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    35 Times Famous Men Looked At A Black Tux And Said, "No, I Can Do So Much Better"

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    A plain black tux is the standard formal wear for many men, whether it's high school prom or the Academy Awards. While you technically can't go wrong with such a classic look, there are plenty of celeb men out there who've proven they can do so much better.

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    So, without further ado, here are 35 times celeb men dressed outside of the plain black tux-shaped box:

    1. Simu Liu's Old Hollywood-esque 2021 Met Gala look was absolutely timeless.

    snowy top and neutral pants, very 1920s
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    2. The twist Pharrell Williams put on a classic tux for the European premiere of The Lion King certainly didn't fall short.

    suit with shorts
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    3. Frank Ocean thought so far out of the box for the 2021 Met Gala that he reached into outer space and brought home a son.

    plain velvet pants and jacket, but he's also carrying an alien baby doll
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    4. These two half-outfits Michael Urie wore to the 2019 Met Gala were anything but a half-baked idea.

    half fluffy ball gown and half pinstriped suit, divided right down the middle
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    5. At the 2021 VMAs, Bretman Rock stunned in the same dress Aaliyah wore 21 years prior.

    long tiger-print dress with high slit and knee high boots
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    6. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander demonstrated how far a pop of color can take your entire ensemble at the 2019 Sports Illustrated Fashionable 50.

    sleek suit with a bold, citrus vest
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    7. After Manny Jacinto wore this cream suit to the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys, I wouldn't be surprised if this style became everybody's new go-to.

    neutral jacket with peacoat buttons and matching trousers
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    8. Billy Porter leveled up the classic tux by melting it into a ball gown at the 2019 Academy Awards.

    suit on top and velvet ball gown on bottom
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    9. Daniel Craig made Elle Woods proud with this pink tux jacket at the No Time to Die premiere.

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    10. Dan Levy made waves on the 2021 Emmys red carpet with this striking monochrome look.

    ocean-colored jacket with side tie and matching trousers
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    11. The suit Spike Lee wore to honor Kobe Bryant at the 2020 Oscars was a beautiful tribute.

    suit modeled after Kobe's jersey
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    12. Lil Nas X invented the color red with the bold western wear he sported at the 2019 VMAs.

    flame-colored cowboy boots, hat, and suit with golden snakes embroidered on the sleeves and pant legs
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    13. John Boyega gave off total Prince-meets-Michael Jackson vibes with the one-gloved purple suit he wore to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere.

    shiny grape soda-colored suit and one leather glove
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    14. Jake Gyllenhaal served strawberry milk realness with this suit he wore to the 2021 Tony Awards.

    monochrome pastel suit
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    15. You've heard of looking like a snack — now get ready for looking like a flower patch, aka Donald Glover at the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala.

    shiny floral jacket and plain trousers
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    16. Jason Sudeikis should totally trademark the interesting shade of blue he wore to the 2021 Emmys.

    velvet suit in a gemstone shade
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    17. I adore the ~unique~ pop of color Bad Bunny brought to the 2021 Grammys!

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    18. Even this shade of army green couldn't hide how great Offset's outfit was at the 2020 Grammys.

    subtle suit and all the bling
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    19. Machine Gun Kelly's outfit from the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards totally nailed it.

    shiny basketball shorts, blazer, and long acrylic nails
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    20. Everybody else on the red carpet at the 2021 VMAs must've been green with envy when they saw Jack Harlow's 'fit.

    sleek, gemonstone-colored monochromatic suit
    Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS

    21. Harry Styles gave Cher Horowitz from Clueless a run for her money at the 2021 Grammys.

    plaid jacket, neutral trousers, and feather boa
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    22. Karan Brar proved that plaid is rad at the Stargirl premiere.

    plaid suit with clean collared shirt and sneakers
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    23. Timothée Chalamet should've changed his name to Timothée Chala-slay after he wore this shiny silver suit to the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.

    shiny metallic suit
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    24. This sparkly argyle jacket that Ben Platt wore to the 2020 Grammys? I'm obsessed!

    glittery geometric patterned jacket, plain trousers, and sparkly shoes
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    25. Every wedding wear designer should be taking notes on the cathedral train that Jeremy Pope wore to the 2021 Met Gala.

    monochrome suit with a cathedral train
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    26. Michael B. Jordan was stunning in stripes at the 2019 BFI London Film Festival.

    pinstripe suit
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    27. Pete Davidson proved that you don't need to dress to the nines to look like a 10 at the premiere of The Dirt.

    suit jacket over a graphic tee
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    28. Alton Mason pulled out all the stops for New York Fashion Week 2021.

    bold open jacket, matching trousers, and cheetah print boxers
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    29. Is that Zayn Malik or the prettiest English rose from the royal gardens at the 2018 Grammys?

    pastel suit with a rose embroidered on the collar
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    30. Jonah Hill's plaid suit from the Mid90s premiere checks all the right boxes.

    neutral plaid jacket and pants
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    31. Victor Cruz dressed like a long lost Vincent Van Gogh painting for the TAG Heuer Celebrates Naomi Osaka and Tennis Family event.

    basic trousers, bright collared shirt, and floral vest
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    32. You can't tell me this burgundy jacket didn't make Jacob Batalon the coolest person at the Let It Snow premiere.

    basic outfit with a bold jacket and gold chains
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    33. The outfit J-Hope wore to the 2018 Asia Artist Awards is giving me so much hope for the future of men's fashion.

    sweater vest under a jacket and pants
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    34. Patrick Starrr stole the show at the premiere of Frozen 2.

    metallic gown with high leg slit and bougie necklace
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    35. And finally, Jared Leto was a-head of the game with his 2019 Met Gala look.

    long, bedazzled gown, and a mannequin head of himself in his hand
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