The odds are that if you are reading this article, you are most probably hitting the good side of your fifties. No matter how old you grow, dressing your age or even knowing how to dress will always be tricky for men. But don’t be one of those men, who lets his style slides when entering into big 50s.
However, there are no pre-defined set of rules on how men should dress, but style for older men as compared to younger is pretty different. Though you are younger at heart and want to wear those bomber jackets, leather jackets, skinny T-shirts etc, but are they worth wearing at your older age. A big NO!
First and the foremost, the key to dressing for men over 50 is to wear clothes that fit right. Clothes that flatter makes them look even more aged. So go through your existing array and choose the outfits that slip on easily – you not just look good on them but they are also comfortable no matter what occasion you are going for.
So with a title like “style tips for men over 50”, the article is not sounding all that promising, but here we are enlisting some of the helpful ideas how an older man can make a statement with their style decisions.
Some style basics for our oldies:
Style stays, Fashion fades. Rather than chasing fluttering trends, men of the growing age should stick to one general look in which they are most comfortable. For example, if you feel good in a Blazer- Jeans pair then stick to it, don’t change it just because you are growing.
In accessories, a subtly patterned tie is always appropriate for a man of mid-age.
Lastly, White running shoes are never recommended for old people unless they are out for running and for that also they can prefer some black or dark hues Nike.
Style don’ts for our oldies:
Skinny Jeans: No matter you are skinny, you should ignore those slim fitted jeans. You are not a singer from Green day; You will end up looking silly wearing those tight pants.
Logo/ Graphic Printed t-shirts: After a certain age say 50, anything that broadly displayed on your chest, makes you look desperate so avoid it.
Hoodies: A big No for all oldies.
Long Hair: If you are losing your hair, any hairstyle longer than ½ inches is not preferable.
Blue Jeans and running shoes: This is my personal dislike. If you are out for running, wear running shoes and if you are out for work then wear some grown-up shoes.
Now Let’s head towards some style tips to look best in 50s. Here they are:
Keep your style colour-blocked
It doesn’t say that you should retire all the colours from your wardrobe but go for some monotonous tones. Try to avoid bright acid colours and pastel shades and go for some classic hues like camel, light grey, navy blue, forest green and dark red. If you have all grey hair, then wearing all grey outfits will look fabulous. This is the most recommended professional fashion for offices.
Give farewell to your cargo pants and shorts
Most of you must be thinking it is obvious, but it requires repetition- no cargos, ever. Though they are comfortable and convenient, think about all those pockets that come in handy, but they are not for you-big daddies.
Make white t-shirts your regular wear
Yes in the old age anything in white can be classy. You can carry a white t-shirt on any occasion but make sure it is in pristine condition that means cleaned, ironed and properly folded. Otherwise, you may look like just slipping out of bed. Trust me: it is not at all suitable for a dignified old man.
Know your body shape and stick to a single tailor
Some men are lucky enough who get effortlessly fit in those store-bought suits, but the majority of such men is very rare. So if you are not one of those lucky ones then do yourself a favour and get your baggy pants and suits cuffed and hemmed properly. Ill-fitted clothes are not at all good for you and will show off your growing age. Wear clothes that fit just right and dress like a multimillionaire.
Don’t put on denim on denim
When this is an always in look for young hipsters, but for men over 50s, it’s a definite NO. If you are wearing jeans, then go for a casual button down and wear a simple T-shirt on top. A mix of denim and Chambray shirts with tanned brown Chinos is always best for men over 50. Denim jackets with any blue shaded jeans should not be worn for any occasion.
Go for a real watch
It’s not the age of a digital watch. Though you can wear a tracker when you are running or be exercising in a gym. A classic analogue timepiece is a must-have for the men entering into their downtime. This will look as great with your casual wear as it does with your suit.
Never show too much chest
Accept it, the time of showing off your fit chest and man cleavage has passed. It’s not like you can’t undo first couple buttons of your shirt when you are on holidays, but don’t get inspired by Fabio always. Don’t undo your shirts past the second button and don’t ever go for deep V-neck T-shirts.
Mix patterns with suits
You can always wear pinstripes mixed printed shirt with a tie and small geometrical printed shirt under a well-stitched suit. But let’s be clear, don’t mix these patterned designer shirts for men with casual wear, leave it for youngsters.
And lastly, wear what you feel good in
This is the most important factor in pulling off any look. If you feel great in bright colours, edgy prints don’t discourage yourself or if neutral colours are your shades then feel dignified and sophisticated. Simply, stick with what you love.
The outfits, you feel the best in are the ones that will portray you the best. And that’s when you will start having the best decade of your life.