Today’s must-reads from around the Internet.
With all of the new socially conscious brands out there these days, you can find just about everything your daily wardrobe requires—but you’ve got to know where to look for the more dapper stuff.
That’s where new webshop Accompany comes in. They’ve already done all of the sourcing and vetting for you—meaning you can hop on their site and shop like you would any other webshop, knowing that whatever you end up with will be fulfilling the tenets of social consciousness and handsomeness. In other words, you can’t go wrong.
Taylor Stitch started out as a humble custom-shirting operation half a decade ago—but since then, the gents have built a small empire of dapperness out of their San Francisco workshop.
They’ve gone from shirts to pants, to belts, to hats, to denim suits.
And now they’re applying their knack for laid-back tailoring to technical gear—in the form of Olivers.
It’s currently in Kickstarter mode—at press time, roughly 48 hours into funding, they’ve already quadrupled their goal—so it’s safe to say they’re making the first iteration. They’re starting out with a pair of go-anywhere shorts (timed for San Francisco’s famed Indian summer) and have plans for expanding into a full line of tailored athletic gear. Which means more sturdy, thoughtfully made gear to stock your duffel bag is on the way.
A Kempt contributor who shall remain nameless (hint: not me, and not Caitlin) had the audacity to wear shorts to the office yesterday.
Finally, at precisely 5:07pm, I mentioned it to him. I asked if I was the first to do so. I was. Was I the first to notice them? I can assure you not. Was this practice acceptable?
Now that athletic gear is finally getting the #menswear treatment, you’d think it’d be easier to find a handsome pair of running shorts.
But for whatever reason, the focus has been mostly on sweatpants (we’ll let you come to your own conclusions about how the sort of athletic prowess required to reblog things on Tumblr plays into that equation). Fortunately, for the active few of you in search of a good pair of running shorts that skew more Bastian than basketball, we’ve rounded up the best on the market right now.
It has come to our attention that the prominence of jean shorts, henceforth referred to as “jorts,” has been increasing in recent months. In fact, in June we even saw our friends over at GQ endorsing them. (Though not their shortened nomenclature.) And suffice it to say, we’re more than a little concerned.
Knee-length denim is not a notion to be taken lightly.
Now, this isn’t the first time such a sartorial dilemma has given us pause. (See: mandals.) It’s certainly not going to be the last, either. But, as in the past, we’d rather not outright condemn such risk taking. No, instead we’d rather just give you some qualifications to consider before you go cutting that pair of pre-distressed Levi’s at the knee and calling it a day.
The 113th US Open went off this weekend, and it had us pining for the glory days of golf fashion. Back when the hair was feathered, the caps were newsboy and the prints were bold.
The ostentatious culture peaked around the time of Caddyshack, but thankfully, some pieces have remained steadfast. Most notably, madras.
The fabric is lightweight, easy to maintain and stays sharp when traditional suiting would fold under wrinkle-inducing humidity. So versatile, you can pretty much find any garment rocking its signature tartans. Hence, we went ahead and found all the gear necessary to don you from head to toe.
Consider this a late-breaking addition to our great moments in shorts…
Because we may have finally found the perfect pair of summer shorts, by way of menswear blogger darling label Unis: the Emmett.
Unis basically took the label’s highly coveted Gio pants and cut them off at the exactly appropriate length—baring just enough knee to keep things interesting, while not going full-on Larry Bird. Most importantly, the short pants retain the casually tailored-ness and Italian cotton of their forefather.
The prospect of celebrating summer’s inaugural weekend might have you toying with the idea of spending the entire three days in a pair of shorts (especially if you plan on being poolside the whole time).
But going pantsless is a deceptively tricky move—wrought with pitfalls and misconceptions.
More often than not, they’re considered a necessary evil. Tom Ford famously said that a man should never wear them. Inevitably, someone will rib you with that moldy chestnut about never taking a man in shorts seriously. But in the right hands—er, on the right gams—they can be serviceable, arguably even stylish. It’s been done before, to varying degrees of success.
So, as menswear anthropologists, in our quest to find out how we got into this pantsless existential crisis, we present to you:
When it comes to shorts, we’ve always been of the mind that if you’re going for it, you have permission to get loud. (With the caveat: not at the office.)
And until recently, your only options were of the plaid or embroidered-critter variety meant for rebellious trads. But this season has seen more new patterned shorts on the market than perhaps ever. Stripes, ikat, paisley, liberty and batik prints. There are a lot more ways to get tastefully loud these days (which means you’ll want to outfit the rest of your body in a solid-color oxford cloth button-down, pocket tee or polo shirt—for the sake of everyone’s retinas, keep it to one pattern). So we rounded up our favorites of the bunch, to get you ready for the season.
We’re not out of the summerwoods just yet.
And the most recent attempt to endorse men’s shorts by the NY Times’ Sunday Style section reminded us of a pair that should do the trick: the Angus Young short from Left Field. They’re slim, hit above the knee and come in just about every color your favorite chinos do (h/t Well Spent). Plus, they’re on a tail-end-of-season sale (though, for those of you in the South and West, there’s still plenty of time to get some good mileage out of them).
Just remember the rules on shorts suits.
Everyone’s favorite Southern gentleman-haberdasher, Sid Mashburn, has just put a sweeping range of blazers, canvas shorts and belts on sale. There’s really nowhere to go wrong, but if you’re in the market for a navy hopsack suit or a gun-check blazer, you’re in luck—Mashburn’s off-the-rack tailoring is highly sought after. Which means the clock is ticking…
If Vineyard Vines, Bonobos and the 1984 Celtics had a love child, he would likely be a better-than-average squash player, a devoted Jackopierce fan, and come July in Edgartown, he’d wear a whole lot of Chubbies shorts. So you can imagine our hesitation when our very own Chubbies arrived—a greenish gingham selection from the Pony Collection. Also included in the order was a complimentary koozie—Mount Gay and tonic sold separately.
A couple undeniable facts about Chubbies: they’re on the cusp of being too short (perfect for Bird, iffy for Magic), they’re on the cusp of being too bold (particularly the hot pink “Hoffs”), their name is synonymous with a partial erection, and they’re among the most comfortable beer-pong shorts we’ve ever worn: perfect pockets, sure-fly zippers and an elastic, draw-stringed waistline that screams, “You earned that lobster roll.”
That said, time and place is everything when it comes to Chubbies. Which is why we’re rolling out an entirely new format today on Kempt—a third base coach for bright, short shorts, of sorts.
Gentlemen, this is how you pull off shorts. The pics come from New York’s own Saturdays Surf—the closest thing Manhattan has to beach bums—and they show off the perfect playbook for your next beach trip: a tee, an unbuttoned overshirt and a pair of shorts hitting just a few inches over the knee. Choosing the colors is up to you.
Ladies and gentlemen, the perfect pair of shorts.
We’re not just saying that because they happen to be on sale. The next time you step into a fitting room, this is what you should be looking for: the snug waistline, the bare minimum of extra room in the legs and, more importantly, a few all-important inches between the bottom hemline and the top of your knee.
And just for extra credit, a pair of white sneakers with no socks. Well played all around.
The options for eye-popping beachwear just keep getting better.
These Hawaiian shorts come from Reyn Spooner (with a little help from Opening Ceremony). The archival fabric is from one of the dustier ends of Spooner’s history—more Jack Lord than Tom Selleck—which adds some much needed retro style. And since our first commandment of summer shorts is tasteful loudness, we’re understandably impressed.
They’ve also got a brace of camp shirts on offer—but for your retinas’ sake, stick to one pattern at a time.
It’s one of our favorite rules of summer style: If you can pull off shorts, you have permission to get loud. And if you’re tired of the eye-popping plaids of the Newport set, Rogue Territory has dug up a new kind of camouflage just for the occasion.
It’s called raindrop camo, inspired by an Eastern European pattern that hasn’t been seen since the 70s. The result is a vaguely military vibe you can’t find at a surplus store—unless it’s a surplus store in Leipzig. And since the fabric weighs in at 10 ounces, you don’t have to be squeamish about taking them to the beach.
As we’ve mentioned before, we tend to be skeptical of shorts in a professional setting. Even if you’re spending much of your day outside, there simply has to be another way.
But recent news has put our credo to the test. Apparently the police officers who patrol the U.S. Capitol have been banned from wearing shorts, despite 100-plus temperatures in DC. But the reason, we have to say, is a good one: knee shorts look silly when you’re carrying an automatic rifle.
You’ll be seeing a lot of summer gear in the blogodome over the next few weeks, and to the untrained eye it might seem like everyone’s going to spend the next three months in shades, shorts and brightly colored t-shirts.
They’re all good things to have in your closet, provided you know when and where to break them out—but in the wrong hands, they’re a faux pas waiting to happen.
So as a public service, we thought we’d share the sartorial code we live by during the summer.
We spent the last few days surveying a mind-boggling number of Summer ’11 collections at the Capsule and ENK shows, and the biggest trend to emerge out of the muddle may have been corduroy shorts. We ran across pairs from Rogues Gallery (pictured), Lightning Bolt, and even the cotton tie-makers at Camo. If you’re wondering what it they look like in person, you can pick one up from L. L. Bean’s Signature Collection. In other words…they’re everywhere.
We’ll confess to being a bit puzzled by all this, and not just because L. L. Bean managed to be the first out of the gate. In heat like this, the last thing we want is some stifling cords—but we’d probably feel differently if we did more sailing.
Sometimes, the weather calls for more lightweight shorts…and magically the marketplace responds. Welcome to the summer, Recession Rags. We’re glad to see you.
Granted, it’s an odd name for shorts running upwards of a hundred bucks, but if you’re jonesing for black seersucker it might be well worth it. Add in some brightly patterned liners (stitched together from salvaged overstock cloth) and you should have something to get you through July.
Not to mention any racetrack visits you may have lined up.
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