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“Cool” is an elusive thing.

It’s all but impossible to explain—but when you see it, you know it.

And John Belushi was it. Sure, he was uproariously funny and magnetic on film, but it was that inexplicable air of cool surrounding him and everything he did that made him more than just another schlubby comic. While his dress did err toward the prototypically disheveled funnyman, he still managed to make an untucked shirt and loose tie look good (on him). He had a propensity for stubby brims that predated his era (and the following one that ruined them) and seemed to have a genuine sense of personal style. And for that we’d like to applaud him.

With a celebration of John Belushi, in five iconic pictures.»

The Most Stylish Cartoons of All Time

Cartoons

You may not have realized it, but your sartorial consciousness was already being formed at a much earlier age than the day you discovered your first Americana blog or received that particularly slick belt on your 12th birthday...

It all began during your footie-pajama’d Saturday morning routine, thanks to an assortment of surprisingly stylish characters (of the cartoon variety). Whether it was Curious George’s yellow-hatted caretaker, Beast’s Renaissance-chic or Smithers’s bow tie. There was a lot to learn from the fastidiously drawn fashionistos of animated film and television—most importantly, the cardinal menswear rule of “building a daily uniform.” But who were the most stylish?

We’re glad you asked, because we’ve rounded up all 24 of them, with respect to their signature looks. Pants optional.»

John Belushi in His Natural Habitat

Today would’ve been John Belushi’s 64th birthday, and of all his memorable comedic moments, his turn as half of the outlaw do-gooders in black suits, fedoras and Wayfarers has always resonated with us most. So we’ve dug up some rarely seen photos of him in full Blues Brothers regalia to commemorate Belushi the elder.

We’re pretty sure that if he were still around to celebrate 64, it would look very similar to this.»

The October Issues

It’s October (yes, already) and that means one thing: a new crop of magazines has hit the shelves. September was the big rallying point for the fall menswear transition, so now it’s less about how fall looks and more about how fall feels: there’s tweed, the upcoming elections and awards season jockeying (coincidentally, each cover featured an A-list actor). So, let’s get into it.

Digging through the October issues, one perfumed page at a time.»

Kate Upton’s Zipper Is Stuck

Well-Cut and Dry: Cool Hunting takes the new Dri-Fit enhanced oxford from Nike for spin and they’re pleasantly surprised with the looks and the moisture wicking. [Cool Hunting]

Light Knight: Vulture hypothesizes that the moments of comedic relief in director Chris Nolan’s gritty movies could be better. Cue the laugh track. [Vulture]

Punch Out: This year the US will field our first women’s boxing team. Which is a major feat in and of itself. [Deadspin]

Un-Required Reading: A good read on the beach is a time honored summer tradition—but you should choose your material wisely. [LA Times]

Back in the Saddle

From the looks of the first episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Seinfeld is up to his old “show about nothing” antics again.

This time around, he’s really pared it to near-absolute-nothing-ness: 12-minute episodes edited down from an afternoon spent chatting with a well-known funnyman. It’s all very Seinfeldian, but what’s most intriguing is the glimpse into the lives of off-duty celebrities—without any scripts or handlers or, most importantly, stylists. From what we’ve gathered from the promo and first episode, comedians are a schlubby bunch (save for Alec Baldwin). It’s a sad state: visible undershirts, white sneakers, Larry David playing Octogenarian Neo in the Boca Raton Seniors Community Theater adaptation of The Matrix.

But there were still some interesting items of note, especially Jerry’s watches. In this episode he’s wearing a Jo Siffert Heuer that we’ve gushed over before, which reveals some real watch aficionado/race car enthusiast cred. We also spotted a Breitling Navitimer in the promo (but will have to confirm once that episode “airs”), and Larry David’s only saving grace is that he’s found his way to an Oliver Peoples shop. It’s a good laugh any way you slice it.

If anything, watch the episode for the spectacular blogger-blue VW and keep an eye on further developments.