John Legend in Gucci

Posted on June 03, 2013

Every bit of credit where it’s due; this has to be one of the toughest-to-pull-off suits we’ve seen in some time.


John Legend attends the “Chime For Change: The Sound Of Change Live” Concert in London in a polka-dot double-breasted Gucci suit.

Gucci Spring 2013 Collection

We really want to do nothing but applaud John Legend in a polka dot double-breasted suit because … well, do we need a reason other than it sounds like a great idea on paper? But it’s possible that even John Legend can’t pull off the polka dot double-breasted suit, or it’s possible that he just can’t pull off this particular iteration of it. The cut does not seem to flatter here; either on the top or the bottom. The jacket is too short for him and the neckline is too open on his chest, showing off too much of the blindingly white shirt underneath. Plus, those are absolutely the wrong shoes to wear with any suit, polka dot double-breasted or not.

A+ for effort, but we really don’t think most non-model males can handle this kind of look.


[Photo Credit: Getty,]

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  • marlie

    I *want* to like it, but totally agree that the fit is off.

    ETA: But Zachary Quinto? HE might be able to pull this one off.

    • AlisonS

      I was first thought Andrew Garfield, but I thin that’s more in body type. Spiderman doesn’t actually have enough confidence. Alan Cumming could probably shine in this.

      • marlie

        Alan Cumming would absolutely SHINE in this. Andrew Garfield does have the perfect body type, but not the right personality/attitude for this.

    • filmcricket

      I was thinking Matt Smith. You pretty much need to be willowy to pull this off, and while ZQ isn’t beefy, by any means, he’s not sylph-like either.

      ETA: Or Will Smith does his “go big or go home” dealie with it. That might work too, maybe.

      • marlie

        Matt Smith is a good pick. I initially thought of Will Smith, but then I wondered if he was too “beefy” too.

    • Leah Elzinga

      I think the problem is how baby faced he looks here. Coupled with the polka dots it just looks juvenile. Personally I’m thinking Daniel Day Lewis.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    I know he’s a really small guy but he’s still not narrow enough for such a suit.

  • Sobaika

    With a few little fit adjustments this could have been flat-out great, but hats off to him nonetheless.

    • SassieCassy

      yes A+ for effort

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    I agree, not quite working. He should take it off. All of it. Now. And then report to my bedroom.

  • Love the suit, but damn is it too tight on him. Love the shoes. I want a pair of suedes with this suit, though.

    • And it is giving him a bit of a tummy.

      • Yep, cause its quite clear that it simply won’t close across his hipline, so leaving it unbuttoned at the bottom is skewing everything like crazy, and making the illusion of a stomach bulge, where there really isn’t one. I also just noticed the fit at the shoulder. its way too small there too. He is obviously too strongly built for this size jacket.

        • Rhonda Shore

          it would have been perfect in a satin “pajama-y” type of material, as a lounging outfit.

          • zenobar

            *gasp* It WOULD! It would be SO PRINCE. Can we make the buttons gold?

          • Rhonda Shore


        • MilaXX

          So designers basically design for models, right? John Legend is not a big guy

          • I will say to him what I would say to any of the ladystars in ill fitting stuff; “Gurl, if it don’t fitchew, don’t wear it.”

  • MilaXX

    I don’t hate this look on him. I completely agree with the shirt issue and shoe choice, but I think if he was wearing a brown shoe I might be inclined to overlook the shirt.

  • Rand Ortega

    If the jacket were a few inches longer & didn’t cut across his hips so tightly, this would’ve won the Cumming Prize* for me.

    *The Cumming Prize is the non existent award for any man who has the style, charisma & courage to wear unique, colorful ensembles & pull them off brilliantly.

    • I want there to be a prize like this in Real Life! We sooooooo need one.

      • Rand Ortega

        I agree. There should be an adjunct prize called “Bankers Hours” that highlights all of the boystars who continuously dress like they left their jobs at the bank or law office to attend these most glamorous events. Yeah, I know, the list would be far too long & there are no winners.

        • Similarly for a Doucheyguyz Award. Endless list, no clear winners.

    • MoHub

      And Graham Norton would be the presenter at the ceremonies. But in one of his past suits, not the more conservative looks he’s sporting now.

      • Rand Ortega

        MoHub, WTHH (what the hell happened, not what the hellity hell, though that works in this instance, too) to Graham’s clothes? I used to look forward to what fabulous, colorful outfits he would grace us w/ week to week, now he might wear an interesting t-shirt but his ensembles are tranquilizing if not just straight fug.

        • Precisely what I’ve been wondering about Norton’s clothes. He’s been too toned down lately. What’s up with that?

          • Rand Ortega

            Do you think it’s because he’s now in prime time here in the States? Maybe the suits told him to tone down the suits? That would make me so sad.

  • Janet B

    What a shame.

  • Anathema_Device

    My son had pjs like that when he was 2. They were super cute on him: Sort of a an old-man look on a little boy. John Legend is adorable, too, but this doesn’t work for all the reason you give.

    • shorty j

      exactly. the fit makes it pure pajamas. damn.

  • PeggyOC

    Paging Mr. Cummings. Mr Alan Cummings? Your suit is ready.

  • kolokOlchik

    looks like pajamas

  • Jessica Freeman

    To fully pull this off, the jacket would have had to fit perfectly. Alas, it does not. And there is something about that bright white shirt against the suit that I don’t like.

    • Eric Stott

      I do like that he buttoned the collar instead of leaving it open. On him that works.

  • commish24

    That backdrop doesn’t help, either.

    • marlie

      It’s almost distracting the way the backdrop clashes with the suit.

  • Hrfe

    I think it’d look better if he buttoned the bottom button, so it would nip it in a bit.

    • Eric Stott

      I think that the fit is tight enough that if he buttoned the bottom button it would be very snug across the hips & might gape at the vents.

    • calbear97

      Question: I know one is not supposed to button the bottom button of the single breasted suit jacket. Does that hold true for double breasted styles as well?

  • Kimberlini

    The jacket isn’t right at all but I love the shoes with the suit!

  • shirab

    If I peer unhealthily closely at my screen, I can see that those dots are not circles, they are diamonds. Which makes me feel a little bit better about them. A little.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I have a general fashion question for everyone- When designing for a fashion show or line, does the designer have the expectation that all these pieces will be sold? I see a lot that I think, ‘only the model could pull this off’, but could that make the designer money? Are these pieces meant to visually support the pieces on the runway that they think will sell? I guess the designer will make money from magazine editorials?

    I hope this isn’t coming off snarky or anything, I am genuinely curious.

    • MilaXX

      I think a little of everything. Some will be editorial, the occasional celeb will wear/buy a piece here and there, and if the collection is successful the designer gets more media/attention for some of the more accessible pieces. Sort of the “I like what so and so’s runway collection looked like, maybe I’ll look at what else he has”.

      Anyway that’s my two cents

    • marlie

      It also depends on the designer. Most of the big-name designers hope/expect their whole collection to be seen on the red carpet at some point, but a few others expect that certain pieces will never see the light of day after they leave the runway.

      • demidaemon

        I believe they also tend to do stripped down RTW versions that are sold at lower prices in high end department stores, boutiques, and their own stores; they then use the red carpet, the runway shows, and the editorials as ways of advertising the collection as a whole for the everyday* person.

        *This meaning someone with either a) a large disposable income or b) someone who is willing to save up for a designer piece to add to their wardrobe.

  • Eric Stott

    I think he does it as well as a mere mortal could do.

  • mrspotts66

    but i like it.

  • GTrain

    agree the fit is off

  • Carrieanno

    Love him anyway. Thanks for a “Helloooo Monday” moment.

  • zenobar

    Yeah, baby, yeaaaahh! All he needs is a ruffly jabot and some shiny little ankle boots.

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  • Annarosa

    Those polka dots are causing me a stroke

  • teensmom99

    I love the way the other Osmond brothers are wearing this in reverse (beige suit, blue polka dots).

  • fringebenefit

    All good points, TLo, but I like it better on him than on the model. You rock those dots, Mr. Legend.

  • It’s so tight – I think something went horribly wrong with the tailoring. It’s given him a very womanly shape and that surely was not how he wanted to look. He looks like Wanda Sykes dressed up as a drag king. It’s a pity because the color combo in the suit is really suited to him. Maybe if he’d chosen a less bright white shirt…

  • MilaXX

    Oi, someone just reminded me that this is the same suit Dwayne Wade wore a few weeks ago with the pants at capri length.

  • I like it all but the shoes. And, at the risk of repeating myself, I’m just glad we are looking at cute men in polka-dot suits. So much more interesting.

  • TheAmericaness

    Yes, A+ for effort on this one. Not many people have the ability to even TRY and pull this off – I would love to see him next to Solange Knowles with her polka dot outfit… you’d need 3D glasses!

  • kimiakay

    He is a handsome man, for sure. That suit is startling to see, at first glance. All I saw at first were those buttons! Then the polka dots. My problem is with the shirt. I don’t like it buttoned all the way up. Kudos to him for being daring on the fashion front.

  • demidaemon

    He needed a tie. And a more tailored fit. Then it may have worked.

  • e jerry powell

    Yup. Fair assessment.

  • jmorino08

    No. Put it away and buy a mirror!

  • madnessoverdose

    I think Matt Smith can pretty much pull this off nicely

  • Nicole Little

    I love the print on him almost as much as I hate the fit.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    At least he didn’t go for the high water version a la Dwyane Wade!!

  • Jeff Warhurst

    Man, that is one comically bad suit. The buttons! LOL

  • elemspbee

    it’s it’s double breast-edness that’s not working here.

  • i think he looks adorbs. and such a gentle sweet face. i hope he has the personality to go with it. the polka dots are too cute, in a good way. glad he didn’t cuff the pants like the model did. hate to see those bare ankles revealed with a suit. ick.