George Clooney in London

Posted on May 28, 2013

George doesn’t get street-papped that often, relatively speaking.


George Clooney dines out at ‘Locanda Locatelli’ restaurant in London.

Now we know why.

We expect vigorous disagreement on this front, but we cringe a little at this ensemble. We’re big proponents of the idea that people of both genders would do well to learn how to dress for their age. Usually, when talking about male stars, such sentiments boil down to  “Stop dressing like a ten-year-old.” But George is that rare celebrity bird that has us saying “Stop dressing like you’re twenty years older than your age.”

Look, we like that George ages (semi)naturally and doesn’t attempt to look or act any younger than he is. But he’s 52; not 72. He can afford to dress with a little bit more style than this. Those Pop-Pop jeans make us wince. Just switch them out for something with a darker wash and slightly slimmer cut, shave off the Cronkite mustache, and we’ll call it all good, George. The rest of it is bland beyond bland, but not so horrible that it needs to be changed.



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  • sagecreek

    That mustache. No, George. Just no.

    • mrspotts66

      he’s channeling christopher plummer.
      and doing it well.
      i like his clothes. <>

  • aeb1986

    “George doesn’t get street-papped that often”…but when he does, he sports a creepy ass mustache

    • 3boysful

      And drinks Dos XX! 🙂

      • NYCGlamourpuss


      • Qitkat

        When you consider all the parts he has played, he certainly might be TMIMITW!

  • imspinningaround

    I like everything up top (including the mustache–is it for a role?) but everything from the waist down makes me sad.

  • H3ff

    Serving up Stanley Tucci’s paedophile murderer from The Lovely Bones.

  • random_poster

    I didn’t know Clark Gable was still alive and looking fantastic!

    • Little_Olive

      Still alive, period.

  • hughman

    His new role : Grandpa doing the chicken dance at the wedding reception.

    • I just snorted outloud at work. Thanks!

    • decormaven

      Killing it! I’m dying here.

  • 3boysful

    In some of the close-up shots, there’s a little Marx Brother vibe going on. No, George is right.

  • Deedles

    Jeez. Who does he think he is? Older Ephraim Zimbalist, Jr./Howard Hughes? Woof.

  • Heather

    Mustache and bad jeans? This is so Divorced Dad Midlife Crisis. What’s next, a Miata?

  • Jessica Freeman

    Pop Pop jeans, I love you Uncles. The scarf is what sends it straight into “I should also have a cane” territory.

    • decormaven

      I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!

  • His scarf doubles as a wrap because we all know the elderly are always cold.

    • Carla_Charlton

      I think he’s hiding his neck.

  • Poeta Paz

    Maybe the mustache is for a movie, please George.

  • Diego!

    I agree, he looks like one of my old aunts in boydrag. I HATE that mustache!

  • It’s Kimmy

    I guffawed at “Pop-Pop jeans”, that’s exactly what popped in my head when I saw these pics. And I hate the mustache too!

  • Jecca2244

    so i’m pretty sure the mustache is for Monuments Men which he has been filming in Germany.

  • out for a walk

    I can’t be too upset about this because he looks so much like a random friend’s dad that it seems intentionally anonymous. If I saw him on the street I certainly would never recognize this dude as George Clooney – perhaps he was hoping the paparazzi would be similarly tricked?

  • Heather H

    The mustache is for “The Monuments Men”. He’s playing George Stout:

  • Stacy C

    Mustache + Sunglasses (at night!) = no no George. I’m ok with the Jeans… but he looks kinda stalkerish to me.

    • Jessica Freeman

      They might be his Transition lenses from all the papping going on.

      • formerlyAnon

        I laughed out loud.

  • Donna Tabor

    Finally, he looks old enough for me! Awesome.

    • THIS one made me snort. And think “you know, Donna’s right! He finally looks like I wouldn’t be robbing the cradle.” And he’s only 4 years younger than I am!

  • lgollub1

    Wow! Harsh words. I would say get rid of the horrible ‘stache (and maybe the overworked hair), but leave the rest alone. He looks comfortable. Dark, tight jeans invariable are less comfortable…and like you say, who is (usually) gonna see?

  • LJCdoc

    I’m ok with everything except the upper lip fungus. No.

  • DinaSews

    He’s only 52? I always thought he looked great for an older man but holy cow! 52? Really? Is that all?

  • artgirl9

    Oh man! This is not working. Hate the facial hair and in photo #4 the pose makes me think of the grandpa on the McCoys!

  • MilaXX

    I don’t like the ‘stache, but I’d give it a pass if he’d loose the grandpop jeans.The eyewear, however is divine & I want them.

  • Aw! He looks like my pops in these.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      My dad had that mustache…people told him he looked like Errol Flynn.

  • Gwyndall

    He looks like Alex Trebek.

    • Should have read the comments first, I just posted the exact same thing.

  • Aside from the mustache, I don’t see any problem here. He’s going out to dinner, and looks comfortable. He’s not on a red carpet or promoting anything, nor is he on TV. I don’t think every celebrity needs to be scrutinized 24/7 whenever someone somewhere happens to get a picture of them….

  • flamingoNW

    I think the stache is for a role. Agree re the jeans….

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    It’s like Gregory Peck is starring in “Wild Hogs.”

    • filmcricket


  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Yeah, this is a little too “Omar Sharif” for me. Not that I have any issues with Omar Sharif – he’s quite handsome for a much older man. The issue with George is that he’s a much younger man.

    • akprincess72


  • l_c_ann

    He appears to have gone from suave and debonair to dirty ole man in the past several weeks.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    Now I feel older too.

  • raininmai

    The mustache must be for a role. I’ve never seen him with one before.

    • Spicytomato1

      It is, some WW2 movie. The hairstyle looks period, too.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      Is he playing Alex Trebek?

    • drdarke

      Yeah, @raininmai:disqus – he looks like he’s styled for a role. That mustache, that more grey and thinner than normal hair just calls out, “In Character Now, Man! No judging – !”

      I’d say “Let it ride” – though he comes off as an oddly sexy older man (as in “a decade older than I am”, even though Clooney’s four years younger than me!).

  • Lizzy

    Does anyone else get a major Geraldo Rivera vibe here?

    • Qitkat


      I can deal with all the other comparisons posters have made.

      • formerlyAnon

        I would like this 100 times if I could. Completely agree with that “Ewww.”

    • Little_Olive

      That’s IT! Thank you.

      (though mine is true too… boy are there creepy ass mustaches out there).

    • merciblahblah

      as soon as I saw him. He is Geraldo all the way. Sadly.

  • Little_Olive

    If you only knew how similar he looks to the former President of the Socialist Party here in Chile. No kidding.

  • snarkykitten

    holy cow. my dad is 10 years older than him but looks much younger.

  • Sunraya

    Stacy must be keeping him up late at night, because he looks old and worn out. For the first time since I saw him on ER, many years ago, he is doing nothing for me.

  • alyce1213

    William Powell Realness.

    • Coco Cornejo

      I was thinking he was channeling Cary Grant with that haircut and those glasses.

      • marlie

        And there is nothing wrong with that, ever.

  • majorbedhead

    Oh, George. No. You look like Barney Miller with that mustache.

  • Naa; I disagree. He looks great for 50. A lot of 50 year olds I see are sadly clinging to the trends. He has a lot of self respect and class to dress like 50 year old. Well done.

    • marlie

      There’s a difference between being “trendy” and “current,” though. No one is asking him to wear hipster skinny jeans; just jeans that could have been purchased in any of countless department some time in the past 10 years.

    • rainwood1

      I think he looks great too, Jeff. I always assume that unusual hair or facial hair is for a role and there’s no reason to judge him for that. He does what he needs to do for a particular part. And the jeans are just fine. He’s a classic dresser rather than whatever is trendy or current or whatever people want to call it. I LIKE that you can’t tell whether it’s from this year or ten years ago because that’s the definition of classic. Clooney has a personal style and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  • Barb Ray

    I’d still hit it.

  • I srsly thought that was Alex Trebek

  • judybrowni

    Lose the grandpa mustache, and all is good, George.

  • formerlyAnon

    Just the mustache. Just get rid of the mustache. I beg.

    I have gotten used to the fact that most men near my age look like somebody’s Dad. I am not ready for one of the handsomest of them to start looking like somebody’s Granddad.

    • meowing

      I’m hoping the ‘stache is for a role. And just wait until you ARE g’parent age. From Simon & Garfunkel…”it’s terribly strange to be 70…” even tho’ I’m not quite that old (yet).

      • formerlyAnon

        God, don’t I feel that sentiment! Technically, I *am* grandparent age. Since I and the majority of my circle waited till our 30s or, even, a few, our 40s to have children, I am able to live in denial. But not for much longer . . .

  • mhleta

    Vigorously disagree. This is how a man dresses, a man who is too busy enjoying the riches of his fabulous life to care about the wash of his jeans, but worldly enough to throw on whatever’s easy and still look respectable and slightly badass. I’d cross a crowded room to chat with this guy, though I wouldn’t bother to do the same for some ponce who looked like he fussed over himself too much.

    • Yuck.

      • I think you guys are missing out on a lot of fascinating people, if you choose who to be interested in by their attention to the fashion trends of the moment.

        • I don’t understand at all what that means in reference to this post. The focus of the site is celebrity fashion.

          • mhleta said that she (?) would cross a crowded room to chat with this which you replied “yuck” No?

          • Love you guys…mean it! Fan since forever!

          • I’m replying “Yuck” to the sentiment “This is how a man dresses.”

    • Lori

      He cared enough about the wash of his jeans to buy them, or to authorize someone to buy them for him. Even for the rich and famous clothing doesn’t just appear in their possession. It doesn’t take that much more time to buy something that doesn’t make him look like a grandpa. Spending too much time on one’s appearance can obviously be a bad thing, but dressing badly is not actually a sign of depth.

    • DonnaL

      Isn’t “ponce” a pejorative term for a gay man?

      • demidaemon

        The short version is yes.

  • Spicytomato1

    You know, these jeans are a problem with middle-aged men everywhere, I’ve noticed. They didn’t bug me when Obama sported them because I think uber-fashionable isn’t entirely appropriate for the POTUS. They bug me when dads at school or at the Little League game wear them, but I don’t get too worked up about it.

    But George Clooney…he’s got no excuse! You’d think a Hollywood star with a villa in Italy could spring for a pair of jeans from this decade, at least.

  • bellafigura1

    It’s the jeans, and nothing but the jeans. I am in his age range, I’m dating, and for the love of god, UPDATE YOUR JEANS MEN. They’ve changed since the ’80s!!!

  • Erin Kristoff

    The mustache is because he is about to play Walt Disney in a Damon Lindelof movie

  • girliecue

    You leave my Georgie alo—-oh. Yeah, this look is impossible to defend. Sorry, George darling.

  • marlie

    This is EXACTLY what my dad wears (jeans, shoes, plain sweater, leather jacket, & mustache), and he looks pretty cool for his age. Thing is, my dad *is* 72.

    • marlie

      Also, no matter how hard my sisters and I try, my father refuses to try a slimmer cut jean. Sometimes we can sneak a darker wash into his wardrobe.

  • Carol

    The ‘stache has given me a sad.

  • steeg of their own

    It’s the mustache. He could get away with the rest of it, I think, if not for the mustache. Please shave, George. You owe it to yourself.

  • dalgirl

    Anyone else see Omar Sharif here?

    • artsykelly

      This is exactly who I saw. And it made me love him more.

  • SapphoPoet

    He looks like an older, more sleazy version of George Clooney.

  • fauxhawk

    Ugh. This is very Inspector Clouseau, and it’s not even remotely funny. Those pants give me agita.

  • Chris

    He looks like the part of a “director” from a 1950’s movie. All he needs is a giant megaphone.

  • mjude

    pop-pop jeans….LMFAO!

  • AnniNoone

    On the bright side, I just realized why I have such a crush on my pediatrician. He looks like a 72-year-old Cloon. Who knew?

  • As soon as I saw this, I thought “Antonio Banderas”

  • This is PROOF that George Clooney is not gay. No gay man I know (and I live in San Francisco) would wear his jeans that baggy. They’d either wear them more fitted, or select another type of pants. And maybe the mustache was for a role? If not, please shave it off, George. And if so, please rethink the look for that character, Mr/Ms Director. Unless, of course, he’s playing in the new biopic of Walter Cronkite — then you have the look JUST RIGHT!

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    I still would…

  • Kimmu

    In some of these shots, he’s really starting to look like the love child of Clark Gable and Omar Shariff.

  • ovarB

    Why does he have a resemblance to Clark Gable?? It is the ‘stache no?

  • GorgeousThings

    OMG, he’s Dennis Farina-lite!

    • kimiakay

      Yes yes yes! That’s who it is. I’ve been racking my brain trying to remember who he reminded me of. At first I thought that’s who he was! Thank you.

  • nannypoo

    It’s not my favorite look for him, but I’d sign a 3 year contract in a heartbeat.

  • PLH

    Hah! “Pop-pop jeans”! Still and all and in spite of the awful jeans, I’d take Mr. George in a heartbeat. I could take him shopping for new jeans. : )

  • Crystal

    Mustache. NO. Jeans. NO.

    Go home and start again, George.

  • understateddiva

    serving up Victor Newman realness. Yikes.

  • He’s beginning to look like my dad, lol.

  • lilyvonschtupp

    It’s George!!!!!!! He can dress however he damn well pleases.

    Besides, the gray and mustache are most likely for a movie role.

    But he does look like Ronald Coleman, dosen’t he?

  • j_anson

    I have no problem with the clothes. It’s the hair! I showed this to my roommate, who said, “he looks a little like Hitler.” To which I said, “Hipster Hitler, maybe.”

  • kimiakay

    Oh no no no. This is just wrong. By the look on his face maybe he thinks so too? I saw several pics of him today on different sites, and he’s wearing that face in almost all of them. I just can’t get over how old he looks, but the problem for me is that it seems to have happened so fast. I hope it’s for a role and not an illness.

  • Wellworn

    George, go ahead and wear your Pop-Pop jeans and I will wear my granny panties and you can wear your gray stash and I will wear my gray roots and I would love to go to the early bird at Denny’s with you anytime.

  • quiltrx

    George…you’re great when you’re George. But never…I mean EVER…try to out-Omar Omar Sharif. Omar is still SHUTTING IT DOWN at 80, honey. Just be you. You can never be Omar.

  • akprincess72

    LOVE the jacket & I remember him on The Facts of Life, sigh…

  • Facial hair is always a bad idea when it’s grey. He looks like that guy in ‘Singin’ In The Rain’ who demonstrates the talking picture.


  • End of an era. Sigh.

  • JauntyJohn

    To me — even in these shots — he is every inch a movie Star.

  • Damien W

    The ‘stache must be for a role he’s filming; I seriously doubt he grew it out of boredom. Or maybe he lost another bet with Brad Pitt.

    The man is going out for a meal, not a red carpet. Isn’t he allowed to wear his comfy clothes when he’s off-duty?

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    Oh, and I forgot to give you the love yesterday, TLo – “Pop Pop jeans” KILLED me!

  • blueberrypanckae

    serving Barry from Storage Wars realness

  • LuisaNL

    Oh, look, it’s good ol’ uncle George! WTF?! Now I’m just depressed.

  • Leigh

    Oh Lordie…I totally saw Daniel Esquivel from PR…I am so afraid.

  • dgh

    He looks like a handsome, comfortably and warmly dressed middle-aged man with an evident sense of style who nevertheless doesn’t try to be anything he’s not – like 26 and too insecure to appear in anything less than this very moment’s dark-wash-japanese-selvage-whatever blue jeans. He’s also George Clooney and probably well over the “oohh sexy” he’d get in your preferred, tighter pants, and he’s dressing to deflect it. And here’s my big big news: Fifty-two is MIDDLE-AGED. It is NOT YOUNG. It is less than 10 years fron OLD. I’m 58 so shut up, I know this shit. I’m sorry, aging gentlemen (wait, did I mean bitchy insecure old queens?) still shopping at stores patronized by people who wear Axe: you are not young. You are old. It’s OK. You can still be sexy, but in a less urgent, more grownup kind of way. See photos above.

  • SportifLateBoomer

    He’s exactly my age, I love younger men, I am with an older man, and I
    WOULD SO TOTALLY HIT THAT dad jeans, sad stache and all. There are so few guys
    around who are aging as well as Clooney.

  • oohsparkley!

    I like that he’s aging well. But I don’t think this is George, it’s his look-alike uncle. If he must keep the ‘stache then I think he should lose the scarf. Baggy jeans are more comfortable for sitting. Do men’s jeans have stretch? Glad I don’t have to live without the stretch.

  • guest2visits

    I didn’t think this was bad. I must say the first thing I thought was darker jeans or pants would be more polished; but this might just be perfect for the occasion, faded jeans are not un-fashionable… even for older types. And if they were skinny jeans or too fitted to his 50 something butt then I would be put-off.
    I think what’s great about this is his well groomed grey hair and mustache. A man generally looks much better going natural with the grey and not giving the styling a pass just because they’re older, either.
    What I really, really hate about older guys dressing habits are the sweater/long sleeved vees or crews necks worn without a shirt of some type underneath. Yeech. You may as well add the gold chain to it too. So gross. Please older dudes; wear a T or a shirt under those tops so that the collar is VISIBLE. Unless you are built like the Mighty Thor; the thin sweater or top is such a seedy, sloppy look… I don’t care how much it cost. Young bodies can get by with it; sorry….that’s life.

  • AnnPopovic

    Yeah, it’s the facial critter; it’s not just aging, it’s kind’a pervy…

  • KatrinaAtienza

    Wow he looks like Vincent Price here.

  • Graig Fravel

    Again, my issue is not the clothing. The jeans and jacket are fine. It’s everything going on with his head that is the issue. He needs to keep his hair in a part of some sort, not THAT. The glasses are very ordinary, and that awful mustache adds at least 10 years to him. Goatee? Fine….it makes him look edgier and therefore younger. I do hope this look is for a role.