Giving the column over to a high street brand this time. A bit easier on the pocket of course. This is another brand that I have a lot of experience with and would wear a fair bit. Not just spouting pleasantries for the sake of an article. There has to be a level of quality in order to get a mention or indeed a wear from this forty-something man. In my experience Massimo Dutti gives quality at a good price. So this is why I wear it and what I wear from their range.
Sorry to disappoint, but there is no such person as Massimo Dutti. It is purely a brand. The brand is not Italian either. It is Spanish. Premium range of Zara is basically what it is.
What do I buy from this brand? Well, I have bought several shirts for work for starters. They come in really vibrant blues that do my relatively pale complexion a lot of favours. I wore a blue shirt with cuff-links to a wedding with my grey suit jacket and got a stack of compliments. The slim-fit versions are a good fit for me too and would be great on slimmer guys. The regular fit will be a bit better for those of bulkier build. Be aware that a slim fit is exactly as it says and will be close fitting to the body. You may like this fit, but at our age you need to be in reasonable shape for it to look good or it will just look too small on you and that’s not ideal. OK. That’s that awkwardness dispensed with, so yes, they do good work-wear shirt wise. Good range of collar sizes too. That’s important. Go a size up in collar and not down if need be. Work is a tough enough shift without being throttled for the day.
The chinos are great value too. You can get every waist size. I am a 31″ waist, but am often poured into a 30″ or am slightly loose in a 32″. Massimo Dutti do 31″ waist and upwards in single increments. I like that. Seems like a small detail, but it matters. It can be hard to get a chino in odd numbered waist sizes. Plenty colours too. Take your pick. They feel lovely too, especially considering the price point. Pretty good selection of wool and heavy trousers too which will suit autumn and winter wear. I do find the popular sizes do go out of stock, so order away if you are keen.
A few ties have been picked up online from them too. So, for filling the work wardrobe with bits of a decent quality, I can recommend them. You won’t break the bank either getting a few bits. Other accessories worth a shout here include scarves and pocket-squares. Again, quite reasonable price-wise, nice styles and good quality in my opinion.
They do great coats and jackets. This is where the quality kicks in. I have a leather jacket that I love. I still feel like “the man” when I wear it. See below-
I can heartily recommend getting a leather jacket here. Great quality. Still smells and feels brand new and I feel like a total bad-ass in it too!
They do a nice range of blazers and overcoats. Probably not as budget-conscious as the chinos and tops but there is always a price to pay for quality I think. A coat or jacket is an investment at my stage of life and I would give it a lot of thought before taking the plunge. I would be targeting a 10 year life-span on any bigger item of clothing I buy. If it means paying €275 for a leather jacket that lasts and keeps on giving then that is a good deal if the funds have not been swallowed by the mortgage in the meantime. There are some lovely overcoats on their website. Really smart and can be used for the work commute and a wander at the weekend with a more relaxed look. Their website doesn’t have the usual model with the clothes on images. Mixed blessing this as it doesn’t give you the idea of where it cuts off, what it is like around the shoulders etc. However, seeing as the average model on sites is 6ft 2in and a 38″ chest, the guide it gives can sometimes lack relevance for the average man in his forties. Not many men I know have that body shape at 41!
Next time in this series I cover Nudie Jeans and outline why I wear them in my forties. Thanks for reading.