BY JAKE WOOLF
Pitt still looks as good as ever, even with a case of bedhead and an unkempt beard.
Brad Pitt is handsome. This is simply a fact of life. It's like saying the sky is blue or Mountain Dew Code Red is terrible. But not only is Pitt's name equated with the pinnacle of American (global?) male handsomeness, it's been tethered to it for the past twenty-five years—and it doesn't look like that status quo is changing anytime soon.
In Pitt's epic GQ Style cover shoot, 52-year-old Hollywood superstar opened up about his recent personal struggles and how he was spending his free time making sculptures in a private art studio (and listening to a whole lot of Frank Ocean) to cope. Just a few days ago, the actor was spotted leaving his studio in a wrinkled, dirty white T-shirt, beat-up jeans, Chelsea boots—and sporting a rather severe case of bed head. It may be unfair, but the man looked good, certainly better than any average Joe would (movie stars, they're most definitely not like us).
Due to some highly scientific research conducted in GQ's offices in the past 15 minutes, we can confirm that women, gay men, and enough secure-with-themselves straight men don't just tolerate Sloppy Brad Pitt™—they think he's actually hotter than usual.
It's a revelation that's both understandable and patently unfair. This half-messy, half-rugged look oozes the kind of laid-back masculinity that guys like Steve McQueen, Robert Redford, Harrison Ford, and Paul Newman (the leading man Mount Rushmore) built their careers off of. It's also highly unattainable for someone like myself who needs to spend a large chunky of time putting every single unruly hair on my head in place and shaving just to appear presentable to other humans outside my apartment.
And grooming aside, Pitt's outfit is the sartorial equivalent of a Ronaldo ab flex on Instagram. On me, a dirty white T-shirt tucked into jeans ensures that every part of my body I don't want to highlight is the first thing you see. When I wear a white tee tucked into jeans, I don't look like a megastar leaving an art studio, I look like I just finished eating my way through endless riblets at Applebee's—alone. Even a guy like John Mayer has to spice up a T-shirt and jeans with a cool necklace to make it seem special. But when you're Brad Pitt, a messy head of hair, unkempt goatee, and tucked in T-shirt make add some old school cowboy swagger to your look. When you're a regular guy, it looks like you just got done staining a deck (decidedly not the same thing).
The answer here is that copping Pitt's look is obviously acceptable—after all we're talking about fitted white T-shirts, washed slim jeans and brown Chelsea boots—but for all of the non-Pitts of the world, a little hair product, a shave, and some bleach go a long way.