If you've noticed in the past couple of weeks—through whatever medium you've been able to watch them—the US late-night shows have taken a different format. Adhering to State guidelines on the COVID-19 crisis, the usual live studio audience setting has made way for a more intimate (and sometimes, technically amateur) environment—their homes.
Stephen Colbert of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert casually admitted in his first at-home show, that his son was behind the camera and his daughter made sure he looked just as good as if he were in the studio. The Late Late Show with James Corden has been a solo affair with host James Corden setting up three cameras in his own garage. And then there's Jimmy Fallon, who's made use of the scaled-back production to feature DIY opening artwork and cue cards.
It's a new dawn, and a new day; at least for now.
With home being the new late-night talk show set, (somewhat) understandably, hosts are more inclined to dress down. And not shave. Ah, celebrities; they're just like us.
We rank our favourite late-night talk show hosts in order of least to most stylish in this stay-home era, and detail what we can learn from their style choices.
#7: Jimmy Fallon
Fallon's easily one of the youngest on this list but that cardigan and polo shirt combo is all kinds of grandpa. Firstly, the pairing shouldn't be a thing. Secondly, it's compounded by the choice to have the polo collar over the cardigan. And lastly, why?
We say, keep the cardigan and switch the polo for a plain or striped crew neck. Button or unbutton the cardigan at your own discretion but tuck the T-shirt in for a more polished look.
We've got to hand it to Fallon though for keeping everything else well-groomed.
#6.5: Jimmy Kimmel
Truth be told, this is probably how most of us are dressing while working at home these days: a T-shirt that's your usual go-to on the weekends spent at home. That cap is a curious choice considering that he's indoors but hey, we understand wanting to not have to fuss with your hair.
We feel that as a public figure addressing an audience, it's only right and respectful to present oneself in at least, a semi-professional manner, no matter the condition. A graphic tee doesn't really cut it in this instance. At the bare minimum, a plain version would suffice. Heck, even a Jimmy Kimmel Live!-branded polo would look better.
This was his first from-home broadcast though so we're giving him a pass.
#6: Jimmy Kimmel 2.0
This is definitely a few notches better. A better camera angle, a more high-production setup, and an improvement in style. Sure, it's just a plain button-down but it's fitted reasonably well. We'd add on a sports blazer for good measure so he'd look less like a shop assistant.
#5: Conan O'Brien
We can't be sure if O'Brien completely gave grooming a pass, but it does appear so. His look though strikes the right balance of comfort and style without trying too much of either; it's safe but there's hardly anything wrong with being safe.
It's always a good idea to layer on an outerwear—be it a knit or a lightweight jacket—when you're appearing on camera (or that now-normal Zoom meeting). Not only does it allow you frame your body better, but you instantly feel and look dressier.
#4: Seth Meyers
All Meyers is missing is a pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses and he'd look like a therapist in any Hallmark movie. Or a professor. Or a social service worker. Well, you get the picture. A shawl-collar cardigan is no doubt comfortable but it also tends to be rather chunky. And the last thing you'd want to appear is bigger.
Trade in the cardigan for a lighter version and it'll be a visual improvement. Or stick to the cardigan and leave it unbuttoned but with a shirt underneath.
#3: James Corden
Corden always sticks to his suits and the man knows how to look good in one. There's nothing wrong with this look at all but perhaps just a tad on the fit. A great tip when getting a shirt—especially for work where you're mostly seated at your desk—is to see how it fits when you're seating. Take note of any unsightly bunching of fabric or creases and size up or down accordingly.
#2: Trevor Noah
We've been talking about looking professional on camera but we can't fault Noah when he's nailed the fit of his hoodie rather perfectly. It's also not garish in any way nor does it border on being too casual. It also helps that he's a good-looking guy (he could do with a shave though) and the youngest of the lot, so a hoodie is pretty on-brand.
#1: Stephen Colbert
Colbert has been keeping it professional from the start of the new format, complete with the strategically placed television screen that displays his show's logo. We appreciate his dedication to keeping things as normal as possible, and that includes putting on the full suit-and-tie outfit.
Fashion does have an impact on how we feel and how we see ourselves. Putting on something that's a bit more dressed up makes one feel different and we could all do with a bit of that, especially when we're stuck at home.