Ludacris in Giorgio Armani

Posted on May 09, 2013

In a post-Met Gala effort to stave off the inevitable ladystar-in-a-dress red carpet posts to come, let’s once again turn to a male star in a suit for our judging needs.


Ludacris attends the world premiere of ‘Fast & Furious 6’ in London in Giorgio Armani.

Giorgio Armani Spring 2013 Collection

Nicely, though not perfectly done.

Is it wrong of us to point out that we think men of color rock the trendy plaid suit better than their paler brothers a lot of the time? It’s the Pee-Wee factor. No matter what you do to Jay-Z or Ludacris or Will Smith, you can’t make them look like a children’s show host. Well. Maybe Will. He can get pretty dorky when he’s excited.

Anyway, this. The fit’s problematic in areas; the sleeves and pants are both a bit too long and the lapels are bowing out because it’s too tight in the chest. We really like the earrings, but we really wish he’d only worn one. Also: a tie with slightly more contrast than that. But it’s a great suit, he looks pretty sharp, and (say it with us now) he put the effort in.


[Photo Credit: Landmark, Solarpix/PR Photos,]

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  • I’m thinking that gray isn’t really his best suit color. Its a terrific suit, but maybe not for him.

    • It really is a lovely suit. You can just see what a lovely smooth wool fabric it is.

      • Yeah, I’m getting a little grabby, thinking of what I could devise out of that stuff.

        • It’d make the most gorgeous 50s style suit. For me ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Is that a hint? (grin)
            That plaid really is getting my geek going. I’m thinking of all the different ways I could manipulate the plaid to get different effects out of it.

    • RebeccaKW

      I was thinking maybe it was the blue of the shirt. Like a darker blue would be more flattering.

      • alyce1213

        Yes, and that would be a better background for the bland grey tie. (Or else the tie should be a different color.)

    • gracedarling

      Great suit, but yeah, a forest green or amber would do wonder for his eyes. (Those eyes!)

  • DinaSews

    Are we dating ourselves when we wish men would only wear one earring?

    • I guess it depends on your generation. Certainly, our generation of men were doing the double-piercing 20 years ago, which is why it looks dated to us now.

      • AlinaValero

        I find the double earring impossibly attractive on men. I have no idea why.

        • Because Lenny Kravitz.

          • Introspective

            thats a good response for just about everything in life foodycat. so im stealing it. thanks.

          • Mmmm, Lenny Kravitz.

          • I think it’s possible he’s the exception that proves the rule: he got his start in the late 80s, was probably at the height of his fame in the 90s, and can pretty much pull off practically anything because he’s smoking hot. So it doesn’t matter that the look is a little dated on him because he can rock the shit out of it no matter what. Mmm.

      • Sarah

        I specifically made my boyfriend get his other ear pierced about five years ago, because the one looked like “80’s man” to me. Also, if you have ring in your nose, it seems both ears should be pierced, as well. Balances it out I guess?

    • charlotte

      I wish men would wear no earrings.

    • MarTeaNi

      I see a guy with only one earring and I remember the 90s and the kid with a single playboy bunny stud in his ear. Really bro. Really. Now I see a single earring and I think, “oh, douchebag.”

      • It’s funny. I think exactly the opposite.

      • alyce1213

        Yes, different generations. I see a guy, especially over 50, with one earring and I remember the late 60s/70s when it was cool and daring for a man to pierce an ear. I never knew anyone who wore a Playboy bunny stud, so I don’t have negative associations.
        To me, one is cool; two is douchebag.

        • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

          I’m with you. One earring = cool. Two earrings = douche.

    • formerlyAnon

      It depends so much on what kind of earrings he’s wearing and the overall style that the hole count is secondary.

      Ideally, one small (tiny) hoop in each ear and an additional stud, or maybe an ear cuff, on one side. However, in my part of the world one hardly ever sees that on financially sane, heterosexual males in mid-life, which is the demographic in which I might take a personal interest. So it’s pretty much all theoretical. I just wish the young men I see were comfortable being a little braver, and the ones who ARE brave were more attentive to fit & detail.

      Demanding, bitch, aren’t I?

    • A single earring on a man just reminds me of growing up (in the late 80s, early 90s) in small town Saskatchewan and endless debates over whether the left ear or the right ear meant a man was gay. I don’t know that anyone in my circle of, say, 13 year olds really had one sweet clue What It All Meant, anyway. Jewellery on men was suspect in general, I suppose.

      I like it now, but I prefer two piercings. I prefer symmetry in general, though.

      • I’m starting to think this is a regional thing, because in my experience, two earrings is TOTALLY a ’90s thing.

        • It could be.. or it could be that small-town Saskatchewan was far enough behind everyone on the trends that we just came to all that half a decade late (just like neon and hypercolour t-shirts).

          • MarTeaNi

            That debate was still going on in my middle school in the late 90s around the outer Detroit metro. 1 earring was just a smidgen of rebellion, but no guy would be caught dead with two.

        • EdithP

          George Michael!

        • For some reason it always makes me think of genies, which connects it to harem/hammer pants for me, which I suppose would definitely be late 80s/early 90s. But being a young unborn fawn, I’m probably not best at dating these things.

        • gracedarling

          Very interesting! In Australia – at least in Melbourne – it was the opposite. A single hoop and gelled spikes were the height of fashion, at least until the single pierced eyebrow came in. Any bets on when Justin Beiber is going to ironically appropriate that 90s classic?

      • I think I grew up on that cusp when an ear piercings on guys didn’t have to mean gay/not gay, but a lot of people still made that (often erroneous) assumption. I remember my 13-y-o male cousin FREAKING out on me when I suggested that he’d look cool if he got his ear pierced.

      • Oh, yeah. Left is right and right is wrong. Guys were paranoid about getting the correct ear pierced, lest, heaven forfend, someone might think they had Teh Ghey.

    • I immediately thought it was a generational thing. I’m indifferent about it, but it’s definitely one of those things that has become so mainstream that I don’t give it a second glance.

  • Aw he looks so cute and clean-cut. You’d never know how raunchy his lyrics are.

    • DeborahJozayt

      Funny story. Used to live in the same high-rise as him when we lived in Atlanta, and would occasionally see him in the elevator when he was in town. He’s incredibly polite and always held the elevator open for the ladies coming in and going out. He also never used his phone while in there, which was a big thumbs up in my book.

      Janet Jackson, on the other hand, was kind of a jerk.

      • I find neither of these revelations all too surprising. Cool stories, though. Actually, the most surprising part is an elevator where cell phones actually work – I can see how that’d be very obnoxious though ๐Ÿ˜‰
        I like Luda’s music, so I’m happy to hear the raunch isn’t super reflective of attitude/lifestyle.

        • DeborahJozayt

          Yep, he’s a pretty modest guy. At least in elevator etiquette terms ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MilaXX

    For a minute I thought he had gotten plugs until I got to the head shot. I like the suit depite the fit issues. I think a navy tie may have been a better choice. Still he out in the effort. o/ YAY!

  • alyce1213

    What is it with the monochrome tie/suit trend we’re seeing? Sometimes, you need an understated, bland look — like if you’re a defendant on trial in court. Otherwise, it’s quite boring.
    Nice suit.

  • Sobaika

    He cleans up quite well!

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    Awww! He pretty! I always feel that if I have to look at a guy’s suit to pick out the flaws, he is doing pretty good — because lots of male celebs whack you in the face with the wrongness of it all.

    • RebeccaKW

      He is wearing actual dress shoes! That have been polished!

      • alyce1213

        I LOVE his shoes. Classic.

    • His look doesn’t elicit an immediate “turn around and go home, and start all over again” response from me. And so many guystars go. I mean, I know that fit is a bit part of a suit looking good, but in general, it shouldn’t be that hard for a guystar to look – at minimum – decent on the red carpet.

  • Kenisha Hill Phillips


  • I’m okay with it but not sure what is going on with the shirt collar and tie knot? It almost seems like the knot of the tie needs to be bigger to fill in the space? I really have no clue when it comes to ties though. I just learned how to tie a necktie a few weeks ago using a YouTube video because my husband was out of town and my 13 year old wanted to wear a tie.

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. I know nothing about tie knots, but I would think you would want it to fill the space completely.

    • alyce1213

      Love those YouTube videos! I’m now quite expert at the four-in-hand, half-Windsor, and my favorite — full Windsor (which Ludacris might have used here). There’s also one called the Eldredge, which is quite complicated and a bit intimidating. My son rarely wears ties, but when he does, it’s my job. I’m a tie freak, and I love doing it.

  • dashwoodstole

    Agree about the tie – maybe a colour that would have gone more with the shoes? Not in a matchy-matchy way, just those kind of warm tones to complement the grey.

  • Qitkat

    The suit is beautiful, and I think TLo are on to something that men of color pull off plaid suits better, much of the time. Ludacris looks very handsome. What skeeves me out are the size of the earrings. Since I’m older than dirt, first I had to get used to men wearing earrings at all, then to two of them, but I draw the line at the button-y style, I’ll never like it. I think it’s silly, and unflattering on guys.

  • Janet B

    Love the suit.

    I don’t love it on him, I think grey isn’t his color.

  • formerlyAnon

    He looks just so nice in the suit that I didn’t even notice the perma-stubble at first. For me, that’s a big deal.

  • Sarah

    LUDA! He looks good but I don’t like the brown shoes/belt. Darker brown maybe, but the chestnut color is not doing it for me with the grey.

    • Qitkat

      I actually think the chestnut color was a good choice, less expected than darker brown. It gives a hint of red without actually being red, as grey and red look good together.

      • Sarah

        True, it guess darker shoes would take it to a more somber place and less a springy one.

  • out for a walk

    I like the shirt color with the suit, and wonder if stars know beforehand what color the red carpet will be. I guess probably not, but I really appreciate how the blue works with the reflected carpet-light on his pants.

  • One earring doesn’t matter anymore for guys. Even if they match.

  • Luda has been dressing quite well for his age. It’s nice to see that most of Hip-Hop is leaning towards a more mature look. Even if it is a small percentage.

  • another_laura

    It’s good, not great. I think it’s the hue of blue for the shirt that is turning me off of this. However, it’s pretty close to great. I do like that plaid.

  • carnush

    Love the blue and grey combo. Always been my favorite colors to pair. He looks great.

  • mjude

    he looks cute

  • blueberrypanckae

    I never realized how attractive he is! Luda, You clean up well!:)

  • Who wears just one earring nowadays? I mean really…

    Sidenote: I’m 25, but I remember in grade school/middle school, boys would do the one earring thing but had to make sure it wasn’t the “gay” side. Kinda ridic. Anyway, one earring just seems odd to me.

  • EdithP

    He looks fabulous, I think! And I will give him kudos, if he had to wear two earrings, that he made them sapphires instead of the ubiquitous diamonds.

  • Crystal

    He looks really good.

  • Not perfect, but he definitely gets bonus points for effort. And I agree 100% that (for some reason), the guystars of color often seem to execute the plaid suit a little better.

  • Snailstsichr

    He easily put in as much effort as Michelle R. That’s a win!

  • Loretta

    Dude looks scared of his suit. Might look ok, but methinks he’s not ready for it.

  • OrigamiRose

    I only really know him from SVU but I like how he looks here – very dapper.

  • Carrieanno

    If it weren’t for the giant ear studs, I’d give this an ooh la la.

  • He is making that soft blue shirt SING.

  • Why 1 earring, TLo? I live jewelry and while those earrings are a mess, I don’t know that 1 vs 2 would make the difference…

  • I love Luda. He looks great here.

  • quiltrx

    He looks pretty good in this, despite the minor complaints. Plus…his hem is pretty good, his tie is straight and properly tied, and he wore a belt (which puts him ahead of 3/4 of the boystars we see). Definitely a nice effort.

  • with his hands in his pockets, how can you tell whether the sleeves are the correct length? get those hands out where we can see them! digging the earrings…

  • FancyPhilly

    I really can never sign off of the light blue shirt. Always reminds me of y-fronts (tighty whiteys) in light blue, and then I start picturing dirty underwear, and that is not sexy at all.

  • H2olovngrl

    Very, very nice!

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    Overall, I think he looks great. I love that’s he’s rocking the brown shoes and is actually wearing a belt! Belts seem to have become an afterthought for some stylists, for some unknown reason. I do agree the tailoring needs some tweaks. Yet, YUMMY! And, as others have stated, he is a really nice guy when you encounter him.

  • KAO TV

    nice, but i think it’s time to ban man earrings…