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March 15, 2016

Dressy, Smart, & Casual: 3 Outfits for that Full Spring Social Calendar

This week’s Clothes & Conversation, “The Spring Social Calendar: What Should You Be Wearing?” focuses on getting ready for the fun of Spring. Whether you’re calendar is filling with weddings and charity events, you’re preparing for Easter and Passover, or you’re just ready for a relaxing party to celebrate the change in seasons, we talk about how to dress for all three. Once you’ve checked that out, shop these outfits to have you looking great for them all.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think in the comments below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-classic-fit-solid-wool-suit/4309765
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Peter Millar - Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
Peter Millar
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Why is it a Find? A “Summer blue” suit, will ensure you are one of the most well-dressed gents at any formal wedding or event this season. This two-button model from Peter Millar has a modern attitude in a lightweight all-wool fabric that is truly comfortable in the warm weather months.
Wear it with: For a wedding, a crisp spread collar white dress shirt is handsomely classic. A quiet stripe or check pattern shirt adds a little subtle style, particularly appropriate for a daytime event. And since this is a solid suit, it works with almost any tie in your closet. For an up-to-date look, go with a darker blue small pattern or stripe.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, good for most gents, with just enough room to be comfortable and still look updated.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, this solid blue suit from Ted Baker is a solid alternative.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306611997&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446925586 Michael Kors - Supima Birdseye V-Neck
Michael Kors - Supima Birdseye V-Neck
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Michael Kors - Supima Birdseye V-Neck
Supima Birdseye V-Neck
Michael Kors
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SMART HOLIDAY OUTFIT
Why is it a Find? You don’t always need a jacket to have a pulled together look that will look appropriate and show the proper respect to any occasion. Michael Kors’ supima cotton birdseye pattern sweater creates a dressed up look without the structured feel of a blazer.
Wear it with: While we’re showing this sweater with stone colored pants, it looks just as good with dark wash jeans or any light neutral, giving you plenty of options to wear it over and over. And we’re also showing a great alternative to a solid white shirt or t-shirt layered underneath.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern and good for most gents. You can size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: If you prefer a relaxed, gentleman’s fit, Robert Talbott’s incredibly soft and sophisticated teal blue cotton v-neck sweater is for you. And the color is perfect for the season.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/bugatchi-shaped-fit-sport-shirt/4307560 Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Sport Shirt
Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Sport Shirt
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Bugatchi - Shaped Fit Sport Shirt
Shaped Fit Sport Shirt
Bugatchi
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Why is it a Find? Add a pop of springtime color by replacing a basic white shirt with this pink one from Bugatchi. The white pattern details and stitching on the shirt play into the use of white in the sweater for a perfect color combination.
Wear it with: We’re showing how it can be worn under a neutral pattern sweater and with pale neutral pants in this look. But it’s too good-looking to just wear underneath something – pair it with jeans of any shade for a dapper casual look, too.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, ensuring it won’t be blousy or bunch up under the sweater.
Alternatives: Brooks Brothers offers their version of a pink shirt with a button down collar in both a relaxed gentleman’s fit and a modern fit that sits right in the middle.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ag-graduate-sud-slim-straight-leg-pants/3645155 AG Jeans - Graduate SUD Slim Straight Leg Pants
AG Jeans - Graduate SUD Slim Straight Leg Pants
Why is it a Find? A neutral pair of jeans in a soft twill is a nice balance to the sweater and shirt in this outfit, giving it a more polished look without the dressier feel of true trousers. This AG pair has touch of stretch that just adds to the comfort and their modern appeal.
Wear it with: This stone color, called Sulfur Quartz through the ‘shop it’ button will go with everything in your wardrobe, coordinating with every button up shirt and sweater in your closet.
Fit Tip: AG’s Graduate model is modern with a mid-rise and straight leg, so it’s updated without being skinny.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, Bonobos offers a pair of flat front twill pants that is great for this look, too.
https://www.eastdane.com/henrik-suede-plain-toe-oxford/vp/v=1/1559861199.htm Wolverine 1883 - Henrik Suede Plain Toe Oxford Shoes
Wolverine 1883 - Henrik Suede Plain Toe Oxford Shoes
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Wolverine 1883 - Henrik Suede Plain Toe Oxford Shoes
Henrik Suede Plain Toe Oxford Shoes
Wolverine 1883
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Why is it a Find? Wolverine 1883’s suede plain toe lace up finishes the outfit with a polished look. This is a really well-made, comfortable shoe that far exceeds the price.
Wear it with: The taupe color is the perfect shade for everything in your wardrobe, and looks great with jeans or any casual cotton pants.
Fit Tip: These run a bit on the large size, so if you are between sizes, we suggest ordering a ½ size down.
Alternatives: If your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, there are still some left on the Wolverine site and they offer free shipping & returns, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-trim-fit-herringbone-wool-sport-coat/4294511 BOSS Hugo Boss - Trim Fit Herringbone Wool Sport Coat
BOSS Hugo Boss - Trim Fit Herringbone Wool Sport Coat
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Trim Fit Herringbone Wool Sport Coat
Trim Fit Herringbone Wool Sport Coat
BOSS Hugo Boss
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POSH EVENT OUTFIT
Why is it a Find? When the weather warms up, a suit isn’t always necessary to look “dressed up”. This dark blue blazer from Hugo Boss is made from gorgeous 100% wool that isn’t too heavy, so it’s just right for Spring and Summer affairs. It has a subtle herringbone pattern wool sport coat that gives it versatility to dress up or down for all of your social needs. The versatility of this coat will make it a core piece in your Spring wardrobe.
Wear it with: We’re showing you how to dress up this coat with charcoal wool dress pants, a spread collar shirt, and tie. And you can also go for a more casual look with dark wash jeans and a bold pattern button up shirt.
Fit Tip: The contemporary fit is trim and polished looking.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, Robert Graham’s textured blue sport coat will give you the same versatility.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/mark-sharp-trim-dress-shirt/4210394 BOSS Hugo Boss - Mark Sharp Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Mark Sharp Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Mark Sharp Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
Mark Sharp Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Why is it a Find? This Hugo Boss dress shirt has a soft blue plaid pattern with a pop of rich purple detail to give it a sophisticated, yet super interesting, look that is an ideal way to do pattern with the herringbone sport coat in this outfit.
Wear it with: The wide spread collar looks good with or without a tie. And besides looking great with the herringbone sport coat here, it’s an easy choice for any solid blue, grey or olive suit and blazer. You can even layer it under a blue or grey sweater to wear it more casually.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, like the blazer, so it will lay smoothly without bunching or blousing.
Alternatives: For a relaxed, gentleman’s fit Ike Behar’s blue check plaid dress shirt also works in this look.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/boss/sharp-modern-fit-virgin-wool-dress-pant/hbna50232195.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Virgin Wool Dress Pants
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Sharp Virgin Wool Dress Pants
Sharp Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Why is it a Find? These all wool flat front pants from Hugo Boss are the perfect shade of charcoal grey for the blue sport coat in this look - and really, pretty much every sport coat in your closet. It’s that perfect workhorse that will take you from desk to dinner with ease.
Wear it with: These pants are the ideal neutral, for every color sport coat and sweater. And you can wear any solid or pattern button up shirt with them, making them a no-brainer when you’re quickly getting dressed.
Fit Tip: Hugo Boss’s Sharp model is a contemporary fit but not supper skinny. It is Boss’ most popular fit, since it’s so universal, looking great on most every gent.
Alternatives: For a wonderful alternative in a modern (less trim) fit, Zanella never disappoints.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/ted-baker-london-stripe-silk-tie/4312693 Ted Baker - Stripe Silk Tie
Ted Baker - Stripe Silk Tie
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Ted Baker - Stripe Silk Tie
Stripe Silk Tie
Ted Baker
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Why is it a Find? Ted Baker’s orange and blue stripe silk tie adds just the right pop of Spring color to this outfit. The spacing of the stripe works perfectly with the pattern in the dress shirt. And the 3” width creates a modern look.
Wear it with: Of course, we think it’s the perfect tie for a navy blazer, as we’re showing here. And it really works with any of your wardrobe staples - an olive or tan suit or blazer, a blue or grey plaid sport coat, or, layered under a sweater - it’s an easy finish for an office or more dressed up look. It also works with a solid white or blue shirt, as well as most blue ground pattern shirts.
Alternatives: There are a lot of awesome, springtime colors to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, making this a perfect tie to update your wardrobe with ease.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/o/nordstrom-mens-shop-sport-shirt-peter-millar-sweater-pants/4297820 Peter Millar - Stripe Wool & Linen Crewneck Sweater
Peter Millar - Stripe Wool & Linen Crewneck Sweater
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Peter Millar - Stripe Wool & Linen Crewneck Sweater
Stripe Wool & Linen Crewneck Sweater
Peter Millar
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CASUAL PARTY OUTFIT
Why is it a Find? Stripes are considered “in” this season, but really, when are they ever “out”? Peter Millar’s take on stripes offers a fresh, modern look that will lend a polished feel for any casual outing. The linen blend of the fabric is soft and lightweight, so you won’t get overheated with too many layers.
Wear it with: While it works with basic jeans, the contrast of lighter colors like tan, stone, white and grey bottoms are a really nice pop. We’re showing it layered over a white button up shirt for a smart option, but a white or grey t-shirt and polo work just as well.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, looking great on most every gent. For a trimmer, closer to the body fit, you can size down without it looking too tight.
Alternatives: If your size is sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, check Neiman Marcus for your size.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Robert-Graham-Captain-Merrill-Tonal-Check-Sport-Shirt-White/prod187210065_cat21150732__/p.prod Robert Graham - Captain Merrill Tonal-Check Sport Shirt
Robert Graham - Captain Merrill Tonal-Check Sport Shirt
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Robert Graham - Captain Merrill Tonal-Check Sport Shirt
Captain Merrill Tonal-Check Sport Shirt
Robert Graham
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Why is it a Find? This Robert Graham shirt has a really cool self-plaid pattern in the fabric, making it so much more than a basic white shirt. With the importance of both white and solids this season, this shirt checks both lists and is a great way to wear plaid with the stripes in the featured sweater here. The linen and cotton blend just adds to the texture. And of course, Robert Graham’s iconic complimentary pattern, in trim on the placket and under the collar, adds just another interesting touch without being showy.
Wear it with: Everything. We mean it. This button up shirt looks great with jeans, solid or pattern cotton twill pants, and even shorts. It layers under sport coats and sweaters, just as easily as it works on its own.
Fit Tip: Robert Graham’s fit is modern – the perfect balance between not too over-sized and not super trim, ideal for most gents.
Alternatives: For a trimmer, contemporary fit, go with Polo Ralph Lauren’s textured white button up. Alternatively, if you want more of a laid-back piece to layer under the sweater in this outfit, Agave’s heather grey t-shirt is one of our absolute favorites in a modern fit, and you can’t beat Everlane’s prices and quality for a trimmer, contemporary option.
http://www.zappos.com/ag-adriano-goldschmied-the-lux-khaki-wheat AG Jeans - The Lux Khaki
AG Jeans -  The Lux Khaki
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AG Jeans -  The Lux Khaki
The Lux Khaki
AG Jeans
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Why is it a Find? AG’s flat front cotton twill pants add a polished look to the sweater and shirt in this outfit. This wheat color offers a nice contrast, creating a sophisticated look that is still casual. AG’s “lux khaki” cotton fabric truly is luxe - extremely soft and just so comfortable to wear.
Wear it with: We may be repeating ourselves, but these pants work with everything in your wardrobe. Wear them to the office, to parties, and to evenings out. We just love how they dress up an a basic t-shirt or sweatshirt, with the same comfort of your favorite broken-in jeans, yet still hold up to more polished shirts and blazers.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern with a mid-rise, an easy and updated look for most gents.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, J.Crew’s river brown pants are a favorite.
https://www.eastdane.com/jack-purcell-signature-leather-sneaker/vp/v=1/1527560905.htm Converse - Jack Purcell Signature Leather Sneakers
Converse - Jack Purcell Signature Leather Sneakers
Why is it a Find? Converse recreated their iconic Jack Purcell’s in a taupe nubuck, taking their basic canvas version up a stylish notch that makes them the perfect choice for a dressier casual outfit, like this one. Wearing sneakers for every occasion is a big trend this season, and these offer the right way to do it. (In case you’re wondering, nubuck is basically a rubbed leather, creating a soft feel, like suede.)
Wear it with: Wear them with jeans, cotton twill pants, and shorts in neutrals or any pop of color.
Fit Tip: Available in medium width only, these run true to size.
Alternatives: Converse also added these sneakers in black and white leather, so you can add any (or all) neutral colors to your sneaker collection.
 

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