It’s a sad day when scanning a celebrity glossy makes one ache to see a snapshot of Ben Affleck in sweatpants. High-profile fashion gaffes like baggy green suits used to be the domain of eccentrics like David Arquette. Now it seems as if every actor in Hollywood is campaigning to top a “worst dressed” list. These aren’t just isolated lapses, like wearing a hoodie to a premierethese are calculated fashion statements.
“I think it’s difficult to not look too tweaked when you’ve got 10 people telling you what they think you should wear,” says David Neville, codesigner for the L.A.-based label Rag & Bone.
But how about saying no? How about saying “I think I have enough necklaces on now, thank you”? These men have more money and more expert advice than the rest of the population. Shouldn’t they be better-dressed than the fad-following teenagers at suburban malls?
“Hollywood is obsessed with finding soul and meaning,” says designer Adam Kimmel, who outfits Mark Ronson and Donovan Leitch. “The actors who can pull anything off have depth and a sense of the past. Johnny Depp has that. When other guys wear the same thing, they look like idiots.” There are about four men who have Depp’s immunity. Everyone elsethe ones perpetrating the sartorial offenses on the following pagesshould shift their focus from accessorizing to acting.