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August 16, 2016

10 Transitional Closet Essentials

Our Clothes & Conversation this week, “New Closet Essentials to Transition from Summer to Fall” talked about the sometimes dreaded closet clean-up that is so essential to making sure getting dressed in the morning is as quick and confidence building as possible. And with these Fashion Finds hanging in your closet, it'll be easier than ever. Be sure to read the "Wear it with Now & Later" tips for each Find to get dressing tips that will really give them longevity.
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 through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hadwart-trim-fit-cotton-blend-blazer/4399673
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Hadwart Trim Fit Cotton Blend Blazer
Hadwart Trim Fit Cotton Blend Blazer
BOSS Hugo Boss
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Why is it a Closet Essentials Find? As you may know, we are big believers in the navy blazer. You may already have one, but probably not one like this. One of our absolute favorite Finds of the upcoming season, this BOSS Hugo Boss is made of a cotton blend that is essential for versatile wear – now and later. It includes a zip out quilted liner that is not only practical as the weather cools, but also really good looking. Trust us, this is going to be your “go-to” piece, whether you’re wearing it to the office, for a night out, or grabbing it for a trip.
Wear it with NOW: Wear it without the quilted liner over any button down and cotton pants or jeans for the office or a night out. Click through the ‘shop it’ button to see alternate images with the vest removed.
Wear it with LATER: Zip that stylish quilted liner in for cool evenings and add a sweater over your button up for a dapper, layered look that won’t feel bulky.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, to ensure it won’t look puffy when it’s on.
Alternatives: Billy Reid has a simple cotton alternative without a quilted inset.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/samuelsohn-classic-fit-solid-wool-suit/4378849 Samuelsohn - Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
Samuelsohn - Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
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Samuelsohn - Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
Classic Fit Solid Wool Suit
Samuelsohn
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Why is it a Closet Essentials Staple?Just as a navy blazer is a gent’s best friend, so is a classically-styled 2-button wool suit. It is appropriate for important business meetings, as well as more formal events where a suit is a must. This Samuelsohn suit has a modern yet timeless appearance that is well worth the investment – you’ll wear it forever. And the super 120’s Lora Piana fabric is moisture and stain resistant, making it an ideal travel suit. We’re featuring the charcoal grey, and it comes in an equally versatile deep navy blue through the ‘shop it’ button. Both are easy to coordinate with shirts and ties, and work for any occasion.
Wear it with NOW: A spread collar white dress shirt paired with a soft blue small geometric pattern tie is an easy way to turn this suit into an ideal late summer look.
Wear it with LATER: A pattern shirt in a richer seasonal color and solid tie, like this dark blue one, create a great Fall look.
Fit Tip: It has a modern silhouette with a gentleman’s fit, so it won’t be too trim.
Alternatives: If you prefer a more body-conscious, contemporary fit, go with this Hugo Boss suit.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-huge-genius-trim-fit-three-piece-solid-wool-suit/4399675 BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Three Piece Solid Wool Suit
BOSS Hugo Boss - Huge/Genius Trim Fit Three Piece Solid Wool Suit
Why is it a Closet Essentials Find? Add to your suit options with this BOSS Hugo Boss Birdseye pattern dark grey wool suit. It’s as versatile as your timeless solid charcoal suits, yet completely modernizes the look with a subtle pattern in the luxe wool fabric…and a vest that is so stylish this season.
Wear it with NOW: While the weather is still warm, leave the vest at home and wear it with most any solid shirt and coordinating tie in your closet.
Wear it with LATER: Once Fall is in the air, add in the vest, and wear it over a small pattern dress shirt and solid-looking tie for a modern look. You’ll also never go wrong with a crisp white shirt and conservative pattern tie.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, keeping the look updated and trim.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vineyard-vines-tucker-seabrook-trim-fit-gingham-sport-shirt/4404090 Vineyard Vines - Tucker - Seabrook Trim Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
Vineyard Vines - Tucker - Seabrook Trim Fit Gingham Sport Shirt
Why is it a Closet Essentials Staple? Gingham check patterns are a trending classic. A pink one, like this one from Vineyard Vines with their iconic blue whale logo, is always summer-right. And pink is a color that is actually really popular for the fall season, too.
Wear it with NOW: Wear it now with white or tan khakis for the office, and with shorts for the weekend.
Wear it with LATER: As the weather cools, the pop of pink perfectly balance fall’s darker colors. Wear it with your darker wash jeans and darker twill pants (navy, grey or dark tan). And layer it under a sweater or navy blazer.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, meant for a trim fit that is easy to wear under a sweater or jacket.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, this same shirt is also available in Vineyard Vines’ classic fit.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-San-Juan-Gingham-Oxford-Shirt-Pomegranate/prod190710079_cat21150732__/p.prod Peter Millar - San Juan Gingham Oxford Shirt
Peter Millar - San Juan Gingham Oxford Shirt
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Peter Millar - San Juan Gingham Oxford Shirt
San Juan Gingham Oxford Shirt
Peter Millar
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Why is it a Closet Essentials Find? Peter Millar uses an awesome dark red pomegranate color to update a timeless gingham pattern for the season ahead – it’s one of the key colors of fall. The soft spread collar, French placket, and mother-of-pearl buttons highlight the fine quality that the brand is known for.
Wear it with NOW: Don’t save this shirt just because it uses a darker color. Wear it now with your khakis and jeans for the office and an evening out.
Wear it with LATER: Easy to wear with dark jeans and pants, this shirt also makes for a great-looking layer under a navy and grey sweaters and jackets.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for most gents.
Alternatives: We also love this shirt in this rich blue shade.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/7-for-all-mankind-standard-straight-leg-jeans-nostalgia/4380744 7 For All Mankind - Standard Straight Leg Jeans
7 For All Mankind - Standard Straight Leg Jeans
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7 For All Mankind - Standard Straight Leg Jeans
Standard Straight Leg Jeans
7 For All Mankind
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Why is it a Closet Essentials Staple? These 7 For All Mankind jeans have just the right vintage, medium blue wash that you can wear in any kind of weather. Perfectly broken-in jeans never go out of style.
Wear it with NOW: The cotton/lyocell blend fabric with a touch of stretch is a very comfortable weight that’s not too heavy, so you can get plenty of use out of them while the weather is still warm. Just throw on your favorite t-shirt or polo, and a cool pair of sneakers.
Wear it with LATER: Just as versatile come fall, add a cotton or lightweight wool sweater over your t-shirt or button up shirt.
Fit Tip: These are cut in 7 For All Mankind’s Standard model, which has a mid-rise and enough room in the seat and thigh for most gents. The straight leg gives them a modern look.
Alternatives: If you prefer a slimmer, contemporary fit, these AG jeans are a great alternative.
http://www.zappos.com/ag-adriano-goldschmied-protege-straight-leg-jeans-in-bolster-bolster AG Jeans - Protégé Straight Leg Jeans
AG Jeans - Protégé Straight Leg Jeans
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AG Jeans - Protégé Straight Leg Jeans
Why is it a Closet Essentials Find? Darker washes are must-haves in fall/winter, and AG does it right with this pair. They are a darker denim, but with slight fading, so they don’t look too stiff. They can be worn to the office, out to restaurants and still be worn casually. The cotton denim has lyocell in it, which gives them a really soft feel and medium weight, making them a “go-to” in transitional weather.
Wear it with NOW: These jeans look really smart with a cotton or linen tan blazer and white button up shirt as the summer winds down, since they are dark – but not too dark, if you know what we mean.
Wear it with LATER: The neutrally dark shade of these jeans, make them easy to pair with a pattern wool sport coat, or a stylish cardigan and patterned button up shirt.
Fit Tip: Cut in AG’s Protégé style, they have an easy modern fit with a mid-rise, a straight leg, and enough seat and thigh room for most every gent to feel comfortable and still look updated.
Alternatives: If you prefer a slim, contemporary fit, these Joe’s jeans fit the bill.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/john-varvatos-star-usa-cardigan/4429112 John Varvatos Star USA - Cardigan
John Varvatos Star USA - Cardigan
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John Varvatos Star USA - Cardigan
Cardigan
John Varvatos Star USA
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Why is it a Closet Essentials Staple? You can’t go wrong with a cotton cardigan, and the timeless look of this one from John Varvatos Star USA is just what we have in mind. Great for summer evenings when the temperature cools down, it’s also polished enough for the office. The black color we’re featuring goes with everything and works well year round.
Wear it with NOW: Give a tailored cardigan like this one a casual feel for the end of summer, by layering it over a t-shirt with shorts for the weekend or over a soft colored button up with khakis for the office.
Wear it with LATER: Dark wash jeans and a rich colored button up shirt will instantly transform this sweater to a fall staple.
Fit Tip: The fit is trim and contemporary. Size up for an easier fit.
Alternatives: A timeless pullover sweater, like this John Varvatos Star USA crewneck one is always a safe and good-looking option, too.
http://www.uniqlo.com/us/product/men-cable-crewneck-sweater-173228.html UNIQLO - Men Cable Crewneck Sweater
UNIQLO - Men Cable Crewneck Sweater
Why is it a Closet Essentials Find? Earlier in this list, we talked about the importance of deep, rich reds for the season ahead. And texture, like cable knits, also make an updated statement. UNIQLO uses a mostly cotton fabric that blends in a touch of cashmere for this sweater, making it an ideal transitional piece – getting in early on some fall style in an easy “wear now” way. If you haven’t tried UNIQLO yet, we are big fans of their knits’ exceptional quality for a steal of a price.
Wear it with NOW: Lighten up the look of this sweater with faded jeans, tan or white cotton pants, and layer it over a white or heather grey short sleeve t-shirt.
Wear it with LATER: Play up the beautifully rich hue with dark wash jeans and darker color pants. And layer it over a pattern button up shirt to nicely highlight the cable knit pattern.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, flattering on most gents. Size up if you want an easier, more relaxed fit.
Alternatives: It is available in several colors through the ‘shop it’ button, so you can stock up.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/J-Brand-Jeans-Kane-Straight-Leg-Twill-Jeans-Grainseed/prod191750124_cat48720745__/p.prod J Brand - Kane Straight-Leg Twill Jeans
J Brand - Kane Straight-Leg Twill Jeans
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J Brand - Kane Straight-Leg Twill Jeans
Kane Straight-Leg Twill Jeans
J Brand
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Why is it a Closet Essentials Staple? We basically say everything goes with tan cotton twill jeans, so of course, we recommend ensuring you’ve got a good pair hanging in your closet. They are just so easy to dress up for work and down for play. J Brand’s “grainseed” tan color is a perfect neutral that will always get the job done.
Wear it with NOW: Not to repeat ourselves here, but…wear them with everything - summer polos, t-shirts, and any button up. And they are polished enough to pair with a navy summer blazer, too.
Wear it with LATER: The same holds true here. The color is just as easy to wear with darker fall shades in button-ups, sweaters, and heavier weight sport coats.
Fit Tip: These are J Brand’s Kane fit is modern with a little lower rise, a straight leg and room in the seat and thigh - a really nice fit for most every gent.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, these Peter Millar pants are just as versatile.
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 Closet Essentials Find? Black is, well, the new black this upcoming season. And a great way to start transitioning your look is by incorporating darker color in year round fabrics. These AG twill pants are super soft, midweight, and in a style that is always appropriate. Wear them to the office, to dinner, and on the weekends.
Wear it with NOW: We love how these pants look with a with a crisp white button up shirt and white sneakers for a really smart end-of summer look.
Wear it with LATER: Once the cooler weather kicks in, these are as versatile as any dark wash jeans, great with a deep wine color sweater or a charcoal jacket.
Fit Tip: AG’s Graduate model has an easy modern fit, with a mid rise and room in the seat and thigh, ideal for most every gent.
Alternatives: If you prefer a slimmer, contemporary fit, Joe’s jeans offers a great alternative.
 

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