Fashion for Yourname2000 (aka the middle-aged man)

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    Sep 13, 2011 5:49 AM GMT
    First of all, let me explain some of the terms I might use to describe some of the things in this post.

    Dad = the literal sense. A heterosexual father who has no idea what to wear because he doesn't have "time" to dress well.
    Not cute = not the literal sense. This is just a sassy way of saying "unattractive".

    DOs

    Be aware of your body type. If you have a rounder body shape, you want to avoid horizontal stripes, as they will usually just make you look bigger. Vertical stripes will work well since they give a slimming effect. Keep the v-neck option in mind, as these will make your neck look longer instead of cutting you off.
    If you have broad shoulders and a smaller waist (muscular guys may have this build) be sure to get any professional business attire tailored to your body.

    This being said, make sure what you're wearing fits properly! I know most middle-aged guys won't be caught dead wearing anything tight, but don't wear anything too loose either, or it will make you look bigger (fatter, to be blunt) than you are.
    One tip I know off-by-heart is to make sure the seams of a sweater line up with the corner of your shoulder. If they're too low, it's too big. I'll expand more on this when I get my video blog started.
    For shirts it's super easy to find tons of info online if you search "shirt fitting".

    Try different collars. Crew neck and V-neck aren't the only options, and different styles of collars (shawl collar or stand-up collar) often look more handsome and refined.
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    Men_s_stand_up_collar_long_sleeve.jpg
    (ignore the hot mess of an asian in the pic above, i couldn't find a better pic to reference the collar)

    Don't dismiss the cardigan! A cardigan isn't just for granddads! If you try different styles (zip-up, double-breasted, shawl collar) you might find that you look quite dashing in them.
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    K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, stud! If all else fails, stick to basics.
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    Get yourself a pair of signature boots. Avoid boots that look like their sole purpose is for climbing mountains. If you go hiking a lot, you should have a seperate pair of boots just for that. This way, your going-out boots won't get ridiculously dirty and your hiking boots will last you that much longer.
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    DON'Ts

    Fleece. This is a total dad fabric and is not cute.
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    Oversized cotton hoodies. You are not a clueless teenager any more, and hopefully not white trash, and thus you should not dress like it.
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    Dad colours! These are basically colours with all the goodness that makes colours wonderful sucked out of them. These colours are often found in suburban home decor.
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    Holiday-themed apparel... unless it's a Halloween costume.
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    Added tips:

    FivealiveWell as the general notions goes.. If you're already on the heavy set of build avoid chunky cable net sweaters. Those are usually meant for more slim set build guys than a person with a heavier set body. However even slim set guys will look awkward if the sweater style isn't cut on the bias or knitted on a bias.

    Here are are no nos

    This guy judging by the face has slimmer body but the fit is awful!!
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    Another no no..This looks like its been taken out of the late eighties early nineties... No with and the crew neck is terrible
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    Below is a yes version..The V neck and fit is slimmer...Even the cable knit pattern is proportionally smaller....

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    Another cable knit in a button neck style

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    Remember any cable pattern which more than three fingers thick must be avoided.
    Any thicker will just make you look bad. Leave the oversized look for the women.






    Misc. inspiration reference photos:
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    (ignore the bottom half on the right)

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    (ignore the queen on the left)
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    Sep 13, 2011 6:34 AM GMT
    I've never seen so many sweaters. The Coz is watching. icon_lol.gif

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    Sep 13, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
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    Sep 13, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    Good Job Anduru icon_smile.gif

    You forgot to mention chunky apparel sweaters. Which type f chunky apparel is good and which isn't.


    Oh and stay away from holiday themed sweaters....Just don't wear them ever...

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    Sep 13, 2011 8:38 AM GMT
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    HELL...NO



    The rest was nice.
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    Sep 13, 2011 8:41 AM GMT
    Fivealive saidGood Job Anduru icon_smile.gif

    You forgot to mention chunky apparel sweaters. Which type f chunky apparel is good and which isn't.

    Oh and stay away from holiday themed sweaters....Just don't wear them ever...
    Thanks!

    Can you provide examples? I'm not sure what you mean, but I can edit it into the OP.

    omg, yes, I forgot about those monstrosities. Will edit them in.
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    Sep 13, 2011 8:42 AM GMT
    Lenoxx saidP1040978.JPG
    HELL...NO
    The rest was nice.
    I was having trouble finding "outdoorsy" styles. icon_sad.gif
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    Sep 13, 2011 9:32 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said[cut for length]
    CLEARLY I was in desperate need of fashion intervention. You've done a good thing here today.

    I do love the 'inspiration' photos....stores? Is H+M a cheap place to get started? (I have heard that their stuff isn't made well....thoughts?) Some of those sweaters are amazing and that's layering I can deal with (the hipster stuff was just too.....too.)

    [cut for length]

    So yeah...I'll spend some time reviewing this.
    THANK YOU!! icon_biggrin.gif
    omg lol your enthusiasm fuels me

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    H&M is a good place to start, and they may occasionally sell an item that has a button fall off or whatever, but overall they're decent quality for the price.
    I've heard that it's difficult to find clothes that fit there if you're bigger, but then again most of the stuff left on the sale racks is L and XL. icon_lol.gif

    You can do The Bay or Sears but that can be tricky because there's so much mediocre stuff that it's like looking for a needle in a haystack if you don't have the eye for it.

    Roots actually has some nice stuff too, but obviously not like the hoodies with the giant beaver on them or anything.
    http://canada.roots.com/KnoxVNeckSweater/MensSweatersTop//01050232,default,pd.html?cgid=mensSweaters&selectedColor=0200
    http://canada.roots.com/KasloFzSweater/MensSweaters//01050230,default,pd.html?cgid=mensSweaters&selectedColor=0700

    It would probably be easiest if you tell me all the unisex apparel stores in your area that you can think of and I can cut it down from there.
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    Sep 13, 2011 9:57 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    Well, the "bigger" thing was definitely more an issue 2 years ago....I'm working my way back from being a triple X to being an L. icon_neutral.gif I'm an XL at the moment and I just met a milestone of 38" waist within the last month (end goal is 36" or maybe 34" if that's even possible). It feels great 'cos I was a 48" in 2009. So it's the finally getting back to being able to fit into decent clothes that's got me interested in them again.

    I've never even been in an H+M but there's one on Granville. The Bay? Sears? really?icon_eek.gif I thought they were the epitome of "dad fashion"? I've never been in a Roots store either, but I can check them out. As for other stores, I really don't know...I thought they were all ma'n'pa stores though, with maybe 2 or 3 local locations (eg: "Off The Wall"). I mean, we'll almost certainly have any chain that's also in Toronto, but I wouldn't even know what to look for...I might have to rely on more localized Vancouver knowledge in meatspace for that.

    I should bloody well print out your post and take it with me to hold up to the clothes in the rack, lol. Otherwise, I'm as likely to come home with a Cosby swearter and think "good job, Dave!" [thumbs up]

    Thanks again!

    ps: if any Vancouverites are checking out this thread and you have tips on local shopping, I'd love some local advice on cool stores.
    Ok yeah, my friend who told me that said he'd never seen H&M pants in a size larger than 38, so if you're continuing to lose weight then H&M should work.

    lol, that's why I said needle in a haystack. icon_wink.gif Since I've got the natural eye for picking diamonds in the rough (not blowing my own horn, quite a few people I've shopped with have told me this) I've been able to pick out really nice clothes for my Dad for Christmas and such.
    I mean, they do have name brands like Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren, Buffalo David Bitton, etc. so it's not all bad.
    The Bay is better than Sears though, probably especially now that they've revamped the apparel departments.
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    Sep 13, 2011 10:10 AM GMT
    Well as the general notions goes.. If you're already on the heavy set of build avoid chunky cable net sweaters.. Those are usually meant for more slim set build guys than a person with a heavier set body... However even slim set guys will look awkward if the sweater style isn't cut on the bias or knitted on a bias.



    Here are are no nos

    This guy judging by the face has slimmer body but the fit is awful!!

    MenKnittingPattern4.jpg

    Another no no..This looks like its been taken out of the late eighties early nineties... No with and the crew neck is terrible


    murphy_opt.jpg


    Below is a yes version..The V neck and fit is slimmer...Even the cable net pattern is proportionally smaller....

    NMJuicyCoutureCableSweater.jpg


    Another cable net in a button neck style

    BRMonogramCableSweater.jpg


    Remember any cable pattern which more than three fingers thick must be avoided....

    Any thicker will just make you look bad....Leave the oversized look for the women...


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    Sep 13, 2011 10:11 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidLike this:
    [lumberjack chic!]

    Like the simplicity of this:
    [v-neck]

    Love what the guy on the left is wearing:
    [models]

    Love what the guy on the right is wearing:
    [more models]
    (I have a nice tweed hat from Ireland, but it's got a lot more colour in it than this.)
    You picked out the models that I was posting those pics for!! I'm so proud. :')

    That first look is amazing. I want to try doing it myself.
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    Sep 13, 2011 10:24 AM GMT
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    Sep 13, 2011 10:26 AM GMT
    You see the last pic the guy is wearing a collar..... It'll work on you as well because it helps to pull together a more refined look icon_smile.gif

    As rule of thumb and quite universal at that... Collared shirts will always be defining piece of garment that guys can do no wrong with.
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    Sep 13, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    closer85 said<3 this thread
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    Sep 13, 2011 10:43 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidAnd Anduru! You changed the title of the thread, you cheeky bastard! icon_lol.gif
    icon_lol.gif <3
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    Sep 13, 2011 11:11 AM GMT
    Look at Anduru, using his powers for good. icon_razz.gif

    Nice advice. H&M is a little dangerous, though. We need to be careful not to buy "dad clothes" but shopping at a place with too young a vibe can get us in a different kind of trouble. I have made a couple of those mistakes and it's just as tragic as looking shapeless and suburban.
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    Sep 13, 2011 11:12 AM GMT
    Men in their mid to late thirties...Dress style is about class.

    Remember again, nobody is saying u have to dress like you're on the runway..

    Keep everything put together....

    Also avoid any cheeky messages unless you're outdoors on a long weekend with buddies.

    Lastly STAY AWAY FROM ED HARDY"s anything....They are vomit induced tattoos and only makes you look like a wannabe.

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    Sep 13, 2011 11:31 AM GMT
    showme saidLook at Anduru, using his powers for good. icon_razz.gif

    Nice advice. H&M is a little dangerous, though. We need to be careful not to buy "dad clothes" but shopping at a place with too young a vibe can get us in a different kind of trouble. I have made a couple of those mistakes and it's just as tragic as looking shapeless and suburban.
    Just wait until I can finally start my video blog~ icon_razz.gif

    Yeah, you're right, H&M comes off as young-looking most of the time. Some of the sweaters they have in the L.O.G.G. department look like some of the stuff I posted though.
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    Sep 13, 2011 11:44 AM GMT
    Hmmm I think you should look at brands like Perry Ellis, Brooks Penguin and Banana Republic...Those have have styles which are geared for the guy who want classic styles in modern fits
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    Sep 13, 2011 11:59 AM GMT
    You just have to visit Toronto and we'll take you shopping. icon_surprised.gif

    anyways gotta sleep now xoxoxo
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    Sep 13, 2011 12:26 PM GMT
    I think there should be a thread about general hygiene for guys in their twenties. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 13, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
    Celticmusl saidI think there should be a thread about general hygiene for guys in their twenties. icon_biggrin.gif
    omg u guys you have to wait until i start my video blog then i can make videos for u~~
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    Sep 13, 2011 4:07 PM GMT
    Hmm.... apart from the holiday decorations I like all your don'ts...
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    Sep 13, 2011 4:20 PM GMT
    Lenoxx saidP1040978.JPG


    HELL...NO



    The rest was nice.


    LOLZ... that's the one I liked the most!
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    Sep 13, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    There should be a LIKE button to this post. icon_biggrin.gif