Men In 4o’s
Most guys over 40 will admit that they don’t care about men’s fashion and that’s because most of those guys are married or in committed relationships and their significant others do all the caring. When it comes to clothing, there’s a fundamental difference between “fashion” and “style” – and the key to dressing in your 40s is to favor the latter. However, the struggle comes from being comfortable while also denying that we are getting older. Some men want to regress rather than embrace their refinement. We may not have the answer for every fashion blunder but we wanted to share these tips that will help any man over 40 rise above the crowd because you don’t have to dress like someone who’s settled into his job and is just waiting for retirement.
DRESS TO THAT 40’S FINESSE
Go ahead and get it in something beyond the basic two-button, notch-lapel jacket style. Peaked lapels? Sure. Double breasted? Go for it. Pin stripes on that dark, rich color? Keep them modest — true pinstripes, just a needle’s width of white color — but why not? Do something to shake the generic formula up. As great as they look, suits and blazers aren’t the only kinds of jacket a man should own. One of the marks of a well-dressed man is his outerwear’s ability to stand with the rest of his outfit. As part of your long-term collection, lay in a few coats that you can dress up or down as needed. A long, straight, wool overcoat is a good staple, and a good starting place. Once you own one of those in dark wool, add another in a lighter color and a different cut, or switch to a shorter style like a pea coat. A man in his forties can certainly wear a leather coat as well, but it should look a bit like him: sturdy, weathered, and starting to show a few lines here and there. Leave the shiny, sleek motorcycle jackets to guys with something to prove.
EMBRACE THAT SHINY SILVER
As we get older, maintaining a fresh and youthful look starts with the right haircut. Mistakes many men make as they get older include holding on to a haircut that’s too trendy or opting for a haircut that is too safe. Just because we get a little older, doesn’t mean we have to adopt a boring haircut. The classic Caesar cut is a great option for many men in their 40s as it is easy to maintain and especially good at covering up a bit of a receding hairline. Sometime we tend to lose our “edge” as we get older and one way to get that edge back and give yourself a powerful look, is to shave your head. If you have the right head shape, oval or square work great with a shaved head this may be a good option, especially if your hair is thinning. Combine the shaved head with a short beard and you’ve got an ultra-masculine rugged look. That said, if you’ve got a great head of hair, show it off! Do it by having the hair cut in long layers with a bit of taper around the sides and back.
START FIGHTING BACK THOSE LINES ON YOUR FACE.
Those great times in the sun you had in your teens are showing up on your face. However, don’t even think of retiring from the skincare game. It’s never too late to prevent sun damage and to stop the progression of damage you may already have. Cell turnover is slow; the most significant change you’ll notice in your complexion in the dryness and loss of elasticity. Use a daily moisturizer and a sunscreen to protect your skin from the damage. Getting older also means that the skin loses moisture so you can have cracked lips and cracked nails as well, always use a lip balm and groom your nails regularly.
-A Really Nice Hat
-Well-Fitted Leather Gloves
-A French-Cuff Shirt (and Cufflinks)
-The man bag
ONE FINAL NOTE
Not all men in their forties have families or children to think about. But if you are a father and whether your children are boys, girls, or not even completely decided on that yet, there’s extra incentive to dress both well and comfortably. It may not seem like it, but your kids will notice when you’re the best-dressed dad in the room — and when you’re the worst-dressed.