Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in Paris

Posted on October 15, 2013


Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson out and about in Paris, France.





Or trying too hard?

We hate to rag on two beloved celebrities, and we have to admit that, too hard or not, they’re actually trying, which is not always something you can say about their style choices. But oh Jesus, that scarf. It’s kind of hilarious how he started off with it perfectly styled and wound up with it hanging off him. It’s not your look, Tom. Keep the jacket, but for the love of God, lose the scarf.

She’s fine, but then again, try-hard always struck us as her natural setting.




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  • RussellH88

    That scarf is woven out of fabric made of 100% pure No.

    • H2olovngrl

      That is one GIRLY looking scarf. It looks like it was foisted on him by some stylist, but as the day wore on, his natural “dudeness” took over and he wrestled it down off his neck. “Goddamnit! Why the hell did I let Jean Luc talk me into this thing…? Itchy, choking, fringe…GAH! Get it off!”

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, that’s what happens when *I* wear a scarf. Starts out like picture 1, ends up dangling. If I’m lucky, all fluffed up and maybe semi-tucked into something rather than dangling like string.

        • H2olovngrl

          Mine usually winds up shoved into my purse.

      • ConnieBV

        I imagined a whole scene, like he woke up with a scratchy throat and had to make an appearance later, fretted about losing his voice to his wife, who he had promised to go shopping with, and she shut him up by wrapping him up in her scarf.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Oh, the keffiyeh. Beloved accessory from the 80s with periodic recurrences so maybe, tied properly, it’s a classic.

      • ItAin’tMe

        Love your name so much!

  • MaggieMae

    He’s less recognizable with the scarf up around his neck, that’s for sure.

    Nay on the scarf. Maybe it was a gift.

  • Jessica Freeman

    The scarf made it blatantly “trying too hard”. Otherwise I quite like these looks.

  • Nikko Viquiera

    i like it on him. i say, keep it 🙂

  • valerie747

    Perfect for Paris walking. The bodyguard is a must-have accessory.

    • formerlyAnon

      But why is the bodyguard carrying their shopping? I thought that was a hands-free job.

      • valerie747

        All French bodyguards do their Paris shopping while strolling with the Hanks’.

  • Scimommy

    Man, that bodyguard looks FRENCH!

  • shirab

    I applaud her for wearing shoes that make sense for walking around a city. They’re real tourists! But yes, Tom, leave the scarf-wearing to the French, who know how to do it properly.

    • gabbilevy

      Agreed! They look like real people here. I honestly don’t get trying too hard. I’d wear everything she’s wearing, and could easily see many of my more fashion-conscious guy friends donning his look. My only problem with the scarf is that he clearly doesn’t know how to wear it so that its a) comfortable b) not getting in the way, c) actually doing anything to keep him warm.

  • Flavia Pantoja

    I have to admit, ‘trying too hard’ or not, I like it. Very much. Even the scarf. There, I said it.

    • Constant Reader

      Agreed. I think it’s cute that he is deploying the man-scarf in Paris.

  • MilaXX

    On first look I like. I thought he looked cute and she looked more natural than she usually looks on the RC. Second look; his scarf is becoming undone and her blouse looks too small. Tom needs to lose the scarf and Rita needs a better top. I love them both, but they need to try again and opt for a less affected look,

  • BookishBren

    I would rather see a couple that looks like they are trying than one that clearly doesn’t care at all. I think they look pretty great, scarf or not.

  • kbshee

    I am just so happy Tom has removed all traces of facial hair that I can forgive the wayward scarf.

  • artgirl9

    Well I have to say he at least looks about 500 times better than most American tourists in Europe.

    • ChristySchiff

      From an ex-pat living in Vienna – Amen to that!

    • Fannie Wolston

      this summer it was the leggings worn as pants “moment”, layered tank tops and flip flops, hoowee some of those backend views, undies showing through (thankgod for undergarments)

      Forewarned my girl before we arrived in Paris for our euro tour, dress it up a bit, it’s not cedar point for chrissakes.

  • antonialee

    She should wear the scarf!

  • Here’s the thing about the male Euro scarf – at least he’s in the right location with the right weather temperature for attempting to rock it. Every time I see some douchtastic, frat boy, male model wannabe, sporting the artfully wrapped and gauzy scarf here in the South East in Summertime, I have to laugh at him.

    • formerlyAnon

      My favorite sighting was outside a coffee shop near a university in Texas. In early September. It was 103. He was wearing tight black jeans, t-shirt and artfully wrapped scarf, carrying a VERY enviable leather messenger bag and sporting a great hair cut. Flushed and sweaty, like everybody else on the sidewalk. I pondered on what state/continent he thought he was in when he dressed that morning.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        um… he wasn’t really really tall with a completely amazing beard, um, was he?

        • formerlyAnon

          No. 5’11” tops, clean shaven. Also, nice leather sandals, which made me wonder if he was perhaps not an American. Not that I was noticing, or anything. Just killing time waiting for the light to change. (Someone you know fond of over-accessorizing for the weather?)

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            i live in texas. i have two really spectacular scarves. i have tried to reconcile those two facts, unsuccessfully.

          • formerlyAnon

            Can’t win an argument with the climate. We’ve got November – February to work with. It’s saved me thousands on coats.

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t mind the scarf. I think they come off as trying too hard because their default setting is too ordinary-person, and when they try to dress up to the much-photographed celebrity mode, it rings false.

    What I mostly care about is that I hope they are as sane and connected as I paint them in my head. I have a childish desire for there to be decent, mostly-happy people in the world, even in the world of wealthy celebrities.

  • leahpapa

    I like them so much I don’t care. If I was willing to overlook Chet Haze, a terrible scarf is hardly a speed bump.

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    I think they look fine.
    If we had the money, this is how I and The Lord of The Universe would dress all the time. Minus the scarf for him, of course. I might wear it.

  • nannypoo

    They’re not embarrassing themselves, so I say they’re cute enough.

  • ccinnc

    I want his scarf.

  • Emily Smith

    He’s still adorable.

  • Kate Andrews

    I think Rita is responsible for that scarf. An American man of his age does not default to that. Come on!

    • Well, not a straight American man… I have gay friends who can pull off the look with no problem.

      • Kate Andrews

        Yes. My mother said last year that *everyone* should wear a scarf. So, it’s become a running joke for my boyfriend and me. He asks if he needs a scarf to complete his outfit. I always say, “Yes, sweetheart.”

      • Lanus

        True…but the scarf sticks out so much against the rest of his outfit, the whole look really screams, “I dressed myself this morning and then my wife saw this scarf in a market stall and made me wear it.” I like Rita’s outfit, and as a lady in her general age group, would totally wear it.

    • DTLAFamilies

      My 50+ ex husband could totally pull that off but he’s a musician and I think they get special dispensation.

      • Kate Andrews

        Were you married to Steven Tyler? xD

        • DTLAFamilies

          NOOOOO. My ex was more in the line of early 60s Sammy Davis Jr./Rat Pack style. But he could rock a scarf like a pro.

          • Kate Andrews

            Much nicer! I think Steven just ties his scarves on his mic stand anyway.

      • formerlyAnon

        Most stage musicians, virtually all actors. A surprising number of other people who stand up in front of an audience for a living (even teachers.)

        Because no matter what they say, how they deny it, and even if they no longer do it consciously, there was a point in time where they carefully analyzed the effect of every aspect of their appearance. Every. Aspect. They know what works and how to make it work because they thought about it, tried things out, solicited opinions. Whether they want to admit it or not.

  • That scarf story is just beginning. End of the day, it’ll be on his head.

    • Sarah

      He can use it as a napkin after they eat delicious French foods. A sling for carrying baguettes? Or as a picnic blanket when they sit in the park. It’s really quite practical. Oh, the possibilities.

  • Anna Vasquez

    I think when you’re rich, famous, in love, and Paris, everything’s automatically a yes.

    • Rand Ortega


      • Anna Vasquez

        I’m not a total cynic. Please don’t tell anyone.

  • Maybe he was trying to soften the effect of the black jacket – it’s a little heavy for him. Blue or grey would have worked better.

    I’d like her outfit better if the blouse were not sheer, and was a nice color.

  • 1tsplove

    Maybe the keffiyeh is a political statement? 😉

  • marlie

    Everything about this except his scarf is fine. Otherwise, they look like a couple of relatively chic people in Paris.

  • MoHub

    Hard to tell with the jacket, but I think her jeans are at least a size too small. The pull seems to be venturing into cameltoe territory.

  • ChristySchiff

    So adorable! I don’t think this is trying too hard at all. He looks very cute and she looks just a touch like she’s putting in a lot of effort to look chic but I think she’s mostly succeeding and then it’s Paris and don’t we all sometimes try to step up the game around the French?

    • Qitkat

      I am happy that this is considered chic enough for Paris. Because it all looks pretty normal to me, and bless his heart for trying with the scarf, many men wouldn’t. I will always love these two, separately or together.

  • filmcricket

    She looks adorable, and about ten years younger than she does on the red carpet. His jacket button situation is making my eye twitch, and those are verging on dad jeans, so the scarf is the least of my worries. I love them, though, so I don’t care.

    • lexilexi

      Yes. About her. She looks so much better here than she ever has on the red carpet… and leaner too.

    • DTLAFamilies

      Agree on the love. I have friends who have worked with Tom and he’s on the same level as Hugh Jackman in being sweet, kind, and accessible.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am childishly happy to hear it.

  • lalahartma

    It’s nice they look age appropriate.

  • Blair Sylvester

    I say this as a lover of scarves, but unless it is in fact cold enough for your neck to catch a chill they look a bit affected i think (but lets be honest i still wear them

  • RedRaven617

    Oh, but I want her leather jacket!

  • Janet B

    They look cute and appropriate for Paris. She needs a better fitting blouse, he needs a softer scarf he can tie (or pin) into submission.

  • J. Preposterice


  • Rebecca Harvey

    I like it, but why are her jeans cuffed? Is there high water? Are ankles the new body part to show off? Has everyone lost the ability to hem?

    • venusvelvet

      They have a stumpifying effect here.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    If he’d just lose the scarf, they’d be just about right…

  • jbj613

    What’s odd about the scarf is that it looks like a keffiyeh…is he somehow referencing his new film, “Captain Phillips”?

  • majorbedhead

    They’re never not cute.

  • AudreysMom

    Let me start by saying that I’m still in a state of something after watching Tom Hanks in “Captain Phillips” on Sunday. Just give him the Oscar already. So nothing that Tom could do or wear right about now has any influence on me, good or bad. The man is an artist who in my mind walks on water. Rita I’ve always gotten as a woman who isn’t quite sure how to dress her middle aged, relatively larger breasted body. She usually looks fabulous on The Good Wife, with costumers involved. Maybe her trying too hard is her trying without enough help? Together and Tom alone – they make me happy.

  • Christy Bishop Cricow

    They look absolutely great, and happy. I’m starting to have THAT as my litmus test for celebrities out and about. They look happy. Nice. Good.

  • MissDelaware

    Aww. Mom and Dad come to visit …

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Definitely Dad, but more like Dad and his new girlfriend, who is trying to look cool and hip to impress his teenage daughter.

    • formerlyAnon

      Age appropriate.

  • Danielle

    Aw, I kind of like the scarf. It’s endearing.

  • Guest

    Once upon a time, weren’t hem lengths thought to be linked to economics or how we all felt about economics or war or peace or something (this was sort of before my time, but i remember reading about it)? Maybe the black fall is linked to [some political event here].

  • teensmom99

    She’s trying to be Jean Seberg in Breathless. & who wouldnt on a casual Parisian fall day? NY Herald Tribune, anyone?

  • TLJezebel

    I usually bypass the Celebrity Couples on the Street post, but since it was people in my
    age group I checked it out. I think they look j’adorable!

  • ItAin’tMe

    I think the scarf would look good if it was tucked way in and you could see just a little. But he doesn’t need it. Mrs. Hanks is approaching a little too old for her look. I think she’d be better in a less skinny jean.

    • bellafigura1

      Huh, sincere respect, screw that.

  • largishbearishAtlish

    is the hovering guy a body guard?

    • formerlyAnon

      He’s definitely entourage. He’s right behind them in the first photo, artfully wound scarf and no shopping bags, and then again in the final few photos with scarf unwound and he is carrying the shopping. Some time has passed between the two.

      Though I thought bodyguards would be supposed to keep their hands free. But perhaps I am confusing bodyguards and Secret Service agents.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I don’t think they look like they are trying too hard, unless maybe I’m trying too hard because I dress like her now and then. I would wear better shoes because I have foot issues. And when is this giant scarf thing going to end? My guess is he started off with the scarf because someone told him he’d look all modern, but it became way too hot so he pulled it away from his neck. He should have removed it and asked her to tuck it in her bag.

  • bellafigura1

    They are adorable! They look casual and relaxed and in charge of themselves. He’s looking fit, and honestly, better than ever, he really is. And she looks better here than she did on the red carpet recently — street style suits them both.

  • WittyCism

    Maybe he was trying for her! Reminded me of my husband, whom I taught how to wear a scarf in a particular way during one of our trips. I thought he looked so cute, then we got separated, and then when we caught up with each other, I asked him “Where’s the scarf?” He sheepishly said “I removed it; it felt like I running a fever.” But the poor man tried. 🙂

  • decormaven

    They look like they’re moving pretty fast. Since he’s not accustomed to scarves, it probably wasn’t tied properly and it started to unwind. I love the fact they’re holding hands so tightly! What a good couple they make. Any fashion faux pas are forgiven.

  • I don’t see them trying too hard (Maybe he was going for a different look with the scarf…?). They look cute. Especially, Rita.

  • Tracy_Flick

    OMG that bodyguard is straight out of a hard-boiled mystery novel. Love him. I like Rita’s look, and I never saw her as try-hard… Tom looks douchey with the shades and the scarf.

  • Not applicable

    come on! he was trying to cool it up a bit. (and possibly conceal some neck rolls?? Sorry- just sayin’ cuz guys can be sensitive too!) bless them- they are lovely.

  • allcapsERINN

    To me, his scarf clashes with her bare ankles. I don’t know if I’m supposed to feel chilly or just weary.

  • rage_on_the_page

    It’s just refreshing to see a woman in the spotlight who lets herself age.

    But yea: that scarf.

  • mrspotts66

    i like the scarf on him.

    she needs a longer length, non-see-through, not black shirt, and she’ll be good to go!

  • AutumnInNY

    What you said TLo. Totally agree.

  • the scarf is beautiful, but on him it gives a bit of chairman arafat. i’d be happy to take it off his hands. is the guy behind them a bodyguard? he certainly looks worried about something.

  • appliquer

    I think they just look normal! The scarf probably got too hot, so he pulled it down off his neck. She looks much better here than she did in the ka-boom dress from the other day.

  • msdamselfly

    “When in Rome.”….. …Parisians all wear scarves. I think it’s tres bon.

  • Trickytrisha

    The half-way between waist and crotch length for shirts (and jackets) when worn with pants has always seemed a bit awkward to me. She’d do better to have a longer top, IMO. Nice scarf on him, but it’s a tad theatrical and a more than a tad photo op seeking.

  • quiltrx

    It was like the scarf was perfectly placed until he moved his head LOL. I like the scarf itself, if not the execution.
    And I like her shoes and what I see of the bag.

  • Nan

    I think it suits him fallen down. He’s a guy you can hang with…


    Oh just lose that scarf or whatever it is. Her jacket is oh so popular right now with the moto style. But Its pretty harsh with her severe hair and black top. Really doesnt do much for her.

  • French_Swede

    The scarf just screams Charles Nelson Reilly. To me, anyway.

  • BPlease

    Boy, she’s a *thoroughgoing* try-hard to me. I cannot believe she had a (really badly, tritely written) column at Harper’s Bazaar for a while, advising women on style, and a similar on-air gig for Oprah. Who truly thinks Rita Wilson has *any* style whatsoever?

    I know. Way harsh, dude.

  • IamstillAnonymous

    Her clothes are a size too small. The scarf is an affectation that Tom Hanks doesn’t need.

  • Joanie

    Shemaghs are very common on our military men and women serving in the Middle East as well as normal wear in some European countries. I rather like it on him. Although, he could learn how to wrap it properly and he’d then fare better when out in the cold.