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The Six Anoraks to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


In these uncertain times—when any given day could end up 65 degrees and sunny, or 45 and overcast—a trusty lightweight rain jacket is indispensable.

And our favorite is a knock-around anorak. Easy to stow in a briefcase or bottom desk drawer and ready to be retrieved when the clouds roll in. So we’ve rounded up the best on the market for spring.

Herewith, the six anoraks to consider...»

The Weekend Sales Report Card

  • Kempt Staff


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 an Indian Spring: Odin is kicking off their spring sale today with 30% to 40% off select items. Discount: A Sizes Available: B- Selection: B+

For the Pre-Summer Stock-Up: Gant is throwing a spring/summer sunset sale with up to 50% off a good selection of in-season menswear. Discount: A+ Sizes Available: B+ Selection: A-

For the Big Swimmer: J.Crew is slashing 30% off all their swimwear online this weekend. Discount: B Sizes Available: A Selection: A

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

Save It for a Sunny Day: The Five Best Straw Hats Out There

  • Najib Benouar


While the Masters and Coachella are drawing two very different crowds, those crowds have got one thing in common: they’ll be spending most of the weekend outdoors, under the unrelenting sun.

And your most reliable form of portable shade is a good straw hat.

The straw hat comes in many forms—from the venerable panama hat to the stubby-brimmed situations you see crowning a lot of heads in LA—but there happens to be some darn good-looking options out there these days, and not just in the typical wheat-chaff color. So we took the liberty of finding you the five best woven hats on the market today. (We presumed you wouldn’t mind.)

Tip your hats right this way, gentlemen.»

Everything You Need to Know About Your New Year’s Eve Bow Tie

  • Najib Benouar

One of our favorite sartorial holiday traditions is the New Year’s Eve tuxedo.

And the most important part of the look is your bow tie—sitting there, dead center, staring back at everyone, inviting them to drink in your tuxedoed-ness in full splendor. Done right, a well-chosen bow tie can make up for some overzealous peak lapels or lightly scuffed tux loafers, but the wrong one could ruin an otherwise splendid black-tie affair. The trick is to choose wisely and make it a notch different than anyone else who dare rival your penguin suit. (And by different, we mean better.)

So we’ve gone ahead and rounded up your three best bow tie options for the night of the big countdown—and thrown in a primer on how to tie them, just in case you need a refresher.»

The Return of the Mop

The haircuts of Paris Fashion Week are always a bit outlandish, but we noticed a heartening trend this time around: the return of the mop-top.

Granted, it never really went away, but this year saw a proliferation of mops unlike anything in recent memory. Scanning models, we spotted the McCartney cut on gentlemen at Lanvin, Paul Smith and every last model at Kenzo. (Balmain is close, but that’s really more of a Bieber.)

The lesson? The era of the awkwardly named Hitler Youth cut is coming to a close—and the mods are filling the void. We couldn’t be happier.

Out for a Jog


It looks like Kanye’s favorite suitier is getting into jogging.

Lanvin’s latest collection just hit stores with what the designer calls “a mix of couture and jogging,” which in this case means a hat and gloves to match your suit and an artfully bunched one-button version…which we suppose boosts your wind resistance. We’ll stick with this classic two-button, which keeps the curveballs limited to a bit of contrast fabric on the collar.

And if you feel like picking up the matching gloves, you’ll know where to find them.

808s and Seersucker


Kanye West is one of the pricklier style icons out there, so it’s good to have a guide to exactly what he’s after. (Other than, you know, the blog.) And if his latest Ten Essentials are to be believed, a lot of it boils down to this seersucker dinner jacket.

In Mr. West’s words: “I could wear it in Hawaii with a t-shirt, I could wear it in New York with a dress shirt. It embodies everything I like to be and do in fashion, riding the line between luxury and casual. It speaks volumes.” We hate to say it…but he’s right.

Wearing a t-shirt under a suit jacket is hardly a sartorial feat, but when it’s this jacket, things get a lot more interesting. And there’s something to be said for taking an amazing item and wearing it in every context imaginable. If we’d just dropped a couple grand at Lanvin, we’d be excited too.