Upgrade your body and then your outdated wardrobe
THE PROBLEM IS that men, like women, need to change their appearance as they age, but since they have so few options, they rarely realise that the basic formula needs to be updated. Whether they're used to hoodies and jeans or chinos and jackets, a few extra pounds and a receding hairline will make them stay the same style. The problem is that guys need a strategy in place.
They do something for 15 years, like a courier dispatch bag or baggy, carpenter-style pants, because they see their friends doing it and are perfectly content. Most men do not notice a change in size or age since they are not thinking about their attire in the first place.
Men take far longer to recognise that there are some things about themselves that no longer make them seem beautiful. The issue of mutton dressed as lamb is less severe, but males face their unique challenges – hoodies and trainers, parkas and denim jackets, combats and V-neck tees. At this age, men's casual clothing falls short. When you are young, you have urban contemporary clothing or suits. The issue is where you go when you are unable to accomplish either.
Midlifers must follow a few fundamental rules: stop experimenting and stick to what they know works for them. Stay away from the street. Keep it simple – reduce fuss and form, and purchase fewer items, but ensure they are higher quality. One more thing: it's not the chinos that make guys look bland, stodgy, and middle-aged; it's the massive bum within them. "Not getting fat is your best defence against bad midlife dressing."
This group's common denominator is something else that women after the age of 43 share: an appreciation for fine tailoring.
White T and Jeans
This combo is timeless—and for good reason. It's comfy, affordable, and looks like any man can carry it off. However, the fit will significantly impact its overall appeal. A well-fitting t-shirt will highlight your best features. Too baggy and too tight are both unflattering.
Ensure your sleeves aren't too loose; otherwise, you'll obscure your biceps, which women find beautiful.
I recommend a slim or tapered cut that is just long enough to scrape the tops of your shoes. But make sure the design you choose flatters your body type - jeans come in various fits for a reason.
Rolled shirt sleeves
Rolling your shirt sleeves and displaying a little forearm is very popular with the ladies. It exudes a nice, relaxed, friendly air. It can make you appear to be relaxing after completing some serious, male task, which is appealing.
Remember this look the next time you go to a post-work happy hour or want to reduce the formality of a button-up shirt.
It isn't dull or uninteresting; it's about embracing your limitations and maximising what you have—buying jeans in the less anatomically exposing size, wearing the correct shoes, and getting a nice haircut. Lastly, you could do worse than start by grooming those brows and nose hairs.