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Buy/Sell/Hold: White Pants After Labor Day

  • Kempt Staff


Of course you know the old canard about not wearing white after Labor Day.

And surely you know the new one—about how that’s an old-fashioned rule that ought to be forgotten. But when it comes to your trousers, there’s still a difference between your summer and winter whites.

And to help you differentiate, we’ve put together this handy guide on what to buy now, sell/pack away or hold on to in the farther reaches of your closet.»

A Milliner’s Guide to Derby Hatting

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


With part one of the Triple Crown kicking off next weekend, we endorse man’s greatest accessory: the hat.

But this, this is no ordinary day of hatting. Put away your five-panel cap, the sport of kings deserves more consideration.

We caught up with Alex Mroz, veteran shopkeeper over at Goorin Bros.’ West Village outpost. And he’s laying down the hard-and-fast rules on how to don your best this Kentucky Derby.

Herewith: a milliner’s guide to derby hatting...»

Head to Toe: Rainproof

  • Najib Benouar


April showers are here—which means it’s in your best interest to wear as much water-resistant clothing as possible.

Luckily the recent tech-meets-tailoring boom in menswear has turned out a handsome lot of gear that wouldn’t look out of place when swapped into your everyday getup. So we picked out the best new stuff for spring—though we wouldn’t advise wearing it all at once.

Rainproofing your wardrobe from head to toe.»

The 10 Commandments of the Bolo Tie

  • Kempt Staff


It would seem the bolo tie is poised for a renaissance—between Philip Rivers noticeably wearing one as a good luck charm this past football season, the Grammys and the surprising number of braided-leather strings we saw hanging around fashion week this month.

Really, in the grand scheme of things as menswear continues to mine deeper and deeper into Americana, it was only a matter of time after the rise of the denim dress shirt that the bolo tie would follow suit. And since we’ve got it on good authority we’ll all be wearing bolo ties by year’s end, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide...

Behold, the 10 Commandments of Bolo Ties.»

Head-to-Toe Blanket Wool

  • Najib Benouar


Just when you thought this winter couldn’t get any colder, it gets so cold that you’d seriously consider going outdoors swaddled in a giant wool blanket.

Sadly, that won’t be in style until next winter. But luckily, some of our favorite wool mills—famous for making blankets—also cut that thick wool into shirts and pants and... bucket hats.

So, in the event that you’d like every single item on your person to be made of blanket-grade wool, here’s how you’ll do it, from head to toe...»

The Few Times It’s Okay to Wear Hiking Boots with a Suit

  • Najib Benouar

"Listen Up Philip" Premiere - 2014 Sundance Film Festival

Take a close look at this snap just in from the Listen Up Philip premiere at Sundance.

You’ll notice that Jason Schwartzman is wearing hiking boots with his otherwise normal-looking suit and tie instead of a pair of hard bottoms. It’s an advanced move that we’ve seen pop up a few times over the years—and like most sartorial affectations, it looks better on the Internet. But we do see a few rare situations in which a stylish gentleman might find it appropriate to wear his hiking boots with a suit. And yes, premiering at Sundance is one of them.

We’ve compiled an exhaustive list of the rest of the situations, after the jump.»

What Your Travel Style Says About You

  • Najib Benouar


As you’ll recall, we spent a whole week preparing you for your holiday travel in style.

But now that you’ll actually be embarking upon your travel, it’s time to get real. So we’ve put together this handy guide on what exactly your travel style is projecting to the rest of the world—and, more specifically, where people might assume you’re jetting off to (needless to say, wearing your neck pillow in the terminal isn’t going to be looked upon kindly).

Where you’re going, according to your travel style...»

The 10 Commandments of Velvet

  • Najib Benouar

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards - Red Carpet


The mere utterance of the word can send shivers up the spine of even the most savvied dandy. It’s one of those rare fabrics that has both low- and highbrow connotations—and you wouldn’t want to be pegged to either—but if there’s any time of year you could get away with donning the dandified older cousin to corduroy, it’s now. So we’ve put together this handy guide:

The 10 Commandments of Velvet.»

The 10 Commandments of Bow Ties

Bow Ties

Bow ties. The hotly disputed, professorial older brothers to the standard necktie, they are currently making an unprecedented return to the forefront of dapperness.

And you want in.

But understandably, you’re worried that you might end up coming off more Colonel Sanders than Fred Astaire. While this is a valid concern, it’s also easily avoidable; all you need is a little direction. And that’s where we come in, with a few carved-in-stone guidelines for making the jump from four-in-hand minor deity to neckwear god.

With that, we solemnly present: the 10 Commandments of Bow Ties, after the jump...»

The 15 Best Looks from FW13’s Books

  • Caitlin Ganswindt


We know. It’s summer. Your mind is a veritable View-Master of barbecues, long-weekend sojourns and scantily clad beach flings. But eventually, after the sand settles, and Mandy heads back to Vassar, it’ll be fall. And from what we’ve seen, you’re going to look fantastic.

Herewith, the definitive list of must-have sartorial trappings from our favorite Fall/Winter ’13 lookbooks.

Your Columbus Day weekend will thank us.»

The Manifest Destiny of Northern Grade

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

Northern Grade

Our friends at UrbanDaddy have tipped us off to the westward expansion of Chicago’s notoriously dapper heritage pop-up market, Northern Grade.

They’re setting up shop in the Bay Area this weekend, and it’s fixing to be the stuff from which sartorial dreams are born. Think raw selvage denim from Cone Mills by way of Tellason, Horween leather riveted into exceptionalism by the gents of Rancourt & Co. and just about all the chambray button-ups and oxford suiting a man’s closet should require.

So if you’re in the San Francisco area, stop by. Have a drink. Eat a pizza. And procure some new duds from the top purveyors of Made-in-the-USA handsomeness.

Slightly inebriated menswear browsing is the best kind of menswear browsing.

Sunglasses for Your Summer Plans

  • Najib Benouar


Next weekend marks the unofficial start to summer—which means it’s time to kick your summer preparations into high gear right now.

And above all else, you’re going to need to pick up the right pair of shades for wherever it is you plan on summering—because the sun in Cannes requires a different UV protection than the sun you’ll encounter on the music festival circuit. So we put together a handy guide for your summer’s eyewear-related needs.

Choosing your sunglasses according to your summer plans.»

The Untold Charms of Being Well-Dressed

  • Najib Benouar

This snap comes from the latest issue of Harper’s Bazaar, where fashion’s favorite perma-grinning photog Terry Richardson followed Ms. Kate Upton about her day at the Beverly Hills Hotel—sunning poolside, wearing floppy hats, the usual—until our favorite bow-tie-wielding comedian Aziz Ansari suddenly entered, frame right. It’s hard to know exactly why he’s in this single photo, but we’ve got a hunch...

And it has to do with dressing the part.»