Daniel Radcliffe and the Suit of Bad Choices

Posted on November 07, 2011

Even though we assess their red carpet looks all the time around here, we rarely get the chance to really crack our knuckles and get down to informing male stars exactly what they’re doing wrong, from a conceptual standpoint. So thank you for this opportunity, Daniel Radcliffe.

 

Daniel Radcliffe attends the New York Musical Theatre Festival 8th Season Awards Gala.

We feel pretty strongly that Daniel, who is working his ass off to move away from the juvenile role that made him famous, would want to know that he looks like a prep school freshman in this getup. We’re fairly certain that’s not the direction he wants to go, sartorially speaking. Daniel, lose the striped ties, white shirts and blue suits for a while, mkay? You’re shooting for grownup roles now so it’s not a good idea to dress in something that takes ten years off your age. You would do well to go for the hipster look, not the prepster one. Also, the “game show host” hair is not your friend.

There. Now you know, Daniel Radcliffe.

 

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

    anyone else think he looks better with glasses? his face just seems incomplete, and oddly a little elijah wood-ish, without em.

    • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

      As a big HP fan, I think he looks incomplete (for lack of a better word) without the glasses. I’m sure that feeling will wear off eventually. But good Lord at his eyes. SO blue!

    • http://magnetgirl.tumblr.com Anika

      Wow, he does look like Elijah Wood here. Maybe it’s the unnatural smile… Anyway, glasses would play up the suggest hipster style, too. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NMLK23QK6C7NMLMVVYA5POXKJY WhiteMage

        it’s also the piercing, electric blue eyes

    • Anonymous

      Ain’t nothing wrong with looking like Elijah Wood. Mmm…

      • Anonymous

        Word.

  • Anonymous

    Hmm… He usually goes for much more kitschier (is that a word? It is now) suit choices, so this is surprising to me. And that stupid tie looks like it’s getting a little, how shall we say, “excited”?

  • Vaniljekjeks

    He looks like he’s about to do my taxes.  

  • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

    He is so pale.

  • Anonymous

    And he should get a little sun now and then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/smpflueger Sean McArdle Pflueger

    He’s dressed as his character from “How to Succeed in Business without really trying”.  Musical Theater Festival 2011.

    • Sobaika Mirza

      That certainly explains the hair.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you for that. It explains his complete fashion turnaround here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ailsa-Martin/644946901 Ailsa Martin

    Man, it’s a good thing that Ron and Neville and Draco Malfoy all turned out hot. More so than Mr “You’ll love this used car once you’ve bought it!” here.

    • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

      Neville in particular!  I actually just rewatched some of the later movies, going, “How’d they get him to look so lame?  He’s so ridiculously hot now!”

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lynne-Jacobson-Arons/797361589 Lynne Jacobson Arons

        Fake “gopher” teeth.

        • Anonymous

          and those teeth were really well done! I went through the whole series asking myself, “why doesn’t he get braces?” and then I saw him for the HP7.2 (or HP7B) red carpets looking the total hottie. Poor kid had to wear a fat suit and bad teeth!

          • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

            I seriously could not believe that was Neville when I saw pictures of the cast at the premiere of the last movie. Holy moly.

  • http://twitter.com/starrika Ali

    He and Elijah Wood look like long-lost brothers.

    • Anonymous

      True that.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    Agree that a new style would do a lot to get rid of the “Aw, shucks!” appeal.

    I wish him a lot of luck in carving out a new career. I was never into the Harry Potter movies but I saw him in ‘How to Succeed’ and he was impressive. He also seems really smart and thoughtful in interviews, unlike the many, many Hollywood douches.

  • Anonymous

    The blue is very flattering on him and his hem looks pretty good, but he should take some risks with his wardrobe.

  • http://twitter.com/NC_Meg Megan

    It looks like he stole that suit from Prince William. Not a compliment.

  • http://profiles.google.com/thisiscelia Celia

    Aw, he just needs some sun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Catherine-Rhodes/602850414 Catherine Rhodes

    Excellent advice, I hope he takes it. To me he looks like a Republican campaign aide (not a compliment).

  • MilaXX

    This has to be the safest, most boring male look we have seen in a long time. Everything fits, but it’s all so generic. Get a better cut and use some product, go for a gray or brown suit instead of the navy, a colored shirt and anything but a striped tie. Better yet hire a stylist and try and look like you work in Hollywood and not First National Bank.

  • Scott Hester-Johnson

    It’s Bert Convy!

  • Anonymous

    Give him a break here, he is dressed as his role from “HTSABWRT” since that is why he was at the event.  The fit is very nice on him so I give him a total IN even though no one asked.  Considering he went the “full monty” on Broadway to get away from being typed as a prep school wizard, this hardly is a problem for him.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    Whoever is doing his makeup is also not doing him any favors here.

    The game show host hair reminds me of a cousin who started losing hair in his early twenties.  Uh-oh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emily-Smith/12431153 Emily Smith

    I think he looks cute!  Also kind of Elijah Wood-ish and I LOVE me some Elijah Wood.  My opinion, it is biased.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LU5C262WB3Z5F4WZ6QGKXLNLE JaneM

    Holy Toledo! His head is gynormous!

  • Anonymous

    You forgot to say, lose the collar pin too.

  • http://profiles.google.com/trashilove { edi } ilovetrash

    very weird. it ages & youthenizes him at the same time. he seems like such a sincere person & he takes odd odd risks [ie: equus: the naked story] so it’s very peculiar that he’s decided to dress himself like all the conservative entities above- & belownoted. he looks a lot better when he doesnt.

    ps. i know youthenizes is not a word but i like the way it sounds.

    • Pennymac

      I may be able to work youthenizes into my vocabulary at some point this week. Bravo!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ailsa-Martin/644946901 Ailsa Martin

        This would be brilliant, because people will think you are saying “euthanise”.

        “We need to youthenise Daniel Radcliffe!” vs “We need to euthanise Daniel Radcliffe!”.

        Hilarity ensues.

    • Anonymous

      Didn’t they use the word “youthenize” in an episode of Futurama?

  • Anonymous

    He looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josefina-Madariaga-Suárez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    He looks scared as hell.

  • Anonymous

    His face expression scares me. Are you sure it’s not his action figure? 

    As for the outfit… In law school they made you dress in office attire for oral exams. This reminds me SO MUCH of my male classmates’ first attempts..- we called it “my first suit” (as in “my first Sony”, remember? God am I old). 

  • Anonymous

    What?? Did you really suggest he dress like a hipster, and not as a joke? BLASPHEMY!!!! The boy is far too good-looking to dress like an “ironic” bum.

    • Anonymous

      Thank you, thank you thank you. Dress like a hipster has go to be the worst fashion advice I’ve ever heard.

      • O Superman

        “Hipster” is a meaningless word that people use to mean “anything I don’t like.” They clearly mean he should be going for the more Kevin McHale style, which is right on trend.

  • Anonymous

    And knowing is half the battle…

    You know y’all were thinking it.

  • Anonymous

    I feel so sorry for him. He rarely looks like he is genuinely smiling–most often it comes out a grimace. And his (apparent) natural coloring is quite pale he does need some make up. As for the suit–I like the color and the How to Succeed reference is right on so he’s this generation’s Robert Morse. Still, don’t care for the tie. And (again like Robert Morse (I think)) he is really quite small which has to be factored in. But oh, those beautiful blue eyes. Oh, and you can’t fault the jacket/cuff ratio as you so often are required to do.

  • Anonymous

    But it fits really nicely.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    I was just thinking that he looked like he was on his way to a bar mitzvah. 

    Black or gray for suit colors, colored shirts and sharp silk ties, man — dress like a grown-up.  In fact, just find a good stylist and tell them to make you look like an adult.

  • http://profiles.google.com/misslauraschultz Laura Schultz

    The blue suit might pass with a different shirt and tie….

    It’s gonna be REAL hard for me to see this guy as anybody other than Harry Potter. Sorry, bud.

  • Anonymous

    That poor kid has no idea how to smile for the camera. I wonder if anyone’s ever told him to think of it as an acting gig? Act the role of a confident guy who likes the attention and doesn’t care what anybody thinks? On the other hand, I think the way he projects “I am trying SO HARD” is sort of adorable in its own way. Maybe it’s working for him. He’s certainly about 100 miles away from “douche”.

    • Anonymous

      “On the other hand, I think the way he projects “I am trying SO HARD” is sort of adorable in its own way.”

      I kind like that too.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, thank you for mentioning the “game show host” hair!  He really needs something a bit floppier and moppier and updated Beatley. I don’t know why his face is so weird in this picture–I’ve seen him interviewed on TV a lot (big HP fan…) and he’s never looked so tense and…plastic.

    Everything fits well–so let’s give him credit for that.  And now that we’ve patted him on the back, let’s yank that collar pin out, rip that uptight tie off, drag him out of that white shirt and blue suit, and clothe him in pieces that make him look grown up but not uptight.  Cause that sure is how he looks here!  Emphasis on *tight*!

    (I speak from love, Daniel!)

  • Anonymous

    Agreed – he should be rocking some funky Paul Smith suits with purple and orange ties with patent leather D squared shoes. Or, well, something like that.

  • Anonymous

    Agreed – he should be rocking some funky Paul Smith suits with purple and orange ties with patent leather D squared shoes. Or, well, something like that.

  • Anonymous

    He’ll always be 12.

  • Anonymous

    but he’s just so cute & sweet.

  • Anonymous

    but he’s just so cute & sweet.

  • Anonymous

    I saw him in How to Succeed on broadway, and I was incredibly impressed with his energy, and even his singing (I’ve been stung before when seeing a famous movie actor on broadway). Had a great time at the show overall — classic broadway. But the one thing I had trouble buying was that he was playing an adult, and I had an even harder time buying that the female lead was actually swooning over him… 

    Maybe it’s the Harry Potter stuff, but he just looked like he was playing dress-up to me

  • Anonymous

    I saw him in How to Succeed on broadway, and I was incredibly impressed with his energy, and even his singing (I’ve been stung before when seeing a famous movie actor on broadway). Had a great time at the show overall — classic broadway. But the one thing I had trouble buying was that he was playing an adult, and I had an even harder time buying that the female lead was actually swooning over him… 

    Maybe it’s the Harry Potter stuff, but he just looked like he was playing dress-up to me

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think he’s dressed as his character – if he was he’d be wearing a bowtie, and there’s no reason for dressing in character for this event. I think the suit is okay, but the tie and the red collar buttons (mein Got!) do him in. The white shirt doesn’t help.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OQAEI5VIBLXN6YAONCDMUQVRBI Sydney Rose

      Agree on all points. And the suit may be bland but at least it fits and doesn’t make him look as silly as most of the other suits he’s worn. A colored shirt with a stiff collar and no tie would have helped.

      His hair (which is not how he wears it in the play) needs a serious intervention.

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking he has great hair and great eyebrows . . . he needs some sideburns to go with.  And, yes, a MUCH better suit.

  • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

    Also, he looks ashen and I TOTALLY second the Elijah Wood comments.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229199146 Tara Gray Burkholder

    And wax those eyebrows. Or at least clean them up a bit. Geez.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think he’s the hipster type, so why should he dress like one? The suit fits him nicely and he looks like a guy you’d introduce to your daughter. Maybe I’m damning him with faint praise there, but in my book, it’s a real compliment.

  • Anonymous

    OK, Daniel-you’re moving away from the magical world of Hogwarts. Now, get youself some good stylists to work their own kind of magic for you.

  • Anonymous

    I agree he could look sharper, but I don’t think he looks bad. The extreme side part on his hair is the most disconcerting thing to me.

    Didn’t he wear some “fashion forward” suit to a HP premier? I think he has test driven funkier looks in the past.

  • Anonymous

    The Suit of Bad Choices — you guys slay! No, it doesn’t look like “him”, but then again I don’t know what he’s like. Colin Firth should take the wee lad under his wing and mentor him on how to look impeccable AND comfortable in any outfit. Okayfine, I just wanted you guys to show more snaps of Colin Firth.

  • Anonymous

    I think his jacket is too long.  It makes him look short.

  • margaret meyers

    Needs to tame those eyebrows and get a little sun.

  • http://profiles.google.com/phyllis.craine Phyllis Craine

    He needs to learn from Kenny Wormald

  • http://twitter.com/AileenBartels Aileen Bartels

    Poor guy, he looks super stressed here.  And the odd camera angle in the first shot makes him look like a human lollipop.

  • Anonymous

    The hair is the worst! OUT! OUT! OUT!

  • Anonymous

    I actually think a fashionable tie and some hair product could rescue this entirely.

  • Stefanos Mantyla

    He also looks unhealthy, like a swimmer. Must be those eyebrows.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Totally with you on the clothes but I don’t think he can change his hair until he is done with his show on B’way.
    I don’t want him hipster, I want him in a dark gray suit, with a disturbingly-dark-plum tie. We need a little swarthy, no?

  • Anonymous

    He definitely needs to get Neville to teach him how to dress!

    This is VERY prep-school-ish.  Or young banker on his first job.

    You’re a nice-looking guy, Daniel.  You won’t be young forever.  Go with the fun stuff while you can!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I will admit that I have a very soft spot in my heart for DR, after having seen him in “How to Succeed…” So I will forgive much, but I do agree that this look is not his friend. If he wants to wear suits I’d suggest banker’s gray. It’s good for his coloring.

  • Anonymous

    No, TLo! If Daniel Radcliffe goes for the hipster look, how are we ever going to tell him apart from Darren Criss?

    Seriously, though, he looks like he’s in-character as J. Pierpont Finch.

  • Toto Maya

    Seriously, I was thinking, “Was this photo taken ten years ago?”

  • Anonymous

    Oh, it’s bad.

  • Anonymous

    nose…target…nice shot TLo

  • Anonymous

    Honestly, I think he looks great here.

  • Anonymous

    Can we do something about the eyebrows while we’re at it???

  • http://profiles.google.com/sara.e.munoz Sara Munoz

    My two year old has that suit. The tie clips on.

  • Anonymous

    Even without his glasses he looks like an owl.

  • Anonymous

    Please don’t suggest a hipster look. It murders me to death. I think he’d do better trying out Taylor Lautner’s wardrobe. That young man is pulling it together on the young and sexy front.

  • Anonymous

    Awww, bless. At least the fit and tailoring are impeccable, which is more than can be said for many an A-list boy.

  • Anonymous

    Actually I think everything is fine except the tie, which is horrible. The fit on the suit is so great!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHWCJIMARF4OOW6PQZQS3RFOOA JillK

    Wall Street banker. Uhm, no. But he’s still a punkin’.

  • Anonymous

    is the jacket swallowing him a little or am I just used to looking at tightly fitted jackets?

  • Anonymous

    This is a young actor with the world at his feet. But poor Danny looks like he is going for his high school year book photo. That tie! And a tie bar? Seriously? He needs new gays. Remember that Nautica fashion show with all the fun colors and interesting jackets. Take note. At least the suit has a nice fit but  could use a good steam. Perhaps he should call Brad (the ex-star of the Rach Zoe Project).

  • Anonymous

    A prep school freshman would never wear a navy blue suit…. it’d be a blue blazer and khakis, with a rumpled tie… pre-tied, already hanging on his bedpost… (charcoal grey flannels for Thanksgiving and weddings.)  He wouldn’t get his first suit ’til his senior year in college… all ready for interviews!!
    I’m the mother, wife, sister and daughter of said “prep school freshman”!!

  • Anonymous

    I think my 8 year olds first communion suit was more mature than what DRad has on.

  • Anonymous

    When I saw him in HTSIBWRT, they did a very exaggerated eyebrow. I wonder if they have dyed his eyebrows.

    Sorry I’m late to post – but here’s a tidbit for the theatre costume junkies, after looking at the poster outside the theatre (which was a blowup of Daniel), I seriously think they hand sewed his suit! You could see the stitches in the lapel.Very cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jenna-Ryan-Boatman/583622701 Jenna Ryan Boatman

    He looks like a mini-politician.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the tie bar. The tie bar is ALWAYS WRONG. He looks like he’s going to hear his grandpa’s will read, hoping that the Park Avenue penthouse is his.

  • http://profiles.google.com/ballinger.jl Jessica Ballinger

    I’m not usually one to advocate tanning, but his pasty skin is really, really, REALLY unattractive.

  • Eric Curtis

    Daniel needs to consult fellow Brit, Matt Smith, for stylish tips on what to wear.

  • vix eljay

    I was just thinking he’d do well to shave his head and see where that look gets him for awhile.

  • Anonymous

    Also – the cuffs are about an inch too long. The suit cuff should break at the wrist bone and the shirt cuff half an inch below that.

  • http://twitter.com/lemonfreshmoxie Donna Lee

    He looks like he’s shaking off a Rod Blagojevich Polyjuice Potion episode