Once you go black tie...(L-R) Trevor Noah, Chris Evans, and Henry Golding. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Everything we know about 'black tie,' we learned from the 2019 Oscars

Keep your tie the right length, your stomach in, and Tom Ford on your speed dial.
ANCX Staff | Mar 01 2019

Who said men have it easy during black tie events? While ladies wrack their brains choosing from a rack of gowns, picking the right footwear, and casting the perfect ensemble of jewelry---we put on a tuxedo, wear brilliant shoes and we're set. 

Unfortunately, it's never that easy. Just look at the men who walked the red carpet at Monday's Academy Awards. They all sported tuxes but each was a different degree of either success or failure. "Wearing a tuxedo isn't as simple as it sounds," said the comedy writer Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Heat, the all-women Ghostbusters), "I've been to a lot of awards shows in Hollywood over the years and have seen some pretty sad tuxes." 

Maybe its in the basic-ness of a tux—we know exactly the parts that comprise it, we know exactly what it should do: make us look tall, elegant, refined, grownup, perfect. So when a detail is askew--a sleeve too short, a tie too wide, a color that makes us look more ashen than golden--it's like hearing a weird noise from a car you're driving: you can't get it out of your head As Feig learned, "It's surprisingly easy to go off the rails." Here are the ones who did from the Oscars 2019 red carpet coverage.

When your tie is too short for your height. Adam Driver in Dior (with wife Joanne Tucker). Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon 
When it's too tiny for your size. Mike Myers with Kelly Tisdale. Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon 
When your jacket is too small and your solution is to call more attention to it with a harness/bib. Terry Crews with his wife Rebecca. Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon 
When you couldn't straighten your tie no matter the efforts of a hundred people including Lady Gaga. Rami Malek in Saint Laurent. Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon 
When you chose a shade that looks a little uneventful, even if it could possibly be a major event in your life given that all the buzz was saying your name for Best Actor. Christian Bale in Brioni (with wife Sibi Blazic). Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon 
When you're breaking too many rules, foremost of which is keep everything well-groomed. Jason Momoa in Karl Lagerfeld (with Lisa Bonet). Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon and REUTERS:Lucas Jackson

 

And now for the men who did right in our book.

Jason Momoa's outfit done and styled right. Chris Evans. Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuon and REUTERS:Lucas Jackson
When you need to stand beside perfection. A. Rod in Tom Ford (with Jennifer Lopez). Photograph from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
When you can't win the Oscar so you win everything else. Bradley Cooper in Tom Ford (with Irina Shayk and his mother's hand). Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
When you could do no wrong, and not even a beanie could ruin your cool factor. Mahershala Ali. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
When, like A. Rod and Bradley, you made the right choice. Michael B. Jordan in Tom Ford (with his mom Donna), and Joe Alwyn in Tom Ford. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni and REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
When you have no excuse to look dowdy because your wife will be winning Best Actress and she's gonna have to thank you in her speech (and therefore direct the cameras your way). Ed Sinclair with Olivia Colman. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
When you're going to be the first Asian Bond. Henry Golding in Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
When you walk the talk in this solid yet soft look. Trevor Noah in Salvatore Ferragamo. Photographs from REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

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