If you’re an older guy, dressing your age can be tricky. As we discussed in a previous 2 Minute Tuesday, there are things you should, and maybe more importantly, shouldn’t do as a stylish older guy. In addition to cultivating a timeless Essential Wardrobe, some items just don’t work. We’re revisiting some style tips for older gentlemen in our audience after some feedback and questions about leather jackets in particular.
They Make You Seem Like You’re Trying Too Hard
The style and bit of rock n roll edge that a leather naturally has just read too young for an older guy. There’s nothing wrong with having some cool factor in your wardrobe, but there’s a line where something like a leather jacket doesn’t help this, it just hurts it.
It Doesn’t Complement Your Age
At a certain point, we encourage you to embrace your age, whether you’re 40 or 70. This doesn’t mean dressing in a way that feels old or stuffy (no matter what your age is), but rather you want to cultivate a style that’s distinguished and age-appropriate. You want a look that doesn’t detract from your natural stylishness as an older guy.
There Are Better Alternatives
As we mentioned, there are a ton of better alternatives available for you older gentlemen. A bomber jacket in a different material like suede or cotton is a great place to start. You can also try a Harrington jacket for something equally as stylish.
We talk a lot about men’s clothing items and trends that women hate, but now it’s time to flip the script. We thought it was about time that Dorian shared some of his opinions on some of the biggest women’s trends happening out there. Fashion can be a crazy place, so here are Women’s Fashion Trends That Men Hate!
1. Low-Slung Sunglasses
Both of us can agree that this trend not only doesn’t make practical sense, but it just looks weird and unapproachable.
2. High-Waisted Cropped Bell Bottom Jeans
I’m a fan of these but Dorian definitely thinks they look weird and unflattering, no matter what type of woman is wearing them.
3. High-Waisted Cutoff Jean Shorts
Another take on the unflattering high-waisted jean trend, these just look sloppy and like women aren’t really trying.
4. Ugly Fashion Sneakers
Something both of us completely agree on, the ugly sneaker trend needs to die immediately.
5. The Hobo Tomboy Look
Definitely a major overall trend, we’re not feeling the oversized, trashy looking vibe, no matter how attractive the woman is underneath all the layers. Just like we say with men, your clothes should always fit your body.
6. Bicycle Shorts
Speaking of unattractive looks no matter how attractive the woman, the bicycle shorts trend isn’t doing anyone any favors. Despite what you may think, nobody wants to see a woman’s camel toe in public.
Over-accessorizing is a common problem a lot of guys fall prey to. While we definitely believe the right accessories can really elevate your look, it’s important to know how to do it right. In this episode of 2 Minute Tuesday we’re answering a viewer question about rings. Should a man wear them? If so, how many are too many?
1 Ring Per Hand Max
Stick to this rule as the be-all, end-all of ring rules. Any more than that and you’re going to look like you are trying too hard.
Skip The Thumb Ring
Thumb rings are a definite no-go, they just come off as tacky and cheesy. Keep your rings to your forefinger, middle finger, and maybe your pinky.
Mixing Metals Is Ok
We’re not diehards about not mixing metal types with rings and watches, but it does look best if your rings are somewhat consistent with your watch or other accessories.
here’s a ton of content out there about dressing like a “bad boy” or an “alpha” and usually, it’s not a great look. Many men equate “bad boy style” with confidence and these things are simply not that intertwined as you think. Improving your style should be a pillar to growing your confidence, you shouldn’t adopt an exaggerated persona or image and expect confidence from a costume.
Why “Bad Boy” Style Is Usually Cheesy
It’s Not Really That Stylish
Sure, I love a good leather jacket and dark denim, they should be staple pieces in your essential wardrobe, but most of this so-called “bad boy” style involves a lot of things that don’t look great – over accessorizing with jewelry, out-of-style items, too much embellishment and “look at me” attitude. It’s a little too try-hard.
It’s Not Versatile/Practical
Ultimately it’s too one dimensional for most men. Having good overall style means having a well-rounded wardrobe with a mix of different items for a variety of situations. You can’t wear a t-shirt, boots, and jeans everywhere.
Typical “bad boy” items don’t work for everyone and every body type. Trying to fit your look and personal style into a particular box because it might make you seem cool or confident will only come off as fake. Finding your own individual style and sense of self are way more important (and attractive!) than pretending to be something you’re not.
It’s a fact that one of the first things a woman notices about you is your shoes. So obviously it’s important to make sure your shoe game is on point. We always talk about how important it is to regularly clear out old and out of style items, and shoes are no different. Shoes are a key part of your overall look, and a few wrong choices or out of date items can easily ruin an otherwise great look.
Here are Ashley’s picks for 5 Men’s Shoe Styles That Women Hate!
5 Shoe Styles Women Hate
- Square toed dress shoes
Out of date and out of style, get rid of them right now. Get yourself a proper pair of dress shoes instead.
4. White loafers or loafers with contrasting stitching
Your loafers should always have same-color stitching and white loafers are another out of date style nobody should wear. Try our Loafer Guide for better options.
3. Chunky basketball/gym sneakers
The gym or basketball court is fine but outside of that, these shouldn’t be worn with casual clothing. White sneakers or dress sneakers are a much better look.
2. Rubber flip flops
Unless you’re at the beach or pool these aren’t a good look.
Keep them to the bathroom or inside the house, nobody should see these!
You’re an elder statesman now, it’s time to start looking like one. – Classy, poised, confident. Basically, you need to dress your age, but what that means is probably not what you’re thinking. In addition to cultivating a timeless Essential Wardrobe, here are some things to look out for and avoid as you cultivate your style as an older gentleman.
Things To Avoid:
- Anything with logos unless it’s a sports team at a sporting event or a band tee at a concert
- Excessive jewelry or cologne
- Anything distressed
- The classic white or grey old man, bulky sneakers (New Balances, Nikes). There’s way better-looking options that are just as comfy
- Anything loose or baggy. Fit is key, so check out our Fit Guide!
- Anything that fits too tight. Clothes should hug your body, not strangle it.
- Sandals of all kinds unless you’re swimming or by a body of water.
- Leather jackets – biker, cafe racer – it’s way too mid-life crisis. Always opt for a classic suede bomber.
We’ve talked about how important it is to regularly clean out your wardrobe of items that are old, out of style, and no longer worth it. This goes for your accessories too. Accessories are a key part of your overall style, and a few wrong choices or out of date items can easily ruin an otherwise great look.
1. Wide bracelets
My position on this is well known, it’s time to ditch the stacked bracelets and wide leather straps. Their time has come and gone.
2. Too-wide ties
It’s important to keep an eye on your tie’s width. Not everyone should wear a skinny tie (it should be proportionate to your body type and suit style) but anything wider than 3” is just going to look out of date and out of style.
3. Belts with big buckles or large logos
Another item I’ve talked about before, get rid of ‘em! Belts should be minimal. The same goes for super-wide belt widths and contrasting stitching, definitely a big no.
4. Lapel flowers/pins
I don’t mind a bit of flair, like a thoughtfully chosen pocket square or tie bar, but at a certain point, less is more. You don’t need to add on a lapel pin/flower in addition to all the other accessories you’re wearing, it’s too much.
5. Extra-wide tie bars
If your tie bar goes past your tie, you’re in trouble. Additionally, anything more than 2 inches wide, (unless you’re a broader guy with a 44” chest or larger), is just too long.
6. Colored shoelaces
Another trend that had its day, simple and understated is the way to go with shoelaces. You want that nice pair of shoes to do the talking, not the brightly-colored laces.
7. Big, chunky metal rings
A simple band or signet ring is just fine, but large bulky rings just look dated and over the top.
Whether you’re an old pro or a newbie to the style game, maintaining a timeless wardrobe does take some consistent effort. In addition to focusing on timeless essentials and versatile items, you should regularly remove items that are past their life or just out of style. So, it’s time to clean out that closet, here are 15 Menswear Items you should get rid of immediately!