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.

Here are three ways for you to consider wearing your blazer. Relatedly, see our story Asking for a Friend: How to Talk to a Tailor.


Suits at work: less common than they used to be, but never frowned upon. Go for it and you instantly get more respect. With suits and with clothing in general, men are told not to mix brown with black, or black with navy. But why? If it looks good to you, go for it. Brown shoes with black pants and navy tie can look great! See above. Pants from one suit and a jacket from another can also totally work. New rule: no rules.

SHOP: Nordstrom Men’s Shop blazer | Calibrate shirt | Nordstrom Men’s Shop trousersTo Boot New York sneakers | Ted Baker London pocket square | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie | Nordstrom Men’s Shop tie barNordstrom Men’s Shop socks

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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


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What to Pack for the Ultimate Golf Trip

Our friend Matt Walters—who happens to be married to Nordstrom Social Media Manager Carina Holtby—is going on the golf trip of a lifetime, headed to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Tickets to the premier American golf tournament are extremely rare. But after years of entering the country club’s lottery, Walters was finally rewarded with tickets and is taking his dad, the man who taught him the game.

What do you pack on a trip like that?

SHOP: Nike jacket | Nike Air Max sneakers | Nike Air Berwuda sneakers | Filson bag | AG pants | Bonobos shorts | Herschel hat | Peter Millar shirt | Peter Millar jacket | Ray-Ban sunglasses