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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

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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.

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Gift-wrap Inspiration: Ribbon Illusion | Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom

We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

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Gift-wrap Inspiration: Lidded Box + Pinwheel | Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom

We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

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How to Wear Dresses Over Pants—Your Ideal Thanksgiving Outfit

We’re sure you’ve contemplated it before. Now we have evidence that your instincts were right: our street photographer Kristin Yamada captured a good number of stylish ladies the world over rocking frocks over jeans and trousers this fall. So we’re calling it a trend—just in time to sit down for a monstrous meal with the fam and engage in some roughhousing with the nieces and nephews.

Street Style: dresses over pants.

Photos by Kristin Yamada

Consider this post permission to just throw a dress over your jeans this holiday season. Well, maybe not “just.” There are a few guidelines we’d like to share first. Here are the primary ways in which the style-setters are pulling off this perfectly lovely and practical look.

YOU WEAR THE PANTS THIS HOLIDAY: READ MORE

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How to Make a Succulent Wreath for the Holidays

If you’re over evergreens, let us suggest something equally verdant but more unique for your holiday trimming: succulents. These days, the trendy water-plump plants can be found at most floral shops, however, their use in seasonal wreaths and arrangements is only just catching on–which means that yours could be the only door on the block to rock one!

Succulent WreathIn addition to being relatively low-maintenance and resilient, succulents are also easy to work with–good news for those of us who are all thumbs but not necessarily of the green kind. And since this is a living wreath, you can keep up this decoration year-round without shame.

Read on to follow our low-stress steps for fashioning a custom wreath.

HERE’S HOW TO MAKE A WREATH

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Five Ways to Wear a Bandana | Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded

In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.

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The Neckerchief.

Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | APPRVL bandanas

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Asking for a Friend: How to Wear the Farmer Cuff, Big Break and Trim Casual Trouser?

We had our in-house aces at Studio N depict a few calculated style risks for the upcoming cold season, because sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

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Style risk: the farmer cuff

The farmer cuff (no actual farming required) is absolutely trending. Wear it with no socks or no-show socks, always. This roughly six-inch cuff turns your regular pants into a pair of cropped pants. It’s a lot more successful with vintage-feeling, wide-leg styles.

Alternatively with dark denim or chinos, avoid the farmer cuff and do a clean double roll. Same goes with cargos. Speaking of: there’s a passé but vocal perception about cargo pants being corny, a Disneyland dad thing. Ignore that. The cargo pant is a classic. A small double roll works well with a thin cargo. Since there’s so much going on leg-wise already (the cargo pocket), it’s about keeping it sleek.

SHOP: vintage-wash jeans | cargos | adidas | jackets

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Asking for a Friend: How to Wear Pastels?

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Pastel colors are enjoying a new prominence in men’s style, especially in the sector known as athleisure. Look around this season at dudes mixing athletic and casual clothes and you’ll notice an influx of colors like oatmeal, mauve, mint and rose.

As far as how to style pastel clothing? You can’t really screw it up. Pastel colors in general go well with each other. As long as you stay in the pastel family—or stay “tonal,” wearing various shades of the same color—you’ll be fine.

There are a few finer points to consider. Senior Stylist Jodi Taylor explains those below.

graphic sweatshirt | ripped chino shorts | striped crew socks | Air Maxes

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—Andrew Matson

PLAY IN THE SHADES: HERE’S HOW

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Met Gala Beauty: Bella Hadid, Zoe Saldana and Poppy Delevingne’s Looks by Charlotte Tilbury

Met Gala 2016 Makeu: Bella Hadid, Zoe Saldana and Poppy Delevigne looks by Charlotte Tilbury

While it helps to work with some of the loveliest faces in the land, Charlotte Tilbury and her team repeatedly find new ways to accentuate and complement celebrity glamour at every red-carpet event. Even if we’re not going to be wearing a gown anytime soon, we love learning how Team Tilbury accomplishes such stunning makeup.

Here are just three beauties from the Met Gala and how to achieve their glowing looks. Whether you’re in jeans or a gown, when you give face like that, who cares what you’re wearing?

GET THE GALA LOOKS: HERE’S HOW

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