This Throwback Photo of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Has Turned My World Upside-Down
These outfits?! How did they know, back in 1995, exactly what I'd want to wear today?
I don't personally know Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, but despite their being complete strangers to me, I think about them on occasion. I've followed their successful careers, and am impressed that they've been married for over 30 years. I worried about them when they got sick from COVID-19, and was relieved when they ultimately recovered. There's also a very specific photo of them, taken at a 1995 Pediatric Aids Foundation picnic, that continues to stay on my mind. I've showed their outfits to multiple people, marveling at how modern they seem.
Standing side-by-side and holding hands (adorable!), the couple is perfectly coordinated in dark-colored looks. Hanks went with a simple pairing, styling a white tee under a black collared jacket and swapping classic blue jeans for a gray pair. I have no doubt Victoria Beckham would give this outfit two thumbs up.
Then, there's Rita, who managed to pull a full Bella Hadid (a year before the model was even born). The actress and singer chose to fasten only the top button of her shirt (the sexy cardigan trick!), wore white canvas shoes with a slight platform (which look a bit like these popular Converse), and added two small clips to her hair. There's no doubt that these were some extremely '90s moves, and, thanks to resurfaced trends, they're now very 2020, too.
I'm also a big fan of both of their sunglasses. Those round frames are unexpected and subtly statement-making, adding another element of cool. I now feel inspired to embrace that same style for the summer ahead, and even discovered a brown-tinted pair similar to Wilson's at Garrett Leight ($390, garrettleight.com).
Love them as much as I do, I didn't expect this duo to be my 2020 fashion icons — especially since it's been 25 years since this photo was taken — but, at the same time, I'm not too surprised. Celebrities like Emily Ratajkowski are still loving those Forrest-Gump-approved Nike Cortez sneakers, and that movie came out in 1994. Guess we need to start treating this couple not just as our collective Mom and Dad, but as the trendsetting style icons they truly are.