Colton Haynes at the 2014 CBS, CW and Showtime Press Tour

Posted on July 18, 2014

God bless this little boy for waving his dandy flag so proudly. Touches our hearts, it does.

Colton-Haynes-2014-CBS-CW-Showtime-Press-Tour-Arrow-Red-Carpet-Tom-Lorenzo-Site (1)“Arrow” actor Colton Haynes attends the 2014 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour-CBS, CW and Showtime held at the The Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California.

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That’s some Alan Cumming-level dandyism. Respect is in order, because the pressure for young good-looking male stars to go the manly-sexy route is … well, not as high as the pressure starlets receive to go the girly-sexy route, it’s true. But it’s still pretty damn high, which is why you almost never see male stars who dress like this. And when you do, they tend to be over 40.

We don’t dabble in gossip, but he’s not a hundred percent in the closet, right? There’s an open question and some boy-kissing pics, yes? We ask because we wonder if all this dandyism is his way of being true to himself – or even of testing the waters.

Or he could be, y’know, just a guy who likes patent leather tassle loafers and it’s no big thing. Either way, we give him a lot of credit for being consistently stylish in a slightly boundary-pushing way.

We do not, however, give him any credit for that chain, which just looks stupid.




[Photo Credit: Juan Rico/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

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  • smh4748

    I can’t even see anything besides that stupid necklace–and he’s wearing a plaid suit, so I think that’s really saying something.

    • FrigidDiva

      At first I thought it was one of those brooches that were popular in the 80’s that women would wear over the top button. Not sure if that would have looked better or worse…

  • Mothra

    Uh. that silver chain has to go, and isn’t that jacket a little short?

    • kimmeister

      And a little tight, since it’s pulling on the top button.

  • Jaeda Laurez

    The chain is pure “I Wanna Sex You Up” 90’s. I like the idea of the suit, better than I like the execution, which looks like it’s wrinkling and tugging in some weird way.

    • Anna

      So true. I was about to type early 90s R&B group realness.

    • Victor Beiramar Diniz

      and the shirt with the buttoned collar seems wrong for that suit (or his face type, or both, can’t decide…), plus the black-fully-buttoned-shirt and no-socks combo also seems incongruent

  • The chain takes it out of dandy and into douchey, for me.

    • j_am


    • kimmeister

      It’s literally the first time I’ve ever seen someone wear a chain like that, looped around the collar but under the collar buttons. It’s bizarre.

    • Mothra

      “Douchey, not Dandy” should most assuredly one of the BK themes.

  • shirab

    No socks?

    • Victor Beiramar Diniz

      hopefully, because if they’re white socks…. i can’t. even.

  • Shelby

    I really like this. Not the chain, of course, but the overall look.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Ugh. The chain ruins it all. WHY!?!?!

  • Danielle

    The chain *snorts*

  • Imasewsure

    Love the suit but not the styling… still props to the kid for the effort

  • hughman

    Sorry, I am missing the “dandy” part.

    Now if you’d said “Jersey Goomba dressed for his niece’s First Communion” or “Has a Questionable Career in Construction”, I might have been on board.

    • MoHub

      For that, you need a white tie.

      • rh33

        Or the shirt unbuttoned and the collar open and flayed over the jacket.

  • TM

    He’s like too attractive that it borders on unattractive. The outfit helps bring him down a notch?

    I so did like his cast mate the other day though–it makes me strongly consider starting Arrow/Flash.

    • FrigidDiva

      Google “Stephen Amell superhero workout”, I know that’s what made me put Arrow on my Netflix queue.

      • TM

        Whoa, impressive! I might as well start…
        (But I was more interested in the Grant one? So cute, I can’t deal. But like on the side of normal–if that makes any sense…)

        • FrigidDiva

          I love the parts that they put in SLOOOW MOTION, I almost snorted coffee out of my nose while I was at work watching it–yep, I’m a hardworking employee who spends way too much time online.

          • TM

            Hahaha, I think it only makes you more productive in the long run. Right?

      • MilaXX

        There’S enough pretty in the cast of Arrow/Flash to fuel an entire Sausage Friday!

        • conniemd

          No shit, and to make it worth watching for the men alone. Who cares about plot, etc. It’s pure escapist fantasy with hot men to fill up the hour.

          • demidaemon


      • gabbilevy

        In a recent video posted to his Facebook, he was doing a circuit that definitely had Super Mario blocks.

        Also, re: The Salmon Ladder… “YES IT’S REAL!”

    • boweryboy

      I’ve said that exact same thing about him in another post a few weeks back. It’s weird how that works, isn’t it? It’s like he made a full circle back to unattractive by being too attractive.

      • TM

        YES, I love that–“a full circle back.” It just doesn’t work for me at all.

      • Thomas

        Maybe I’m superficial, but I don’t think there’s such thing as too attractive. I have OCD and perfectionism though, so I’m kind of obsessed with physical perfection in others (for a bf I want somebody who is nice and intelligent as well though). I’ll have me some Matt Bomer, Colton Haynes, Joe Manganiello, Anderson Cooper, etc., any day! (I’m obsessed with Paul Newman as well, even though he’s dead lol) I’m also obsessed with physical perfection in women. That is why I worship Elizabeth Taylor, Lupita, Rihanna, Emma Watson, etc. They all look pretty perfect to me, especially Liz who I think is the most beautiful celebrity ever. And it’s great that she was talented to boot.

        • conniemd

          Yes to all the men you mention. As long as we’re talking reporters/news anchors have you ever gotten a look a Richard Engel NBC’s foreign correspondent who is always everywhere the action. This week he’s been in Gaza reporting on the war between Hamas and Israel. I think he’s one of the hottest men I’ve ever seen.

      • formerlyAnon

        While very occasionally a very pretty person will appeal, “conventionally attractive” in the square-jawed, catalog mode mode is something I dislike. I like what I call interesting bones in a person’s face, and slightly imperfect teeth. Too pretty is just that – too pretty.

        • demidaemon

          For me, I’m weirdly attracted mostly by faces first, and my taste is pretty broad (my first mega-crush was very conventional pretty boy with a sixties/seventies-esque look), though I definitely am not against a nice body as well. 🙂

          For instance, I like Colton here, am neutral on Benedict Cumberbatch, but also find Patrick Stewart very attractive as well. It’s weird.

    • marlie

      You’re sort of right. He’s very… pretty. Almost like a living Ken doll.

      • TM

        Oh so true. I like my humans with a few physical quirks, it makes them more endearing-able to me.

      • fursa_saida

        Like he was designed by committee and made in a lab.

  • In_Stitches

    That jacket is a bit too small and has no real infrastructure; it seems so flimsy around the shoulder line. That kind of crumpled fit doesn’t work work with this kind of print. Still, A for effort. I’m not sure what he should have done at the neck. The chain is clearly a miss and any color of tie is going to look a little…Express.

  • JauntyJohn

    Personally, I love the experiment of the chain. I don’t think it entirely works, but I like that he TRIED it. And I’m with you, TLo (Note to self: “I’m with TLo! T-shirts would sell really well in many venues…) I think it’s a dandy Dandy thing he keeps going for. High style.

    Now, as for those pics… Long ago there was a “cutting edge” magazine which was trying to be maybe a knock off of “Interview” magazine but through a, shall we say, Abercrombie and Fitch esthetic. Young Mr. Haynes (and he was quite young, then) was in an “edgy” layout in which some of the young men were doing some low grade snogging, in the way of some trying-to-be-provocative photo shoots. So those pics are from that layout.

    He was in a restaurant I was in a year or so ago with a very nice young woman and a very nice young man. He was clearly “off duty” but was quite polite to all he encountered. And if you think he is spookily perfect looking in photos you should see that bone structure IRL. That’s some good DNA there.

    • SewingSiren

      I don’t hate the chain either. Sort of equal parts necklace, bolo, and sweater chain.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I like that he tried the chain, too. At least he’s trying things outside of the current norm, and I can appreciate that.

    • Thomas

      There’s rumors that the other boy in the photoshoot was his bf at the time though. Or maybe in another set of photos. I know a gay boy who met him and hung out with him at an event and they thought he was at least bi, but who knows. I think he’s like Anderson Cooper before he eventually came out, but maybe he’s just a very stylish straight boy who doesn’t care about looking butch/macho. I do get gay vibes from him though.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      He does not ping my gaydar one bit. Just a pretty, pretty boy. In fact, the Duran Duran rule might apply: The prettier the boy, the bigger the ladykiller. I have seen Duran Duran live for over thirty years now — my first DD concert was 1983 and the girls screamed so loud my ears are still ringing. And last time the Duran Moms were hitting on me and my boyfriend at the time. “We’re gay, sorry, I’m with him” only got requests, er, demands to kiss each other for their tittilation, and then squeals and then they wanted us to let them on our shoulders in the chance that they could make eye contact with one of the Wild Boys. NEVER tell a Duran Girl which member is your favorite, because you will always piss off 80% of them. (But it was always Nick even though Simon is now a bear daddy.)

      • Thomas

        That’s funny because he pings my gaydar so much that it just about broke lol But maybe my gaydar just needs to get recalibrated.

      • kimmeister

        My cousin introduced me to DD when I was a child in the 80’s. She was gaga over Nick, so I had to claim Simon just to be different. I finally saw them in concert in 2000 and it was one of the best concerts I’ve ever attended.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          They are one of the best live acts out there, and they have achieved the rare feat of getting better and better over the years.

      • FYI

        He was out during his model days, and he posed with a boyfriend in XY magazine. When he showed up on Teen Wolf they tried to get the pics off the internet and he went back in the closet. All of his girlfriend rumors have been friends in his social circle, and I don’t think he has ever admitted to dating any of them.

        • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

          Well damn. This possibly is also connected to why no guys have ever flirted with me this century. Maybe they have and I am totally oblivious.

  • MilaXX

    Not loving the chain, but will always love him for consistently putting in the effort.

    • kirkyo

      Even his missteps are charming. Does anyone remember the orange Prada jacket disaster?

  • jonnyf8

    I’m glad that so many of you ladies are finding fault with him. He looks just fine to me. With a face and smile like that he can wear just about anything.

    • Thomas

      Or nothing at all. Maybe that was too dirty lol

      • formerlyAnon

        Not on these comments. We objectify both genders, though very politely, on the whole.

        • Thomas

          I’m all for equal objectification! 😉

  • Denise Alden

    I’ve never seen this boy outside of the TLo Empire and I cannot get enough. All the credit in the world for his Alan Cumming-level dandyism. He looks marvelous.

  • Monabel

    Oh, you’re all so censorious about the chain! As Bitter Kittens, can’t we lighten up? I refer friends to the diamond necklace posted on today’s Attire’s Mind.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    What a face, he’s a cute one.

  • WendyD

    I adore my Colton Hayes! He’s chiseled-out-of-marble perfect and adds to the eye candy on ‘Arrow’ (he lets Stephen Amell do the heavy-lifting in terms of acting) and I love his Instagram as continues to travel the world as a model on his non-acting days.

  • Suzanne Moore

    The chain…ack. It looks cheap, like the necklaces my kindergarten students used to get from WalMart for part of their Halloween costumes. Still, he tried, so yay, Colton!

  • @Biting Panda

    I know nothing of his gossip, and have only ever seen him here, I am shocked to read that he is living any kind of a closeted life. Call me assumptive, but I’d just took him as a confidently gay man. He is ridiculously buffed, polished and nearly psychotically neat, nothing about him emotes “I like pussy.” I know we hold our male stars to a higher standard than your average man on the street, but he goes way above and beyond what most of the seemingly full on hetero stars serve up.

    • Thomas

      Agreed. See my response to JauntyJohn.

  • julnyes

    He’s no Cumming, and this look fails in the details; though I do appreciate the effort.

  • Edward Thomas-Herrera


  • decormaven

    There’s a bit of a fit issue in the jacket, and I’m no fan of the chain, but he’s suitably groomed and attired. Attaboy!

  • Janet B

    The black shirt and silver chain take the suit from dandy to douchey.

  • boweryboy

    Love the suit. Hate the shoes. The jacket has weird fit issues. The necklace pushes it to the stratosphere of douchiness. And thanks to TLo I’ve begun to notice the shirt cuff on one side, big honking watch on the other asymetricalness of boystar’s suits which just looks stupid. Plus, he looks like he’s made out of plastic or wax. I understand but don’t quite get his appeal. Is he a good actor at least?

    • demidaemon

      I have a feeling he is probably not cast for his acting skills. 😉

  • evave2

    Oh you guys, I was overwhelmed by the print and did not notice the chain until you mentioned it.

  • Qitkat

    It’s interesting how many people hate the chain, I feel that much distaste for the button style earrings some men wear. Major ick factor. I dislike this particular chain too, it’s too flimsy for a guy, needs to be beefier and worn at least with a more casual look, tee shirt, unbuttoned jacket, or jeans with the jacket and Tshirt. I like the suit, a lot, though. It’s a beautiful color and plaid.

    • Thomas

      You mean plugs? I hate those too because when you take them out they leave a big hole in your ear lobe. I keep imagining all of these guys with plugs in the nursing home some day with huge holes in their lobes.

      • demidaemon

        I just had a brief visual of this and am now squicked. Thanks.

      • Ali2044

        Having worked in a nursing home, I find it hilarious how many people use the future geriatric state of your tattoos/ear plugs/body mod as some kind of disincentive. If giant gaping lobe holes is the worst of your bodies problems in a nursing home, you will be doing pretty well.

        • Thomas

          That’s true. I don’t have a problem with piercings or tattoos. In fact, my best friend has plugs. I just don’t find plugs particularly attractive, especially when taken out. I’m just saying they’re only going to look worse and more ridiculous as you get older. You’re right that they’re the least of your worries at that age though.

  • marlie

    His jacket looks too small, and it’s all a bit dark and wintery, but I give this guy TONS of credit for REALLY making an effort on the red carpet. Half the time I don’t like what he’s wearing, but he gets major bonus points for effort. But the chain is dumb.

  • frannyprof

    Awwwww…. I just noticed his widdle freckles!

  • cocohall

    He has a massive head in relation to his body; even by celebrity standards. The chain does not help to mitigate this. I think he’s done a good job here, save for the chain. Think of some of the dreck Mr. Bieber has worn and see if you don’t feel like standing up and clapping for this young fellow.

    • demidaemon

      This comparison has made me love you and him just a little bit more. And, maybe, we’re being a little bit extra hard on him because he has so much potential and is trying whereas we’ve just given up on Bieber, for appropriate reasons.

      • cocohall

        “We’ve just given up on Bieber, for appropriate reasons.” OMG yes. What always mystifies me about Bieber is how he went from jr. lesbian to thug attire. It is not a fashion road that many have traveled. How does someone take their fashion inspiration from Ellen DeGeneres one day and Lil’ Wayne the next? Bieber fits into a category I have called “Why do I know who you are?” which includes Scott Disick and Mama June. I wish I didn’t know their names and their provenance, and yet, if you are even remotely connected to the Zeitgeist, you cannot escape them. ANd “remotely connected” means you pick up the People magazine while standing in the grocery check out line.

        • demidaemon

          Indeed. I am definitely one of those people who scans the tabloids while waiting in line just to see how unbelievable the shit they are trying to sell this week is. But, if I could eliminate these pieces of knowledge from my brain about these people, I would have more room for more important stuff and maybe I wouldn’t struggle to come up with cool vocab on some days.

          I think I just depressed myself. Also, now that you put that out there, that it is a really strange fashion transition, but maybe he thought it would make him look more like a dude. News Alert: It doesn’t.

  • Mink Carlyle

    I believe he’s in the glass closet, no? I do think he’s cute, and I very much appreciate the effort he puts in.

  • fursa_saida

    I thought he was openly gay, but I don’t keep particular track of him so I may be wrong.

  • formerlyAnon

    I like everything he’s wearing, on him. I don’t even mind the chain, and while the suit is pulling a bit too much here and there, I’ll attribute it to the current fad for what in my eyes is a too skimpy cut. I do dislike the sockless look, so I know I’m biased, so this is a legit question: Doesn’t a suit, with a buttoned to the neck, albeit be-chained and tieless, dress shirt, and patent loafers require socks? Is the sockless look no longer a somewhat casual thing?

    I know nothing about his sexuality except that he looks too young for me to be contemplating it.

    • Thomas

      I hate the sockless trend. I don’t understand it. Who wants stank feet and blisters?

      • Ryan

        Perhaps he’s got pop socks on?

  • Fanny_Trollope

    How YOU doin’?

  • quiltrx

    The chain was my only quibble…the eye keeps coming back to it in the worst way.

  • Man Dala

    He’s extremely pretty. A friend of mine from Spain met him in Madrid not long ago and said he was extremely nice as well.

  • HeyMrPhipps

    I was waiting for read him for the chain. Dealbreaker.

  • ktr33

    The chain renders anything else that might’ve worked completely unWERQable

  • webslice33

    wtf is that chain? the suit is divine tho