Stanley Tucci is, by his own admission, the kind of person who still dresses to get on a plane—a quality that may have less to do with what he decides to wear on a plane and more to do with how he moves through. the world in general.
“I mean, everybody’s dressed like a nine-year-old. And you think, but you’re not nine years old! You’re a person. Put on a shirt, put on a pair of shoes,” the actor shared Condé Nast Traveler this past summer, regarding his travel pet. “But that’s a very old-fashioned way of thinking. You always dressed up to travel. I still do. Sometimes I just wear a suit on a plane. I’ve become a little less serious as I’ve older, but I always want a jacket.”
Over the past few years, Tucci has taken a late-career swan dive into the warm, salty waters of the Mediterranean, both literally (as host of the CNN travel series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy) and also such in a figurative sense. But stays Hollywood’s reigning bon vivant feels like a mere extension of his long-standing and refined sense of personal style. On the show he dresses as “a sharp Italian place” perhaps, in a simple uniform of calm, tailored trousers and shirts in coastal shades of blue and tan. Outside the show, he turns up the handsome dial to a steady beat and goes for structured jackets, sturdy bands and menswear patterns. This week, hosting a film Q&A in London, Tucci wore a velvety deep olive velvet jacket with orange socks, a crazy beaded bracelet and brown Chelsea boots. Fall mode activated, as they say.
But in addition to traveling and acting (which he still does—he portrays legendary music manager Clive Davis in the Whitney Houston biopic, due out next month), Tucci has also entered the coveted celebrity tastemaking industry, becoming a public person that people look to for other lifestyle recommendations such as how to best prepare a very dry almost gesture gin martini which he says goes well with oysters Rockefeller, “substantial canapés” and jazz. So it’s no shock that in the midst of it all, he’s still throwing fits. Cheers to that.