Steal the Style: Michael Bubl© via Nordstrom
Men have returned to the mid-century style philosophy of dressing well. The clothes are updated, but the foundation is the same. Simple, confident, and unabashedly cleaned up. It’s a perfect match for Michael Bubl©’s style of singing, and he and Nordstrom have partnered up to do a pretty nice style guide that also serves as promotion for Bubl©’s current CD and tour.
Michael Bubl© doesn’t look like he stepped off the set of Mad Men (notice no fedora), and as he told Nordstrom in this video: “I never wanted my show or my image to be retro”
You don’t want your image to be retro either. You can do cleaned up without looking out-of-date. Here’s some of the best offerings from the Nordstrom / Bubl© style guide, with more affordable options when applicable and available:
The Suit: BOSS Black ‘Pasolini’ Navy Wool Suit $795 | Calibrate Grey Wool & Mohair – $445
Bubl©’s band will be outfitted by BOSS Black during their upcoming tour. Makes you wish you never gave up the trombone in 5th grade doesn’t it. Bubl© is usually seen in black, but a deep navy has the upper hand. You can wear a black tie with it. And unlike a black tie with a black suit, the navy won’t make you look like you’re part of the wait staff. A more affordable option is the new medium gray Calibrate Wool and Mohair suit that Nordstrom is pushing.
The Casual Jacket: Diesel Juro Nylon Moto Jacket – $150.00
Even though their ad campaign is epically lame, Diesel still makes some good looking and edgy sportswear. It’s expensive for a nylon jacket, but the tonal zippers (not reflective silver) and toned down racing band collar helps this jacket avoid some major pitfalls of other motorcycle type jackets.
The Boots: Hawthorne Zip Boot – $398.00 | Kenneth Cole Larger Than Life Boot – $93.00
Why is it so hard to make a pair of plain, just plain dress boots? The Hawthorne Zip Boots will be of much higher quality, but you can get an extremely similar looking pair from Kenneth Cole for 1/4 the price. The toe is a slight chisel but not extreme in the least, giving the boots a more dressed up feel.
The Shirt: HUGO Elvor X Trim Fit Shirt – $95.00 | Nordstrom Smartcare Trim Fit – $49.50
You can never go wrong with a plain white oxford. You can also never go wrong paying half the price for an almost identical plain white oxford, that happens to be the store brand. Nobody sees the tags but you. Plus, the Nordstrom SmartCare claims to be wrinkle free. At the very least it’ll be much easier to press.
Ray-Ban Square Wrap Aviators – $129.00 | Ray-Ban Bubble Wrap Aviators – $47.99
Both are made by Ray-Ban, both give the classic Aviator a much needed modern slim shape, and both slightly wrap around the sides to streamline the look. Why the $47.99 for the “Bubble Wrap” Aviators? Beats me. The website says they come in a “small” size, but all other sites (Macy’s, Endless, etc…) still selling the same model claim they’re only one size. Maybe it’s a labeling error, and you get to take advantage of the price drop.
Michael Bubl© – Crazy Love $11.98
Most people run either hot or cold on Michael Bubl©. Whether you like his style of music or not, you’ve got to respect the guy for his incredible voice (like you wouldn’t want to be able to sing like that?), for making the most of his good but not exactly Brad Pitt looks, and for honestly saying this in a time of unrelenting showbiz narcissism:
“Getting my photo taken isn’t my favorite thing in the whole world…”
His world tour continues on until March, and his new CD Crazy Love is available now.