Ne-Yo at the 2013 Do Something Awards

Posted on August 02, 2013

Some of you are going to thank us for this right now and some of you are going to thank us for this by the end of today.


Ne-Yo attends the 2013 Do Something Awards in Hollywood, California.

Those who thank us immediately will do so because it’s Sausage Friday once again and, well, just look at him. He’s adorable.

Those who thank us by the end of the day will be the fashionistas, who, after a long Sausage Friday of boring men in mostly boring suits (we’re warning you now), will look back fondly on this inaugural post of the day and note how much style it contained.

Granted, we’re not loving the gold crotch chain, but that’s really our only objection. You might think we’d bitch about the pants hem, but we definitely think a little puddle is to be expected when you pair a suit with sneakers. And for the record, on that point: we’ve bitched a lot about people like Robert Downey, Jr., who tend to (in our eyes) ruin a lot of really expensive high-end suiting by pairing it with gigantic kicks more suitable for ten-year-olds. This does not mean we hate suits with sneakers or canvas shoes. On the contrary; we think it’s a great semi-cazh look, if it’s done correctly. A pair of Chuck Taylors, which are pretty much an iconic fashion item at this point, is an example of doing it correctly. We even like the white t-shirt here, since he dressed it up considerably.

We’re choosing to ignore the one-sleeve thing, as well as the hat. At least on the latter, he can pull it off. Most men can’t.


[Photo Credit: Andrew Evans, Izumi Hasegawa/, ACE/]

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    • sagecreek

      I can’t help but wonder how he negotiates that chain in the men’s room.

      • Sobaika

        Bitter Kitten query #1 – “How does s/he pee in that??”

        • Emily Smith

          I’m convinced most celebrities simply don’t use the bathroom. I wonder if there’s like a secret pill you only get when you’re famous so you can survive stuff like awards shows and events.

          • Lilithcat

            It’s not a pill, it’s Depends™.

            • twocee

              So Lisa Rinna doesn’t lie!

        • Agador Spartacus

          I also wonder – “How do you not look like you’re sweating to death in that?”

          • Sobaika

            Botox freezes your sweat glands. Also I’ve heard people get fat injected into their feet so they’re less sore when wearing cray shoes.

            • rajf

              Seriously? You can do that? I’d consider that just to be able to wear my normal-bordering-on-orthopedic shoes!

            • Airkisses

              Ironic when they’re getting fat removed everywhere else

      • MarTeaNi

        Maybe it’s like a little sling so he can go hands free and keep texting.

    • Just Me

      The crotch chain is “focus pulling” to say the least – but maybe that is the point and he does look good. *trying to be kind as it is early and there is more sausage to come.*

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Ne-Yo. OMG you guys are flipping my angst switch big time this morning. I’ve been up all night working on a report due today. And, here’s this guy. I remember seeing him for the first time as an (unknown to me) “singing” his brilliant part of Great Escape on an episode of So You Think You Can Dance. WOO OO. WEEEEEEEEEEEE OO.
      And I thought – This? THIS? Mother F’ing THIS? And I still think it. I don’t care if it does look cute. – EDIT – I AM TOTALLY WRONG! IT WAS AKON. NOT NE-YO. MY BAD. STILL MAD ABOUT IT THO. 😉

      • Jane Ire

        I think that terrible Whoo-hoo sound was Akon, not Ne-Yo, so you’re safe.

      • julnyes

        I am legitimately deeply confused by the majority of what you just said. So Akon messed up a song you like on So You Think You Can Dance? BY singing it badly or changing the lyrics, or what?

    • Diego!

      I agree… that gold crotch chain must go! He looks cool!

    • Eric Stott

      Crotch chain would be better if it went into the fly…just sayn’

      • formerlyAnon

        If by “better” you mean “more likely to cause unseemly bursts of laughter,” well, yes.

        (Also, no doubt, causing many more personal-space-invasion attempts by persons wishing to, erm, pull your chain. So to speak. No big deal for those with handlers/bodyguards, but . . . It’s not like that sort of thing is mostly attempted by the persons one would wish to be a little fresh . . . in my female experience . . .)

        • Eric Stott

          More like “His Manhood has to be kept chained to avoid sex malfunctions”

          • formerlyAnon


    • Vivi N

      Didn’t even noticed the hiked sleeve until you mentioned it. I just loved the suit so much that I guess my eyes didn’t want to see it. Now that it HAS been seen, gotta knock a couple of points off. But still, Ne-Yo looks great. Even with the gold chain hanging over his pelvic area.

      • The Gifted Collector

        Since reading this blog has increased my natural skepticism hundreds-fold, I say the raised sleeve is meant to promote the watch in exchange for getting it as a “gift.”

        And nay to the crotch chain.

    • annabelle archer

      How about just Thanks, in general.
      Have a good Friday y’all.

      Ne-yo, you little dish, good morning!

    • Emily

      I can also disregard the finger point and the neck beard. He looks adorable and well put together.

    • SewingSiren

      A sharp summer look and charming smile.

    • Anplica Fiore

      Finally, a star who isn’t afraid of a bit of jewelry! :)

      • MilaXX

        R & B singers are rarely afraid of jewelry

    • jilly_d

      Darling uncles, don’t you know by now? Nobody comes here on Fridays for the fashion. 😉

      • MoHub

        Well for me, it’s a combination of Sausage On Display and PR recap.

      • formerlyAnon

        It is not at all astounding, but notable, how Sausage Friday became wildly popular in two weeks flat. Judging, at least, by the outpouring of enthusiasm in the comments. Bet site traffic stats support that, though.

    • Tatiana Luján

      He looks cool and sleek and HOT.

      • conniemd


    • AmeliaEve

      This goes to show that if your suit is well tailored, you can get away with a lot of other stuff.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Those are the cleanest Converse I have EVER seen.

      • Billie_Dawn

        That was the first thing I noticed, how sparkling those Chuck Taylors are. And frankly, I thank him for that. One of the things that’s so bad about male celebs showing up in sneakers is that the sneakers are frequently dirty and ragged.

        It’s terrible that we have to praise a guy for showing up in clean sneakers, but it’s just the state of affairs on the red carpet these days. *Sigh*

    • Nancer

      Cute – and yes, dear, we see your watch.

      • Sarah

        See, I was going to defend the crotch chain as a possible watch-fob-chain arrangement, but that just threw my theory out the window. And also, come to think of it, those would go across the midsection of a waistcoat, so I have no grounds. It is indeed superfluous.

        • Nancer

          Superfluous indeed! But I am willing to forgive it just because he looks so cute. And I like a man who knows how to accessorize! I am tired of lady stars who can wear all of the free jewelry they can stack on their skinny arms, who walk out without a single piece of bling. So – Ne-Yo for the win! :]

          • Sarah

            I agree. He looks good. I know how you feel! What I would do with some of the stuff those ladies have access to, and they just wear nothing. BRACELETS, ladies, PLEASE.

    • MissusBee

      The hat looks as if it landed on him somewhat randomly, perhaps in some kind of hat-throwing competition.

      And there it is – Celebrity Hoopla: a new game to make the step-and-repeat a bit more interesting.

      Which out-of-place/superfluous accessory has been thrown by a member of the crowd/press, and which celebrity have they won?

      I look forward to seeing you at future events.

    • SugarSnap108

      There are a few things here making me cray-cray, like the one rolled up sleeve. But his awesome deployment of the Chuck Taylors makes it all better.

    • ConnieBV

      Ahhh, there’s my mocha latte. Delicious.

    • MoHub

      Very close to a WERQ for me, but not quite there.

    • DaveUWSNYC

      Gives new meaning to the expression, “yank my chain.”

    • Jamie M.

      Of course he rolls up one sleeve, he doesn’t want us to miss that watch.

    • jonnyf8

      Thanks for being kind to Ne-Yo. He’s cute and talented and not full of himself and from all reports a very nice guy.

    • MilaXX

      The crotch chain is the only error here. As for the difference between him and RDJ wearing chucks with suits, I’d say it’s about 20 years.

    • carnush

      Navy, white and gold are three colors that I always love together. The crotch chain is weird, but whatever…it’s a statement. He looks hot.

    • notterriblybitter

      Dude looks sharp. I will thank you now and at the end of the day.

    • Jessi03

      LOLing at the finger guns and crotch chain.

    • barbarienne

      I’m telling you, codpieces are on the way back in. Couple of decades at the outside. This is just an early warning shot.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hmmm. I figure I can guarantee (well, safely bet) I’ll be here for 25, maybe 30 more years, more or less, past that it’s iffy. So get crackin’ fashion overlords. If I die 5 years before codpieces make a return it’d be like dying the year before Halley’s Comet. Only, for me, more disappointing.

        • demidaemon

          Let’s go to Hollywood (to whisper in every stylists ear) or NYC (to whisper in designer’s ears) that codpieces are the new hot thing!

    • In_Stitches

      It’s every douchey affectation all at once, but it’s okay because it’s Ne-Yo. He isn’t alleviating my hatred of the pushed up sleeve trend though. If I ever end up at an event with celebrities, they’re going to drag me away for guerilla-attack style sleeve fixes.

    • boweryboy

      Get rid of the douchey jewelry, hat, crotch chain and swap out the v-neck T for a crew neck and this is pretty much my go to casual look.

    • etselec

      I think the hat looks absolutely ridorkulous. Take away that and the crotch chain and you’d have me sold.

      • 909girl601world

        If you’ve ever seen him sans hat, you’d appreciate his wearing that one. Trust me.

        • etselec

          Oh dear. I see what you mean.

    • nannypoo

      His hat’s a little goofy but I like everything else, even the crotch chain. It’s not for everyone, but it seems right for him. And is the one-sleeve thing a thing? If so, it’s kind of a dumb thing and I hope it goes away soon.

    • Beardslee

      I think he looks like an idiot. That crotch chain is too big and too wrong. All that jewelry and the sunglasses are too much of a muchness, along with the posing and the preening and the unshaven neck.

      And it’s too bad because underneath all that is a good looking, well dressed man.

      • 909girl601world

        His neck is shaved as evidenced by the razor bumps common to black men…who shave. Were it not shaved, those razor bumps would be covered by hair.

        • Beardslee


    • Candigirl1968

      This is a very standard Ne-Yo look. He needs to switch it up.

    • Heather

      I’m also OK with the tshirt and tennies because they’re clearly new – ie, he chose them to go with this suit, versus just pulling them out of the back of his closet.

      Tlo, your analyses of men’s fashion are much appreciated. Before reading your blog I was more of the “I don’t know anything about it, but I know what I like” variety… your insights have given me much more to go on. Thanks! :-)

    • Danielle

      What a perfect way to kick off Sausage Friday. If only he was with Idris Elba, my ovaries would explode.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Ne-yo, hunny, we do not think you are as cool as YOU think you are.

    • Nonmercisansfacon

      He looks cute.

    • Glam Dixie

      That hat is an awful, tiny, shrunken excuse for a hat. Lose the crotch chain and the hat and the rest is cute.

    • NOLA_gal

      LOVE IT. Full stop. He looks fabulous (and fun).

    • guest2visits

      Kinda cool, kinda pretentious. It’s a look.

    • marlie

      He looks great here. Casual, an individual take on the suit, but not sloppy.

    • d4divine

      He is flawless. He has a strong sense of style and confidence. Werk it out Ne-Yo!

    • annabelle archer

      What? That’s how I let down all my girls. (chest pound) “forever my mircle” gets em every time.

      • MilaXX

        keeping it klassy

    • Imasewsure

      I always love the hipster Rat Pack look when it’s done right and NeYo is one of those guys who always seems to be able to rock it with some flair

    • MzzPants

      Great color, beautiful fit. Love the attitude.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      I don’t really know who he is, but damn he is cute. He seems to have a chain that matches the crotch chain under his shirt and then 2 chains over his shirt which seems weird but I don mind.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am willing to endure the crotch chain as a trend if it meant that men’s jackets actually fit comfortably, as his appears to do.

      Does not mean I won’t mock the crotch chain relentlessly, however.

    • Ashleigh

      kinda like the crotch chain…it’s provocative.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      I’ll give him the crotch chain because it’s at a young casual event, but can we have a moment for the fact that he appeared to layer his white shirt so it’s not see through? Three cheers.

    • decormaven

      Owning his look, and it is working. Happy Sausage Friday!

    • J. Preposterice

      re: hats. A lot of guys who try to wear hats wear hats that do not fit them, or that are wrongly proportioned for their heads. It’s all DUDE, THAT IS NOT YOUR HAT, often, rather than guys not being ale to wear hats.

    • Plink

      He’s sporting an individual look with interesting elements. Bro-vo!

    • KikiAvocado

      sex on a stick… he can wear whetever..or nothing at all…

    • lilyvonschtupp

      Ne-Yo just looks like sophisticated hip hop. Chic and cool at the same time.

      And I would KILL for those necklaces.

    • librarygrrl64

      He looks comfortable and fun.

    • Nicole Little

      LL jr

    • skadi1

      Gotta show off your watch and your ink. Seriously, he looks awesome. I love a casual suit look, especially on men who look like they can also pull of a crisp suit look.