Kristina Zias

Ladies Love: Pants That Pop

Kristina Zias is a menswear expert at our Grove store in LA. You’ve seen her discuss (and model) men’s sweaters and polos in the past. For today’s post, she recruited a friend to model her favorite summer essential for men: The anti-jean. In anything but blue.

 

Let your pants do the talking. Slim, tailored pants with a pop of color are a necessity in every man’s wardrobe this season. Besides adding character and fun to any outfit, pants like these, done right, cause the wearer to exude total confidence—and isn’t that what style is all about?

“Choose a couple colors, and wear them all summer in place of dark jeans. Dress them down with a T-shirt and Chucks for daytime, or dress them up with a blazer and button-down for after dark.”

Kristina Zias, Nordstrom at The Grove, Los Angeles


Vince straight-leg five-pocket pants in ‘Vermouth’


(L): Joe’s ‘Brixton’ in teal, at selected stores only.
Shop similar: Joe’s ‘Brixton’ fit | Teal jeans by Rag & Bone & Warriors of Radness

(R): AG Jeans ‘Matchbox SUD’ slim straight-leg pants in ‘Banana’


(L): Diesel ‘Safado’ in mauve, at selected stores only.
Shop similar: Diesel ‘Safado’ fit | Purple-ish jeans

(R): Hugo Boss slim-fit chinos in White

 

SHOP: MORE COLORED JEANS | ALL MEN’S JEANS

 

Not sure what to wear up top? Keep it neutral.
These T-shirts, sweaters and jackets will balance colorful pants nicely—as well as white ones.

Editor’s Picks to complete the look:


Alternative baseball jacket | Jack Spade polo | Z Zegna sportcoat | Rogue linen jacket


Pringle of Scotland sweater | Alternative tank top | Vince T-shirt | Rag & Bone hoodie


Moncler polo | Vince long-sleeve T-shirt | Calibrate cardigan | Just Cavalli leather jacket

 
 

[Photos and commentary by Kristina Zias.]

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Has your wife or girlfriend ever borrowed your coat or wandered the house in your favorite hoodie? If not, you might need better clothes. ‘Let Her Borrow’ is a new series in which Kristina Zias, a menswear expert at our Grove store in LA, shows off her favorite new items from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

Menswear designers seriously stepped up their polo-shirt game this season. With trends like zippered collars, longer button plackets, and unlimited color choices, the polo is your go-to for elevating casual weekend wear. And, if the lady in your life is a tomboy at heart like me, you might catch her nabbing your new polo faster than you can say ‘Hey, that’s mine!'”
—Kristina Zias, Nordstrom at The Grove, Los Angeles

 
 



1. The Classic: Billy Reid. “This Billy Reid polo is second-skin soft. Seriously. You can wear it running around town in the AM, to a casual business meeting in the afternoon, out to dinner in the evening, and you might even want to sleep in it, too. You probably shouldn’t, but it’s so soft and classic that you could. I love this light blue—it’ll look great on almost any man.”
[Shop: Billy Reid ‘Pensacola’ Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Blazer | Tod’s Penny Loafer
Gant by Michael Bastian Chinos | Billy Reid Polo (same as above)
 
 



2. The Rebel: Marc by Marc Jacobs. “Super-slim throughout the body—if you don’t normally wear Marc Jacobs, for sure go up one size. I’m obsessed with this ‘Acacia’ color! We can also call it neon yellow. It’s so vibrant and would look great with a tan. The zipper detail adds some edge, for the man who thinks polos are for prepsters. I know you’re out there…”
[Shop: Marc by Marc Jacobs Zip-Collar Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
7 For All Mankind Jeans | Nixon Watch
Marc by Marc Jacobs Sunglasses and Polo Shirt (same as above)
 
 



3. The Popover: Edun. “Slim throughout the body. The narrow collar makes for a more modern shirt, and the rose color shows you’re ready for spring and looks great paired with almost any bottom. I love the extended button placket on this polo—actually, is it even a polo at all, or is it a button-down? Who cares? It’s great!”
[Shop: Edun Woven Pullover Shirt | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Timberland Chukka Boot | Cult of Individuality Pants
Want Les Essentiels de la Vie Bracelet | Edun Shirt (same as above)
 
 



4. The Contrast Collar: Ted Baker London. “The purple gingham trim under the button placket is a great pop of color to an already standout polo. The perfect shirt to wear to your girl’s family weekend barbecue! Pair it with flat-front shorts and some boat shoes, and you’ll be ‘mom-approved’ for sure.”
[Shop: Ted Baker London ‘Reeskep’ Piqué Polo | All Men’s Polo Shirts]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Persol Sunglasses | Hugo Boss Shorts
Sperry Top-Sider Boat ShoeTed Baker London Polo (same as above)
 
 

SHOP ALL: MEN’S POLO SHIRTS
…And catch our previous installment of ‘Let Her Borrow’ here.

 
 

[By Kristina Zias. Photos by Laura Matsko.]

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Has your wife or girlfriend ever borrowed your coat or wandered the house in your favorite hoodie? If not, you might need better clothes. ‘Let Her Borrow’ is a new series in which Kristina Zias, a menswear expert at our Grove store in LA, shows off her favorite new items from the Nordstrom Men’s Shop.

“With spring around the corner but indecisive weather now, I’m eyeing a few of the new sweaters in our Men’s Designer department. Beware though, guys: They’re made for you, but if your girlfriend gives you one as a gift, she might have ulterior motives. [maniacal laugh.] Here are my three key sweaters for the season: The hoodie, crewneck and quarter-zip.”
—Kristina Zias, Nordstrom at The Grove, Los Angeles

 


1. The Hoodie: U Clothing. “One of our newest Men’s Designer labels, this London-based brand took a basic zip-front hoodie and did it right, leaving no detail unnoticed. The cotton/terry blend has a really impressive, luxurious feel to it, and the metal hardware detailing adds some edge. It’s lightweight and perfect to throw on without thinking twice.”
[Shop: U Clothing Hoodie | All Men’s Hoodies]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
7 For All Mankind Chinos | U Clothing Hoodie (same as above)
Herschel Supply Co. Backpack | Fred Perry Henley
 



2. The Crewneck: Jack Spade. “This sweater’s bold, red-and-pink stripes are perfect for spring—but you can wear it all year. Pair with shorts and Chucks for day-time weekend wear, then switch it up with a collared shirt, jeans and loafers for a dinner date. I’d even like to see it grunged-up with some camo pants and chukka boots.”
[Shop: Jack Spade Crewneck | All Men’s Crewneck Sweaters]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Saltbox Corduroy Shorts | Jack Spade Sweater (same as above)
Zack Bracelet | Jack Spade Pullover Shirt
 


3. The Quarter-Zip: Gant by Michael Bastian. “This cotton pullover sweater is extremely cozy, with intricate stitching that has a serious preppy vibe that I love. It’s a classic sweater to throw on over any outfit when the sea breeze kicks up this summer.”
[Shop: Gant by Michael Bastian Quarter-Zip | All Men’s Zip-Up Sweaters]


Editor’s picks to complete the look:
Obey Chinos | Billy Reid Shirt | Victorinox Swiss Army Watch
Gant by Michael Bastian Sweater (same as above)
 

SHOP: ALL MEN’S SWEATERS | SPRING ESSENTIALS

 
 

[By Kristina Zias. Photos by Laura Matsko.]

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