Justin Timberlake at Cannes

Posted on May 20, 2013

We’re disappointed:


Justin Timberlake attends the ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.

It’s a nice enough outfit; sure. And Cannes photocalls tend to be causal affairs anyway. But it’s also a chance for stars to spread their style wings and dress for the location, which is the French Riviera after all. It calls for a certain continental chicness crossed with a resort feel. Ryan Gosling managed to nail it a couple years ago. Timberlake is more of a clotheshorse than this outfit would have you believe. We suppose he’s going for the “serious actor” look, since he wants desperately to be seen as one. But even serious actors hit Cannes in white pants or linen suits or something else a bit less “my uncle at Thanksgiving” than this.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Really unflattering. This makes him look like he has droopy shoulders, and like he’s thick around the middle. Which is a travesty, considering he can wear a slim-cut suit like nobody’s business.

  • The nipple buttons are distracting. And as a whole it’s a little too “Early Ward Cleaver” for me.

    • snarkmeister

      I took one look and hollered, “Alan Thicke!”

  • Sobaika

    He looks like a math teacher.

    • I thought so too.

      ETA: I take that back… I had a history teacher who dressed JUST. LIKE. THIS.

    • aeb1986

      I wish I had a math teacher that looked like that…

      • JasmineAM

        I did have one. In high school, for one semester…and then he just disappeared. Every girl in the school wept.

      • Sign me up for math class!

  • The nipple buttons are silly. Get rid of those, switch out the pants for some nice white slacks, and toss one of those jaunty fedoras in that he likes so much, but in straw. Done.

  • MilaXX

    Boring Bing Crosby realness

    • MoHub

      Give that man a set of golf clubs and a straw fedora!

  • his head looks good.

    • Derek_anny

      except the back. That line is rather uneven.

  • mini_d

    Thurston Howell – at Cannes?!

  • Rebecca Berger

    I just can’t stop seeing Ricky Gervais.

    • I’m pretty sure you don’t mean that in a good way, but I’d be all. over. that. If JT and RG had a love child my universe would be complete. And yes, I am a little ashamed about that.

    • Oops. Just made the same comment. It’s uncanny…

  • The narrow lapels and the upper buttons make that jacket veer into “may as well be a cardigan” territory which is throwing the whole look off. He’d have been better served by ditching the jacket and just going with the plaid shirt, even though it barely looks properly pressed.

  • College Professor realness. Yawn.

  • Gingerahoy

    I can see what he’s going for here (the navy and faun brigade strikes again!) but ultimately nothing fits him, he’s not got the right shape for a double-breasted jacket and it all looks a mess. And putting that shirt with it? Ick. Good grief, man.

  • Anniebet

    I swear my Uncle Ronald has this same outfit, minus the double breasted (emphasis on breast) buttons. Same check shirt, khakis, and navy sweater. His prolly cost $150.

    • Pennymac

      My Uncle Warren, too.

  • retrogal9

    Reminds me of the boat launch scene in Caddyshack.

    • zenobar

      “I hereby christen thee The Flying Wasp!”

    • It’s easy to grin

      When your ship comes in

      And you know you’ve got the stock market beat.

      But the man worthwhile

      Is the man who can smile

      When his pants are too tight in the seat

  • Check out that link to Ryan Gosling – TLO is right, he really hit the mark! And this outfit that Justin is sporting is, well, boring.

  • Janet B

    This would be a big step up from “the usual” for my teen, but not much of an effort from Justin.

    eta: I had to go back and look at Ryan Gosling again. He puts Justin to shame.

  • Nicholas

    What’s up with the back of his haircut? Some weird layering going on.

  • I’m so over him and his shitty hipster wanna be clothes and his shittier music. The stuff they will play on the radio just because it’s by a big name amazes me. Pure crap. Damn, I used to like him, I don’t know what happened!

  • Erica_Vuitton

    Your single is called “Suit & Tie” sir so practice what you preach even at casual events because it really is your best look.

    • Right? He doesn’t have to wear a suit and tie ALL the time, but maybe he should stick with the basics of what works for him, particularly for public appearances.

  • msdamselfly

    I think it is perfect in the context of this particular film. The other stars at the same photocall were also casually dressed.

    • It’s not that a casual look is the problem. It’s that THIS particular casual look doesn’t work for him.

      • RebeccaKW

        Yes. The pants are wrinkled and ill-fitting. The jacket is weird and unflattering. The shirt doesn’t go with the jacket. He’s wearing what looks like my Grandpa’s slippers. This look wouldn’t work for anyone.

  • jetpackdino

    He was there promoting his cover of “I’m My Own Grandpa.”

  • Mrs. Julien

    I have serious reservations about the nipple buttons. To be fair, I often has serious reservations about non-functional buttons.

  • Kate4queen

    It’s the cardy.

  • Tatiana Luján

    I hate the fit of this pants and how the shoes look with theese clothes. I like his hair and beard, though.

  • AmeliaEve

    I thought it was rather jaunty! But it does not do his shoulders any favors. I am usually anti-epaulet, but I think it would have helped this sweater. Also: S-T-A-R-C-H. This wrinkly khakis are part of what pulls this toward schlub territory.

  • Wow. All he needs is some taped-up glasses and he’d fit right in in the physics club.

    • Qitkat

      Hey! Physics club guys grow up to be professors at Cal Tech!
      [My youngest brother]

  • When did he start looking like Ricky Gervais?

  • misstressofsylar

    Brad with his scarf (was it for that Quentin movie?) nailed the Cannes photocall look. and I’m always biased about Justin. he will never be not smarmy for me.

  • I see he’s still raiding my grandfather’s closet.

  • understateddiva

    Give that back to Kyle McLaughlan. Let out the pants first, though.

  • All he needs is a tobacco pipe to top off this outfit.

  • CeeQ

    “my uncle at Thanksgiving” = spot on. I was thinking of a comment around “uncle” or “dad at child’s career day at school”. Your comment works for me and I’m feeling lazy so no further adds =D

  • Dam_Angel

    Is he not wearing socks? Yuck.

  • Sara__B

    My dad’s in his 90s, and still a handsome old guy, but he’s dressed like this every day for decades — no, make that since after WWII when he started wearing Khakis for all things casual.

  • Nonnah

    Ricky Gervais, David Beckham, and Justin Timberlake must go to the same barber.

  • SaoirseLee

    Where is his nautical-themed pashmina afghan?

  • SaoirseLee

    Also, stank-foot.

    • Not with loafers, that’s what they’re for.

      • SaoirseLee

        They look more like dress shoes than loafers to my eyes, but I never was much good at men’s fashion.

        • Loafers can be dress shoes (though laced shoes are generally less casual), but sock-free is acceptable, as in boat shoes.

  • bellafigura1

    Yeah, the pants are wrong. He’s still cute though.

  • unbornfawn

    Michael Caine called. He wants his outfit back.

  • PeaceBang

    Man gingham at Cannes? Non. Non, non, non.

  • quiltrx

    Sheesh, all he needs is a pipe to smoke and some glasses…total English professor.

  • Dreamy handsome!

  • Ladies, there are some etchings I’d love to show you on my dinghy ….

  • ConnieBV

    While I see the flaws in this, Gosling was wearing a pyjama top.

  • stubbornthoughts

    He really didn’t need his grandfather’s sweater or shoes here. Missed targets.

    But then you said Ryan Gosling and gave me the old link and Timberlake became a nuisance.

  • Trying to hard, fell short of the sartorial sweet-spot.

  • formerlyAnon

    Rich dad or deluded high school teacher. Serious actor? Not so much.

  • librarygrrl64

    Hi, dad.