Fashion tips for older men

Once upon a time, the world of men’s fashion was seen by the masses as inferior to women’s trends. But in the 21st century, that attitude has changed rapidly.

Today, men’s fashion is just as well-respected as its female counterpart and older men haven’t been immune to its effects either. In fact, many major male style icons are aged over 50, like actors George Clooney, Bill Nighy and even Johnny Depp, who turned 50 in June 2013.

So if you’re an older man hoping to inject some of this new fashion consciousness into your wardrobe, you can rest assured that you’ll find inspiration in many corners.

Invest in key wardrobe staples

The first step to revamping your wardrobe is to invest in some good quality, staple items. Remember that although attitudes to men’s fashion may have changed, its building blocks haven’t. So trousers, shirts and suits are still your bread and butter. Start with bottoms: avoid the tight-fitting skinny jeans favoured by younger men and look for well-tailored, straight-legged trousers instead. Choose lighter colours like beige, blue and green for casualwear, or stick to black and grey for more formal office-wear.

Mens shirts

Also make sure you have a range of shirts and tops to choose from. Collared shirts are ideal for work but instead of sticking exclusively to white, branch out into pale blue, stripes or a light checked-pattern for variety. T-shirts and polo necks look great under V-neck jumpers in autumn and winter but in spring and summer, a collarless shirt unbuttoned at the top is much more elegant choice for the older gentleman.

Don’t skimp on formalwear either. Every man, no matter what his age, should have a classic suit on which he can rely. When choosing a new suit, don’t be too influenced by trends. A three-piece suit, for instance, may be the height of fashion today but will date quickly over the next few years. Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t buy one – simply look for a three-piece suit that can be easily worn without a waistcoat, or perhaps with its waistcoat but without a jacket, so you can mix and match as the years go by.

Look for quality, not quantity

On the high street, retailers like Next, Gap and H&M are great places to find affordable staple wardrobe items. But as you get older, it becomes more important to “invest” in clothing rather than simply buy whatever catches your eye. This usually means spending a little more on a pair of trousers or a shirt than perhaps you might have in your 20s and 30s, but doesn’t have to break your bank account.

Key British brands like Fred Perry, Charles Tyrwhitt and Ben Sherman, for instance, are widely available in department stores and their emphasis on heritage style means that their clothing is ideal for fashionable over-50s. Slightly more upmarket is British design icon Burberry, whose menswear range has been satisfying gentlemen of all ages for 150 years. And if you really want to splash out, a bespoke tailored suit will last you a lifetime. London’s Saville Row would be the classic place to go to find a suit tailor but in truth, you can find specialist men’s tailors all over the country.

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13th Apr 2017
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You are right on, I need to purchases shirts that has some pale colors. White can be boring day in and day out.
28th Nov 2014
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As a mid 60s male sporting a beard and not much hair I recognise the importance of being smartly dressed. However what I consider smart can be very different to what my wife considers smart.
There is very little info for us "mature or middle aged men" regarding dress sense and colour co-ordination so any good, informed advice is most welcome. I agree with the comments about quality not quantity but this can be a problem for many in terms of cost. In my local town there is a menswear shop that is upmarket (Ian Botham shops there) and has some excellent designs but a bit pricey. I do treat myself from time to time.
What about shoes though?. What goes with the clothes?. I visit a local shoe shop in Durham City and drool over a superb pair of expensive (£325.00) pair of dark brown brogues. What is the point of splashing out if there is no co-ordination with what one wears?.
Rollo Prendergast
4th Jul 2014
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I buy Charles Tyrwhitt online. I didn't know you could buy their stuff in department stores.
29th Jun 2014
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short hair and no beard mean LESS GREY......
...the older you get...the darker the denim..?...
Philip Andrews
31st May 2014
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Beige? Beige? Never!
doyin Bademosi
23rd May 2014
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I totally concur that we men, in our fifties, should opt for quality and not quantity. Most of the men's clothes sold in some high stress retailers are ill-fitting.
But, we also, should concentrate on exercising because retailers tend to favour tailored or slim fitting clothes
malcolm reynolds
13th May 2014
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Martin: "exorcise" - really? that's a bit dramatic isn't it. on a serious note, why do you assume Most men are bothered about their appearance once in their 50's. why should they bother, to please you?
8th May 2014
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before you start on the wardrobe could I suggest take care of the head, a good hair cut, get rid of the bushy eyebrows and all those stray hairs from nose and ears, and if you haven't got good teeth get them fixed and bleached, you will look at least ten years younger! Then get trim, eat properly and do a bit of exorcise, to be honest once you've done that people will be looking at you and not your nice new shirt. Just a thought.
14th Apr 2014
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Speaking as someone who is over fifty, when it comes to shopping for mens fashion I find the average British high street very disapointing. Shops such as Next, Debehams, Gap H&M, Burtons etc only seem to cater for the younger market. But I must say that Marks & Spencer clothing range for the mature man is almost complete. [ prime stores only,] However as the rest of the ageing population realises this, individuality is hard to come by. The answer is to shop around try smaller independant 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 to trendy, I'll spend a great deal of time to find that certain edge that marks me out from the herd.
Angela Laws
25th Feb 2014
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Thank you from the women of the world, well this one anyway! At last a "Look like George" recipe .... seriously though I'm happy with my "George" but there's always room for improvement in one's life.

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