Ryan Reynolds in New York City

Posted on May 09, 2014

This is a good look. A cute one, even. It’s just that…


Ryan-Reynolds-NYC-MRBJ-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)“The Captive” actor Ryan Reynolds out for a cruise on his motorcycle in New York City.

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It all looks so… studied.

And we will stipulate right up front that this is totally subjective and possibly arbitrary on our parts. Because in a better mood, what we’re calling “studied” here we’d call “put together” on someone else. We admit it. But that doesn’t change how it comes across to us. From the hat, to the pilly sweater to the shoes matched to the jacket, it all reads as one thing: Boy Twee.

Congratulations, Ryan. You invented a new style genre.





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  • EverybodysStarling

    Who knew Ryan Reynolds is Brad Pitt’s little brother?

    • Anne Elliot

      Ryan wishes

    • kirkyo

      Or Michael Phelps’s big bro?

  • “Out for a cruise on his motorcycle”? It’s a vespa, isn’t it?

    • And is he going to keep his snap brim cap on under his helmet?

      • MartyBellerMask

        I was wondering the same thing. Maybe there’s a little wicker basket on the handlebars.

        • Oooooh and tell me that there are streamers and a bike bell too!

        • decormaven


      • j_am

        My first thought, too!

    • Carleenml

      shades of Eddie Izzard…”ciao, baby”

    • DTLAFamilies

      No, it’s a Triumph.

    • demidaemon

      Exactly. As someone who has many family members who ride motorcycles, this is not motorcycle riding attire. Poser.

      • If you can’t slide in it and keep your skin, it isn’t motorcycle attire! Lovely leather jacket, might *just* survive impact.

        • demidaemon


  • Jaime

    Please Just Say No to ugly heavy black rimmed glasses! There are about five men in the world who can pull that off and not look ridiculous, particularly when they’re ALSO completely the wrong shape for his face, as is the case here.

    • MartyBellerMask

      TBH, I love a heavy black frame. If it’s the right one. The thick bridge area is the problem here, and it’s giving off a “Groucho glasses” look.

      • MilaXX

        Me too! You just have to find the right style for your face. I also agree that the bridge isn’t working for him.

      • Carleenml

        absolutely. I was about to ask “is that really his nose? is this a joke?”

        • sugarkane105

          Ha! Now I can’t stop laughing at it. His nose is floating away from his face.

        • MartyBellerMask

          And it’s not just the nose! Check out the “eyebrows”. These frames really couldn’t be any less flattering.

        • Alloy Jane

          I’m convinced there is a nose and a pair of eyebrows attached to those frames. “Studied” is a very nice term for “contrived” and I feel like this look is totally contrived.

      • DTLAFamilies

        I used to wear heavy black frames and you’re absolutely right, it’s the bridge that’s the issue.

      • SugarSnap108

        I love them, too, when it’s the right frame on the right guy. This is not one of those situations.

      • myandyleigh

        I saw it, too! It IS the bridge that’s doing it. I hadn’t lingered there long enough to connect the dots of what was making that happen but you are spot on, the bridge is too fat.

        It’s a bridge too far! Ha!

      • AnaRoW

        Is that the problem? I thought he smelled something bad.

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          It’s a “smell the fart” expression.

      • littlemac8

        Thank you. I was thinking he looks like he has a fake nose attached to those unflattering glasses – Groucho glasses, PERFECT!

      • Jaime

        Perhaps TLo should do a Heavy Black Glasses day and see if there’s anyone out there who really can pull them off without looking silly. I’ve never seen them look good on *anyone*, personally. There was a photo months or years ago of Chris Hemsworth in a pair that made me weep – such pretty blue eyes, such heinously ugly glasses pulling all the focus! Glasses are great, but please to be not hiding the pretty eyes behind rims half an inch thick…

    • BarniClaw

      AND: really tough to wear glasses like that with a helmet. I always have to take mine off to put my helmet on, then try to mash them back on through the opening. I usually opt to wear contacts (with tight-fitting sunglasses) or no glasses at all (I’m just a passenger, so not like it matters.).

    • demidaemon

      I agree with everyone else. As a current wearer of heavy black frames, like with every else, it is all about the proportions of the separate parts and how they compliment your face shape.

  • I’m not getting “studied”, just well put together sartorially speaking. My only quibble is that I detest clothes that are artificially distressed looking, like the aforementioned pilly sweater. Why on earth should anyone buy expensive clothes that look like hand me downs?

    • ellisd123

      I would agree with the “studied” descriptor, because I had a similar reaction. It doesn’t look like his style, at all – not that I know what his style is. But, it’s like he looked at what various other guys wear, and copied it.

      • I suppose we could also admit that we all “study” our looks to one degree or another. Who hasn’t scoped someone else out and brought some part of their thing into our own universe?

        • ellisd123

          To an extent, but it’s a matter of what works for you. I don’t think that this style works for him, at all. The glasses don’t go with his face, at all – they make his nose look fake, or off. The hat looks contrived. Maybe contrived would be a better word than studied.

          • Oh it totally is about what works. Then again, we’ve all made our little mistakes now and again. Lord knows I have a long list of them to my credit. Fortunately they are mostly in the past now. (grin)

          • marlie

            In the past, and there’s no photographic history of it all over the internet.

          • You better believe it. All physical and photographic evidence has been expunged. And witnesses have been “disappeared”.

          • formerlyAnon

            How do you do that witnesses thing? I’ve already taken care of most photos between ’82 and ’89.

          • We’d have to discuss that off site. (grin) But there are ways, I assure you.

          • Lori

            I’ve had good luck with both mutually assured destruction and straight up blackmail. Anyone who was around to know what we looked like in the 80s has skeletons in their own closet and I’m not above using that. 🙂

          • formerlyAnon

            Mutually assured destruction is definitely a workable approach!

        • MilaXX

          I think it’s a very fine line between when something is studied and when it’s out own. For me a studied look lacks that bit of your own personality that makes the look feel authentic rather than something copied from an ad or in a celebs case, put together by a stylist.

          • That’s what I’m getting at. We do study our looks to work them out, but they should never have the appearance of it to others. Unless, of course, serious artificiality is the desired end goal.

  • MilaXX

    It’s the hat that tips it over the edge. It feels more styled than something a guy would just pick out to wear.

  • Loola234

    For some reason, those glasses are doing very unfortunate things to his nose…

    • ACKtually

      THIS! This is the first thing I thought.

    • MaggieMae

      Point on! They look like a disguise.

    • boweryboy

      Damn! Now I can not unsee the Groucho Marx effect caused by the glasses. All he needs are some bushy caterpillar sized eyebrows.

    • ryenerman

      YES! I actually had a few moments where I thought it was one of those sets of joined glasses and fake nose. Really weird effect.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’ve never seen a real nose look so much like a set of those glasses. I can’t stop looking at it.

  • ellisd123

    TLo, may I suggest a “Those Are Not Your Glasses” addition to your repertoire?

    • Anna

      I agree. Give those back to Zachary Quinto.

      • Karen Belgrad

        Or Woody Allen…

        • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

          Or Groucho Marx, hello I must be going…

    • imspinningaround

      Those are Tom Ford frames. I ordered the same ones in tortoise from ideeli but they never arrived. Glad now to see that I dodged a bullet, because if they look that bad on handsome Ryan Reynolds they would look hideous on my fat head.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Tom Ford should be ashamed. I hope Ryan was paid well to sport those things.

      • Sebastian

        Hey, which frame is it??? Thx a lot for your help!

  • marlie

    I can’t help it; I really like this. Though the bf dresses very similar to this (including the hat; excluding the glasses), so maybe I’m biased.

  • Danielle

    I have quibbles with the sweater. It looks like it was a vest that changed it’s mind at the last possible second.

    • Mrs. Julien

      The sweater has quibbles, too. It needs to be shaved.

    • kimmeister

      It’s the huge ribbing at the shoulders that is weird. It reminds me of the bumps on the side of rural highways to wake up any drivers who start drifting off to the side of the road.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    i don’t care what you call it, i like it. this is exactly how i like my men.

  • deelup

    That hat is so tight it’s making him squint.

  • Kayceed

    I cannot understand why anyone would wear a pilly sweater in public. It just looks so unkempt – not artfully so, not ironically so – just bad grooming.

  • Janet B

    I like from the neck down.

  • dmkava

    it’s the hat and the glasses that send it over the edge. either/or. No self respecting Brooklynite would wear this, it’s too much and not enough at the same time.

  • KinoEye

    He looks squinty and… dubious? Yes. Dubious about something. Maybe the contrived nature of this look. I have to wonder if the sweater was pre-distressed or if it’s his own, well-worn sweater. Which he’s filling out nicely. But still doesn’t do a thing for me.

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Reticent. Oh yes, I would say he is most defintely reticent.

  • boweryboy

    It’s definitely a contrived look – a hugely contrived look, but I hafta say that’s the best I’ve ever seen him. I suppose a huge dose of dazzle camoflauge is what he needs in order for me to find him somewhat good looking because the hat, glasses, and beard make him mildly attractive.

  • Anna

    Studied a bunch of styles: Benedict Cumberbatch’s hat + Zachary Quinto’s glasses + Emma Roberts’s boyfriend’s sweater (too lazy to look him up).

  • HVM

    Why does his nose look a different colour? It looks like his wearing a pair of prop glasses with a plastic nose attached.

    • Mr. J.

      Mr. Potato Head.

  • Jennifer Bober

    Okay, is it just me or do those glasses and the mustache make him look like he’s wearing gag glasses with a fake nose?

  • msdamselfly

    I think he looks cute

  • SewingSiren

    Wait, I think I know this guy. He lives on my block, Rides his bike all the time and performs in a rap duo on the weekends at the locale mini mart/ dive bar.

  • DTLAFamilies

    He didn’t invent the genre. If you throw a rock in my neighborhood you hit guys who dress just like this.

  • jonnyf8

    I’ve seen much worse starts to Sausage Friday.

  • random_poster

    The “wear” on the sweater is terrible, but he’s wearing it well. I don’t always find him attractive, but something about this look does it for me.

  • Ray

    Yeah, now you guys are just being petty. “He looks great. It’s a shame it’s on purpose.” WTF?

  • Kbear

    Looks like he caught a whiff of something bad.

  • Lori

    I think that if he ditched the hat the boy twee would go with it. That’s the “bridge too far” that puts this on the wrong side of the put together/studied line.

    • Imasewsure

      Especially since he is pretending to be heading to his motorcycle? Hat and helmet? One or both are props in this scenario

  • FrauKrissie

    “Boy Twee” is definitely what this is…. aka HIPSTER. I’m willing to bet those aren’t prescription lenses either. What makes “twee” more appropriate to me is that this whole “shabby chic” look probably cost a fortune.

    Also, those glasses make his nose look weird to me ….

  • ashtangajunkie

    Nothing he does appears genuine to me. I don’t know what it is about him, but every time I see a photo of him, I roll my eyes and assume he’s pretending to be something he’s not. In this case, a guy who needs glasses, rides a motorcycle, and wears old sweaters.

  • Sarah

    See, I agree that those glasses aren’t right for his face. But what gets me is that I’m not sure he needs glasses. I mean, we don’t see him in glasses on the regular. I don’t know why, and please don’t hate me, but I find it incredibly annoying when people wear glasses as an accessory.

    • formerlyAnon

      I always assume people who suddenly show up in glasses normally wear contacts. Probably because it feels bizarre to me (despite having lucky family members) that anyone can see satisfactorily unaided.

      • semirose

        Yeah before I got Lasik people were always surprised when they found out I wore glasses because that never happened in public so I always give the benefit of the doubt when stars show up in glasses.

      • Lori

        This. Most of my family are blinder than bats. Many of us wear contacts most of the time, but also have glasses for when we don’t want to put them in. I’m aware that glasses are sometimes an affectation, but I never think about it when I see pictures like this because in my world that’s just how things are. Faces sometimes have glasses on them and sometimes they don’t.

      • Sarah

        Yeah I thought that too. But if it ISN’T the case, then I still think it’s a ridiculous affectation.

    • FibonacciSequins

      I had the same thought. Google Images shows he does wear glasses on the regular, though.

      • Sarah

        Oh, good. I will forgive him for that. But not for National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.

  • elemspbee

    s’cute f’sure, but is that a prop eye glass with a nose attached to it?

  • Ashleigh

    Love the Tom Fords

  • Imasewsure

    Hot Starsky? He is hard to like though, isn’t he…

  • uprightcitizen

    You guys aren’t going to give him a break, are you? 🙂 If he’s riding a motorcycle, the leather jacket is required to reduce the wind and as protection in case of an accident, and the hat is necessary, because when you take the helmet off you have to cover the helmet hair. The sweater looks like maybe he has a cat? The only unexplained choice is the shoes, because lace-up anything on a motorcycle can be kind of dangerous. But maybe he’s like me and can’t make himself wear black boots with a brown leather jacket. Wasn’t he in a photo like two days ago with a completely different beard without any gray in it?

    • Imasewsure

      We are definitely predisposed to dislike this guy for sure but… ScarJo and Boobs Legsly… he brought it on himself really (can we hope his third wife is Reese Witherspoon?)

      • Lori

        If the day should ever come when he and Reese pledge their intent to conduct a life-long joint parking lot tour we will have to declare a bitter kitten holiday. They would be such a ball of hilarious irritation together. I refuse to wish for anyone’s relationship to fail, and lord knows celebs don’t need any help with that any way, but if Ryan/Reese never happens a tiny part of me will always be disappointed.

        • Imasewsure

          Agreed… This would be a grand day of celebration (and parking lot Chai Lattes) in the Bitter Kitten universe although of course we wish Ryan and Boobs a long and happy union
          “Ball of hilarious irritation” is some kind of genius phrasiology as well dear Kitten!! 🙂

          • Lori

            Thank you

    • He’ll live.

    • Sly

      THANK YOU SO MUCH! I like Ryan, and I see no reason for all the hate he gets.

  • Mothra

    Wait. That’s his nose? It looks like a nose attached to glasses. Why does it look so weird? Is it the sneer he has going?

    • FibonacciSequins

      It looks like he’s wearing a fake nose and glasses, doesn’t it? With the facial hair, it all reads slightly cartoonish to me.

    • numenah

      My reaction too. Are we sure this is him? This nose is far less refined.

      • Mothra

        it doesn’t even look like it is the same color as the rest of his face.

  • sherrietee

    Y’know, all these years I thought Clark Kent’s disguise of big black framed glasses was a silly idea. And then I saw this picture. I had absolutely NO idea that was Ryan Reynolds until you said something.

  • Ew I thought my computer screen was dirty but that’s his “pilly sweater”. Blergh.

  • webslice33

    it’s not studied..it’s his style..and he’s got a great style..and you can rarely go wrong with that kind of body..

  • Bradio311

    OMG “boy twee” is a perfect description!

  • Sly

    He looks like he’s going for a motorcycle ride, or coming back from one…
    I see nothing “Studied” about these pictures, all I see is a guy who doesn’t want to get nice clothes ruined whilst going for a bike ride.

  • Super_Red

    I had to scroll back up and check out the nose, but y’all are so right. It must just be the glasses really changing the proprtions of his face, but the nose looks like it was stuck on over his actual nose. The pictures are doing some weird kind of distortion thing.

    Hot, though.

  • bhl_1123

    Dear Ryan, you don’t HAVE to wear trendy glasses to complete this look. If you need sunglasses (and its obvious that you did), just wear sunglasses.

  • Agreed, it’s like he’s trying to dress as Ryan Gosling to get some of his career mojo…or straight up steal a part by being mistaken for him.

  • Gatto Nero

    But — the sweater looks like he took a cheese grater to it.

  • marigi

    For this to be truly twee, he should have red or blue shoelaces, a novelty or enamelled belt buckle, possibly the hem of the trousers thinly rolled up a couple of times… Small details that make something normal eye twitching.

  • Erica

    Wow, like me, Ryan has a rather large nose. Unlike me, he chose to wear some frames that emphasize the size of said nose. Otherwise, I would never have noticed.

  • ThaliaMenninger

    You remember that other day when T Lo said that Ryan and his bride looked like movie stars? This is the day where he totally and completely does NOT look like a movie star. He looks like a character in a movie, the guy who is really smart and invents a fountain of youth and then his nerdy lab assistant who also wears glasses and who he never noticed drinks the magic potion and becomes beautiful and hot and some other guy takes her out and only then does Ryan’s scientist realize how much he liked her all along. In other words, this looks like a costume. I think that is probably the same thing as “studied.”

  • MagickTyme

    It IS a fake nose. Google up a few pics of him – perfectly straight, narrow nose.

  • icm

    Those are not the frames for your face Ryan.When will people realize trends are not for everyone! The heavy dark rimmed glasses so popular these days do look awesome on some faces ,just not his.Those paintings of sad clowns with all the facial stubble immediately come to mind.

  • Uncle Spike

    I bet he was into Belle and Sebastian before they were cool.

  • gefeylich

    He’s so boring. His wife is so boring. Why are they famous? I think they have, like, one ounce of acting talent between them. Neither can open movies to save their lives, and yet they’re still around. Baffling.

    And yeah, he looks like a hipster impersonator.

  • MannahattaMamma

    It looks like fake glasses & nose, the kind you buy at the costume shop.

  • lulu26

    I am getting a Carl Fredriksen (Ed Asner’s role) from “Up” long lost son vibe.

  • Malibufire

    He looks like he is wearing a glasses/nose combo that you buy in a joke shop.

  • He looks like the Woody Allen cartoon in Annie Hall! I like it!

  • SierraDelta

    Hmmm. I don’t know why this is what I’m seeing (maybe a trick of the light?), but it looks like he’s wearing one of those Groucho Marx glasses-nose-mustache things.

  • Wink

    He looks casual and comfy. My only quibble is that his hat looks too small.

  • Sebastian

    Have anybody an idea which glasses frame he´s wearing???
    I want to have the same but only Tom Ford, is nothing I can find about..
    Thank you very much for your help! 🙂