George Clooney: then and now

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who just seem to get more and more attractive with age? Whether they just seem more comfortable with themselves, they finally learn how to tame their ridiculous hair or they seem even warmer and more endearing with a couple of wrinkles around their eyes, some people just defy the idea that youth = beauty.

I decided to do a couple of roundups of my favorite example of the whole better with age thing. I’m starting today with some mighty handsome fellas because… well because I wanted a good excuse to drool over some hotties this morning. Is that OK with you?

Here we go.

Better with age: George ClooneyI need to start with one of my favorites and the absolute perfect example of what I’m talking about: George Clooney. Back in the ’80s he had a poofy mullet and a goofy grin. Today? Oh good lord is the man attractive. The flirty grin, the salt and pepper stubble, the always dapper style. Need I go on? I don’t think I can.

Better with age: Justin TimberlakeAnother of my faves is the insanely attractive Justin Timberlake. I mean, yow. The thing is, when he started singing about bringing sexy back, I was a little confused. I was hoping he didn’t mean he was going to throw back to his frosty perm, big chains and colored sunglasses days. That’s not the kind of sexy I’m looking for. Luckily, those were not his intentions and I can continue drooling in peace.

Better with age: Mario LopezOK, so there seems to be a theme here: terrible hair and style in the before photos. I always loved AC Slater’s dimples. I’ll give him that much. But the mullet and the crazy jock wear were a little much for me. I was way more a Zack Morris kinda girl.

Today, the dimples seem to shine even more with toned down style and tamed hair. I, for one, enjoy the new and improved Mario.

Better with age: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I was never a fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in his Third Rock from the Sun days. He seemed too young, even for me (and, for the record, he’s two years older than me). But when the (500) Days of Summer promos started flying, I was suddenly very interested.

Now that he’s got his suit and tie (sorry. Justin on the brain again), chopped the locks, and revealed a suddenly chiseled jawline, he is a full-blown stud. Also there’s this (and also the music video for Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?):

Better with age: John StamosLast but not least, hello John Stamos. Uncle Jesse is the only one in this group that I actually found attractive at the time of his before picture. Now that photo seems totally cheesy and the hair is absolutely horrible. But today? John Stamos is pretty darn hot in my book. Michelle Tanner’s college friends would totally be all over that.

These fellas are definitely my top five. But who did I miss? There have to be at least a few! And don’t worry, I plan to give the ladies some love next week!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.