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Oscars 2018 Red Carpet: Men's Style

Kate Merryweather

We know the Oscars is about more important things. Like the nominees and winners, for a start, or how well they handled the #metoo movement. But for us, it's about the style. Men can get overlooked in the fashion 'bests and worsts' critiques which may be more of a blessing than a curse. But we couldn't resist checking out the clothes of some of our favourite stars. (And the 'who's that dude?' types as well.)

So we have picked out our top five most interesting, discussion-worthy looks from the 2018 Oscars.

Jimmy Kimmel

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Image via IndieWire

As the host, Jimmy looked sharp, and we are of course thrilled to see him wearing cufflinks. As is the case with any awards host, no single outfit can last the entire evening. So Jimmy had a total of three costume changes for the evening. Our favourite was this blazer in maroon (clearly the colour of the night for the blokes). The slightly seventies-looking, larger bow tie looked great with the sheen on the jacket and its lapels. The black buttons on his shirt added a classy accent as well. Onya Jimmy.

Armie Hammer

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Image via Getty Images

In case you're wondering 'who's this guy?' he starred in Best Film nominee Call Me By Your Name. And he's not afraid to take a mighty risk on the red carpet. It helps if you're a very good looking young actor starring in a hit film, of course. But this is a deep full body red velvet suit that makes him look sharp, not like Austin Powers, and that is a mean feat. Cred to him for including the slim cut trousers as well as the blazer in this all-velvet ensemble. We celebrate you Armie.

Timothee Chalamet

 

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Image via Getty Images

We are a bit unsure about this number from this Best Actor nominee. We like the bravery of the all white suit. But not sure about the ankle crop on the trousers - a smidge too high perhaps. And the higher ankle rim boot, though well polished, isn't the right footwear choice. Seems the suit is just a shade creamier than his white shirt, and that gives it a stylish edge that makes him less Caspar the Ghost. Are we getting old or does the scruffy hair conflict with the sharp tailoring of the suit?

Gary Oldman

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Image via Getty Images

The Best Actor winner could not escape our attention. Immaculately cut tux, well placed upper button, sharp specs. The man otherwise known as Sirius Black in Harry Potter did good. We love the dotted pocket kerchief that adds a touch more interest to this classic, stylish ensemble. Looks like he didn't walk the red carpet, being a serious actor and all that, so we are just gonna assume his trousers and shoes are perfect too.

Matthew McConaughey

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Image via Getty Images

Remember when this dude was starring as the love interest in Jennifer Lopez movies? Well, look at him now, an Oscar winner and presenting at this year's ceremony. He too got the memo about red velvet, and sensibly went for the velvet touch via his burgundy bow tie. He's not afraid to add a little sheen to his jacket as well. His shirt cuffs are sitting perfectly underneath his jacket too.

Our takeaways...

So we imagine you aren't going to the Oscars any time soon (congrats if you are) but you can take a few tips for your next black tie, classy dress code affair:

  • a touch of red velvet is a good thing
  • polish your shoes to perfection
  • get a tailor to ensure your jacket fits well
  • shirt cuffs should be visible one inch underneath your jacket
  • pocket kerchiefs add a touch of class
  • trousers should gently skim your shoes

Happy dressing for your next black tie occasion!