When do men lose the interest for fashion? Is it in the mid-thirties’, the forties or a more worrying answer – Have men had any interest in fashion?
Can you believe that middle-aged men have had no real interest in fashion? If the answer is yes, then why do so many middle-aged men continue to dress like their teenage kids and worst of all they think they look cool and trendy.
Tell you a secret before meeting my wife I was a slob, yep 100% slob, but the day my wife said to me when are you going to stop dressing like a slob when we go out?
Let me tell you that question hit home hard and ever since then I take as much care as my wife does on how I look before I go out.
Guys this is not about looking cool or even trendy, it’s about dress sense, it’s about style, it’s about taking pride in how you look.
So come on guys put some effort into your wardrobe.
And stop dressing like a slob.
Walk up to any high street in the UK and you are hard pressed to see any men taking clothes seriously.
We just seem convinced that we look good in a pair of jeans, ill-fitting, baggy jumper and a pair of trainers.
Come on guys, surely we can do better than that, granted shopping on the high street is no great fun, but there are plenty of online alternatives out their if you just take the time to have a look.
For the younger generation shopping on the high street can be fun, the vast choice of styles, styles to fit any occasion and pockets. For middle-aged men its a bit more tricky
Speaking As Someone Who Is Over Fifty.
When it comes to shopping for men’s fashion I find the average British high street very disappointing.
Stores like Topshop and H&M — full of trendy options, but for middle-aged men who try to dress like he’s twenty-five runs the risk of looking like a loser trying to cling to his past.
These stores, with their Facebook-addled sales assistants and funky music, are just no good for a middle-aged man with the wrong shape around the middle and some grey in his beard.
But I must say that the larger Marks & Spencer clothing range for the mature man is almost complete
However, as the rest of the ageing population realises this, individuality is hard to come by.
The answer is to shop around try smaller independent outlets, these are more numerous in our larger cities, but beware some would dress you as a retired army officer or a country gent.
I myself never buy from one supplier, seeking to look fashionable but not too trendy, I’ll spend a great deal of time to find that certain edge that marks me out from the herd.
Should The Question Be- Are Designers Designing for the Middle-Aged Man?
That may be a better question
And the answer to that is no.
Can anyone name a high street chain that caters for the average guy? No
When we hit the high streets we are left to shop in the typical stores like, Next, H&M, River Island, and Matalan
You can throw in M&S into that basket, but a least they are trying to cater for middle-aged men
So can you blame middle-aged men for just giving up on looking great? It’s a real bore and hassle in just finding clothes that good on us and fit well.
Why do brands make shirts, for example, slim fit and regular fit knowing full well that most middle-aged will struggle to get in them?
Have you ever seen a guy wearing a tight fitting shirt, with let’s say a few extra pounds on?
It’s not a pretty site. You may also ask him why he is wearing it in the first place.
But having a lack of choice when it comes to clothes is no excuse for giving up- it just takes a bit more persistence and willpower, but also men need to rekindle there style and image and it’s not that difficult to do.
No, this about your typical middle-aged man.
Yet while today’s older men seem to be getting shabbier and more ill-dressed than ever before, the very opposite is happening with older women, whose fashion sense seems to improve with each decade.
One woman friend was informed by her 30-something daughter that she had just reached her fashion peak — aged 67.
A new book of photos, Advanced Style, pictures women in their 80s and 90s looking fantastic and proving that there is no age limit when it comes to flair and style.
The author of the book, Ari Seth Cohen, now says he has so many images on his website of women aged 80 and overlooking wonderful, he hasn’t room for any more.
There is even a successful fashion label, The Old Ladies’ Rebellion, aimed specifically at the 70-plus woman who wants to look ‘a bit rock ’n’ roll’.
So Why Do Middle Aged Men Fail In The Fashion Game?
That’s a great question with no real easy answer
Nobody could possibly produce a book of based on middle-aged men looking fantastic or launch a fashion label aimed at this age group.
In fact, I can think of a handful of middle-aged men who would fall into that category and they tend to be the well-known A-LISTERS who have the time and money to spend on fashion.
But middle-aged men can look great, they just have to take an interest in how they look. Guys, when your partner suggests that you both go out either for a romantic evening or just a day out be shopping or visiting a family member or friend – dress for the occasion and stop dressing like a slob, it’s not that hard-trust me.
Make an effort, take some pride in how you look, don’t wear clothes that your teenage kids would wear:
- No ripped jeans
- Baggy jumpers
- Printed T-shirts
- Tight fitting jackets or shirts
- Printed shirts- Hawaiian shirts!
- Poor Colure choices
The key to dressing in your 50s is to make sure your clothes fit right.
Go through your existing wardrobe and make sure all of it slips on easily – it’s not just about looking good in them, but it’s also that you feel comfortable whatever situation you’re dressing for.
Think of the occasion and dress accordingly.
While the more “trendy” of casualwear might be harder to get right, that’s no reason to assume the only way you’ll look good is in suits.
Your wardrobe should lean far more on the side of style and quality than fashion by now.
For ideas, but keep an eye your local media, magazines, search the web for ideas – there are still plenty of items that are going to work for you.
A top tip-Rather than going to the more upmarket brands, make the great suit makers of London and New York your starting point, try these for example:
These will show you how to take your tailoring and make it work for multiple occasions, both casual and formal.
Matches Fashion, Matchesfashion.com
A luxury shopping destination, Matches Fashion is home to over 400 established and emerging designers from Balenciaga and Gucci to Saint Laurent. They also offer 24/7 advice through their My Stylist online system.
Mr Porter, Mrporter.com
A great place for men to look for quality clothes online. From the same fashion team that forged Net-a-porter, is the menswear version, Mr Porter – equally as sleek and as well stocked as its award-winning counterpart.
A very simple site that makes the shopping experience easy. Jacamo offers affordable fashion for men of all sizes with most stock running from small right through to 5XL. As well as its own brand, Jacamo also offers products from brands like French Connection, Nike, Adidas and Firetrap.
The Idle Man, Theidleman.com
Founded by former Asos buyer Oliver Tezcan, The Idle Man prides itself on selling only the right things that will make you look and feel you’re very best – from its own label to emerging designers. In addition, it so offers a section called The Manual where you can find opinions on style, music and life.
Started in 2010, Percival’s designs are intended for everyday use by young and older men alike. They have achieved this by changing the traditional menswear classics.
The brand creates pieces that are built to last based on quality throughout the season and represent quintessential British gentlemen and style.
Dover Street Market, Doverstreetmarket.com
Since its first day on Dover Street in Mayfair, Dover Street Market has grown globally to become the go-to place for limited edition clothing from some of the fashion world’s most respected designers.
An award-winning multi-brand retailer that sells well-over 200 brands, Goodhood aims to redefine the idea of luxury. With brands like Norse Projects, Stan Ray, Dickies and Folk, this is definitely one for the cool kids.
One for those who favour modern, functional and simplistic design, COS creates pieces that are made to last. Forget fast fashion, these wardrobe essentials are timeless but still stand out from the crowd.
Let’s face it, you’ve achieved great things personally and professionally by the midlife marker, but you’ve still got lots more you want to do. Own it, and show every other man on the street where you’re heading by keeping your style game strong.
So here are 5 golden rules for middle-aged men.
Keep it colour-blocked
We’re not saying you should retire colour from your wardrobe in any way, shape or form, but if you do want to wear some, go for a more tonal look. Invest in separates in complementary shades for your downtime and wear them all at once.
Avoid anything in bright colours or pastels, and instead opt for classics like camel, light grey, navy blue, forest green and dark red.
Invest in some high quality branded items you always wanted
Go for quality. Whether that’s leather Belstaff biker jacket, an Elder Statesman cashmere pullover, that Prada briefcase, a midnight blue Brunello Cucinelli dinner suit or a whole rail of Savile Row suiting, make sure they’re in classic colours that are going to last you for many years to come.
Change your suit styles.
Straight legged suits with slim lapels are no longer the way forward. If you have any left in your wardrobe, now’s the time to filter them out and replace them with something to suit a more mature body shape.
If in doubt, go for a trim, two-button jacket with wider lapels and well-tailored, flat-fronted trousers.
Update your accessories. Move away from the branding
Anything this brash will scream midlife crisis. Keep obvious designer nods to a minimum, and instead invest in subtle accessories that will get you recognised for your style, not your spending power.
Remember: Even at 50 you’ve still got it
Some men panic when they hit this halfway birthday.
Stop. Whether you’re single or have been married for twenty years, that old adage about men getting better looking with age is true – and you should be taking advantage of it whenever you can. Trust us, that grey hair is working hard for you. And stop dressing like a slob.