Only a few more of our GQ Spring Trend Reports to go. (View past blog articles here: Loafers |Jean Jackets | Sun-Washed Colors | Camo | Cotton Suits.) With the mercury continuing to rise as we head into summer, today’s installment examines how to put a modern and versatile twist on a perennial warm-weather classic: the Polo Shirt. Here’s Jim Moore and Michael Hainey of GQ with more:

With an eye on dressy details like smart stripes, contrast collars, and physique-enhancing designs at the chest and shoulder, we chose a few favorites below—any of which should hold up as well in a casual work environment as they do on the weekend. Browse additional options here: MORE DRESS POLOS
[Note, the polo shirt up top is by Fred Perry.]

Gant by Michael Bastian | Rag & Bone | Billy Reid

Zegna Sport | Band of Outsiders | PS Paul Smith


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:


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?

…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.]


We sneaked a peek on Friday—now here’s a closer look behind the scenes at our Men’s Designer Collections shoot in New York. Check back each day this week for more.

The board (aka the Bible) for day 1.

Our Men’s Fashion Director called this Zegna Sport leather jacket a must-have.

Much work to be done.

Fall layers by Z Zegna.

It takes an army. (That’s stylist extraordinaire Brian Coats on the right.)


[Instagram pics by Tommy Fazio, Men’s Fashion Director. Check out Nordstrom’s company-wide Instagram here.]


Our Men’s Fashion Director texted a final care package of iPhone photos from Milan Fashion Week. Enjoy these parting shots from Italy, and stay tuned for more Spring 2013 coverage from Paris.

“Zegna showroom style.”

“Missoni. Super chic.”

“First look at Michael Bastian.”

“Etro does Morocco.”

“Marc Jacobs first look.”

“Prints, on the runways and in the streets.”

“Staying cool.” [Eugene Tong of Details magazine]

“Milan Fashion Week ends, now Paris here we come.”
[Jorge, Nordstrom Men’s Designer buyer, with our agent in Milan, Christine]


Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Spring ’13 can’t come soon enough.
In the meantime, shop: Ermenegildo Zegna | Etro | Marc by Marc Jacobs


The latest from Milan Fashion Week. Our Men’s Fashion Director picks his favorite looks from another day packed with outstanding shows.

“Frida [Giannini, Gucci designer] gave life to Dickie Greenleaf. Made The Talented Mr. Ripley modern.”

Z Zegna
“The new face of international prep.”

Emporio Armani
“Italian prep—chic and modern.” 


Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
In case you missed them, catch up on his highlights from Day One and Day Two.


[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]


Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, sent us a dispatch from the field after day one at Milan Fashion Week. Here’s what caught his eye at yesterday’s shows.

[L-R: Burberry, Neil Barrett, Versace]


[L-R: Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Neil Barrett]


Jil Sander
A first look at the legendary designer’s return to her namesake label.


Modern Military
[L-R: Jil Sander, Valentino]


[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]