At one time, a man’s age earned him respect. Nowadays, society isn’t kind to men over 50, whether it’s in the workforce or the dating game. But, exceptions are made for dignified older gentlemen.

In today’s article, I’m sharing with you five style tips on how a man over 50 should dress if he wants to look sharp and impress.

  1. Don’t Dress Like A Young Man
  2. Find Brands That Suit You
  3. Be Aware of Societal Expectations
  4. Own the Latest Technology
  5. Experiment With Classics

Tip #1 Don’t Dress Like A Young Man

I see this in a lot of guys getting out of the military. They enlisted when they were 18 and find themselves still wearing the same clothes several decades later.

A classic mistake is you try to correct this by reading fashion blogs or magazines for advice. Be very careful because a lot of tips are aimed towards a younger, fashion-forward crowd.

Their styles play on youthful looks. I’m talking about undone shirt buttons, ripped jeans and so on. These might look cool on 22-year-old male models but don’t wear well on an older man. Ruffled hair and an untucked shirt will make you look like you’ve been woken up by a fire alarm.

So how should a man over 50 dress? Is it time to switch to high-rise sweatpants and orthopedic loafers? No. But you shouldn’t be sporting ripped jeans with the cuffs rolled up to show off your ankle tattoo, either.

Tip #2 Find Brands That Suit You

Don’t be afraid to change brand loyalties as you age, especially once you hit the point where your body is changing in size and posture. Clothing that fit well when you were younger may stop working as you age.

Do you have a couple of quality, reliable go-to brands for wardrobe basics like dress shirts and slacks? If not, swing by an upper-end menswear store and ask for some recommendations. Learn from the experienced staff. How have they adapted their own sense of style over the years?

Try on the same item of clothing (a dress shirt, for example) in a few different brands and see which ones work for you. What suits your body best? You don’t have to actually buy anything, just find quality men’s clothing brands that work well for you.

When it’s time to replace something in your wardrobe, you now know exactly where to go.

Tip #3 Be Aware of Societal Expectations

a man over 50 full of energy
If you let them, people will treat you like you’re ‘over the hill’. Prove them wrong.

A hard truth in life you have probably discovered for yourself is people do judge a book by its cover. People have preconceived notions of how a man over 50 should dress. Whether you’re in the dating game or looking for a promotion at work, these stereotypes can negatively affect your life.

The good news? If you understand what makes an older man attractive you can dress to control how people perceive you. Use stereotypes to your advantage!

Imagine this: If you don’t take care of your appearance, it’s easy for an older man with gray hair to look like a ‘senior citizen’. As far as the world is concerned you are shuffling along to the early bird special at Denny’s…forgotten and inconsequential.

On the other hand, look sharp with great clothing and the same gray hairs make people think of leadership, wisdom and maturity.

Think about Hugh Hefner in his old age – he makes sure to wear clothes that demand respect, and everyone from journalists to the Playboy Bunnies buy into it.

Tip #4 Own the Latest Technology

an older man using his phone

This falls under the category of a man’s accessories but it’s important. Make sure you’ve got a good smartphone, observe basic phone etiquette and let people see you using it with confidence.

Other small consumer electronics like tablets are a great choice too. The point is to make sure people notice you access and competently use the digital world in the same way younger men do.

This visually signals to younger men (and women) you’re a part of the same community. It also makes clear you aren’t lacking in technology skills which are critical to today’s working world.

You don’t even really have to use these devices much in most cases. Unless you’re applying for a social media job or a similar position, just having an up-to-date phone is enough to convince people you’re still with the times. Whether you’re actually checking Twitter every five minutes or not doesn’t matter, so long as people know you could if you wanted to.

BONUS Tip: How To Dress Over 50 – Experiment With Classics

a man wearing a classic hat to look sharp over 50

To avoid looking stuffy, you want to develop your own personal style. That means adding some unusual elements and experimenting a little. The trick is to do it like an elegant older gentleman.

When young men want to stand out they generally turn to counter-culture symbols: long or spiked hairstyles, tattoos, ripped clothing and so on.

For older men, look toward classic but underused style elements instead.

Throw on a fedora or a Panama straw hat, swap a polo for a Guayabera, wear a light plaid suit as social wear on the weekends – clothing that nods toward classic mens’ style…but you don’t see men wearing these days.

There’s a fine line to walk between old-school elegance and looking plain old-fashioned. If you’re careful with your choices though and opt for subtle touches then it’s clear your look is a deliberate style rather than a wardrobe that hasn’t changed in 50 years. You can stand out in the crowd without looking like you’re trying to disguise your age.

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By: Antonio
Title: How An Older Man Should Dress | Style Advice For A Man Over 50
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Published Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2021 15:55:00 +0000

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