Fall Denim: Five Washes to Know

falldenimblack1There 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

Shop: all jeans

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GIF Shop: Swim Trunks


Swimwear comes with 101 questions: trunks, board shorts or briefs? Bright or subdued? Geometric, colorblocking, solids, animal or tropical print?

But decisions must be made.

While you might consider this a utility garment, the choice is an opportunity for expression–a chance to wear your heart on your shorts, if you will.

We’re digging these tropical styles for summer. But really it comes down to what you’re feeling.

Shop this GIF:

Original Penguin jungle print trunks | Vineyard Vines Chappy – Hummingbird Floral trunks | DIESEL BMBX-Kroobeach board shorts | Tommy Bahama Acapulco Dei Marmi board shorts

Shop: All Men’s Swimwear


The ‘90s are back, as you know, and while some styles of that decade perhaps ought not be repeated, others will likely remain fresh from ‘93 til infinity. Timberland boots, for instance. Men’s shirt jackets. And in general, layering.

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Last week, along with our friends at GQ, we brought you loafers that are classy enough for the office, comfy enough for the weekend.

Today, the second in our series of GQ Spring Trend Reports showcases that all-American casual classic, the Jean Jacket—which, as the tie-clad lad above proves, can also be dressed up as a substitute sportcoat. Below, GQ Creative Director Jim Moore (left) and Deputy Editor Michael Hainey offer some key insights on jean-jacket fits and colorations:

Check out own favorite jean jackets below, from raw denim to washed-out. Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional options here: MORE JEAN JACKETS
[Note: The jacket up top is by Rag & Bone.]



Diesel | Howe | Topman

Brixton | Nudie | Levi’s


Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:


A few months ago, we had a wild idea: Round up nine interesting guys here in our hometown of Seattle, have them pull on a cool pair of jeans, ask them a couple questions, and show you what they had to say. In the first of many more to come, the clip above features Galen Disston, lead singer of local band Pickwick, wearing DIESEL jeans.

Pickwick has been making noise (both literally and figuratively) here in Seattle for a while now—especially on our killer public radio station KEXP—but with a full-length debut released earlier this month, we have a feeling you’ll be hearing a lot more of this ’60s-inspired garage R&B band very soon. Their soulful rendition of Richard Swift’s ‘Lady Luck’ (featuring Sharon Van Etten), below, has been stuck in our heads all week—and is available for free download at Pickwick’s official website:

Having completed their new album, the lads of Pickwick are currently on tour. You might have missed the first leg (which included an appearance at SXSW), but there are plenty of rocking indie-rock engagements that remain to be seen. Watch the short audio/video list of tour dates below to see if Pickwick is heading for a town near you:


On a related note, we especially dig the band’s Instagram feed, which documents the daily recording, touring, and general goings-on of six souls who are very into music (and sometimes Star Wars)—all in poetic black and white. Here’s a sample, but follow them on Instagram (@PickwickMusic) for more:


Finally, here are a few recent favorites by our featured denim brand, DIESEL®—which is as renowned for its impeccable fits as it is for innovative fabrics and artisanal aging techniques:

(From left):
‘Darron’ – A classic slim-leg with subtle, natural fading.
Reminds us (in a good way) of our hipster-dads’ garage jeans in the ’80s.

‘Thanaz’ – a slim-straight fit with degradé sky-blue stripes—
a unique alternative to spring-staple white jeans.

‘Narrot’ – For true denim connoisseurs, this slouchy, cropped cut
comes complete with drop crotch and palm print. Mahalo.


…And hear more Pickwick at PickwickMusic.com and on iTunes.


[First video by Nordstrom; second and third videos courtesy of Pickwick and Dine Alone Records. Black & white photos courtesy of @PickwickMusic on Instagram.]


Forget ill-fitting, odd-smelling rental costumes from the Halloween store. This year, we have a few ideas that are spooky, stylish, and guaranteed conversation starters.

First up: Take everyone’s favorite serial killer, and add everyone’s favorite party favor. (The potent serum in Dexter’s patented syringes is clear—but we thought blood-red felt more appropriate for the occasion.) Instead of a rather expected plastic knife as a prop, pack this utilitarian Igloo cooler—it’ll match your look while keeping your shots cold. Just make sure you bring enough for everyone. Find recipes here, and everything else you’ll need below.

Gant by Michael Bastian cargo pants | Igloo cooler | Diesel henley
John W. Nordstrom leather gloves | Wolverine boots | Party syringes

Catch Dexter Sunday nights on Showtime.

[Images: Dexter courtesy of Showtime; Red syringes courtesy of Everyday Celebrating; Cooler courtesy of Igloo; 6-pack syringes courtesy of Spirit Halloween. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


Anniversary Sale Made Easy

Overwhelmed by page after page of incredible Fall essentials at great prices? If you don’t have time to click to your heart’s content, we’ve eliminated the guess-work with a well-stocked category of Featured Looks—complete, head-to-toe kits ranging from buttoned-up boardroom suiting to rock-and-roll weekend wear. Check out three of our favorites below.

Billy Reid Pullover: Sale $122.90, After Sale $185
Billy Reid Shirt: Sale $116.90, After Sale $175
Nudie Jeans: Sale $119.90, After Sale $179
Red Wing Boots: Sale $159.90, After Sale $240

This is a great opportunity to score supreme-quality basics from Billy Reid, CFDA Men’s Designer of the Year, at reduced prices. Here we complemented this grown-man version of a hoodie with one of our favorite up-and-coming jeans brands—Nudie, made in Italy with organic cotton—and an all-American classic: Red Wing boots. SHOP THIS LOOK


John Varvatos Star USA
3-Piece Suit: Sale $449.90,
 After Sale $795
Dress Shirt: Sale $59.50, After Sale $90
Tie: Sale $56.90, After Sale $85

To Boot New York Oxfords: Sale $196.90, After Sale $295

Think of rock-inspired designer John Varvatos as your source for office-ready clothes—with a touch of attitude. This slim-lapeled, shadow-plaid suit falls squarely in that category, and at under $450 for all three pieces, it’s hard to pass up. Finish with sleek, classic Italian-made dress shoes—at nearly $100 off. SHOP THIS LOOK


Sheepskin Leather Jacket: Sale $399.90,
 After Sale $598
Trim-Fit T-Shirt: Sale $32.90, After Sale $50
Slim-Straight Jeans: Sale $179.90, After Sale $280

This jacket features crinkled leather so it looks perfectly broken-in from day one, plus extra seaming that makes your shoulders look broader. (It even comes in a cool navy-blue, in addition to the black shown here.) Diesel’s jeans are infamous for a killer fit, and the artisanal distressing is unique to each pair—so scoring some for under $200 is a steal. SHOP THIS LOOK


Not satisfied? Shop more Featured Looks here, and all Men’s Anniversary Sale here.

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“The trick to buying distressed jeans is finding a pair that looks like I did it myself. What I love about Diesel jeans is the washing and distressing is carefully thought out and only gets better with more wear. The wash on this particular pair has a faded, summer look, as if I jumped in the pool and let them dry off in the sun. The slightly lighter-weight denim has a nice hand to it and the cut, a slim straight leg with a tapered ankle, is easy to roll up and with flip-flops or your favorite loafer for a flash of ankle. These are jeans that would look appropriate with the dressiest suit jacket or that Calvin Klein T-shirt.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.