Winter Menswear Look with Nordstrom + Holiday Gift Ideas

Today Paul and I are swapping sides of the camera once again to share this menswear look with you all. This one of his go-to winter work looks.

Over the past few years, Paul has really upped his style game. While he’s always appreciated good quality clothes and shoes, lately he’s started actually enjoying the process of putting outfits together. I think I’m rubbing off on him!

He’s not one who loves shopping for the sake of shopping, so when he needs something, he’s looking for a quick and easy shopping experience, and he knows he can always count on Nordstrom to provide that. I’m sure it helps that I’m already a cardholder and happy to meet him there on his lunch break anytime he wants, but he’s also come to appreciate their customer service and that it’s a one-stop shop for pretty much any type of apparel he needs whether it’s clothes, shoes, socks and or other accessories.

When we went shopping for this post, we immediately honed in on this ribbed quarter zip sweater. It’s the Nordstrom Men’s Shop brand, which is a proprietary brand sold only at Nordstrom that offers a lot of value for the price point.

This cashmere/cotton blend sweater comes in 4 classic colors, and it looks great layered over a button-down shirt for work or a casual t-shirt on the weekends. For size reference, Paul is wearing the large, which is his usual size. He’s 6’1″.

If you still have some holiday shopping left to do, this could make a nice gift for one of the men in your life. In fact, now that I think about it, I bet my dad would be happy to find this sweater under the tree this year!

Paul often wears a sweater over a collared button-down shirt during the wintertime. It’s a nice look for men, and if he gets warm he can always remove the sweater and still be work-appropriate.

I think I mentioned last time we did a menswear post that he loves these Bugatchi sport shirts. Most of them have a contrasting pattern on the cuffs, which is a fun detail, and the quality is fantastic. He often wears them alone over a t-shirt, as well as under sweaters like this one, and with sport coats to church.

We styled this outfit with dark wash blue jeans, but it would also work with khakis. Paul’s office is fairly casual and jeans are allowed, but he doesn’t like to look sloppy. There’s definitely a difference between the jeans he schlumps around in on the weekends and the ones he wears to work.

A few years ago, I converted him to premium denim and he’s never looked back. He used to always complain about how uncomfortable jeans were, so I finally bought him a pair of 7 For All Mankind and “made” him try them. He couldn’t believe the difference in comfort. He was like a kid in a candy store and told everyone about them for months. He prefers the straight leg style, but they come in relaxed fit and slim styles as well.

These days the slimmer styles are trending, so if you’re trying to help your man up his style game a bit, try to get him into slimmer styles. I find that the guys are resistant at first, but then they see how much better a slimmer style looks than the baggy relaxed fit of years past, and they slowly come around.

Also, don’t let them bunch on top of the foot. The hem of his jeans should just rest on the top of his shoes. Another reason we love buying Paul’s jeans at Nordstrom is they offer free alterations for cardholders, and he usually has to get his hemmed.

These boots were one of his Christmas presents last year, and he’s worn them a lot. In fact, it’s probably about time to take them to the shoe repair shop and have them cleaned up. I couldn’t find his exact style but this pair is similar.

I find that guys tend to be more willing to spend on shoes that women are. I suppose it helps that most men don’t have nearly as many different pairs of shoes as we do. At any rate, these are definitely a bit of an investment, but they will last for years if they’re well cared for.

This is a nice and easy go-to outfit formula for men that is appropriate for many different settings. He can swap out the jeans for khakis if the occasion requires a dressier pant, he can take off the sweater if it gets hot indoors and the shirt stands alone, or he can add a sport coat on top for an extra layer of interest and warmth.

ribbed quarter zip sweater // similar striped sport shirt // similar boots // 7 For All Mankind Straight Leg Jeans // fun socks

If you’re still Christmas shopping for the men in your life, here are some more holiday gift ideas for men from Nordstrom.

Holiday Gift Ideas for Men

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