Bradley Cooper at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards

Posted on January 07, 2014

We admit it. We get bored easily.


Bradley Cooper attends the 2014 New York Film Critics Circle Awards Ceremony at The Edison Ballroom in New York City.

We really shouldn’t be doing anything but praising this look, but we find ourselves wishing once again he didn’t dress like a banker when he hits the red carpet. Could you imagine how boring it would be if all the ladies dressed business-meeting ready for awards shows and movie premieres? Don’t be afraid of a little color, BC.


But fine: you’re groomed and fitted and by any measure, you look better than a great deal of the men on the average RC. We can’t take that away from you. But the sleeves look way too short on that coat. It’s distracting.

In other news, Tom is thinking of ditching his knee-length coat for something mid-thigh like this for Fashion Week.  Thoughts on that, kittens? Yes, it’s a more business-like length for a coat, but lemme tell ya: it is a BITCH to haul around a big-ass coat when you have to perch yourself on a seat the size of a Post-it note. #firstworldbloggerproblems





[Photo Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images]

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  • I think yes to going for a mid-thigh coat for fashion week. Easier when you are jumping in and out of taxis – they call them car coats for good reason.

    On Bradley, is it just me who is seeing Jason Bateman in the first picture?

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Wow, Jason Bateman, YES. I see it now! That’s weird.

    • Rachel Simpson


      ☸☸ ☸☸☸ ☸☸☸☸ ☸๵☸☸ ☸☸☸☸ ☸☸☸☸Especially if you’re not long-legged like Mr. Cooper there, but even then.

    • Adrianna Grężak

      Can’t. Unsee. Jason Bateman

    • LadyLuck777

      That’s who I thought it was initially.

  • @Biting Panda

    Well dressed psycho killer. Every time. And I like him, but it’s just all I see.

    • Spreecord

      Cult member.

    • demidaemon

      Yes, but those eyes. You’re entranced into his sex and death dungeon.

      • @Biting Panda

        Absolutely. Mommy issues and all.

    • formerlyAnon

      OMG you guys. You see sooooo much more than I do. He looks like the grown up version of the kid on your brother’s little league/soccer/swim team in grade school. The one that looked so much like 2 or three of the other kids that unless he was REALLY annoying you never could remember what his name was.

      • fursa_saida

        Oh my god. Nailed it. I was just saying that I can’t figure out what it is–he always seems perfectly reasonable looking in movies, but in red carpet photos he’s always…well, what you said.

  • hughman

    A mid-thigh blazer is a tough one. It can look a little Steve Harvey in “The Original Kings of Comedy” if you’re not careful.

    • d4divine

      It’s all about the tailoring.

    • MilaXX

      As long as Tom doesn’t get matching alligator shoes I think he’s safe on that one.

      • boweryboy

        And if he doesn’t buy it in some garish rainbow color. You guys basically described half the men on a Sunday morning at my parent’s church… with matching alligator shoes and hats as well.

  • Glam Dixie

    I know nothing about city coats but I really like that length and it seems much easier to manage than a longer one when running around a lot. As for Bradley, he’s looking very respectable here. No complaints.

  • antheapena

    Do it. They’re fabulous & you’ll love the new look, you can zip around town easily

  • Shawn EH

    Mid-thigh is just right for coat length. Especially if you’re not long-legged like Mr. Cooper there, but even then.

  • Chartreusite

    I don’t know what it is, but Bradley looks adorable here! Is it cause he got rid of the stubble finally, or has he been clean shaven for a while now?

    As for the shorter coat, go for it, Tom! Convenience, especially when y’all are busy as all hell during fashion week, is a must. Do what makes you feel more comfortable; you’ll be just as stylish regardless of the length.

  • Like the tie. He’s looking good.

  • msdamselfly

    He’s looks impeccable

  • Jacob Bowen

    I LOVE my mid-thigh coat! Do it Tom! And Bradley, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    A mid thigh coat works best for me. I’m really tall, and broad shouldered, but with gimpy short legs — I’m long waisted. So a coat that is taken in a little, just above the natural waist, and it covers my crotch — that makes me look like I have very long legs, and it gives me a little bit of a V shape, which is a great illusion to distract from my fat belly and man titties.

    I like long coats that go below the knee, but since I’m so tall, they look weird on me, somehow making my legs look even shorter than they are.

    My favorite hoodie is about to die, and I’m seriously thinking about taking it to a tailor and having them reproduce it. It has a very slight cinch in it at the waist, and a very slight flare at the bottom, plus it actually covers my crotch and butt area. Makes me look slim and long legged, once again. It was on a clearance rack, so I only could snag the one. But it’s such a perfect fit, it’s one of my favorite things. Somebody who could really sew well could disassemble it and make a pattern from it, and make me a couple of different hoodie style jackets from it. That sounds weird but I really, truly love it and it really, truly gives me a great silhouette.

    • Trickytrisha

      Dear Baloney (sorry, couldn’t help myself)…. You just named something I keep kicking myself for not doing, which is hauling my most flattering garments to a dressmaker or tailor and having them replicated. Thanks for the reminder. Belated New Year’s resolution #1.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        Seriously, I think if somebody finds something that is comfortable AND flattering AND they love it, then go out and buy it in several other colors, sometimes 2 or even 3 of the same color. Especially if it’s on sale. Even if it’s not on sale, I rip it or stain it or it wears out and then I regret not buying more of them. It is really hard to find shirts that fit me, I’m so long waisted. And pants not with snap or button closures, but with the Dickies style button closure (Dickies and Wal-Mart’s cotton cargo shorts and pants are actually on my yes list). If I loved it, I never regret overspending on it, but I *always* regret not buying two or three of it. ESPECIALLY if I loved it. And then learn to keep it away from spaghetti sauce.

    • formerlyAnon

      Clothes that flatter and make one feel great are worth the effort/money to duplicate. I have some regrets in that area and am learning that lesson.

  • Rand Ortega

    I adore the artful mix of plaids. He looks decidedly less douchy here. Youthful, fresh. For once, I kinda see what the fuss is about.

  • kimmeister

    It has been a while since I’ve seen him clean shaven and sans bronzer. Lookin’ good!

    As for the mid thigh coat, I think it depends on what color it is and what you wear under it. I don’t like BC’s dark coat with a pale gray pant; at first glance, I thought he was wearing a zoot length suit jacket and I was about to get in high dudgeon. I think it would work better in a lighter color over a darker pant.

  • Scimommy

    This is… working for me? Which is weird because he never does anything for me. I guess what I’m saying is, I love the outfit. I’ll just imagine another BC in it. Ahh, much better.

  • marlie

    I gasped when I saw these pictures. He looks darn near perfect. I like the product-free short hair, the scruff-free face, and the pattern on the suit and tie. And the length of the coat didn’t even register to me. He looks great.

    As for Tom, I bet a mid-thigh coat would look great! And it makes sense to wear a coat that’s functional for all the running around you’ll be doing for FW.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Sexiest Man Alive my arse. He always looks like a banker. A somewhat cuter than average banker, but a banker nonetheless.

    • Janet B

      I wish just one of the men at my bank looked half that put together.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I hear ya. Most men do not look remotely put together, and they don’t care. But he has a stylist. He doesn’t have one of those faces that sings out to me as sexy or intriguing. If I saw him walking around and didn’t know he was BC, I’d never give him a second glance. He is a good actor, and I think he and JLaw in particular have great chemistry, but he is not sexy at all to me.

        • formerlyAnon

          Couldn’t agree more. I’m not sure I’d give him a second glance knowing he was Bradley Cooper. Though I don’t think it’s the clothes’ fault, he just doesn’t have either the genetic mix or the air/attitude (at least not in photos or on screen).

  • Janet B

    Love the patterns Bradley’s wearing.
    Tom, ditch the longer coat.

  • greymain

    at least he got rid of the neck beard…..

    • ecallaw1977

      I agree on the neck beard, but I think he’s a man that really needs some kind of scruff on his face.

      • greymain

        abso LOOT lee…

  • Kate

    This length of coat is very common where I live (the hinterlands, flyover country, the Upper Midwest, etc.), because not only does it not drag, gather salt and dust and dirt from the car or street (ubiquitous from Nov. to March), it layers well, moves through seasons without a mis-step (late fall to mid-spring, leaning on our fierce practicality for getting use out of things), and most importantly, covers one’s tuchus.

  • Nika E

    He looks a little boring. I like him with longer hair and a slight 5 o’clock shadow. I dunno, its pretty vanilla. #zzz

  • e jerry powell

    He’s not cold, I’ll say that. If that’s the point, I kind of want it a little longer.

  • nannypoo

    The length of the coat is fine but the sleeves are too short so it looks too small. But, hey, he shaved, so it’s all good.

  • Adriana

    He looks so much better when he’s not slathered in bronzer.

  • understateddiva

    A quick browse brought me to some burberry wool trenches that looked nice in a mid-length. This one sort of looks like a suit jacket that just keeps going. Maybe it’s the black color.

  • MilaXX

    Yes for Tom, No for Bradley. Tom lives in the real world, Bradley is on the RC looking like a doorman.

  • butterflysunita

    He’s shaved since his last photo op! Much better.

  • another_laura

    He’s shaved, and appears to have lightened up the bronzer a few shades. For that, I’ll give him a pass on the boring clothes bit.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Well, all I am going to say on the subject of Bradley is: Come to mamma, sweetie!

  • Jackie4g

    Depending on the temperatures, you might want the coverage of a knee length coat. It’s supposed to warm up this week, but February can be brutally cold.
    I like Brad’s look. It’s a nice change from the oozing 70s sleaze in all the commercials of late.

  • MzzPants

    The coat’s a good, practical length: convenient for running around, yet still insulating the keister. Whenever we’d shop for coats, Mama’d always say,”If your ass is cold, you’re cold.” Tom, you’ve made it no secret that proportions are tricky for you, so that would be my only concern.

  • quiltrx

    I really think the mid-thigh coat looks great in general, and it sounds practical. Get a gorgeous one. 🙂

  • Brandon Taylor

    He looks like he’s wearing a mask. His teeth. I. I cannot with him. Gross. Just gross.

  • Cathy S

    I love the coat. Great length. Go for it Tom.

  • ChaquitaPhilly

    Marvelous coat. Go for it, Tom!

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    You know, what the hell is this guy’s problem? In the first post, he had on way too much bronzer and the scruffy beard, but the suit wasn’t that terrible (to my recollection). Now he scrubs off the bronzer and is nicely shaved, but the suit’s a nightmare. Get it together, Doucheboat!

  • boweryboy


  • Joanna

    I am simply THRILLED that he 1) shaved, 2) got a haircut, and 3) is less orange. I think he looks fab, notwithstanding the pretty standard suit.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I swear to god in some of these pictures — not the close-ups — he looks like “Mr. Barrow,” from Downton Abbey. A mouth like a carp.

  • BobStPaul

    I think this deserves a WERQ even if the coat sleeves are a tad short. Otherwise, it seems to fit him perfectly. And the hem is even correct. What’s not to like?

  • decormaven

    Big fan of the tie; pity the coat sleeves are too short. Go for the mid-thigh coat; use every fashion advantage to be comfortable and stylin’ at Fashion Week.

  • Chaiaiai

    Tom, I’m on board with the length. Pattern or solid? If solid, which I feel is what you’ll say, WHAT WILL BE YOUR SCARF COLOR STORY? BKs need to know.

  • formerlyAnon

    If a thigh length coat makes you feel a little less annoyed/fussed over the stuff you have to haul & manage, the incremental increase in your savoir faire will be worth it.

    ETA: Oh. I forgot Mr. Cooper. It’s totally unfair, but that’s the effect he has on me.

  • jjtxgrrl

    What is up with the weird coloring? His eyebrows are wack!! He’s a nice enough looking guy, why does he keep doing weird stuff with his hair/bronzer/makeup??

    I’m also not a fan of the knee length coat on him. He looks….short.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    He looks like a doorman. I’m not having it.

  • nycfan

    You guys! So many dudes make little to no effort and seem to get just blown off or graded on a sliding scale, then this guy keeps making the effort and receiving bitchery for being dull. Aside from the sleeves of his coat, he is impeccably turned out. Sure, a pop of color in the tie woulda been nice, but the tie he has is very classy and look at the hem of his trousers!! Yay, right(???) As for the mid-thigh coat, I would play it by ear. As a southerner who transplanted to NYC back in the 90s, I learned quickly that my mid-thigh coats were a disaster on windy winter days, the wind tunnel effect sliced right through my thighs in no time. WAY WORSE than carrying a bulky coat once I got indoors. That said, if you have a car to ferry you about so that you are only outside for a few moments, then go for it.