GQ magazine just released its list of the 20 most stylish men alive, and not only did the publication exclude George Clooney — it rubbed it in his debonair face.
In a post about how the list was determined, GQ contributor Will Welch included a note about Clooney’s absence. He wrote:
FWIW: George Clooney may be an icon of manliness to those of us who were born before 1985, but nobody under the age of 30 seems to think of him as particularly stylish.
Talk about shots fired! Let’s unpack this.
Seeing as GQ’s list was based largely on what famous men wear in their off time, I agree, Clooney’s off-carpet style leaves something to be desired. He has an unfortunate collection of dad jeans.
I’ll also admit that Clooney is kind of a one-tux-pony. (That is to say, he’s most often photographed in formal wear.) But to claim that “nobody under the age of 30” thinks he has style is a blasphemous generalization.
Clooney has set the bar for black-tie on the red carpet.
He represents old Hollywood glamour and gives the young guys on the carpet — like Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, both on GQ’s list — something to aspire to. Leaving him off the list is one thing, but denying his influence is quite another.
To be known for one type of look is not a sign of irrelevance, but a badge of true personal style. And if said singular style is Cary Grant meets off-duty superhero, you’re doing something very right.
Here are 15 photographs that prove Clooney’s ability to look “particularly stylish” — even to the eyes of a twenty-something — as well as a some trademark Clooney moves that I picked up in my photo research.
He also has a long history of wearing designer polos -- as you can just barely see in this photo -- under his sportcoat. Here he's rolling up to the 2005 Venice Film Festival.
I'd like to point out that this photo was taken in the mid-aughts -- a tricky time for men's fashion -- and Clooney's tux is perfectly timeless. I could say this image is from 2015 and no one would question it.
I noticed this as I was combing through various photo wires. Clooney's best non-formal wear moments have been captured during press and red carpets for his movies with Pitt. Note the polo/coat combo.
And he wears a lot of bow-ties, so that's a lot of faces. This red-carpet candid is from the 2007 Venice Film Festival.
After perusing nearly 7,000 Clooney photos, I can safely say that whenever Clooney doesn't have a tie on, he leaves a few buttons undone. It's part of his whole, 'I have a house in Lake Como and my life is a permanent vacation' thing.
Or even in the V of his lapel, as I saw in one photo. How does one even do that?
There are as many photos of Clooney in a black dress-shirt as there are of Clooney in formal wear. He's usually tan so it works.
The fuller the beard, the neater your hairstyle must be. Here, on the red carpet of the 2013 Academy Awards, Clooney balances a textbook deep part with just the right amount of height.
It's his signature. He's also been wearing satin stripe tuxedo trousers since anyone cared to photograph him in a tux on the red carpet. His tuxedo designer of choice -- on the red carpet and on the occasion of his wedding to Amal Alamuddin -- is Armani.
Like he did here, at the 2013 BAFTA Film Awards, where he showed up in shawl collar tux and matching tie.
Personality is 100 per cent a part of personal style. Plus, there's something about a man who's dressed to the nines yet isn't afraid to make a face in front of the cameras. I think it's called confidence.
Clooney went white tie and tails for this year's Met Gala. You can't see it in this photo, but he's wearing a red pocket square. I'm guessing he did this to nod wife Amal Clooney's gown, which would be a very Clooney thing to do.