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Five 11th-Hour Halloween Costumes

  • Kempt Staff


Halloween falling on a workday presents a real challenge for any well-dressed man (and just in case you forgot, that’s happening tomorrow).

Luckily, we’ve got a few solutions for you—and they all involve the suit you’ll be wearing anyway. All you’ve got to do is throw a couple things on over your suit as you head from the office to your costume party, and you’re ready to go.

Herewith, five 11th-hour Halloween costumes.»

Dusting Off: The Black-Tie Masquerade Ball

  • Kempt Staff


News flash: Halloween is this Friday.

And you’re probably on the hook for at least one party this weekend—meaning you’re going to have to wear a costume that could very well sacrifice your dignity, or worse: your stylish reputation.

But this wasn’t always so—in fact, there was a day and age when dressing up only required a tuxedo and a mask, demonstrated by one Mr. Frank Sinatra, above.

Now this is the sort of costume party we would attend gladly...»

Style Icons Celebrating in Costume


We’re going to venture a guess and say that there are at least four sexy-somethings, 12 Don Drapers and a hearty handful of cat ears somewhere in your office at this exact moment.

That’s right, folks—it’s Halloween.

And in the event that you’re looking for some stylish inspiration on the subject, we’ve brought in some seasoned dress-up professionals to prepare you for a little handsomely costumed revelry of your own—regardless of whether it’s of the black-tie or the door-to-door variety.

Let us now present: style icons celebrating in costume, after the jump...»

A Gentleman’s Guide to the Halloween Hookup

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Advice from certified ladyperson and expert on all things sexy and scary, Michelle Ong.

Halloween festivities can sometimes feel like amateur hour¬—all your favorite haunts (heh) are packed to the gills, “Thriller” is playing for the 36th time, and you can barely keep yourself from punching the guy in the Kim Kardashian costume.

And yet, every time this most hallowed time of year rolls around, we slap on the face paint, go dancing like it’s the Second Coming and flirt outrageously with someone dressed like a meme. Why do we do it? Because transforming into someone else—with the aid of masks, feathers and the rest of it—gives us license to act like somebody else. Even if that somebody else is a drunk Sharknado.

After the jump, your quick-and-dirty guide to the three types of people you’ll encounter while pursuing your Halloween hookup.»

The Three Things in Your Closet That Will Save Halloween

  • Najib Benouar


It’s happening whether you like it or not: Halloween is next Thursday.

And while many a stylish man has exercised his due right to opt out of the schmaltzy affair entirely—you’re more than welcome to stay home with a bowl of candy and a glass of scotch—if you’ve been invited to a costume party, you’re honor-bound to come up with something good. Luckily, you probably have one of the following three things in your closet that should work in a pinch—and preserve some dignity...

Herewith, the costumes you can build with the following three items...»

Ada Kristine Has Tried On One Too Many Costume Ideas

  • Kempt Staff

via The Libertine

Cinema Verité: Cool Material recommends the 10 documentaries every guy should see. [Cool Material]

Hollow Wean: For those of you who’ve yet to put any thought in your Halloween costume, Esquire has your three best topical options that should work in a pinch. [Esquire]

Folloween: And just in case those costume ideas weren’t your cup of tea, perhaps one of GQ’s 15 most stylish options might work. [GQ]

Storm’s a Brewin’: Now that you know how to stylishly weather a hurricane, see what Sandy looks like from NASA’s space station 250 miles up. (Hint: still massive.) [The Atlantic]

Paz Will Be Paz

The Lion in Winter: G. Bruce Boyer is cooler than all of us. In this interview, he proves it. [WSJ]

Shades of Blue: Behind the scenes at Brooklyn Denim Co. Apparently Tellason moves more product than we thought. [On the Runway]

Still Not That Scary: For anyone celebrating Halloween in LA, this haunted house looks pretty legit. (Spoiler alert, we suppose.) [Cool Hunting]

A Taxonomy of Candy: And here’s which candy to care about, in case you didn’t already know. [Boing Boing]

A Gentleman’s Guide to Halloween

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s coming. In just a week and a half, you’re going to be faced with a flood of invitations to costume parties, and you’re going to have to find a costume in the spirit of the occasion that doesn’t make you look like a complete doofus. We’re not going to lie to you, it won’t be easy—but we’ve got a few ideas on how to make it through unscathed.

The three things to remember this Halloween…»

Gentlemen, Your Halloween Costume Is Ready

We don’t normally go for souvenir jackets, but this one’s too good to pass up. Spurred on by the whims of just about everyone we’ve talked to in the last week, someone’s finally put together a replica of the satin scorpion jacket from Drive.

Naturally, it’s hard for us to be impartial about this—so we’ll just say it’s good news.

We’ll be the first to admit, the jacket’s not perfect. It’s sold through an unusually sketchy site and we can’t vouch for the quality—even compared to your average, non-film-related satin souvenir jacket. Still, Halloween’s closer than you think.

Now, to find a plastic hammer.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Russell Simmons

Despite every indication to the contrary, a Halloween costume doesn’t have to be over-the-top to be brilliant.

Caught outside Heidi Klum’s Halloween bash at Lavo, Russell Simmons costume doesn’t look that different from something he might wear on the street (give or take a few decades) but style is style. If you’re an old-school hip-hop legend, Adidas and chains are always going to look pretty good on you. And we’d guess he didn’t have to do too much digging to find the right ones.

As for a blow-by-blow of each item…we’d start here.

Mariana Idzowska is Unhappy With her Showgirl Costume

There is Nothing Worse than a Drunk Chewbacca: A treatise on the importance of drinking-friendly costumes. [Esquire]

Alone in the Dark: A film snob’s rundown of the ten scariest movies ever made. Hard to argue with #4. [In Contention]

Big Heads: Quite possibly the most unsettling costume you’ll see all weekend…although it may make it difficult for him to drink. [Boing Boing]

From the Past: And, if you need yet more inspiration, here are the costumes of 22 adorable children from the 80s. Enjoy. [Urlesque]