On tiff: What Were The Best Looks For Men On The Red Carpet This Year?


tom-tiffA few weeks ago, Toronto was abuzz with excitement as the stars of tiff, the Toronto Film Festival, embark on our fair city. And nothing draws a crowd more than the red carpet!

This year, the looks for men were cool and classic. From Leonardo DiCaprio’s classic and crisp blue suit to Ewan McGregor’s beige capris and snake skinned shoes, who better to weigh in on the fashion hits (and misses) than the man who’s name is synonymous with men’s suits in Toronto!
This week, Tom Mihalik of Tom’s Place shares his take on what were the best & worst looks for men on the the red carpet this year.



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Such a classic look for a very classy guy. Leonardo DiCaprio’s red carpet look for his new film “Before The Flood” is what I would call “timeless”.  You can’t go wrong with a navy suit that is tailored to fit your body.  Too often I hear objections to the cost of tailoring. It’s nonsense! What’s the point of spending the money on a nice suit if you’re not going to look fantastic in it!

No tie, no problem! But no pocket square? Come on Leo! The clean and sharp lines of this well tailored suit and crisp light blue dress shirt are begging for a pocket square to add just the right hit of contrast. The best dressed men typically sport such an accessory. It even shows up more often than a tie!


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Here we have another classic look from Michael Fassbender who was here to promote his new film “Trespass Against Us”. The double breasted suit jacket has taken the back-stage recently to the more trendy single breasted jackets. For me, the double breasted jacket will always be a timeless piece, even though it requires a certain level of formality.

This is where the term “Power Suit” came from. Why? It gives a man a look of power and prestige!


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Nothing looks cooler than a dark on dark colour scheme. And this look really works for Joseph Gordon-Levitt who was here in Toronto for the premier of his new film “Snowden”. You can tell just by the look on his face that he feels like “The Man” in this suit!

What really makes it for me is the tie. It fits with the colour scheme, but adds a bit of sheen and texture to the ensemble. Texture is important when layering dark on dark. Choose a tie that is not too loud, but has a bit of sheen to it to capture the light and add another dimension to your outfit.



Photo Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Actor Chris Pratt attends “The Magnifcent Seven” premiere looking like the young and fresh guy he is in a combo that not many men can pull off easily (or at least think they can).

These days, patterns are in. Whether you’re wearing stripes, checks, gingham or dots, nothing is stopping you from mixing and matching these patterns to create your own look and style.

I love the combination of the classic tapered pinstripe with the more wholesome tartan dress shirt and solid purple tie. Purple is sure to be one of the hottest colours this fall season. My only disappointment with this outfit is that the jacket could have it better. Never cheap out on the tailoring!!


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I have to hand it to Ewan McGregor for sporting this look at the premiere of “American Pastoral”. Not what you’d expect to see on a red carpet, and frankly not many guys could pull it off.

The pants, or shall I say Capris, are slim and short. And why not show off those stylish shoes?

This is an interesting take on the summer suit. It’s light in colour and fabric. The lightweight single breasted jacket is appropriate for the warmer months and could easily be paired with a nice pair of slim fit jeans or dark pants.

And with the crisp white shirt and neatly folded white pocket square, this look has some classic elements and also integrates the actor’s unique style and edge.

Works well for the summer, but not an appropriate men’s suit during the cooler months.


Tom’s Take on TIFF: Tom Is Fall Fashion!!

About Tom:

A leading retailer of designer men’s suits and accessories in Toronto’s Kensington Market since 1958. Tom’s Place offers brand name men’s wear and business apparel at below retail prices.

Tom’s Place is unique. You’ll get a friendly welcome from the owner, Tom Mihalik, and helpful service from his knowledgeable sales staff and tailors. Please come in and see us!





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