Kittens, let’s judge boys. Normally, a roundup of awards show menswear looks can be pretty dull and repetitive. There’s only so much you can see about a tux or a dinner jacket, right? Fortunately, the trend in men’s formalwear on the red carpet has shifted to embrace a far more colorful and interpretive selection of looks. They’re still all mostly working in a limited set of elements, but at least some of these guys found ways to stand out. As for the others, there’s nothing wrong with working a classic.
Caleb McLaughlin in Louis Vuitton
Love the footwear and lack of tie. Gives it a vaguely casual-sporty feel which is just right for someone this young.
Charlie Heaton in Isaia
It’s well-rendered but he seems like the type of guy who could use a little color and oomph to his look.
Dacre Montgomery in Brunello Cucinelli
It’s maybe just a hair on this side of cosplay, but we can’t help loving the way he leaned into his looks and tipped his hat to the past. If anyone can pull off some ’30s silver screen stud realness, it’s him.
Daniel Bruhl in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
It’s fine. A little dull considering all that velvet.
Edgar Ramirez in Brioni
Not reinventing the wheel, but he doesn’t have to. Flawless fit.
Finn Wittrock in Saint Laurent
Finn Wolfhard in Saint Laurent
It’s fine, but we like it when the kids have a little more fun with it. They’ll have plenty of time in their adult lives to dress like adults.
Gaten Matarazzo in Dolce&Gabbana
Like so. This is fun and it suits him great.
Joe Keery in Dolce&Gabbana
We’ll never get behind socklessness with formalwear. It’s an automatic no.
John Mulaney in Dolce&Gabbana
While the fit isn’t quite what it could be (seems snug in the shoulder), we love that he’s actually pulling off a baby blue tux.
Kit Harington in Dolce&Gabbana
Nothing to argue with here.
Kumail Nanjiani in Ermenegildo Zegna Couture
Love the subtle texture.
Luke Evans in Hugo Boss
Another one who knows how to lean into the retro quality of his own looks. We love that this is very subtle in its modernity while still feeling like a classic.
Milo Ventimiglia in Brunello Cucinelli
Works for us.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Eidos
As much as we appreciate the attempt at freshness, we don’t think this color is all that flattering on him.
Noah Schnapp in Fendi
We don’t love the shoes at all, but the rest of it is flipping fabulous. We’re jealous of this kid’s wardrobe, not to mention his ability to werq it.
Ricky Martin in Tom Ford
Nothing but sighs here.
Sterling K. Brown in Dolce&Gabbana
And here. Good sighs. Happy sighs. Looking-at-pretty-things sighs.
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