The men of “American Idol” – that would be Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest – earn big bucks questioning superstar hopefuls. Sometimes, that includes critiques of the wannabes' wardrobes.
But what can be said about the boys’ own outward appearances? And who stacks up best against the perfectly coifed and always glamorous female judge, Jennifer Lopez?
We asked some fashion bigs to judge the judges (and host).
“The best is Ryan. He’s always so polished, head-to-toe. But with (top British designer) Burberry providing his wardrobe each week, it isn’t so difficult, and I do love how he finishes off his suit with a perfectly placed tie clip,” Melissa Rappaport, owner of Los Angeles-based fashion firm RappAround PR, told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “The worst is Randy. Everything he does is wrong – too much color, too much print. He’s lost a lot of weight and looks great, but absolutely no style. He should take a cue from “X-Factor” star L.A. Reid.”
Rappaport also said that “Steven Tyler can get away with anything” because he is, after all, Steven Tyler. Danielle Zackman, owner and designer of Danielle Stevens Jewelry, concurred.
“Steven is entirely in his own world of fashion, and I love that his personality shines through into his fashion sense. He is a rock legend, and I think there is an unwritten law that once you reach this status, you're cool no matter what,” she explained. “As for Randy, he’s is just so plain. Not to offend his simplicity, but I can’t say anything he ever wears is necessarily memorable... [W]hy not add a few cool men’s bracelets or a simple long leather cord necklace-take it up just a notch?"
Seacrest, otherwise known as the busiest man in show business, gets her thumbs up, too.
“He looks fashionable and put together no matter if he’s casual or dressed to impress on air. He never goes to the extreme but always looks cool and effortless,” Zackman said. “He knows what looks good on him and how to work it.”
“How many times have you surfed the Internet the day after an award show or movie premiere and found countless articles and opinions on what the celebrities were wearing? And of those articles, how many of the celebrities were men? Almost none,” Tarkian said. “It’s 2012, and as good of a time as any, to place these men under the same scrutiny as we do the women.”
Tarkian said the men of "Idol" are the perfect launching pads.
“My vote for the best dressed is Ryan Seacrest. He keeps his look sharp and tailored, and never wears an ensemble that overpowers him. Classics are classics for a reason,” she continued. “While Randy Jackson may have some sartorial shortcomings, he takes risks and appears to really enjoy putting things together. Finally, while I am an Aerosmith fan and have a great deal of respect for Steven Tyler, he has my vote for worst dressed. I understand style is something extremely personal, but it is definitely time to make some adjustments.”
Tarkian’s words of wisdom?
“Maybe if the shirts were a little less open, the pants a little less tight, and the scarves a little less flowing, Mr. Tyler could work himself up our best-dressed list,” she added. “Anything can happen. It is 2012 after all.”