There’s a topic that’s been stirring around the ACS conversations for a while now, and we think it’s a good time to address it. I recently had a brief Twitter debate on styles vs. brands vs. age appropriate clothing. While I’ve already addressed how to think of styles vs brands, we want to start talking about dressing your age.
We aren’t going to break down age brackets here yet, but plan on doing so over the next few newsletters. But here are a few thoughts to keep in mind if you’re having trouble determining how to dress your age.
Sticking With the Basics
There are clothing items that span across all age groups. We’ve talked about some of the basics (part 1 and part 2). No matter if you’re 16 or 55, these items will always work. And they’re always a safe play if you’re struggling with trying to figure out what to wear, or how to expand your wardrobe. Of course there are more items than in the two posts we wrote, but you can’t go wrong with the basics.
We can’t stress enough, fit is everything. The younger guys have much more leeway in wearing skinny fits, for both pants and shirts. The younger body types are just better tuned to look good in them. Once you hit your mid-30s, it might be time to leave the skinny fits behind, unless you really know what you’re doing and have the body type show it.
Past your mid-30s, a safe play for fit would be slim or straight. This will very much depend on your body type and comfort level. But if you’re an older guy, and want to dress well and age appropriate, stay away from the skinny and/or super baggy fits.
Here are a few more thoughts on skinny vs slim fit, from Effortless Gent.
These days, mainstream fashion trends generally tend to skew towards the younger crowd. If you’re a part of that younger group, and the trend is of interest to you, go for it. It’s the best time to take risks in your wardrobe and keep up to date.
If you’re in that 35+ age group, you need to assess a little more; does it fit your style? Are you buying it to make you feel young? Do you feel the need to stay current? We can’t answer those questions for you, but I do know that the older crowd is a bit more settled into their wardrobe choices. So trends aren’t as important, nor should they be.
We Want to Hear From You
Since we think this is a very important topic, we’d love to hear from you, no matter what age. If you’ve had challenges of wanting to dress well at your particular age, please email us. We want to hear your story so we can make sure we’re sending out good info in our newsletter.
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