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, 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


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.”


“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.”


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.”


2. High/Low


“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.”


“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”


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…


“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.”


“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.”


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

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford 

  • Josh

    That first look is awesome. I’m curious as to what you guys look for in a “shacket” though. A lot of these look more like a jacket than a shirt, but then there are thick overshirts that could be either. For instance, could I use a thick, medium wash denim shirt as a shacket or should I be looking for something more along the lines of a denim jacket?

  • AFH

    I must admit, I was a bit ‘whatevs’ when I saw this article – but I kinda like Look #2 for my sins; I think a bright green pops nicely against navy pinstripe (I have a Joop scarf in purple and green for winter which has a similar effect).

    Look #1 is okay, but the dub monks are a bit much and I’m on the fence re:shackets – I mean, I thought we were only supposed to need 30 items of clothing or something; which number is the shacket exactly?

    Look #3 – yeah I have a shirt-shorts set in a dark blue linen-cotton from Cheap Mondays. It’s a good look, made slightly silly here with the #menswear buttoning – the print is fine on a youngun. I can’t abide the dirty white plimsolls; if you’re going to a warehouse party or a sticky floored bar then fine but otherwise just no. Crompton favours cream sneakers for everyday and I think they’d work better here too.

    I don’t think ‘costumey’ is a problem per se, and he is a style editor – but generally speaking time spent consciously thinking about where ‘your personal style is heading’ is time that could be better spent.

  • Gazman

    Nice PJs in #3.

  • TO

    I liked the way this turned out! Yang thanks for the insider tip on the Blue Button Shop, definitely wanna check it out.

    Also a fan of the matching shirt+shorts, such a clever move for summer !

  • Silviu

    I may come as a douche for writing this but here goes: If you have a pair of white sneakers, keep them as clean as possible

  • Daniel

    Cool leather bag in the first look, especially that he made it himself

  • Massimo

    I don’t care what his credentials are, or how confident he is wearing these outfits, these looks are not good.

    • TO

      Massimo: while keeping this civil, what are some things you would change to in your opinion improve the look(s)?

      • Ali Naaseh

        For one, not wear sneakers with a suit…

        And if you’re gonna go bold and wear a shirt (with only the top button done, no less) and shorts in the same fabric, then at least choose a fabric that doesn’t look like a stereogram

        • Max BornInTheNineties

          Come on, telling someone not to wear sneakers with a suit now is like telling someone from the eighties not to have big hair. It’s already happening, you’re just getting in the way.

          • Jimmy_Johansen

            Sneakers with a suit are fine… but they should be low profile low key sneakers. Wearing running sneakers with a suit makes you look like a business woman on the way to work where she’s gong to change into some pumps, IMHO

  • Tom

    This blog should transition to more opinion based content. I think the problem with posting new people every couple days is it becomes evident how difficult good personal style is to come across and I imagine the counter to this argument is “everybody has unique personal style” – when in reality, a lot of the dudes on this blog aren’t that unique and that syphons a lot of the more experienced menswear followers who don’t personally think these styles are good or relevant.

    I follow this blog because I followed the old blogspot, but I seem to notice this blog never quite gets recognized as part of the #menswear crowd (i.e. four pins, continuous lean) even though it seems to have more/same overall traffic. It’s mainly viewed as a space for ‘learning the basics’ types (breaks, slim fits).

    I think blogs like A Continuous Lean (brought on new authors with a variety of content) and Four Pins really have the ideal strategy for mature editorial. Author viewpoints without having to sacrifice for content – i.e. finding people to feature which seems to produce varying results.

    I’m not trying to cut this blog, I just think it’d be more relevant if it was more editorial/opinion based and reanalyzed it’s approach.

    • TO

      Do you realize what you’re arguing right now? “Four Pins [has] the ideal strategy for mature editorial”. This has to be a joke- nothing about Four Pins could be considered mature, ever. (Which is not to say it’s entertaining to read, once in a while I do find myself reading it, just maturity is not what they are about).

      And then saying get more #menswear in there while also saying you want informed, opinion-driven pieces, which is basically the opposite of summing something up with a hashtag, lol.

      All this right after a handful of unique/historical/personal/informative articles from this site’s author.

      …C’mon dude.

      • Tom

        The idea is that people with some level of education in menswear are less interested in seeing what random people wear / Dan Trepanier and team dressed in their clothes, and more interested in editorial. Although this blog may be targeting it’s desired demographic, it is not that appealing the majority of the educated menswear demo.

        A few years back there was a post of Die, Workwear called “An Intervention To Dan T” – similar opinion.

        • TO

          Agree to disagree.

        • Juan

          You have quoted an article that tried to convince people that something as personal and subjective as choosing one’s clothing was actually based on a set of rules made up by some dude who had just stumbled on an old Apparel Arts magazine.
          I don’t know whether that, or the fact that you actually used the phrase “educated menswear demo” is more irritating, but I’m not going to focus on that.
          Just look carefully, and you’ll find plenty of that ‘editorial’ you’re seeking, along with great photography, and the pinch of madness required to not bore people after thirty seconds that most other so-called style blogs are missing.

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    • Jeff McAllister

      I can’t say that Four Pins, as fun as it is, can ever be described as mature (or even content based — outside of jokes and product info.) Different tone. Different target demo. I personally prefer this site for exactly what it has ‘become’ — a collection of interesting looks by inspiring people.

      I tune into Lawrence and co. when I need a chuckle, but here when I need inspiration. ACL, on the other hand, I find I’m reading less and less. I understand its appeal to others though. Ultimately I’m glad all three have their differences. Otherwise what would be the point of having more than one site in my blog-roll.

  • John B

    If only the sneakers in look #2 were a bit more classic. In fact I was kind of expecting New Balance sneakers for some reason! The details on the denim jacket are amazing too!

  • Richard L.

    Sweet looks, Yang! You should hook a journalist brother from Edmonton up with an internship ;)

    But for real, I dig the first outfit the best minus the monk straps. I can’t do (leather) monk straps as casually as some dudes, but it works here . And I agree with buying a pair of canvas shoes every summer then beating the hell out of them. Can’t wait to see what my Jack Purcell’s look like in a couple of months.


  • Brent

    I can see how someone could have a difficult time with looks 2 and 3 but look one is on point. Most all guys should be able to pull look one off.

  • Brady

    Those seersucker pants are out for delivery today.. Good timing on this one.

  • sven

    I really enjoy that he’s mixing weird personality pieces into basic boring digestible outfits. Nice one man!

  • Andyroo

    None of these work for me. The dude is doing his thing, which I can respect, but all three outfits are costumey and awkward.

    • mattjolsen

      100% agreed.

      • Sberansen

        Agreed. There is just “one” item too irrelevant to each outfit. 1 The shacket and the gaudy wrist thing ruins that look… the DBmonks seem fine to me; 2 The running sneakers in the second look is embarrasing, but overall I like the loose suit with tee thing. A pair of buttero perforated sneakers or rubber soled loafers would be perfect; 3I don’t particularly mind the top button agenda, but this whole matching look is clownish.
        just an opinion yall

        • Oppa

          he looked like Psy on the 3rd example..

    • tuda

      I agree BUT what makes it work is the ability to be confident when you wear it. I give Yang props for being able to rock it.

    • TO

      Disqus should really bring back down-voting.

      And Andyroo- I was there during Yang’s shoot and his outfits didn’t seem costumey or awkward at all in person, so… Just keep that trust that he IS doing his own thing, works in a really cool office with a great position and is a nice and humble dude to boot, so like tuda said he is able to rock it !

      • Rob

        so…Andyroo is not allowed to share his opinion? He made no refernece to the Yang as an individual, or attack him personally, quite the opposite in that regard. You need to stop being one of TSB’s thread bodyguards for EVERY comment posted.

        • TO

          Rob (and Andyroo) I was putting in that background in to support the voice of tuda and what he was saying. Every person dressing up is exactly that, a person- so the context of their personality, job, etc. can and usually should be taken into consideration of how their overall “style” is perceived. That’s what this blog continually points out.

          And I think you know I didn’t say Rob couldn’t have his opinion, just trying to express mine- as you pointed out I often like to do!

          I am biased towards the site as it has been my favourite website for many, many years. I think it offers great photography, advise and a wide array of interesting perspectives relating to style, keeping in mind all of which is FREE. I haven’t found an article yet that something useful couldn’t be drawn from.
          Sometimes I just don’t understand why someone would read a free site and choose to express negatively about it. Maybe for the directors/subjects of the site it serves some purpose, but as a reader I feel it doesn’t enhance my experience. But like I said, I’m biased.

      • Andyroo

        So since you don’t like what I think about the guy’s outfits, you want to shoot me down so no one else can hear my opinion?

        I’m glad you were there during the shoot; that’s fantastic for you. Now, if only Yang could have you around to protect him from any other people who might criticize him in any way…

        I’m sure he’s a super nice guy; what I said in my comment wasn’t reflective of that. And again, I commend him for doing his thing. Despite that, however, the double monks with the denim shirt jacket and t-shirt look weird, even tacky, especially with the fit of the shacket. When you throw colorful bracelets into the mix, you’ve got #menswear done for the sake of making sure you’re doing #menswear. Next, you’ve got the pinstripe suit with Nike running sneakers. This just looks bad. This is the epitome of trying hard to do something “cool” or “unique.” Then, the floral shirt (with the short, stubby button down collar) and matching shorts, topped (bottomed) off with vans. This outfit is just beyond silly. This really only works to get the “oh, look what that guy’s wearing” response, and not in a good way.

        • TO

          Andyroo- I much more appreciate and respect you explaining your opinion in the manner above. At least this can lead to constructive discussion.

          I was more or less frustrated that initially you said the subject looked “______” (whatever somewhat negative label) and people could up-vote this sentiment without those that don’t agree with your label of the subject being able to vote it down. Disqus used to have this feature and without it I don’t think this creates a fair reflection of the readerships views overall.
          I think people are more apt, esp. on the internet to comment or vote on the negative than positive, so I think this further skews negativity. Just trying to keep it fair!

          • Andyroo

            I gotcha :) cheers brother!