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Seattle hip-hop visionary and Men’s Shop Daily guest editor Thig Nat (short for “Natural”) returns with field-tested tips on how to pack for outdoor music festivals—a pertinent summertime quandary, especially for a fest that takes you from sweating in the crowd (or onstage, as the case may be) to overnight camping amidst cool winds coming off a 4,000-foot canyon.

Catch up on Thig’s previous posts (Sneaker Project | Spring Classics) and keep reading for his thoughts on getting organized, staying warm, and keeping it simple.

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Wives, kids, domestic partners: Curious what gifts and activities your Man of the Moment might enjoy this Father’s Day? (It’s June 15, by the way.) In order to discern the complex goings-on that occur behind a dad’s stoic visage, we went straight to the source, asking several real-life family men here at Nordstrom HQ to offer notes on their personal style and parenting style.

Keep reading to learn about Justin Marx—a user-experience designer, talented chef and dedicated dad—from his favorite kids’ show to the whiskey he’d like to unwrap this Father’s Day.

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In order to illustrate just how essential our 10 Spring Essentials are, we decided to pick our brains and peruse the internet for examples of great men in history who have, at some point, worn these items with poise and panache.

The first item we’ll take a closer look at is the all-American everyman of protective eyewear: the Aviator. Like most utterly classic menswear items, these military-inspired sunglasses can skew respectable or rebellious, depending on how you wear them—as the individuals herein go to show. Keep reading for our gallery of sunglass-clad style icons.

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GQ Selects: December Look #4

Once your closet is stocked with a few great basics—dark jeans, indispensable shades, timeless sweaters—pulling together outfits is effortless. This straightforward yet stylish cold-weather combo would look as sharp downtown (just throw a blazer on top) as it would wandering Whistler.

 


Ray-Ban ‘Outdoorsman®’ 58mm Polarized Aviator Sunglasses.“The iconic Ray-Ban aviator frame style holds true to the classic we love so much, like the gradient brown lenses, but with added luxe touches like leather accents on the brow bridge and temple arms. It’s a style that continues to conjure up images of McQueen and Newman in their respective heydays.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


AG Jeans ‘Matchbox Slim’ Straight-Leg Jeans in Coated Black. “Every man should own a pair of black jeans. They’re an indispensible addition to a guy’s closet, dressier than basic blue. These AGs are the perfect cut for such a pair, skimming the leg for a look that’s equal parts rock ‘n’ roll and refined.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item | shop the trend: dark denim)

 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Brixton Knit Cap | 1901 Cashmere Sweater | Clarks® Originals ‘Desert’ Boot
(shop the trend: standout stripes)
 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with the Nordstrom Men’s Shop, select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 favorites from the December issue.

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Shades for Every Face

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

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