The actor is wearing lots of slim, minimal, monochrome gear—and it’s the opposite of a midlife crisis.
As designers and fashion-minded young guys embrace dorky dad style, the men who invented the look are leaving it behind. Tom Hanks is the latest guy of a certain age to give himself what we’re gonna go ahead and call the “bad dad” makeover. Hanks is out promoting a book of short stories (third acts are all about contemplation!) and has been living in black denim jackets, thick-frame glasses, white crewneck T-shirts, and slim-cut jeans. And you know what? The 61-year-old has never looked better. His style is oh-so-slightly edgy but still age-appropriate and, most importantly, fits him well. There is no break in his jeans or excess fabric around his waist. Everything is slim, not skinny and just short enough. In short: dude looks great, precisely because he isn’t dressing his age.
Hanks joins fellow gracefully-aging famous dudes Christian Slater, Jim Carrey, Colin Firth, and—king of the bad dad look—Jeff Goldblum in adopting this way of dressing in his silver fox years. The standard bad dad wardrobe is built on a strict rotation of slim-cut jeans, biker jackets, thick-frame eyewear, and cotton basics to hold it all together. It’s rock ‘n’ roll, but in the most minimalist way. Aging dudes can’t have floral bell-bottoms and chunky jewelry slowing them down. That, friends, is what arthritis is for.
On the red carpet, these guys are holding their own too, in perfectly tailored suits that look powerful and deeply sophisticated. But dad has always looked good in a suit. It’s the newfound strength of the off-duty, weekend-ready looks that have us truly impressed.