The women aren't the only ones to watch out for at this year's awards season. Photographs from Reuters
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What the men wore at the Golden Globes: bow ties, athletic stripes, and feathers

A bunch of guys stuck to the dress code but it’s the rule-breakers that always make any red carpet fun to watch
Gio Ramon | Jan 06 2020

While the Golden Globes always seemed trivial compared to the Emmys or the Oscars, it has gained importance ever since people started noticing it as an indicator for one’s Oscar chances—as in if you win a Globe, you might as well prepare a speech for the Academy Awards. But even with this distinction, the first awards show of the season is never really taken that seriously, and it seems like everyone is perfectly fine with that. 

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Of the many awards shows, the Globes — handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press — seems to be the most fun. Celebrities from film and TV mingle in the same space, acknowledge their cohorts’ contributions, and celebrate each other’s achievements.

And everyone gets drunk. 

It’s this party spirit and irreverence that dictate the way people dress, with many taking more risks in this more relaxed atmosphere. Which makes the Globes red carpet more interesting to watch, even when it’s just the men you’re watching. Here are the trends that showed up on the Golden Globes red carpet before the formalities began.

 

Velvet

The fabric of choice for the men of the 2020 ceremonies. There are a number of ways you can go from chic to campy with a velvet jacket but it’s a reliable go-to for guys looking to add some texture to their formalwear. It’s actually pretty easy to avoid looking like a Hugh Hefner impersonator by just paying attention to the fit. And while some of these men picked out some outlandish colors, it seems like they’ve fully embraced the look.

Chris Evans (in photo with Scarlett Johansson) in a burgundy corduroy Isaia coat. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters
Jason Momoa (in photo with Lisa Bonet) covered his black tank top with a teal velvet Tom Ford jacket. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters
Tony Shalhoub goes unconventional two ways, with a double-breasted crushed velvet coat and a white-on-white bowtie. Photograph by Mike Blake/Reuters
Ansel Elgort (in photo with Dakota Fanning) goes all in on the look with a Tom Ford suit and Tiffany & Co. brooch. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters
Eddie Murphy (in photo with Paige Butcher) knows how to make an entrance. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

 

Track-Suit

Looks like athleisure has made its way onto the red carpet, and while we have our reservations on this ongoing style trend, the men who took them on for today’s awards rituals don’t actually look half bad. An added stripe never hurt nobody. With the more relaxed atmosphere of the evening, we can understand the stars wanting to just kick back, relax, and celebrate like a baller.

 Barry Jenkins looks ready to run a marathon in Thom Browne. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Taron Egerton channeling the irreverence of his Rocketman costar Elton John. Photograph by Mike Blake/Reuters
Ramy Youssef keeps it casual in Montblanc. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters

 

Eccentric

These men’s stylists have managed to do something amazing: in a sea of stars, they managed to make their clients stand out. From sporting some unconventional accoutrements to straight-up competing for attention with the women, they hogged the spotlight. As always, Pose star Billy Porter wins in this category, but we appreciate the guys who went with something a little more daring –– although we wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple of them on the worst-dressed lists. 

Sacha Baron Cohen rocks the Pantone color of the year in Dolce & Gabbana. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Billy Porter rocks a MET Gala look by designer Alex Vinash. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Wesley Snipes showing just how much fun you can have at this red carpet. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

 

Classic

The tux. No more, no less. When you have as much power and talent as these men, 

you couldn’t be bothered attracting extra attention by altering what’s accepted. 

Rami Malek (in photo with Lucy Boynton) puts a personal touch on his Saint Laurent suit with Cartier accessories. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
Brad Pitt looks miles away from his rugged Once Upon A Time character in David Yurman. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters
Leonardo DiCaprio keeps it simple in David Yurman. Photograph by Mike Blake/Reuters
Daniel Craig (in photo with Ana De Armas) doing James Bond proud with a classic Omega. Photograph by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Universal/Handout via Reuters
Joe Manganiello (in photo with Sofia Vergara) rocks the bedazzled pocket flaps of this Dolce & Gabbana suit. Photograph by Mario Anzuoni/Reuters
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

golden globes with my golden girl (thank you @louisvuitton, @jasonrembert & @melissa.dezarate )

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Ben Platt goes for understated in lieu of his usual colorful wardrobe