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Five 11th-Hour Halloween Costumes

  • Kempt Staff


Halloween falling on a workday presents a real challenge for any well-dressed man (and just in case you forgot, that’s happening tomorrow).

Luckily, we’ve got a few solutions for you—and they all involve the suit you’ll be wearing anyway. All you’ve got to do is throw a couple things on over your suit as you head from the office to your costume party, and you’re ready to go.

Herewith, five 11th-hour Halloween costumes.»

Going Plaid: The Six Tartans, Checks and Tatersalls That Matter

  • Najib Benouar


Sure, there’s always been an inextricable link between fall and plaid. (Look no further than your favorite flannel work shirt.)

But this year we’ve been seeing the pattern pop up in a dizzying array of forms—in the US we consider any cloth woven with perpendicular bands of two or more colors to be plaid. You might recognize the more popular ones by name, but you’ve probably seen a few entirely new to you, or others that feel familiar but you can’t quite name—and it’s gotten to the point where it can feel a little daunting.

So we’ve distilled it down to the six you need to know circa 2013, and what you need to know about them.»

The 10 Commandments of Suspenders

  • Najib Benouar


It’s one of menswear’s most uncomfortable truths: you’ve got to keep your pants on somehow.

And when it really comes down to it, suspenders are not only the more elegant choice—compared to cinching a strap of leather around your waist and hoping for the best—but also the more practical one, by taking the unique contours of your waistline out of the equation. But like all sartorial unknowns, there are rules to live by. Rules we’ve put together in this handy guide:

The 10 Commandments of Suspenders.»

An Ode to Elbow Patches

  • Kempt Staff

SONY DSC We’re in favor of flourishes—especially functional ones.

And there may be no better example than elbow patches. They’re handsome. They’re rugged. They’re stately. They’re one of our favorite autumnal affectations and the source of some of the best stuff in our closet—whether original or sewn on to give an old blazer new life. So we thought we’d take a moment to extol their ruggedly professorial charms by highlighting a few of the finest examples we’ve seen.

A photographic ode to elbow patches...»

Fall Report: Luxe Loungewear

  • Kempt Staff

CPN018_SALTPEPPER_A_1024x1024Even just a year ago, the idea of “designer sweatpants” still seemed like a novel—almost subversive—concept. But as the progress of menswear marches on, it was only a matter of time before the once-reprehensible jersey cotton got handsomely upcycled by some of our favorite labels.

And with lazy Sundays of sports-watching on the horizon, you’ll want to consider the following options of not-at-all-schlubby loungewear.»