James Marsden in Dior at the “2 Guns” NYC Premiere

Posted on July 30, 2013

James Marsden, you are handsome, charming, and built for the skinny plaid suit. James Marsden, your hair looks great, you can pull off a day’s growth of whiskers, and you’re getting this nicely chiseled look to you as you get older. But James Marsden, we’re afraid we have to tell you…


James Marsden at the premiere of “2 Guns” in New York City in a Dior plaid suit.

Those pants are a skosh too tight on you. A suit pant should never have pulling across the crotch or the thighs. You can wear skinny jeans cut this way, and even skinny pants with a sportscoat or jacket, but suit pants – especially plaid ones – shouldn’t be this tight across the thighs. That’s just us.

Great look otherwise, although we could’ve done without the gingham pocket square, personally.



[Photo Credit: ACE/INFphoto.com, basilsoda.com]

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  • Nikko Viquiera

    Tlo is right! you should take off those pants!

  • JauntyJohn

    Dapper dapper dapper.
    And while I understand the point made about the skosh-too-tight regarding Mr. Marsden’s trousers, I cannot find it in me to wish a gentleman as handsome as this wear his pants anything but snug.
    I am a base creature, I know! **hangs head in shame**
    Man, that smile is something else, isn’t it.
    Skinny plaid suit on a man like this? I vote yes.

    • marlie

      The smile is what did me in.

  • Pic No.3, the facial close up, gave me an “Oh my, oh my yes. He is aging nicely.”

    • Ms_Flyover

      And he can sing. If he were 10 years older, I’d be smitten.

    • marlie

      He never really did it for me in the past, but here? DAYUM.

  • julnyes

    Also – I hate the tie.

    • Nikko Viquiera

      tie? what tie?

  • mlle

    How are his cheekbones even sharper than they used to be?

    He’s so pretty.

    • marlie

      Good eye. It’s a really simple and subtle way to make a neutral-colored suit sing.

  • PinkySlinky

    Sterling Archer realness right here…

    • JasmineAM

      I swear that’s EXACTLY what I thought when I saw the thumbnail. I’ve never realized the similarities in their bone structure.

    • BKagainwiththesweatpants

      THIS. I absolutely heard H. Jon Benjamin’s voice saying, “I left my lightsaber in my other space pants.”

  • bertkeeter

    I have NO PROBLEm with that crotch!

  • Jessica Freeman

    You say “those pants are a skosh to tight on you” like it’s a bad thing….

    • Rand Ortega

      No idea what the problem is. Don’t worry, I’ll keep looking…

    • Domo_Konnichiwa

      It gives me a reason to stare while conveniently having an excuse to do so.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Sausage Friday/Christmas come early ’round these parts.

  • kmk05

    WHY HELLO THERE. I think the pants pulling is just right, but that may be only me…

  • sweetestsith

    He is beautiful, and even with the tight pants that suit looks great. However, his bronzer is a bit much.

    • MilaXX

      Yeah, I think they had a hard time evening out the foundation with the overgrown facial hair.

      • DTLAFamilies

        He has a streak of orange across his mouth as if someone slapped him with a palm full of bronzer. It’s a testament to how pretty he is that it doesn’t detract all that much from his looks.

  • MilaXX

    He was thisclose to nailing this look.

  • hughman

    I, for one, approve of this Criss Chros plan to increase sales of his organic hot dogs.

  • In_Stitches

    They don’t look like they’re pulling to me. The pants were just not sewn in a way that would line up properly when worn on a human body.

  • MoHub

    What is with this trend of wearing too-tight suits? I’m already over it, even on the best of bodies.

  • d4divine

    That’s they way the kids are wearing them these days 😉

  • ashtangajunkie

    J’adore. Cyclops, Corny Collins, Criss, Glenn Foy, I don’t care. I love them all. Third photo down is a beauty.

    • Sue_Asponte

      Thank you for listing Corny. He’s my fave.

  • PlethoraofBooks

    Whatever (or whomever) got him to dress in a plaid suit that, even a skosh too tight, makes me take a second look and fan myself, deserves a raise. And a cookie.

    … Dang it, now I want a cookie… There went my diet.

  • Lady Orwellian

    At least the pants are not bagging past the shoes. I’ll take a skad too tight any day over baggy over the shoes since baggy just looks “I’m a man being forced to wear a suit for day… wear’s the cheetos?”

  • Clueless_Jock

    The jacket sleeves are perfect. He gets an A+ from me.

  • Kristin McNamara

    I have no quibbles with the suit. Like many of my fellow BKs, it seems this man can do [almost] no wrong in my eyes. However, I did crack up at the first picture, wherein he kinda looks like a lady poppin his hip for the camera with his hand on his hip like that.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    I’m thinking in animal noises again.

  • Diego!

    I love it. He is such a fun guy! I agree with the tightness of the pants, and let’s not forget about the length either, two inches more would have made this look much better.

  • amywinns

    I just actually, audibly, sighed.

    like, *siiiiiiiigh*

    so dreamy!

  • Rand Ortega

    Sigh… He purdy. That’s all I got.

  • Imasewsure

    Love the suit even with the fit issues…. he looks like Mark Whatshisname-Rippa… did he always?

  • likingrob

    Yes, those pants just need a bit more room. I work with guys in costumes a lot and they have no idea how suit pants should fit. NOT like their skinny jeans. The suit fabrics just have no “give” to them. If they are too tight you can end up with the seam ripping right out. But, hes really cute!

  • sockandaphone

    He’s so handsome in person too. He was wearing a blue tux when I saw him you could hear the collective Swoon from the crowd. This suit is just sad.

  • kimmeister

    I noticed the incorrect fit of the jacket more than the pants. His shoulders are clearly broader than the jacket’s shoulders.

  • Shawn EH

    James Marsden, you have lush lady lips and a killer smile … what pants?

    • ShaoLinKitten

      My sentiments exactly. I couldn’t look away from his purty mouth long enough to give a damn about his pants. Too tight? Just take ’em off. You’ll be more comfortable that way.

  • R.A.

    He’s beautiful but his makeup gays did him an injustice by failing to blend his bronzer properly.

  • ballerinawithagun

    The dress pants were pressed correctly but because they are too tight It all starts to twist and turn, distracting from his gorgeousness. Also the tie is too shiny and solid black.

    • conniemd

      Ties are my cause celebre this season. Where are the prints and colors in ties this season?

  • I kept scrolling down to see if I could figure out what the “but” would be, but damned if I could find it. Nicely done, although I’ll have to stare at those pants a good deal longer to appreciate exactly where they’re too tight.

  • majorbedhead

    Not Captain Tightpants, but definitely Lieutenant Tightpants. Ooof. Also, phwooooarrrrr.

    • Pennymac

      ^^^^ I’d like this more than once, if possible.

  • If you’re going to wear your suitpants that tight, CERTAINLY don’t put your hands in your pocket in EVERY OTHER shot. He looks like he’s touching himself.

    • demidaemon

      There’s a problem with that?

  • CeeRich

    You were saying something? Who can focus?

  • Zorkness

    Is he working for UPS, cuz I see a package…

  • clairellis

    I fell madly in love with him when he was on the short lived Second Noah and the affair hasn’t stopped. Oh, my, my, my.

  • altissima

    I suspect the p ants wouldn’t look so tight if he’d just remove his hand from the pocket.

  • Le_Sigh

    All I heard was “thighs” and pulling and suddenly I was down here in the comments section somehow.

  • jenno1013

    I agree with everything TLo said about why this look works, and I get the thing about the tight pants but don’t mind. HOWEVER. Because I have a 5-year-old daughter, I canNOT look at this guy and see anything other than Prince Edward checking his reflection in his sword. He’s one of those actors who’s ruined for me because of the first thing I ever saw him in.

  • AnnaleighBelle

    I thought he was smuggling a frying pan in his pants in the first pic.

  • I wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers.