Women may have stolen the show at this year’s Golden Globes (Meryl Streep’s Trump smackdown, Evan Rachel Wood and Octavia Spencer wearing tuxedos better than most men, Stranger Things’ Barb getting her time to shine in the opening monologue), but there were still plenty of well-dressed men at the awards worth taking notes from. From unexpected colours, big-ass lapels and bowties, and perfect fits, these are the ways to dress up and do it right.
Donald Glover in Gucci
There are so many ways a brown velvet tuxedo could go wrong, but luckily, Donald Glover comes out with a firm win (in addition to his two Golden Globes). This is thanks to his tux being clearly inspired by the ’70s, without being a direct copy. The colour, fabric, and big lapels and bow tie are all retro, but the modern cut updates it and makes it all work.
Rami Malek in Dior Homme
Rami is also on the big lapel and bow tie train, but those are secondary to what makes his look special. The low cut vest is a stylish choice that most men shy away from, and the boutonniere is a dandy flourish that doesn’t overwhelm thanks to the monochromatic colour.
Eddie Redmayne in Prada
Double-breasted suits have been back in the sartorial spotlight for a while now, but if you’re still not sold, Eddie Redmayne provides a perfect example of a modern DB. Cut slim, but not skinny, ending just above the pockets of the trousers, and with bold details like prominent buttons and big lapels, a boring black suit this is not.
Ryan Gosling in Gucci
Even though he’s wearing a white tuxedo jacket, there’s no mistaking Ryan Gosling for one of the Golden Globes’ waiters. Yes, part of that has to do with him being the most popular Canadian export in recent memory, but it’s also thanks to the rakishness of the oversized, slightly unkempt bow tie, and red flower.
Nothing Wrong With a Classic
Michael Keaton in Brioni
Michael Keaton always looks good on the red carpet without ever appearing boring or staid, and for good reason: he sticks to classic shapes and colours that look good on his frame, and makes sure the fit is always impeccable while letting his swagger do the rest. Case in point: he’s rocking sunglasses even better than good ol’ Joe Biden.
A Fit Suit for A Fit Guy
Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Tom Ford
The one downside to being super swole is that getting anything but activewear to fit can be a nightmare, but Aaron Taylor-Johnson proves it can be done. His broad shoulders can support the widest of lapels, the low stance of the button gives his body room to move, and he looks like he can actually sit down in his pants by opting for tailored straight-leg trousers instead of the trendier skinny or tapered cuts.