Garrett Hedlund in black at the 2016 Golden Globes.
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And it looks like a bunch of A-list actors—and their stylists—are joining in.

A red-carpet event full of just black suits and tuxes is usually a letdown. That’s why we rely on style rebels like Donald Glover and Jared Leto to prove that men can and should get a little freaky with their clothes—especially during the most formal of occasions. At the 2018 Golden Globes this year, however, you can bet on seeing a sea of black suits for reasons other than it being a sartorial safe bet. If you’re just emerging from your holiday-cookie coma, several female nominees and attendees are rumored to have pledged to wear black to the event in protest of sexual harassment and gender inequality in Hollywood. And some famous men look to be joining the protest in solidarity.

A few prominent menswear stylists to Hollywood’s top actors have already commented on their—and their clients’—participation in the protest ahead of the January 7th event. Last week, New York-based stylist Michael Fisher told The Hollywood Reporter that men wearing black to the Globes will be “an inevitable thing out of solidarity”. That said, his clients Hugh Jackman and Sam Rockwell won’t necessarily be wearing black. Fisher told us: “My gentleman are wearing dark suits and all are wearing black pocket squares to support the cause. Ultimately, it’s the choice of my clients and as the stylist, I’m here to support them.”

Ilaria Urbinati, who is dressing Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, and Milo Ventimiglia for the ceremony, is taking a stronger stance. On Instagram, The L.A.-based stylist confirmed that her clients will be participating fully in the protest as well. In her caption she warned, “this may not be the right time to choose to be the odd man out”. Urbinati elaborated on her decision over email telling us, “With everything that’s been going the last couple of months, I think it’s important that we don’t make this a women vs men and vice-versa thing. I think this movement needs to be a united front, so the men wearing black feels like the right gesture to put the message out there that they are standing by the women.”

As it stands now—and, really, has for the last three decades—a guy in a black suit or tux at the Golden Globes isn’t out of the ordinary. It is the ordinary. (Less than a third of the men on our 2017 best-dressed list strayed from the penguin suit.) More important than just showing up in the color of the night will be speaking out. Hopefully when the men are asked who they’re wearing, they’ll also have the temerity to explain the why.



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