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Why The Suit Will Never Die



The suit has gone through a lot in the last century. Once the go-to attire for men all over the world, from office workers, politicians and mafioso to those just heading down the social club on a Friday night, its decline in popularity over the last two decades has been rapid.

This decline has had such a drastic effect on the way men dress that uber-stiff banks JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs famously relaxed their dress codes, removing the need for employees to wear a blazer or tie. High street staple Marks & Spencer, a go-to destination for suit-buyers, also announced in 2019 it would be reducing its formalwear offering by 14 per cent to make space for more casual clothing on the shop floor. It makes you wonder what the suit’s place is in menswear today.

Quite simply, it is no longer a requirement for most. Today, wearing a suit is a choice. While there is a wider variety of clothing on offer today than ever before, an increasing number of style-conscious men are choosing to make tailoring part of their signature look.

Wearing a suit today can be as much of a statement as wearing the latest hype trainers. And there are many ways of doing it. From pin-collared and pinstriped to relaxed and unstructured, tailoring in 2020 is whatever you want it to be.

We spoke to and photographed six London-based menswear experts, each with a passion for their suits, and each with their own distinct style. The varied ways they each approach men’s style shows the versatility of tailoring, and how it can be worn in fun, new and exciting ways. None of them have to wear a suit for work, but they choose to. And so can you. Long live the suit.

Mats Klingberg

Occupation: Founder, Trunk Clothiers
Wearing: MAN1924 Jacket, Trunk Knit, Trunk Shirt, Trunk Trousers, Rolex Explorer watch
Tailored Tip: “When it comes to wearing sneakers with a suit, I think you need unstructured tailoring for it to work.”

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During my years working in the finance sector, I would wear Savile Row suits from Richard James or Kilgour, which were more structured. But during this time I was travelling a lot to Italy and I discovered soft tailoring. I think unstructured tailoring agrees more with my personality. I don’t like things that are too precious.

Knitwear makes tailoring a bit softer and easier. I also like Oxford shirts a lot, which are softer than more formal shirts. Polo shirts are great too as you don’t have to worry about ironing them, and you still look quite smart. With a crew neck you can easily wear a tie, but you could also just wear one with a T-shirt to dress things down a bit further.

Dressing is about attitude and being confident. Don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing. It can be a bit confusing and daunting, there’s lots of advice out there, I think every person just needs to decide what’s right for them and then not worry about it too much. Being comfortable is very important in all this. Dressing well and being comfortable is important, but I think there’s so many other things in life that are more important. Clothing shouldn’t distract you, it should complement you and give you more confidence to do whatever it is you want to do.

Soft tailoring is much more common now. Everyone knows there’s much less demand for ties. People are appreciating a more dressed down look. All these things come and go in cycles. Things went very far towards sneakers and streetwear, but I think things are coming back [to tailoring] a little bit now.

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Karlmond Tang

Occupation: Menswear stylist
Wearing: Vintage Goldcase blazer, Issey Miyake trousers, Gap long sleeve T-shirt, Marni trainers
Tailored Tip: “M&S has the best offering of suits at a very affordable price. The fabrics are amazing.”

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Tailoring is all about details. If you want to go for something classic but also easy to wear, never go for a turn up on the trousers. It adds another level of formality to things that is perhaps unnecessary. It’s important to try on different fits, and if you are going suit shopping, try going with a friend. They’ll be able to tell you if it’s too small, short, or skinny. So no turn ups, and more friends.

M&S has the best offering of suits at a very affordable price. The fabrics are amazing. They have quite a few fits, and you’ll find something really reliable.

Brands like A Cold Wall are introducing tailoring you can wear with sneakers. Comfort is priority and it’s the same when you’re wearing a suit. I think when you wear a suit now you should be wearing it for comfort. And trainers allow you to have that flexibility. But where I’m going and who I’m seeing will determine whether I’m wearing trainers with a suit, or shoes with a suit. I wouldn’t wear sneakers to a wedding. Tailoring is gradually dressing down, while still maintaining a level of decorum.

Instead of buying a top and a bottom, you’re just buying a thing. Which kind of makes dressing really easy. But the suit will never lose that connotation of being a form of formal attire. If someone is wearing a suit, you assume it’s smart, regardless of what the suit is.

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Mathias Lefevre

Occupation: Menswear Influencer
Wearing: Gieves & Hawkes three-piece suit, Carmina shoes, Turnbull & Asser shirt, Eton tie
Tailored Tip: “It’s much harder to dress well casually. Wearing a suit is very easy in a way.”

Mathias LefevreMathias Lefevre

I love British tailoring for the history and heritage. You have the roped shoulders, the structured silhouettes and I really respect that. I then love Italian tailoring for spring and summer because its unstructured, lighter fabrics, a bit more fun and playful than British tailoring.

Over the last 5 years I’ve been transforming from a more slim fit to something wider and with more drape. That’s my idea of comfort now. There’s nothing more uncomfortable than wearing skinny trousers and sitting down. I don’t own a pair of jeans. I just love suit trousers and wear them on my days off as well. Having a loose fitting trouser is way more comfortable, they’re like jogging pants. I haven’t ever in my adulthood worn jeans.

On the weekend I’ll style a suit trouser with a polo shirt, and dress it down. That’s what I love about the suit. You can take the trousers, mix them up and wear them with something else and you have a whole new look. The versatility, that’s what I love.

I’ve never worn a suit with trainers. That’s not something you’ll see me with. I appreciate the look, and love that it makes some people more comfortable with tailoring, but it’s just not me. With suits I currently have the run of one in, one out. I currently have 15 in my wardrobe.

Mathias Lefevre

Shaun Gordon

Occupation: Founder, Shaun Gordon tie-makers
Wearing: Vintage suit, Shaun Gordon tie, Turnbull & Asser shirt
Tailored Tip: “If you’re interested in buying a vintage suit, the first thing to do is find an alterations tailor.”

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Shirts and ties are where you can really express individuality. And the suit is the perfect frame for everything. The shirt is like the canvas and the tie is like the painting, as it were. The tie is where the colours come through.

If you’re interested in buying a vintage suit, find an alterations tailor. Have that in place first. One thing I have to thank the universe for is a good alterations tailor. I would then say try and learn as much about the decade that you’re drawn to as possible. And try and have fun with it. Test stuff out, the only way you know if you’ll enjoy vintage clothing is trying stuff on and wearing it.

My style gives a nod to the 1940s and ‘50s era. But I don’t think it’s a direct copy. It’s an interpretation and a nod. I used to go full on with the vintage look, but I’ve relaxed it a lot. I have a son now, so I can’t always wear my beautiful three-piece suit that I’d love to wear. I love wearing suits. If I could sleep in a suit I would.

Keep trainers in their proper place. Use them if you’re playing basketball or football, or wear them with your Levi’s. When I see a man or woman wearing a beautifully cut suit on the Underground, worn with shabby New Balance trainers because they leave their shoes at the office. They’ve killed their own look. That’s a sartorial suicide right there. I say ‘no’.

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David Evans

Occupation: Menswear journalist
Wearing: McCann Bespoke suit, Loake shoes, Rolex GMT-Master II watch
Tailored Tip: “Retailers are seeing the possibilities [of the suit], and I think sales could rise again.”

David EvansDavid Evans

I’m not a fan of skinny or slim fits, but they still seem to be popular. That just adds to the restriction of the suit. I think it’s all about comfort now. People are moving from suits partly because dress codes are changing, partly because there’s a big move towards people wanting to feel comfortable. We’ve seen the rise of athleisure. I don’t wear it myself but I can see why people do.

I have no doubt that people will still be wearing suits in 50, 100 years time. I think once people begin to see the many other ways you can wear suits, it can be a casual thing and doesn’t have to be overly formal. Tailors and retailers are seeing the possibilities, and I think sales could rise again.

If it’s a formal pinstripe suit, you have to be careful about wearing it with a T-shirt, but it can be done. But, a T-shirt easily works with linen, cotton, corduroy, tweed or just something that’s less structured and formal in style.

Probably because of my age, I’m not wild about trainers and tailoring. I so rarely see people do it. It can be done and if you do it successfully it just adds to that relaxed feeling that can be had if you wear a suit in the right way. I think it’s good that people are breaking up that tradition of always wearing suits with formal shoes.

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Aleks Cvetkovic

Occupation: Menswear Journalist
Wearing: Edward Sexton made-to-measure three-piece suit, John Smedley knit, Crockett & Jones loafers
Tailored Tip: “The biggest mistake men make with tailoring is fit. Fit on the average guy is just perennially disappointing to me.”

Aleks CvetkovicAleks Cvetkovic

I don’t really wear a suit often now, I think separates are more interesting. The key thing to a suit, is buy one you can break up. I wear this jacket a lot with knitwear. The easiest way to contemporise anything tailored is to put a knit under it, whether it’s a crew neck, roll neck or mock-neck.

A chocolate brown suit is seriously underrated. It’s less formal than a grey suit and more formal than a blue suit. Its the kind of suit that’s very ‘day-to-evening’. You can wear a dark brown suit to the office and no one will really register that it’s different, and then you can swap out the shirt and tie and put a t-shirt underneath and it’ll look really cool after work. It also suits way more skin tones than grey, it warms you up. The important thing to do is find a brown suit with a bit of texture in it. A flat brown suit starts to feel a bit 70s costume. Go for chocolate brown flannel or tweed.

The thing that we all fixate on is that the suit is formal. The only thing to fixate on in a suit is that the jacket and trousers match. You don’t have to think about a suit beyond those terms. It doesn’t have to be difficult to wear. All there is to a suit is that the jacket and trousers match. Beyond that, you can do whatever the hell you want with it. It’s been there for 200 years.

I can’t think of another item of clothing that’s 200 years old. It’s as adaptable as it gets. The thing that guys get worried about is actually the thing that gives it its strength: the jacket and trousers match. That’s all there is to it.

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Chapter 35: Everything You Need to Know About Skin Care Sticks – THE YESSTYLIST – Asian Fashion Blog




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Beauty Book

The majority of beauty products normally come in liquid, cream or powder form but there’s a new category on the block: beauty sticks. Makeup products, including blushers, highlighters, foundation or contour products, now come in stick form. What’s better is that skin care sticks are also available!

Thanks to skin care sticks, you no longer have to worry about messy applications. Skin care sticks are leak-proof and ideal for those looking to streamline their skin care routines, especially for those late mornings.

Want to give skin care sticks a go? Check out our list of skin care products, including facial cleansers, scrubs, masks, serums and sunscreens, that come in stick form and deserve a space on your #skincareshelfie.

Skin care sticks are super easy to use. Depending on what type of skin care stick you use, start with a few swipes across your face and work your way up if you need to. Less is always more!

If you’re having trouble gliding the stick across your face, simply warm it up with your fingers before use. Be gentle and don’t rub the stick too hard on your skin or it may cause irritation.

Cleansing Sticks

Start your routine with NEOGEN’s Real Fresh Cleansing Stick Green Tea. It’s formulated with green tea extracts to gently exfoliate the skin, and 13 natural oils including coconut, camellia, olive and green tea seed oils to help remove all traces of makeup. Apply the cleansing stick on damp skin and gently massage it all over your skin until it lathers and voila – you’re left with skin that’s clean and feels fresh!

Scrub Sticks

Need to get rid of blackheads or whiteheads? You can count on TOSOWOONG’s SOS Tightening Pore Clinic Charcoal Blackhead Stick to do the job. This blackhead stick offers a deep exfoliation thanks to its formula containing red bean powder and aloe vera, grape, charcoal and apple extracts to help cleanse impurities. This blackhead stick is also perfect for reaching those hard-to-reach areas like around the nose.

Mask Sticks

What do you do when it’s Sunday and your skin needs its weekly mask treatment, but you’re just too lazy to apply it? Reach for a mask stick!

A mask stick is incredibly easy to use, and you can choose to swipe it only on areas you want to target. A great deep cleansing mask is the Super Volcanic Stick Mask 2X from innisfree. This mask is formulated with Jeju Volcanic Cluster Sphere that reduces excess sebum, making it the perfect mask for oily or acne-prone skin types.

Eye Sticks

I take my eye care very seriously but there are always those days when I’m tempted to skip a step in my skin care routine. For lazy days, you can use an eye stick for a fuss-free application. JJ YOUNG’s Aloe Vera Super Moist Eye Stick hydrates your eye areas with just one glide and is formulated with aloe vera leaf extract to soothe the skin.

Don’t worry about it pulling on your delicate eye areas. One of our editors has tried the Aloe Vera Super Moist Eye Stick and she can attest to its smooth application!

Serum Sticks

Who would’ve thought serums could come in stick form? If your skin craves more hydration, introduce it to NEOGEN’s Dermalogy White Truffle Laycure Oil Stick. Not only does this oil stick nourish your skin, it also protects it from harsh environments that leave your skin feeling dry or even damaged. It’s best to apply this oil stick before your moisturizer to give your skin a boost of moisture.

Sun Sticks

As the final step of your skin care routine, always protect your skin with sunscreen. There are plenty of sun sticks to choose from and one that’s great for soothing sensitive skin is Holika Holika’s Less on Skin Redness Calming Cica Sun Stick. It’s enriched with Centella asiatica extract and magnesium, which help get rid of redness.

If you have oily skin and don’t want to look slick all day, go for a lightweight sun stick like LANEIGE’s Air Light Sun Stick SPF50+ PA++++. Featuring a non-greasy formula, this sun stick feels so light and works well under makeup.

To strengthen a damaged skin barrier, you can’t go wrong with Abib’s Quick Sunstick Protection Bar. Thanks to skin fortifying ingredients including Acacia peptide and ceramides, your skin is guaranteed to be protected from environmental stressors and damaging UV rays.

Remember, skin care sticks come into direct contact with your skin so it’s important to keep them clean after every use to prevent bacteria from building up. After using, quickly clean your skin care stick by wiping it with a tissue. It’s as simple as that!


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Rihanna & A$AP Rocky Are Just ‘Close Friends’ With Nothing ‘Romantic’ Between Them!




Just when we were starting to think of a good ship name for Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, a new source has come forward to throw a wrench in our plans!

The 31-year-old songstress had us all guessing about her relationship status with the A$AP Mob artist earlier this week when they were spotted getting cozy together merely hours after the news broke that she and Hassan Jameel had broken up.

We shamelessly speculated this could be a rebound fling or perhaps an OTP we overlooked from the start — but apparently, the two entertainers are nothing more than good old pals if the latest from Us Weekly is to be believed!

Related: Channing Tatum & Jessie J Are ‘Fully Back Together’ Nearly 2 Months After Split!

The source shared with the outlet:

“A$AP has always thought Rihanna was cool and gorgeous. But they have way more of a best friend [or] cousin relationship.”

Well, we certainly agree on that first part about the Bajan stunner. But really? Just a friendly vibe even after years of on-and-off dating rumors and actually locking lips at one point back in 2013?

“They are very close friends, but nothing ever seems romantic between the two of them.”


As we mentioned earlier, this report follows a conspicuously friendly sighting between the two backstage at the Yams Day Benefit Concert in New York City on January 17. In photographs captured of them at the event, Rihanna and A$AP weren’t exactly holding hands and gazing into each other’s eyes — but they did seem very close and happy in each other’s company.

We guess that’s what the friend zone looks like nowadays, huh. LOLz. Hey, at least A$AP is an attractive shoulder to lean on in any capacity, right?

Since the Diamonds singer is reportedly still single after her split from Hassan, maybe she’ll stay that way for a bit to regroup after her almost three-year relationship with the Saudi businessman couldn’t go the distance.

Depending on how you look at, Rihanna might’ve hinted at all of this in a June 2019 profile with Interview magazine where she declined to reveal whether or not she’d marry Jameel.

When asked if wedding bells were in the cards for her, the Love On The Brain singer said:

“Only God knows that, girl. We plan and God laughs, right?”

The Grammy winner did also mention later in the interview that she wants to be a mother “more than anything in life,” though. We’re inclined to believe that baby-making, along with those seemingly non-existent wedding plans, will be put on hold for the foreseeable future.

Continue living your best single life in the meantime, gurl!

[Image via Avalon/Adriana M. Barazza/WENN]


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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS Anchor, Dies at 85




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Jim Lehrer, the legendary journalist who helped set a high bar for TV journalism via his long-running program on PBS, died on Thursday at his home, according to the network. He was 85 years old.

Lehrer was a correspondent for the Dallas Morning News who moved to TV reporting for the local public TV station, KERA. He soon found himself working as a national correspondent for the National Public Affairs Center for Television, then the biggest producer of public-affairs programming for PBS stations. When the Watergate hearings captured national attention in 1973, Lehrer and another journalist he was teamed with, Robert MacNeil, began spending hours and hours on camera, telling American viewers the ins and outs of the extraordinary situation, in which the Nixon administration sought to cover up its involvement in a break-in at Democratic National Committee. The duo held forth over the course of 250 hours, in both daytime and night. There was no such thing at the time as wall-to-wall coverage on any sort of cable-news network.

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Lehrer and MacNeil would go on to found in October of 1975 “The Robert MacNeil Report,” a half-hour report on a single topic. Within months, it was retitled “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.” In 1983, the show expanded to 60 minutes and became known as “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.” Lehrer would become the sole name anchor twelve years later, after his partner retired, and the program was called “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” Since that time, the program has become an institution, and is now anchored by Judy Woodruff.

“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” said  Woodruff., anchor and managing editor of  what is now known as “PBS NewsHour.”  “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”

Lehrer moderated 12 president debates — including all of the debates in 1996 and 2000, more than any other journalist in U.S. history. He is survived by his wife Kate; daughters Jamie, Lucy, and Amanda; and six grandchildren.

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