Boy, That’s Not Your Look: Matthew McConaughey

Posted on April 23, 2013

Matthew, we give you all the credit in the world for breaking out the clown suit. We didn’t think you had it in you.


Matthew McConaughey attends screening of his new film ‘Mud’ in New York City in Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood Fall 2013 Menswear Collection

We don’t care what anyone else says, this is a freaking fabulous suit. And it fits him beautifully. But it needs to be on Alan Cumming or Will Smith or someone to whom it’s more suited. Matthew’s got way too much good ol’ boy in him to effectively work a suit like this. It just doesn’t go with his looks or his personality. But we’re impressed. We really are. If he could find a halfway point between this and the banker’s suits he most often tends to favor for public appearances, he’d be one pretty damn stylish dude.

Seriously, we can’t applaud the risk-taking enough. We just don’t think this one is for you, Matthew.


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  • nannypoo

    I immediately thought of Alan Cumming. Where is he these days? I miss his adorable face.

    • Jessi03

      Apparently doing a nearly one man show of Macbeth!

      • That Scottish play?

        • Saw it. He’s compelling to watch but the show makes no sense. Awful idea.

          • In the movie “Soap Dish,” Kevin Kline’s character wants to produce a one-man “Hamlet.” His theory is that the whole story is happening in Hamlet’s mind. That’s what this sounds like to me — just as silly.

        • Quick, run outside of the theater, turn three times to the right and spit over your left shoulder! (Harder than it looks!)

          • formerlyAnon

            Nah. This is the Internet, with its own high tech bad cess. I maintain traditional ju-ju won’t travel over the high speed backbone.

    • He was recently seen being awesome on The Colbert Report.

      • nannypoo

        I looked it up. You are not kidding he was awesome. Loved it!

    • Silly Grrl
    • Chickadeep

      He’s got a role on The Good Wife, plus aforementioned Broadway role and rapping on Colbert’s parody song “Oopsie-Daisy Homophobe.” 🙂 He is mighty adorable, though.

    • He was on The Colbert Report last week! I’m sure it’s on the web.

    • alyce1213

      He’s making a lot of TV appearances, poledancing for “Macbeth” on Broadway.

    • Spreecord

      I would absolutely swoon if I saw this on Alan Cumming.

    • AnneElliot

      Me too!! And I saw him on Colbert last week. That man is ADORABLE.

    • And Mr Selfridge on PBS Masterpiece Theater.

  • Sobaika

    Aww, but he’s trying! I want to support this. Maybe if he weren’t quite so tan?

    • Chickadeep

      God, you’re right! Good Ol’ Boy/Beach-Bum tan has no business near this suit. It needs a good Alan Cumming or RDJ pallor or a Will Smith/Johnny Depp edgy fashion sensibility.

  • Looks like someone spliced a southern preacher with an evil clown. No.

    • formerlyAnon

      Precisely. Doing something that some could make cool, but in a way that’s never going to look right. That’s McConaughey.

    • Ha!

    • H2olovngrl

      Is that a Henley peeking out from under that suit?

  • Oh lord no. Stoned Willy Wonka.

  • At least he had the pants tailored instead of that Hammer-time look the runway model is sporting.

    • Yes, but I think that the bright patterned shirt and tie the model is wearing is a better choice. Next to that suit the collarless white shirt is a surrender.

      • It appears to be a collared shirt, but the tan buttons are REALLY distracting.

        • MartyBellerMask

          Yeah, that shirt is pure Bugle Boy Outlet. Why didn’t Westwood send over a shirt???

  • Little_Olive



    And paired with a white shirt hahahahahahahaha

  • Joe Gilgun needs to wear this. He rocked the HELL out of a plaid Vivienne Westwood.

  • Diego!

    What happened to his face? He looks ugly!

  • Judy_S

    I think he could get away with it except for the white shirt.

  • formerlyAnon

    Oh, I’ll give it to him. He’s such an authentic oddball (lived in my neighborhood when he was just getting well-known), without ever making being one look glamorous, that in a way it’s fitting.

    • Tigrrl

      I’m with you. I think the world needs more men dressing wackily. More women too. What a boring life if we all just look fabulous all the time. I’d rather people err on the side of whackadoo than blah.

      • AndresB

        He appears to have so much fun wearing this that it feels nasty indeed to rain on his parade.
        The worst is actually the shirt… and I miss the model’s cheek bone camouflage on his face. With this suit, he could just as well have gone all the way.

        • Tigrrl

          I think you’re right, even just changing the shirt would change the look. Maybe they thought it would tone it down to have a white shirt?

      • Stitches

        i now feel compelled to describe my fashion sense as “erring on the side of wackadoo.”

        • Tigrrl

          We could start a fashion movement, like dressing Goth or Steampunk. We will be dressing Whackadoo.

          • Stitches

            i’m in. i’ve got an acid-influenced dress from the 60’s hanging in my closet that will be perfect for premiering this new movement.

          • Tigrrl

            Meetings at T-Lounge . . . I’ll wear my Mary Poppins hat.

  • Kate

    You know that little shiver down your spine you get when you know something just went terribly wrong? Yep, just got that from looking at these pictures.

  • ilikemints

    I love how unimpressed the girl and the gay are behind him.

  • SewingSiren

    Love the suit, but not on him. Pack it up and send it to Ezra Miller.

  • S.D. Kramer

    Ouch. He looked so good on Letterman last night. Classic, lean black suit, white shirt. Perfect.

  • MoHub

    Graham Norton would rock that suit. McConaughey: not so much.

  • RussellH88

    I always want the clothes I doubt I could pull off, like this suit. Le sigh.

  • He looks like he should be on The Paradise.

  • All right, all right, all right.
    While I commend all the work he did to healthily prepare for his role as a man dying of AIDS, I am sooooo ready for him to be back to the hawt dude with the sexy Texas drawl. That said, if you’re going to try a wacky suit like this one, you need to be of thinner stature to even get close to pulling it off. Which, sadly, he did not.

  • AmeliaEve

    He really needs the Adam Ant makeup to pull the look together.

  • portlandmermaid

    The white shirt kills it and not in a good way. That poor model is drowning in fabric and looks like he can’t shuffle off the runway fast enough.

  • Frank_821

    What they should have done is just had him wear the jacket and matched it with solid color pants and no vest. It would have given him just enough flair for the cameras but at a workable level

    The whole suit is too much for his person.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Yes! It’s totally an Alan Cumming suit! Totally not right for Matthew McC!

  • Peeve

    Ha. I applaud the cojones, but ha.

  • stubbornthoughts

    Someone send this to RDJ for his Iron Man 3 poledance.

    Alan Cumming or Tom Hiddleston should own this and rock it at anytime.

    • princessricky

      only if RDJ promises not to wear sneakers

      • random_poster

        Agreed. RDJ’s normal styling would bring the suit down. It deserves better.

    • NC_Meg

      Yep, this has RDJ written all over it.


  • mmc2315

    The shirt is throwing off a difficult suit. At first glance, I thought the shirt had a mandarin collar because his neck looks a mile long. Before I pronounce judgment as to whether Mr. Chisel Face can pull off this suit or not, I’d like him to go home, change shirts, and try again. Please.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Exactly my thought: Alan Cumming’s suit.

  • Fordzo

    What is happening to Matthew’s head? He is morphing into Beaker from the Muppets.

  • Amazing suit!

  • Mismarker

    What has happened to this man? He’s lost his handsome. : (

    • alyce1213

      Too much weight loss for a role. Apparently, he’s trying to put some back on.

    • H3ff

      It looks like he’s had a Mickey Rourke eyelift. Niet goed.

  • MilaXX

    I think he could work the jacket but the whole suit, which I love, is just not for him.

    • TAGinMO

      I concur. With a pair of fit-like-a-glove jeans, that jacket (maybe even everything above the belt!) would look great on him.

      And speaking of fit, I concur with TLo: DAY-uhm! There’s a reason that model is scowling; he’s getting schooled.

  • I didn’t recognize him with a shirt on.

  • With shirt worn on runway and w / o that chain it’d work….White shirt KILLS it!

  • It’s a crazy suit but yeah, it’s not Matthew’s suit.

  • As I scrolled down I was wondering who other than Alan Cumming could carry this off. Brad Goreski?

    • alyce1213

      Yes, but this would be a conservative choice for Brad.

  • Dhammadina

    He’s starting to look a little drawn these days, like he’s morphing into a mummy. A dandy plaid medicine doctor mummy.

  • I dunno, somebody’s got to channel that Sex Pistols/Skynyrd vibe someday, right?

    • formerlyAnon

      I am trying to imagine the stage show and failing . . .

  • jw_ny

    credit is due for at least taking a chance, and it does fit him well. It’s def not his suit tho.

    …and man does he have a long neck!

  • Inspector_Gidget

    He kind of skeeves me out. But at least he’s presentable here, I guess.

  • I love the spirit of the suit. I’d love the whole look if it weren’t plaid. I’d like to see the jacket maybe an inch longer. I’m not an expert on men’s clothing. But I think that inch or so would be better and maybe a different white shirt. I agree about the man himself. I’d like to see Matthew transition into someone who could wear this suit–and maybe a bow tie.

  • barbarienne

    This exact suit in one solid color, or a more subdued pattern, would look great on him. It’s very crisp and look at those hems!

    But I’m not sure even Alan Cumming could pull this off. That’s a whole lotta giant, lopsided plaid.

  • Kate4queen

    Ha! I knew that was Vivienne Westwood! points to me! (yes, I know its not about me, and the suit shouldn’t be on him but)

  • jmorino08

    I know he lost a ton of weight for his latest role, but there’s something else going on with him face-wise, right? Not just me?

    • MilaXX

      He’s in the midst of regaining so the face still looks a bit odd.

  • StillGary

    But in Matty-boy’s defense, he’s wearing it better than the model who looks like a character out of Tim Burton.

  • StillGary

    or that kid who was in the Marilyn movie — the one with the cheekbones — he could run with this!

  • Rand Ortega

    Props for the effort, but I don’t think even the perennially stylish Alan Cumming could make ‘Demented Ringmaster’ look cool.

  • Jon

    If he had on a collared shirt and a tie, it would work (maybe even Werq). The collarless shirt makes it look like someone stuck a G.I. Joe head on a Ken Doll.

    • Tracy_Flick

      Are you sure it’s not a collared shirt? I thought I saw a smallish collar.

      • Jon

        I think you’re right. Okay, then he needs a full collar and a tie. I’m gonna figure out a way to make this work! It’s too cool not to.

  • Imasewsure

    I think he could have rocked one of these pieces successfully but yes, not the look for him. Points for not boring us

  • Janet B

    I’m sure that shirt does not go with that suit.
    Good attempt.

  • Honestly, if he sprouted a beard and broke out a pair of shades, this would be a total WERK.

  • Tracy_Flick

    He is so oddly proportioned, with the giant head and hands. It looks like the suit is too tight and is squeezing him out the ends.

  • jorinde

    and please, please, not the henley collar. not with this one. not with any suit, but especially not with this… I have to wash my eyes.

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I LOVE THIS SUIT, but the gold button chain makes it too gimmicky and the funky shirt doesn’t help either. This is better suited for a Darren Criss or someone in their late 20s, early 30s.

  • unbornfawn

    Points for tailoring the pants. Pack it up and send it to Alan Cumming, who could rock this suit.

  • I think that this is more of a “DUDE, that’s not your suit.”
    Please give this suit to Prince.

  • l_c_ann

    The suit, OTOH, is beautifully tailored with everything lining up that’s supposed to line up (and it can’t be easy with that huge a plaid.)

  • prettybigkitty

    RDJ is sad that Matthew got to this suit first.

    • Oh my, this would be a great RDJ suit! But then we’d have to slap him for pairing it with sneakers.

  • shanteUstay

    I am offended by that suit, Stevie wonder is saying it hurts HIS eyes!

  • Hetha Innis

    I’d love to see this on Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Amazing suit!

  • Ugh McConaughey skeeves me out. Love the suit though, pity about the person who’s filling it out. I agree with Hetha about JGL, and would also recommend Lee Pace and David Bowie (preferably in an appearance with Le Swinton. Actually, with the right tailoring, Swinton could wear this suit just fine).

    Hrm, now that I’m thinking about genderbending, can I get one of these suits in my size and tailoring? I could almost swing it for work, assuming I’m not going to be in court.

  • shelley514

    I like the suit. But yes, it needs someone truly special to pull it off right! It looked great on the runway.

  • This is 100% Alan Cumming’s suit.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    That white shirt is really ruining the look of this fine suit.

  • shirab

    You know what would be hilarious? This suit on Tom Cruise. Not sure why that vision popped into my head, unbidden, but there it is.

  • marilyn

    I didn’t recognize hime with a shirt on.

  • have it IN him? i wish he didn’t have it ON him.

  • TheAmericaness

    I forget what role he’s doing where he needs the weight loss, but he needs the weight gain because meth chic isn’t his thang either.

  • Yes, only professional suit-wears like Alan Cumming or Will Smith should attempt a look like this. But, I’m SOOOOO glad he didn’t go with the pants as they are on the runway.

  • I can’t say it works on him, but it certainly looks better than it has any right to. I am shocked.

  • Beth513

    That suit does not call for a white shirt, no it does not.

  • MissAmynae

    He needs to take it off immediately. And pass it to Hiddleston. Delicious.

    The fit is perfect, though.

  • crash1212

    The thing that gives it away – the part that screams “this is not your suit” – is that AWFUL white collarless shirt! WTF? That is SO not appropriate for this look.

  • Batman better watch out. That model is on his way to spread chaos and mayhem throughout Gotham.

  • ccm800

    a black vest might have pulled it down enough for him. That is indeed a kick ass suit.

  • tereliz

    He looks like he’s a spandex and leather mask away from being Steampunk Spiderman.

    • formerlyAnon


  • flamingoNW

    If he’d just worn either the jacket or the pants it woulda worked

  • His whole body hangs off of those cheekbones.

  • Puckndc

    he seems to have lost his looks very fast IMHO

  • pdquick

    You’re right. It would look better on the floor.

  • allisankelly

    Mad Hatter meets Willy Wonka. Yikes. I hope Matthew is soon done with this film he lost so much weight for. He is a little scary there.

  • Chartreusite

    I’m not one to point out physical characteristics of celebrities but he’s all of a sudden become very scary looking (rather than mainstream hotty). Absolutely love the suit though; I’m not usually that interested in menswear just because there’s less overt visual information to talk about but I love the color combo and print. Respect to Monsieur McConaughey for trying it on.

  • ZnSD

    lol He’s model thin now, so he thought he could do it. Meh, nice try, T-Rex.

  • Trisha26

    Fabulous…but no, it’s not him.

  • Carly Warnock

    Conflicted. I kind of love it. I want to see Ewan in it more.. but I don’t mind this on MM. Mmmm.

  • guest2visits

    It’s an ok suit. But I’m getting a lot more out of the men’s underwear to be found at Macy’s. KEEP the ads.

  • bellafigura1

    Eek, when did he leave Hot territory and light out for Liberace-ville? His face looks weird.

  • quiltrx

    It’s an incredible suit, and I’ll give props for it fitting him beautifully. But it really isn’t HIS suit, I must agree.

    I’d probably burst something important if I saw this on someone like Matthew Macfayden, Adam Rothenberg, Henry Cavill…well, you get the idea. I’m getting the vapors just thinking about it.

  • demidaemon

    HOLY SHIT. My eyes are offended.

  • Contralto

    oh honey. No.

  • MartyBellerMask

    OMG. Laughing so hard I’m crying.

  • Pennymac

    This suit is well and truly awful. I burst into uncontrolled guffawing at the models expression. It is a notch above the infamous “Blue Steel” look of Zoolander!

  • guest2visits

    Has there been a discussion about the ‘expressive’ male underwear ads that I missed?