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The Best Fashion for Older Men
Fashion and Style Ideas for the Older Man
We're aging, guys, every minute of every day. But that doesn't mean we have to give up on looking good. This article is a quick and easy guide to some of the more important things we can do to make sure that us older men stay in the game.
It's true that men's style can be a tricky thing, but remember that our best feature is our intelligence and experience. The young studs may have the thick hair and wrinkle-free skin, but we have something far more valuable than that -- we've been there. We know. We have the judgment and experience to guide us in our decisions. It's the confidence and calm of an older man that radiates power. Don't sell yourself short, my friends!
As a man who is on the better side of fifty -- that is, the other side -- I know that the options for fashion and style for older men can seem pretty slim. Too often I see men my age going about in high-waisted "mom" jeans and white running shoes. It doesn't have to be that way! We need to ask ourselves: Would George Clooney step out in ill-fitting pleated Dockers and whatever polo shirt happened to survive the latest struggle with the dryer? Nope, and not just because he has tons of cash.
It doesn't take a lot of money to dress like you care.
This guide will offer some ideas about fashion and style for the older man. We're not talking Paris runway here -- just good-looking, clean, affordable looks for older men who still care about how they look. I hope you find some items here that will work for you, or at least some starting points for ideas that will work with the wardrobe you already have.
Rule Number One -- Get to Know Your Tailor
This is something your average guy never really thinks about – but we're not average, are we? If you know where your dry cleaner is, you know where your tailor is. It's time to take an armload of clothes down there, get a few measures taken, and boom! immediately start looking better. It's not expensive, and your tailor will have it all ready for you in a matter of days. Even if you just take in a few pieces, it will make a difference in the way you look, and especially in the way you feel.
The Bespoke Suit
Guides such as Esquire's "What Every Man Should Know About Fashion" more or less insist that we should each own at least one bespoke, or custom-created, suit. I think that's a noble goal, but these suits are generally quite expensive, and they're not going to last forever (and neither are our dimensions). So as a good substitute, please at least make sure that all of your suits have visited the tailor with you inside them. The adjustments, even the little ones, made by a good tailor will make a considerable difference in how the suit looks.
Why Older Men Should Step Up
The world needs patience, wisdom, and kindness -- and older men have these great qualities in abundance. As an older man, it kind of drives me nuts when I see other men my age who have clearly given up and decided to follow the herd into fashionless anonimity. If that's truly what you aspire to, then totally fine and enjoy the peace of not trying. But if you're not quite finished yet, consider moving your fashion sense forward a little bit. It really doesn't take much – a new jacket or two, something other than blue jeans or those tired pleated Dockers, or even just a new watch. I'm talking about anything that shows the world that you're still thinking about how you look!
Jeans and Running Shoes -- Don't Do It!
Why I Hate This Look
Fashion is a highly individual decision, so my own prejudices do figure in to my take on this issue. But there's something about white running shoes and blue jeans on a man of any age that looks like surrender. If you disagree, that's fine. But the next time you're out, look around at the bottom half of the men passing by (discretely, of course). See how many are sporting the white running shoes and blue jeans look, and ask yourself if you're happy looking like everyone else. Maybe you are! But if you'd like to stand out from the herd a little, and get noticed a little, then consider taking a little leap and rocking a pair of flat-front chinos and a comfortable, fashion-forward pair of shoes. It doesn't matter where you go or what you're doing – the old rule applies: “Look Good, Feel Good.”
I'm Not George; You're Not George
Looking as good as George Clooney isn't an option for us mortals. But there's a vast area between St. George and complete surrender, so why not occupy some of the territory in between? Let world-burners like George, Sean Connery and Harrison Ford be the stars, but let's shine a little light ourselves. Clean, crisp lines and a thoughtfully chosen wardrobe is all you really need.
But We're Also Not Bill Belichick
Are we? No? Good. So let's avoid looking like him, alright? Every time I see this guy I want to smack some fashion sense into him. I understand that it's cold up in New England, and I know his mind is on the game, but there has to be a limit. Someone get this guy a parka, at least. It hurts having a representative of our male cohort going out into public -- actually, on world-wide television -- looking like he just rolled off the couch and hasn't yet brushed the Cheeto crumbs off his chest.