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On the Subject of Men Wearing Necklaces...

  • Najib Benouar

There’s been some talk lately about the resurgence of men wearing necklaces—specifically of the African bead persuasion.

Men wearing jewelry has always been a touchy subject, but when it comes to dangling religious or traditional baubles from your nape, we’re of the mind that it requires something chain-link and preferably with a pendant embedded in a manly thicket of chest hair. What we’re saying is: it requires a good amount of burliness to pull off something otherwise relegated to womenswear, and you ought to make sure it’s something that you can wear proudly (say, a cross, chai or trinket your grandfather handed down to you). To drive the point home, we’ve compiled some photos of brawny pretty-boys doing it right (don’t expect to see any purposely tousled deep-Vs or stacked bracelets).

Without further ado, a photographic ode to gold, silver and hirsute manliness.»

Everything is Wrong with Dress Pant Sweatpants

Just as declining bee populations have recently signified a larger, potentially apocalyptic environmental crisis, there have been a handful of style trends throughout history that, when examined up against the broader cultural landscape of the day, have served as distress signals of something very, very wrong with our society.

Well gentlemen, one of those signals is blinking right now: Dress Pant Sweatpants.»

Kempt Man of the Hour: Joe Biden

mothbiden_cropvia WSJ

Oh, Mr. Biden.

As we’ve noticed before, he’s one of the smoother gentlemen in Washington. And even when playing golf with politicians—a veritable Bermuda Triangle of slouchiness—he finds room for a little swagger. Even here, he’s wearing ostensibly the same outfit as Mr. Boehner (to the left, with his back to us), but a slimmer polo and a less cinched belt make all the difference. And most importantly, he’s not afraid to smile for the cameras.

We assume he’s inviting them to see his Trans Am.

Toe the Line


Powerful people make their own rules. Self-styled moguls, especially in the visionary end of the internet, tend to do the same.

So when a co-founder of Google shows up at a keynote wearing Vibram Five Fingers instead of regular, god-fearing shoes, it’s tempting to write it off as creative eccentricity.

But at the risk of having our Gmail account vaporized, we’re going to call this as the disaster it is.

Allow us to elaborate»