3 Lessons Dudes on the Oscars Red Carpet Taught Us About Formal Wear

Because we all have to dress up at some point.

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We’re not gonna lie — our eyes are glued to the women during awards season red carpets. But, after the fact, there’s usually a thing or two we can learn from the dudes for when we have spiffy events of our own. 

Here are three lessons from the 2016 Oscars red carpet:

White Can Be Alright

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Sure, this year’s Oscars have a particular connection to whiteness. Musician Common also turned up to the event wearing a white three-piece Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo; a shawl lapel and crystal lapel pin set the star apart, in what was arguably the best dressed look of the night. Not confident enough to go all white? Try out just a white shawl collar dinner jacket with a pair of black trousers.

Crush It in Velvet

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A trend for the night? Velvet. Most notably, Eddie Redmayne donned the fabric in an Alexander McQueen slim cut black suit. Henry Cavill went for it as well with his look from Dunhill. And the blazer singer Sam Smith wore on stage (also Dunhill) featured a peak lapel. Go for a slightly less formal blazer in brown velvet instead of black.

Keep the Details Appropriate

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At the Grammys, Jason Sudeikis took a risk and opted for a pair of sneakers to go with his suit. It was an interesting choice (mostly perfect except for the leg length), but a personal choice all the same. For the Oscars, though, the funnyman went classic and opted for a pair of shiny lace-ups. Paired with a tux-appropriate black bow tie and a simple white pocket square, the celebrity was definitely red carpet ready.