Summer Layering to a Tee feat. Yang Goh

July 8th, 2014

Yang Goh is one of the youngest Fashion Editors in the menswear game.

He’s responsible for planning and overseeing fashion editorial shoots at SHARP, Canada’s men’s magazine, as well as writing and editing fashion-related content in the magazine.

Before SHARP he earned a journalism degree from NYU, and began his career in the research department at ESPN The Magazine. He’s written for the likes of Men’s Journal, Complex and GQ.com, and he used to run a website called Handlebar Magazine.

Here he shows us how to pull-off some summer layering, starting with the most basic piece a man can have in his wardrobe; a crewneck t-shirt.

1. Shacket & Stripes

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Summer layering is all about lightweight jackets, or “shackets.

“I’ve always been interested in style on some level—whether it was obsessing over basketball shoes in grade school or learning the difference between a four-in-hand and a Windsor knot as an 8th grader…. My mom is the most fashionable person I know, and she used to deck me out in the flyest baby outfits around, so she might be the one to blame for my sartorial preoccupations.”

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“This denim jacket is from Blue Button Shop, one of my favorite stores in Toronto. It’s loaded with amazing stuff from dozens of obscure Japanese denim brands. 

I made the leather bag myself while visiting the Ecco Leather facilities in Dongen, a small town about an hour outside of Amsterdam.”

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Nice touch with the solid navy seersucker pants. A great summer alternative to traditional denim jeans or chinos.

“The monk-straps I’m wearing were a 21st birthday gift from my parents. I’ve worn the living hell out of them through rain, sleet and snow, and they seem to just look better and better as time goes on.”

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2. High/Low

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“Menswear Editor Chic”, as I call it, usually involves some form of traditional tailoring mixed with sporty and trendy elements. This DB pinstripe suit + t-shirt + runners combo is a perfect example of how Yang can show love to the old-school world of tailoring, but in a way that is lighthearted, fresh, and ready to pound the pavement in Toronto.

“I picked up this lightweight double-breasted number at an Ovadia & Sons sample sale a couple of years back, and it’s quickly become the ace in my suiting rotation. Since it’s such a classic business-formal ensemble, I generally prefer to dress it down with tees, sweatshirts and sneakers.”

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“The ceramic paper airplane pin I’m wearing is from a little shop in Toronto called Thank You. It’s a reminder to always keep things light and fun and to never take myself too seriously.”

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3. Summer “Suit”

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I’ve been loving the idea of a shirt and trousers in the same fabric, but I’ve never thought of it as a shorts-set like Yang here. I think it’s a cool idea for a very simple look that can be manipulated in many ways. It’s like taking the simplicity and uniform concept of the suit and applying it to a much more lightweight and casual outfit.

Taking the ideas of other talented people and putting your own spin on them is a key to developing your own style. So keep your eyes open, you never know where inspiration might come from. This look inspired me to put together an editorial on iterations of the matching top and bottom…

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“Honestly, it sounds a little corny, but the best approach is to just have fun with what you wear and do whatever feels right. Don’t be afraid to experiment and take risks. I have a lot of respect for guys who have settled on a certain look or uniform that works for them, but that’s not me—I’m still a young dude, still figuring things out, and my style is very much in transition at the moment. I’ve been having a lot of fun trying to determine where it’s headed next.”

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“I buy a new pair of canvas sneakers at the beginning of every summer and then wear them into the ground all season long. These Vans Authentics are starting to show serious signs of wear and tear—just how I like ‘em.”

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Thanks, as always, for reading and special thanks to Yang for participating!

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford