamuye, a full-time Nordstrom merchandising analyst and part-time blogger/model. Ribicca put Keara’s advice into practice in front of the camera, and this team effort produced spring outfits that would make our matriarchs proud.

The question: how to wear the mom-jean style without looking like you’re on carpool duty or carrying baggies of Cheerios?

The advice giver: Nordstrom Stylist Keara Matthiesen.

The solution: streamline your outfit with tucked-in shirts or flowing dresses (yes, dresses), then add a funky flourish.

SEE THE MOTHER LODE OF DENIM LOOKS

{ 0 comments }
POP-IN@Nordstrom Style

Asking for a Friend: The Two Things You Need to Rock Korean Fashion

If we had to name just one thing we love about the super fresh, globally relevant looks in our new Pop-In@Nordstrom: KFASHION, it’d be that they’re super easy to mix into your closet. They put the “ready” in ready-to-wear—it’s as simple as that.

KFashion styles from Yune Ho, KUHO and J KOO, worn with pointy-toe oxfords by TOGA from SPACE.

But you know, we always want to go next-level and dial the look all the way in, and for that, thank goodness we’ve got Keara Matthiesen. As a key member of the Nordstrom stylist squad, she’s responsible for knowing the coolest way to mix the newest pieces, and how to add just the right bell or whistle here or there. And when not to add anything at all.

In this Korean Fashion–themed trip through Keara’s brain, we found out that two magical pieces do the work of tying your entire spring wardrobe together. 1 + 2: GET THEM RIGHT HERE

{ 0 comments }
ALL POSTS Men’s Fashion Video

Asking for a Friend: How to Dress Up Without Wearing a Suit?

Situation: You’re stepping out and need to look great. Good is not good enough. But you don’t want to go full formal. You will ask yourself: How to dress up without wearing a suit?

001_regularSHOP: velvet blazers | graphic tees | skinny trousers loafers

The big idea in this and the following looks is to mix suiting elements with stuff you’d wear normally. Make this casualized concept part of your personal style. Keep in mind dark colors can be a shortcut to elevated style, and be sure your jacket and shoes are always on point.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE LOOKS

{ 0 comments }