While the men of Hollywood have definitely upped their game in recent red-carpet appearances, True Blood star Ryan Kwanten’s debonaire style has managed to set him apart as Most Valuable Player. Rather than trying to reinvent the tuxedo as so many rookies feel obliged to do, this young Australian actor puts himself in the big leagues by embracing the unsurpassed elegance inherent in classic black tie. But what elevates him to the level of sartorial all-star is his judicious use of tried-and-true variations to add a personal flair that’s both distinctive and elegant. I have championed this philosophy repeatedly in the The Black Tie Guide but there’s nothing like seeing it executed in real life to seal the argument.
And for those of you who may argue that Kwanten would look stunning wrapped in a used garbage bag (he would), the outfit below demonstrates the impact of his sartorial choices nonetheless. Whereas the preceding smart outfits emphasize his natural good looks the impact of the pedestrian suit shown here is impartial to them, if not downright detrimental.
Proof positive that classic black tie doesn’t make you look old – it just makes you look good.