Greetings, friends! Today my husband and I are swapping sides of the camera to share a fall menswear look. I get a lot of requests for more men’s fashion, so when Nordstrom reached out about partnering on post featuring their men’s apparel, we were happy to oblige!
We actually had fun shopping together. We met at Nordstrom on his lunch break and ate in their cafe before going downstairs to pick out clothes for this post. At one point we were trying to decide which shirt we should feature, and I told him to get both and we would decide later. He turned to me and quipped, “This is fun. I like working for a fashion blogger!” That’s certainly one of those things I never thought I’d hear my husband say. Ha!
So this is a business casual outfit that is typical of what Paul wears to work on any given day. He’s an I.T. director and security specialist at an actuarial firm so he doesn’t need to dress to the nines, but he does like to look neat and professional. In recent years, he’s become more interested in fashion and actually enjoys shopping and putting his outfits together. Wait until you see his socks . . .
These performance sport shirts by Mizzen + Main are a new brand to us. We were intending to feature brands we already know and trust, but when we discovered these, we knew he needed to try one. They’re made of a stretchy, moisture-wicking and wrinkle-resistant material that feels amazing, and they come in regular and tall sizes.
We picked out this blue madras plaid shirt, and we layered it over this navy crewneck t-shirt. The price is a little steep for a t-shirt, but the quality is great, and it can be worn alone or as a layering piece. Paul is the type of guy to wear his clothes forever so we try to buy pieces that will last.
Just like with women’s fashion, layering adds a fun element of interest, and it also provides some flexibility if the temperatures in the workplace are inconsistent.
Style-wise, he could probably leave another button undone on the plaid shirt to show more of the t-shirt underneath, but I didn’t notice that until we were editing pictures. We left his shirt untucked for a modern casual vibe, but that’s personal preference. You can certainly tuck it in and wear a belt if that’s more appropriate for your workplace.
These chinos are Bonobos, which is currently Paul’s favorite brand for pants. He likes the straight fit, but they also come in slim fit and tailored fit. These pants wash and wear well, and they look really nice on. I think he has 5 pairs in different colors.
I should mention, he’s wearing these pants a little too long for modern men’s fashions. They don’t come in the exact length he needs, and he hasn’t had them hemmed yet.
The nice thing about purchasing these pants at Nordstrom is, you get reimbursed in Notes for alternations if you’re a Nordstrom Rewards cardholder. If you often buy jeans or pants that need to be altered, it is well worth getting a card for that perk alone, but there are other benefits too — early access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, Personal Triple Points Day(s), and 2 points per dollar earned back in Notes when you shop at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, HauteLook, and Trunk Club. It adds up!
Typically you want men’s pants to just hit the top of the shoe. They look neater that way, and that length also allows you to see their socks when they move around, which is the perfect segue…
Bold printed socks are a trend right now in menswear, and it’s a fun way to inject a little personality to a conservative outfit. Paul has quite a collection already. He picked out these Bugatchi big dot and stripe socks when we were shopping last week.
I admit, it has taken me a while to hop on this bandwagon, but now I think it’s really fun. You may be thinking that they don’t exactly match the shirt, but in the words of Clinton and Stacy, They don’t have to match, they have to go.
Paul’s Derby shoes are a brand called 1901. We ordered them sight unseen during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale because they caught his eye, and he’s been really happy with the purchase. The navy is a nice change from your typical brown or black wingtip, but they’re still classic. I like how it compliments the blue in the shirts and contrasts against the khaki pants.
According to Paul, these shoes are extremely comfortable, and I love the look of the tricolor stacked sole against the navy blue. They have a padded footbed and the leather is super soft. They’re a nice value for the price.
This is a classic fall menswear outfit that incorporates a few of the current trends — namely the bold printed socks and the relaxed, untucked button-down shirt layered over a crewneck t-shirt. The shoes add a fun element of interest as well. This outfit is appropriate for many office settings, and it’s also a nice look for going out to dinner or for more casual church environments.
If you’re shopping for the men in your life, we highly recommend all of the brands Paul is wearing in this outfit, and of course we love the ease of ordering from Nordstrom with their generous return policy and the wide range of colors and styles to choose from.
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