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The Weekend Sales Report Card

Weekend Sales

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For Looking Fashion-Forward to Summer: Opening Ceremony is knocking 20% off most of their spring wares with the code SpringFling20. Discount: B Sizes Available: A- Selection: B+

For Princely Pants: Dockers is throwing a Friends and Family sale with 30% off everything, including their Alpha Khakis—which were recently spotted on British royal Prince Harry—with the code FF2013. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Swimmers: Get up to 60% off swimwear at Nordstrom, featuring one of our favorite trunk-makers: Orlebar Brown. Discount: A Sizes Available: B Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale, after the jump.»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

Sales

We’ve filtered through all of the online sale noise and graded your best options out there, should you feel inclined to do any menswear browsing this weekend...

For the Alabama Ties: Lyonstate is taking 20% off all orders with the code SPRING20. Discount: B+ Sizes Available: A Selection: A+

For the Spring in Your Step: Shipley & Halmos is knocking 30% off footwear and select spring gear, through the weekend. Discount: A- Sizes Available: B+ Selection: B+

More of the good stuff on sale after the jump.»

Harnessing Your Chino

We won’t spend any more time extolling the virtues of chinos. You’re probably wearing a pair now. We’ll just say this: a classic is a classic—from British officer khaki to go-to-hell red. It doesn’t matter what you’re hearing right now, you’ll be wearing chinos of every stripe, summer after summer, regardless of what #menswear is telling you. Which is why we'd rather survey the whole spectrum—a little reminder of what was and a little inspiration for what will be. Whether you’re going full-on Lapo Elkann or keeping it classic, Miles Davis-style, let this be your guide.

Let this be your guide»

Emily Ruhl Is Angry at Her Curtains

Emily Ruhlvia The Ones To Watch

In Praise of Thom Sweeney: A beautiful British-cut jacket, courtesy of Thom Sweeney and Simon Crompton. [Permanent Style]

The Pain Ray Is Now a Real Thing: An intrepid defense blogger has a firsthand encounter with DARPA’s new “pain ray,” also known as the Active Denial System. [Wired]

Nice Pants: A preview of Dockers’ new K-1 khakis, due out this summer. [Selectism]

The Killer App That Wasn’t: A tour of SXSW turns up surprisingly few game-changing apps. Here’s what you need to know about...and what you don’t. [FWD]

The State of the Khaki

The khaki is having a good year.

Our Exhibit A is this pair from Brooklyn’s own Left Field, which sports a herringbone pattern so subtle, you won’t even see it unless you’re looking closely; it’ll just look a little more weathered than your average chino. Throw in a decidedly non-skinny cut and you’ve got one of the most versatile pairs of pants we’ve seen all season.

And if you don’t feel like dropping $180 just yet, we’d direct you to Exhibit B, Dockers’ Alpha Khaki, a surprisingly rugged item that hit the $60 sweet spot on the Dockers site earlier this week.

The Kempt Guide to the September Issues

Esquire September Issue

As you may have noticed from the stack of glossy pages threatening to break your coffee table, it’s time for the September issues—the print-world primer for everything that happens in style for the next six months.

So we took it upon ourselves to methodically flip through GQ, Esquire and Details (which add up to roughly the page count of Crime and Punishment) and provide scientific analysis.

Brace yourselves…»

Beyoncé Will Not Allow You To Leave The Boudoir

The Battle of the Bowtie: A symposium on whether men should wear bow ties. We’ll admit this much: it’s an advanced move. [Esquire]

The Khaki of Our Lives: Details sings the praises of Dockers’ Alpha Khaki. We wholeheartedly agree. [Details]

From the Source: A 90-second video opus on knowing where your clothes come from—wherever that may be. [Etsy]

The London Barber: Your good deed of the day, courtesy of a 40-year-old barbershop in need of a few repairs. [Keep Aaron Cutting]

The Big Pocket

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This Army pant arrived today from Steven Alan and Dockers, with the flat twill you’d expect from Dockers and the clever twists you’d expect from Mr. Alan. But our main interest was that stitched front pocket.

It’s not exactly a cargo pocket, but if you needed somewhere to stash a smartphone, it’s the perfect size. And since it’s clinging to your hips instead of your thighs, the pocket dodges most of the problems we have with the dreaded cargo pant.

It doesn’t hurt that the fabric’s so perfectly weather-beaten. As brute utility goes, it's pretty handsome stuff.