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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

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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

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Designer Sneakers by Saint Laurent, Common Projects, Maison Margiela and adidas by Raf Simons

One shoe that truly goes with everything: the white designer sneaker. You cannot go wrong. Wear a pair to work, wear them casually or even on date night. It’s hard to think of another piece that’s so versatile. Let them get dirty if that’s your style. Or keep them spotless. Seriously: white designer sneakers are foolproof.

Just in time for your summer wardrobe update, check out these four options by Saint Laurent, Common Projects, Maison Margiela and adidas by Raf Simons.

SHOP: designer sneakers

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No-Rules Spring Style

Allow us to guide you through key rule-breaking trends this season: throwback ’90s style, playing with proportion, and layering colors and patterns.

Consider the new trouser, above. There’s a Dockers dad vibe with those pleats. But mixed with a ’90s skateboarding influence that translates to a looser, cropped silhouette, the trouser is reborn.

SHOP: Topman trousers | Topman T-shirt | Herschel Supply Co. hat

SEE MORE LOOKS

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Early Fall Essentials, Including the Rare Combo of Shorts & Long Sleeves

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Photos by Steven Patenaude; modeling by Sean O’Leary AKA DJ Soffos, check him out

There are a million reasons to get excited about early fall: football on TV, whiskey makes a comeback, there’s less perspiration on your bike ride to work, your ancient, rusty truck starts to match the foliage…. And you can finally start to wear most of your clothes again. As our Studio N stylist Morgan Dillon puts it:

“Early fall is the beginning of sweater weather, a time to break out layers and jackets. It’s also a time to make some rare outfit combinations. For example: shorts with long sleeves, one of my all-time favorite looks.”

Shop these outfits Morgan put together and be inspired to get creative with early fall dressing. You got this. Note that all the shoes pictured here are by Common Projects, a designer brand that we sell only in stores, with some exceptions. Call us at 1.888.282.6060 to see which colors and styles are available or to place an order over the phone.

SHOP: all men | Calibrate sweater (available Nov. 1; this chunky Vince sweater would also work perfectly here) | ACNE Studios shorts | ACNE Studios coat

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A Cheat Sheet on Style: Our Men’s Fall 2016 Designer Collections

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Whenever the season changes, we like to catch up with men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes to get the inside scoop on what’s new for customers and what’s cool for our own closets.

Dan told us about several exciting online designer launches–Japanese brand Tomorrowland; wallets and bags from Common Projects; wallets and belts from Gucci–as well as newto-us brands available in-store only: Our LegacyStampd, Philip Lim, R13, Maison Margiela and Ovadia & Sons.

Those in-store brands are now available at Nordstrom locations in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Contact your store to see exactly what’s there.

And read on for Dan’s take on key pieces by Moncler, ATM and Armani Collezioni.

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Asking for a Friend: What to Wear to Bike to Work? Part II

Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up to the office feeling like Superman. But what to wear when biking to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, and then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt—and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear. (See our first post here.)

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Photos by Matthew Sumi

  • Bring a backpack with a clean, button-up shirt inside. Whatever you go through on your bike ride—you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
  • Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair that look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
  • Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
  • Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers. You can also bring a pair of non-bike-friendly shoes in your backpack.
  • Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!

Saturdays NYC jacket | Acne jeans | Filson rucksack | Nike hoodie | Polo Ralph Lauren sneakers | Common Projects derby shoes | Comme des Garçons cardigan | Billy Reid shirt | Alexander Olch tie

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Asking for a Friend: What to Wear to Bike to Work?

Biking to work–a great option for those who are able–sharpens body and mind. You show up feeling like Superman. But what to wear to bike to work? The main idea is to be comfortable on your commute, then duck into a dark room to switch out your sweaty shirt–and emerge like Clark Kent. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor helps us consider this transitional gear.

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Photos by Matthew Sumi

  • Bring a backpack with a clean button-up shirt inside. Whatever you went through on your bike ride, you put on the shirt and it’s like it never happened.
  • Anticipate wrinkles in your pants and choose a pair which look good when they’re less than pristine, like dark jeans or lightweight chinos.
  • Temperature swings require layers such as jackets, vests and hoodies. Give yourself options. The backpack comes in handy here.
  • Comfortable footwear is crucial. When in doubt, grab sneakers.
  • Wear a helmet: not up for negotiation!

Acne coach’s jacket | Arc’teryx Veilance vest | Umit Benan shirt | Norse Projects pants | Common Projects sneakers | Nike hoodie | Nordstrom undershirt | Nike SB backpack

CLICK HERE TO SEE THIS OUTFIT IN FULL-ON BIKE MODE

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