Time and time again, George and Amal Clooney master couple dressing. There’s no need for hyperbole: quite simply, they just know how to dress in a way that emits eternal class.
Statement is key, but they always manage to make one in a way that will look as fashionable in 100 years as it does today.
Whether that be through Amal’s infinite selection of romantic gowns or George’s commitment to the sharpest of suits, they’re the perfect pair who we can all take a lesson (or seven) from when it comes to shared styles.
So today, in celebration of George Clooney’s birthday, here’s a crash course in couple class.
Simple is best
When: 29 September 2014
Why it works: If there was one look to define the Clooney’s, this would be it. The reason: this was the day the couple arrived at Venice’s city hall to formalise their wedding.
On paper, the idea would be risky, but Amal’s styling of this cream two-piece here makes for a completely sophisticated bridal look. Her husband’s grey suit only served to match that.
How to top off the minimal summer look? For the ladies, a wide-brimmed hat will top off all communications of class.
For the gents, stick on a pair of timeless shades.
Bring a statement through shades
When: 1 October 2019
Why it works: The key to achieving elegance? Keeping it simple.
The Clooneys proved so when stepping out in New York back in October, each embracing some pretty classic formal attire.
Points to Amal for knowing where to bring the right dose of statement (through a turquoise shade), but we’re going to focus on George’s suit: a timeless black two-piece styled with an unbuttoned black shirt (he pulls this style move on the regular, FYI), grounded with patent Oxford shoes and accessorized with a buckle belt. We’re big fans and we’ll be emulating the look, stat.
Classic romanticism always works
When: 4 May 2015
Why it works: For their Met Gala debut back in 2015, the Clooney’s took to making a sharp entrance.
We’re not sure what’s more powerful here, Amal’s strapless gown of infinite layers or George’s striking three-piece suit. The theme was “China: Through The Looking Glass” and these two honoured the evening’s subject with a splash of red. Hats off to you for that subtly romantic pocket square, George.
A side of glam is a good idea
When: 15 May 2019
Why it works: Ask the Clooneys what you should wear to your post lockdown party and their answer would be classic formal attire with a side of glam.
Take, for instance, the hot pair’s arrival to the Catch-22 London premiere. Amal was bringing the glam through a sleeveless, embellished dress, while George stuck to a single-breasted black suit and shirt (easy but solid win). Rock up to your upcoming festivities looking like this and you’ll be the classiest couple in the room.
Navy is the perfect alternative to black
When: 14 March 2019
Why it works: Matching monochrome has long been a winner in the world of couple dressing (you need only look to the Beckham’s and their double-leather do over from a few years back for proof), but if you’re both wanting to branch out a bit, navy is an equally stylish option.
The Clooney’s are showing us how to master it here: Amal, through a pleated jumpsuit and pointed heels (elegant to the max) and George through an essential sartorial companion, the pinstripe suit.
Opt for a single-breasted, peak-lapel design and style it with an unbuttoned pastel shirt.
Consider your summer accessories
When: 19 May 2018
Why it works: For the biggest wedding of 2018, the Clooney’s took a confident sartorial stride: the sun was beaming outside Windsor Castle, so they opted to dress on the brighter side.
Amal’s canary yellow is as bold and memorable as the day and George’s pastel blue shirt complimented her style to perfection.
This is a winning shared ensemble for the season ahead and men, make sure to inject a minimalist striped print through your tie and pocket square.
Elegance is key
When: 12 March 2019
Why it works: If a dinner at Buckingham Palace is calling, there’s no safer (and more stylish) option to wear than black and white.
Granted, the event was likely black tie, but the Clooney’s grasped that theme and served up the top couple look of the night.
Elegance is key here, communicated most obviously through her draping white gown and the sharp finish of his suit. If you want to be in it to win it, you’ve got to go angelic.
Women – the whiter, the better. Men – invest in the best tuxedo.
Embrace the theme of your event
When: 7 May 2018
Why it works: The Hollywood actor is sticking to what he knows (and wears) best for the Met Gala: a classic tux. Nothing looks more suave on a man, especially when arriving to the most hyped event of the year.
As far as couple dressing goes, Amal is doing all the talking here, ticking the “Heavenly Bodies” box for husband and wife in this Richard Quinn piece.
It defies categorising as a dress too, because its front was tailored with cigarette trousers.
So the tip to take is simple: share a smart stance, but don’t be afraid to embrace unique touches against an eye-catching backdrop.
Less is (definitely) more
When: 7 September 2014
Why it works: More often than not black is the new black.
Seriously, a couple can’t go wrong when sharing the classiest shade and this arrival to an evening in Florence could slot as easily into a past decade as it could today.
The Clooney’s know how to make an entrance and as they proved here, less is most definitely more.
Add some fun to formality
When: 24 February 2017
Why it works: Coming back to the red carpet formality, fun is key as far as the Clooney’s are concerned.
Upon arrival to the 2017 Cesar Film Awards, they embraced modernity through texture: you can almost feel the feathered grounding of Amal’s elegant gown.
Victorious as their outfits are, there’s one thing that clinches it every time – a look of admiration.
But FYI gents, showing off your watch doesn’t hurt.
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