The 20 BEST Red Carpet Looks of 2019, Part One: The Least of the Best

Posted on December 23, 2019

Kittens, it’s not only the most wonderful time of the year, it’s also – gods be praised – the most JUDGMENTAL time of the year! Yes, that magical time has come once again, when your two very favorite professional bitches to do what they do best: render the ultimate judgments as to who dressed in a manner that is correct (i.e., to T Lo’s tastes and preferences) and who dressed in a manner that is tragic, offensive, and/or enraging (i.e., not to T Lo’s tastes and preferences). This year, howevs, there will be a TWIST! When we get to the final five choices of each category (You DO know there’s a “Worst” list ready to launch at any second, right?), we’re leaving the final judgments up to YOU. You’ll vote on the final five, determining their order of Bestness or Worstness! Why? Because we’re all about protecting democracy here at T Lo Timely References, Ltd. So let’s get started, shall we? Rhetorical question!






20: Yara Shahidi in Fendi Couture at the SAG Awards

Oooh, gurl. We can sense the “What are these bitches smoking” vibe coming off some of you right now. But this look’s slight oddness is a big part of its appeal for us, along with the pleasant surprise that comes when one realizes that one is really loving a sequined pink jumpsuit with a sheer skirt. Yes, it all sounds cray. That’s what makes it so great that she wound up looking stunning in it. She took a risk and it paid off like gangbusters.




19: Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab Couture at the BAFTA Awards

On the flipside of all that, this section of the BEST list will sometimes be paying respect to looks that may not have pushed the envelope or raised any eyebrows, but simply wound up being stunningly gorgeous and on the right wearer. She looks downright regal here. It’s not trendy and it’s not editorial or fashion forward, but it’s absolutely perfect in just about every way.



18: Nicholas Hoult in Burberry at the “Tolkien” London Premiere

Similarly, in a year when many male stars really pushed against the restrictions of mainstream menswear, sometimes you just have to stop and ogle a beautiful man in a beautiful suit that fits him perfectly and offers a few modern but chic updates to the same-ol’-same ol’. Despite all the Chalamets and Bosemans and Millers out there doing the work of breaking menswear paradigms, this remains one of the most chic male red carpet looks of the year.




17: Lucy Boynton in Gucci at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival

Miss Lucy hit the red carpet like a bomb going off in 2018 and continued her eye-popping style evolution all the way through this year. No one looks quite like her on the red carpet; a fact that’s doubly notable since she accomplishes her originality by wearing a lot of mainstream designers. She and her team know how to pick the boldest and weirdest stuff that suits her, and then styling her in a way that can’t be ignored or forgotten. This is gorgeously weird and strangely beautiful.



16: Timothée Chalamet in Haider Ackermann at the BAFTA Awards

Prince Timmée continued his well-established streak of wearing some of the most chic, envelope-pushing menswear available this year. And while there may have been a handful of red carpet choices more bizarre, more bold, and even more memorable than this look, we found that when it came to tally up the year, this one ranked as one, if not the, most chic ensembles he’s ever worn.

More to come in Part Two of this list, as well as Part One of the WORST list, darlings!




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