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The Men of the Star Magic Ball 2017 School You In Style

The best, the brave, and the huh?
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Formal dressing is a tricky affair, and when you add actors and celebrities to the mix, it becomes even harder. There's the pressure to look beyond perfect because all eyes are on you. There's also the temptation to do more, which can either be a success or a disaster. Here we round up the best and the bravest looks (plus those that need a little work) from last weekend's Star Magic Ball. Take notes.  

The Best

For a formal affair, you can never wrong with a very classic look. Also acceptable, a few elements of daring.  

Piolo Pascual

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Piolo achieves the perfect balance between dressing like an actor, which is to say bringing a dose of flash, and dressing for a formal affair, which is to say appearing appropriate. The inky blue color of his tuxedo jacket serves as an exclamation point to an otherwise classic rig. Also, look at that face. The actor (who is 40!) puts younger guys to shame. 

 

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Another look. Check out the very trim fit (that only a man with a god body can pull off). 

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Billy Crawford

A reminder for men: Tradition declares that you should dress to complement your date. In other words, she is the focus and you the frame. A clean and simple look does the trick. Which Mr. Crawford in an infallible black double-breasted suit does right.  

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Oyo Boy Sotto

A three-piece navy rig is a classic power move. More important, matching with your wife is all kinds of sweet.  

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Enrique Gil

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Never mind his Zoolander face, Enrique's tuxedo, including that sliver of a white pocket square, is on point.  

A better look.

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Elmo Magalona

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We're always excited to see a tuxedo with a peak lapel (a most formal detail) that we will forgive the smallish bow tie.

We're also a little bummed that Elmo's hair looks deflated in his official photo, because it looks great here.

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Gerald Anderson

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And here we have a jacket with a shawl lapel. It's a style swerve that underlines laid-back coolness. His dress pants could've been hemmed better though (as in with little or no break). 

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Matteo Guidicelli

We're showing you this hallway photo because he looks dope here. A cream tuxedo jacket is always a breath of fresh air. Also, this jacket is made from handwoven indigenous fabric from Iloilo. 

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Robby Mananquil

Mortals beware: Only a model-musician could get away with wearing a turtleneck under a tuxedo jacket. His jaw looks all sorts of fashionable as well.  

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Anjo Damiles

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We're not familiar with Mr. Damiles' work, but we're just going to leave this here because this is one sharp look, from the major lapels to the sockless loafers. 

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The Brave

Sure, you can break away from the classics and try something a little strange (but not too strange) and different (but not too different). Just remember that you'll need a huge dose of swagger to pull it off.  

JC de Vera

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Who says you can only wear black or white to a formal ball? This purplish blue hue adds just the right amount of interest to JC's attire. The subtle windowpane pattern is nice touch, too. 

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Joseph Marco

Another alternative color done right. The suaveness of this hunter green tuxedo paired with the triple-punch of a shirt, bow tie, and shoes, all in black, does not look out of place at a swanky affair.  

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Xian Lim

The actor skews left of center with the finishing touches: an air tie, a scarf tied around his neck, and a couple of pins. We're not even mad at the sunglasses dangling from his suit pocket (because he's not wearing them). 

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Dominique Roque

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This tricky look—a one-button, lapel-less jacket dressed with a scarf—could've gone either way, but somehow it looks good. It could be the minimal feel, the sharp fit, the contrast created by black and white, or the very good grooming. Or all of the above.

 

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Sam Milby

Here's how to pull off an iridescent patterned jacket: Be subtle.  

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Dominic Ochoa

Another example of the patterned jacket done right. Also, a lot of men wore loafers with naked ankles to the ball. If you're going to do it, make sure your trousers have no break or is a just a little short, as seen here.  

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The, Uh, What

A few men went a little astray. 

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John Lloyd Cruz

Between the poop and the social media posts, we're not sure what's going on with John Lloyd these days. And here he is, wearing sunglasses...indoors...at night. Which is just not cool. It ruins what looks like a classic tux. Unless you're John Lennon, Bono, Elton John, or Stevie Wonder (who is blind!), do not wear sunglasses indoors.  

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Robi Domingo

A formal event is never the time to whip out a look styled after a trendy tracksuit.  

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Jericho Rosales

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We're not sure about this one. We think Jericho is going for the new relaxed proportions, but the unfortunate combination of the pose and angle makes his rig look a little loosey-goosey. If he had committed to a fuller leg, maybe that would've worked? 

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Tommy Esguerra

As the bastion of tasteful dressing, we are not particularly keen about a top-to-toe look of intense pattern in aluminum-foil shine. 

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Daniel Padilla

I don't know, man. This velvet purple dream may be more suited for a performance rather than a ball, but it definitely suits Daniel's rogue persona.  

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Bailey May

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Bailey May (cool name) is just 15 years old, and at this age, he can try new things and make mistakes like this double-breasted tux with contrast lapels and buttons.

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