Dan Stevens at ‘Summer in February’ Premiere

Posted on June 11, 2013

Oh thank God. Perhaps Dan’s rather early mid-life crisis has come to end. This is the first time in a long time where we didn’t immediately think “What a smacked ass!” at the sight of him.


Former ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens attends the premiere of his new movie ‘Summer in February’ in London.

It’s cute in an early-Beatles kind of way. We question whether it’s the best style for him, but at least he doesn’t look like he works at a strip club. That’s a plus, in our book. We can quibble about the details of this look, but since he no longer gives off the whiff of meth dealer, we can only applaud. More of this please, Dan.

Also: That’s some fairly impressive tailoring. The sleeves seem a skosh short, but everything else is crisp and perfect.



[Photo Credit: Getty, PacificCoastNews]

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  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    I am thinking he doesn’t wear shiny well.

    • sugarkane105

      The Dowager has spoken. Now run along and fix it, Cousin Matthew.

  • marlie

    Oooohhhh… this is PERFECT. I love everything about this. Well done.

  • porcupie

    I did read something where he said it was for a role (the weight loss, the black hair), so hopefully he’ll return to normal when it’s finished.

  • SewingSiren

    As far as I’m concerned this is his look.

    • LearnedFoot

      I agree! I was never really a Cousin Matthew fan: I always thought he looked… Icky, is the best way I can describe it. It must’ve been the blond hair, because I think he looks smashing with darker hair!

  • Sobaika

    Yes. Good. I like this very much. I’ll be in my bunk.

    • Lucía Gavello

      And it’s not even sausage friday!

    • NinaBoo

      Oh, I miss Firefly…

  • Janet B

    He looks good and the suit is well tailored.
    I don’t think I like the jacket.

  • gabbilevy

    Ooh bravo! Big improvement. Love that lapel.

    It’s too bad the red red red carpet is reflecting onto his face, because the one photo that’s correctly color-balanced (the second) he looks positively yummy.

  • jhedman


    • cowper

      Or song-and-dance man playing a bellhop in a musical.

  • Emily Smith

    Well that is a pleasant surprise.

  • Maggie

    MUCH better. My Matthew Crawley crush is slowly coming back….

  • Rhonda Shore

    I think he looks like a clown. Prefer his sleazy look to this. (But prefer him as blonde sans hair product above all.)

  • Crisp is just the word I was thinking. I just don’t like a shiny suit. I’ve made my peace with that.

  • PeggyOC

    I like the suit, but if you’re going to wear a shiny suit, you have to be super sure that there is no shine at all on your face. Otherwise you just look like a light bulb.

  • Cameron Turner

    I want Cousin Matthew to come back!!!!!!

  • hmariec19

    Eat a sammich, go back to blonde, then we can talk.

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      No sammich! I like you lean and kinda-not-really mean!

      • CakesOnAPlane

        odd, I was just thinking that skinny does NOT suit him. I can’t put my finger on it but for some reason he looks leery without the meat on his bones. I think maybe it makes his jawline look smaller?

        • Domo_Konnichiwa

          I think I was just against the sandwich comment in general. He can look good lean and full with the right styling. Why can’t we embrace both?

          • CakesOnAPlane

            Oh I wasn’t making a social commentary. I was just trying to figure out why he looks so different (and less hot) to me. To each their own, I guess.

          • Kimmu

            I really do think it’s the lack of fat around his face that makes him less attractive. He has that cute chin waddle on Downton Abbey and it’s entirely gone now.

          • librarygrrl64

            I find him difficult to look at lately, but I do agree that if “eat a sandwich” or “time to hit the gym” comments are off-limits for women (and they should be), the same applies to men. 🙂

        • librarygrrl64

          It may be just me, but I have often noticed with people who gain/lose weight that there is a certain point in the process where they just look….”right,” for lack of a better word. And some people’s frames and faces just look “right” with a little more weight on them. I think he is one of those people.

  • Thom

    “What a smacked ass!”? I’d love to smack his ass…

  • nannypoo

    Totally agree, this is much better. Now a little less product in his hair and a little less shine in his face and we’re all set.

  • Introspective

    He looks lovely here to me. Beautiful suit. Beautiful tailoring. nice and polished, the way we like our Captain Crawley.

    by the way BKs, I binged watched all 3 seasons of DA in the last 2 weeks as my reward for submitting a first draft of my book. and Im angry at how melodramatic and unnecessary his demise was…

    and even angrier at how long I now must wait to see season 4. because quibbles aside with the show, it is absolutely one of the best guilty pleasures ive indulged in a while!!!

    • majorbedhead

      His demise was necessary because he said he wouldn’t do another season. But yeah, it was stupidly melodramatic. Laughably so.

    • Donna Tabor

      Good luck with the book!

      • Introspective

        thanks! crossing my fingers that i land a publishing contract soon.

        DA was such a wonderful way to close out the work of writing that draft. i knew it had major buzz on TLo and everywhere else on the internet, but I never watched. once I got into it I just wondered why I stayed away from it so long… Now I dont know what to do now that I have to wait forever for the next season

        • majorbedhead

          Welcome to my world. That, Sherlock and Doctor Who. Damn you, British television! Why do you have to be so good? And why do you make us wait so long??

    • formerlyAnon

      Congratulations on meeting such a big deadline!
      Yes, DA totally descended into soap and melodrama, but it was great fun anyway.

  • majorbedhead

    What is going on with his face? Does he need a shave? Does he need some blotting paper? Something looks off in most of these shots but I can’t figure out what it is.

    The suit is nice and he doesn’t look crazed any more, which is nice, but man, he’s much more handsome as a blonde.

    • Pennymac

      His face looks, I don’t know….greasy?

    • veriance

      I agree, his skin looks irritated. Needs a new razor maybe? Facial?

  • msdamselfly

    Looks like he’s a lot happier in his mother country

  • MilaXX

    This is the first suit I’ve seen him in that is tailored for his weight loss. His face looks a bit sunburnt, but overall good look.

  • MzzPants

    Nice fitting suit. Incredible pools of blue. Why is his chin shiny?

  • *crickets*

    I was thinking Beatles too! And oh, those eyes…

  • Eric Stott

    He looks like a waiter.

    • MaggieMae

      I thought he was going to offer to take my bags while I checked in.

  • mjude

    beatles suit. love it

  • imspinningaround

    Suit, shoes, hair, face. It’s all too shiny.

  • Celeste

    THAT is how your pants should look, boystars!!!

    • ampg

      Hmm…that length works for this suit and the early Beatles look he’s going for, but in general I think dress pants should have a bit of a break. Just a quarter- to half-inch extra is all that’s needed.

  • Clueless_Jock

    Not crazy about the lapels. He looks like a bellhop.

  • formerlyAnon

    Would like an angular rather than curved edge to the the lapel a whole lot better. But he’s a cutie. A cutie striking the same awkward stance he’s struck in other red carpet photos, I’m beginning to fear that’s just how he stands.

  • CeeQ

    No gross facial hair. No weird slicky hair up top. WIN.
    (Even if I am not on board with this particular suit…)

  • cowper

    Needs massive amounts of blotting paper all over. Then let’s talk.

  • Glammie

    Don’t like shiny, do like well-tailored pants. Makes one realize how uncommon it is. Fond though I was of Cousin Matthew, I wish Dan Stevens well.

  • AmeliaEve

    Where’s the rest of his boy band?

  • crash1212

    Dunno…this is pretty close to a WERQ for me…of course him finally ditching that awful goatee would almost be enough for that!

  • Kimmu

    Seeing him in red carpet pics now make me realize how much my attraction of him on Downton Abbey is due to the adorable double chin he normally has when not extremely skinny.

    • librarygrrl64

      And the gorgeous dark blonde hair. I don’t even care for blondes, but he was an exception. Seriously, his hair in Downton and especially in Sense and Sensibility was insane-in-a-good-way.

  • Love it. A little personality – that’s what was needed.

  • rainwood1

    All he needs to do is start snapping his fingers and sing “Mack the Knife.”

  • SignLadyB

    Now that’s the Dan Stevens I’d grown to love. Even the darker hair is okay today.

  • Therese Bohn

    I thought ‘early Beatles’ too! Must be the sleek sharkskin and the break of the pants over the shoes. Sharp!

  • jmorino08

    Thank Jeebus that he got rid of that facial hair!

  • PeaceBang

    This is crazy but he looks exactly like Donald O’Connor in the close-up. Can he tap dance? Because I’m thinking bio-pic.

  • Is he wearing lipstick? His mouth looks unnaturally pink.

  • God, what a relief.

  • demidaemon

    I am not loving the trim on the jacket. It looks like a cord for an ID or something.

  • frannyprof

    No more facial hair!!! Yay!!!

  • Anniebet

    Please tell me he’s not wearing pink lipstick. Anyhoo, the suit is pretty darned spiffy. He looks 100% better than the last time he was featured here, in spite of me hating the too dark (dyed?) hair.

  • kimiakay

    He is immaculately groomed here. Eyebrows trimmed, etc. The suit, just, it’s weird to me, and I know that’s not descriptive. The black around the lapels and then around the front reminds me of a bib. But I still can’t get over how different he looks from DTA. He may not be quite as skinny as he was, but his chin is so pointed it looks painful, and he just doesn’t look the same. Not nearly as sexy. But he looks very happy here.

  • Turtle_Island

    He looks terrible.

  • quiltrx

    Very nice. A tad shiny for my taste, but probably would look less so indoors.

  • That is not his suit. That is Donald Glover’s suit.

    But maybe I’m just mad because he seems like such a douche canoe. No. A douche barge. No. A douche cruise ship. No. A Carnival douche cruise ship, dripping in excrement and disappointment and possibly on fire.

  • lucyloo222

    TOO SKINNY. That is all.

  • bertkeeter

    Jersey Boys!

  • yethica

    Does anyone else feel like he looked better when he weighed a little more?

    • librarygrrl64

      I think everyone does. I certainly do. He has the frame to carry it off.

  • librarygrrl64

    I just can’t look at him any more. 🙁

  • Stacy Feng

    OMG, can it be? Do his clothes fit???????