Guy Gifts Inspired By Dapper Host Nigel Barker

By Fawnia Soo Hoo

Holiday shopping for your guy—not so easy. How many bottles of cologne and Xbox games can you gift before it gets to be a snooze? If only he was like dapper "The Face" host Nigel Barker, it would be so easy! But wait, you can totally buy that man in your life pieces inspired by the always dashing fashion photographer. Nigel himself not included (sorry), let's take a look.

While sadly, Nigel's color-blocked Topman style is no longer available (yes, I looked), you can still spice up your man's work wardrobe with these super cool and not-at-all- boring two-toned ties.

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1. Color-blocking can't only be done horizontal—do the unexpected and go vertical. We'd call them stripes, but there are only one of each. So vertical-blocking, there. Z Zegna Vertical Color Block Silk Tie, $148,

2. The natty wool knit and deep masculine colors totally scream hot professor tie. Etro Block-Colour Knitted Wool Tie, $129.50 (from $185),

3. And pixelated blocking, also in the super chic navy/black combo. This pattern adds a subtle wink to any business ensemble. Silk 6 cm Tie by HUGO Hugo Boss, $95,

Nigel looks like he's motivating the teams—his cranberry-hued cashmere zip-up hoodie by Vince is the perfect mash up of luxury and effortless casual. (Plus, it's one of the best pieces to borrow from your guy's closet.)

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1. Guys and girls look to Vince for the softest and plushest of knits. This two-toned wool cashmere combo is a sportier take on Nigel's hoodie. Vince Wool & Cashmere Knit Hooded Sweater, $365,

2. The dark charcoal grey gives the style a more refined sensibility. Still relaxed and comfy though—especially in cashmere.The Men's Store at Bloomingdale's Cashmere Hoodie, $165 (from $275),

3. This downy merino knit trades in the hood for a collar. The zipper makes the cardigan silhouette that much more modern. Merino Zip Sweater, $95,

While yes, a pair of sleek black leather Converse Chucks make a great gift for the guys (and the girls), it's the cool stripey socks that really take men's accessories to the next level.

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1. These tweedy-hued contrasting striped cotton styles are so intellectual hipster. Striped Cotton Socks, $18,

2. It's a near shame to hide these delightful candy-colored stripes under a pair of work trousers, but we're not advocating that whole socks with sandals thing either. Maybe just keep it a best kept outfit secret. Paul Smith Cotton Blend Socks, $30,

3. Ah ha, banker-friendly striped socks! Frank Fine-Striped Sock, $15.50,

[Nigel Barker Photo Credit: Walter Sassard for Oxygen Media]


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