What are some casual clothing brands and fashion suggestions for the 40s and 50s set?

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:04 PM GMT
    I got the idea to post this topic from alphatrigger. Thanks, alphatrigger.

    I'm feeling clueless anymore when shopping for casual clothing. It seems the only styles that fit the way I like (read: trim cut) are those fashions targeting age groups well below my age....the kind of styles that scream: old guy trying to look young. I donated most of my winter inventory to a local outreach program last Spring and now I'm shopping for this winter's wardrobe, but just can't seem to hit on styles and brands that fit and are "age appropriate". Oh, and I don't want to look stodgy, stuffy, and all polyester either, lol.

    I'm happiest during winter months wearing some combination of jeans or khakis and a long-sleeve tee, or thermal, or tail-out casual dress shirt or flannel over a tee, or sweater over a tee. I'm also right at home wearing North Face, Koppen, Peak, and other brand of outdoors performance clothing. It just depends on the mood and activity.

    Any suggestions? Advanced thanks!!!

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    Nov 21, 2012 2:07 PM GMT
    Sears seems to have some lovely clothes on sale.
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:20 PM GMT
    OP, can you change the subject to both 40's and 50's? Much appreciated. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 21, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    Sure, spiffy. Topic age expanded.
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:43 PM GMT
    I find clothes at Banana that fit nicely and are appropriate for my age. Not everything there fits or would be for someone in their 50s but when I find something that is age appropriate, it generally has a good fit as opposed to the generic cut of most clothes found in the box stores.
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    Nov 21, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    I agree. Banana Republic seems to have age appropriate clothes for older guys. But you can find clothes just about anywhere if you keep your age in mind while shopping. I don't have the six pack I had when I was in my 20s and 30s or even the flat tummy of my 40s so tight T's don't work. I also avoid sleeveless shirts (except at the gym).

    I found that slim cut pants help you LOOK thinner than you are and definitely avoid pleats!! Flat front pants are trimming and flattering. I bought a Hugo Boss suit a few years ago in Berlin and I received SO many compliments. I am sure it is the slim cut, flat front pants so that's what I look for now. Unfortunately, they're not that easy to find in the US. Pleats are everywhere.

    I've bought jeans at Penny's or Target for as little as $40 and had them altered for $30 and now have good fitting jeans instead of the typical baggy American look for less than $100.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:05 PM GMT
    Levi's and T's and no super baggy crap or T's that hang to your knees ... the pic with you in the Levi's is hot ... this style suits you ... I bet you also look great in a suit ... you got the kind of body that pretty anything looks good on you ... just make sure it is not overly tight or overly loose.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:11 PM GMT
    I think men our age should avoid graphic prints ala Ed Hardy. However, why should we all dress to conform to rules? Create a style to highlight your personality.. Don't let the clothes wear you instead you wear them.

    Clothes should fit, not baggy. Colors = Personality. Less is more -- for our age.

    FYI ... Flat front pants is the prefer style for many years now.

    Cheers
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:13 PM GMT
    n2briefs2 saidI think men our age should avoid graphic prints ala Ed Hardy. However, why should we all dress to conform to rules? Create a style to highlight your personality.. Don't let the clothes wear you instead you wear them.

    Clothes should fit, not baggy. Colors = Personality. Less is more -- for our age.

    FYI ... Flat front pants is the prefer style for many years now.

    Cheers


    Agree 100% You nailed it. Now it's finding the styles that fit.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Easy, don't dress like a teenager; otherwise, where whatever you want.

    Be happy. icon_wink.gif

    /end your self-doubting.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:28 PM GMT
    Banana Republic is a good suggestion - that's a classic look appropriate for men of most ages. Gap jeans might be a good option. Kenneth Cole seems to look good on most men IMO. Postage, 7/Mankind, Zara jeans could work, too.

    The basics always work... Slim, fit jeans with a clean colored shirt. Avoid print logos, writing, Ed Hardy, hipster shirts. If you have a good build then go with some v cut tops. My closet is full of basic color tops, blazers, and hot jeans. Purchased anywhere between Target to Nordstroms. I wouldn't be overly concerned with label - just find a good fit for your body.

    Also - green is the color for the season. Studded shoes / accessories are a plus. My (ex?) bf works at Neiman Marcus and his work occasionally seeps into my brain.
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    Nov 21, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    smartmoney saidSears seems to have some lovely clothes on sale.


    especially if you're not a 1, 3, or 5
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Hugo Boss fits well to "matured guys". It has this classy, serious style. Armani is also a good example. Lacoste is timeless, every age group can wear it.

    At the end be comfortable what you wear.
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    JR_RJ saidEasy, don't dress like a teenager; otherwise, where whatever you want.

    Be happy. icon_wink.gif

    /end your self-doubting.


    "self-doubting"??? Where does that come from? Move to another forum.
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    Nov 21, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    Gucci, chanel, thierry mugler, prada lol
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    Nov 21, 2012 6:15 PM GMT
    Banana Republic, J Crew, The Gap, RL Polo (the classic stuff, not the "Hey i can see your polo logo from orbit!" crap). Just off the top of my head. You'll want shirts that "fit" but that are not "fitted" and pants the same way. Easy way to tell, sit down and pretend you're sitting in a sports car. If the shirt/pants bind anywhere or pull too tight then you either need to go up a size or they're wrong for the look you want.

    I love just wearing sweaters in the fall/winter when i can (no shirt underneath). You need to get a nice one though if you don't want to be itching the whole time. Merino wool, cashmere, or just high-quality soft wool from Banana works wonders.

    When looking at jackets look more at the "hipster" style jackets (not actual hipster STYLE, but rather the jackets that are known as "hipsters"). Its a good clean look that cuts across age barriers and then find some scarves to go with that. I love Banana and the GAP for their scarves in the wintertime, great selection usually and plenty of colors/patterns.

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    Nov 21, 2012 6:28 PM GMT
    I personally like J.Crew a lot. They have some great colors and better slim cuts now. I really like their winter style now. Dark greys, tweed, the ludlow jackets are awesome. I just bought a ludlow tweed sport coat in dark grey. I can't stop wearing it. The wool it's made of is really great quality and soft.

    Check their style section for advice.

    Don't wear clothing that is to tight or branded the fuck out. So tacky. Classic with an edge is so handsome on a man.

    Queens who dress way to young for their age look like a disaster. It doesn't even look good on an aging woman either.

    "utter catastrophe" Miranda Priestly

    (purses lips)
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    Nov 21, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    Great Post....I dropped from a size 40-42 waist down to a size 34.

    My chest, shoulders and arms are bigger.

    Donated all my clothes.

    Now searching for a new look as well.

    Have settled for regular Gap jeans, casual belt, Nordstrom button down dress shirts, sleeves rolled up, no tie, casual shoes from Allen Edmonds.

    I am at a complete loss and need help!



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    Nov 22, 2012 2:56 AM GMT
    tbh when i'm 50 i'm gonna be dressed like this
    2012-01-21-12-26-25-walter-van-beirendon
    fuck the haters
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    Nov 22, 2012 3:01 AM GMT
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    n2briefs2 saidI think men our age should avoid graphic prints ala Ed Hardy. However, why should we all dress to conform to rules? Create a style to highlight your personality.. Don't let the clothes wear you instead you wear them.

    Clothes should fit, not baggy. Colors = Personality. Less is more -- for our age.

    FYI ... Flat front pants is the prefer style for many years now.

    Cheers


    Agree 100% You nailed it. Now it's finding the styles that fit.


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    Nov 22, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    BiBoston saidGreat Post....I dropped from a size 40-42 waist down to a size 34.

    My chest, shoulders and arms are bigger.

    Donated all my clothes.

    Now searching for a new look as well.

    Have settled for regular Gap jeans, casual belt, Nordstrom button down dress shirts, sleeves rolled up, no tie, casual shoes from Allen Edmonds.

    I am at a complete loss and need help!






    actually that sounds nice. You're on the right track, finding a balance between comfort and style. Stay away from the razor's edge of fashion since, lets be honest, even the people they pay to model the stuff look ridiculous wearing it. My general advice to guys wanting to not look like they're trying to hard. Wear the things that never go out of style. Nice-fitting jeans, slacks, polos, buttondowns. A v-neck sweater (nothing too plunging) can be worn on its own for a cozy fall casual look.

    As for shoes, Allen Edmonds makes excellent shoes. I have a pair of of burgundy/black spectators by them and they're phenomenal (go with anything). Slip-ons are great too. Doesn't have to be phenomenally expensive, although I'm partial to Ferragamo for a bit of understated elegance and luxury.

    How you accessorize will also change you appear to others. Reducing any jewelry to a nice, understated wristwatch and possibly one ring gives a more mature, professional appearance. (a pair of simple sterling cufflinks for shirts with French cuffs is another necessity) If your budget is healthy enough I recommend something along the lines of Vacheron Constantin or Longines' Heritage collection. I prefer my case sizes no larger than 40mm, my favorite being the classic men's 34mm. The size depends on your wrist of course. A thick wrist will carry a larger watch better than a smaller one. (also smaller/thinner cases fit inside a shirt/jacket cuff better).

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    Nov 22, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    I like Old Navy the best. Inexpensive, practical and not particularly ostentatious. If you go to Japan, Uniqlo and Mujirushi Ryohin are about the same as Old Navy here. Good, decent-looking clothes, low price.
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    Nov 22, 2012 5:07 AM GMT
    Age appropriate clothing????

    Puleez!

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    Diesel, Ben Sherman, Paul Frank, Nike, Addidas, and Puma for me!