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Your Fall Pajama-ing Has Arrived

  • Najib Benouar

SJ_FallWinter13_Announcement.2 Great news for your increasingly crisp morning commutes between bed and the newspaper: Sleepy Jones has just unveiled their fall loungewear.

The recent torchbearers of the loungewear renaissance—it helps to know how to throw a good slumber party—have added a few new stripes and checks into the mix, but the most notable entries are the ones in end-on-end cotton, being modeled here by the unfailingly well-read Mr. David Coggins in luxurious repose. With the end-on-end weave, you get the heartiness of a chambray, without the sheen. So if you were to throw a sport coat over it to grab a cup of coffee, we wouldn’t complain.

Take a few more looks at what your future fall lounging has to offer.»

The 64 Greatest Pajamas of All Time

  • Kempt Staff

Pajamas

What you wear to bed can often feel like an afterthought...

But not today.

Because today we’re giving sleepwear, in all of its glorious forms (including Marilyn Monroe’s lack thereof), its proper due. And after a painstakingly thorough search—no movie set, red carpet or private boudoir went unturned—we managed to assemble a definitive list of the 64 greatest moments in pajama-dom. That’s right, we found every last one of them.

So, without further ado: let us count down the 64 greatest pajamas, ever.»

Doutzen Kroes Wishes You Weren’t Here

  • Kempt Staff

via Selectism

Road Rules: Sam Riley takes on literature’s most peripatetic protagonist, Jack Kerouac’s drifting alter ego, Sal Paradise. [Bullett]

Endless Love: John Mayer (yes, the one who wanted to run through the halls of his high school) pens an ode to his new watch. [Hodinkee]

Pee Jays: Valet rounds up a handful of classic pajamas, just in time for the holiday lounging season. [Valet]

Shawl In: Lenny Kravitz offers a master class on the difference between a big scarf and a blanket you wrap around your neck. [Reddit]

Kempt’s Guide to the Menswear Gift Guides

  • Najib Benouar

No doubt your inbox and just about every menswear site you frequent has made you aware: ’tis the season to be gifting. And, therefore, receiving. (This is geared toward the latter.)

In our ongoing campaign to help you win the holidays, we had our team of menswear research fellows cull every single gift guide on the Internet, pull out all of the best menswear and lay it all out in one handy be-all, end-all guide.

Put all of this on your holiday wish list, if it isn’t already. Or just conspicuously leave this guide open on as many browsers as possible.

Onward, to the bounty of handsomeness that awaits, in Kempt’s Guide to the Menswear Gift Guides.»

A Strong Constitution

  • Najib Benouar

Now that campaign season is gearing up, the photo department over at the New York Times dug up this 1975 snapshot of President Gerald Ford in the White House, practicing his nightly regimen in full bedtime regalia—a robe, velvet pajamas and leather house slippers. Taped to the back of the photo is a short clipping from the 21-page article: “He does 20 push-ups and 20 lifts of his torso. He says he falls asleep in 10 seconds, sleeps soundly for five hours and wakes up fully refreshed.” It’s the spitting image of the grit and dapperness we expect from our Commander in Chief. Even when behind closed doors.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Sleepwear

As the weather slowly turns brisk, you may notice a particular morning chill hitting you the first moment you pull back the blanket. Before too long, you’re going to need to start wearing a few extra layers to bed. The only question is exactly how dapper those layers are going to be.

But don’t answer now. Let’s explore your options first...

The two choices before you»

Lisanne De Jong is Bad at Yoga

Erotic Brooklyn: The Times catches up with the creative pair behind Jacques. [NYTimes]

The Citizen Kane of Hockey: Hockey has some really interesting backstory, it turns out, including this tale of hazing, false identities and murder. The Mighty Ducks was just scratching the surface. [Deadspin]

The Pajamas of the Past: A gentleman’s guide to stylish sleepwear, by way of Mad Men. [Vulture]

Night at the Museum: An Italian site has posted billion-pixel renditions of some of the great Renaissance frescoes. [Boing Boing]

Sleepers

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Pajamas don’t get much respect these days, but if we had to choose a single item of aristocratic gear—aside from a glen plaid three-piece, of course—we’d definitely tend towards sleepwear.

Perusing Paul Stuart’s latest semi-annual sale, for instance, we skipped straight over the silk scarves and point collars and found ourselves drawn to the pajama aisle. Between the bright white piping and the cotton dot fabric, this set might be just about perfect. And depending on how toasty your bedroom is, it might be the perfect time to work them into your nighttime rotation.

Sleepy Town

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One of the charms of travel is seeing the world’s different style quirks: drop-crotch pants in Seoul, flat grays in Stockholm and in Shanghai…pajamas. Since the Middle Kingdom’s home to some of the better PJs in the world, it’s a sartorial highlight in an otherwise drab town, but it looks like the tourist bureau doesn’t see it that way.

In anticipation of the city’s 2010 world expo, the cops are getting the city dressed up…which includes cracking down on anyone seen outside the house in loungewear. It’s a debatable point, but a style fiat is never a pretty thing and it’s already drawing criticism. Even beyond the indignity of fashion police, Shanghai is likely to look a whole lot worse when they’re done with it.

Anyone up for holding a pajama day in protest?

E-Z Bowl

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We were looking through Rag & Bone’s latest offering and the thing that caught our eye wasn’t the puzzling resurgence of the car coat, but the welcome reappearance of the bowling shirt. Only we remember them looking a bit different…

Don’t let the androgynous model fool you, this is a men’s shirt. Shouldn’t there be a cursive nametag somewhere? Shouldn’t there be a polyester sheen? They call it a bowling shirt, but the combination of the piping, the lightweight chambray and the shawl collar put it a lot closer to sleepwear than sportswear.

Then again, maybe it’s just what the times call for.