Zachary Quinto in Todd Snyder at CFDA Awards

Posted on June 04, 2013

Seriously Zachary, you’re adorable and we really like your personal style, but somebody needs to sit you down and talk about proportions and fit.


Zachary Quinto attends the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards at Lincoln Center in New York City in a custom Todd Snyder light grey tuxedo with black contrast lapel.


Proportions are important for everyone, but the very tall and the very short have to pay more attention to them than anyone else. Sad fact of life, son.

Now, we’ll keep this all very simple. Write this down and take it to the appropriate people:

  • Your jacket needs to be about an inch longer and let out half an inch.
  • Your sleeves need to be a quarter-inch longer.
  • Your pants need to be an inch shorter.
  • Your hair needs to be 2-and-a-half inches shorter.

Have all of this taken care of and bitchy assholes like us wont resort to jokes about how you look like Pee Wee Herman crossed with Gay Frankenstein.

But seriously, Zac. Proper proportions are your friend. Learn to live and love them. This is an awesome suit and perfect for you. It just needs to be properly hemmed and fitted.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    I love the idea of Gay Frankenstein.

    • Diego!

      hahahaha you made me drip my coffee hahahaha xD

    • formerlyAnon

      I feel certain that one could make a fantastic movie out of that one.

      • demidaemon

        I’m writing that down as an idea in my writing journal. Also, isn’t the original read with some homoerotic undertones? I can’t remember, as it is one of the few books I escaped in all my years of schooling.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    YES! PeeWee! I think he always looks ridiculous. He’s never been one of my celebrity crushes.

    • drdarke

      Yeah – Quinto almost always looks badly put-together on the red carpet, because nothing he ever wears fits him.

      Strangely, out on the street he usually looks fine – maybe he just needs to stick to separates, or start wearing bespoke suits so a tailor can make clothes to fit him right.

      • demidaemon

        I don’t think he looks terrible here–the jacket is pretty fab, actually–it’s just that everything is always just a little off.

        • drdarke

          That’s the problem, @demidaemon:disqus ! He should look smashing in an outfit like that, but instead he looks like a joke.

          This can’t be rocket science, dressing Zachary Quinto properly….

  • ailujailuj

    is there a lapel length issue (the feature of the suit)? since he so tall-n-drinkable his torso might need a longer lapel?

    • Sara L.

      Yeah, I see that, too. That dark lapel needs to be longer on him.

    • AndreaSkates

      YES! The jacket may only need to be an inch longer, but that single button needs to be moved down at least 2″ (and the lapels should be longer too). The jacket isn’t meant to be high-waisted, and even adding that 1″ in length by letting it down from the shoulders (which would be preferable), rather than lengthening the hem, wouldn’t probably fix the waist where it really needs to go.

    • mellbell

      Is he that tall, though? IMDb says he’s 6’1″. Taller than average, sure, but “very” tall? I wouldn’t say so.

      • TropiCarla

        I think that is way taller than the average TV/Movie actor.

      • ailujailuj

        i didn’t say “very” – i said “drinkable” heh

        • mellbell

          Yeah, but T Lo said “very tall” and your comment picks up that thread. I guess my point is that Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, and Bradley Cooper are just as tall (the same height or within half an inch), and yet their style miscues (rightly, I think) aren’t chalked up to not dressing well for their height. If you’re just a couple of inches taller than the average white guy, it shouldn’t be that hard to get the fit right, particularly if a stylist is involved.

          • ailujailuj

            have to agree – stylists get paid quite well to figure out the easy stuff, and this is pretty basic. it’s quite disgusting, actually.

          • WendyD

            Perhaps he has a longer torso than the average 6’1″ man. They aren’t all just carbon copies.

          • AndreaSkates

            It’s not the absolute height but the difficult proportions he struggles with. For comparison, my husband is almost three inches taller than me, but he wears a 30″ inseam, and I wear a 32″ — he has to buy tall shirts and jackets and short pants because he is so long in the torso. Looks to me like Z here has a similar issue going on.

      • jen_vasm

        It’s not only height, but the length of the torso. Quinto might be longer in the torso, which throws off where the lapels (and that button) fall as well as the hem. You can have an under 6′ long torso’d guy that has to wear long jackets for that reason.

    • Joan Arkham

      Agreed. Wonder if it would look better unbuttoned…

    • filmcricket

      Yeah, this is practically empire-waisted on him. I think that’s contributing to how short the jacket looks.

  • MilaXX

    I love some crazy hair so I’d let that one pass. However, the other recommendations need to be followed to the letter.

    • WendyD

      Yes, leave the hair alone, but please fix the clothes.

      • siriuslover

        agreed. His pants hem is less egregious than some men’s clothes, but I know he can do better on the jacket–we’ve seen him.

  • Judy_S

    Maybe he is doing this just to get TLo to come up with phrases like Gay Frankenstein.

  • Rhonda Shore

    TLO are performing a public service!

  • $11431954

    Was the talking chair is plus one?

  • BigShamu


  • Diego!

    He looks like Robert Underdunk Terwilliger a.k.a. Sideshow Bob in The Simpsons. I HATE that hair. And his make up. It’s an OUT to me.

    • e jerry powell

      But the hair is so totally Bart…

  • Monzerrat Ontiveros

    maybe a little bit less of eye brow pencil too…

  • Emily Smith

    He needs to stop stealing Daniel Radcliffe’s suits.

  • I’m not wild about the hair, but I give it a pass. The rest, he should listen to, as well as Todd. It’s a custom tux! The bad fit is inexcusable.

  • BuffaloBarbara

    I’d love to see this guy in a traditional tux with tails. I bet he’d rock it.

    That said, everything you guys said. Plus, weird lapel things are weird.

    • formerlyAnon


  • MemHey

    TLo, I am impressed by your ability to tweak to the quarter inch. They say the devil’s in the details, but if that’s true, y’all are heaven-sent 😉

  • formerlyAnon

    Why, why, WHY should he need your cheat sheet when I’m sure he pays big bucks for a stylist? If a stylist doesn’t understand what the flattering fit, colors and proportions are for their client, why does it matter if they know current trends and have connections?

    In other news, I am not sure I love the vast expanse of pale color on him. I am reminded of vast acres of wheat-colored scrub pasture.

    • Beardslee

      Just said much the same thing! I think we must be underestimating the importance of sycophancy.

  • steeg of their own

    I would forgive a lot, suit-wise, if he could get his head in order. Fix the hair, dial back the scruff a bit, lighten the brow pencil, and get a makeup artist who can play up his cheekbones without making his eyesockets look sunken. Three-fourths of the Gay Frankenstein look is happening on his head. If that was fixed, I feel like quarter-inch here or there on the suits would be easier to overlook.

  • Nicholas

    It’s like he’s wearing a Procrustean suit.

  • Chaiaiai

    Oh god, but that FACE. I feel like he is my version of Jolie – can rest on his looks. Prolly because he looks so much like Michael from thirtysomething.

  • Beardslee

    Again, I am baffled why the person who helped dress him didn’t know the importance of fit. What is a stylist for, if not to know these things? Being fabulous and having connections to designers is clearly NOT enough – except to hang out your shingle and call yourself a stylist.

    He looks like a little boy and I suspect that is not what he was going for.

  • JP

    Pee Wee Herman crossed with Gay Frankenstein

    *dies laughing*

    That is so deliciously on point!

  • Annarosa

    He should fit/hem also his big head 😉
    kidding, I love him and his huge eyebrows, he can do whatever.

  • majorbedhead

    You know those wooden character things they have at fairs and such? Where you stick your head on top or in the hole and then make a wacky face? That’s what this suit looks like on him. I don’t know if it’s the black lapels, but it’s giving off a very one-dimensional vibe.

    Gay Frankenstein. *snort* Love it.

  • kat89

    I was thinking he looks like he’s about to go onstage with Sha Na Na, but I like the gay Frankenstein reference better…

  • decormaven

    This so easily could have been a WERQ if his stylist had incorporated the changes you mentioned. Pity.

  • ashtangajunkie

    Nothing I hear all day will top “Gay Frankenstein” and it’s only 9:10am.

  • NOLA_gal

    I’m sorry, I can’t hear you. I have the theme of Pee Wee’s playhouse running through my head.

  • marlie

    I LOOOOOVE this suit on ZQ. I think he looks fabulous, even if there are a few little adjustments needed.

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  • Erica_Vuitton

    Is it lavender or gray? The lapels winging up to the shoulders are just weird… but I can’t deny he looks sharp here if a bit rumpled.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I totally thought Pee Wee Herman, too! But crossed with Gay Frankenstein? That’s just brilliance. It’s almost worth it that he dressed badly so you could come up with that!

  • bertkeeter

    In a few years…or even months, he’s going to look back at all his press photos and say “WTF” was I thinking?

  • Coco Cornejo

    Kramer hair.

  • frannyprof

    And this is a custom suit. Custom! and not fitted properly. tsk tsk

  • unbornfawn

    Everything TLo said. This should be a WERQ and snaps all over the place. It is a great look for him. The bad fit ruins the look. So shame on your tailor and your fashion advisors and Zachary himself for not seeing it in the mirror! I know the facial growth is a thing right now, but I’d rather see him clean shaven.

  • kim bunchalastnames

    combined with the lines of the lapels and his tie, his head and neck begin to look like the odd handle to a stubby, stabby knife.

  • Kent Roby

    I think that the adorable Mr Z.Q. is one of those individuals who could benefit from a bit of shoulder padding to help make him look as good in clothes as he does out of them.

  • TSkot

    Even with a proper fit, those peak lapels in such a contrasting color look ridiculous.

  • TheAmericaness

    but he’s so gaydorable I can’t help but forgive him!

  • judybrowni

    I still think he’s cuter as Spock.

  • Toto Maya

    I HATE his personal style, but I guess it’s just me. It’s like there’s this hot guy under all the crap he wears and he’s doing his best to hide it.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    WOW T’lo, you capital -N- nailed that one! Brava!!!

  • quiltrx

    This suit is such an ‘almost’ on him! It has a rat pack or almost rockabilly feel–neither of which are looks I think of as “tight and too short”.
    Loosen up some, literally, you cute thing. Otherwise go get the red bow tie and the elevator shoes…then at least it looks intentional!

  • Sushy Gooroo

    Gay Frankenstein… lol. Another thing: I think he has to learn a pose or two. Standing there with your arms by your sides and looking at the photographer like he just caught you doing something you shouldn’t have done does not look cool. Strike a pose.

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    And the tie is WRONG!

  • Imasewsure

    Hilariously accurate Gentlemen!! Good effort but not quite working

  • shelley514

    What is going on with his eyebrows? They look cray!