Film & Television

How to Dress Like Marty McFly

Without unraveling the space-time continuum or tricking out a DeLorean, we’ve made it to 2015. To celebrate Back to the Future Day, the day that Marty travels to in time to save his future family, introducing us to the hoverboard and the decades of disappointment that followed when it didn’t materialize, today we’re showing you how to get the Marty McFly look. Because as Doc said, if you’re going to do it, why not do it with some style?

How to Dress Like Marty McFlyStyle notes: Somehow Marty predicted the perfect fall transitional look. You’ve got layers of outerwear, a comfortable sneaker and casual denim. Throw on some shades and you’re ready for awkward encounters, meathead bullies and flirty moms.

Whether you put it on for Back to the Future Day or as a Halloween costume, we think this outfit is pretty timeless.

Shop: Randolph Engineering Sportsman sunglasses | The North Face Aconcagua down vest  Levi’s 501 CT custom tapered fit jeans | Topman washed denim jacket | Nike Tennis Classic Ultra sneaker

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It’s been a good year for former punk rocker Tina Nigro, who is the costume designer for the instant-smash Netflix comedy series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock–and starring roommates Kimmy Schmidt and Titus Andromedon with their landlady Lillian Kaushtupper (Ellie Kemper, Tituss Burgess and Carol Kane)–Unbreakable is a comedy that almost lets you forget it’s about overcoming abuse and struggling with poverty in New York City. 

We talked to Nigro about the concept of “fitting in” and styling for the bright and bold Kimmy and Titus, as well as Jane Krakowski’s designer-wearing Jacqueline Voorhees and her scheming teenage daughter Xanthippe (Dylan Gelula).

We also touched on how Nigro wore a single, disembodied arm of a motorcycle jacket in high school. And that she happened to buy Kimmy’s Munki Munki pajamas at Nordstrom.Shop: pajamas

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Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s pretty much no better time to wear a sweater: The weather’s finally nice and crisp, the vibe is quasi-dressy but comfortable—and a soft, forgiving knit lets you load up on yams without popping a shirt button.

The festive occasion (coupled with the fact that you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, rather than the judging eyes of strangers) means the time is also ripe to break out something more…obscure. And when it comes to sweater inspiration, Bill Cosby is king. For proof positive, visit The Cosby Sweater Project, an ingenious mix of TV nostalgia and original artwork by Chicago illustrator Kelly Tucker. Here are a few of our favorite recent entries:






To find sweaters with Heathcliff Huxtable levels of swagger, you might need to hop a time machine to 1985 (or at least locate your nearest thrift store). But we have hundreds of modern interpretations, from eye-catching to classic. Here are some ideas to get you prepped for the big day next Thursday:


Fair Isle. This pattern has been quote-unquote “on trend” for a few seasons now—but given that it’s derived from a Scottish island that’s been occupied since the Bronze Age, you can bet it will stick around for centuries to come.
Shown: Topman | Jack Spade | Grayers


Cable Knit. The safest sweater choice for the pattern-phobic among us. Safe need not be boring though, with options of the crewneck, turtleneck, and shawl-collar variety.
Shown: A.P.C. | Michael Kors | Rag & Bone


Subtle Pattern. A middle ground between solid and full-on Fair Isle. (Woodland creatures are cool and all…but this miniature Moby-Dick reference has its tongue planted even more firmly in-cheek.)
Shown: Z Zegna | Jil Sander | Gant by Michael Bastian


Chunky Cardigan. Less dressy than the others, but a clear winner in supreme coziness. The shawl-style collar acts as a built-in scarf, when you need to run out for more firewood (or an extra pie).
Shown: Dale of Norway | Pringle of Scotland | Pendleton Portland Collection
 

Ready to get your Cosby on?
SHOP ALL SWEATERS

…And if you’re up for a second helping of Thanksgiving spirit,
check out these appetizing pants by Bonobos:

 
 

[Artwork by Kelly Tucker, via The Cosby Sweater Project. View more of Tucker’s work at i draw pictures. Cosby Show stills courtesy of Carsey-Werner, Viacom and Paramount. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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Jay-Z has won 14 Grammy Awards, written a book, put a ring on Beyoncé, and has now successfully relocated the Nets (the NBA team he owns a partial stake in) from New Jersey to his hometown of Brooklyn.

If you can accomplish any of the above, or a reasonable equivalent, we’ll be the first to buy you a drink. But one way you can be like Jay right here and now is to rock the same Baldwin camo trousers he’s been spotted wearing all over the world (as reported by GQ.com).

Watch the Nets defend their new home turf against the Boston Celtics tonight at 8pm EST on TNT. 

But first, on a related note, here’s another camouflage collage from our research file. (See the previous one here.)



Photos, clockwise from top: Courtesy of Noah Emrich | Obey T-Shirt |
Courtesy of Le Blog de Betty | Herschel Supply Co. Backpack



Photos, clockwise from top: By Tommy Ton, courtesy of GQ.com |
A highly collectible (as in, 200 bucks on eBay) camo figurine based on the work of street artist Futura for British musical outfit Unkle, via | Brixton Ball Cap |
Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, who’s been a rock star for 20 years and counting
(photo by T Maidana/Fame Pictures, via Us Weekly)




Photos, from top: Travis Gumbs, courtesy of Street Etiquette |
Mimetico (Camouflage) by Alighiero Boetti, 1966, via MoMA.org | Courtesy of Disarming Darling
A spread from camo historian Hardy Blechman’s 944-page book, DPM: Disruptive Pattern Material
 

SHOP CAMOUFLAGE in The Rail Department,
and check out previous blog posts on the subject:
Camouflage Collage #1 | The Natural Evolution of Camo
 
 

[Jay-Z pictures, from top, courtesy of Jay-Z’s Life + Times and GQ.com. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. If your work appears here and you would like it credited differently or removed, please contact us using the ‘Email the Editor’ link at right.]

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We had a feeling this team would be one to watch. After defeating Canada 4-3 in what’s being called perhaps the most entertaining women’s soccer match EVER, the US Women’s National Team will face Japan in a grudge match for Olympic gold. (US defeated Japan for the medal in 2008 in Beijing, but Japan came out on top in last year’s World Cup—meaning both teams have an axe to grind.)

Tune in this morning at 11:35 PST to see what happens. (Sorry for the short notice. Try watching it live online here.)

 

In the meantime, watch Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal against Canada:

 

…And click this link or the screen-cap below to watch the full US v. Canada highlights on the official NBC Olympics page:

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The season-five finale of Mad Men a few nights ago ended with a brief chain of events that threatened to decimate the central premise of the entire season—namely, a new Don Draper: less work-obsessed, more monogamous, and less haunted (literally) by demons from his past.

Despite the revelatory plot twist, it was hardly shocking to see classic Draper reemerge—and beguile the best-looking ’60s mod-era minx in the bar, and her friend, without even trying.

What was unexpected, though, was this season’s occasional loosening-up of the definitive Mad Men uniform  (trim suit + white shirt + narrow tie). Secondary characters came into their own, style-wise, and even Draper and Roger Sterling relaxed a little. Read on for our top five less-buttoned-up looks of the season.


1. Off-Duty Don. He wore this timeless, casual-yet-polished combo to the office—on a Sunday. Take a cue and make an effort, even when you don’t have to. Shop V-Neck Sweaters.
Shown: Etro | Kenzo | Dockers

 


2. “Dinner-Party” Roger. Couldn’t resist including this scene of Sterling, in the bath with his quasi-estranged second wife, hallucinating that he’s at Yankee Stadium. Directly prior, he was talked into trying LSD by a group of hippie intellectuals—while wearing a perfect navy blazer and power tie (Sterling’s version of ‘casual,’ as opposed to his standard three-piece suit). Shop Navy Blazers.
Shown: Hickey Freeman | Psycho Bunny | Hugo

 


3. Stan Rizzo’s Stripes. Mad Men nails all the differences—in personality and attire—between account men and creative types. Rizzo, an art director, makes casual-staple polo shirts look office-ready on a daily basis, thanks to a trim fit and clean lines. Shop Polo Shirts.
Shown: Rag & Bone | Gant Rugger | Boss Orange

 


4. Harry Crane’s Adventurous Side. We decided to pass up the vibrant, prep-staple plaid dinner jackets donned by Draper, Cosgrove and Campbell early in the season, and instead focus on the subtler, but still statement-making patterns that TV-exec-schmoozing Crane has caught on to. Shop Plaid Sportcoats.
Shown: Hart Schaffner Marx | Psycho Bunny | Hart Schaffner Marx

 


5. Ginsberg’s Creative Streak.
The new guys’ clothes are like his thoughts: scattered, a little messy, but inevitably a glimpse of brilliance shines through. His pattern-mixing here is a travesty, but his printed shirt is as on-point in 2012 as it was in 1967. Shop Novelty-Print Shirts.
Shown: Etro | Eton | Kenzo

 

In Closing: We’re sad to see Mad Men go—but at least the new season of True Blood premiered the same night. Which means less Megan, but more of this guy. Fair enough.

 

 [Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown. Images courtesy of AMC and Lionsgate. Don, Stan and Harry via GQ.com; Roger and Ginsberg via polentical.com.]

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