Ben Affleck at the London Film Festival

Posted on October 18, 2012

Okay, seriously now. Are we going to use the “He has babies at home!” excuse for THIS one? Because he looks like crap here.


Ben Affleck attends premiere of ‘Argo’ during the 56th BFI London Film Festival.

We hate blue suits with white shirts on the red carpet. They’re perfectly fine for the average person and for real life, but a celebrity promoting their latest project should show a little more style than that. The look says “banker” or “politician” to us.

But skipping over our personal distaste for the look, why the hell does it fit him so badly? Why is it so wrinkled? Did he sleep on a bench somewhere? Judging by the stubble, he did. We can forgive stubble on the right guy and with the right outfit, but you pair it with such an establishment-looking suit and he looks like he went on a bender after getting laid off on Wall Street.

Ben, we’re gonna do you a solid. Here’s how you could make this work:


  1. SHAVE
  3. Pair it with a subtly colored or subtly patterned shirt and a brightly colored tie.


There. You do all that and you won’t look like Mitt Romney after a lost weekend in Vegas.  You’re welcome.




[Photo Credit: Getty, WireImage]

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  • Sobaika

    Why are all these celebrities suddenly looking like a distant relative of the Romney clan?? Disconcerting.

    • Meanwhile Scary Romney — the terrifying son — has missed his calling as a movie villain.  It’s like the world is turned upside down.

      • mellbell

        Which one is that? Matt is, to my mind, “the cute one,” so it can’t be him, and Ben, by virtue of being blonde, is the odd man out, but he still looks pretty normal. Tagg could play a reformed mafioso (or someone of that ilk) and Craig just looks like a huge dweeb. Therefore, by process of elimination, Scary Romney is Josh?

        • Sobaika

          I don’t know his name, but there’s a still of a Romney son from the most recent debate where he is boring holes into the camera. It’s all over the internet, I’m sure you can find it. A part of me feels bad because it’s simply a case of the right (wrong?) expression at the right time, but whichever Romney son it is, he most certainly missed out on a career as the go-to character actor for serial killers.

        • gabbilevy

          I think you’re right, I think it’s Josh. I just hope to God Romney never gets elected because I’ll *never* be able to remember the names of all his sons. Between his kids and his siblings, Romney could field a whole baseball team.

          Tagg is the one who told reporters he wanted to “take a swing at the president,” and Josh’s response was the president “has nothing to worry about.” Which means either Tagg punches like he’s Romney’s only daughter, or Josh really is as scary as that meme-y photo makes him look.

    • MilaXX

       Boston inbreeding?

      • GorgeousThings

        Hey! Leave Boston out of this. He’s from Michigan. Or Utah. Or wherever he thinks might get him the most votes.

        • gabbilevy


      • Kimbolina

        Hey now!  Romney wasn’t born in Boston!

        I still can’t believe he was actually the governor here in MA.  I actually can’t remember anything he did here other than health care and running off to SLC for the Winter Olympics…

        •  Okay, guys. The Romney crack was not an invitation to start talking politics here. Please don’t.

          • Snailstsichr

             But can I say I’d love to see you post something about the pink dresses both the spouses wore at the debate this week? I’d like a better look at both.

          • DeborahJozayt

            Thank you!

    • Lori

      In Affleck’s case it may have something to do with the fact that he actually does have some political ambitions. I don’t know what everyone else’s excuses are.

      • lovelyivy

         REALLY? He does? That is… that’s just precious.

        • AnaRoW

           He’s very active politically but I don’t think he has any plans to leave his current job.  He is smart enough for the job though.

  • blogless

    “average person and for real life”
    Yeah, he looks like a guy who accidentally wandered out on the red carpet. Horrible fitting suit.

    His hair looks nice though!

    • His hair does look nice! And that is a feat he does not always accomplish. I just wish his suit fit him. And was a different color. 

      • Is that hair home-grown or store-bought?  I’ve heard rumors both ways.

        • kcarb1025

          It’s his. The only thing he’s done to it is dye it mostly back to his original brown because quiiiite a bit of it is actually gray. You could really tell when he still was growing out the long Argo hair but hadn’t had it colored yet for the filming the picture. 

  • StellaZafella

    I ‘m thinkin’ 20th high school  reunion, trying to fit into his graduation suit…

    oh, and the plane was late.

  • 3boysful

    Stubble with a suit only works if you’re know for the stubble persona, which usually goes along with longer hair.  This minimal stubble just looks like he had no time to shave after a long night on an overseas flight.

    Hands out of pockets, please.  (Could someone please devise a casual posed stance for guys that doesn’t involve hands in pockets?)

    •  Shoulders back, hands at your sides, fingers and elbows relaxed. It feels uncomfortable, but it looks fine.

      •  And all of the guystars should have figured it out by now. The ladystars do the stupid, unnatural “gotta pee” pose; the guys can suck it up and do their step and repeat pose too.

    • StellaZafella

       Agree – most of the time, some casually posed looks in street fashion, maybe it’s not such an abomination. In a dressy situation it’s the same for me with the ladystars and the “I-Gotta-Pee” pose with ankles crossed like they’re holding in a fart.

    •  What about one for girls too? I always end up EITHER clutching a champagne glass for dear life or standing with my hands on my hips, which looks absurd.

      • i think the crossed leg look for ladies must have de-volved from something else. I remember reading, somewhere, sometime, that the “pony pose” when you’re sitting and being photographed makes you look thinner. You’re facing the camera and leaning slightly forward and your legs stretched forward (not tucked under) and crossed at the ankles. Now it seems to me that I must be mistaken because why would that be called a pony? 

      • sweetestsith

         I don’t know how well it works in “real” life situations (I always end of clutching a glass and giggling like a moron…), but for cosplay step and repeats I was taught: 3/4 angle, one hand on back hip, front hand relaxed, shoulders back, tits out, chin up. It shows off the outfit, typically puts your body & face at their best angles, and only takes a blink to get into.

        • lovelyivy

          That was my best sorority girl pose in college. I dont know how much I took away from the experience, but I DID get that. Handy!

    •  If I designed and created beautiful men’s clothes and actually got some celebrity to wear them in front of a camera, I’d sew the damn pockets shut.

  • MilaXX

    yep, sloppy look all around

  • Bozhi

    While I HATE Mitt Romney, he does not smoke, drink, gamble or probably even stay out late.  He’s Mormon.  He’s only a generation away from the polygamist mormons, but he is still very mormon.  Romney probably did wear this outfit while he avoided the draft by running around France as a missionary, but I’m sure he was not wrinkled or unshaven.

  • formerlyAnon

    I’d settle for #1. #1 & #2 & it’ll be Christmas round here.

  • Laylalola

    I think it looks more like he went on a bender after getting laid.  

  • Miss_Led

    Ben looks somewhat shlubby in the movie, too.

  • CozyCat

    Ah, but he’s now a serious producer/writer/director, not just an actor!  He’s an artiste!   He’s too busy thinking to take interest in non serious pursuits like fashion and grooming. 

  • This look says “My movie is awesome, so I don’t give a damn anymore.” 

    • lizlemonglasses

      It really is a great movie.

  • is he wearing a brown belt with black shoes?  :::clutches pearls and gasps!!!:::

    • Fordzo

      The shoes look brown on my browser (granted, a much darker shade of brown than that belt).

      •  Dark brown on my monitor too.

        • B_C_J

           I thought the same thing!  It appears after carefully looking that the shoes are simply quite a few shades darker brown.  The dissimilarity in shade is too much in my opinion. 

    • HAHA!! The shoes are brown as well. But your comment is hilarious.

  • msdamselfly

    I saw pics for this event at another site and he looked way better.  These are not good pics

  • You nailed it – banker, after the end of a long work day. 

  • miagain

    Wonder what would occur during Mitt Romney’s lost weekend in Vegas???  too much Hawaiian punch?

    • Fordzo

      Not Hawaiian Punch – real Coca Cola and National Geographic Magazine.  (My sister lives in Utah, and she swears that Nat Geo is the Mormon Playboy.)

  • Even as scruffy as he is here, I still find him hot. He has that alpha-male, supreme confidence thing going that I respond to (I’ve started calling it the ‘Don Draper effect’).

  • His tie isn’t even straight.

  • mjude


  • Maybe the baby is colicky and threw up on his more appropriate suit and he had to change into the one in the laundry basket from their trip to the investment planner?

  • Beardslee

    I wonder if it is the lighting or the flash but he just doesn’t look great here.  Kind of wan.  The stubble sure doesn’t help.

  • PeggyOC

    Um, at least his hem is good?  But yeah, that looks like the jacket he bought in college and threw it on at the last minute to go to a wedding only to realize it completely doesn’t fit.

  • Fordzo

    He just seems like such a douche.  Like nothing ever makes him happy.

  • kcarb1025

    I’ll be the odd one out and say, looks good to me!! 

    • Sartorial_She

      I completely agree! I’ve gone back and reviewed the pictures again, and think he looks just fine. He’s not breaking any ground, but I think he looks adequately groomed and his suit fits better than most we see here.

      (Edited for punctuation–because it counts!)

  • Bozhi

    You guys deleted my comment?  I’m out of here.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    We could shake our heads and say “ech, straight men”, but not when Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt swan around on their red carpets like they’re the ones gunning for an Oscar. KNOW BETTER, BEN AFFLECK.

  • SapphoPoet

    Maybe he’s undercover?

  • From the nose up, he looks great. Why have I never noticed his eyes before? Perhaps it’s my irrational dislike (not hate, just dislike). 

  • I think it’s just the hands-in-pockets that’s making it look wrinkled.  I agree with your advice on the shirt, tie, and shave.

  • neofashionista

    even looking sloppy i would still do him
    he has and always has had my ideal looks tall dark handsome etc…..
    plus his new movie rocks

  • Kayceed

    Well, the good suit was at the cleaners and no one remembered to pick it up, and the blue shirt hadn’t been ironed, and there was no spray starch in the house anyway, so… – oh, wait a minute, I keep forgetting that celebrities and I don’t share the same life.

  • jmw1122

    I loves me some Affleck but the man has never been a very good dresser. He was only ever well put-together in the Bennifer 1.0 days, so I suspect that was J Lo’s influence.

    • AtticWife

      Yeeeuww. No. Unless by “well put-together” you meant to say “like a greasy toolbox with Pickup Artist training.”

  • You see banker, I see airline pilot.

  • B_C_J

    The jacket is way too small on him. When you button a jacket and the lapels buckle that is a red flag that the jacket does not fit across his chest.  Judging by the degree of buckle he needs to go up at least one maybe two sizes.  This does not mean he is overweight. It simply means that his ribcage is wider than this jacket allows. Whoever fitted him with this suit should be ashamed of themselves. It’s suit fitting 101.
    The blue tie is also a bit boring.  A splash of color would have been welcome.  

  • glennethph

    Argo was great.

  • Anathema_Device

    I love that shade of blue, though. It is a very nice suit, but yes, you are correct as usual, T Lo, on all the styling and fit points.

  • he looks like a salesman too long on the road.

    and i know he’s a sensitive guy and all, but i’m not buying that he’s choosing to change diapers when i’m sure he has a nanny to do it.

  • alyce1213

    He’s just very bland, even as an actor, so I expect nothing more.  
    As a director, however, he rocks.  “Argo” was very well done, one of the year’s best movies.

  • AtticWife

    But, but, butbut… As a lifelong Whoffleck fan, I have to call a teensy bit of bullshit: you chose all the pics where he looks serious and none of the ones where he was mugging adorably with his costars. He looked fantastic, facially, in all of those, AND they explain the rumpledness of the suit. It doesn’t fit him beautifully and there’s no excuse for that, but this takes what appeared to have been a lighthearted, fun red carpet and turns it into Smug Ben And His Fashion Disaster which just ain’t how it was.

  • decormaven

    Kinda reminds me how Alfalfa used to wear his suits in “Little Rascals.” Serious auteur or not, Ben could find the time to be fitted for a decent suit & get a close shave.

  • oohsparkley!

    I agree with you, but still f***able.

  • jmorino08

    I still hit that…

  • DCSheehan

    Ben, do not shave! No shaving for you! Ever!

  • my banker husband would never wear this suit and shirt combination.

  • quiltrx

    He ALWAYS looks bad.  I’m just glad more people are noticing it now (I loathe him!).

  • VRuss

    Even looking like crap, he is SOOOOO HOT! But I have loved him for years now, so maybe I’m a little biased. He can do no wrong in my eyes… *swoon!*

  • DTLAFamilies

    Okay, in keeping with my “Jen Garner dresses like shit to court mommy fans” theory, I think Ben dresses like shit in order to distance himself from the slick look he had during the Bennifer era. He has said that he thinks his career took a hit as a result of that relationship, so he’s trying to dress like an Everyman in order to erase that image from the public’s memory and to solidify the family man image he’s cultivating with Garner’s help. 

  • granddelusion

    4. Take your hands out of your pockets for cameras.

  • TieDye64

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz…..sorry, this guy puts me to sleep.

  • TSkot

    We should all look like such crap.

  • guest2visits

    No I’m pretty sure he’s gorgeous.

  • Yep, I was going to say the junior VP from the bank after a bender – but you pretty much beat me to it.

    His Romney name could be “Fugg Romney.”