With the exception of the matching overalls our parents made us wear in first grade and the one student-run musical wherein we played vaudevillian evil twins, my twin brother and I have always, for the most part, dressed neither completely different nor the same. In truth, we never really cared.
Every Wednesday from here on out, we’re giving you a piece of our minds. Actually, more like five pieces. It’s a chance to get a deeper look into what makes the minds behind Kempt tick—you know, beyond the usual Internet handsomeness we’re serving up daily. So welcome to our most personal weekly feature: The Kempt Five.
The civil rights movement was born out of an ugly time in US history, but we’ll be damned if it didn’t make for some good-looking protesters.
With the always-impeccable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. leading the way, a sea of crisp suits, skinny ties and Wayfarers led our country into equality. In honor of the great man and movement, we dug through the archives and were surprised to find a handsome lot of style icons also heading up the charge for civil rights—a veritable who’s who of impossibly cool gentlemen—everyone from Brando and Newman to Belafonte, Dylan and Davis Jr. Hell, even Charlton Heston got in on the action. It’s as if somehow impassioned, selfless endeavoring has a way of adding an extra layer of dapperness—not to mention being on the right side of history.
When in Doubt, Wear Sunglasses, Man: A Bob Dylan style guide according to... Bob Dylan. Words to live by. [Four Pins]
Third’s a Charm: Vulture catches up with Total Recall’s original three-breasted lady (we mentioned in the August Issues) and she bares all. [Vulture]
Strong Curves: Getting personal with one of the most spectacular cars in production: the Shelby Cobra 289 FIA. [Autoblog]
And Soft Curves: Miranda Kerr celebrated her post-pregnancy rebound with a handful of tasteful body shots. (And by tasteful, we mean totally, stark naked... as a jaybird... you’ve been warned.) [Unfinished Man]
On the heels of yesterday’s Zuccotti troubles (captured in gloriously cheeky video here), we thought we’d take a moment to recognize the unique style of the American protestor.
It’s not flashy, of course, but there’s plenty to admire here, from the black suits of the civil rights era to the Oakie uniform of work shirts and weathered khakis. They weren’t wearing them to make a statement—they had signs for that—but it was part of the message nonetheless.
As it turns out, charisma has a way of making its own style, and they were never short on charisma.
It looks like we’re about to get one last Hank Williams album. The story starts with the Hillbilly Shakespeare’s legendary songwriting notebooks, which somehow found their way to Bob Dylan. Apparently Dylan’s spent the past few years rounding up fans like Jack White and Merle Haggard to set the lyrics to music, Mermaid Avenue-style. The resulting album arrives October 4th with the first new Williams songs in 50 years. If you’re not clear on why that’s a big deal, we’d direct you here. It’s everything that’s great about Americana: tragic, brilliant and scary as hell. Enjoy.
And the Nominees Are... Apparently someone thinks more menswear blog awards are in order... and we couldn't agree more. Coincidentally, our hat has been thrown into the ring. (That would be our tweed driving cap in the ring, if you must know). Naturally, we're honored. [The Cravats]
It's All Right: New York Magazine documents the style of Bob Dylan's eclectic fanbase at his most recent concert in NYC. A surprisingly well put together group on the whole, but we've got to give our best dressed vote to the scalper's camo/plaid/cable knit ensemble. [The Cut]
Popping Off: SWT gives us a quick refresher on why we should take note of the Italian collar pop. Point taken, but we'd rather wait till April rolls around to start thinking about polo collar etiquette. [StartWithTypewriters]