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Your Spring Awakening Begins Now: The Checklist

Spring Menswear

Wednesday marks the vernal equinox and thus the official end to winter and beginning of spring.

Which means you’ve basically got this week to check off any lingering items on your winter bucket list, and then get yourself fully into spring mode. (And you know what that means: the reappearance of sundresses. Lovely, lovely sundresses.)

So, during this week, we’re helping you out with a little series we like to call “Your Spring Awakening.” And we begin with your spring preparedness guide (you may want to print this out and tape it to your bathroom mirror).

Herewith, everything you should have done by week’s end.»

What Your Rainwear Says About You

Raingear

With spring showers beginning to sprinkle over the northern hemisphere, it’s more than likely you’ll be reaching for a raincoat sometime soon—or looking for a new one. And in 2013, there’s a dizzying array of options to choose from. But before you head out into the damp unknown in your finest waterproof jacketry, you should know what your choice in gear says about you.

So, without further ado: what your rainwear says about you, according to Kempt.»

Steve McQueen’s Chevy Is Up for Grabs

Auction Block: You can own the car Steve McQueen drove in his final film—a Chevy Styleline DeLuxe Convertible. McQueen liked it so much, he bought it when the movie wrapped.

Return of the Mac: Put This On extols the virtues of a good raincoat—especially as spring looms large.

What’s in a Name: Gawker suddenly takes issue with the most recent antics of yesterday’s Kempt Icon, Prince.

Cover Art: PopSci turns the past 67 years of classic sci-fi novel covers into one Technicolor infographic.

Capsule New York, by the Numbers

Every year around this time, the pantheon of fine menswear purveyors sets up shop in a warehouse deep in the hinterlands of Manhattan. And every year around this time, we trek downtown to check it out. Since most brands show clothes that won’t be available for about six months—and because the show is enormous—we decided the best thing to do was break it down, using our patented scientific formula.

Ergo, Capsule New York 2013, by the numbers:»

The Stat Sheet: Stutterheim Arholma Raincoat

For whatever reason (let’s just blame it on Al Gore), the Eastern Seaboard is being pelted with rain instead of the expected sprinkling of snowflakes.

So instead of our new fur-trimmed boiled wool overcoat, we’ve been reaching for a weatherproof raincoat—like this oilcloth raincoat from the Swedes at Stutterheim. Their motto—“Swedish melancholy at its driest”—tells you just about everything you need to know. Here’s the rest:

The Story: Ever since the founder of Stutterheim discovered his grandfather’s fishing coat in an old barn in Sweden, he’s been determined to recreate the old-school ruggedness of the jacket, with a modern cut (so it fit better than the tent-like raincoat he started with). This pine-green number is the newest jacket in the line.

Who to Channel: A craggy Nordic fisherman; Paul Belmondo hopping a private flight with Catherine Deneuve on a misty day.

When to Wear It: Anytime the heavy stuff starts pouring down—the seams are double-taped to prevent any dampness from seeping through.

Think of This As: Your low-tech beats high-tech solution to your wintry-mix quandaries.

Some inspiration from Mr. Belmondo, after the jump.»

The Perfect Raincoat

Seattle just birthed a new homespun clothing line... and naturally, their first item is a raincoat.

The brand is Freeman Seattle (not to be confused with these guys), and the raincoat is pretty close to perfect. The design takes after the classic Sierra Designs 60/40 parka, but as with many classic items, this one turns out to be cheaper to make from scratch.

And in the grand tradition of Northwestern rain gear, it’s as light as possible—which should be handy once March rolls around.

Consider the Neighbors

By the windowvia YHBTI

The Bean Boot Returns: Justin Bridges shows off some extremely handsome L.L.Bean Signature gear. Cable Shetland, gentlemen. [tucked]

The Wisdom of the Blouson: Derek Guy sings the praises of the short Italian jacket. [Die, Workwear]

Getting Technical: Isaora makes a pretty sharp raincoat. [Selectism]

Callin’ Oates: In a bleak world, the Hall & Oates Hotline is there whenever you’ve got a phone and need to hear “Rich Girl.” [The Atlantic Wire]

The Emergency Raincoat

Nau’s Palm Pullover

If you’re anywhere on the east coast, you’re going to see quite a bit of rain this weekend. And you’re going to want to be equipped.

Our comprehensive guide can be found here, but for a more recent option, check out Nau’s Palm Pullover. It’s a synthetic take on the hoodie that’s light enough to be folded up in the bottom of a briefcase, or a desk drawer, or a glove compartment. When the inevitable happens, you’ll be able to keep your powder dry—along with your phone and, most importantly, your hair.

And since it happens to be on sale, now’s the time to pick it up. As for what you’ll do once you get inside…we’ll get to that in a minute.