It’s back. Nordstrom has gently expanded it’s number of sales over the last few years. Aside from the half-yearly sales and the enormous Anniversary sale in late summer, that used to be about it. So to see an additional sale on the calendar that’s 5,000+ items large? Right around the time when some of us are noticing some gaps in our autumn wardrobe? That’ll do nicely. Picks below had at least a decent size selection at post time. BUT. Stuff can sell out fast. And as always, everything ships and returns for free.
Surprisingly nice. I wasn’t expecting it to be so nice. A super soft, clean feeling, mostly poly (yes really) knit that’s smooth to the touch, has a good amount of stretch, and feels great in the hands and over your shoulders. Earned a spot in our annual fall sportcoats roundup.
A lot of sportcoats get this “flecked” look not quite right. They over-do it. And you end up looking like you got caught in-between two dimensions during a failed science experiment. Not this time. Just right.
One of the beacons of hope during jcrewpocalypse has been their sister brand Madewell. While the rest of J. Crew struggles, Madewell has actually done pretty well. And they’ve just recently, in the past year or so, expanded into men’s. It’s a slow expansion. But it’s an expansion none the less.
A pair of sunglasses that’ll look just as good with a sportcoat and chinos, as it would with a pair of running shoes and a tech shirt and shorts combo. Plus they’re built to wear while active too. Lightweight but durable. Traction pads on the nose bridge. Polarized lenses. 51mm which is wearable by plenty. Even my pumpkin sized noggin looks halfway decent with these on my face. Free returns of course, just in case they don’t work out.
Are you ever hit with a weird bolt of nostalgia? Like, from nowhere? Not a wave. A shot. A crack. I was doing dishes yesterday and all of a sudden I felt like I was standing in a bait shop outside of Land o’ Lakes Wisconsin. I could see how the tackle looked under the fluorescent lights. I could smell the earthiness of the place. I could hear the staticky din of some soft-rock station playing in the background (always with the Moody Blues). Dardevle spoon lures and Snoopy bobbers which stand up and shoot under the surface when a perch hits the line, and night-crawlers in white styrofoam containers that look like they could instead contain potato salad. Perhaps they once did. Like, what is with that part of the brain? Why? I haven’t thought about anything remotely close to that bait shop for a couple of decades. And now? While I’m scraping scrambled egg residue out of a pan? Maybe it’s time to throw some vinegar down the garbage disposal. This has, of course, nothing to do with the shirts. But they’re button down shirts. So… yeah.
Unnecessary glacier/glare side shields are about as pretentious* as some 1%-er who’d get out of breath walking up half a flight of stairs lumbering around in a Canadian Goose expedition parka. BUT… these side shields are magnetic, and come off easily. And if you take them off, you’ve got some pretty awesome looking, 70s style shades there. Polarized too. And if you are a serious winter sports fanatic? The glare shields should come in handy pretty soon here. (*I know, I know. Those in glass houses and all that.)
Out of season, but still, well done. Traditional less-is-more structure since it’s a driving loafer. Penny loafer style strap across the top and textured sole. Made in Brazil. Fit seems maybe a half size small if you’re leaning to the wider side of a D width.
Some days, you wear your smart trousers. Other days, you wear your track pants from that brand with the ladies silhouettes on it. The zippers at the ankles are super appreciated for easy on off over sneakers once you get to the gym. Assuming you’re wearing shorts underneath. That’d be… unedifying… if you weren’t.
My god. They killed, skinned, and turned Elmo into a backpack. Damn. Pour one out on Sesame Street tonight for ya boy. This is the kinda thing Oscar shows up to school with the day he finally goes full Ed Gein.
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