If you tuned in this year, you saw many interesting tuxedos. While there will always be a contingency of celebrities that like to stand out by making their tuxedos flashy and/or garish, happily the majority of the men in attendance kicked the formal wear up a notch with very tasteful and often classic tuxedo interpretations. What was also apparent is that attendees of the event seemed to really embrace and celebrate dressing formally.
One of the biggest trends of the evening were non-black tuxedos. Varying shades of blue was the most popular alternative to black. But other colors like burgundy, charcoal, and mahogany were also represented. This fun and formal trend is great news for the industry, as it casts formal wear in the right light. Tuxedos aren’t just uniforms to be dutifully worn. They are made to party in.
Below is our quick pick list of the 10 best dressed men at the 2013 Emmy Awards Ceremony:
Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul keeps it simple and dapper in a very well fitted tux. While the 2-button notch coat isn’t the most formal option, and he (like most of the guys present) could use a waist covering, he gets major points for his velvet top collar.
Bryan Cranston was not only the big winner of the evening, he also managed to channel Clark Gable, exuding Old Hollywood class. While his tuxedo was expertly fit and we like the pocket square, he too could have gone classier with a 1-button peak tuxedo instead of a 2-button notch.
Stephen Colbert looked impeccable in his black tie rig. His attention to detail was nearly unparalleled at the ceremony. He gets points from us for his fit, the shirt studs, the shirt cuffs, pocket square, and self tied bow tie. Though, a peak lapel would also have been better on him than the notch he opted for.
Ty Burrell was a great example of one of the most emergent trends of the evening: Blue tuxedos! And Burrell pulled it off better than most. While we think that his trousers are a little too tight for comfort, overall he looks great and like he’s ready to have a great time.
Jon Hamm always brings his formal best to the table at any Red Carpet event. And he didn’t disappoint at the Emmy’s either. He gets points for everything, from the 1-button front, peak lapels, self tie bow tie, and impeccable fit. Also. Beard.
If there was one trend that stood out more than any other, it was non-black tuxedos. Specifically blue tuxedos. And if there’s one guy that nailed it better than anyone else, it was Emmy’s host Seth Meyers. We think he could’ve used a cummerbund and one fewer button on the coat, but the overall looks is just so classy, we really can’t complain.
We have to get really picky to find anything wrong with ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. His tuxedo was just on point. Again, a recurring theme is that many men went without a waist covering, leaving a little white triangle around their navals. But aside from that, and possible the flap pockets on his jacket instead of besom pockets, his overall look was one of the classiest of the evening.
Jon Snow is used to being told that he “knows nuthin…” on Game of Thrones, but actor Kit Harrington clearly does know a thing or two. Every detail of his tuxedo was really well executed and works together to make his tuxedo among the most memorable of the evening. While arguably according to black tie purists, wing tip collar shirts are not black tie appropriate, we’ll allow it here because he looks fantastic.
Colin Hanks has an apparent understanding of the finer points of Black tie. Not only does he get everything right, he gets it right specifically for his body type. He’s thin, so he opted for wide peak lapels that broaden his shoulders. He’s tall, so he opted for a floppy self tied bow tie, which draws attention to his face. All in all, an excellent tuxedo.
Our pick for best dressed of the evening was an easy choice. Much like his character of ‘White Collar’ Matt Bomer always keeps it classy and classic on the red carpet. His 1 button shawl collar tuxedo by Tom Ford was absolutely flawless. It hit his frame well. The style, accessories, fit, everything, would impress even the strictest of black tie purists. Well done, Bomer. Well done.