• Nick’s Picks: NSale Mens Fit Reviews + Best Pants Ever

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    Nordstrom Men’s Shop Chelsea Boot; Greats Royale Sneaker; Nike Blazer Low LX – I like the Nikes but returning since they’re a little narrow for me

    This is a guest post by Nick, husband of Jean.

    While Jean was at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last week, I stopped by to make sure she was staying hydrated during her rigorous day-long deal finding expedition. I also did a little shopping of my own, in addition to playing with all the gear in the baby section and then setting up camp at their cafe for a drink. Like I said, hydration is important at these things. Here are my picks.

    (For reference, I’m 5’9″ and last I weighed myself I was 165 lbs—that was pre-pregnancy, FYI.)

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    oh god you don’t even have to guess which drink I got I am a stereotype

    KICKIN’ IT

    Greats Royale Sneaker ($119.90; regularly $179)
    TTS but size down if you’re in between half sizes. I’ve been looking for a while for a nice white leather sneaker that isn’t ridiculously expensive. And these were winners. They look and feel like sneakers that cost over twice as much, plus have a nice colored accent. The Good Man ones are around the same sale price but squeaked the whole time I tried them on. The Greats fit true to size and were wide enough for my somewhat wide feet. Also, I like that they’re off white, which should help mask the pain a little when they’re repeatedly run over with dirty baby stroller wheels.

    For a white sneaker at a lower price, I also tried on the Nike Blazer Low LX ($55.90; regularly $75) which are a good value for guys with narrower feet.

    They’re GREEAAAAAAAAAAAT.

    Nordstrom Men’s Shop Bradley Chelsea Boot ($79.90; regularly $125)
    TTS. These are comfortable and low-profile. Basically they are grown-up slip-ons.

    Sperry Gold Cup Original Boat Shoe  ($106.90; regularly $160)
    TTS. These are on sale every year in some color, and this year’s colors are classic. Tan or dark brown. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: once you go Gold Cup you can’t go back.

    VANS 59 Classic Slip-On Sneaker ($39.90; regularly $59.95)
    TTS but size down if you’re between half sizes. I’ve always loved Vans, and I liked these as a more refined version, so I asked Jean what she thought. She said “they are nice…for someone in their 20s.” I am getting them anyway.

    Winter is Coming (and so is Fall)

    Ted Baker has some good light jackets or sweaters every year. I like Ted Baker for its quality, as well as the subtle pops of detail (lining, buttons, etc.) that make it stand out more than everyday brands.

    Ted Baker Trafjam Slim Fit Track Jacket ($129.90; regularly $199)
    All of these are nice, but this is my favorite of the bunch and came home with me. It’s got a lined torso area for a little more weight but without being bulky. I’m normally a size 2 (Small in Ted Baker), but the size 3 fit me too.

    Ted Baker Multy Slim Fit Fleece Jacket ($129.90; regularly $199)
    Knit fabric, and lighter weight than the above. I tried on a size 3, and it ran a little long in the torso and arms. The textured vest area is more subtle than it appears in the stock photo. The charcoal color is nice while the blue is lighter than a true navy.

    Ted Baker Trafjam Slim Fit Track Jacket – sz 3 (medium) shown here

    Topman Anthony Bomber Jacket ($56.90; regularly $85)
    You can pretty much count on Topman to have a reasonably priced bomber jacket every year. This one is a light canvas-like material, and a little boxier cut in the shoulders. Topman is great for guys with a smaller frame because they’re one of the few mens brands that carry sizes XS and XXS. I’m trying on size S below.

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    Patagonia Better Sweater ($109.90; regularly $149)
    This feels even more slim than when I tried it on last year. It’s still a solid light jacket for early fall or layering piece in winter.

    Patagonia Fleece Pullover ($85.90; regularly $119)
    This is very roomy, especially compared the other Patagonia sweater on the list. If a looser fit is your thing, then this is super comfortable.

    Barbour Lowerdale Vest ($89.90; regularly $180)
    Barbour’s fit can be all over the place. This vest is more trim than the popular J.Crew Walker vest, and has really nice zipper and button detailing. It also comes in the format of a slim fit quilted jacket which I couldn’t find in store to try on. It may be July, but I can’t help but think winter is coming (RIP GoT).

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    Jean is going to yell at me for looking like a robot in all of these photos.
    Left: Patagonia Better Sweater Right: Patagonia Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover

    2 SLEEK Yet COMFORTABLE Basics

    1901 Slim Fit Washed Oxford Shirt ($39.90; regularly $49.50)
    I was really surprised how well this fit in the arms and chest. The sleeves were just the right length on me and it was trim through the chest without causing the buttons to pull. The white is a little see through, but the gray is perfect for everyday wear.

    Bonobos Jetsetter Slim Fit Blazer ($234.90; regularly $350)
    Every Nordstrom Anniversary sale, I look for a blazer at a good value. I tried the Nordstrom Mens Shop one, and it was solid. But then I tried on this one. And I really think the Bonobos one felt worth the premium price. It’s sleek and sharp, but has some stretch to the fabric. It’d be great for anyone who wears a blazer when they travel. The 36R fit me perfectly (snug but not too tight – similar to how my 36S J.Crew Ludlow blazers fit me). It’s only partially lined and is a knit blazer, but it still feels well made and nicely structured.

    The last item I want to recommend isn’t from Nordstrom and never goes on sale, but oh well. I only get to write these guides like twice a year. I’ve been wearing these Lululemon ABC pants (more inseam options) almost every day for the past few months (I’ll let you look up what ABC stands for…it has nothing to do with the alphabet). They are exceptionally comfortable and stretchy—like almost sweatpants comfortable—but don’t stretch out and still look presentable for most everyday situations. Plus if you take them to the store, they can hem them for free. The only thing Jean doesn’t like about them is now when we’re in public I always want to show people I can do a full squat while wearing skinny pants. Anyway, happy squatting and happy shopping.

     

    13 thoughts on “Nick’s Picks: NSale Mens Fit Reviews + Best Pants Ever

    • Reply Maureen July 14, 2019 at 11:47 pm

      Love that there is a feature for men! I honestly buy more stuff from Nordstrom for my hubby. And…Nick has a good sense of humor!

    • Reply Jessica P. July 15, 2019 at 12:14 am

      Hi Nick!
      Are you wearing the ABC pants in black? Or is iy that Obsidian color?

    • Reply Janine July 15, 2019 at 2:25 am

      Haha I love Nicks guest posts! He did such a good job picking out some great quality things!
      Xx Janine

    • Reply Rena July 15, 2019 at 3:36 am

      Oh, that a helpful post! The pieces are cool and beautiful!

    • Reply Michael @ Mile in My Glasses July 15, 2019 at 4:43 am

      Love this Jean and Nick! Thanks for sharing all the great options for men!

      I hope you have a fantastic Monday,
      
Michael

    • Reply Mireia July 15, 2019 at 5:45 am

      I really like those white trainers!

    • Reply Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog July 15, 2019 at 5:45 am

      Always grateful for Nick’s recommendations! Really helps when gifting for my boyfriend, heh. 💕✨

    • Reply Melissa July 15, 2019 at 11:19 am

      Always love Nick’s guest posts!!! Thanks for the great ideas… Really curious about the pants… now off to try to convince the boyfriend to wear some ‘stretchy’ pants =P

    • Reply Elizabeth T. July 15, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Always love it when Nick shares his picks too 🙂 Definitely sending this list to my boyfriend! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Anonymous July 15, 2019 at 4:10 pm

      What color and size is Nick wearing in the the pants?

    • Reply Jeana July 16, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      Love your guest posts Nick! Just purchased the ABC for the hubs. Hope he likes it too!!

    • Reply Bob July 17, 2019 at 7:03 am

      Keep these coming! Very helpful, as I don’t really enjoy sorting through all the men’s items on sale at Nordstrom…

    • Reply Kim July 22, 2019 at 2:12 pm

      I don’t really shop for men’s items since I’m divorced, but I love reading Nick’s posts. They are hilarious! Now I know what the ABC stands for. HAHA! 🙂 Good reviews on the men’s items!

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