Age starts to become a hot topic when you venture past 40 years old, so it might be time to put the miniskirts away, especially if you’re a bloke.
But that doesn’t mean you have to bring out the Zimmer frame and thermal vests and dress how you think society wants you to dress.
It’s not what you wear, but how you wear it that matters and so if you don’t feel comfortable or smart in your own clothes, then it’s likely they don’t suit you either. Here are some fashion tips for the mature wardrobe.
Don’t dress old
Look at 50-somethings like Johnny Depp (outlaw style), Brad Pitt (Country) and George Clooney (smart suits) and their clothes are very much part of their identity. Of course it helps if you’re rich and handsome, but could you really imagine those guys in granddad trousers and ill-fitting sweaters even at 70? No. So don’t get busy getting old with lifeless clothes.
Having passed safely through the midlife period, you’ll really appreciate your down-time and know by now just how to relax, even if you’re an evergreen member of The Rolling Stones. And no other item of clothing does down-time like slippers. Bringing out your furry friends is like pressing the Chillax button. Feet up, recline … and sleep. They have the same effect on animals too!
Braces have stretched out into fashion styles that include rockabilly, vintage and smart and are respected as a fashionable accessory. Wear them with pride and just remember that if you’re buying them in America, they’re called suspenders. Definitely don’t mix up the names when buying in the UK.
It’s a classy item is the waistcoat and it’s timeless too. They come in all shapes and sizes and many different materials and can quite easily do casual or smart. Add a nice neutral waistcoat to an outfit and it just adds a little magic to your style whatever your age.
‘Judge a man by his shoes’ has been uttered many times over the years and there is a grain of truth to such a statement. Choose your shoes and expend a little effort in finding a pair you really like as it can transform the perception of everything else that you’re wearing. Even better, keep repairing that pair you’ve had since the 1960s. That’s about as classy as it gets.
Some men in their 50s and 60s seem to have been born with hats on their heads such is their suitability for headwear. Fedoras, Panamas or boaters are some good examples of hats that suit the seniors.
Do what you want!
Our tips are a good starting point, but style is a personal thing and only you can decide what yours is. We think Oscar de la Renta sums it up perfectly: “Fashion is about dressing according to what’s fashionable. Style is more about being yourself.”