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How to Up Your On-Court Style Game


Whether it’s Russell Westbrook in bright paisley at a press conference or Dwyane Wade collaborating with yet another menswear brand, our attention has been mostly off-court lately when it comes to basketball style. (Then again, in-action they’re all dressed eerily similarly.)

But although the pros all have to wear matching tech-y uniforms when they step on the court, there’s no reason that your on-court accoutrements can’t have a little extra stylishness. So we rounded up some of the most dapper sports gear on the market to elevate your pickup-hoops-related handsomeness to the next level.

Shooting for three, after the jump...»

A Gentleman’s Guide to Pickup Games

  • Kempt Staff


Your days of organized sports are most likely behind you. (Save for an office softball league walk-on or two.)

But that doesn’t mean you can’t relive the glory with a few hours of roundball, pigskin or doubles squash every so often. And with ballparks, courts and fields everywhere alive with the spirit of summer, there’s no better time than now to get out there and mix it up a little this weekend.

Luckily for the pickup-game uninitiated, we’ve put together a handy little guide:»

The Evolution of LeBron’s MVP Style

  • Najib Benouar

LeBron James

It’s good to be king.

LeBron James picked up his fourth NBA MVP trophy over the weekend, wearing a suit as equally spectacular as his feat: a well-cut navy kit featuring a Cucinelli-esque 1.5-breasted jacket with peak lapels (and an unfussy usage of pocket square to boot).

It’s advanced coursework in NBA suiting and shows a marked maturity over the louder, more adventurous stuff we’re seeing at postgame press conferences from the youngsters these days. But James’s style maturation didn’t happen overnight. Looking at the past five years of LeBron’s MVP-dom (stretching back to his stay golden years in Cleveland), the guy has come a long way.

An investigation of the MVP style evolution of LeBron James.»

Taking a Closer Look at Jockey Style


Tomorrow at 6:24pm, 20 horses will line up at the track gates of Churchill Downs. Two minutes later, one of those horses will win the Kentucky Derby.

And when it does, there will be a tiny, nameless man in a brightly patterned jersey strapped to its back with a grin from ear to ear.

The ultimate second banana to the animals they ride, jockeys don’t get much of the glory for the big race. But what they’re often most remembered for are the flashy colors on their backs—uniforms known as “silks” that are steeped in sartorial tradition. So in honor of the weekend’s festivities, we’re taking a closer look at the mystery behind the race-day attire of these compact athletes.

With a brief history lesson and some iconic photos of the silks in action.»

Icon: Bobby Jones

  • Najib Benouar

Bobby Jones

With the Masters set to tee off tomorrow, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate the legacy and style of its cofounder, golf legend and all-around dapper Southern gent Bobby Jones.

He lived a life of mythic proportion by dominating the game of golf while never even going pro—by profession, he was a lawyer, and golf was his very serious hobby—all while wearing a tie and tweed trousers.

He won the four major tournaments of his day by age 28, “retired” from golf and went on to codesign America’s most prestigious golf course (Augusta National) and cofound the game’s most prestigious tournament (the Masters) all in his backyard (Atlanta). His style was as fluid as his swing: silk ties tucked into his shirts, cricket sweaters, three-piece suits. Stuff that puts our modern-day tech-fabric-wrapped players to shame. To really understand it, you’ll have to see it for yourself...

Six more impeccable photos of Kempt Icon: Bobby Jones.»

The Most Stylish College Basketball Coaches of All Time

  • Najib Benouar

Basketball Coaches

Introducing Kempt’s March Madness bracket, wherein we pit the most iconic college basketball coaches against one another in an attempt to finally nail down who’s the most stylish of them all.

As you’d expect, it takes more than just sporting a pocket square or one nice blazer every so often to be named one of the most stylish college coaches of all time—everyone looks at least halfway decent in a suit and tie.

We were looking for coaches with a distinct through-line of personal style—and since most of these guys spent decades and multiple trend cycles on the sidelines, it usually came down to one iconic item they’d never given up. John Wooden’s thick-rimmed glasses, Bob Knight’s red sweaters or even Jerry Tarkanian’s “chew towel”—that sort of thing. Even if the pattern or cut of their sport jacket changed, that item didn’t. Which meant a guy like Jim Boeheim just missed the cut, because you might not even recognize his surgeon-cuffed look of today as the same guy who wore this in the 1970s. (Also just missing the cut: Gary Williams and his signature sweatiness.)

But there were plenty to choose from, and we just managed to cut the field down to the Sweet 16—which is where we’ll begin today, and continue to narrow down as the week progresses.

On to the Sweet 16, where Cinderellas are made.»

The Stat Sheet: Citizen Drive HTM 2.0 Chronograph

  • Najib Benouar

When it comes to sports watches, there are a lot to choose from (especially if you’re brave enough to dive into the vintage market), but we’ve always been partial to chronographs—and lately we’ve been warming up to the recently on-trend black-ion-plated kind.

Which is why we were excited to see Citizen unveil this all-black chrono as part of their new Drive line—a sporty update on their solar-powered Eco-Drive watches you’ve surely recognized on the wrists of finance-types everywhere. Here’s what else you need to know.

The Story: The HTM 2.0 ups the sportiness ante of Citizen’s battle-tested solar technology—which for all intents and purposes is similar to your typical automatic timepieces, but you don’t have to wear this one every day to keep it ticking (as long as it’s getting some sort of light, so don’t just stick it in a drawer). Plus the understated-yet-readable 40 mm case is a nice departure from most oversized chronographs on the market these days.

Who to Channel: A ’70s race car driver; a budding industrialist with a penchant for extreme sporting; a punctual person.

When to Wear It: The all-black watch lends itself to just about every occasion—which is why the look has been gaining favor in menswear circles. Wear it with anything from a suit to driving gloves. (Preferably both.)

Think of This As: A black leather moto-jacket for your wrist—that you can get away with wearing into a boardroom.

Some inspiration from legendary race car driver and designer Carroll Shelby, after the jump.»

The NHL Is Back... and Haggard as Ever

  • Najib Benouar

It’s never easy to see the silver lining when your livelihood is in jeopardy, which is why we can excuse all of the unkempt beards we’re seeing skate into training camps now that the NHL has finally returned from its lockout hiatus.

In fact, we’d like to applaud their commitment to letting themselves go. Take a moment to peer into Brent Burns’s thicket of tangled wilderness. It’s at the same time magnificent and horrifying—the man looks like he’s spent the entire off-season running with a pack of wolves. It’s an impressive feat, seeing as hockey players are already considered some of the gruffest athletes out there.

A few more of his scruffy colleagues, after the jump.»

The Fall Golf Checklist

Fall golf: the most underrated golf.

The air is crisp, the ground is firm, and the heavy stuff’s not coming down for quite a while (said the greenkeeper to the bishop).

Given what happened to the bishop, though, we decided to call upon teaching pro and 18-year PGA member Tom Gleeton, director of golf operations at the Country Club of Waterbury in central Connecticut, to get us up to speed on some fall golf essentials.

Mathilda, his yellow lab, joined us for the back nine...»