Thursday, 22 November 2012

GQ Selects: November

We pick. You shop. Editor selections from our November issue available through our online retailer, Nordstrom

Scott Sternberg has really created the ideal button-down for modern guys. It's a classic style, but he's played with the proportions, shrinking them to hug the body, and shortening the length so it looks good untucked.  This neutral brown-and-gray plaid is the perfect starter shirt for that guy who wants to get some pattern into his closet, but is apprehensive about jumping into the deep end.
Timex Easy Reader Leather Strap Watch

Gray is the watch color of the season, and what's great about the trend is that you can get one at any price, like this Timex. A rugged suede strap balances out the minimalist details, like the pared-down gunmetal-plated case and the tonal face, while the sleek profile gives it a contemporary look that's wearable seven days a week.
Gant Rugger Knit Cap

This knit hat from Gant Rugger takes inspiration from the watch caps worn by fisherman and dockworkers and renders it in the meanest color of the season: mustard. For guys who are wary of the bold hue, it's best to start with a single piece like this.

Todd Snyder Sport Coat

A wool herringbone sports coat is a tried-and-true fall staple, but what separates Snyder's from the others is that the designer removed the lining, eliminating extraneous bulk for a clean fit. What remains is a smart option for these crisp autumn days, and a handsome sports coat once the temperature really dips.

Todd Snyder Sweater Vest

The sweater vest is something guys usually think of as nerdy, but several designers are reinventing this geek-style icon into a cool layering piece for fall. One of our favorites comes from Todd Snyder, who crafted his with a two-tone Fair Isle pattern in a trim fit that's a home run under any tweed suit or jacket.
Victorinox Swiss Army Original Chronograph

We're really loving the pilot-style watches that are updates to classic chronographs. Victorinox, a company that knows a thing or two about handsome military-inspired timepieces, has created one that retains the trappings of the original, like a stainless-steel case and nylon strap, but renders it in of-the-moment shades of gray. It manages to be both elegant and tough, which means it will work as well with a classic wool suit as it would a hoodie.
Michael Bastian Double-Breasted Houndstooth Topcoat

Every guy needs a great topcoat this season. When done right, like this Michael Bastian number, it works for any occasion, from a black-tie ball to the office to weekend errands. Bastian's is modernized by its slimmer peak lapels, and a trim double-breasted silhouette ensures this coat will look good over any and all of your fall outfits.
Nike HBR Track Jacket

This is a great example of a throwback piece that doesn't feel overly retro. Nike's classic HBR track jacket conjures up images of '70s track stars like Steve Prefontaine and Bruce Jenner, but has a sleekness to it that's quite current. It's a versatile piece, wearable either alone or layered under a topcoat or a suit jacket, as we showed on Jeremy Lin in the November issue.

Shipley & Halmos Washed Cotton Woven Shirt

The exploded, repeating windowpane plaid on this shirt is a bold pattern, but one that would look great peeking out of a classic navy suit or cardigan. It's designed with a semi-spread collar, too, so it can easily transition from dressed-up with a tie to casually unbuttoned at a bar.

Anonymous Ism Ragg Knit Socks

Ragg socks are a rugged alternative to more basic options, especially when the weather starts getting nasty. The weave of these is thinner than traditional models geared toward outdoor enthusiasts, so they work as well with beat-up canvas sneakers on the weekend as they do with your office wingtips.

The Tie Bar Woven Tie

For the man who has a closet overstuffed with striped ties, this wool-and-silk rendition from The Tie Bar offers a heftier helping of stripes that amps up any basic shirt-and-suit combination.

Jack Spade Slim Laptop Briefcase

Everything is slimmed down these days, from our cell phones to our laptops, but so many guys are still lugging around bulky, oversized briefcases. Jack Spade thankfully catches men up to the times with this scaled-down brief. It's slim without skimping on utility thanks to the exterior zip pouch, interior pockets, and a durable nylon shell.

The Tie Bar Metal Tie Bar

We've long been advocating the tie bar as a must-have finishing touch for guys, and while the classic options are polished silver or gold, a new breed of colors and finishes offer a breath of fresh air, like this deep burgundy hue in a matte finish. It adds a small dose of color and big shot of visual variation to your basic shirt-and-tie combinations.

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