Donald Glover had a big year. He had one of the best TV shows in Atlanta (which he created, wrote, and starred in), he released a new, risky, neo-soul funk fusion album, and he landed a roles in both the new Spider-Man and Star Wars movies. He kept the hot streak going at this year’s Golden Globes when he took one of, if not the biggest style risks of the night by wearing a brown velvet suit. Normally this wouldn’t work—in fact, it shouldn’t—but when you have the looks and swagger to pull it off, anything is possible.
On a night when every guy showed up in their most amicable looks—from black peak lapel tuxedos to navy blue shawl collar stand-outs—Glover showed that rules are meant to be broken. For one, he managed to make black shoes with a brown suit look awesome. But more important, he demonstrated that you don’t have to wear some neon-hued blazer or intricately embroidered pants to stand out (no offense to Jared Leto and every other Gucci lover out there—Glover’s look happens to be simply a not-so-out-there Gucci suit).
Bonus points as well for him opting for a substantial brown tie that channel 1970s style without being overly literal. And though normally we’d dock Glover for not being technically formal enough (black tie usually means satin peak lapels), when you win a Golden Globe for the best comedy show on TV (again, the one you yourself wrote, produced, and starred in), you can basically do whatever you want.