Yea or Nay: Man-Metallics

Posted on June 07, 2013

What is love? Baby don’t hurt me.

Sorry, we’re having a flashback moment.



Can you blame us? Suddenly it’s the ’90s, darlings! We were so much prettier then! Now, we just know we’re going to have a hard time getting the ladies on board with this one, but we have very fond memories of silver metallic jeans and bright blue metallic shirts and pewter metallic trenchcoats we got for a steal down on Canal Street. But this was long ago, kittens. Our metallics days are over, but we wouldn’t dream of denying them to young, silly boys with a need to strut and display their plumage.

Burberry Prorsum

Alexander McQueen | Ann Demeulemeester | Brioni | Canali

Carlo Pignatelli

Comme des Garçons | Ermenegildo Zegna | Etro | James Long

Qasimi Homme

Louis Vuitton | Marlon Gobel | Misssoni | Maison Martin Margiela 

Roberto Cavalli

Neil Barrett | Rynshu | Shaun Samson | Viktor & Rolf




So, no. We probably wouldn’t find ourselves wearing many of the pieces above, but we would hope little dandyboys out there get the change to reflect the light a little. Which means our question for this Sausage Friday is simple:


Man-Metallics: YEA or NAY?


Think of all those little twinks out there, starving for some sparkle. Won’t you help?


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  • charlotte more. You just put that in everyone’s head. And NAY for most men except Alan Cummings.

  • Clueless_Jock


    And I don’t need to explain myself.

  • aeb1986

    Yay! But NAY for anything Versace…

  • Of course, Yea for the metallics. But like anything this showy, it needs to be deployed with attention to balance, and Serious Panache.

    • Rhonda Shore

      Yes, one item only, preferably an accessory.

      • MartyBellerMask

        One accessory that is not a WCW championship belt.

        • Jake

          That’s all I see too!!!

    • drdarke

      That’s a excellent point, @kiltdntiltd:disqus – in moderation is makes sense (like a casual jacket or a vest or a tie), but otherwise it’s SPACE: 1999 time!

      • Monabel

        Moderation is all very well in its place, but let’s not deprive ourselves of EXCESS.

        • drdarke

          “All things in moderation – including moderation”, @Monabel:disqus ?

          • Monabel


  • Frank_821

    I actually dig that McQueen suit. But yes I agree these are for the baby peacocks only and club whores

    • Lucía Gavello

      McQueen FTW! The Qasimi Homme pieces are quite cool also, love the suit.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Nay to all of the tin foil-like metallics. Yea to the more understated like the Qasimi. Only certain guys could pull it off, though.

  • Nicholas

    Someone saw those models and thought “Let’s wrap them like candy”.

  • Edward Thomas-Herrera

    Yay! A thousand times yay! Especially if you have legs like a Versace model!

  • Emily Dagger

    The coats in the Burberry selection can’t possibly be anything other than repurposed shock blankets. Nay to that row; the rest I find fun and playful.

  • MarieLD

    No. And many of the models look embarrassed.

  • majorbedhead

    What’s with the wrestling belts?

    I can’t get behind metallics, but hey, some boys may like them.

  • Airkisses

    It doesn’t matter if I yay it or nay it; judging by the range of designers featured here, it’s already happened. – Fatalistic Kitten

  • hughman

    No. You look like you’re wearing a weight-loss sweatsuit from the 50s.

  • Michael_Jones

    My first thought, like yours, was “Nay for me, I’m too old now…” I was, however, still willing to let the bois have them. But then I thought, “Maybe I could pull off that Brioni jacket if it came in a human size…”

  • Donna Tabor

    It won’t matter one whit in my household. The only thing metallic my husband wears is his wedding band.

    I sure as hell can’t see him wearing a WWF belt with his underpants. Oh, my. Now I’m laughing so hard tears are dribbling down my legs.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    A few men can pull it off. Then again, a few men can pull off a cardboard box. Don’t try this at home.

  • Tin Men. Nay.

  • Everything old is new again, and bless the kids that’ll wear these. But I literally did a spit-take at the gladiator wear. LOL.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Yay! Shiny!

    I’m a magpie.

  • XPT

    Hell to the nay!

  • jkatkins

    I really really wanna like these, but just can’t. NAY.

  • Naomi

    Yea. I don’t care if it’s ugly, I don’t care if most men can’t pull it off. I will always say yea to anything that gives men creative wardrobe options. Guys have been stuck with boring-ass clothes for too long.

  • Rand Ortega

    Alan Cumming (Etro, Canali, Carlo Pignatelli), Matt Smith (Cavalli, Zegna, Missoni, Burberry, 2 of the Lanvin), maybe Joe Manganiello in the Brioni, yes. Everyone else, H to the N.

    • BKagainwiththesweatpants

      ITA. Matt Smith would be delicious in the Canali as well.

      Hey, Marlon Gobel! Pee Wee Herman called. He wants his suit back.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I was thinking Brad Goreski for the Canali.

  • sleepycat

    NAY! MY EYES THEY BURN! In other news, when I was in 6th grade and it was the dawn of the new millennium I thought we were all going to be wearing gold and silver because it was the future. My apologies to those who were working in 2000. This also solidifies my dislike of Versace, tacky tacky

    • Rand Ortega

      I’ve seen more style at Caesar’s Palace in the Bacchanal Buffet wait staff.

      • BKagainwiththesweatpants

        HAW! You made me spit out my coffee!

  • Metallics? Maybe. But not any of this stuff.
    Not a thing here I think looks good.

  • j_anson

    Hey, if men are going to have themselves gift-wrapped, who am I to argue?

    • ItsDicey

      Nice take.

  • EditKitten

    Oh, for fuck’s sake.

  • SOCK AND FLIP-FLOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!?!?!??!?????????

  • Anniebet

    LOL….and a giggle for punctuation.

    That poor last guy in the tighty whiteys.

  • Tatiana Luján

    Yay, but none of the pieces shown above.

  • kaycem

    that canali blazer is everything!

  • marlie

    If have to say NAY for everyone except PhD-level males clothes horses.

  • MzzPants

    My pretty-boy fashion-conscious son would rock the hell out of some of these looks. So, YEA.

    Not the Versace, though. Dear God, not the Versace.

    • formerlyAnon

      It would be so nice to be able to say “my fashion-conscious son.”


      Ah well.

  • Nay. Though Lanvin is by far the best and Versace is by far the worst.

  • Agatha Guilluame

    NAY. A thousand times NAY. You see dandyboys wearing these but I can just imagine a new breed of douche bag sporting these looks – the freshest slate of club kids wearing it “ironically” or even worse without any irony at all.

  • crash1212

    NAY! Although that last Versace panel made me laugh out loud.

  • mmebam

    I’m all about the understated sheen, as opposed to the blaring shine.

  • iheartbuffy

    NAYYYYYYY. They look like the costumes from Night at the Roxbury. I reiterate, NAYYYYYY.

  • Contralto


  • Morales Mike

    The Versace stuff looks like its an episode from OG Star Trek where the Roman Empire didn’t fall and existed to modern day. Except this time everyone got beautiful and buff.

  • filmcricket

    That bronze, Klimt-like McQueen suit is giving me life. The rest of these – only a select few could make a select few of them work, but I’d love to see folks try. Yea.

  • MilaXX

    YES, but only deployed very carefully.Some of this stuff is gonna have to stay in the club. LOVE the Canali tux, hate that entire bottom Versace row.

  • another_laura

    A bridge too far. NAY.

  • ghopping

    lol maybe for the runway… but don’t expect to see me wearing them (and I’m 21).

  • silaria

    Total ‘yea’ to the subtler ones, that McQueen suit is AMAZING. I’m just going to pretend the row of Burberry saran wrap doesn’t exist.

  • clevRcat

    yea for the dandyboys (they have all the fun, don’t they)

  • prettybigkitty

    Yea! Brings back memories. Good times, bad kids.

  • What the hell…..women have so many fashion excesses that have become acceptable despite their inherent ridiculousness, let the guys share the fun & games.

  • twocee

    Is it wrong that I read that entire post in Stefon’s voice?

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    Only if you are Kylie’s back up dancer. Or Josh.

  • Miss WKS

    SO disappointed…where are the metallic ball shorts?

  • MemHey

    Nay. McQueen can stay because it’s Klimt-esque, but all else must go.
    ETA: The Etro, sans shirt, on Will Smith is acceptable as well.

  • Diego!

    N A Y!!!

  • Versace is so tacky. I can’t decide if it’s yay or nay for the rest, but I think it could be yay for some boys in some situations.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    The man who has the balls to try on the Alexander McQueen and pulls it off will win my heart until the end of times.

  • Lene

    Paging Russell Westbrook…

  • IMNAngryLiberal

    While i cannot but applaud ‘the male’s emergence …. into the gaudy plumage that is the birthright of his sex’, most of these looks are pretty hiddy. So maybe I’ll just say NAY to THESE man-metallics.

  • Janet B

    No to the James Long shorts otherwise you can wear them if you’d like: Yea

  • Haley Buchanan

    I was originally ready to shout a hearty “NAY!” but then I realized it’s just the Burberry and the Versace that I don’t like. He has to be a good clothes-wearer though. At least a Zachery Quinto or Joseph Gordon-Levitt -level clothes wearer is required for most of these, if not Alan Cummings-level for some.

  • Joanne Abrams


  • PrunellaV

    I want to go to where the guys who actually wear this stuff hang out.

  • snarkykitten

    Nay simply because now I have that song stuck in my head!!!

  • Yay for the young and skinny.
    “Old” fat me would look like a Zeppelin in drag…

  • conniemd

    ugh or nay from this female who remembers the 90’s and not fondly.

  • Tin foil! Aieee! Running the other way!
    But then again I am a straight woman of a certain age, so these are not supposed to appeal to me anyway.

  • DinahR

    I want to watch this parade go by!! I’m not a guy, and if I were I’d be too old for this stuff, but I’d love to see others partake. Even the wilder metallics look fun to me, not paired together though.

    I’m especially fond of the Canali jacket, plus Carlo Pignatelli’s and Lanvin’s entire rows.

  • Sara__B

    Now that I’ve wiped the tears of laughter from my face and regained my composure, NAY to anything that reminds me of mylar, tin foil, professional wrestlers, or cheap Barbie clothes. NAY to too much shine deployed all at once. YEA to the subtle shine of the Qasimi Homme suits and separates, to the patterned metallic jackets, or to just one shiny separate at a time, on the right guys.

    • Pat Pending

      I agree, with the exception of the second from the left. He looks like he forgot to put pants on.

  • TSkot


  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    all i see is alan cumming…over and over and over

  • Chaiaiai

    OHSWEET jesus. that last “outfit”. does that come from the vatican bath house collection?


  • formerlyAnon

    Sorry. Metallics are PhD level, Double Black Diamond slope level, Schedule II Controlled Substance rating fashion. Inexpert civilians cannot be trusted with them. NAY, with rare exceptions. (ETA: Perhaps there could be a license granted based on a portfolio submitted of the applicant’s previous attire & a brief quiz.)

    • minnye

      Yes but I hope we see those PhD’s – and some expertly styled cutie pies) in some of these fashions. Say for example, hmmm… RDJ, that cute guy from Glee – Harry something, um…

  • deltabronze

    Nay. Y’all look silleh.

  • demidaemon

    I could see them as part of an outfit. But full on metallics on every part of your body. NAY to that.

  • OrigamiRose

    NAY all the way.

  • Carrieanno

    Had to check the calendar to make sure it’s not April 1. Nay.

  • gracedarling

    YEA. Who cares if it’s ugly or trashy? Men have been dressing like hot indie lumberjacks for too long. It’s time to have some fun.

  • Monabel

    Oh, yay. More color, pattern and sparkle all around!

  • hellkell

    I’m going to say YAY, just because I covet the snot out of that magenta metallic Burberry number.

  • RinPauler

    I actually have seen the metallic coats by Burberry in person, and it’s very interesting. It looks so much like shiny plastic, but it doesn’t feel like that. When I ask the sales associate what type of material it was, she told me it was cotton to my disbelief.

  • Reality TV Casting


  • $1434373

    Love the first McQueen suit, anything that channels Klimt gets a definite “YES!”

  • TheAmericaness



  • par3182


  • ItsDicey

    GADZOOKS! NAY if it’s Versace. My eyes may never recover.

  • MandyM

    Unless you are channeling Flash Gordon, no!

  • JP

    NAY. Every one of those models looks pissed at having to wear them…but the Versace guys? OMG, hysterical.

  • AdamBR

    Nay. It looks cheap.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Having a Flash, ahhhhhh….savior of the universe moment.

  • Puckndc

    Au contraire..this was the late 70’s…I had a metallic jacket back then

  • thecitysleeps


  • karena10

    Overall, nay. There are some who can look fantastic in metallics, but those who don’t look good, look so horrific that it outweighs the good.

  • SewingSiren

    Yea! I’m all for more variety and choice in men’s wear. Most of these would be a bit much as presented. But say

    one metallic piece per wearer would be fun.

  • sweatpantalternative

    NAY. These should be filed under “not everything retro deserves a comeback”, along with those 80s bubble/ruffle skirts, skinny jeans that flatter just about no one, acid-washed anything, and the latest 90s creepers (tube tops paired with suspenders, velvet……). Ugh, please no.

  • pattycap11

    nay on the candy wrappers. i’ll pass.

  • Young Sun

    It’s like all of these designers raided Jay Manuel’s closet to filth!!!

  • FloridaLlamaLover

    We are currently watching “Gladiator” at Chez Llama Lover, so I say a resounding YAY to the last row!

  • kimiakay

    Oh my god, I did not think I would like this, but I love it. Especially those yellow ? pants, well the whole look on the third model in the first row. Wowza. Some very pretty men here, and some serious thighs. Yum. I like everything about this except the white socks. But wait! And after we gave them permission, too, there are no metallic short shorts. Huh.

  • Nicole Walraven

    my man says nay, although we both agree the silver pants are pretty damn fly.

  • Iroqhard

    My 5 and a half year old, who has started looking at TLo over my shoulder because she is a budding fashionista, says YAY to men in shiny fabrics. Then again, she is wearing a red, white, and blue striped dress over multicolored flower pants, so she is a fan of lots of look.

  • Where are my sun glasses? I kinda liked the first photo while I could just see the top. I little metallics go a long way. From head to toe, why not dress the whole body in yellow? I couldn’t look at these with a migraine; lol.

  • lilazander

    Burberry, Cavalli, Lanvin and a few others’ metalics look like used candy wrappers (NAY!), Versace is right-up NAY (not to say stright-up)! McQeen, Canali, Viktor & Rolf, Marlon Gobel, Qasimi Homme are YEA!

  • Gloria P

    I see Versace is pretty much into Asterix

  • Donna Schmidt

    My eyes!

  • Jake

    LOVE the Briomi jacket and the first Qasimi Homme suit on the left and the shorts to the far right!

  • Aaminah Khan

    I’m actually kinda digging it. I’d put my boyfriend in a subtle metallic, like maybe pewter coated jeans or something. I think he could pull them off. :3

  • MaggieMae

    Stage wear or club going gay boys only.

  • ChelseaNH

    Yay! Just not all over, please.

  • Louise Bryan

    Ye Gawds! Nay!

  • librarygrrl64

    Nay to metallics in general for anything other than the stage.

  • lalahartma

    Yes, for the boys, only.

  • Mimi

    Yay, one piece at a time

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    NAY. They all look like versions of Baked Potatoes. NO. (ok, except for what charlotte said – Alan Cummings.)

  • Yay!