18 of the best-dressed men from the 2019 Golden Globes

If last year's Golden Globes taught us anything, it's that even a red carpet photo opp is a chance to fight for the greater good using fashion as your statement.

Last year saw men copping all black sporting "Time's Up" and "He For She" pins in solidarity with their female peers.

This year, as things slowly changed for the better, the mood is also a little brighter. Diversity has taken centre stage – not just in the style stakes but also in the selection of artists and films nominated for awards and with a new batch of best-dressed gents who are bringing their flair to an evening that can often run the risk of being a little cut-and-paste in its presentation.

Spectrums of taste

Running a commentary on red carpet fashion requires a certain suspension of practicality. Classic style is great. As is tailoring, traditional details, shiny shoes – you get the drift. It's all good to see. But a great red carpet event needs a few movers and shakers to really kick things off.

Pose star Billy Porter made sure everyone could see him no matter how far away they were, turning up in a silver suit and matching, bejewelled, silver cape with hot pink lining.

Current It-Boy Timothée Chalamet didn't even bother with a jacket, instead gunning a sequined harness from the most recent Louis Vuitton collection by Virgil Abloh.

Repping Down Under was American Horror Story: Apocalypse star, Cody Fern. The actor from the tiny town of Southern Cross in Western Australia chose a sheer black shirt, loose trousers and shoes that looked like a camel foot with a heel. Great for this event, not ideal for a Monday morning meeting.

The old guard

There was still some seriously sharp tailoring thick on the ground this year. Black Panther's Michael B Jordan, Jeff Bridges and Michael Douglas stuck to the black tie rule book by wearing the night's traditional colour theme, with Jordan giving the double-breasted tuxedo a good reason for a revival in 2019.

Taking home the gold for his role in The Green Book, Mahershala Ali let an accessory steal the show. A navy blue satin scarf offset what would have been a fairly ordinary tux. A small detail, but one that sets the thespian apart from more mainstream style choices.

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British actor Ben Whishaw also gave embellishment a go. It's a neat trick to draw the eye to the details of your lapel while deliberately leaving out the tie at a "black tie" event.

Feeling blue

It should also come as no surprises that, after last year's monochromatic turnout, that blue made a big return to this year's awards.

Despite being an acceptable standard for formal evening attire, plenty of men can often overlook it in favour of simpler black.

John C. Reilly opted for a velvet evening jacket in deep navy, while A Quiet Place director John Krasinski kept it simple with an all-over blue suit with black satin lapels.

Always good for a bit of fun when it comes to his wardrobe, Idris Elba rocked the best of both worlds – a three-piece suit sans tie (until he was presenting awards, at least) in a deep turquoise.

If you haven't already locked in a must-have colour for this year's event calendar, this will be it.

Check out the gallery to see our selection of the best dressed men at the 2019 Golden Globes.