I’m not sure if anyone else noticed this, but there was a definitive men’s red carpet trend at this weekend’s MTV Movie Awards.
Now, I know that the MTV Movie Awards is sort of the anti-awards show. The winners are chosen by fans. The ceremony takes place way past awards season. It’s typically more a fun affair in which the awards don’t carry much merit. It’s just a fun time, and the relaxed nature of the red carpet fashion truly speaks to that.
While some guys showed up on the red carpet in outfits that were lazy (i.e. comedian Brandon Wardell doing his best Drake impression in an OVO sweatsuit) or gimmicky (here’s looking at you Tyler Posey), most of the well dressed guys took an identical page from the same rule book. There must have been a memo about wearing a bomber, jeans, and sneakers. Because not 1, not 2, but 12 different guys walked the red carpet in a variation of this look.
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I love bomber jackets as much as the next guy. But along with suede Chelsea boots, they’re starting to become part of the basic dude uniform. As much as I love the look, all of these Hollywood celebrities pale in comparison to the bloggers on my Instagram feed. It’s like they all went to the same stylist for this awards show. And that stylist only had access to one level of Barneys.
This may be the official sign that, while men’s fashion is on the up and up, there’s a need for variation in key pieces and looks. There’s no need to compile a best dressed list when everyone is wearing the same thing. Props to the guys who took a chance at doing something different like Michael Willett in this floral suit. Yes, it’s a little Miami Spring Break gone bad. But he pulls it off well with the perfect slim fit and pared down details-solid woven shirt underneath, no tie, no socks, and no-fuss loafers. He might look a bit like a palm frond, but he wins brownie points for wearing something different.
The one thing that I hate about all the proper awards shows is that most guys stick to the same basic tux. A dressed down awards affair seems exciting because we stand to catch a glimpse of these guys’ real style personalities. But apparently, all of their style personalities shop the urban contemporary section. When the red carpet photos look more like a Publish lookbook, it’s time to spice things up.
Nice try relaxing things, guys, but next year I need more effort. And you all need new stylists.