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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: My picks

Mark Kwak

I'm a fan of Nordstrom. They exist in almost all major towns within the U.S., usually showcase excellent products, and also offer an almost unbeatable return policy. My only issue with them is that their products are often pretty expensive at retail price.

Also, they rarely hold any sales throughout the year, making it difficult to shop there regularly. I believe they only have 2-3 weeks out of the entire year where they sell items at a discount. The half yearly men's sale and the annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Well great news, my friends! The latter sale, which is also their biggest sale of the year, just started today, and there's plenty of stock to choose from.

I've decided to curate some of my favorite pieces from the sale for you to see. Full transparency: some of these are still pretty damn expensive, though oftentimes worth it.

Allen Edmonds Strand: $229.90

I own these, and love them. Great time to pick up these beautiful and classic shoes.

Dockers Alpha Fogwash Chinos: $44.90

I love the fit and quality of Dockers' Alpha Khakis. Definitely worth a try.

Red Wing Beckman Boot: $199.90

I own these boots as well. They're amazing, and definitely worth it at this price. They will be slightly uncomfortable in the beginning just FYI.

Clarisonic Mia 2: $149.90

I use a Clarisonic Mia almost everyday in the shower. TMI? Maybe. Anyhow, yes, even dudes can use this thing, and it's worth a try. It's like a Sonicare toothbrush for your face.

Threads for Thought Varsity Jacket: $49.90

I've been pretty interested in the Varsity jacket look as of late. Here's one that won't cost you an arm and a leg.

Magnanni Double Monk: $209.90

If you're in the market for double monks, these might be worth a try. They look great in my opinion, and Magnannis are usually really comfortable from my experience.

Billy Reid Crewneck Sweater: $96.90

I really want this sweater myself. Not sure what's so appealing about it to me, but it seems to be stuck in my mind.

Wolverine Emerson: $294.90

Wolverine is one of my favorite bootmakers. And they don't disappoint with this rugged, high quality model.

Wallin & Bros. Sweater: $45.90

A slightly more affordable sweater than the Billy Reid one above.

Allen Edmonds Park Avenue: $229.90

One of the most classic shoes you'll ever find. If you need a pair of solid brown or black dress shoes, get these.

Billy Reid Leather Jacket: $999.90

I know, I know. It's a lot of money. However, I can't have one of these lists without a solid leather jacket. So here it is.

Allen Edmonds Dalton: $259.90

Yet again, I own these boots too. You've probably seen them on the blog before. Worth every penny.

Jack Spade Briefcase: #249.90

I think my boss owns this bag, and to me, it looks so elegant and simple. If I didn't have enough bags myself, I'd pick it up.

Rag & Bone Colorblock Sweater: $144.90

Love the look of this sweater. Though it is admittedly expensive.

The North Face Apex Jacket: $99.90

A really classic, solid jacket for the fall. Only downside is that everyone has one of these.

Calvin Klein No Show Socks: $12.90

You know how I feel about no-show socks.

Chuck Taylor Low Sneakers: $39.90

Classics.

Burberry London Navy Trench: $864.90

Trench coats are probably my favorite type of clothing. Burberry trench at that? You're in for a classic. And yes, I know it's not cheap by any measure.

There you go! My very long list of Nordstrom Anniversary Sale picks. Even if none of these appeal to you, check the sale out for yourself. You might find a thing or two that catches your eye.

Cheers, and happy Friday.

No fuss outfit

Mark Kwak

It's so interesting, the menswear world.

It's a detail-ridden world, where pocket square colors matter, fancy shoe laces get noticed, and a plain white dress shirt can have fifty different customization options. I personally love it, but have to admit that sometimes, the fuss isn't necessary.

Truth is, some people look damn good in just a plain white T-shirt, some blue jeans, and a pair of clean white sneakers; no extras, no details, no nonsense.

So, for those of you looking for literally the most no-hassle outfit possible, here's looking at you:

1. Calvin Klein white T-shirt.

2. Levi's 511 or 513 slim fit jeans.

3. Converse Jack Purcell sneakers.

Some notes: Levi's lower end jeans can wear out pretty quickly if you're wearing them super often, so remember to take good care of your denim. Converse Jack Purcell sneakers look awesome, but also make sure to maintain them as well, as they can get dirty pretty easily.  And lastly, try some different jackets with this outfit, I guarantee most jackets will work fine with it.

If you can, try wearing a simple outfit like this every now and again. If each piece fits well (remember that this is crucial), you might even get some compliments, which is kind of awesome since it probably took you only 4 seconds to put the entire getup on.

 

The denim jacket, a perfect spring piece

Mark Kwak

denimjacket2Glasses: Warby Parker | Jacket: Gap | Shirt: Vince | Chinos: Dockers

It's Spring.

Not quite hot enough for you to wear just a T-shirt and shorts, but not so cold that you need to bust out the wool peacoat. You need something that can protect you from a cool breeze, but not have you sweating in direct sunlight.

Well, I never thought I'd be saying this, but I've found that the perfect medium piece for springtime is... the denim jacket.

To be honest, I've never really had a liking for denim jackets up till the very recent past. Generally all denim jackets I had seen prior to last year were fitted awkwardly, wildly distressed, and of course, paired incorrectly (think light wash denim on light wash denim). The types of people wearing them were also usually in their fifties, and looking like they were going through some sort of midlife crisis.

Well, the good news is that things have changed, as they often do in the fashion world. The denim jacket is back and looking great, especially when incorporated into the appropriate outfit.

Source: Esquire

There are a couple things that you should know when looking for the right denim jacket:

1. A denim jacket should feel snug. It can even be used for layering, so you want to minimize bulk as much as possible.

2. The color of your denim jacket should not match most of your denim pants. If you do somehow end up pairing denims, you want to at least make sure they aren't of similar color. Just FYI, I would recommend chinos or cords to be safe.

3. Make sure the shoulders fit perfectly on the jacket, as that measurement will be the most important in determining whether the jacket fits you or not. Alterations can be made elsewhere, but not on the shoulders.

4. I don't think you necessarily need to spend a lot of money to get a good denim jacket. I've found that the Gap one I bought for $50 is rock solid in construction, and feels like it won't be falling apart anytime soon. My Levi's one from ten years ago is also going on strong, with no indication of slowing down.

5. Start with a less-distressed jacket, and give the jacket some of your own character. Like denim jeans, you'll start noticing whiskering, distressing, and other marks on your jacket as you wear them in. You'll probably find that you enjoy distress marks more when you're actually the one contributing.

Here are a couple denim jackets at different price points that I would recommend:

~$50 : Gap

~$75: Levi's

~$100: J.Crew

~$125+: BLK DNM

Keep it simple, find one that fits well, and you'll be getting compliments in no time. Give it a try, it might be worth the effort and money! Good luck fellas.

What am I wearing 11.11.12

Mark Kwak

Turns out my first post in the "one day" series is taking a tad longer than I'd hoped, my apologies. In the meanwhile, people have been asking for consistent "what am I wearing" posts, so in case you're curious... here you go. As some of you may know, it's getting a bit chilly here in San Francisco. As long as it doesn't rain, I'm cool with that, as it's the perfect time to bust out some fall-wear.

Coat: Banana Republic | Sweater: POLO Ralph Lauren | Shirt: Black Fleece (similar) | Belt: Perry Ellis

Watch: Omega | Chinos: Brooks Brothers | Socks: Merona | Shoes: Calvin Klein Collection

Sometimes it pays to coordinate. In this particular outfit, the centerpiece for my coordination stems from the Ralph Lauren sweater. The sweater has a subtle, but noticeable red polo logo on it. As a result, I layered a red shirt underneath it, which might help make the outfit a bit better than if I wore any other color.

Likewise, I opted for black shoes and a black checkered coat to go with the sweater as well. In my humble opinion, these types of small details can definitely elevate your style to the next level.

Cardigans

Mark Kwak

Five years ago, I thought cardigans were reserved for old men and hipsters. Think Mr. Rodgers and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  The thought of paying money for one left a bad taste in my mouth, and I never really got around to pulling the trigger until about a year and a half ago. Boy did I miss out.

I have to say, cardigans are slowly turning into one of my favorite articles of clothing. They come in so many different shapes and styles, they are incredibly comfortable, and are versatile in many ways. Think about it. You can wear a cardigan casually over a T-shirt, polo, or button down. You can wear it a bit more formally underneath a sports coat or jacket. You can unbutton it, button it, layer it, whatever! With one cardigan, I think I can probably build a thousand different outfits, no exaggeration.

Just a couple tips when wearing cardigans:

1. If wearing casually, do not button the top or bottom button.

2. Make sure the cardigan fits slim and snug on your body. Even if it's a chunky one.

So, here I am with a shawl collar cardigan, which can essentially be used as outerwear. Can be dressed up or dressed down, and I chose to dress it up a bit here. It's a bit chunkier so I wouldn't layer a jacket over it... maybe a coat. It's warm, stylish, and just awesome.

Brooks Brothers cardigan :: Brooks Brothers shirt :: Boss tie :: The Tie Bar tie bar :: Omega watch

See, even Bond approves the shawl collar cardigan.

Here's also a lighter cardigan that can work as a layering piece. I'm wearing it casually just over a V-neck T-shirt, but I believe it can be dressed up just as easily as a shawl collar cardigan.

Etro cardigan :: Calvin Klein T-shirt

Moral of the story? Definitely get yourself a cardigan. They look great, can be extremely versatile, and will keep you warm. No longer reserved for hipsters and grandpas only. Cheers!

Henleys

Mark Kwak

Oliver Peoples Sunglasses :: Vince Henley T-shirt :: Calvin Klein Jeans

If casual is the name of the game, no piece of clothing is quite as iconic as the T-shirt. Whether it's a plain white T-shirt, a graphic T, or a V-neck, I'm sure we all have a bunch of these bad boys stacked in our closet somewhere. I personally love T-shirts, and wear them as often as I can.

Unfortunately for me, often is not very often at all, as I'm finding that I hardly wear T-shirts when going out. In my opinion, they are too casual for the office, they aren't very evening-appropriate, and they can be a bit boring (or too rambunctious if it's a graphic T). For these reasons, I usually opt for a casual button down or polo in most informal settings.

Despite this, we all know how much more comfortable a T-shirt can be than a button-down. They're so easy to put on and take off, and can oftentimes feel like a second skin, due to their lightweight and soft nature. Oh the dilemma, what can we do about this situation?

Enter the HenleyA stylish offshoot of the long sleeve or short sleeve T.

Adam Scott in a henleyHenleys are my go-to shirts when I just want to feel comfortable. They look a bit more sophisticated than a regular t-shirt or long-sleeve shirt, and can work extremely well with a variety of outfits. Slap a sports coat or jacket on top, and you've got the casual chic thing going on. Maybe wrap a cardigan and scarf around the henley on a crisp day, and you're not only fashionable, but comfortable and warm too.

I would recommend getting a couple henleys if you can, both in long sleeve and short sleeve forms. Now, this isn't a piece I would invest heavily in. I personally own a couple cheap Old Navy henleys and they look and feel great. Sure they probably won't hold up for ten years, but these types of pieces are meant to be replaced once in a while. It's okay to treat them the same as your regular crew neck undershirts.

Also, I'd recommend staying away from any graphics on the shirts themselves. Stick with solid colors or subtle patterns, like thin stripes. We want to remain simple on this piece as much as possible.

Here are some of my recommendations:

~$10: Old Navy or Uniqlo Henley (none online, but in store there's plenty)

~$20-$40: Gap Marled Henley

~$40-$75: Vince Henley

~$75+: Todd Snyder Classic Henley

If you don't own one, I would highly recommend going out and buying yourself a couple henleys. The "comfort" part of your psyche will thank you immensely while the "fashion" part of your psyche will nod in approval.