Fug or Fab: Bradley Cooper


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I have so many thoughts:

  1. I appreciate it when a dude does something different, especially when the “different” falls on the dapper end of the scale, and not the “I’m going to wear CHICKEN FEET TO THE EMMYS” scale. Although that is appreciated in a different way. The way that is pleased to have material to discuss on this here website.
  2. This fits him nicely and I am glad he isn’t wearing the I Just Woke Up In a Cold Sweat hairdo of a Hangover movie.
  3. Can we just discuss that he is currently the reigning Sexiest Man Alive? That already seems like such a random choice, which perhaps means this year’s slate of movies isn’t going as gangbusters as the last few. (Sorry, Bradley. You are nothing to sneeze at, but you know what I mean. Also, that link I just posted goes to the Wikipedia page for Sexiest Man Alive and I appreciate that Nick Nolte also once received the honor, presumably in conjunction with the press machine for Prince of Tides.)
  4. I am legit not sure if I think this all matches. I like the concept of the eggplant-colored suit. And the blue shirt is good with his eyes. I just don’t know if all of it comes together.
  5. What do you say? Hit the comments and make it happen.

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Comments (98):

  1. Jerika Coleman
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    I think he looks great. Wowza.

    • Emma
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      I glanced at this comment and thought it said “Wonka.” I thought “yeah, he does look like Willy Wonka!” I might need to reduce my intake of chocolate.

  2. Rebecca
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    I enjoy it…but would maybe like it more with a different colored shirt. It’s not bad, but it could be better.

    • ortenzia
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      yeah same… i appreciate the eggplant suit but a dove grey shirt would be lovely. still though – go hot men in colored suits!!

  3. maryse
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    i think he looks very handsome. perhaps the colors are a bit off because of the flash. but even if it doesn’t i think the light blue shirt/purple suit is a bold combo.

  4. Liz
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    I agree – a different color shirt would be better. I also think the pants are too short. But I admire his sense of adventure here!

  5. lor
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    I appreciate the sense of adventure, but no. Just no. He looks like a formal California Raisin.

    • cycler
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      I’m not sure I agree with your assessment, but the concept of “formal California Raisin” made me chortle.

    • formal raisin
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      The TAN!! The tan needs to be toned down before I can see anything else!

    • MissMelrose
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      brilliant! I was thinking along the lines of ‘heard it through the grapevine’ too ;-)

  6. Ruth
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    He is dreamy. He looks great in this outfit.

  7. bambi_beth
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    I think he looks great. If GQ has taught me anything, it’s that a man only needs a white shirt and a blue shirt, and I prefer it to the white. A pattern would have worked, but as it stands, this is a great suit, it’s fun, and I think he’s rocking it. And I love him.

  8. Eliza Bennett
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    I love a man in a suit, esp. a colored suit. I wish he’d gone bigger here-a blue striped shirt with a patterned pocket square would have made my day.

    • V
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      Yes — much bigger. He needs to take a page from Mr. Gosling’s playbook — don’t fear loud! The Fug Girls already provided the proof: http://www.vulture.com/2011/07/ryan_gosling.html

      Otherwise, I think this jacket would have looked amaze-balls going the complete opposite direction — with some jeans, a bold striped shirt and some saddle shoes (also a little hair rumple :).

      He looks not fully done to me.

  9. pantsonfire
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    I don’t feel confident in my abilities to assess men in clothes. Er, men’s clothes. Anyway, I guess there are a few things here that are rubbing me the wrong way: (1) the shininess of the suit; (2) no, I don’t love how the shirt color and the suit color are interacting; (3) the pants are too short and just in general there is something that makes me uncomfortable about how the pants are fitting (um, crotch anxiety maybe? probably just that the photo caught him mid-stride); (4) the amount of foundation he appears to be wearing…I know it’s good to not have pores but it just doesn’t look right to me…that face is too smooth, regardless of gender. Also, maybe the colors of the outfit are making him look a little orange? Also, he does absolutely nothing for me. I don’t know why. But this outfit isn’t helping matters for me.

    • Jessica
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      He is leaving Today, so the face makeup is not his call, at least.

      • pantsonfire
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        Oh for sure…and the makeup people are probably uber conscious of HD television and all that these days. Also, I probably wouldn’t have noticed without the sheen to the suit. Somehow, the texture of the suit led me to his face and it was so much smooth. So, the whole effect was visually arresting. Honestly, I probably wouldn’t have had any nits about this look if the material was less smooth/shiny…if it was more of a matte wool. But I do aesthetically prefer a little ruggedness to a man’s face…I’m talking to you, NBC make-up people.

  10. Jessica
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    Love the suit/shirt combo, but I think he might have been better served by a different pair of shoes.

    • Mauimermaid
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      You’ve hit it Jessica – different shoes and slightly longer pants – but the suit/shirt combo is great!

  11. Evalyn
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    Love the eggplant suit, it would be perfect if his shirt matched his socks (charcoal). The blue is devine and especially if it matches his eyes, but not with this suit. And the shoes seem a little Army issue, heavy and so very black.

    All things said, he’s pretty darn cute.

    • drPhilG
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      As a daily suit wearer, I like the bold color, but I would have gone with a darker shirt, and I was thinking dark grey or charcoal as Evalyn offers here. The lighter shirt is just too contrasty.
      I also wear a tie every day, but I understand that puts me in a VERY small group of men, even including those who dress up each day to work. Haha.

      • anny
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        The color and the shiny and the buttoned jacket really do beg for a tie here.

  12. Helen
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    Overall, I like it, and I do think the colors work, but the pants are cut just a hair too small. I don’t need to see that much of Bradley’s Cooper, or his knees for that matter, and I really don’t need to see his socks when he’s walking (as opposed to sitting, when it’s inevitable even if God is your tailor).

  13. Gauthier
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    I like it a lot, I think the one think that makes me most gripey is that his shirt is buttoned so high. It’s really constricting because his face is hemmed on all sides by light blue and.. Pale burgundy? If his shirt was showing more cleav, I think it’d be perfect.

  14. Helen
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    Addendum: He also needs to learn about matching socks to trousers. Failing that, matching socks to shoes will do in a pinch. Matching neither is just sloppy.

  15. Erica
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    I love the eggplant color; and he gets props for doing something outside of the typical blue/black/gray. But maybe a striped shirt with the blue and eggplant colors.

  16. sarah
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    I like it. But I’d change up the shoes. Maybe a burnished brown?
    Also love that Bradley Cooper is super tall but dresses really well for his size.

  17. Elle
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    I think he should take off the suit, pack it up in a box to send to Matt Smith, and then stick with more traditional suit colors. He’s not hipster enough to pull off a dark purple suit.

  18. Anna B.
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    I love me a colored suit, but no one here thinks he looks like the Joker? Like the Cesar Romero 1960s Joker? I can’t get past it.

    • Melissa Cowan
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      Purple suits are always a bit too Joker-esque, especially the cut of this one. That was my first thought about it.

  19. Miranda
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    I much prefer RDJ’s purple with the white shirt/black tie combo. http://gofugyourself.com/man-fugs-and-fabs-the-avengers-04-2012/the-avengers-world-premiere-2
    The blue shirt feels like too much here. Also, maybe brown shoes would’ve been better? The black seems a bit harsh for some reason.

  20. Jessica
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    I love the purple suit. I’m lukewarm on the shirt, but it doesn’t make it bad for me.

  21. Mo
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    Never been a big fan but I have to admit – this works….well!!

  22. Beth C.
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    I like the color combo. I might have gone for a slightly darker blue shirt, but that’s OK, I still think it works. Not everyone could pull it off, but it’s a good combo for his coloring.

  23. JanetP
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    Fab, and super yummy, although I have never been a big Bradley Cooper OMG HE IS GORGEOUS fan.

  24. Deanna
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    It looks good, but he needs a tie or a pocket square in a small pattern to break up the blocks of colour.

  25. Bdette
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    I think it would help if the shoes weren’t black – more of a amber-brown or even a maroonish shade would help the whole thing blend better.

  26. Stefanie
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    I like it.

    I’d like it even better crumpled up on my floor.

  27. elle
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    blue suede shoes, indigo blue

  28. Sarah
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    I think he looks really nummy.

  29. Miss Louise
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    I almost like this colour combo – but Anna B, you nailed it, it’s got a whiff of Joker about it. Bradley himself is cute enough – but sexiest man alive? Not while Javier Bardem has breath in his body. Or Robert Downey Jr. Or several members of the Argentinian Olympic team.

  30. NBT
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    YUM is what i say

  31. Lori
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    Shiny eggplant

  32. Melissa
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    Relax, it’s fine.

  33. Clare
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    Weirdly I agree that the shoes are the issue: too conventional. If you’re gonna rock a quirky look, you need zingier shoes to pull it all together, otherwise it looks mismatched. Not sure what type of shoes – I’m feeling pointy toes in a dapper 60s dandy kind of way. PS loving the blue shirt with his eyes.

  34. Lori
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    My daughter waited on him last summer and he was not only pleasant, he smelled great , posed for photos and left a GINORMOUS tip. He could wear Bjork’s Oscar Swan suit and look good to me. Gotta admit, the Formal California Raisin comment made me laugh out loud.

    • Karen
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      As a former bartender, I find that few things make me happier than learning that a celebrity is a good customer. You have no idea how rare that is.

  35. Caitlin M
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    I think that the too-short appearance of the pants may be due to the fact that he’s walking in the photo, and that they may be correctly hemmed when he’s standing still. I totally appreciate his stepping out of the blue/gray/black suit box, even if not 100 percent successfully, when the guys who will are so few and far between.

    He’s not the sexiest man alive, but he remains ridiculously cute, all these years post-Alias.

    • mshesterp
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      Alias shout out! I really had no idea he would be so totally hot post-Alias (I thought Michael Vartan would’ve been the breakout star) but he really has worked it out. Especially since his character was so nerdy and Sydney was not remotely interested in him. He’s come a long way!

      I think he’s working the crap out of that suit, it’s not too hipster, and I don’t even mind it with the blue shirt (gray might be too much, too dark). And he’s quite good in Hit and Run, which no one will see, but he has the most fantastic dreadlocks. I’m a fan.

  36. Kat
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    It might be distracting in person, but it looks good in the photograph. As I am not standing in front of Bradley Cooper right now to verify the first possibility, I’ll go with “good.”

  37. SJaneH
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    Socks=bad

    tie might have pulled this together – it seems so disconnected

  38. Art Eclectic
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    LOVE that suit, the blue shirt not so much.

  39. tarasaurusrex
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    It still appears that I am the only person outside of People magazine who thinks he IS the sexiest man alive. Alas.

    Never change, B.

    • Rebecca
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      I’m on your team! I think he’s ridiculously gorgeous and I didn’t understand all the outrage when he got Sexiest Man Alive.

      I’m also not mad at the purple suit.

  40. Mahastee
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    I like this a lot.

  41. vandalfan
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    The shirt needs to be less obviously needing a necktie. If his throat is going commando, the shirt should be a bit softer and a bit darker, or in a casual stripe or fine check.

  42. K
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    Leave the purple suits to Prince.

    But he is really, really good looking.

  43. Gailsie
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    Brown shoes would pull it all together. Otherwise he gets full marks.

  44. Kris M
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    I just can’t get on the Bradley Cooper bandwagon. He was so annoying as Will on Alias. That’s all I see when I see him.

    Also, it’s the orange of his face that clashes with the purple and blue.

  45. Chrissy
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    I actually kind of like the colors. I think my problem is that again there is a man pant fit issue. Why are they all so narrow at ankle right now? I am also not on this guy’s bandwagon. He’s attractive, but certainly not the most handsome there is, and I honestly don’t know if I’ve seen any of his movies or not, since I’ve just not paid that much attention to him.

  46. KelseyA
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    I’d definitely change the shirt, maybe a cream or gray (anywhere from ash to charcoal really), and the shoes (also gray, maybe suede?).

  47. fritanga
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    He’s trying much too hard with this suit – It’s as if he picked up a random issue of GQ and thought “Hey – that suit looks edgy!” Overthought and obvious, in other words. It’s why I love men such as Gosling, Clooney, Gordon-Levitt and Quinto – they always wear their clothes with grace and style. They’re wearing the suits, not the other way round. This suit is definitely wearing Cooper (and yeah, I don’t like him much – his “charm” is totally lost on me).

  48. Bambi Anne Dear
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    Are there cigarette butts on that floor? I was just going to say how at least he’s not been papped in front of trash cans.

  49. Guerra
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    I like it! Agree maybe be better with brown loafers. I also think he’s sexy!!!! Very

  50. Hello dudes
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    i wanna fug him
    he is so HAWT

  51. Srebrina
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    I think the flash light doesn’t do that purple any justice. But he looks very lovely, and it fits him nicely. I am sure if you saw it in person it makes more sense than in the picture. Who said that suits have to always be black? Good for him for braking the mold! And by the wau he totally deserves the title ‘sexiest man’…he is!

  52. Leigh
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    He looks fine in it – but he’d look finer out of it.

  53. Carolyn
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    Where is his TIE?? (or is he in Miami?)

    Also, mark another girl down in the “does nothing for me” column. I just don’t find him all that sexy.

  54. Neil
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    I like the suit itself – I love a nice tonic suit. Agree with a lot of the commenters about the choice of shirt and shoes – brown shoes would have improved the look no end. It does need a tie too.

  55. Highland Fashionista
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    Its pretty amazing, but I too am not sure about the blue shirt. It doesnt take anything away really, just maybe….I don’t now…I would have liked to see less of a COLOR there and let the purple of the suit speak for itself…..like maybe a light gray or something.

  56. yvetterene
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    I think he looks nice. It’s nice to see a young man actually get up and go out in public looking like he cared. So many folks are walking around looking like they just rolled out of the gutter.

  57. Frances
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    I think it works top to bottom. Other than an extra half-inch or so to the pants. My husband just got a dapper new suit like that (but in a more conservative colour) and the pants were hemmed similarly. I can’t even look at his feet. I mean, you just spent a bundle on a new suit and YOU RUIN IT BY HAVING THE PANTS HEMMED TOO SHORT?! WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!

    Whew, thanks. I feel better. I didn’t want to be harsh at my guy but the length, it irks me.

  58. Lesley
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    He’d look better with nothing on, but I’m not going to complain about this one. HOT.

  59. Lillian
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    Eh, he kind of makes me think of the Joker.

  60. Alaurable
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    I think the photo is making the suit look shiny and ill-fitting. I’ve googled some candids and they do look better, but I think he works the grey suit / blue shirt combo way more effectively. I would never have agreed with the SMA win until I saw him speak French. Holy exploding ovaries.

  61. Moa
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    I like this. I like that the purple is quite dark, it suits him really well. I’m not sure about the colour of the shirt, but then again, with the flash it’s hard to tell which colour it ACTUALLY is… Either way, even the odd combination of baby blue (?) and dark purple is growing on me. It’s interesting.

  62. TonyG
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    He’s looking sharp here and I think the shirt/suit color combo is great.

  63. karanakau
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    He fine and you know it.

  64. Elle
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    Trying way to hard and failing.

  65. Ms. A.
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    Love the purple suit. WIN.

  66. jenn
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    I think he should be christian grey, thats how hot he is.

    • mshesterp
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      I’m not sure that he has the “controlling asshole” vibe down well enough for Christian Grey. Cooper strikes me as someone who looks like he wants to do something fun and naughty, with a smile. Grey is such a pain in the ass.

      Oh, did my dislike for those books come out that easily??

  67. Emma
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    As everyone else has said, the suit works but not with the blue shirt. And maybe the shirt either needs a tie or one more button undone – it’s just a large expanse of shirt.

  68. Meg
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    I think this would work for me if the suit wasn’t so SHINY. Maybe it’s a trick of the light or something, but I tend to doubt it. Shiny is as shiny does. Also: Weirdly, he is starting to look like a young Ralph Fiennes to me. That isn’t a bad thing.

  69. denise
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    heh. I’m wearing pretty much the same colour combination today – blue/grey skirt, eggplant tshirt & cardigan.

  70. DBChen
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    I love it. The eggplant is a gorgeous color and not cartoony purple. The pale blue works. A white shirt would have been too stark.

  71. Shoeniverse
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    Always cute as hell, and the man can really wear tailoring…

    http://www.shoeniverse.info/

  72. Meh
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    I want an Alec Baldwin and Bradley Cooper sandwich ; )

  73. Tiffany
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    I like it, but I think the shirt should have been more of a jewel toned blue to match the suit. I think his pants could be a tad longer as well.

  74. Cindy
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    Unbutton one more on the shirt, blue color is fine. I also agree that different shoes (someone said blue suede – great idea) could be the icing on this very yummy cake. absolutely love a tall good looking man in a fashion forward color & properly tailored suit – kudos for going outside the box.

  75. Alli
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    I rather like the suit, but not that shirt with it. I think he is so cute, but every time I see him I think “Douche!” because of the characters he plays.

  76. Johnny Burgess
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    I want that suit

  77. gryt
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    World’s sexiest man. NOT.

  78. JLander
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    No Chuck Bass comment? Seriously!? Ladies! This is clearly his influence.

  79. Lily1214
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    Well . . . maybe he’s the “sexiest man alive” – but not in this photo.

  80. owen
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    Hamburgler.