I am a forty-something man and I love my clothes. I believe men can look stylish at any age and in pretty much any environment. At my age, style will usurp fashion when it comes to what I wear and what I choose to buy. I leave the latest trends and fads to the younger kids on the block, although that doesn’t stop me dabbling of course. So, what is style to me or what should a man of my vintage be wearing? Well, it’s an individual thing and although rules apply, the prescriptive approach is not really that helpful when men come in all shapes and sizes. OK, I do think it’s hard to look stylish on a Sunday wearing baggy linen trousers and flip-flops, but let’s not go down that path yet. Orson Welles nailed it when he said “style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.” Those sentiments are fine by me. You should feel good. You should feel comfortable. Maybe you feel more confident or have a pep in your step when your style is on. You may feel a few extra gazes coming your way or a compliment from a colleague.
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say and not giving a damn.”
In my blog I hope to cover style for the man in his forties, how to show it and where I get my gear online on a pretty limited budget. A modern-day man in his forties will have a few priorities to juggle. Some or all of kids, work, money, relationships, sex, exercise, balanced diet, sleep-quality or lack thereof, all drain our time and brainpower. It is easy to make excuses though and I believe a man in his forties is in his prime and superb men’s clothes from the luxurious to the affordable have never been so plentiful or accessible.
Unfortunately, for me, I won’t be offering sun-soaked photos by the dozen, Williamsburg streetscapes or shots of me hanging out on a yacht. There are plenty of bloggers who do this very well in any case. I will however try and give my honest opinion on why men of my age sometimes struggle with style and clothes. I will offer opinions on what I like to wear and what I would like to buy for myself from online stores. I enjoy putting outfits together whether it be for a night out, Sunday brunch or a theatre/cinema trip.
Yes, I think about this stuff way too much!