Jared Leto broke all of the black-tie rules when he showed up to the Academy Awards in a red-piped tuxedo Sunday.
That is to say, Leto’s black tie looked like it was more costume than chic. When it comes to black tie, this is absolutely the worst mistake you can make.
The rules of black tie are pretty straightforward. They call for a black tuxedo, a white shirt, a black bow tie, and black shoes.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t room to take a risk, as some of the best-dressed attendees can show you, but it does mean there isn’t a ton of room to stand out without going too far.
And Leto has gone too far. Not only does his suit have unnecessarily distracting red detailing around the edges and cuffs, but Leto isn’t even wearing a tie — he’s wearing a flower where a bow tie should be.
Leto decided to match the absurd suit with a pair of black suede loafers. That would have been fine, but the loafers had a special feature. On the top of them, a snake made out of silver with red jewels for eyes.
Jared Leto went for flash with his Oscars getup, but he should have played it safe. When it comes to formal dress, less is so much more.
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