Spring

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Shop: Diesel jeansZanerobe sweatshirtBoss shirt1901 wingtip

These five denim washes/styles are perfect for right now–distressed, white wash, dark slim, bleached gray and black skinny. Here they are contextualized in five different outfits, shot at our own Studio N.

Consider this all FYI (for your inspiration). For more complete looks, hit this link.

Styling: Chad Christensen and Morgan Dillon

Photography: Joel Ramirez

Art Director: Eric Bay

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Did you know Nordstrom creates tons of complete looks each month at our in-house Studio N, to help you learn how to put outfits together? It’s true, and they’re all right here.

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In this series, we talk to artists and designers about their most personal works and the projects that are closest to their hearts.

Shout out to Dej Loaf: there’s just something godly about rocking white.

We’re especially feeling that vis-à-vis these recent portraits of model Magor M’Bengue by Nordstrom Senior Photographer Barb Penoyar–portraiture being something she does in her free time, after she’s shot the looks that our in-house Studio N needs for the day. Her current theme is In/On White. Expect to see more of Barb’s portraits on this blog, all shot with 100% natural light.

“This ‘In/On White’ thing might evolve over time,” she says, “but for spring I’m inspired by white on white.”

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We’re not sure we believe in the concept of “too much of a good thing”—but the harsh struggle known as more stellar photos than can fit into one online editorial is all too real.

Such was the case with our recent New Streetwear project, shot against the washed-out concrete, gleaming glass and open air of Los Angeles: dozens of stylish, sun-dappled captures (by photographer Zoey Grossman) and only so much available space. We can’t abide good work going to waste around here, so keep reading for our favorite outtakes, along with 10 style tips for spring.

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Good to know: Every Nordstrom store is staffed with expert Personal Stylists, who can help you look amazing at an important event, locate the perfect gift, or just keep you up-to-date on the essentials you need to stay current each season. Their services are free of charge, so don’t hesitate to book an appointment today.

For this month’s installment of our Personal Stylist blog series, three female stylists from our flagship store in Downtown Seattle—Christie Coover, Nicole Jackson and Lisa Proko—fill us in on the five key items they’d love to see every man master this season.

1. Bold Color. “It’s fun to see guys wearing brights such as yellow, red, orange, and blue. This trend works in knitwear, linen, denim, even leather. If you’re nervous about executing it properly, relax. Just pair your one bright piece with neutrals—khaki, taupe, navy. Works every time. Ying and yang.” [Above: John W. Nordstrom Cotton Blazer]



Todd Snyder Sweatshirt | Gilded Age Jeans | The North Face Jacket
J. Press York Street Jacket | Grayers Pants | Penfield Jacket

SHOP MORE: BOLD BLAZERSBOLD COLOR IN THE RAIL

 

2. Pumped-Up Kicks. “With our love of brights right now, we love to see color on guys’ feet, too. This looks great beyond sneakers—think boat shoes, oxfords, loafers. Speaking of boat shoes, we’re kind of obsessed. Such an easy alternative to the sneaker. A high-quality shoe with your suit is also a must—try stepping it up with a wingtip or double-monk slip-on. Women take notice when you care about the details.” [Above: John Varvatos Star USA Canvas Buck]


Cole Haan Penny Loafer | Oliver Sweeney Double-Monk | Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoe

SHOP MORE: LOAFERS | MONK STRAPS | BOAT SHOES

 

3. Jeans That Fit. “Similar to a great-fitting suit [see below], women want to see guys get a spot-on fit with their jeans. Jeans are such a staple because you can wear them so many ways: Dress them up with a blazer and skinny tie, or throw them on with a soft T-shirt and hoodie. Either way, have a salesperson help you find the fit works best for your build. Pick up multiple kinds (colorful, white, skinny, destroyed) so your denim doesn’t start to look like a uniform.” [Above: PRPS ‘Rambler’ Slim-Fit Selvedge Jeans]



AG Jeans | Levi’s Made & Crafted | Scotch & Soda
Nudie | Diesel | DL1961

SHOP MORE: MEN’S JEANS

 

4. A Well-Tailored Suit. “There’s a quote floating around Pinterest right now that says, ‘A well-tailored suit is to women what lingerie is to men’…And we agree! Nothing says sharp, smart, and confident like a great-fitting suit. It’s timeless. For a proper fit, your suit jacket should hug your shoulders. Try on a size smaller than you think you are, just to see how it fits. We like a slim lapel best. It’s fun to see guys do something custom and unique to show their style, like add a ticket pocket or wear a colorful pocket square.” [Above: Hugo Boss Trim-Fit Suit]


Joseph Abboud | Canali | Hugo Bos

SHOP MORE: SUITS & SPORTCOATS

 

5. Eye-Catching Patterns. “Some men might be hesitant to mix patterns together—but we say go for it! As long as you vary the scale and color, you should be good to go. For beginners, feel free to start slow: Same rules apply as with bright colors, just pair your pattern with neutrals so it’s not overwhelming.” [Above: Zanerobe Shirt]



Zanerobe Shirt | Polo Ralph Lauren Shorts | Burkman Bros Shirt
Insight Shorts | Bonobos Shirt | Theory Shorts

SHOP MORE: CASUAL SHIRTS | SHORTS

 
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Contributing Stylists: 

 
Nicole Jackson  •  Christie Coover  •  Lisa Proko

SHOP MORE PERSONAL STYLIST PICKS FOR MEN
…And call 1.877.543.7463 or click here to connect with a Personal Stylist near you.

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So far in our GQ Spring Trend Report series, we’ve studied up on loafers and jean jackets. This week’s installment introduces a new way to add color to your wardrobe during the warm months ahead. If garish ’90s neons don’t suit you, consider their more civilized cousins—Sun-Washed Colors—and start with tips from GQ Creative Director Jim Moore and Deputy Editor Michael Hainey in the video below:

Now that you know the ropes, check out a few of our favorite examples of sun-washed color below—from blazers to boat shoes and everything in between. Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional options here: MORE SUN-WASHED COLORS


Scotch & Soda: Leather Jacket | Shirt | Jeans


Original Paperbacks Shorts


Junya Watanabe Polo Shirt | Warriors of Radness Shorts | Volcom Woven Shirt


Ted Baker Chinos | Hugo Boss Sportcoat | Sperry Top-Sider Boat Shoes


Further Inspiration: We stumbled across the work of Australian photographer Ward Roberts whilst perusing Tumblr today. Besides provoking an intense urge to get outside, his series of sun-bleached, tropical-sherbet basketball courts creates an instant mood board for combining chalky colors this summer. Click the images to enlarge, and check out more of his work here.

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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:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

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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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Spring is here—and as much as we can appreciate bold color, we know it’s not for everyone. No one understands this better than Rick Owens, the reigning king of avant-garde, neo-ninja streetwear.

We took a trunk-full of his Spring 2013 collection for a test drive through our favorite Seattle neighborhoods, and found out that—despite their somber palette—these pieces are fully warm-weather-compatible. (Think butter-soft lambskin bombers, a feather-weight windbreaker and sweaters in airy Italian wool.)

When the rest of the world is in full bloom, what better way to differentiate yourself than donning all black? (Short of taking Owens’ own advice and shaving off your eyebrows—see rule #1.)


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Lambskin Leather Jacket
and ‘Island’ Hooded Merino Wool Sweater


Left: Rick Owens ‘Island’ Crewneck Merino Wool Sweater


Rick Owens ‘Mollino’ Bomber Jacket and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants


Rick Owens ‘Sternberg’ Lambskin Leather Bomber Jacket
and ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket



Rick Owens ‘Perfecto’ Lambskin Leather Biker Jacket,
‘Island’ Merino Wool Cardigan and Elastic-Waist Drop-Crotch Pants

 

SHOP ALL: RICK OWENS | DESIGNER COLLECTIONS

 
 
 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.]

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If you dug our GQ Selects collaboration, you’re going to enjoy the next eight weeks—during which we’ll release a new GQ Spring Trend Report video every Monday, featuring GQ Magazine’s Creative Director, Jim Moore (left, below), and Deputy Editor, Michael Hainey.

In the first installment, the two discuss the finer points of slip-on Spring footwear—i.e., dapper Loafers you can dress up or down:

Below are a few of our own favorite loafers—handily categorized by Penny, Bit, and Tassel.
Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional favorites here: MORE LOAFERS
[Note: the tassel loafers in the image up top are by 1901 and Transcript.]




Penny Loafers, from top:
Shipley & Halmos | Polo Ralph Lauren | Santoni
 




Bit Loafers, from top:
Salvatore Ferragamo | Gucci | Prada
 




Tassel Loafers, from top:
Allen Edmonds | To Boot New York | Salvatore Ferragamo
 
 

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:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

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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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