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A Definitive Ranking of Rami Malek’s 13 Best Red Carpet Looks

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Since 2017, and heightened by his recent Bohemian Rhapsody acclaim and attention, actor Rami Malek has emerged as a style leader, quietly presenting outfits that whisper notes of dapper comfort. Instead of creating scroll-stopping looks like actor and red carpet killer Ezra Miller or owning street style like Puerto Rican singer Bad Bunny, he’s wearing outfits a woman would want her boyfriend to wear when taking him home to meet Mom. In theory, Malek might be the poster boy for uniform dressing, distilling his style to a dependable color palette and silhouette. 

 

In fashion, there is a place for both the absurd and the comfortable. Malek is straddling both worlds while being polished and safe. He has established a uniform for himself that consists of monochromatic suits, a mostly black-and-white palette and interesting details like exposed stitching, funky collars and suits in unexpected colors (e.g., head-to-toe red) to keep things spicy. On every red carpet during his Rhapsody press cycle, Malek has quietly presented polished looks time and time again. Almost like a schoolboy uniform that he pulls out of his closet every morning to abide by a set of rules, it’s safe but effective. 

 

We’ve rounded up his top red carpet looks of all time (his systemized dressing appears to have started late in 2016) and ranked them based on a few key criteria: his perceived level of comfort (on a scale of one to five, represented by the hatchling chick emoji, the comfiest of them all >🐣< ), how dapper he looks (also on a scale of one to five, represented by the man in a suit levitating emoji 🕴🏻 ) and if ONE37pm editors would wear the look.

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Rami Malek attends the 'Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology' Gala / Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

13. Navy Blue Suit with Bow Tie

How comfy does Rami look? ?

Dap-o-meter: ????

Would we wear it? Potentially.

 

As the worst of the best, this look is still strong. Malek must be comfy because he isn’t making any major style moves for the night. He’s owning a well-tailored skinny suit, and the navy feels fresh for a gala that’s a sea of black suits. Nothing to write home about, but still nice. Would wear to a wedding, but, like, a distant second cousin twice removed’s friend’s wedding.

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Rami Malik arrives at the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards / Steve Granitz/WireImage

12. Tweed Suit with Shiny Tie

How comfy does Rami look?  ?

Dap-o-meter: ????  

Would we wear it?: Maybe? Probably not.

 

Here we have the counterpoint to the solid navy moment: a head-to-toe tweed suit with slicked hair, a shiny tie and shiny shoes. Malek is definitely not comfy. He’s trying too hard. It’s giving us a headache. Would be hard to find an occasion to wear this look. 

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Rami Malek attends the EE British Academy Film Awards / Karwai Tang/WireImage

11. White Suit with Black Bow Tie and Boots

How comfy does Rami look? ? ?

Dap-o-meter: ????

Would we wear it?: No.

 

In a bow tie, Malek is not comfortable. You can see it in his pursed lips. We have to give him props for upgrading standard dress shoes to shiny dress boots. We probably won’t be pulling this look to wear anytime soon.

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Rami Malek attends the 2016 GQ Men of the Year Party / Mike Windle/Getty Images for GQ

10. Graphic Blazer with No Tie

How comfy does Rami look? ????

Dap-o-meter: ????

Would we wear it?: Yes.

 

You guys, Malek is mad comfy. He’s not wearing a tie. He’s in all black. And he is almostsmiling in an awesome statement blazer that packs a punch. Steal this look for your next dinner party. Intricate blazers for the win.

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Rami Malek attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Gala / Kevin Mazur/WireImage

9. Red Tuxedo and Button-Down and Black Flower

How comfy does Rami look? ?

Dap-o-meter: ????????  

Would we wear it?: No.

 

OK, we know it’s the Met Gala, but our hatchling chick Malek appears to be very sad to be wearing an embroidered flower on his pocket. The monochrome dressing serves him well again here, and the red color is perfection, hence the high dap-o-meter score. Four out of five on the dapper side, one out of five on the comfy side. (Oh, and where would a normal person wear this?)

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Rami Malek attends Montblanc and (RED)'s 'Write (Red), End AIDS' celebration / Taylor Hill/Getty Images

8. Hunter Green Suit with Detailed White Shirt

How comfy does Rami look? ???

Dap-o-meter: ??????  

Would we wear it?: Yeah, most likely. 

 

While this Dior hunter green suit is good, the black detail on the collar of his white shirt is even better. It’s stealing the show. This outfit is Malek’s uniform dressing at work. Replicate at will.

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Rami Malek attends the 2nd Annual Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award Ceremony / Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

7. Red Suit with No Tie

How comfy does Rami look? ??

Dap-o-meter: ????  

Would we wear it?: Eh, maybe. 

 

Another red monochrome moment, but this time there’s less pomp and circumstance. Here he’s swapped the red button-down for a simple white one and added substantial boots with a lug sole. Malek just seems more at ease. We would maybe wear this to an event, but it would need to be something kind of outlandish—like, say, a film festival. 

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Rami Malek attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet / Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

6. Gray Tweed Pants with Black Silk Button-Down

How comfy does Rami look? ????

Dap-o-meter: ???????? 

Would we wear it?: Yes.

 

One of our favorite Malek looks, this is the most replicable and ultimately wearable. Simple gray tweed slacks with a shiny black button-down tucked in. He looks so relaxed and so lovable.

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Rami Malek attends a photocall for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' / Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images

5. Leather Bomber Jacket with Sneakers

How comfy does Rami look? ?????

Dap-o-meter: ??????  

Would we wear it?: Yes, definitely. 

 

One of Malek’s only street-wear looks, he pulls out a star moment in Rome on a photo-call for Bohemian Rhapsody. What a great jacket, made by Maison Valentino. What easy sneakers he’s wearing (Aquatalia). This look is the ultimate comf and ultimate cool.

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Rami Malek attends the 2018 American Music Awards / Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

4. Checkered Black and White Blazer

How comfy does Rami look? ????

Dap-o-meter: ????????

Would we wear it?: 100 percent, yes.

 

Here, Malek re-creates the things he knows work for him: a black-and-white palette, a statement blazer and a skinny, tailored fit. And he does it with great success. Copy this look ASAP. 

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Rami Malek attends the 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards / Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

3. Asymmetrical Double-Breasted Suit with Sneakers (!)

How comfy does Rami look? ???

Dap-o-meter: ??????????  

Would we wear it?: Yes, please. 

 

We figure this look isn’t the most comfortable with its wrapped jacket, but boy does it deliver on style. The simple addition of an asymmetrical button on his Dior jacket launches this look into the stratosphere, and it is paired with sneakers of the same shade. Such a good vibe, Mr. Malek. Take this as proof that you can get away with sneakers at formal functions if they’re sleek and the same color as your fit. 

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Rami Malek attends the Nespresso British Academy Film Awards / David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images

2. Black-Pocketed White Shirt with Black Suit

How comfy does Rami look? ????

Dap-o-meter: ???????? 

Would we wear it?: Absolutely.

 

This outfit would be nothing without that gorgeous black pocket peeking through. Malek’s classic buttoned-all-the-way-to-the-top style is deployed again to great aplomb in this Kris Van Assche for Berluti shirt. The shoes feel super modern and the dap-o-meter is high. Are you seeing the correlation between the comfy chick scale and the dapper scale? They’re connected.

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Rami Malek attends the World Premiere of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' / David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage

1. White Suit with Black, Detailed Shirt

How comfy does Rami look? ?????

Dap-o-meter: ??????????  

Would we wear it?: Love it, yes, for sure.

 

The look that passed both tests with flying colors is a Rami Malek buffet. For the world premiere of his career-defining film Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek didn’t leave a single style hack on the table. He’s wearing a tailored skinny suit in white and a button-down shirt in black with interesting stitch details, and he looks relaxed and happy. 

 

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