The musicians roaming the red carpet at last night’s Grammys sure knew how to pull off a suit. Or two, or three. (Seriously, since when did dudes pack that many outfit changes? We’re looking at you, Yeezy.) Questions of over-preparedness aside, here are five killer trends we saw at the music awards show that we’d like to see everywhere else.
The air tie
After their red carpet entrances, male musicians ditched their ties in droves. Whether for comfort or style, Usher, John Legend and Nick Jonas opted for the devil-may-care look. However, Sam Smith’s tie-free approach hit the right notes best, with a simple white shirt allowing his patterned and brightly-coloured formalwear do the talking. Perhaps his set of pipes isn’t the only reason the crooner took home a whopping four Grammys that night.
When worn correctly, a statement blazer makes for an outstanding alternative to a suit for the rogues among us. But one guy did it best. Backstage, John Mayer switched into a navy blazer with the perfect amount of shine to catch our attention and a pair of shadow check trousers. To pull off a jacket like that, simply match your pants to the top and follow through as if you were wearing a more traditional suit. (Bowties encouraged). Just don’t take the John Waters route.
If you’re going to make an impact, why stop at the chest? Statement suiting is blowing up right now, with guys tapping tailored prints and patterns left and right. Nick Jonas nailed the formula sporting blown-up checks, no necktie (or belt, for that matter) and wide peak lapels—less is more when your suit has boasts swagger for two. Frankie Grande’s blazing red outfit and Bill Kelliher’s balloon-print clown suit, on the other hand, were just too much. The difference? Restraint, and just the right amount of it.
Now that celebrities are comfortable rocking anything from dress shoes to sneakers on the red carpet, the humble slipper is making a comeback. Rapper Hit-Boy wore a pair similar to some we’ve seen Pharrell Williams kick around during past award ceremonies. Aloe Blacc was also seen sporting a pair of grey numbers on the red carpet. Blacc’s represent the kind we can get behind—the type that don’t outshine the suit they’re meant to support.
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