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Jeff Goldblum was once best-known for playing Dr. Ian Malcolm, the irrepressible dino doctor in Jurassic Park. Now, thanks to a mid-life renaissance – and memorable turns in the movies of Wes Anderson – the 67-year-old actor is better known as the internet’s daddy, beloved for a meme-able turn of phrase (evidenced in his cultish new Disney TV show, The World According to Jeff Goldblum) and equally meme-able wardrobe. Thanks to the latter, he’s become an unexpected sexagenarian style icon – here, we unpack why.
A perennial fan of using eyewear not simply for necessity but for statement, Goldblum has sported myriad styles in his time, from the narrow tinted (and particularly 1990s) rectangle frames circa Jurassic Park to a Boogie Nights-esque orange aviator. But it is the current thick-rimmed iteration which has become his signature style, and proof that things really do get better with age.
Goldblum has long had a penchant for prints, not least those of the animal variety (his particular favourite is the zebra print, of which he has been known to wear more than once in a singular outfit). Other recent favourites include pretty much anything that is printed on a shirt by the Italian house of Prada, from burning flames to hibiscus flowers and Frankenstinian hearts. The takeaway? Embrace prints with abandon (you’ll get away with it more in summer).
Goldblum’s lasting star power has meant the clothing he was first wearing on-screen when he rose to fame in the 1990s has come right back around again: his baggy Hawaiian shirts, super-sized leather jackets and Slackers-esque polo shirts are all, like the man himself, ripe for renaissance.
Naturally, when it comes to tailoring, Goldblum navigates the oft-choppy formalwear with particular panache. From the sublime to the (faintly) ridiculous – an all-white tuxedo, for example – Goldblum nonetheless pulls formalwear off with aplomb. His signature silhouette? A 60s-cut skinny legged trouser, razor-sharp blazer and slim tie – a Goldblum style-ism that’s fine to try at home.
What would the internet’s daddy be without a requisite – and perfectly coiffed – slick of silver hair?