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Meghan Trainor Teams with Clinique for a Limited Edition Collab

Meghan Trainor for Clinique

Unless you’ve been in a sensory deprivation chamber (and if you have, way to go, because they’re very 2015), your ears probably couldn’t escape Meghan Trainor’s body-positive anthem “All About that Bass.” Well, to prove that she’s no one hit wonder, Trianor released her second single, “Lips are Movin’” and cemented herself as a bonafide pop star. To fªte her new single and the release of her new album, the saucy chanteuse teamed with beauty brand Clinique for a unique makeup bag that’s sure to have her fans paying the singer some major lip service.

The Meghan Trainor for Clinique makeup bag features a pair of bold lips set against a striped background, recalling the color scheme of the music video for “Lips are Movin.’” Trainor said that she’d only do the collab if she could throw in some sparkle, so naturally, Clinique let her bedazzle to her heart’s content. In addition to the bag, Trainor also curated a selection of her favorite Clinique lip products, which range from full coverage matte lipsticks — that are insanely comfortable to wear; seriously, you’ll think you’ve just slicked on a balm — to a show-stopping sparkling gloss.

When I’m not performing I wear the Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Poppin’ Poppy because it gives you a little color and it’s really moisturizing so you don’t have that chapped-lip-life, which I struggle with in this cold weather,” said Trainor.

“But when I’m on camera I like the Long Last Glosswear in Kissyfit and it’s got a little sparkle in it, which is my favorite!”

There are nine picks in all, so you can grab a statement-making lip no matter what colors you’re comfortable wearing. And if there’s anything we learned from Trainor’s anthems, its that feeling great doesn’t mean fitting into any set standards, so feel free to be as bold as you’d like.

The Meghan Trainor for Clinique limited-edition makeup bag is available now at www.clinique.com. Use the code LIPBAG to get it free with any $30 purchase.

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Pocket Squares are Menswear’s Comeback Kid

(Left to right) Tyler Mitchell, Wilkes Bashford, Jack Mitchell & Andrew Mitchell-Namdar of Wilkes Bashford with pocket squares.

If you’ve noticed the telltale flash of a pocket square peeking out from a suit jacket, you might be watching Mad Men, or you might just be noticing one of the biggest resurgences in menswear history. While trends come and go, there’s something about the pocket square that’s been gaining momentum with all kind of blokes, from boardroom types to creatives.

It’s a deceptively simple way to elevate your look, but one that also seems to incite a little panic for guys who want to know how to pull it off without looking like Thurston Howell III. So, we took it up with Tyler Mitchell, Co-Owner and Men’s Fashion Director at luxury retailer and San Francisco sartorial institution Wilkes Bashford, and got the scoop on why it’s now hip to be square.

According to Mitchell, pocket squares grew out of necessity. Men needed something to wipe sweat off their brows or blow their noses, and of course they couldn’t just use their shirtsleeves. From there, gentlemen carried one for themselves and one for the ladies (after all, those delicate flowers were prone to tears), making it a chic, must-have accessory for every guy. While khaki-wearing dot.com magnates and the advent of casual dress codes changed the focus of men’s fashion, shows such as Mad Men, the resurgence of heritage brands and the classic prep look have brought back the humble pocket square and thrust it into the spotlight once again. (Mitchell contends that “true gentlemen would say pocket squares never fell out of favor.” We couldn’t agree more.)

The Tie Bar Denim Pocket Square

“The explosion of colors and materials and different folds made [pocket squares] popular again,” said Mitchell.

“Purists would say that pocket squares should always be white, but the more daring men would complement — never match — their pocket squares with their tie, shirt and jacket. If you match, you’re trying too hard.”

And the folds? Don Draper might prefer a razor-sharp

Gucci Pocket Square

Presidential, but that doesn’t mean it’s the only one. Mitchell suggests four point folds, too, and silk pocket squares can be crumpled and tweaked to look as puffed or punctuated as you want. For the truly advanced, Mitchell’s rose technique might require a personal lesson, “It’s the next level of action,” he said. “Come see me at Wilkes Bashford.” Gentleman, makes those appointments!

Alexander Olch Pocket round

While the pocket square is a big step for some, especially guys that are just getting used to putting suits on, seasoned vets are already moving to the next big thing. Neckwear savant Alexander Olch’s take on the pocket square is actually a circle. His pocket rounds are a quick, nonchalant way to add an accent to a jacket, especially since by nature of its shape, it’s a casual and breezy way to lose the rigidity of a standard square.

If the pocket square renaissance has now come full circle (pun intended) what’s next? “I see a big return to the suit,” Mitchell said. “And custom shirts. The biggest [trend] I think is custom shirts. For pretty close to the price of a stock shirt, you can custom make one. New generations are discovering this and you’d think they struck gold, they’re so excited.”

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