While the Grammys are always a stage for wild fashion from the women’s side, the men typically tend to stay on the classic side – with a few exceptions, of course. The menswear always has a lot of diversity, ranging from dapper to disgusting. This year featured a lot of monochromatic looks and, unfortunately, a lot of bad tailoring.
Justin Timberlake: He’s back and he’s looking better than ever. Suiting up in collaboration with Tom Ford was clearly a wondrous decision. Justin made his return to the Grammys wearing an impeccably tailored Tom Ford black tuxedo with a hip twist on the jacket. His shawl collar was matched with a white-edged black pocket square and a droopy black bow tie. What made this outfit so perfect, though, was the way he was able to honour the old school while staying so modern. He kept his look classic with the black studs on his shirt, those amazing black-and-white loafers, and white dress socks. And he even wore a black cummerbund. He’s easily my best dressed of the Grammys.
Frank Ocean: Prior to performing at the Grammys wearing a custom yellow Band of Outsiders tuxedo, Frank wore a Dior Homme navy wool broadcloth Teddy jacket with silver buttons, paired with a navy wool and silk round neck sleeveless sweater, and navy wool broadcloth slim pants for the red carpet. Both looks showcased his cool, laid-back style.
Ed Sheeran: The red-haired English singer gave a grand performance on stage, but not so much on the red carpet. Ed wore a poorly tailored Burberry navy tuxedo with a two-toned notch lapel. The problem was that his tux fit terribly: the waist was not tailored; the sleeves and pants were too long; and those shoes did not work. I’m all for sneakers with a suit, and I like those particular sneakers, but the rest of his outfit is so bad that it distracts from his shoes. A little more effort next time, Ed.
Hunter Hayes: Now if you’re going to wear sneakers with your suit, Hunter is a good example of how to do so. I would prefer to see dress shoes, but I know not everyone at the Grammys goes completely formal, so this is acceptable. It certainly helps that the rest of his getup fit perfectly. Wearing black-on-black with a Hugo Boss tuxedo looked good on the 21-year-old. The tie bar added some good pop, but it needed to be moved up just a smidge.
Chris Brown: While black-on-black was seen on multiple men on the red carpet, Chris Brown stepped out of the box to do the exact opposite. Chris donned a Lanvin white-on-white tuxedo. He also made the decision to skip the tie and simply button his shirt all the way up. All of the pieces fit relatively well, but I’m not a big fan of the monochromatic white. I can’t say he looks terrible, though.
Jack White: The rocker wore a Saint Laurent all black look save for his blue pocket square and petrol blue hat.
LL Cool J: On the red carpet, the musician wore a Giorgio Armani made-to-measure black tuxedo. His jacket displayed two buttons and peak lapels. He finished it off with a classic evening shirt and a black bow tie. However, as the host, LL Cool J fashionably wore a Giorgio Armani made-to-measure cream two-button dinner jacket. This jacket also featured two buttons and grosgrain peak lapels. He looked terrific as the host, complementing his look with one of his modern trademark hats and a David Yurman ring.
Pharrell: As a fashion designer, Pharrell knows his way around the clothes he wears. That’s why, even though its unique, he is able to pull off wearing a Lanvin navy-and-black zebra-print shawl-collar tuxedo from the Fall 2013 collection. He paired it with a white shirt, teal silk bow tie and black patent leather oxford shoes. His date Helen Lasichanh, who is also a fashion designer, wore a Lanvin look.
Sting: The British rocker, who just gets better with age, wore Saint Laurent teddy grey tuxedo jacket with black lapels. Obligatory rocker leather pants, lace up military style boots, a slim black tie and a printed scarf completed his look.
John Legend: Looking as smooth as ever, the singer wore a Gucci midnight blue notch lapel two-button suit with a matching shirt.
Adam Levine: Fan favourite and lead singer of Maroon 5, Adam Levine went monochromatic in a Lanvin black tuxedo and shirt. His shoes, bow tie and even his sunglasses were also black. It was a solid look as everything fit nicely, though the jacket could have been a bit tighter around the waist.
Ryan Seacrest: The gentlemanly red-carpet host, as always, out-dressed several of the men he interviewed. For his gig, Ryan wore a Burberry tuxedo that featured a grey jacket with black peak lapels and a white square-fold pocket square. Contrasting with his grey jacket, Ryan wore black pants for a very polished look.
Jay-Z: The rapper didn’t opt for any bling with his black suit with wide lapels; maybe that’s because he knew he would be taking home two gold awards that evening.