As men enter middle age, they seem to lose a lot of the angst and anxiety that plagued them in their early manhood. They find that they have earned respect from their peers and confidence levels increase. But sometimes, an air of complacency comes with this confidence increase.
Many men in their 40s are in stable relationships, they have their own style and often become complacent in the way they dress. They stop making an effort to look sharp and start dressing for comfort.
LOOK DAPPER BY FOLLOWING THESE FASHION TIPS FOR MEN
REFINING YOUR STYLE IN YOUR 40s
It probably is time to throw away the bleached skinny jeans and tight fitting tees. Reaching forty should not mean the abandonment of style and fashion, it is an opportunity to refine it. In some cultures, a man is only a man after 40, so now is the opportunity of your life to look good.
These top fashion tips for men in their 40s will help you make the transition into dressing for middle age and refine your style to give it a gentlemanly edge.
1. THROW AWAY THE CARGO PANTS AND SHORTS
Yes, they are comfortable, but once you enter your 40s, cargo shorts should not be a part of your wardrobe. The oversized pockets and loose fit make you look like you have resigned yourself to a life of tinkering around with woodwork in your garden shed and makes you look far older and more out of touch than you are.
2. ADJUST YOUR FITS
Even if you are working out regularly and your dimensions are the same as they were in your 20s, you still need to adjust your fits to suit middle age. Instead of reaching for slim-fit jeans and trousers, get used to opting for straight legs. The same applies to suits. You don’t have to buy a new wardrobe but your suits will probably benefit from a visit to the tailors for a leg alteration.
3. SPORTSWEAR SHOULD BE LIMITED AND HIGH-QUALITY
As your style matures, you should graduate out of the sportswear outfits. Outside of the gym, your use of sportswear, like caps and sweatpants, should be a rare occurrence and should only be good quality, plain products. Loud coloured tracksuits should have been left in the 90s and absolutely no sports team jerseys.
4. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILS
In your 40s, you can’t get away with a cool scruffy look anymore. If you aren’t paying attention to the details, you just come across as lazy. This means ensuring your clothes are free from wrinkles and holes, getting belts to match the shoes, donning a trimmed beard or a cleanly shaven face and keeping your ear and nose hair in check. All of this helps to give you a fresher and younger look.
5. STOP DOING DOUBLE DENIM
If you are wearing denim on top, you should be wearing tan or brown trousers or chinos on the bottom. You can’t get away with fashion faux pas like double denim anymore.
6. STOP EXPERIMENTING WITH YOUR HAIR
You have had at least 40 years on this earth to experiment with bleached blonde, bright red, mohawks and mullets. Now you are in your 40s, you should have found something that you are happy with and suits you. Stop playing with extravagant haircuts or you risk looking like a man in crisis.
7. DON’T HAVE YOUR CHEST ON SHOW
It can be tempting to show off your hard-earned chest gains but it doesn’t look elegant or classy in your 40s. You look like a waiter in a Greek restaurant.
You should feel comfortable in your clothes. By your fifth decade, you should be feeling comfortable in your own skin and this is a great time to start enjoying your style and fashion. However, think about upgrading your wardrobe with these tips in mind to ensure your sense of style is maturing and refining to reflect your body and mindset.
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