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The Anatomy of a Trench Coat, Game of Thrones Returns and Visiting Southwick’s Suit Factory

  • Kempt Staff


Entrenched: Well Spent goes hands-on with American Trench to get an itemized look at the return on investment.

Game Time: With the return of Game of Thrones on Sunday, Wired endeavors to get you up to speed. (Spoilers abound.)

Fitting In: Gilt MANual has some solid advice for anyone still wondering exactly how a good pair of pants should fit.

Well Suited: An up-close-and-personal tour of Southwick’s legendary suiting factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts.

Know Your Size: A Five-Step Guide to Buying Shirts Online

  • Najib Benouar

Shirt sizing

To even the most hardscrabble gentleman of style, online shopping can be unsettling—like rowing in a vast ocean filled with “slim-fit" shirts, cryptic neck-to-sleeve ratios and hard-to-translate European conversions that might end up hanging like burlap sacks from your shoulders.

But we’re here to tell you that with a little preparation and study, there’s no reason to be scared of filling your cart with all that Italian linen and Scottish tweed that’s been tempting you from afar for so long.

It’s finally here: the definitive guide to buying clothes online that actually fit.»

The Future of Fit


As tempted as we are by the vast wealth of style goodies available online, there’s a serious problem with buying things online: You never know how something’s going to look until you try it on.

That golden rule has led many gentlemen of style to swear off eCommerce entirely, but there’s help on the way.

More specifically, there are Estonian robots on the way.

The device in question comes from the Estonian firm, which just talked its way into $1.7 million of seed funding with the promise of an eCommerce fitting room.

Here’s how it works: Instead of relying on simple sizing, you’ll input a tailor’s slate of measurements—including oft-overlooked numbers like neck circumference and the distance from the wrist to the back of the neck—and will adjust the mannequin accordingly.

So when you want to see that polo on a torso shaped exactly like yours, the eCommerce will have the perfect picture at the ready. (The curious can try it out on the site.) It hasn’t landed at any shops just yet, but we’d guess it’s only a matter of time.

The Body, the Man


Men’s Flair just weighed in on Cary Grant’s love for the neckerchief, and they clued us in on an intriguing fact: it was less sartorial inspiration than problem-solving.

Grant spent his teenage years as a traveling acrobat (really), and the physical demands left him with a thickly muscled neck. When he reinvented himself as a gentleman of distinction (and changed his name from the less-imposing Archie Leach), he turned to high collars and, on less formal occasions, neckerchiefs to disguise his mighty trunk. In short, it’s a hall-of-fame play and what people mean when they name Grant as a style icon.

Bodies come with all sorts of strange quirks, and a lot of style is working with your own set of physical quirks. That doesn’t mean obsessing over “flaws,” but it does mean paying attention to how you fit into the clothes you’re wearing. In short, it’s about knowing your body, which means a lot than just knowing your size. That’s a more personal part of style than who makes a good cardigan—it’s your body, after all. That makes it a lot harder to write blog posts about, but it’s worth remembering the next time you’re visiting your tailor.