Daniel Radcliffe: Attaboy.

Posted on February 15, 2012

Daniel may now join the vast line-up of stars who do exactly what we tell them to. You’re in good company, Daniel; smart people, salt of the earth.


Daniel Radliffe at the “The Woman in Black” Photocall in Madrid.

No, not the eyebrows (although the lighting makes it look like he might have taken that advice too and gotten a trim).

Y’see, several months back, we noted that Daniel, in his fevered quest to get away from Hogwarts and head toward a more grown-up career, was dressing perhaps a bit too formally for his age all the time and the result was so packaged and perfect, that it didn’t really do what it was supposed to. In other words, all the suits and ties and perfect blow-dried hair was making him look more than ever like a child playing dressup. At the time, we told him: “You would do well to go for the hipster look, not the prepster one.”

And of course, people heard “hipster” and immediately thought of massive beards, black-rimmed glasses, ironic t-shirts, and an overwhelming sense of smugness, but that’s an awfully limiting view of the term. And granted, if he sauntered through a true hipster enclave wearing this, he’d probably be ignored for not committing to the look enough, but this is kind of what we were talking about: a more relaxed look that’s still stylish and modern, but not as rigid-looking as a suit and not as douchey-looking as half the casual getups male stars sport in public. He looks cute, stylish, and approachable.

What would these stars do without us to guide them along, kittens? Some day we’re going to be thanked in an Oscar speech, just you wait.

[Photo Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos]

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  • Adorable, age appropriate dressing, for a nice looking young man.  It also has the advantage of making him more real and accessible looking.  Just a nice bloke.

    • Anonymous

      Age appropriate?  My grandpa has that sweater.  He wore it to brunch before taking a nap. 

  • I agree that he could go for a more casual look, but something about the cut of this particular sweater paired with those particular pants and shoes make him look like he is built like Frankenstein.

    • Anonymous

      Agree – I think he was trying for slouchy but it came out blocky. Paired with the slim-legged pants and big boots – can’t say this is a particularly flattering silhouette. 

      • Anonymous

        I agree. He looks fairly good overall, but it’s not really the right look for a photocall. Also, I don’t think slim or skinny legged jeans are going to be his friend. A slightly wider or bootcut leg, and maybe a jumper rather than cardigan (or a cardigan over a smart tshirt/rollneck), and I think he’d be hitting it right.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    His stylist (Sam Spector, I think?) knows exactly what he’s doing. I don’t think Daniel’s made a single wrong step post-Hogwarts. There was a time when his clothing made him look a bit elfin.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you. All of his suits have been impeccable.

  • Anonymous

    OK, I am so looking forward to hearing TLo thanked in an Oscar speech. And Daniel — good job! You look absolutely adorable (in a good looking manly way, not in a little kid kind of way). LOVE that sweater.

  • Anonymous

    I’m generally not a fan of the hipster look (actually more the persona), but this is so adorable that I cannot help but dig it. I think it’s helped by the fact that he just looks happy and not all morose. 

    Great cardigan, good shoes…if he hadn’t pegged/rolled up his pants I’d be happier, but it’s still a great look.

  • Anonymous

    He should tuck his shirt in.

  • Anonymous

    He looks really good, but I think he should leave the grandpa sweater on the recliner for chilly nights watching Lifetime movies.
    Love the rest, though. 

  • Anonymous

    He really is making that child-star-to-adult transition pretty seamlessly (no pun intended).

  • MilaXX

    I’m not entirely loving this. The shirt is hanging weirdly at the bottom as if he missed a button, and the sweater reads more Mr. Rogers than hipster. I like the pants/shoe, bit the top needs work. maybe a nice pull over instead of the button down

    • He does look a bit too sloppy for a photo call. It would be a good “man on the street” look. Really do like that sweater, and have been quite taken with him lately. I’m rooting for him.

      • MilaXX

        Totally agree, nice man on street look, as a photocall look, the pants and nice shoes are the only thing separating this from a home depot on a Saturday look.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, a nice pullover would be slightly more polished. But the overall look would still be cool and appropriate.

  • Love this! He looks comfortable and adorable. The sweater is great. 

  • That cardigan makes me think he has boiled sweets and used handkerchiefs in his pockets, but otherwise, it’s not too Grampy and kind of adorable.

    • Anonymous

      What are boiled sweets?

      • Hard candies, like lemon drops.

        • Anonymous

          Thanks. I was having trouble imagining boiled candy. Kept thinking “won’t it dissolve if you boil it?”

  • He is so cute! I love that sweater, if only because now he looks like a hipster hobbit as opposed to a regular one.

    • Anonymous

      as opposed to a regular hipster or a regular hobbit (i’m guessing the latter)?

      • LOL regular hobbit, of course.

  • Anonymous

    I like, but I agree with some other commenters that the shirt looks a bit messy. Tucked in would have been better.

  • Lexie

    He looks adorable! On a side note, I freaking love wearing black denim with a chambray button-up. Add a slouchy cardigan and some black booties, and you have 50% of my outfits this winter.

  • Anonymous

    as always he is just ADORABLE.

  • Anonymous

    He looks great.  I’m glad to see his shirt is ironed, but I do wish it was tucked in.  I hate seeing the bottom hems spread apart like that with the tag showing.  But it’s not enough of a quibble to not like the look. 

    We still need to work on the brows, though.

    • Anonymous

      I like the non-tucked shirt because I think if it was tucked he’d look like Abe Vigoda was his style inspiration.  Maybe I’m having personal fail flashbacks, but trying to tuck in a shirt into skinny jeans would potentially cause bunching/odd crotch-effect.  However, that just may be my journey 🙂

      At least it’s not half tucked, half untucked look that some people rock.

      • Hahahahaha – if anyone else was in my house right now, they’d be checking for eggs!  

        …Abe Vigoda style inspiration…

        That in itself was inspired!  Thank you, MrsGuyIncognito!!

      • Anonymous

         True…I would rather see this than wonder if he’s got his dentures wrapped in a tissue in his pocket.

        • Anonymous

          your sass makes my heart happy 🙂

  • i want that  cardigan for myself. 

    • Stuart MacLeod

      It’s the Fletcher Fairisle Cardigan by Club Monaco! It’s an angora blend and is super warm and comfy! I’ve got one myself!

  • I saw Woman in Black and thought the Victorian sideburns and longish hair worked for him. 

  • Anonymous

    He looks so so cute! I’d love to have that sweater, just to curl up in the couch watching the whole Harry Potter series (with my 6 yo, of course!)… 

  • Anonymous

    I agree, this is a good, youthful, stylish look. I just don’t like the color of the sweater on him. Makes him look a bit jaundiced, although that could be the lighting.

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  • Kyle Crawford

    was he doing his laundry or walking his dog ?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never been a fan of his but I think ageing is going to be the best thing that ever happened to him. He looks great in that cardy, it looks so soft!

  • Ben

    I like the look. If the pants were a bit looser, it’d be great. I don’t think he’s the type that would pull off slim fit/skinny jeans. 

  • Anonymous

    I like this look a lot.
    Maybe he could have ironed his shirt a bit, but he looks put together without being styled to death.

  • Anonymous

    How is it that both he and Emma Watson seem to be turning out kind of awesome? Doesn’t that break some kind of law of averages or something?

  •  What? No. He looks like he stepped out to get the paper and pack of cigarettes. Wouldn’t publicizing your latest film in a major European city call for something a wee bit more sophisticated? Not scuffed shoes and an untucked shirt.

    Hair looks good, though. 

  • He looks great. Did he lighten his hair or does it just look lighter without all the harsh product? And somehow, his skin doesn’t look as sallow as usual either.
    Home run. Keep it up.

  • Addicted2Glamour

    LOVE the shirt and cardigan combo. Not so much the skinny jeans/Bozo shoes. As most are noting here, it makes him look like a block resting on two sticks. 

    • Anonymous

      “Block on sticks” is literally the phrase I was about to include in my comment!

      He could also learn to do something with his arms.  They look awkward just hanging there.

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea what hipster means if that’s hipster.

  • Anonymous

    I have no idea what hipster means if that’s hipster.

  • Anonymous

    “. . .and finally I’d like to thank Tom and Lorenzo for all of their fashion guidance.”

  • Anonymous

    Love it all but the sweater -something not quite right there. 

  • Anonymous

    Red carpet soundbite: “I finally decided to take TLo’s advice and stop dressing like [a whore/I’m 90/a hobo/a crack addict/a 17-year-old/someone who can’t find a tailor].  Snaps TLo!”

  • Not a fan of the old man sweater, mainly because I think it does much the same thing as the insurance salesman suit — ages him way beyond sense. 

  • …although he shouldn’t abandon dressing up…

  • mmc2315

    Daniel must read the blog!  No hands in the pocket!  

  • butter nut

    he’s such a cute kid.  the grandpa sweater is a *little* too grandpa.  there are more stylish items he could rock the shit out of.  but this is adorable & i can’t hate it.

  • Anonymous

    Well now he’s dressing like he’s in his 30’s – so it’s a start. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    There’s something about the earnestness of his style efforts that only increases his Adorable Quotient. I think the eyebrows really work for him here, though I totally agreed with your comments about them when he was in a sharper, more put-together mode.

    P.S. This is me totally not pestering you for the RPDR post, even though I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the episode.

  • Cardigan no likey.

  • I am personally all for suits. I love the way they make men look, delish. Daniel does look fab here, but he needs to appear more relaxed…he looks way to nervous for someone who has been having his picture taken since age 7.

  • Judy_J

    My son has friends who look like this. Actually, I could see my son wearing the exact same outfit. I still think Daniel should check into having his brows shaped a bit.  That unibrow is not becoming.

  • Anonymous

    I imagine that I would loathe that sweater on anyone else, but it looks pretty sweet on him. It’s also the first time he doesn’t immediately remind me of my little brother, so that has to be step in the right direction, hey?

  • Sara__B

    His hair is a little too perfect for this casual look, which makes him look adorably dorky rather than adorably hipster. (I wish he’d pulled the collar up and in on that long muscular neck, too.)

  • Anonymous

    I know that I personally have benefited from your criticism of celebrities – so I think you’re well on your way to sainthood, let alone an Oscar speech mention.

  • Anonymous

    He looks comfortable without looking sloppy. Big points in my book. 

    Also, have celebs started asking you boys to work with them, because if they’re not, they’re totally missing out. (Not that you guys should say yes, but they should be asking!)

  • Anonymous

    Is there an age limit on these clothes?  I love this whole look…

  • Scott Isaacs

    I will say cute, appropriate, approachable, and it fits him perfectly (style-wise, at least). LOVE those shoes. At the same time, that cardigan screams Saffy. Yet I’m not sure if that’s a bad thing. After all, the cardigan is fully unbuttoned.

  • I can’t believe y’all are giving him a pass on those crap-kicker boots.  Didn’t Charlie Chaplin eat those in “The Gold Rush”?

  • Anonymous

    He does look good. A little eyebrow-grooming and he’s there.

  • Anonymous

    An immense improvement.  That cardigan is to die for.  Seriously, I want to snatch it right off of him.  Except he’s pocket-sized, so there’s no way it would fit me.

  • irielle

    Love that sweater. He should hire you two as his styists when he’s on this side of the pond.

  • Anonymous

    Could he be any more adorable?! Love the sweater, love the boots. Just cute as a doggone button.

  • Anonymous

    I like the pieces, but the proportions seem way off. It looks like he’s got two short toothpicks for legs….

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Love the whole look, except the button down.  Those boots are fantastic, and I want them.  I don’t care if they are boy boots, I want them anyway.  🙂

  • Anonymous

    Will “Attaboy” be the male equivalent of WERQ?

  • Joshua

    Since you already mentioned his ‘brows, I’ll add that he still needs help with his hair. But he does look a lot more dashing in those nice clothes than when he wears all those silly monochromatic suits.

  • Excellent!

  • Anonymous

    That is really a great look for him. Kudos to T-Lo, for steering him the right direction, and congrats to Hairy Non-Potter for dressing in such a way I don’t want to smack him.

  • Anonymous

    Gorgeous sweater.  The rolled up sleeves make me think he should have gone down a size though.

  • Anonymous

    There is something so refreshing and honest about this guy and this look. I know you weren’t asking, but I’ll say it anyway: IN!

  • *tousles hair*

    Ok, perfect!

  • Anonymous

    Oh, he looks adorkable. I would totally date him, I think. (Because this is the question that keeps him up at night.)

  • Looks like you could snuggle up to him and drink a cup of cocoa, in front of a fire, with snow falling outside…hmmm…

  • Lisa

    Oh, man, he looks SO good!  Just – you know what I think one of the keys to looking good is?  Having great looking clothes and style, but also managing to be comfortable so that you don’t look miserable in a fabulous outfit.   And I think he’s achieved that – he looks fantastic, but also like he’s comfy and relaxed without being sloppy.

  • Anonymous

    Cute outfit. Does he kind of have a moustache? I need that he shaves.

  • Anonymous

    Just a swipe with an iron on that front placket would be better – such a mom thing to note, I know.

  • Anonymous

    i wish he tucked in the shirt or something… or changed it… but all together he looks very british 🙂

  • frankystein123

    Closing a few buttons on the cardigan would had made the outfit perfect.