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Rating The Trends of 2011

Trends of 2011

A lot of new ideas arrived on the menswear scene this past year, but as we cast our gaze forward to 2012, we only see a few of them lasting through the next twelve months. So to let you know what you can safely count on wearing a year from now, we've rated some of the most discussed tricks in the book on a simple AAA-to-D scale (with apologies to Standard & Poors). If you want a credit rating for your double monks, look no further.

See Kempt's rating for five of 2011's most memorable trends»

Paulina Has Taken Over Your Couch

via Fashion Gone Rogue

Top Hat: An updated guide to the style of Fred Astaire, if he’d lived in modern times. Apparently, he would have developed quite a taste for Italian shoes. [Esquire]

The Scissormen: A 20-minute film about an old-school barbershop in North Carolina. Seems they’ve got a pretty good house band. [Open Culture]

The Geometry of the Southwest: The history of the Navajo print—it has more to do with the Pueblo tribe than the Navajo. [Wax Wane]

Mr. Elkann Strikes Back: Oh, and here’s some pictures of Lapo Elkann pulling off an incredibly flashy suit, surrounded by Ferraris. [Driven]

The Fine Print


We love a good challenge.

For instance, pulling off a massive geometric pattern without seeming like an extra in a Metropolis remake.

This denim piece in CHCM caught our eye for its post-Navajo chops, but actually wearing the thing should take quite a bit of preparation. We suggest a khaki cotton blazer and some neutral pants—possibly with a roll or two. Do it right, and you’ll have the futurist-cowboy all to yourself.

The Fine Print


Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

[This polo] from Japan’s Neighborhood takes an unusually direct approach to the Navajo look, taking one of the busier patterns and splashing it all over a loose collared polo shirt. It might be a bit more than we bargained for on its own—the eye can only take so much—but enough neutral layering might do the trick.