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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…»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Donald Glover

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It’s hard to host a party. You want everyone to enjoy themselves, which means keeping track of dozens of little details, but it also means having fun yourself. And if your guests happen to be a crowd of cred-obsessed, possibly shrooming college kids, you also don’t want to come off like a square.

The answer, courtesy of Donald Glover, is to wear a tie. He hosted MTVu’s Woodie Awards at SXSW this past week, in an outfit remarkably similar to an i-banker at happy hour. Granted, the tie’s a little longer than we'd like (that’s what he gets for loosening it on the fly), but otherwise it’s just about perfect: sleeves rolled up to just below the elbow and repp stripe just playful enough to feel young.

It’s still a suit, but he’s done everything possible to dress it down. And if you scan the crowd, there’s no mistaking who’s in charge of the show.