Colton Haynes in Emporio Armani at the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party

Posted on September 30, 2013

Listen, kid. We say this with the utmost love and respect …


“Arrow” star Colton Haynes attends the 2013 Teen Vogue Young Hollywood Party in West Hollywood, California in head-to-toe Emporio Armani.

But if there’s such a thing as a gay item of clothing, then that is the gayest jacket we’ve ever seen.

We … kinda like it? It turned our heads, that’s for sure. But – and we hate when we sound so gender-conformist – it really does look like a ladyjacket to us. We give him all the credit in the world, we really do, for being bold enough to wear that. But putting aside the flamboyance of the look, we think it’s kind of oddly unflattering. It’s awfully blocky and shapeless for someone with a bod like that to be wearing. It just seems to sort of … stop at the bottom, with no shaping to it. We’re also really not crazy about that orange leather piping, which, when combined with the square shape and bright orange tweed, kind of makes him look like a couch. And we saw this guy from an inch away at Fashion Week. Believe us when we say, “couch” should never be the word one thinks of when one sees him.




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  • RussellH88

    I am a HUGE outerwear whore and even I am not in love with the jacket.

  • lexilexi

    Give him credit for accentuating his eye color with that shirt!

  • chylde

    I’ve no clue who this guy is, but that IS a lady jacket! LOL

    • sisterb67

      If you changed it to black and white houndstooth and made the trim black patent leather, that would BE the ladyjacket I owned in college. 25 years ago. : )

  • Karen Belgrad

    Can’t there just be a Speedo red carpet? Putting him in bulky clothes just seems cruel.

  • Its a tough jacket to pull off. One needs a good deal more fashion edge to get anywhere near it.

    • filmcricket

      I think maybe one also needs to be a tall, willowy type to pull it off? It has the same general effect as a double-breasted jacket, and broader fellows should just stay far away.

      • I think in Colton’s case, if the jacket was really his, and not a loaner, I’d march it off to my tailor, and have two things done. I’d get the hem raised a skosh, and the sides nipped in a touch.

    • Oh, I dunno. I think I could pull it off. Off of him, that is.

      • You take one side, I’ll take the other. Between us I’m sure we can make this happen.

    • H2olovngrl

      I would think someone like Alan Cummings could work this with his usual wink and a smile.

  • leahpapa

    His look of perpetual smugness and self-satisfaction belongs on the face of, say, a Nobel Prize winner, not some dudebro whose major achievement is being the result of random genetic mutations. Also: that jacket is FUG.

    • leahpapa

      (Sorry, I start my Mondays like TLo start their Fridays.)

  • Trisha26

    For once a “guy” is embracing fashion, looks well-groomed & put together – a total win for me! (His shirt does needs more oomph in the collar.)

  • Lily

    I think the piping is what ruins it for me. It takes something with the potential of being chic and pushes it over the top.

  • Jessica Freeman

    It also seems strange with the black pants. Kudos for trying. Now just take it off…and the shirt too.

    • TAGinMO

      Yes. A lighter-colored pant (something in the gray/tan/taupe vicinity?) would keep the jacket from pulling all the focus and balance things out better.

      And too bad about the shirt-collar.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    For me, the jacket is out of proportion to the teeny black pants, so it looks like his entire body is ORANGE JACKET with tiny little Prince-Charming-from-Shrek legs under it. Not a good look. But he is very cute. Just really teeny tiny from the look of this outfit.

  • Pudgy Possum

    I am able to think of “couch” when I look at him. Except, it’s me on the couch with him.

    • vahtel

      Took the words right out of my mouth!

    • Let it out

      Couch, casting.

  • DaveUWSNYC

    True…but a couch I’d love to recline on…

  • sagecreek

    I would love that jacket, but I’m a woman in my 50s. So yeah, I think it’s a misstep.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I do love the grey with his eyes, and Orange is a nice color on him, but the jacket fits weird. Maybe a little more fitted, a little bit longer.

  • Um, you may be right about the jacket, but I’d like to sit all over this boy, so we can call it couch and keep it classy.

    • demidaemon

      I tried to avoid what you said in my comment and still say the exact same thing. I respect your ability to go all the way!

  • Agador Spartacus

    I would love to see Tilda in that jacket. Possibly that entire outfit.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Yes ladyjacket my first thought too! Maybe if it was unzipped? The black pants/shoes with the black carpet isn’t helping either. He’s a floating torso.

  • Merkin

    I like it. If you can’t be young and beautiful and wear a jacket like this, what’s the point in having any fun at all?

  • “Couch” can very much be used when thinking about him. If you know what I mean.

  • Lucas

    Pardon me while I wipe the drool from my chin. Good Lord he is pretty!!
    ETA: I kinda like the jacket. I want to LOVE it, but TLo is right about the fit. Maybe it is just a bad picture or angle, but it does look bulky around the sides, like it pooches out where it shouldn’t. I still like it I guess.

  • I like it. Maybe if the houndstooth were a less arresting colour? Maybe a loden green or a nice cornflower blue? And more slim-fitting through the waist.

  • Miss WKS

    Borrowed it from his Mom….

  • SylviaFowler

    Is he still pretending that he is heterosexual?

  • nannypoo

    If that jacket had bust darts and came in brown and black I would grab it right off Nordstrom’s rack. He, sadly, has taken a fashion risk that did not pay off.

    • Kristin McNamara

      Screw Nordstrom. I’d grab it off this guy’s rack.

  • Coolekat

    Love his freckled nose

  • merciblahblah

    Two thoughts come to mind: 1) I have no idea who this is, but love his freckles; and 2) this reminds me I need to pull out my vintage orange plaid wool jacket and wear it on the next cool day.

  • Coleen

    He looks like the back-up member of 98 Degrees.

  • MilaXX

    That jacket looks very Zoolander to me.

  • Shawn EH

    Love it, he’s owning it.

  • Ashleigh

    I like it. I think he looks pretty amazing. Not sure collared shirt was best choice.

  • Danielle

    Those freckles are precious.

  • valerie747

    I like it. Like, not love.

  • decormaven

    I love the color, the coordinating shirt and the fellow who’s wearing it. No complaints here.

  • Lori

    There is something vaguely Vanilla Ice-ish going on with his head. Since that can’t possibly be what he was going for I’m calling this one a fail.

  • amandacq

    what jacket?

  • julnyes

    Don’t know who he is, he is blandly pretty but I’m a sucker for freckles. That is a lady’s jacket which is no big deal, but it is a boxy lady jacket and therefore unflattering on him.

  • formerlyAnon

    Y’all are crazy. Who ELSE should wear less than flattering outerwear than those who do not need to be flattered?

    The way that jacket draws the eye with color & pattern without being garish (IMO) makes up for the fact that it obscures his physique. And he’s so young and pretty he really doesn’t need the physique to register as stunning, now does he?

    • kimmeister

      I’m with you. Just like women with rockin’ bodies don’t need to wear bodycon bandage dresses all the time.

  • llism

    I think Alan Cumming is the only one who could wear that and make it look good.

  • Clair Ellis

    I think I might watch Arrow to see him without a shirt on. He’s real purtty. And agree with the speedo red carpet comments.

  • Deedles

    Colton… mom was a big General Hospital fan, eh?

  • tereliz

    It does look like a ladyjacket. I LOVE it! Orange houndstooth? I am THERE!

  • Janet B

    Not his jacket.
    The grey shirt really plays up his eyes.

  • kimmeister

    My biggest objection is that I don’t think orange and gray look that great together. I don’t mind the shape or general boldness of it at all.

  • quiltrx

    I like the idea of the jacket if not the execution. But I agree that it is a teensy bit (as my Dad would say) “fenemine”.

  • marlie

    This jacket is fugly.

  • JauntyJohn

    I suspect the problem might be that it is zippered up. I’d love to see a shot with him wearing it open – I wager then it might have some punch instead of punchline – framing his trim build and that solid shirt.

    Also: Bone structure! Face! Dear God.

  • Eric Stott

    That jacket is only good for Gay Eurotrash

  • demidaemon

    I don’t know. Couch always represent comfortable to me, and he looks comfortable, if you get my meaning.

  • d4divine

    He needs to give his mother her jacket back.

  • BookManFilm

    a beautiful man, wearing a dog blanket, designed by a schizophrenic chimp.

  • uprightcitizen

    I love it. I don’t see “lady jacket” at all, since that side-zip, fold-over design was totally a guy thing in the 80s for both jackets and shirts, too. Even the cut is 80s, when things weren’t so tight and fitted. And that’s not tweed … it’s houndstooth. The modern part is the orange and gray color combo. Very current in both graphic design and interior design, btw.

  • Jacquelyn

    I saw the jacket and went “ooooooooh” but it’s totally not right for him.

  • kolokOlchik

    well, I’d like him on my couch

  • PastryGoddess

    That jacket needs boobs to help fill it out

  • Trickytrisha

    I can totally see our luscious ginger Jesse Tyler Ferguson in this jacket if he decided to go a little batshit for the night. Of course, it would have to be paired with a complementing checked or houndstooth trouser. (yes, I kid)

  • ShaoLinKitten

    OK, so I was looking at the first couple of pictures, and I said to my husband, “Oh my god, this kid looks so gay!” And then I read your comments. I felt so vindicated.

  • Nicole Little

    I think he looks great! I thought he was headlining a runway show. If that’s gay then i don’t wanna be straight.

  • Samuel Joesph Donovan

    It needs better (more) seaming, and some contrast topstitching.

  • AndreaSkates

    Unless, of course, the word “couch” is preceded by the words “lying on a”…