Will and I just celebrated our six month anniversary! We did dinner and drinks at the Comedy Cellar last week and I already can’t wait to go back. It’s the perfect date night but it’d be equally fun to do with a group of girlfriends. Between our anniversary and his birthday earlier in the month, I’ve been on the lookout for great guy gifts and ways to spruce up his summer wardrobe. I’ve always loved his style (I’d call it preppy with a Southern twist) and we’re both drawn to classic pieces like gingham shirts, dark wash denim, and leather driving mocs. He has to wear business formal for work so it’s nice for him to dress a little more casually on the weekends. 

When we first started dating, I helped him pick out a pair of jeans at Rag & Bone in the West Village (you already know they make my favorite women’s skinnies!). I much prefer shopping online to shopping in person so now that we know which styles and sizes suit him best, we can both add to his collection over time with the click of a button. I shop Nordstrom all the time for myself (party dresses, my favorite candle, etc.) and it’s nice to scoop up a piece or two for Will every now and then! (Is gift giving part of anyone else’s love language? That could be a post in and of itself…) Here’s what I’m loving for guys right now:

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Nordstrom carries so many of my favorite men’s brands in one place… Brooks Brothers, Jack Spade, Polo, Rag & Bone, and more. It’s perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, Father’s Day, or “just because” presents. (P.S. This is the pair of jeans Will got six months ago… And they’re on sale!)

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  1. Light Up North — You just made my day! I’m so glad you were able to find something for your dad — I hope he loves his “edgy” new look! 😉 Thanks so much for reading!

  2. Just snapped up the Polo Chukka’s for my dad’s bday this weekend. I sent those and the mocs to my mom for her opinion – “the loafers are safe, but the chukkas are edgy and he’s kind of edgy!”
    Me and my edgy dad than you for the tips!

  3. Great picks all around, but can I just say I LOVE that you mentioned Love Languages!! By far one of my favorite little reads, I actually got a copy of it for my boyfriend for our one year anniversary last December! 🙂 (In addition to some more fun gifts…haha)Happy 6 months to you both!