Ian Somerhalder’s decision last night to wear a three-piece suit at the Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles surely crowns him King of the Three-Piece. This year alone, Somerhalder has worn a three-piece suit at the CW Upfronts party in New York City in May (fantastic suit by young British designer Simon Sparr below left), at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Santa Monica in January (dark gray suit by Dolce & Gabbana below right) and at the Weinstein Company & Chopard Pre-Academy Awards Party in New York City in February (the Simon Sparr suit again). Last night, however, he resembled more than ever his 1860s alter-ego Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries: his suit featured an array of formal details from its thick black and white pinstripe fabric to its vest with a full eight buttons and a pocket (which Somerhalder inserted his hand into for comic effect as he walked the red carpet) to its jacket with a ticket pocket. That may be a lot of pockets (buttons, too) for Somerhalder to pull off, but one thing his three-piece suits nearly always have in common is a "more" approach to extras.
Somerhalder’s decision to go tieless at last night’s event was, I believe, a wise one: the open collar offset the opulence of the suit’s many details. But what do you think? I’m not completely sold on this particular suit, especially considering the fact that he usually looks so impeccable, as you can see above. I wonder if the suit is a little top-heavy and if the pants are as well-fitted as they could be. Either way, Somerhalder will always be a-ok in my book. 🙂