The Best- and Not-Very-Best-Dressed Men of the ABS-CBN Ball
Gonna give you what you want. Which is Insta-stalking the men of the ABS-CBN Ball 2018 in order to let you know what we, an—ahem—authority on what men wear, think about what they wore.
Of course, everything will be filtered according to good and classic taste. Style flexes are welcome, but only to a certain extent.
Who came to win the night? And who should just go quietly into the night?
Let’s start with the something good: This young man, who always dresses appropriately.
Another classic rig, though the wearer looks a little uncomfortable. Relax, man. You look good.
At some point you have to decide whether looking different or fashion-y is worth it. We’re not sure about the dotty jacket and the harness (which does what?). What do you think, guys? You like?
Because he is committed to this rock-n-roll vibe, we forgive the golden shirt. This look works...on him.
JM De Guzman
The wonky bow tie is very sad.
But in this photo the bow tie is okay. Mind your neckwear.
So many questions: What did he put inside his man-bag-holster contraption (the second of the night)? A candy bar in case he gets hungry? Lip gloss for his date, which would be sweet? His swagger, which he lost in this look? Please tell us.
What did we say about wearing sunglasses indoors at night?
That blue is killer. Hair, too.
Perfect example of how a perfect suit can, not only make you look good, but also help you have fun.
Gonna start with this sweet photo.
Now, on to business: That grooming needs a lighter touch and the hair is… just… wow (and not in a good way). Also, we would never advise undoing your buttons down to the navel or revealing more skin than your date.
The blush is a nice statement, but the overlarge lapels and blob of a bow tie (is it a scrunchie?) is throwing us off.
Not even Piolo, he of the perfect face, can make the man bun okay. (But the rig is perfect.)
This modern take on the black-and-white tuxedo suit, from the high-fade haircut to the razor-sharp lapels, is good in our books.
A white shirt and a pair of black shoes would make this 10 times better.
Thanks to the black everything-else (and also his face), Xian pulls off this tricky jacket. However, it’s too much of an obvious match with his his date’s dress. And also, please remember that, in formal affairs, men are the frame and women the stars. Black, white, navy are your friends.
Another suit derailed by the wrong accessories.
Trust the older gents to show you how it’s done. We’re on board with the blue, the fit, and the fresh haircut.
Black-on-black can be hit or miss. It’s just too on-the-nose formal and can also read as funereal, but authority and a megawatt smile nullify both.
Standard evening wear gets an upgrade with velvet.
The Men of Ang Probinsyano
All classic suits—and therefore winning looks—for the men of Ang Probinsyano, John Arcilla, Coco Martin, and Michael de Mesa.
Is that a funnel-neck shirt with a tuxedo jacket embellished with a giant patch? So many things can go wrong in this one, but the sharp fit makes it feel normal. Are we okay? We don’t know now, because we are dizzy from Instastalking.
We’ve noticed a lot of what-nots pinned onto the breasts of men’s jackets. Did they all stop by the same gift shop to fish out accessories? Don’t do too much.
First, this is how you do an olive suit. Also, we’d prefer a tie, but overall, this is good.
Two out of three for this young man. Gonna say yes to the good hair and the patterned jacket (even if you do get dizzy from staring at it—try it!). That bow tie seems it’s made out paper though. Also, another pin!
Or should it be Hashtags? We’re not sure. We are also not okay with most of these.