There are a billion and one things to know about denim, but at this exact moment you only need to know two:
1) Slim fit is the new normal.
Don’t worry, wearing slim-fit jeans does not mean having an awful time trying to get your keys into/out of your pocket. It means you’re living in modern times.
2) Owning jeans in various washes is the move.
If you care about coordinating with your shoes and the rest of what you’re wearing, you’ll need a few pairs of jeans in different colors. Five washes for you to consider: black, distressed, grey, vintage inspired and dark wash.
Check out the murdered-out fit above and, below, four more ensembles to inspire you to master each category.
Shop: cold weather Chuck Taylors | DIESEL hoodie | BLK DNM t-shirt | J Brand jeans
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The talent pool is deep over at Studio N, a warehouse space close to our Seattle headquarters where Nordstrom employees–stylists, art directors, photographers, tailors and hair & makeup artists–create imagery for our catalog and website. They do this amongst racks of choice product and models posing like perfect 10s. An inspiring environment.
Frequently they complete their day’s work and then create some more.
Photographer Matthew Sumi explains the impromptu photo shoot which yielded these shots:
“We shot a full day of men’s Anniversary looks on Tarik, then we decided to shoot more editorial images outside with this suit. I test often with all the models that come through the studio, to keep fresh and push myself artistically to always create new imagery. On this shoot I was playing with movement and black & white, specifically blur and focus. I’ve always loved trying different techniques. I think movement creates a strong visual element of mood. “
Shop: Calibrate suit | BOSS tie | Vince Camuto shirt | Magnanni monk strap loafer | all suits
Model: Tarik Lakehal
Photographer: Matthew Sumi
Stylist: Grace Erdman
Hair & makup: Pierra Lortie
Art Director: Brett Wiseman
How should you shop our ongoing men’s sale, where drastic, half-off discounts abound? It’s about looking past the racks on racks on racks–and seeing what’s really present. At our flagship store, a salesperson advised a deep dive for AG denim: “It’s there if you look. It only goes on sale a few times per year, if that.”
Rare gems with commentary from a recent walk-through:
If you’re like us, you’d prefer to reserve all brain power for after you’ve made it to the office—which means picking out clothes in the clouded stupor of morning, that not only get the job done but also make a confident statement, can be kind of a drag.
That’s precisely why we created a category of ready-made shirt and tie combinations. We’ve thought it all out so you don’t have to: Paisley on stripes? Of course. Dots on checks? Simple. Keep a copy of this photo taped next to your closet, and you can concentrate on more important things each morning: Like breakfast.
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Unless you’re into squinting, you know that sunglasses, like your favorite watch and wallet, are essential to daily style and comfort 365 days a year. (Even here at our Seattle headquarters, we keep a pair close at hand year-round. That bright-grey sky is no joke.)
That’s why the fit of your shades is just as important as the cut of your suit, if not more so. They’re perched right up there on that handsome mug of yours, after all. So check out some editor’s picks and fit tips below, and if you’re still not sure, visit a store near you to to try on a few pairs in-person.
Keyhole Frame. The subtle cutout on these Italian-made frames makes any nose look good. Just ask GQ Creative Director Jim Moore. Shown: Persol
Classic Wayfarer. JFK proved this versatile shape looks as sharp sailing Hyannis Port as it does suited up for high-stakes foreign relations. Shown: Persol
Metal-Frame Aviator. What worked for bomber pilots works for businessmen. Universally cool (especially in black-on-black). Shown: Calibrate
The Clubmaster. A lesser-known classic from the Ray-Ban archives. Tip, if your head is on the large side, this near-rimless style may be hard to pull off. Shown: Ray-Ban
Plastic-Frame Aviator. A slightly bulkier version of the military classic helps fill out a sizable cranium (and makes small heads look pin-size—fair warning). Shown: Carrera
Squared-Off Wayfarer. Subtle tweaks to the geometry of this familiar silhouette give it a futuristic feel—and perfectly offset a round face. Shown: Gucci
Flat Top. This unique design detail is not for the meek—but if you’re into it, the added bulk will balance out a beard or large mouth. (Best part: This pair is only $10.) Shown: KW