“Who are you wearing?” are “What was she thinking?!” are probably the two most frequently heard and read statements on the night of and the days that follow a red carpet event, such as the Oscars. All the media and press attention is focused on the women of the red carpet, whether she be a nominee, a popular actress, or a supermodel wife of an actor. The variety of styles, cuts, and colors available make women’s red carpet fashions more interesting and more attractive to those who care about fashion…and selling magazines.The immense variation in the options available to women means that rarely, if ever, do you see two stars wearing the same, or even similar, looks to a red carpet event. This instills a sense of competition among female actors and guests of actors to wow audiences, instill a jaw-dropping response, and ultimately gain the title, “best dressed.”
But, when it comes to men on the red carpet, a tux is just a tux, right? WRONG. While traditionally when looking at the men of the red carpet, it seems like just a sea of the same- everyone wearing a classic black tux, providing little for the eye to digest and the mind to process and ultimately criticize. However, menswear has evolved significantly in recent decades, and there is much more available to men in terms of variation and choice, but the variation isn’t always as apparent as it is for women. For men, the variation is in the details: the fabric choice, level of sheen, lapel style, style and color of the tie, and buttons on the shirt.
From the classic look designed by Tom Ford and worn by Brad Pitt, to the dapper Navy Burberry tux worn by Frank Underwood, I mean Kevin Spacey, to the unusual shorts tux worn by Pharrel, we saw a much wider variety of men’s red carpet looks than what we would traditionally expect and than what has been portrayed by the media publications.
So, allow me to pick up their slack. Here are my favorite looks from the 2014 Oscars…
1. Joseph Gordon Levitt looked dapper in a Calvin Klein tux with just enough sparkle to stand out.
2. Kevin Spacey rocked a navy blue Burberry tux.
3. Chiwetel Ejiofor wore an amazing classic black Rake tuxedo.
4. Michael B. Jordan embodied the modern gentleman in this sleek tux by Givenchy.
5. Leonardo DiCaprio looked totally handsome in Armani…as per usual.
6. Jared Leto was a stand out on the red carpet, wearing a white tux jacket and black pants by Saint Laurent.
The absolute best dressed male TV character, in my humble opinion, is hands- down, Chuck Bass of Gossip Girl. Nobody wears a three piece suit better than NY’s boy billionaire. He is fearless when it comes to mixing colors and patterns, and the result is quite pleasing to the eye. I think the only outfit of Chuck’s that I didn’t have the utmost adoration for was his monochromatic sweatsuit when playing basketball, but this is a minor blemish on his record of impeccable taste.
While I could go on and on about Chuck Bass, there are other characters on television who deserve some recognition for their style.
Ben Wyatt of Parks and Recreation is possibly one of the most likable characters on TV because he’s a sort-of average Joe’s hero. His style is geek chic meets casual sophistication. In at least one scene of every episode Ben is wearing some variation of a plaid button down and sweater or cardigan. You’d be hard pressed to find anybody else on television or otherwise who can rock a Harrington jacket better than Ben Wyatt.