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The Green/Yellow/Red Guide to Office Holiday Party Etiquette

  • Kempt Staff

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There’s a high probability that you’re on the hook for at least one office holiday party this week.

And while there’s a wide spectrum of decorum expected at these sorts of things, depending on your field of business, there are always going to be the constants: chatting up the boss’s wife, free-flowing booze, the issue of what to wear and so on...

So we put together this handy green/yellow/red guide on how to behave and dress at your office party.»

The 10 Commandments of Summer Weddings

  • Kempt Staff

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Ah, we can feel the love in the air. And the heat. ’Tis the season.

Summer wedding season, that is. Which means you’ve probably got a few RSVPs to attend to, stat. Next order of business: what to wear. It’s a tricky situation, balancing the unrelenting summer heat with the level of decorum required of a wedding. But that’s why we’re here to help, with:

The 10 Commandments of Dressing for a Summer Wedding...»

The Gentleman’s Guide to the Uncouth: Bet Welching

  • Ricky McCrumb

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Under ideal circumstances, there are sets of unwritten rules that govern how a gentleman should conduct himself in the public arena. These rules are immutable and have been pondered over centuries by great men. We here at Kempt, however, have an unwaveringly strict “never say never” policy—because circumstances aren’t always ideal.

Like when you’re a month into your fantasy baseball league and your squad “Machado About Nothing” is pulling up the rear. While your commish has yet to collect league dues, the uninitiated may opt to capitalize on the opportunity: simply go dark on that email thread and pretend the whole thing never happened. But it did. And those shamed evaders will be left wishing they’d referred to this.

By all means, disobey your family’s unofficial motto to always pay your debts when faced with...»

The 10 Commandments of Men’s Sandals

  • Kempt Staff

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The latest from Beach Week, our effort to send you to the shore in style this summer.

We would be remiss to spend an entire week talking about the beach without addressing the uncomfortable subject of sandals—especially now that the more leathery end of the spectrum has begun creeping into menswear.

The sandal has long plagued man with questions regarding decorum, stylishness and indecent foot exposure. Luckily we’re here to guide you on your quest to enlightenment with:

The 10 Commandments of Men’s Sandals...»

The 10 Commandments of Men’s Jewelry

  • Kempt Staff

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Men’s jewelry has always been a topic of hot debate (but we can all agree that no one should ever call it “mewelry”).

And the menswear crowd has been slowly inching onto a slippery slope for some time now—a precarious amount of bracelets stacked upon watches and bright necklaces of African beads have become de rigueur on the edgier fringes. So, in the event you’re considering adorning yourself with a few well-placed trinkets or baubles, we’ve put together this list of steadfast rules to live by:

Behold, the 10 Commandments of Men’s Jewelry...»

The Five Things to Say During Fashion Week

  • Kempt Staff

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The international fashion cognoscenti are descending upon Lincoln Center as we speak...

That’s right: it’s New York Fashion Week.

And while we usually like to give “capital F” fashion a wide berth, it’s worth being prepared—just in case your mother brings it up at the dinner table or you suddenly find yourself sharing a bar stool with a lithe Swede. (The city can get awfully crowded with half of Europe over here.) So we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet of talking points:

The five things to say during Fashion Week...»

A Modern Man’s Guide to Correspondence

  • Najib Benouar

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Consider it an unintended side effect of the digital age: today, mailing someone a handwritten note is as important as it’s ever been.

See, instead of deeming the handwritten note obsolete, the modern conveniences of email, Twitter and Snapchat have made the mere act of putting pen to pad, licking an envelope and searching for the nearest mailbox a truly monumental event. It conveys the communiqué’s higher level of import to both the sender and receiver. And you ought to know how to do it right—from the card stock to the stamp...

Herewith, a modern man’s guide to correspondence.»

The Gentleman’s Guide to Meeting the Parents

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Check all that apply to your current relationship:

o Your first date was three months ago, or longer. o They’ve given you a key to their place. o You’ve given them a drawer at yours. o You’ve lost track of how many times you’ve seen them naked.

Two or more? Well, soon enough you’re going to have to meet the people who made it all possible: their parents.

And when it comes to the monumentally all-important first impression, there are no second chances. It’s like a job interview, but instead of negotiating salary, it’s the right to sleep within an inch of their precious child for the foreseeable future. With a few key points, the position will be yours.

That’s where we come in, with the Gentleman’s Guide to Meeting the Parents, after the jump...»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Carving the Turkey at Someone Else’s Place

  • Jason Wire

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Your girlfriend’s family. Your friends. Clooney.

Odds are, at some point in your life, one of these will invite you to Thanksgiving. (Even better odds if the last two are redundant.)

And there you’ll be, ready to make small talk and compliment the hell out of some casserole, when you’ll hear it: a polite question that’s really more of a demand. Would you like to carve the turkey?

The answer, of course, is yes. But unless you come prepared, things could go horribly wrong.

Herewith, a few key pointers...»

The Immodest Gentleman’s Guide to Streaking

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Streakers. They’re brash, vulgar and unabashedly vain, but admit it: you just can’t help but admire their... courage.

As gentlemen of decorum, we would never officially condone such a clothesless act, but perhaps there’ll come a time when, despite your better judgment, you decide that you want to join their ranks. And while it might seem like the sort of thing to do on a total whim, you’d be ill-advised to just drop your skivvies, give the crowd a wave and hope for the best. Take it from a learned pro: a decent amount of planning must be done in advance in order to ensure true bare-assed success. And even though we’re not encouraging such behavior, we just could never forgive ourselves if you got yourself caught with your pants down.

So without any further ado, let us present to you: the Immodest Gentleman’s Guide to Streaking.»

Public Apology Style

  • Najib Benouar

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The public apology has become one of our era’s defining phenomena.

It’s usually the same routine: a press conference or talk show appearance is scheduled, there are a few choked-back tears, perhaps beside a dewy-eyed supporting cast, and finally an avowal to right their wrongs. But the one thing that’s not always the same is how the transgressor has dressed for the occasion.

So, with Anthony Weiner back in hot water—and subsequently catching some heat for his preppy spectrum of pant choices this summer—following last week’s reports of Eliot Spitzer campaigning in the same exact tie he wore during his public apology press conference, we thought we’d take a look back at the various styles on display in the past few years of public apologizing.

Disgrace under fire, a style retrospective.»

The Cautionary Tales of the Jheri Curl

  • Kempt Staff

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If you haven’t caught the trailer for American Hustle yet, it’s a fever dream of ’70s excess—with giant floppy collars, Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams wearing a lot of fur and a very-tightly-curled-coifed Bradley Cooper. In one scene, he’s even shown donning pink rollers (possibly borrowed from Dock Ellis’s locker) to achieve the look.

That’s right, Coop gets the Jheri curl treatment. Which reminded us of that fateful hairdo and all of the misguided souls who fell victim to the allure of glossy curls in the past. Justin Timberlake, A.C. Slater, Lionel Richie, Darryl Jenks. The list goes on and on.

The moral of the story: it never ends well.»

Bold Move: Zachary Quinto Wears a T-Shirt with a Three-Piece Suit

  • Najib Benouar

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In this new series, we analyze the sartorial risks and rewards of the moves taken by men far bolder than your average menswear enthusiast. Results may vary.

Zachary Quinto showed up to the TCA Fox All-Star party in a typically dapper three-piece suit by John Varvatos. Except he ditched the shirt and tie for a plain charcoal T-shirt. That’s right, a T-shirt and three-piece.

To the video replay:»