Ian Somerhalder at the “Noah” NY Premiere

Posted on March 27, 2014

Okay, T Lo Lingo check time. WERQ is when someone shuts it the fuck down on the red carpet or with their personal style. WITFU is when a male star puts tremendous effort into his red carpet look and nails it. It’s an acronym for “Willis it the Fuck Up,” named after Bruce Willis, of all people, who showed up at the Red 2 premiere looking, well, stunning. Pitting is when a male star puts absolutely no effort in at all, and Pulling a Jolie is when a star of either gender thinks they’re too pretty to worry about style.

We good? Up to speed? Everyone on the same page? Awesome. Now, what do you call it when a good-looking male star puts the effort in, wears something stylish, and looks… kinda bad?

Ian-Somerhalder-Noah-NY-Premiere-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Ian Somerhalder attends the ‘Noah’ premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City.

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Oh hell. Maybe we’ll just take the simplest route and just call it what it is. Fucking it up.

Nice suit and gorgeous man, but it sure as hell doesn’t come together. Are we doing the early 2000s matching-the-tie-to-the-shirt thing again? Because it’s really not working for us.




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  • Carrie

    Fit is off, color isn’t flattering.

    He needs to take notes from his counterparts on the Originals. Those guys (especially Daniel Gillies) can really rock a suit.

    • melisaurus

      Daniel Gillies was made to wear clothes. I assume he was a model before he was an actor. He is so beautiful.

      • Carrie

        Right? He’s one of those guys that won the genetic lottery in terms of body shape and proportion that makes suits so natural on him. No one hits my suit kink harder than him.

  • MilaXX

    I think this is a Guy That’s Not Your Suit coupled with bad shoes. This suit doesn’t feel like Ian’s personality, and the round toe shoe reads banker. I’d expect Clark Gregg to wear those shoes, not Ian Somerhalder.

    • Andie

      Yes, Guy That’s Not Your Suit. The color is terrible on him.

    • Stacey Summerville

      Guy That’s Not Your Shoes AT ALL

    • CPK1

      the shoes are tragique

    • melisaurus

      He needs a nice dark suit with leather details.

  • I love that fact that in one image the backdrop behind him says “No,No,No,No” The fit on that suit is what kills it dead.

    • I knew someone would get there before me. But then No is my reaction to him in general. I cannot take the schmarmy faces.

  • Jeremiah Capacillo

    The shirt color makes him look sick. Like really unhealthy.

  • Anna

    Nice-looking man, but terrible-fitting suit and bad hair. Yup, that’s fucking it up.

    • mlle

      Sadly, my first when I saw the hair is “at least it’s an improvement.”

      • Anna

        Seriously, he’s had MUCH worse hair than this?? (Never seen Vampire Diaries/don’t really know that much about him)

        • mlle

          Yes. Sometimes it looks like something furry crawled up there and died, so when it only looks like something furry crawled up there and took a nap, I have to give him credit. (The Vampire Diaries is one of my favourite brain Cheetos, which is what I call entertainment that’s total junk but also awesome)

  • formerlyAnon

    That suit does not fit him. If after all these years HE can’t tell, that’s what people are for, right? Somebody needs to be replaced.

  • Hrfe

    I actually really like the suit… if it was fitted correctly… with a different shirt/tie/pair of shoes… plus combed hair.

  • Lori

    I can’t even process the issues with the outfit because I’m so distracted by the fact that I look at the 3rd picture and see Rob Lowe. What is up with that?

    • DinnerIsServed1972

      So. Much. Like. Rob. Lowe.

    • rkdgal

      He and Rob Lowe need to star in an updated version of The Patty Duke Show.

  • Ms. Schmidt

    I like him but in these pictures he looks like a downscale Rob Lowe. Is it the grooming? Is it the suit? Who knows???

    • Kitten Mittons

      No, I think it’s the face that looks like Rob Lowe.

    • YES. The Rob Lowe-ishness of it all is not working for me.

    • Aurora Leigh

      I think it’s the contouring.

    • SylviaFowler

      Worse: he looks like Rob Lowe in Behind the Candelabra

  • He is so damn pretty.

    You say he is wearing clothes. I am having trouble getting past the face, so I will just take your word for it. 🙂

    • demidaemon

      I was having the same problem, but I pushed past it to fulfill my BK duties of judging his sartorial choices.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Shirt is a terrible color: pink plus pink undertones to skin = no. Also, suit doesn’t fit quite right, it’s pulling in weird places.

  • Jessica Freeman

    You can’t rely on your looks with a hair cut as fucked up as that.

  • @Biting Panda

    He always looks hung over and in last night’s suite.

  • suzq

    Have all the decent tailors retired or succumbed to some mysterious illness? If not, why must all the guystars wear too-small suits? I’m fine with colored ties and shirts. His face wouldn’t match the shirt if he could breathe.

  • deech_sea

    “Boy, that’s not your suit”?

  • ashtangajunkie

    Honey, what’s with your hair?

  • MzzPants

    BTNYS…….Boy, that’s not your suit.
    He needs to avoid anything with the word ‘dusky’ in the color description.

  • marlie

    The shiny suit, slightly-shiny and too-matchy shirt and tie, plus smarmy facial expressions shove this whole look over the “douche” cliff.

  • marlie

    And OMG that tie is so horribly crooked that I can’t stop looking at it.

    • Clash D

      The knot is wonky. He needs to undo and re-tie that thing.

  • JauntyJohn

    thisclose to a sharp look.

    It’s like someone pulled the cake out of the oven before it was completely baked. All the ingredients are there but…

  • lunchcoma

    Sorry, no Shiny Suit Permit for you, Ian.

    As sweet as you seem to be, you’re afflicted with doucheface, and douchefaces can’t wear anything even a little bit sleazy.

  • BlairBear


  • Kathy_Marlow

    Am I the only one that still goes back and looks at the WITFU that started it all? I marvel at how amazing Bruce Willis looks there. MARVEL (and swoon a little over the pocket square)

    • Denise Alden

      No, you are not alone! I love looking at the WITFU that began it all. Swooning here, too.

    • Janet B

      I was just checking Bruce out, which I do every time T Lo mention WITFU.

  • dashwoodstole

    Shirt and tie are the worst offenders. Goddamn that’s an ugly colour.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour


  • Rob Lowe’s smarmy younger brother? That’s what he looks like to me here. No, thanks.

    • Denise Alden

      Smarmy is right. That expression can only be called ‘douche-tastic.’

    • GorgeousThings

      Totally looks like Rob Lowe’s brother. And yes, smarmy.

  • Fyolette

    is…is his blush matching his shirt?

  • barbarienne

    The wrinkles make the fabric look cheap. Is he all static-y? Could this be fixed by him touching a metal doorknob?

    Combined with the slightly wonky fit, it makes him look as if he wore this suit straight out of the tumble-dryer.

    • conniemd

      Plus the hair looks like it needs a good wash. And Ian Somerhalder is a man who pushes my buttons. I can’t believe how off-putting he looks here.

  • Sophia Finfer

    I LOVE that he’s seemingly surrounded by a background of “NO”s in the first shot…!

  • Rhonda Shore

    “Now, what do you call it when a good-looking male star puts the effort in, wears something stylish, and looks… kinda bad?” A: A straight guy.

  • Rand Ortega

    Apparently, especially since this isn’t the 1st offense for this guy: It’s called “Somerhaldering”.

  • Meg

    BTINYS (Boy That Is Not Your Suit). Although in this case, I don’t think it’s anyone’s.

  • SayWhaaatNow

    It’s just not his color.

    • Joanna

      Totally. I also don’t care for this too-tight-jacket trend, but setting that aside, the color of the shirt is the main problem here because it’s the same color as his face.

  • Nika E

    I dont give a damn! Im DTF!

  • kduffin7

    Tie a bit too wide. Suit a bit too tight. Shoes a bit too clumpy. Shirt a bit too dull. Would call this look CBNC (close but no cigar).

  • BeeBeauNYC

    How is he not wearing a belt? My pants would be around my ankles!

  • Noah


  • Jacqueline Wessel

    A white shirt would have helped a lot here, also a better fit on the suit. But those shoes are what really kill it for me. They are to heavy and that rounded toe looks like they were construction boots that were painted glossy black.

    • FrigidDiva

      They look like clown shoes. OMG, I just can’t get past the shoes!

  • PastryGoddess

    That is quite possibly the worst fitting shiniest suit he could have put on. WTF

  • Betsy

    I vote for calling it Somer-sucking. What a shame!

  • jw_ny

    he did put in the effort, but totally effed it up!

  • mlle

    Ian, please return those shoes to the banker you stole them from. You’re rich enough to buy nicer things.

  • The hair and the shoes are the worst part of this for me. I can’t really comment on the fit of the suit because he has his hands in his pockets in every photo.

  • Nancer

    Sure, he messed this up. But he’s still so pretty! :]

  • JP

    Does anyone else think he looks like Rob Lowe’s younger brother? Every time I see him I think that.

    Also, Boy, That is Not Your Suit.

    • Qitkat

      I always have to think… stop, wait…that’s Not-Rob Lowe 🙂

      I don’t mind the suit so much, but then again, I don’t really like this combo either.

  • B_C_J

    Fit of the suit is terrible. The palette is dated. His shoes were in style ten years ago & the obvious blush on his cheeks is off putting.

  • butterflysunita

    I think we should call it: SITFU. Somerhalding it the fuck up. When a really good-looking guy has put in the effort and just doesn’t look good. Why? Why?

  • MoHub

    The whole suit needs to go up a size.

  • demidaemon

    I don’t think he looks totally awful (his beautiful face makes up for many sartorial mistakes) but there are some definite style potholes here. Needs a different tie. Needs a belt, damn it. Needs to fix the fit and get steamed, even if he has to be standing up while being steamed at the event. I am also not completely sold on that color shirt, but again, the tie is proving problematic there. Come on, Ian. You can do it.

  • MikeW_Vegas

    Maybe it’s just me, but he kind of reminds me of Eric McCormick (from Will & Grace)

  • uprightcitizen

    The suit might have looked better if they had it in his size, and those chunky shoes, combined with the tight, shiny pants are making him look like a little boy. Add in the poofy, 1980s Rob Lowe hair and the effect isn’t good.

    • Candigirl1968

      Nothing about this says modern or polished.

  • kt

    matching the tie to his shirt is the least of his problems

  • appliquer

    That pink shirt is what is killing it for me.

  • Dan_In_NYC

    While I realize this is in no way a revelation, I offer the following: he typifies a variation on the well-established phenomenon known as ‘resting bitch face.’

    He definitely has “resting douche face,” poor guy.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Resting douche face (or RDF) needs to be a thing. I’m sure going to use it in the future.

  • FrigidDiva

    Those shoes are so hideous. They really stumpify his legs. Ugh.

  • Wink

    His big hair makes him look like the character “Ridge” (actor Ron Moss) from the daytime soap The Bold & The Beautiful.

  • e jerry powell

    That jacket is pulling in way too many directions at once. He could have taken it up a size without looking like he was drowning in it.

    Then again, much of the too-small look is because he has his FUCKING HANDS IN HIS FUCKING POCKETS.

  • AC Simons

    Those shoes are really too heavy for this suit. Joe Manganiello could teach this fella a thing or two about appropriate footware. The whole look is too tight, too shiny, too messy. (He’s looking a lot like a younger Rob Lowe in these pictures.)

  • SierraDelta

    GIBE — Great Idea, Bad Execution.

  • Denise Rambo

    I can’t get past that gorgeous face to notice what else is going on.

  • mrspotts66

    the suit doesn’t fit.
    if it fit, i could deal with the colors.
    and take your HAND out of your pocket, for the love of pete. UGH.

  • heartbot

    I can’t get past the hair.

  • unbornfawn

    Dude, that’s not your suit.

  • prettybigkitty

    I would call it a disappointment. But since it is my boyfriend Ian Somerhalder he can do no wrong. Therefore I call it A-OK.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    That pink shirt/wine tie color combo is not his friend.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    Rob Lowe Lite

  • Esz

    The shoes are massively Dag-Town. If they were just a bit sharper, this might almost be okay.
    But I’m not even gonna mention the fit.

  • Gina Mondzelewski Small

    I’ll just look at his glorious face and ignore the rest…

  • somebody blonde

    I personally call it a tragedy.

  • He looks chubby in this outfit.

  • littlestars

    There’s something about the way he’s standing that is making him look…decidedly unattractive. Those shoes aren’t helping, either.

  • sk8tfan

    He looks like a rumpled caricature of Rob Lowe-it has that Under the Candelabra vibe.

  • Swing and a miss.

  • samo_samo

    Echoing a major theme here – Dude, that’s not your suit. Baby Rob Lowe could have done so much better.

  • nicewilliams

    Every time I pass this picture I think, ‘Rob Lowe really fucked up his face’.