With fall officially here, you might hear sentimentalists bemoaning summer’s end. The barbecues, the concerts, the bikinis—all on hold ’til next year. For our part, we welcome this brisk and soggy new situation. Attacking your closet with wit and creativity each morning is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about sweating through your shirt.

With that spirit of sartorial enthusiasm in mind, we invite you to peruse the hardy fabrics, heritage patterns and rich details that compose our 10 Fall Essentials guide.

Keep reading for tips and picks regarding the first five items you should ensure are in your arsenal for the season ahead—from tweed coats to textured ties.

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A Blast from Christmas Past

In the spirit of our long-running ‘One Holiday at a Time’ policy—in which our stores wait patiently until the day after Thanksgiving to unveil each year’s Christmas decorations—we decided to dig up some vintage Nordstrom gift catalogs to marvel at over your morning-after breakfast of leftover ham and a double-wide slice of pumpkin pie.

The illustration above opened the 1961 gift catalog from Best’s Apparel, the company Nordstrom merged with in its first foray into above-ankle fashion. (Remember, we started out as a shoe store.) Here’s a men’s spread from the same 1961 mailer—”…definitive pages that thunder with masculinity…”:

Add to your wish list: Men’s Stocking Stuffers | Sweaters | Grooming

We couldn’t find a date on the catalog these next couple
pages came from, but we’re guessing…1970s?

Add to your wish list: Coats | Cardigans | Casual Shirts

Add to your wish list: Wallets | Winter Accessories | Cashmere

Next stop, 1975. Dig those groovy interiors:

Add to your wish list: Ties | Belts | Blazers

Add to your wish list: Pajamas & Robes | Men’s Jewelry | Dopp Kits

Back to ’61. Don’t forget something for the Betty Draper on your list.
(Or Megan, depending which season you’re on.)

Find the Perfect Gift for Her



Our Fall 2012 Men’s Shop catalog is hot off the presses—and also online. Above are some exclusive outtakes from the shoot, featuring an especially well-constructed Burberry peacoat.

We’ll highlight more Fall essentials soon; in the meantime, check out the rest of our lookbook and shop all peacoats.


Click above to shop all of Fall’s Sure Bets—including camo pants,
corduroy sportcoats, quilted vests and more.

[Photos courtesy of our Fall 2012 Men’s Catalog.]