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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 Pop-Culture History of Men and Shorts

  • Kempt Staff

Vacation

The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).

But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.

More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.

So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:

A pop-culture history of men and shorts.»

Agata Danilova Is Waiting for a Chair Delivery

Water, Fall: Sometimes drinking from a water bottle is too hard. These women have chosen to simply pour it in the direction of their faces. [The Hairpin]

The Musings of Max Fischer: Jason Schwartzman enjoys Tom Waits, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Wallace Berman. Also, he’s broken a lot of watches. [GQ UK]

#23 Has Landed: Some details on Daniel Craig’s third Bond film—including Javier Bardem as the villain and Naomie Harris as at least one of the girls. [Entertainment Weekly]

Friends Forever: Playing the Kevin Bacon game with buddy comedies, Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Surprisingly enough, it works. [Vulture]

Nora Tschirner Is Not Finished with Her Smoke Break

You Can Never Have Too Much Seersucker: Jace Lipstein previews his own upcoming Dickies collection. Not bad, we must say. [Grungy Gentleman]

Love Potion No. 9: An intrepid female reporter tries out oxytocin supplements (aka “The Cuddle Drug”) and narrowly escapes a sexual harassment suit. [The Daily]

Out of the Past: Remember those animated shorts MTV used to play in the early ’90s? Now they’re all here. [/Film]

Going Deep: Andy Samberg and Ben Stiller stage a battle of the deep V-necks. Needless to say, it’s not pretty. [Hulu]

Bar Shots, Loading Dager and Glenn's Dress Code

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Belly Up to the Bar: Thank ??? someone out there is poking around Russian Elle for Bar Refaeli shots. [Goldenfiddle]

Casual Friday: We're a little surprised that this internal memo from Interview on office dress code was even necessary. We could guess that this has something to do with the magazine's new Capo di tutti capi, Glenn O'Brien—but then again, the guy doesn't always hew to the rule himself. [Gawker]

Spice on Set: Failing fashion designer Victoria Beckham teams up with failing movie mogul Tom Cruise for what will almost certainly be Ben Stiller's ugliest film since "Meet the Fockers". [FemaleFirst UK]

Bowery Boy: Does John Varvatos even have time to design anymore with all these CBGBs questions? [NYTimes]

Cheap Shots: The best suits under $500 photographed by Scott "The Sartorialist" Schuman. [Men.Style]

Word Games: Watch as three out of four panelists stuff their feet straight into their mouths while attempting to define "Hipster." [PSFK]

Shwing!: Tom Ford wants you to appreciate the human dingle as much as he does. [NYMag]