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Rihanna Isn't A Hugger

  • Kempt Staff

via Highsnobiety

Honeycombs on My Legs: Perhaps the best thing that’s come from the Fuck Yeah Menswear oeuvre yet: a reading by Morgan Freeman. [FYM]

Prince Hakeem: An oral history of the destined-for-greatness Houston Rockets of the early 1980s. [Grantland]

Drunk Nate Silver: The biggest winner in the aftermath of the presidential election has become stat wunderkind Nate Silver, who perfectly predicted the electoral vote and now has his own meme. [Gawker]

Where Every Shirt Knows Your Name: Connecting Cheers with an autumnal staple, the rugby shirt. [Valet]

Magdalena Frackowiak Is Going Mantel

  • Kempt Staff

On Paper: Put This On gives the co-eds of today a firm talking-to when it comes to their on-campus attire. [PTO]

In Practice: Ivy Style comes up with a similarly timed pictorial on fall campus style (or rather, post-prep dropout style). Good stuff. [Ivy Style]

Spray-Tan-Gate: BuzzFeed digs deep on the issue of whether or not Romney has been keeping his bronze visage by spray-tanning. You might not like what they find. [BuzzFeed]

Hay Now: A series of pictures of the candidates making speeches near hay. [Daily Intel]

The Presidential Gray

  • Najib Benouar

No, we’re not talking about Obama’s hair color.

We’re talking about suits. So far we’ve seen a lot of navy on the campaign trail this election season, but the equally “safe” suit color of gray has been totally avoided on stage. It was once a White House favorite (see President Truman and his gray-swathed Cabinet above). But politicians have been afraid of the gray debate suit ever since an ill-fated Nixon showed up to the first televised debates in a light charcoal suit that looked so much like the stage backdrop on black-and-white television, the producers quickly repainted it minutes before airtime (the paint was still wet, and Nixon still faded away).

But we think today, with the debate stage backdrop usually some form of dark blue (and you know, color TV), showing up in a gray suit would have the opposite effect—leaving the candidate in the navy suit to fade into the background. (Perhaps a Reagan-esque brown suit could be even more impactful.)

Though you’ll still have to choose your tie color wisely.

Style Icons for George McGovern

Warren Beatty on the phone as he campaigns for Senator George McGovern’s Democratic presidential nomination.

Leading up to his 1972 presidential bid, Senator George McGovern, who died over the weekend at the age of 90, met with a group of Hollywood celebrities at the home of Shirley MacLaine. Since he was not well-known and had little support within the Democratic Party, it was decided that the entertainment industry could lend the McGovern campaign some much-needed credibility, charisma and cash.

And so a new generation of Hollywood liberal activists emerged, the first to do so since McCarthyite blacklists of the early ’50s had driven showbiz liberalism deep into the walk-in closets of Malibu and Mulholland Drive.

Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, scheduled a series of high-profile concerts, fundraisers and East Hampton pickup baseball games, attended by the likes of Jack Nicholson, Burt Lancaster, Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight and so on. “We got involved because we were people who cared,” Norman Lear told The Hollywood Reporter on Sunday.

As such, we thought it a fitting tribute to the fallen senator to eulogize him in a pictorial we’re calling:

Style Icons for George McGovern...»

Elsa Hosk Is On The Edge Of Her Seat

  • Kempt Staff

Fast Times: Hodinkee gets hands-on with the watch that Felix Baumgartner wore during his record-breaking jump. [Hodinkee]

Sudsy Suds: Esquire rounds up the best soaps made with beer—apparently, being covered in brewer’s yeast is a good thing. [Esquire]

Cap and Trade: Huffington Post finds a trend in those Paul Ryan workout photos: politicians like to wear baseball caps. [HuffPo]

Rough Rider: Some very prescient advice from Teddy Roosevelt (for choosing a candidate and for life in general). [Art of Manliness]

Models and the Art of the Champagne Celebration

  • Kempt Staff

via Poppin’ Bottles with Models

The Magic Number: The seven things you’re better off buying secondhand rather than new—from vintage watches to cashmere. [Put This On]

Pleat the Fifth: The Wall Street Journal is summoning the return of the pleated pant. [WSJ]

Gratuity Included: The kind souls at Complex have found the 20 most gratuitous movie scenes wherein two ladies get extra-friendly with one another. [Complex]

Working It: The story behind those Paul Ryan workout photos that Time leaked. (Some people will do anything for a “Person of the Year” nod.) [Washington Post]

The Fate of the Nation Is in Your Four-in-Hands

  • Najib Benouar

As you may or may not have noticed, the first presidential debate happened last night.

And while we’ll leave the parsing of half-truths and double-talk to the pundits, we noticed one glaring difference between the candidates: their tie knots. Obama’s was a study in the perfectly dimpled knot—it’s hard to tell whether it was a half-Windsor or just a masterful four-in-hand, but it was textbook, symmetrical, some might even call it professorial. On the other side of the aisle, Romney went with a taut four-in-hand with no dimple—an old blue-blood affectation that felt unfussy and verging upon Kennedy-esque—another surprise, considering everyone expected him to show up and pull a Nixon (which he managed to avoid). In other words, the ties told the whole story: Obama played it safe while Romney came off surprisingly slick.

Remember, ties have been a major stumping point this election year.

Cameron Diaz Is an Expert at Layering

  • Kempt Staff

Yogi Barbera: Always a worthwhile watch, Put This On has just dropped their latest episode—this time reporting live from Milan and spending a day with Luciano Barbera. [PTO]

Election Beer: Beer and politics go hand in hand. Here’s what your suds say about your ballot. [National Journal]

Boys to Men: Art of Manliness digs up a 1933 Harper’s Magazine article on what a young man ought to know. [AoM]

Old Chester: A history lesson on the Chesterfield—a double-breasted topcoat that’s become a rare sight these days. [GQ]

Cintia Dicker Has a Well-Rounded Bucket List

  • Kempt Staff

A Wicked Jump Shot: An oral history of White Men Can’t Jump on the 20th anniversary of its release. So many gems. [Grantland]

Game Changer: Paul Ryan has ditched the sloppy, tieless suiting for a better-fitting, inoffensive polo. [Esquire]

Salty Hogs: A dispatch from Bonneville Speed Week, where hundreds of speed demons attempt to break land speed records atop the Utah salt flats. [Nowness]

The Number 14 Is Unfunny: How Catch-18 became Catch-22 and other pivotal moments in great editing. [The Atlantic]

This Might End in a Tie

  • Najib Benouar

The big news over the weekend was that Mitt Romney finally chose a running mate, Paul Ryan... who showed up to his nomination announcement without a tie around his collar. (Though that woefully baggy jacket might have been an even greater offense.)

The mere sight of it on the podium had a Cajun raging and many under-qualified pundits talking fashion. It was all par for the course—obviously a ploy by the Grand Old Party to play up Ryan’s relative youth. But that shouldn’t have meant he needed to dress like a high school kid heading to his first semiformal dance. He’s 42 and a bit of a head-cracker in the House, which is why Romney went with him (the anti-Palin), so it’s somewhat confusing to see him reprising the aw-shucks role. We’re quite sure the man’s competent enough to tie a solid four-in-hand.

Which is always a good place to start when measuring any candidate’s competency.

Does Mitt Romney Use Hair Product? A Critical Investigation

We’ve never been afraid to ask the tough questions.

It started when the personal stylist of one Willard Mitt Romney swore the candidate has never touched hair product. But Mr. Romney’s impeccable coif suggested otherwise, and from the campaign, there was only an eerie silence... as if there were something they didn’t want us to know.

So on the heels of Romney’s Nevada victory, we conducted a thorough investigation into the apparent styling habits of the Republican front-runner. The results may shock you.

We’re calling it pomade-gate. This one could go all the way to the top.

The shocking, secret truth about Mitt Romney’s hair»

The Reentry: January 30

It was an explosive weekend throughout the world: the revolution intensified in Syria, Mitt Romney finally jiggled Newt’s feathers in Florida, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy refuted a Fox reporter’s claim that their latest film pushed “a pro-environment, anti-capitalist agenda,” and Novak Djokovic ever-so-slightly defeated Rafael Nadal in the longest Grand Slam men’s singles final in history.

Here’s what they may have missed during the six-hour match...»