In or Out: Darren Criss

Posted on January 04, 2012

Sometimes, having two bitchy gay bloggers for the price of one makes things very simple. One look at these pictures and we both took directly opposing arguments.


Darren Criss makes his Broadway debut in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” in New York City.

Lorenzo thinks it looks very sharp and is slightly unusual with the contrasting lapels and piping. He thinks this look represents a style progression on his part, away from the goofy college kid clothes and into something more grownup and more definitively “star.”

Tom thinks he puts the “gay” in “Georg Von Trapp.”

See? Very simple.

Vote Now!


IN! I’m with you, Lorenzo!

OUT! I stand with Tom!


Voting on Rooney Mara’s Audreybot look is still wide open and awaiting your opinions.

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  • Terri Smith

    I’m with you, Lorenzo!  And do these pictures make him look like he has really big feet and junk or is that just me?

    • Anonymous

      i always understood that big feet = big junk :)

      • iCouture

        Sooo not always correct!  I just went on a few dates with a gentleman who raved about his since 13 feet.. and.. for no good reason….  if you get my drift..  at all.  No reason.  at.  all.           No reason.

        at.       all.

        • Anonymous

           so the man does not always measure up to the myth…so to speak….

          • iCouture

            In this particular instance, you are correct   😉

          • Amelia Logan

            I have to agree. I used to only date really tall guys, being a sort of tall girl and their penises were average size. But Since I’ve started dating guys my height their penises are comically large – they’re uncomfortably large sometimes. Boys who are 5’9″ are apparently where it is at.

          • Anonymous

            oh honey. the short ones oftimes have a 3rd leg! And forget shoe size – my one ex wore size 8 mens and oh …let’s just say that the rest of him was more like a 10.

          • Anonymous

            Everyone knows that girth is almost always more important than length anyway. 😉

        • Anonymous


          Thank you.

        • Anonymous

          ^ Shit…this.

      • Deborah Jozayt

        Not to take away from the subject, supposedly it’s more accurate to measure the length of the hand, top of middle finger to wrist. So little hands=kiddie roller coaster. Big hands=you must be this tall to ride.

      • Anonymous

        I was sharing a cube with this woman who always came off as really uptight.  I was meeting with one of our (male) users and we looked over at her STARING as his feet.  She blurts out “what size shoe do you wear”.   The guy stutters ansd then said “10 and a half.”  but quickly said “but I wear an 11 in tennis shoes.”  I was busting out laughing at this exchange when another man we worked with came over.  When I stopped laughing he asked what was going on.  I can’t recall which of us then asked him what size shoe he wore, and he did the same thing, quickly said one size and then “corrected” himself with a larger size….  The funniest part was then FOUR guys came over (and I was not the only one laughing as this went on) and EACH of them did the same thing.

    • Anonymous

      He does have big feet. His junk I am not in a position to comment on.

    • margaret meyers

      I think it’s the aggressive tailoring. 

  • Aly Light

    I’m not exactly opposed to this “gay” in “Georg”. I’ll accept that description, but I say it’s a good thing. IN.

    • Leonardo Alves

      Totally agree! What’s wrong in putting some gayness to Georg? 

    • Sara Munoz

      Haha! In theory I agree, but I actually don’t like this look at all. :)

    • Anonymous

      I was wondering why that was a bad thing, too.

      This is not the best suit he’s ever worn, but I give him credit for not looking like a huge bowl of flail considering it was his debut on Broadway. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Wow, the carpet looks like shit. I can’t even focus on the clothes.

    • Anonymous

      Ah…then you have never been inside a Broadway theatre. Everything over gilded and tasseled and frou-froued to the extreme, the theatres make Vegas look like Mayberry.

      • Anonymous

        You’re right, I haven’t. I’ve been to other heavily-gilded venues, but this particular carpet looks like the cheap variety that most people had in their homes during the communist era in my homeland.

        • Anna Tree

          This is my favorite comment of the thread.

        • Patrick Cleary

          I played a drag queen in a play years ago, and one of my lines was, “It was a dragon, with beautiful scales of swirling colors, every color in the rainbow, like…hotel carpeting!” That carpeting looks like that.

    • Georgia N

      I didn’t even notice! Oh God, it’s awful! Now I can’t focus on the clothes either. 

  • Britt McCombs

    I agree with both of you.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    Horrifying.   I have rarely in my life seen such a massively ill tailored suit of clothes.  The jacket sleeve heads dimple inward, the roll of the lapels at the center front button pulls and also manages to fold, a real feat, that, considering that the jacket looks too small pretty much everywhere.  Those pants are a mess of bad cutting for him, too long, too tight at the hip line and with that sag at the waistband on the fly that screams “OFF THE RACK”   Admittedly the actual style I would agree has some pluses, I’m all in favor of dandyism, and its long past time the men’s uniform changed up more than a little, but this child man can afford to have things tailored to suit him.  Bad form, Darren. Out.

    • Anonymous

      Yes! Dandy! Exactly!
      OUT! Ill-fitting Dandy is still ill-fitting.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        Right you are.  NO excuse when one is playing on this level for badly fitted clothes, especially when the Whole Point of the Exercise is to be seen and photographed.

    • Rebecca

      Yes! thank you! It’s the tailoring. The vest plus the jacket end up looking weirdly bulky. Cut correctly this could be such a snazzy ensem, but currently it’s an OUT.

    • Anonymous

      See, all I could come up with (far at the end of comments) was “he looks like he’s growing out of it.”

      It is wonderful (and educational) to get an informed analysis. Too bad this education is a little late for me to help my son, who is well past the age where mommy goes shopping with him.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        You can send him to me and I’ll help him work out his sartorial issues.  It is possible to look good and well put together without custom clothes, it just takes more effort.

        • Anonymous

          Ahh, if only!

    • Anonymous

      “…that sag at the waistband on the fly that screams “OFF THE RACK” ”
      Poetry, my dear.

      • Kiltdntiltd

        One does one’s little best.

  • Michelle Hopkins

    I like it in theory, but the execution sucks – the fit on the pants is wonky and the jacket desperately needs a second button.

  • marlie

    It would be an in if it fit better. The jacket is a skosh too short/tight, even if the skinny look is his “thing.”

  • Rena


  • Anonymous

    In! Definitely a different look for him (though not too different from what we’re used to) but it’s great.

    • Cindi Williams

      See, when I first saw him, I rolled my eyes like I do when I see Angelina Jolie in all-black, the Fanning sisters in Valentino, or Jennifer Aniston in naked shoes and a short dress. In other words, not different at all.

  • Jenna Kuhmann

    Taking Lorenzo’s side on this one.  He looks great!

  • Lauren St Martin

    I like the top, but the pants are causing eye twitches for some reason. Going with out.

    • Anonymous

      His pants look like they didn’t fit in the waist so he cinched them with a belt or something, doesn’t it? The more I look at this more I wonder why I deliberated before voting Out.

  • Patricia McMahon

    Sorry, Lorenzo, but I vote with Tom. OUT

  • Ira Ioannidou

    IN because he looks cute and put together!

  •árez/100002964685796 Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    IN. Team Lorenzo FTW!! He looks gorgeous and cool.

  • Ben Smith

    I think it might look better without the contrasting lapels on the waistcoat, as it’s looking a bit busy for my tastes. But that’s a fairly minor quibble so it gets an In from me. Does anyone know who makes that suit btw? Not that I could afford it but it’s nice to dream.

    Possibly swayed by my quite embarrassing teenage girl crush on him, but never mind.

    • Eric Scheirer Stott

      Without the contrasting trim it would look like a waiter’s uniform

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Tom. His pants don’t fit.

  • bloodshothalfblind

    it’s an OUT for me.  while i like the idea of it, i think it’s really wrong for him.  it plays too much into the Glee thing.  the lapels scream, ‘show choir!’  a more traditional suit would have looked a lot better.  also, that jacket is too tight & it makes him look like a long-torso-ed midget.

  • AbbottRabbit

    He makes everything he wears look like a Warbler’s uniform. I think that puts me in Camp Tom: Out.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, no, honey!  What’s up with those tugs in the pants pointing straight to the crotch?  OUT!

  • Anonymous

    When I first saw these pics (on another site, alas) I thought he was wearing some kind of medal on a ribbon around his neck. With all the piping and V’s and whatnot around the lapels, it’s all very M.C. Escher-esque and a little busy for my taste. I want to say “oh, your face is so cute!” but end up thinking “wtf is going on with your suit?”

    • foodycat

      I also thought mayoral medal thingy. Like that unattractive honour Meryl Streep sported a while back. Overall, I think the suit would work better as a 2-piece. But IN because he’s a boy star who shined his shoes, and I really don’t ask for a lot in this world.

  • Anonymous

    Eh…I feel like I want to like it more than I actually do.  The stance of the button on the jacket is ridiculously high. I like the color combo and the idea of the lapels, but hmmm…no this isn’t coming together for me.


    • Kiltdntiltd

      Off topic a moment here.  I am re-reading “Good Omens” by Gaiman and Prachett and who’s name came up?  Why that would be your’s Anathema my dear. 

      • Anonymous

        Yay! I just re-read that last month. Such a great escape. I have used Crowley as my handle elsewhere, but it wasn’t available on Disqus, so I moved to Anathema Device. That book is rich with great names.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with L on this one.  It may not be perfect, but at least it looks like he’s making an effort.  IN!

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I like the concept, it’s the execution that sucks. What’s with the fit? It seems too small and pulls in areas that seem ill advised. Plus, he just bugs.

  • Joyce VG

    OUT I stand with Tom.  His skis for shoes are killing me. 

  • Anonymous

    Out, because it doesn’t fit at all and his hair bugs me.

    It is an interesting look.

  • Anonymous

    IN even though i understand both sides.

  • Deitra S.


  • Dave Carter

    While I love you both, I am with Lorenzo on this one. In.

  • Julie Fountain

    Love the suit, hate the hair. Seriously, what is going on with his hair? It looks like a bad toupee.

  • Anonymous

    IN…I’m with Lo. 

    Daren has usually been one to experiment and push the envelope with younger men’s fashion…in a good direction.  I think there are a few issues…sleeves too long, odd pulling at the jacket button, and, perhaps, an odd fit at the crotch. 😉    Overall looks good…not great.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with all of this, including the IN.

  • Wrenaria

    In. He looks adorable, even if he does appear to have clown feet here. The suit is fussy in a good way. Love it.

  • Haley Buchanan

    IN.  The suit is a great color, the contrasting lapels and the purple tie are cute and interesting, and he’s not posing like he’s waiting in line for the bathroom for once.

    But… the pants don’t fit.

  • Anonymous

    I never knew how the term “camel toe” could be applied to a man.  Now I know.

  • Anonymous

    IN but love Tom’s thought.

  • Anonymous

    way out. i can’t get over the pulling at the crotch.

  • Sara Parker

    Love the style, but the bad fit is distracting. I’m reluctant to give him an OUT, if only because I’m pleased to see actual grown-up shoes on the red carpet…

  • Anonymous

    IN, and what a great look for him. he’s taking his usual vibe — young and fun and a little quirky — and polishing it up. well done, sir!
    not digging the ill-fitting pants or ridiculously shiny shoes, but these are minor complaints.

  • Shannon Stewart

    IN.  Huge IN… wish-I-could-make-the-font-bigger IN! 

    Now, I do think it is a very “gay” look in that straight white boys are not a stylish bunch, but I LOVE that piping!  So freaking fantastic, and I approve of ANYONE trying to do something interesting (without being stupid) with a suit…

  • Anonymous

    What, this isn’t a a new Dr Who?

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Heaven forfend!

  • Kate Musgrove

    Simultaneously gay and in.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stop looking at his crotch…does this make me a bad person

    • Kiltdntiltd

      Not at all, lets say rather that you are, um, focused.  And focus is always a good thing.

  • Sara Munoz

    I think one contrasting lapel would have been enough; two is just too busy.

    And those PANTS. OUT.

    His hair and face look good though.

  • Anonymous

    Out. I don’t care if I have a fanboy crush on him. I don’t care that I think it SHOULD work. There’s just too much happening at the chest level, the fit on those pants is too bad, and it looks like he’s trying WAY too hard to dress in something related to the style of the show as opposed to just wearing something nice. Besides, this was a super-casual event with a lot of other people in flannel and jeans. It just plain looks like he’s trying too hard (ironic, given the show). Dress to the 9s, but make it look effortless.

  • Anonymous

    The pants are ill-fitting and I hate those shoes but….he’s Darren Freaking Criss, so I give him an IN.

  • Anonymous

    I love the lapel insets.  Anything that attempts a retooling of a man’s suit I like to see.  I often feel for the guys with their limited options.  However, now is not the time for an attention grabbing purple tie.  It’s too much.  Too many lines down the central axis of his body.  I’d be in favor a of a neutral tie which joins in the color blocking rather than competes with it.  And the collar on his dress shirt…. I’m thinking it should extend to under the vest just to eliminate another line. It looks too small and feminine.  You throw in all the lines around his crotch from the tugging seams and this ensemble is just too visually busy.  Too many acute angles.  Makes my brain hurt and my eyes tear up.  Doesn’t it seem like this guy should be easy to dress.  What’s the problem?

  • Anonymous

    IN. He looks cute.

  • Nicole Chubb

    I simply love you for making such a witty Sound of Music reference. I know that movie gets a lot of hate, but I love Georg and his name!

  • Laura Schultz

    OUT. Looks bulky. 

  • Anonymous

    Out, just because of those atrociously ill-fitting trousers.  If the overall fit were better, I’d actually give it an in.  The design is a relief from the typical businessman’s suit we’ve been seeing lately.

  • aimee_parrott

    *snort*  Here’s to putting the gay in Georg!

    I’m torn here.  On the one hand, I think Lorenzo has a very good point in that at least he doesn’t look like a kid.  I really like the lapels, and the color of the tie.

    On the other hand, Tom ALSO makes a good point.  Plus, I think those pants don’t fit him.  Maybe he wants to look like his junk is just SO BIG that it can’t be contained by pants, but that puckering in the crotch area is not flattering. 

    On the whole (sorry, Lorenzo! I still love you!) I have to go with Tom and declare him OUT.  I cannot forgive the puckery crotch.

  • natalia h

    Lorenzo wins!

    Is it bad of me that I only love him when he’s not smiling? When he does, you can’t really see his eyes and he dreamy eyes. 😛

  • Anonymous

    Definitely Von Trapp!

    And am I wrong?   That suit does not seem to fit.  The jacket pulls slightly, and the pants pulling all over the place.  They look horrible.

  • Anonymous

    Darren Criss as J. Pierpont Finch?   No, no, 1,000 times no! And then I see by an ad that one of the Jonas Bros will be taking the role. And Beau  Bridges as Mr. Bigley?  Ohhhhhhh nooooooo! I could see Matthew Broderick in the role many years ago and Daniel Radcliffe more recently but Darren Criss?
    Oh, by the way what most everyone has said about the suit–a bit too much piping but overall interesting til he got to the trousers.

  • suzq

    I’m “in” with Lorenzo, however, those pants are just a tad too tight.  And yes, the feets too big, but is that a bad thing?

  • Sara__B

    When I saw the title “In or Out: Darren Criss” my knee-jerk reaction was “out” — he’s so very annoying. But I like that dapper dandy suit, except for the pulling at the crotch. I’m surprised to be with Lorenzo: IN.

  • Amanda

    I’m with Tom…those shoes make his feet look clownishly big.

  • Anonymous

    IN. He looks SO hot. 

  • Jennifer Kellum

    Out. I like the look, but it is so, so ill-fitting (That crotch is INSANE!!!! and distracting). Plus, I don’t like his hair.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with BOTH Tom! and Lorenzo!  I love the purple tie and the suit fabric; I love the waistcoat in theory; I’m confused by the double trim on both waistcoat and jacket. Hem length is mostly okay, though, so extra points for that, and extra points because he’s Darren Criss and I find him charming.

  • Anonymous


  • Emily H

    In, it looks cute, but the suit could fit better.

  • Sorana Tarmu

    Tom is right.

  • Anonymous

    OUT – I’m not loving the piping on the lapels, and the crotch is just a skosh high, no? It looks like his peen is about to bust out, although that’s probably the look he was going for.

  • Lynsey M.

    Out.  I think I would like the suit on him if it fit properly but the fit is terrible.

  • Jessica Sabat

    My 15 year-old who just “dies” for him, thinks he either needs bigger pants or smaller junk (and that’s a quote, folks!).  Nonetheless, she thinks he looks sharp.

  • Liana Brooks

    The tie and lapels work for me. Team Lo – IN

  • Delysia LaFosse

    I don’t really mind the suit, but it lost whatever goodwill it might have had with the various fit issues. The lapels and piping are interesting, but I don’t think he’s pulling them off. Sorry, Lo – OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Feh. He looks fine. I’m just pissed I never got to see this when Dan was still in it. 

  • Anonymous

    I think he’s in, it’s a cute little outfit!  But it doesn’t make me think “hetero!”

  • skadi1

    I think the vest is one piece too many. Other than that, I’m with Lorenzo.

  • Anonymous

    I really want to like it, I like all the elements, but the proportions seem weird somehow. Also, it’s probably just the light in here, but his head looks like the Ken doll of himself. And I don’t think this color is good on him. Soooo, sadly, OUT.

  • Anonymous

    “Paging Mr. Herman. Mr. Herman, You Have a Telephone Call at the Front Desk.”

  • Anonymous

    I think the proportions of the jacket are off. But I do the love the brown/purple combo.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get gay so much as unintentionally hermaphroditic.  The vest/jacket lapels look like, well, they look like pointy man-labia that cradle the phallic tie (all ties are inherently a little phallic, unless you count cravats). Don’t get me started on what the buttons at the end of the man-labia remind me of, though why there would be two intrigues me.  IN, because I’m amused.

  • Anonymous

    Out because he has a sunburst coming from his crotch.

  • Anonymous

    I think the proportions of the jacket are off. But I do the love the brown/purple combo.

  • Anonymous

    In. He looks striking.

  • Anonymous

    Too ill-fitted to get an in. OUT. I really like the tie though.

  • Cassie (C.M.W.)

    Out! The suit looks too small on him. It would be snappier if it fit, and he didn’t look like he was in serious pain (ostensibly from parts south being squeezed/having a wedgie). Also, I’d have gone with a deeper shade of purple on the tie.

  • Pearse

    Dear lord. I want to like your new style, Darren. Why can’t you just find things that fit? Out. 

  • Anonymous

    Out.  It makes him look pear-shaped.

  • Anonymous

    I say he needs better-fitting pants. And that color is doing nothing for him. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN, I’m with Lorenzo on this one. Totally digging the details. However, the cut and fit seem off to me.

    No. Wait. OUT. The tailoring is too hideous for an in. Good idea, bad execution.

  • Judy_J

    Sorry, Lo.  I’m siding with Tom on this one.  That shrunken jacket is making my eyes twitch.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  His top half looks twice as long as his bottom half, and it is unfortunate.  This could have been a great look, if fit properly.

  • Christopher

    I’m with Lorenzo more so because his hair looks good for once outside of his glee character. I like the suit too.

  • Emily

    I’m with Tom.  Out.

  • Eric Scheirer Stott

    I like some of the details but I don’t think the suit is a good fit.  It’s tight at the waist and gaps at the bottom, the pants are so tight that they pull across the crotch and don’t have enough fulness to drape properly- there’s no drape anywhere. The tie is a nice color but it’s too skinny and looks cheap and shiny- turns the whole thing into a school uniform. Also- in my opinion the shirt collar is to low- it should rise up above the jacket lapels. Instead it’s swallowed up and makes his neck look too long.

    What he needs in a vintage Bill Blass tie.

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  • Anna Tree

    If he intended to draw attention to his crotch this was a great choice for him. However, I can’t endorse said choice. OUT

  • Anonymous

    I like the idea of this suit with the lapels and the colors and the purple. I think he has the right idea, and it’s an interesting look. But it seems a size too small all over. So a very lowercase, qualified “in” from me. 

  • Sarah Hankins

    Out.  I can’t look away from his crotch, which somehow screams ‘male equivalent of camel toe.’

  • Anonymous

    The shoes look like rentals. But otherwise, I agree with both daddies.

  • Anonymous

    Thank Oprah, he bought new shoes for this gig.  I don’t think he has the right shape to rock these fitted suits, but it’s better than looking a sloppy mess like most other Hollywood men.

  • MilaXX

    Isn’t that his character’s costume? IN I guess

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking that as well.  It looks like his costume.

  • Anonymous

    In, for sure. Lorenzo, you rock. I’ll always stand by Darren. He can do no wrong.

  • Anonymous

    out (with Tom)  – also the proportions of the jacket seem very off  hate how high the button is

  • Mary Nease

    IN, now excuse me while I go have all sorts of proud mama feelings…

  • Amy Putnam Ellinger

    Out. Bored Now.

    and it doesn’t fit!

  • Me Again

    IN!  I totally want that suit!  And since when has looking gay been a point against a star?  Really, Tom, you should know better!  I think today’s male stars could do to dress a little more gay.

  • LauraN

    In!  I’m with Lorenzo.  While quite a lot of look, it’s a move in the right direction.

  • Anonymous

    He just needs a hat to complete the bellhop look. But certainly he gets an A for effort.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    Had to think about the pronunciation of Georg for a second but… *much laughter*.  And I’m with Lo – IN!  Sorry Tom, still love you too.

  • Anonymous

    IN with Lorenzo! I like this look, somewhat retro while still being fresh…I may have chosen a different-colored tie, though..also, isn’t he a cutie!

  • Anonymous

    It does look more appropriately grown-up, but that doesn’t mean it looks good.  It just looks odd.

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  • Anonymous

    OUT.  The fit of the suit is too tight even for a lean cut (Fit! and Tailoring! Dammit!), sleeves are too long, one should not button a jacket whilst wearing a vest (IIRC) and don’t even get me talking about the piping…

  • Alyson Lamble

    OUT.  Too much suit.  Either wear it without the jacket or without the vest, but both looks like piling on.

  • Anonymous

    Mm, out for me, but not because I mind the Georg. Rather, I think this look makes his legs — and therefore, his whole self — look really, short, and not in a cute way. Light-colored suits are tricky.  

  • Anonymous

    Lorenzo FTW (this time)!  The lapel contrast is interesting; they would be less so if there were no vest. 

  • Alloy Jane

    He looks pretty spiffy to me.  LOVE the piping and that cute cheezer grin.  IN.

  • Anonymous

    unlikely, maybe, attempt at steampunk by inappropriate character falls & fails; elsewise, it’s a very nice suit.

  • Paula Berman

    The whiskery wrinkles coming out of his crotch are very distracting to me, and no, not that way.

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to have to sit on Tom’s side of the fence on this one.  I like the *idea* of the suit…but the cut is so “little boy” and the whole thing is obviously WAY TOO SMALL.

    Plus, pulling and creasing in the goober area is never attractive.

  • Anonymous

    thats an IN. brining a little something to the men’s style front is nice.

  • Anonymous


  • CQAussie

    Oh for sure this is gay gay gay-gitty gay but doesn’t he look adorable?  I like the contrasting piping on the lapel cuz without it, it’s kinda a snooze suit, no?  Although his feet look rather huge on closer inspection.  Still though – a step in the right direction I think.  IN!

  • Beth Kenton

    In. But trying to ignore the fit of the pants.

  • Anonymous

    IN.  My only quibble is with the fit on the pants.

  • Anonymous

    Team Lorenzo! IN.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with you, Tom

  • Anonymous

    I give him a technical IN, but it would be better without the vest.

  • Vera

    Nice suit, but poor fit. OUT.

  • Susan Walker

    I should think that good tailoring would show the junk without having creases pointing to it. (Away from it?)

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  • Anonymous

    I do not like the pants. Plus everything in the outfit (jacket, vest, vest buttons, tie, collar points, weird piping on jacket and vest) seems to be pointing to the weird creasing in the crotcal region. The outfit is singing, “I’m Darren Criss and there’s a starburst over my peen! And THAT’S how you succeed in show biz without really trying!”

  • Lauren Maier

    Lorenzo!  IN!  GORGEOUS!

  • Anonymous

    Ummmm… OUT.
    The jacket doesn’t fit properly over the pants. That gap where you see the fastener above the zipper is all wrong. The jacket button is in the wrong place. Jacket is too darn short. The purple tie is hanging off kilter and is not the best shade and the white/lavendar? shirt is too banker specific to go with such an unusual suit and vest.

    Everything must be perfect if one is to carry off such a dramatic look. But the suit fabric is beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    IN!  He finally discovered dress shoes!

  • Linda Harris

    Out, I’m with Tom

  • Jen L.

    Out.  The only good thing is that he’s wearing nice shoes – instead of his usual beat-up oxfords – and he’s NOT wearing neon shades. The suit, it is horrible.

  • Anonymous

    In in! Loving this!

  • Anonymous

    The fit is poor, but I really like the direction and the effort demonstrated here. he was clearly trying to do something interesting. And, for once, he doesn’t look like a total douche on the red carpet. Overall… In.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I’m with you Lorenzo!  I love the contrasting lapels!

  • Anonymous

    I know these tight, short jackets on suits are what all the kids are wearing these days (and I’d have one if I had the bucks or the place to wear it), but I still think that if you can see the waistband of your pants when your jacket is buttoned, then the jacket is too short. And the fancy two-toned lapels are fun, but a bit overkill on a jacket AND vest. It looks like some sort of tromp l’oeil effect … an M.C. Escher jacket that just keeps on going into infinity.

  • Anonymous

    Doesn’t work.  First, he needs his teeth whitened.  Okay, I’m a bitch.  Whatever.  Secondly, the purple tie just doesn’t work.  There was potential that was not attained here.  Perhaps if he hired you two, he’d get there!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    I stand with Lorenzo. IN.

  • Anonymous

    Those pants… just so sad… Did he forget to take them to the tailor when he took the jacket?

  • Anonymous

    IN!  He’s got styyyyle

  • Emily Smith

    In!  even if he occasionally looks like he isn’t sure which team he really plays for.  I blame it on his hipster ways, I feel like that style toes the line in to looking a bit too…delicate, sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    The grey around the lapels almost works but not quite. And the pants need fixing. But in because he’s rocking something classy but unboring.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Uncle Lo here. The colours are great, and we need to encourage him away from his default juvenile look.

  • Anonymous

    IN I love it. He is so cute, which kinda makes me want to believe he is gay.

  • Anonymous

    IN. He looks very well put together. 

  • Angie J. Han

    OUT. I wanted to say IN, but his pants fall in such a way that there are basically giant arrows pointing to his crotch, and now I can’t see anything else.

  • Shelf Afterlife

    Gotta go with Lo.  Faboo!

  • Anonymous

    Why does he insist on hiding the hotness?! I think part of his problem is that he’s short-ish with a longer torso and not so very long legs. He needs to show more of his pant and remove the vest, it adds too much bulk at his height. He has a lot going for him: a narrower frame without too-skinny legs & arms and that beautiful face, oi! Short guys can be tailored too! 

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    IN the fact that he isnt wearing pink shades and his suit complements his role in the play is awesome. he looks cute

  • Merneith

    In, and I’m entirely on-board with a Gay Von Trapp.

  • Anonymous

    I have some issues with the fit, and the jacket is too short, but it seems clear that he is trying to channel the budding business executive he plays in this 1961 musical.  i love the purple tie, and he looks so happy…….I’m going to give him an IN, because what he loses in styling he gains in attitude!

  • Sara Loftus

    Just watched Sound of Music that last night.  Oh Georg…. sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Team Tom!

  • Anonymous

    In. I like the piping. It’s all very cute. It looks like the jacket should have at least another button towards the bottom, though. That’s what gives you the impression that his crotch is saying “Hey there, howdy!”

  • Buffy

    I’m on Lorenzo’s side of the room this time!

  • BarbaraW

    Out. There’s definitely something bulky and weird about it. Not to mention the undeniable “Gay von Trapp kid” element. Right on, Tom!

  • Anonymous

    Way too precious.  His crotch is icky.

  • Anonymous

    While yes, it looks very grown up and much better than normal, there is also a very heavy overtone of the Sound of Music.

    I have to say OUT, just because the vest with the jacket is just too much for me.

  • Heather

    OUT – Easter Parade, and not in a good way.

  • Alisa Rivera


  • Anonymous

    I am with Lo!  IN!

  • Anonymous

    IN! I’m with you, Lorenzo! 

  • Anonymous

    I usually can’t stand him, but I think this is cute, different, and it’s nice to see his style maturing!

  • Anonymous

    What’s especially interesting to me is how, when he’s not smiling, he’s holding his head just like Grover in “Sesame Street.” Which endears him greatly to me but the suit is still Gay-Org Von Crapp and it’s just out. Too much shiny trim. 

  • Anonymous

    At first glance he looks good but then one notices the awful tailoring.  I’ll give him an IN because I’m in a generous mood this evening.  :)

  • Athena Bast

    Gah… that button on his jacket is too high for me and his pants being so low. Grrrragh.. it’s like he’s some kind of weirdly articulated action figure. Shortens his torso and his legs and makes his mid-section some kind of no man’s land.

  • Anonymous

    IN – by virtue of the fact that he looks delicious in anything he wears.  Anything.

  • Shalia Radtke Martin

    I have to vote with Lorenzo here.  He looks way cute and charming.

  • AimeeWrites

    In!  Love it.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    IN – Definitely with you Lorenzo! I think he looks great! A very interesting suit that helps him stand out on his big night! He also just looks fresh-faced and adorable :-), I love that he doesn’t comb/gel the hell out of his hair in his public appearances like they do for him on Glee and, now, also on Broadway. Darren Criss is on Broadway! WOOT!

  • Anonymous

    Something looks happy to meet me, but it ain’t edelweiss. Ahem. In.

  • Joy

    Out, mainly for the horrendous fit.

  • Stephen Bornstein

    Pee Wee Herman on crack…..OUT!

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Tom.  IN!  I kind of oddly love the details on the suit and it at least shows he is putting in a bit more effort.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. I stand with Tom on this one. Nothing fits right (STARBURST CROTCH?) and it’s too gimmicky.

  • Anonymous

    From the second button of the waistcoat up it’s fine. But the jacket is too short and the pants are the male equivalent of camel toe. I have to say that I really dislike the way the skinny pants almost never fit right. A more generous cut is much more forgiving. Sigh.. OUT for the poor fit.

  • Anonymous

    Once you see the VonTrapp, you can’t unsee it.  Also, it looks tight.  I’m with Tom

  • Ally Monge

    I pick Lorenzo…. finally a male star that looks interesting but not ridiculous. Well put together and I like the purple and grey. Cool lapels too. Sooooorry Tom =x

  • Patsye Peebles

    Well, if it FIT it would be fine, but that jacket is ludicrous.  The proportions and length are so off that I can’t even evaluate past that.  OUT!!

  • Anonymous

    The pants are too small and too short, but overall I really like it – IN.

  • Anonymous

    IN, sorry Tom! He’s starting to look like a grownup and that suit is sharp. I am ready for the return of the dandy!

  • Vera E Sticker

    OUT. I hate that vest. Hate. And I’m sick of his clown feet.

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me that the trousers are just a bit too short – or it could just be those clodhoppers he’s wearing on his feet.

    I think it looks like he’s wearing one of the costumes from the show, but it’s a great suit and I give him credit for ignoring the people who say that he’s wearing clown shoes.

    (Which he obviously is.)

  • Anonymous


  • Thomas Bardin

    I’ll give him a passing ‘IN’: the colors and that jacket appeal to me more than I want to nitpick at him. Still, I dislike seeing his pants’ waistband, and the pants definitely needed better fitting for all the lines pulling across his crotch. He really could’ve done without the waistcoat. Still, considering this as an inspired menswear choice, I’ll wave it through.

  • JoannaOC

    He’s trying harder, and I like the top half, but the fit of the pants makes this an OUT for me. Sorry, Darren, baby.

  • Anonymous

    Punchable face, ugly clothes. Out.

  • Democracy Diva

    Team Lorenzo!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Sorry Tom, I have to vote with Lorenzo on this one.  He looks much sharper, more put together, and more mature than his usual frat boy look.  Thank god he finally has given up those sun glasses!  Love the way the tie pops against the suit.  He’s growing up!

  • Martha Anderson

    I like the lapel styling and in a dark on dark( black blue) with the gray vest I could see this in a lot of weddings, etc

    the pants are a disaster, end of subject

  • Anonymous

    IN! Something seems off about the shoes, but I think he looks sharp.

  • Anonymous

    I’m taking Lorenzo’s side on this one. Sorry, Tom.

  • Anonymous

    I am with Tom on this one because as soon as I saw this photo I started sing Edelweiss….Edelweiss…dah dee dee dah

  • Jaeda Laurez

    Out. Really dislike the suit with the matchy-matchy vest. 

  • Anonymous

    IN, but I think the jacket is slightly too short.  I love the contrasting lapels and the punch of color at the tie though.

  • Anonymous

    I like it in theory.  The contrasting lapels and lavender tie should be great.  But the fit in the chest is all wrong, and it’s wrong right in the places where your eye is drawn because of the tie and lapels.  The trouser fit is wrong across the thighs too, but you don’t notice that as much (although he needs to get stuff OUT of his pockets).  I’d say small case in, because it really is a cool look, and I’m so glad to see him step away from his previous look, but points docked for tailoring.

  • Anonymous

    The Gay in Georg is the hardest I have laughed in a looong time.  I want to like the suit but it would need to be styled differently, the shirt needs a subtle stripe and needs an awesome Robert Talbot tie. That tie is hideous.

  • Anonymous

    Out.  He looks like he’s wearing a costume.  I think you can only get away with this if you dress with a great deal of style all the time.  Otherwise, like this guy, he looks like a stylist’s mannequin.

  • Anonymous

    Fellas, you’re both right.

    This could have been an in, but for the unfortunate impression this suit, fitted as it is, gives that he is a hulking and possibly still growing guy in a suit that he’s about grown out of.

    It could have been a sharp look. But it’s not sharp if it’s unflattering. So I’m with Tom. OUT.

  • Anonymous

    Agree that the fit might not be great (top half does look awfully small) but this is an IN.

  • Betsy Wasser


  • Anonymous

    In. Cute combo.

  • ecallaw

    If it only fit right I would LOVE it.

  • Anonymous

    I realize voting has closed, but I’m with Lorenzo on this one. IN.

  • Evan

    Out out out out out. Did he mug a 12 year old and steal his suit? Fits like it. The nasty contrast on the lapels and vest is totally von Trapp and the whole effect is just Odd and slightly annoying…kinda like Darren Criss.

  • Cathy S

    I’m with Lorenzo on this one. Sorry Tom! Maybe next time.

  • Anonymous

    I’m with Team Tom on this one.  It is very vonTrapp-y and costumey, the fit is off, and the tie is dreadful.  Out.

  • Meghan Young

    I love it, but agree with Tom? But I don’t see anything wrong with putting the Gay in Georg von Trapp. *shrug* IN. 

  • Anonymous

    The suit looks too small. I’m with Tom!

  • Darien Nevulti LeDisko


  • Leslie Streeter

    Too tight.

  • Anonymous

    That suit is too small.  I really do not understand this affectation of slender gay boys wearing clothes too small and tight.  Tee shirts and jeans are one thing (as are gym shorts and jockstraps but that is another discussion entirely!) but to wear a suit that is too small looks plain stupid.

  • Anonymous

    i love this look, though i’m not in his fan club.  the purple tie is my favorite part.  and speaking of parts, i’m surprised no one has commented on his manly area.  looks like something’s struggling to burst forth there.  

    when i first glanced at the photo, i saw the “how to succeed …” backdrop and thought, how appropriate.  he always looks like he’s trying to succeed.

  • Kittie Fahey

    OUT! I’m with Tom this time. Great idea, poorly executed. As you-know-who would say, “that crotch is INSANE”

  • Anonymous

    So very OUT

  • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

    Team Lorenzo.

  • Shawn EH

    Out!But mostly for the hair.

  • Anonymous

    yummy. in!

  • Fifi LaRoux

    It’s just not working for me. The fit looks off, and the proportions are…interesting.

  • Anonymous

    You’re both right.

    • UglyCasanova

      Pretty much.  His hair is awful though so, OUT (of the closet).

  • Anonymous

    OUT but I do give him credit for breaking out of the box, just not as much credit as Lo

  • Jane Morris

    If you look closely (which everyone seems to be enjoying), his junk isn’t showing at all. What makes it seem like there is something going on there is that all creases point to the party tent.

  • Ana Cedillo

    in! which is weird because i share your extreme irritation with him. and  idk how to feel about the crotch region…

  • Ass Kicking Adviser

    Yes, I see his junk.
    Yes, I see the Georg – but conjuring images of young Christopher Plummer does not provide any down-side to me.
    Yes, he is IN and looks like a sharp-dressed Broadway star. Go DC!  Let’s hope the marvelous B’way coaches and choreographers will help you with your incessant, pop-star hand movements.

  • Mary Stone

    fraid I agree with Tom here.  The “piping” on the inside of the lapels/top edge of the vest looks like a lining mistake to me.

    Er ist auf.

  • Anonymous

    OUT. Seems like everything he wears makes him look out of proportion (although that could also be the crazy overhead red carpet photography these days). However, he kind of annoys me. So, still OUT.

  • Anonymous

    IN! I’m with you, Lorenzo!