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Introducing the Summer Style Guide

  • Kempt Staff
Introducing the Summer Style Guide

Ah, summer. It’s a time for fun.

For lovin’. Yes, with an apostrophe.

For questionable sartorial decisions.

But you’ll only be involved with two out of three thanks to the Summer Style Guide.

We’ve got all your summer style bases covered—everything from how to dress according to temperature, to a definitive ruling on whether it’s okay to wear beanies in the summer, to an essential and educational look back at the 10 greatest moments in shorts.

We must always study the past.

The Kempt Summer Lookbook of Summer Lookbooks

  • Kempt Staff
The Kempt Summer Lookbook of Summer Lookbooks

The summer gear began trickling into shops weeks ago, and the lookbooks have been floating around since February, yet we’re still a weekend away from the unofficial kickoff to summer. (And it won’t officially be linen season for another month after that.)

Which is why we’re putting together a little refresher course to help guide you through the warmer months as handsomely as possible—a little sartorial inspiration board for the occasions ahead of you—torn from the pages of this season’s best lookbook snaps.

We’re calling it the Kempt Summer Lookbook of Summer Lookbooks...

The Six Belts to Consider This Summer

  • Kempt Staff


You’ve probably already switched out your leather watch strap for a ribbon one on your wrist—and the same logic applies to your waist.

Which means ditching the thick leather belt for something breezier. There are plenty of options out there—from the surcingle to the Southern Hemisphere favorite faja—so we took the liberty of rounding up the best on the market this season.

Herewith, the six belts to consider this summer.»

Dusting Off: The Home Ice Block

  • Najib Benouar


Sure, you’ve probably walked into your local revivalist cocktail den to find a mustachioed gent chipping away at a large block of ice for someone’s julep or Old Fashioned recently—but there was a time when every home in America had a block of ice in its cold box this time of year.

And that’s something worthy of dusting off.

While there are plenty of times when just a few cloudy cubes from a tray will suffice, we say this: you can do better. Especially because the virtue of many a summer cocktail depends on its ice. Luckily, ice blocks aren’t that tough to make at home, or break down to cubes, spheres, cones and more as long as you know what you’re doing.

Allow us to show you the way...»

These Are Your Summer Must-Haves

  • Kempt Staff


If you can’t quite put your finger on why things are suddenly feeling more summery on Kempt today, we’d like to direct your attention to our left column (you might want to scroll down a bit).

We’ve got a fresh crop of seasonal must-haves at the ready for your impending summer adventures. Some can be ordered, while others will require a little creativity and stylishness, but most of all, they’re here to serve as inspiration for the warmer months to come.

Allow us to show you the way to the greatest summer ever.»

Upgrade Your Sunscreen Game This Summer

  • Kempt Staff


The sun has returned—with a vengeance.

Naturally, you’re going to want to properly shelter your skin from the damaging effects of its rays—and, if possible, you’d like to do it without having to smell like you’re headed to the public pool for your first swim lesson. So, should you feel the need to go beyond the regular old drugstore-variety tubes, we’ve gone and rounded up the five finest fancy sunscreens on the market.

Upgrade your sunscreen game this summer, after the jump.»

The 10 Commandments of Summer Weddings

  • Kempt Staff


Ah, we can feel the love in the air. And the heat. ’Tis the season.

Summer wedding season, that is. Which means you’ve probably got a few RSVPs to attend to, stat. Next order of business: what to wear. It’s a tricky situation, balancing the unrelenting summer heat with the level of decorum required of a wedding. But that’s why we’re here to help, with:

The 10 Commandments of Dressing for a Summer Wedding...»

The Six Panama Hats to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


We’ve sung the praises of the venerable Panama hat many times before.

And for good reason: it’s the nearest thing to a perfect specimen of warm-weather dapperness man may ever create. Which is why, every year around this time, we come back around to the trusty topper. And if you’re contemplating a new one, you’d do well to start here:

The six Panama hats to consider this summer, after the jump.»

Going Euro: The Six Swimsuits to Consider

  • Kempt Staff


It’s not unlikely that you’re going to find yourself in or very near a body of water in the next few months.

And should that body of water happen to be on the Iberian peninsula, in the French Riviera, on a lake with an Italian name or at that very European pool party your neighbors throw every Bastille Day... you’ll want the appropriate pair of trunks: ones straight from Europe. There’s just something different about the way they make swimsuits over there—maybe it’s the power-tie-esque patterns, their progressive stance on upper-thigh visibility or those six weeks during summer when the entire continent shuts down while everyone heads to the nearest beach.

So, should you be in the market for a pair of trunks from the land that invented the concept of “summering,” we’ve rounded up your best bets, after the jump.»