How to Dress If You’re Over 40
Time is unforgivable. It’s eventually going to catch us all up. Hell, I mean I’m 21 now, but I’ll be eventually 40 and over. This article though, is not about time passage and “memento mori” things, but about style. More specific, how to dress your age if you are 40 and over that age.
So, the first thing men over 40 must do is to…
Avoid fashion fads
You should maintain a style that is timeless, not timely. So the key here is avoiding the latest trends. A definite no are the fashion fads;recognize them in order to avoid them. Picture this: boutique sneakers and t shirts with something printed on them (worn mostly by guys in their 20s) on a 40 year old look creepy.
Please, no matter how old you are, do NOT wear something like this ever! Take a look at the Very store to find some great clothes, not too flashy, at affordable prices – perfect for someone in his 40s.
So, the bottom line is that fashion fads are for guys still experimenting with style. You are past that period in your life, hopefully.
Leave the past behind
Just because certain looks “made a comeback”, this doesn’t give you license to pull these items back out of your closet. As you well know, more often than not, the past is typically best left in the past.
In terms of fashion, here’s why: When certain looks cycle back around, they almost always return with a modernized twist, such as an updated cut or re-envisioned style. Turn your attention to aviator sunglasses, for example.
Here’s an updated version of Aviator Sunglassses. They look a lot better:
So, be smart and never raid your closet for those items that resurface from the days of glory. Invest in the new version to ensure you’re updated, not outdated… but only if the look or item is a fashion staple, rather than a fashion fad.
Don’t mistake business attire for stylish attire
What works from 9 to 5 won’t always work from 5 to 9 or on the weekends. In fact, wearing your work-wear outside of normal work occasions appears stuffy and one-dimensional; a look no guy in his 40s should contend with. Show the world you’re at the top of your game by presenting variations of yourself.
Instead of wearing your best office suit to a dinner party, couple your sport coat with a pair of modern, straight leg jeans, a simple dress shirt, and a pair of casual boat.
Blazers and sportalso work fine (I’ve also written an article about those two-read it).
Keep it simple
Don’t try to be very flashy. Leave the loud patterns and flashy ties to the young generations.
For instance, wear simple designer jeans instead of rugged ones.
Notice how the pair of black jeans below fits the person perfectly. Notice especially the bottom of the jean and how it “follows” the legs.
A final word: shave often… facial hair makes you look older.
While fashion changes constantly, but true style never dies.