7.21.19

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: J’s Picks for Men

J and I have been together for longer than this blog has existed and he’s never written a guest post of any sort…but today’s the day! He’s sharing his picks from the men’s department in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale and while he too wasn’t incredibly impressed with the selection, there were a few standout items that caught his eye. He picked up a couple of things below for himself and the rest are similar to current workhorses in his closet so if you’re shopping the men’s section this time around, hopefully it’s helpful! A reminder that many items are still being returned so they go in and out of stock…if something you love isn’t currently available, check back! (I usually just leave the tab open on my browser and periodically refresh the page.)

P.S. What I bought + kept from the sale.

My workout shirt drawer is a mixture of old Under Armour shirts dating as far back as high school (to be fair my workout attire didn’t get much use in college). I desperately needed to update some of them and was hoping to just get some new UA shirts, but alas, they weren’t part of the sale. So I went with this Zella option. I haven’t worked out in it yet, but it seems like it will do the trick.

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When we were in Scotland I picked up a Barbour that was really similar to this one and I found myself wearing it a ton when I got back because it was really versatile and could be worn as a standalone jacket, or layered with a vest. Which leads to…

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Honestly, I think vests are my favorite piece of clothing and I wear them pretty much every day fall through spring. I have an older grey Vineyard Vines one that is showing its wear, so I took the opportunity to replace it with this one in black, a color I didn’t have.

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Much like vests, I own a number of pairs of boots and spend most of the winter wearing them. I have two other brown pairs, but if I were in the market for another one, I would take a hard look at this Allen Edmonds pair.

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I recently replaced my classic Sperries but if I hadn’t I probably would have looked to get another casual brown leather sneaker, like this one. Another option is this one from ECCO.

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I don’t work in an office that requires a blazer so I don’t find myself wearing them too often but if I had a reason to buy this (or $300 burning a hole in my pocket) I would definitely have considered it. Once you go beyond the classic navy blazer and something brown or tweed, I think something with a more “fun” pattern is a great thing to have.

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If you are in high school or college or like to pretend you still are, this is a must buy.

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For reference, the “feels like” temperature in DC as I’m writing this is… 110. I have a number of similar “performance”-type button downs from a different brand but have heard good things about Mizzen+Main. In the summer in DC, I quite literally never try to leave home without this type of shirt.

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