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The May Issues

The May issues are in and we’ve got a mixed bag on our hands.

May can be a tricky style month to predict. It puts us in the late-spring-but-it-might-already-feel-like-summer zone of weather, so it’s hard to know whether we’re going to want to see umbrellas or madrases. (GQ hedged with umbrellas). It’s safe to assume most of this stuff went to print while April showers were still raging (and Derrick Rose was still playoffs-bound), meaning everyone’s predictions were a little off. So, in the name of menswear journalism, we trod through the mid-weight blazers, the white canvas shoes (well in advance of Memorial Day), a few instances of déjà vu and an unsettlingly low amount of eye candy to bring you...

Everything you need to know from May’s crop of glossies.»

Jessica Chastain is Having an Emotional Shower

Tuxedo Wisdom: A guide to the tuxedo which, other than being inappropriately soft on the “tuxedo suit” monstrosity, is pretty much on point. [Wax Wane]

Pump the Brakes: A guide to not drinking too much at your upcoming office party. Avoiding tonic helps, apparently. [The Trad]

I Object!: The percentage of married Americans is at its lowest point ever, so feel free to hit on that attractive older woman at the bar. [Slatest]

Fashion Just Got Nerdier: An impassioned interview arguing for fashion APIs. If you don’t know what that means, you’ll find out soon. [Business of Fashion]

The Wedding Ring

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A style can mean a lot of different things, so we like to embrace simplicity where we can find it. Which is why we’re big fans of the wedding ring.

Today saw a little healthy debate on the question of married men going ringless in the workplace, but we’re skeptical. In particular, we’d like to call up this bit of timeless wisdom: squirming is not a good look. And if your job is anything other than metalworker or drug snitch, you’re not getting out of this one.

We’re not such big fans of jewelry in general—and we certainly don’t suggest getting hitched just for the accessories—but if that’s where you find yourself, it’s one of the simplest statements you can make: “I’m married.” If that’s too much of a mouthful, we’re not sure what to tell you.

Love is Hell

Like all country-tinged bloggers, we have nothing but good things to say about the impending nuptials of singer/actress Mandy Moore and former Blackbook intern Ryan Adams, but we thought we’d take this opportunity to offer him some style advice, hopefully in time to keep the wedding pictures from being too embarrassing.

There’s a fine line between embracing your inner ’92 and just wearing a Kurt Cobain costume every day. And bleached hair is probably where you cross that line.

Don't Try This at Home, The Future Mrs. Moss and Flashing Some Leg

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Say, "Cheese!": Jackass and Terry Richardson—a match made in chucklehead heaven. [High Snobiety]

Waif Wedding: 33-year-old single mother Kate Moss bucks the statistics by declaring her upcoming nuptials. [Jezebel]

The New Demure: Vanity Fair spoofers photoshop the new polygamist-child-abusing chic onto Hollywood's most desired ingenues. [Vanityfair.com]

Heavy Metal: The most exciting thing to come out of Australia Fashion week might be the illegal use of military assets. [Sydney Morning Herald]

Office Space: ACL visits the busy laboratory of Alexander Olch. [A Continuous Lean]

Drop Them Drawers: Remember, kids, tomorrow is "No Pants Day." [Laughing Squid]

The Great White North: The Canadian Olympic team's official gear is designed to combat smog and good taste. [Globe Sports]

Vertical Horizons, Blonde Bilson and Russian To The Alter

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The Great Pants War: Two competing revolutionaries, Bonobos and Cordarounds, square off against the "Soviet Bloc" of vertical corduroy with the introduction a horizontal variation on the classic fabric. Watch out for the crossfire. [VanityFair.com]

The Long Haul: Back off you vultures. Giorgio Armani ain't going nowhere. [WWD, 2nd item]

Russian Male-Order Bride: Iron-fisted autocrat beloved legally elected Federation President Vladimir Putin tries his best to emulate Nicolas Sarkozy's recent marital success. Fails. [Gawker]

Wigging Out: Unofficial Kempt mascot Rachel Bilson plays blonde for a day. [Egotastic]

Loop de Loop: Harajuku t-shirt maker does it oldschool. [PSFK]

More Celebrity Stink: James Franco, who we actually like, will be the face for Gucci's latest scent. [Luxist]

Boob Tube: Because he hasn't reached complete market saturation, Tommy Hilfiger will soon have his own TV channel. [DNRNews]

Madras Explosion: Ahh! Our eyes! Our eyes! [A Suitable Wardrobe]