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Your forties are when you start to carry yourself with some serious authority.

These days, it’s also not the fixed quantity that it used to be. Men in their 40s are often just as dynamic and adventurous as they were in their 20s and 30s, if not more so. You don’t have to dress like someone who’s settled into his job and is just waiting for retirement.

With a little luck, you’ve also got a bit more money to spend in your 40s than you did when you were younger. If you don’t, don’t worry about it — you can still look good. But if you do have an enjoyable disposable income, don’t be shy about making some serious investments in your 40s.

Casual in Your 40s: Needs and Wants

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At any age, your “casual” wardrobe is essentially your non-business wardrobe. It can even include some clothes that you do, in fact, go to work or do business in, just worn in ways that set them apart from your office outfits.

What it isn’t, and what it especially shouldn’t be at this age, is sloppy. A man in his forties can do better than sweatshirts, and if he’s wearing ripped jeans, he’d better be in a band. And on-stage.

How you dress when no one’s requiring you to look any way in particular says a lot about you. As you enter (and, for that matter, exit) your forties, here are a few things you want to be thinking about:

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40s Style Tip 1. Fit

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This is the most important consideration for a man of any age, but it takes on special import as you age.

Bodies change. Sometimes they change for the better, and sometimes not, but it doesn’t actually matter much as long as you stay on top of it. A middle-aged man in a custom-tailored jacket that slims his silhouette down and squares his shoulders for him? Smashing. The same man in a jacket that pinches at the shoulders and sags at the waist, not so ideal.

Your body type doesn’t matter. Getting the right fit for it does. And at your age, it’s time to have the simple task of getting your clothes fitted down to practiced routine: find a tailor you like, get him your measurements, and take everything you buy to him for fitting.

Yes, everything. All right, maybe not the socks and underwear, but anything other people are going to see. Trousers, shirts, jackets, overcoats — if you’re going to be wearing it stylishly, get it adjusted. It’s the cheapest way to look good that there is.

If you can afford it, take your best wardrobe pieces a step further by having them tailor-made from scratch. A good made-to-measure suit stands head and shoulders above even a well-adjusted one off the rack, and true bespoke — while pricy — puts you in a whole different class from other men.

40s Style Tip 2. Dignity

Man in red turtleneck

Over forty is the time to start wearing your silver hairs with pride (even if you don’t actually have any silver hairs yet). You’ve got the years to carry yourself with a little gravitas. Start doing it.

That doesn’t mean double-breasted suits at all times, of course. But it does make darker colors, richer cloths, and sturdier cuts a good idea — a little more of the esquire, and a little less of the dandy.

Be willing to expend the little extra bit of time, money, or effort that you didn’t in your younger years to get things just right. Get your shirts pressed more often. Perfect a fancy, three-pointed pocket square fold. Wear a scarf that highlights your eyes. It’s all about the little things at this point.

It goes without saying that this is also a good time to be leaving behind the edgier fashions, even ones that you’ve pulled off in the past. A savvy dresser probably can still wear red Converse sneakers with a suit jacket in his forties — but he doesn’t need to, and he’d be better-served by something more restrained.

Don’t mourn the flashy fashions. Exceed them.

40s Style Tip 3. Investment

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You’re hopefully reaching a time of life when your body won’t be doing too much more changing in shape or size. You might put on or lose a little weight as you age, and we’re all going to shrink at least a bit, but for the most part you can hope that clothes you buy in your 40s will still fit in your 60s.

That means that it’s time to start investing in some pieces with serious lifespans. Buy less frequently but more exclusively than you did in your 20s and 30s, so that you’re creating a small core of top-quality garments to go with your general staples and older remnants.

There’s no real rule or order for what to buy first, or what to stock up on. Let your pleasures be your guide here. Just buy with an eye toward the long haul. You’ve got to be optimistic, right?

Casual Looks for Your 40s

Hopefully you’ve already got a good sense of the sort of look you like — rugged or crisp, classic or modern, all of that. If you don’t know your look, now’s the time to figure it out. Take a turn through some of the nicer menswear stores in town and see what styles you enjoy trying on, then build from there.

But for the most part a man in his 40s can be counted on to own a decent collection of clothes he likes already. Now’s the time to start finding ways to improve it: make things a little dressier, a little more luxurious; a little more more.

These are a few looks that the 40-something man should feel comfortable wearing, and merit space in his wardrobe:

Best Outfit For Men In Their 40s #1. The Serious Business Suit

man in gray suit

We usually recommend that a man get a proper business suit as soon as he’s out of college, or even before then if he’s in a field like finance or law. That’s a basic wardrobe necessity.

But a middle-aged man is at the right stage of life to upgrade from a business suit to a serious business suit. This should be something with real heft to it — thick, luxurious wool that no one’s going to mistake for the $299 special at Men‘s Wearhouse.

Go ahead and get it in something beyond the basic two-button, notch-lapel jacket style. Peaked lapels? Sure. Double breasted? Go for it. Pin stripes on that dark, rich color? Keep ’em modest — true pinstripes, just a needle’s width of white color — but why not? Do something to shake the generic formula up.

This will, of course, become one of your business suits. You’ll wear it when you need, well, a suit. But it’s something that can make the occasional “casual” appearance as well, at evenings at the theater or Sunday morning services, to say nothing of any upscale events like country club dinners you might find yourself invited to.

It’s not a cheap piece and it’s not an everyday piece. But it is a piece worth owning, and one that announces you as a man of stature.

Best Outfit For Men In Their 40s #2. The Perfect Blazer

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Middle-aged men look good in the square, firmly-constructed silhouette of a classic blazer. It’s well-suited to their stage in life: solid, dependable, and comfortable.

You should own a good blazer. Ideally you should own several, but have one that’s your favorite, and perfect for you.

It doesn’t have to be the traditional navy blue with brass buttons, though that’s a good look. Other dark colors work well and stand out a bit more. For buttons, anything from a basic matched color to wooden or leather toggles works. If you’re feeling extravagant, personalize with monogrammed metal buttons.

You can wear a blazer with almost anything — that’s one of the reasons to own a good one. Pair it with gray slacks and a necktie when you want to impress, or with jeans for a lazy weekend afternoon. Khakis will do for just about anything in between.

Mix it, match it; own it. These are your best blazer years.

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Best Outfit For Men In Their 40s #3.The Casual Coat

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As great as they look, suits and blazers aren’t the only kinds of jacket a man should own.

One of the marks of a well-dressed man is his outerwear’s ability to stand with the rest of his outfit. As part of your long-term collection, lay in a few coats that you can dress up or down as needed.

A long, straight, wool overcoat is a good staple, and a good starting place. Once you own one of those in dark wool, add another in a lighter color and a different cut, or switch to a shorter style like a peacoat.

A man in his forties can certainly wear a leather coat as well, but it should look a bit like him: sturdy, weathered, and starting to show a few lines here and there. Leave the shiny, sleek motorcycle jackets to guys with something to prove. Yours should be simple, a little worn, and very expensive.

Three Items Every Man in His 40s Should Own

1. A Really Nice Hat

Don’t let us limit you here — you can own several really nice hats if you want. But you should own at least one handsome, shaped felt hat from a classic style: homburgs, fedoras, derbies, western, etc.

A softer wool cap like a newsboy’s or fisherman’s isn’t a terrible idea either. In fact, if you’re putting a coat on over your outfit, you should pretty much always be planning on having something on your head as well.

2. Well-Fitted Leather Gloves

This is another of those little things that sets men with really complete wardrobes apart from the men who are still phoning part of it in. Get a pair of good leather gloves that fit your hands well: close but not so tight the leather discolors when you close your fist, and long enough to tuck into your coat sleeves.

Black and brown are the obvious choices here, but colorful leather gloves have a long and masculine tradition. Feel free to experiment. Just keep it relatively dark and subdued — oxblood red rather than bright cherry, hunter green rather than lime, and so on.

3. A French-Cuff Shirt (and Cufflinks)

man wearing cufflinks

In theory, French cuffed shirts are exactly the same as any other dress shirt.

You wear them the same way; one style just requires cufflinks.

In practice, you won’t see French cuffed shirts being worn without a jacket much.

That’s not to say you can’t do it, but it’s best suited to wear with a nice blazer or a suit.

And you should be wearing one once in a while.

Get good cufflinks to go with it. Nothing too flashy, and nothing novelty — you can wear Playboy bunny cufflinks if and only if you’re Hugh Hefner, and brother, you ain’t.

Looks for the 40-Something Man to Absolutely Avoid

There’s no “but maybe” on these. They’re things you shouldn’t be seen wearing in public. So don’t be.

  • Anything elastic-waisted. Sweatpants, stretch jeans, pajamajeanjeggings or whatever they think of next — don’t do it. If you find belted waists too constricting, wear slacks with suspenders (braces for our UK readers) instead. They’re a timeless, classic style that looks just fine on a man in his 40s — unlike stretch waists.
  • Ascots. Yes, some designers are starting to play around with them again. Yes, younger men have started wearing brightly-colored one. No, you’re not going to do that. If you’re wearing daytime formalwear and you actually know what you’re doing, you can tie yourself an ascot-style cravat, but leave the neckerchief-looking ones to younger fashionplates.
  • Unfinished trousers or jackets. When you buy ready-to-wear (off-the-rack), take it to a tailor and get the hems and sleeves finished. A man in his 20s can get away with loose, unhemmed trouser bottoms (not that he should), but at your age there’s really no excuse.

You can deal yourself in on the standard prohibitions for every well-dressed man as well: no gym clothes unless you’re actually at the gym or doing yardwork or the like, no sports jerseys unless you’re actively watching that team play; no rubber watches or sneakers except on an athletic court.

Other than that, let your own taste and the people you’re interacting with be your guide. If you mostly hang out with guys that like to drink in sports bars and go hunting, you’re probably not going to need a structured blazer and wool slacks every day.

One final note: not all men in their forties have families or children to think about. But if you are a father (and whether your children are boys, girls, or not even completely decided on that yet), there’s extra incentive to dress both well and comfortably. It may not seem like it, but your kids will notice when you’re the best-dressed dad in the room — and when you’re the worst-dressed.

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10 Tips To Do Business Casual Better

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So, you’ve landed a new office job. Congrats! Or perhaps you’ve been with the company for some time. In that case, keep up the good work! Regardless of your situation, if you work in an office today, there’s a decent chance the dress code is listed as “business casual.”

But this term can take on many different meanings for different people, depending on several factors, including age demographics, local culture, climate, and more.

All things considered, it can be a bit confusing to determine what business casual even means in today’s modern working world. Even harder is figuring out how to do business casual well.

If you’re trying to get to the bottom of either of these two conundrums, then buckle up. We’ll walk you through it.

Photo of man wearing dark wash denim jeans with light blue oxford shirt, a brown wool sweater, and a camel sport coat with patch pockets and elbow patches

What Is Business Casual?

Throughout a great deal of the twentieth century, most if not all offices required their employees to dress in a manner that was considered “business professional.”

For men, this typically meant a suit, dress shirt, and tie. Depending on the industry, there were oftentimes stricter rules on what types of fabrics, colors, and patterns were deemed acceptable for the decorum of the workplace.

In late 1800s and early-to-mid 1900s England, where much of our western ideas of dress originate, men who held important and distinguished professional positions such as law typically only wore dark, worsted wool suits with conservative shoes, ties, and hats.

The phrase “no brown in town” was coined to refer to the common practice of designating more casual suiting (often in earth tones) for the countryside, while the businessman, working in the city, should only wear darker, more formal attire.

While some rules relaxed in future decades and as American professional style found its own unique footing, the suit-reliant uniform persisted across many industries.

However, many attribute the arrival of “business casual” to Silicon Valley workers in the 1980s, who seemingly chose to shirk traditional office attire in favor of a more relaxed look. Gone were the starched dress shirts and fine wool suits.

Khakis, patterned button-downs, and optional ties became the norm, and soon this phenomenon began to spread to other business sectors across the United States.

man wearing somewhat disheveled looking khakis and plaid button down shirt

Today, business casual has sometimes come to include jeans and even t-shirts in some circles. But at the same time, a suit can still be considered business casual if dressed down. It’s a bit confusing!

At its core, business casual rejects traditional suiting and ties as the cornerstone of office attire. In its wake, is a somewhat confusing set of loose guidelines, born out of the absence of other, older rules. And in that absence, a somewhat mediocre uniform has prevailed.

Think of the most typical, humdrum office outfit that you know. Or, if you’re sitting at your office desk or at a boardroom meeting, simply look down. Khakis? Some sort of collared shirt worn on its own? Tan shoes or white sneakers?

If that’s accurate, don’t sweat. You’re not committing any fashion crimes. But it can be better. Simply read on to discover how.

Tip #1: Layer Up

One of the problems that often comes up with the typical business casual uniform is that things feel a bit too flat. By abandoning the suit, these outfits often lack an additional layer, which, as most fashion-conscious people are aware, lends an outfit a great deal of visual depth and interest.

You can keep your jeans, khakis, oxford shirts, and the like. The problem isn’t always inherent in those pieces – it’s in what the outfit is still lacking.

The answer? A finishing layer! A casual sport coat or blazer will always work. Some may falsely assume this is considered “dressy,” but if the jacket is in a casual cloth like tweed or linen, it will mesh quite well with the rest of your ensemble.

man wearing a gray wool herringbone sport coat over a black turtleneck sweater

Another way to add an additional layer to your outfits is through quality knitwear. You know, sweaters! Whether you prefer a pullover crew-neck, v-neck, quarter-zip, or cardigan, a good piece of knitwear is guaranteed to add some extra interest to your outfit, and even elevate it.

Tip #2: All Natural, Baby

Yes, we understand that many people find athleisure fabrics to be quite comfortable. But there are certainly other ways to be comfortable without your outfit clearly exhibiting a synthetic look.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with your favorite stretch-fabric slacks, but you can often spot them from a mile away. Natural fiber fabrics often look better and when the clothing article fits you properly, can be just as comfortable, if not more. Additionally, natural fibers tend to last longer.

shirt care tag that says “100% Cotton

There’s an understated elegance to wearing quality fabrics. Try saving the stretchy stuff for the gym. It’s a subtle change that can go a long way.

Tip #3: The Color/Texture/Pattern Theory

It’s a common fashion idiom that still rings true – if your outfit isn’t interesting through color, then it should be interesting through texture. And if your outfit isn’t interesting through texture, it should be interesting through pattern. And if you’re feeling confident, why not try all three?

One of the larger issues with many business casual uniforms is that they simply scream “generic.” More accurately, they’re often dull in color, flat in texture, or uninspiring in pattern.

Try swapping out one piece for another in a color that you really like. Or perhaps trade your chinos for some corduroy pants. Replace your plain merino wool crew-neck sweater with a Fair Isle knit instead.

Once you begin to understand this trifecta, your style sense will improve dramatically. Oh, and you’re bound to receive some compliments, too.

man wearing wool blue Fair Isle knit sweater over brown shirt and khaki pants

Tip #4: Do High – Low Contrast Right

You might have tried pairing jeans and a more formal shirt before, and wondered why it didn’t quite work. It can be very tricky to figure out how to combine two pieces on opposite sides of the formality spectrum. But it’s the details of each piece that make or break the deal.

If you’re looking to wear denim with a dressier shirt, make sure the fit of each compliments the other. You don’t want one to be too baggy and the other too billowy. When in doubt, aim for a straight, traditional fit.

It can take some time to acquire the right eye for high – low contrast outfits. A no fail option? Try pairing straight or boot-cut jeans in a classic wash with a western denim shirt, or even a white or blue oxford cloth button down. Top it off with a navy blazer (gold buttons seal the deal!) and you’ve got a great outfit that mixes the best of both worlds with masterful synergy. Just look at Austin Butler. He gets it.

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Tip #5: Better Fitting Pants

Outfit proportions are incredibly important. Unfortunately, this is a common stumbling block for lots of guys. Most pants on the market are tight in all the wrong places and have painfully low rises. The result? They make your legs look awkward and short.

It’s time to upgrade your work khakis or jeans. Try going for a more classic, roomy fit and a higher rise. The waist should come up a bit more than you might be accustomed to, and if you want to pack an even bigger visual punch, go for something with pleats. The final result will be a lower half that appears balanced with your upper, and your legs will often look longer, too.

man wearing high-waisted pleated pants

Tapered and skinny fits have their place, but for a lot of body types, they just make you look top-heavy. Your work outfits can appear significantly more balanced with a more generous fit. Try it out and see for yourself!

Tip #6: Start Loafing Around

Picking the right shoes can be a bit challenging when it comes to business casual. In many workplaces, common footwear variations often include tan derbies or dress shoes, white-soled dress shoe/sneaker hybrids, or classic white sneakers.

A subtle way to elevate your business casual outfit without going overboard or overly formal, lies in the versatility and enduring style of the loafer shoe.

Loafers can be dressed up or down with ease, and lend a polished touch to nearly any outfit. Wear them with chinos. Wear them with jeans. Wear them with suits. It doesn’t matter – they just work!

man wearing dark brown leather loafers with khaki pants

Black and brown loafers will typically be the most versatile colors. A simple, penny loafer is quite neutral, while a more decorated tassel loafer tends to lean a bit more casual.

A loafer with a lug-sole has a slightly more rugged appeal that’s still classy enough for the boardroom. Whichever suits your taste, loafers are an invaluable style hack, especially for business casual.

Tip #7: Upgrade That Bag

Backpacks have their place, but their association with students might take away from an otherwise professional look. If you have a lot to carry, try swapping out your backpack for a leather messenger bag, or even a sleeker, modern take on the briefcase.

Traveling light? Try an elegant leather folio instead. For something in-between, a tasteful tote bag is perfectly appropriate for business casual settings.

sleek black leather work bag

Tip #8: The Polo, Perfected

Polo shirts are classic, but they can be a bit dull if left on their own. Many men opt for polo shirts as a short-sleeved option during warmer months. It can be hard to layer once it gets hot, after all.

However, polos can be elevated, too! Knit polos are a vintage classic that have made quite the comeback in recent years. If fitted correctly, they can be a highly flattering and stylish choice.

man wearing knit crocheted polo

Due to warmer climates inhibiting our ability to layer sometimes, it pays to remember tip #3. If you’re looking to add more texture, consider a cable-knit polo. They have an extra dose of visual appeal while still conforming to the overall configuration of a traditional polo.

Tip #9: Suit Up (Casually)!

When others go low, try going high. In this context, we mean that in terms of office attire. Of course, if no one else is wearing a suit at your workplace, as will often be the case in some business casual environments, make sure you do it correctly.

man wearing light brown corduroy suit with patch pockets on the jacket, paired with dark denim shirt

That means – do it casually. Opt for a suit made from a casual fabric such as cotton, linen, corduroy, or tweed. Pair it with an oxford cloth button down or denim shirt to keep things grounded. If you’re feeling a bit bold, add a tie! Just go for a casual option such as a cotton, linen, or knit tie.

Tip #10: Protect Your Eyes – Fashionably

It’s no secret that a full workday spent staring at our computer screens can be harmful to our eyesight. The blue light from most screens can have negative effects on health and sleep. Thankfully, there’s a stylish solution to this that also serves as a major wardrobe upgrade.

man wearing tasteful eyeglasses while looking at his computer in an office

Blue light blocking glasses have risen in popularity over the last several years, and they can be just as sharp and tasteful as your favorite reading glasses or shades. They don’t appear much different than a reading pair, but come in all sorts of frames, colors, and sizes. This is one style upgrade that also happens to serve a unique workplace function!

Tying It All Together

By now, hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two about elevating your office attire. Business casual can often be a bit hard to understand, and even trickier to pull off correctly.

In the absence of hard-set style rules that once ruled the professional workplace, the default outfit often lacks a bit of flavor. But through thoughtful choices and careful understanding of how individual items play into one another, you can upgrade your business casual wardrobe in no time.

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10 Ways To Give Your Outfit A Vintage Look

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At some point in your personal style journey, you’re bound to take notice of vintage menswear and its influence over contemporary fashion today.

For many, their first exposure to vintage style is through movies and television, whether original media from previous decades, or period-pieces produced in the modern day.

Some are enamored with the “old money” elegance in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), while others find themselves more drawn to Robert De Niro’s flashy ensembles in Martin Scorsese’s mob epic, Casino (1995). Perhaps you’re into the exemplary displays of Ivy Style portrayed in Dead Poets Society (1989), or the 70s take on the look in The Holdovers (2023).

Man leaning against a tree reading, wearing khaki chinos, an oxford shirt with a knit red tie, a gray tweed sport coat

The real world holds plenty of style stimulation, as well. Maybe your favorite style influencer recently put you on to an especially cool retro look. Or you passed someone on the street with head-turning taste.

Whatever your source of inspiration, and whatever particular aesthetic that’s caught your eye, there’s one truth that remains consistent across practically all of these experiences and others like it: vintage style can be pretty darn cool, and a ton of fun!

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But in truth, it can be challenging to know where to start once you’re committed to the idea of incorporating more vintage styles into your wardrobe. So, we’ve put together a list of tips and expert advice to help you experiment and achieve the perfect vintage look. Ready to retro-fy your style journey? Read on!

Tip #1: Shop Secondhand Vintage

This might seem obvious, but it’s worth stating. You won’t get a more authentic vintage look than by wearing authentic vintage clothing.

Besides being a sustainable practice, shopping vintage will help you learn to appreciate the styles of previous decades in a whole new way. It truly is a hands-on learning experience that will allow you to recognize vintage details everywhere, furthering your understanding of vintage fashion.

Thrift stores, flea markets, and online marketplaces like eBay, Poshmark, Mercari, Depop, Vinted, and more are filled to the brim with vintage offerings spanning across different decades and styles. It can take a bit of work and patience, but that’s part of the fun when it comes to cultivating your vintage style.

Thrift store rack filled with textured and colorful suits and jackets, and patterned shirts

Sometimes, you can find quality vintage-inspired pieces produced by modern brands. If this works for you, go for it! But always be mindful of quality. It’s worth noting that you can often find great deals on vintage designer pieces by shopping secondhand.

This tip is at the very top of the list because it truly is the best way to get started. Embrace the process and have fun with it!

Tip #2: Incorporate Tailoring Into Your Outfit

When in doubt, tailoring has got your back. And sometimes your legs, too!

What many outfits some may categorize as “boring” often lack is a degree of extra dimension or texture. That’s where tailoring comes in.

Take a look at pretty much any vintage photograph, and you’ll often see it front and center. Men wearing suits, jackets, wool trousers – the works! It doesn’t even need to read as formal if you opt for a casual suit or sportcoat. But it will undoubtedly add a touch of sophistication to nearly any outfit.

Blazers and sportcoats feature lapels that frame your torso and neck, while padded shoulders will compliment and accentuate your form.

Man wearing olive-colored tweed jacket over turtleneck sweater

This extends to bottoms, as well. Try swapping your regular work chinos for a pair of tailored trousers to elevate your ensemble. This can work any time of the year if you go with the right fabric. Try wool or corduroy for fall and winter, cotton for spring, and linen or seersucker for summer!

Man wearing linen pleated trousers

Looking to try a bit more? Wear a full suit!

Until the late 1990s, it was more common than you might think. Hence, the vintage association. If you have the option, opt for more casual suiting made from casual fabrics like tweed, corduroy, or linen. When the occasion calls for it, smoother, worsted wools should be your go-to for business or more formal settings.

Tip #3: Try Out New Silhouettes

A lot of modern, contemporary clothing has fit very similarly for a while now. Slim and skinny fits were all the rage in the 2010s. Even today, it remains a very common style. For the fashion-conscious, wider, roomier fits have been back for a few years now. But if you have yet to give it a try, maybe now’s the time!

Not all larger fits are the same, either. For example, during various decades across the twentieth century, the fit of pants, in both refined tailoring or casual workwear, was constantly evolving, much like our trends today.

The 1920s saw an influx of relaxed suits, with lots of room in the seat, thigh, and leg of the pants. In the 1970s, flared pants were accentuated with a slimmer thigh. Big shoulders in jackets and a tasteful excess of fabric characterized much of the look of tailoring in the 1980s.

Man wearing 70s flared jeans with western boots and western belt

If you’ve been wearing the same slim or skinny fit chinos and slim fit suits since 2010, it might be time to switch things up! There will always be a place for tasteful slim fits, but it can be a lot of fun to experiment with roomier clothes, too.

Man wearing wide-leg, chalk-striped wool trousers

Tip #4: High-Rise Pants Are Iconic

Sometimes, a low-rise jean looks pretty cool! The Ramones certainly had the right idea. But for a good chunk of menswear history, pants have traditionally sat significantly higher on the waist, falling closer to one’s natural waistline.

The rise of a pair of pants refers to how much fabric exists between the top of the waistband and the crotch seam. The more fabric, the higher the rise.

Aside from lending your outfits a classic, vintage look, high-rise pants can actually make you look taller by elongating your legs and breaking up your body proportions in a way that is almost always universally flattering to all body types.

With the right amount of room in the seat, sometimes afforded by pleats (see tip #6), they can be highly comfortable, and typically slip a lot less than many lower-rise pants.

Man wearing high-waisted, pleated corduroy trousers with a tucked-in oxford shirt and wool sweater.

Generally speaking, high-rise pants extend to around your belly button. But sometimes, they can be a little higher or a little bit shorter. Finding which exact fit is right for you can take some trial and error, but a good pair of high rise jeans or tailored trousers are a great way to give your outfits a vintage touch.

Tip #5: Frame Your Face With Retro Shades

There are tons of sunglasses with timeless, classic frames that stand the test of time. But if you want to make a statement, go bold! Big shades in tinted colors offer a lot of 70s appeal.

Tortoiseshell sunglasses have a bit of a softer touch, but work well with all sorts of classic menswear aesthetics.

Man wearing brown tortoiseshell sunglasses

Maybe you’re going for a 1980s stockbroker look? Keep things big, bold, and boxy! A good pair of vintage style shades can be a brilliant capstone on an already brilliant retro outfit.

Tip #6: Pleated Pants, Perchance?

One of the chief characteristics of classic menswear and vintage tailoring is the amount of depth and dimension afforded by the fabric, fit, and details.

Today, a lot of contemporary fashion can feel a bit flat. But if you keep an eye on the forefront of fashion, you may have observed that pleated pants have made quite the comeback in the past few years!

And for good reason, too. Gone is the somewhat dorky, dad-like association of ill-fitting, pleated khakis. Quality pleated pants lend an extra dose of visual interest to all types of outfits, from casual linen trousers to the most refined tailoring.

Man wearing double pleated brown houndstooth wool trousers, paired with a brown braided belt

Flat-front pants are just fine, but pleats offer a subtle yet noticeable charge of detail and dimension. They afford pants a bit more shaping, and as you very well know by now, silhouette is vital to getting a vintage look right.

And they can be practical, too. If you happen to have thicker thighs, you’re likely to enjoy the added comfort and room of pleated pants. A little pleat goes a long way!

Whether you prefer a single, reversed pleat, double, forward-facing pleats, or a different configuration, like double reversed pleats, they’re guaranteed to signal that your outfit considers classic detailing.

Tip #7: It’s Time For Ties

Modern menswear seems to be rather split on the necktie. Many have all but abandoned it, even at traditionally formal events like weddings or political forums. Others still maintain that traditional tailoring almost always required a tie.

Regardless of where you fall, the tie has certainly become less and less popular over the twenty-first century. But for most of classic menswear history, the tie has held a place across many shapes, forms, and aesthetics. And if you’re trying to go for a vintage look, the right neckwear can make a big difference.

Man wearing 80s style double-breasted pinstriped suit with art deco tie

Classic silk ties in simpler patterns will work best for formalwear, whereas bolder ties are more of a statement piece. Textured ties, such as knits or wool compositions, can really add to an ivy or academic look. Wider ties tend to be seen as more vintage – but bear in mind that skinnier ties were popular in the late 1950s and 1960s!

To stand out and really sell a vintage ensemble, it might just be time to revisit the necktie.

Tip #8: Prioritize Natural Fabrics

With the exception of 1970s style, which popularized polyester in the form of double-knit synthetic suits for leisure, disco, and more, vintage style is often entirely composed from natural fiber fabrics.

Today, a lot of modern clothing is made from polyester or other synthetic fabrics. This changes how a garment feels, wears, and lasts. Vintage clothing is often made entirely from natural fabrics like wool, cotton, and linen.

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Unless you’re going for a 70s look, polyester or synthetic-blend clothing is often a staple of more modern clothing. A suit made from stretch-infused athleisure fabric might be comfortable, but it won’t exactly communicate a vintage style.

Prioritizing natural fabrics will ensure that most of your outfits read as more period-accurate, and they’ll likely last longer, as well.

Tip #9: Vintage Bling Counts, Too

Vintage jewelry can be a great finishing touch to your outfit, and an even better way to express your individuality. Like authentic vintage clothing, you often can’t beat the genuine article when it comes to antique jewelry.

Necklaces, rings, bracelets, and more, can often be found at flea markets or online marketplaces for competitive price points. Where you can, try to stick with genuine silver or gold. In the long run, it’ll often look a lot better than some cheaper alternatives.

Nervous about trying out jewelry? Start small!

A simple chain, pendant, or ring is an easy access point to experiment. Historically, rings have many hidden meanings and old-world associations, often depending on the finger you choose to wear them on. For an easy vintage look, a simple signet ring will most likely suffice.

Man’s hand adorned with a simple silver signet ring on his pinky. Ring has a tasteful coat seal engraved on it

Signet rings are adorned with seals, often bearing a family crest, signature, or similar, used to confirm authority on documentation and the like. Today, they just look great as a top-tier vintage accessory.

Tip #10: These Shoes Are Made For Walking

Don’t discount your footwear! When it comes to putting together an outfit, your shoes will sometimes be the first thing people notice, and they can truly make or break your overall look.

For more casual outfits, consider timeless classics such as Converse Chuck 70s, brown leather derbies, loafers, or even a western boot.

Man wearing classic, straight-fit blue jeans paired with brown tassel loafers and white socks

For more formal styles, choose authentic dress shoes. These will almost always be black, and unlike open-laced derbies, sport a more polished, closed-laced lacing system.

If you’re interested in investing in quality dress shoes, consider goodyear welted shoes and full-grain leather. These may cost more up-front, but they’ll age more gracefully, too, and can typically be expected to last longer.

Bonus Tip: Don’t Forget to Have Fun with the Process

Thought we were done, did you? Well, we nearly are.

But it’s worth noting that the most important part of experimenting with style, vintage or not, is to allow yourself to enjoy the process.

If you start to feel frustrated that your outfits aren’t looking exactly the way you pictured in your head – that’s okay! Fashion and style journeys are rarely completed in one trip. So, be sure to experiment. Learn. And enjoy yourself along the way!

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There are many men out there who are desperate to get their gnashers sorted to get that megawatt smile, so in recent years, there has been a noticeable surge in the number of men opting to have veneers put in. This cosmetic dental procedure, once primarily associated with women, is now gaining popularity among men seeking to enhance their smiles and boost their confidence.

So the good thing about veneers is the enhanced aesthetics: One of the most significant advantages of veneers is their ability to dramatically improve the appearance of teeth; whether addressing discolouration, uneven spacing, or minor alignment issues, veneers can create a more symmetrical and attractive smile, enhancing overall facial aesthetics. This will give you confidence, but who wouldn’t want a bright, flawless smile that can significantly impact self-confidence and self-esteem? With veneers, men can feel more confident in social and professional settings, making positive impressions and feeling better about their appearance. So, when properly cared for, veneers can provide a long-term solution for smile enhancement, and unlike other cosmetic dental procedures that may require frequent touch-ups or replacements, they offer lasting results and provide value for the investment.

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And this is the big one, the cost. One of the primary drawbacks of veneers is the cost associated with the procedure. Veneers can be a significant investment, and the total expense will depend on factors such as the number of teeth treated and the type of material used. While some may consider the cost worthwhile for the aesthetic benefits, it may only be feasible for some, and remember that having veneers put is irreversible. So what is the procedure? Veneers involve permanently altering the natural teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel to accommodate the veneer; this irreversible process means that once the veneers are in place, there’s no return to the original teeth. It’s essential for individuals to carefully consider this aspect before proceeding with the procedure.

While veneers can be unique, there is a potential for sensitivity, and some guys may experience increased tooth sensitivity following the placement of veneers, particularly during the initial adjustment period. While this sensitivity is usually temporary and subsides over time, it can be a discomforting side effect for some. And what is needed for maintenance requirements? While veneers are durable, they still require proper maintenance to ensure longevity; this includes regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups and avoiding habits that may damage the veneers. Don’t smoke, and don’t bite into anything complicated!

Despite the potential drawbacks, the popularity of veneers among men continues to grow, and many men are drawn to the transformative effects of veneers and the confidence boost they provide. Whether for professional reasons, personal aesthetics, or simply wanting to feel more confident in their smile, veneers offer a viable solution for those seeking to enhance their appearance and improve their overall quality of life. As with any cosmetic procedure, individuals need to weigh the pros and cons carefully and consult a qualified dental professional to determine if veneers are the right option.

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Now, this is the big one: when it comes to dental veneers, the choice of materials plays a crucial role in determining the quality of the result and impacting the overall cost. Porcelain veneers are renowned for their superior quality and durability, making them a popular choice despite their higher price tag. On the other hand, composite resin veneers offer a more budget-friendly option but may be prone to chipping over time. In the UK, veneer costs typically range from £500 to £1,400 per tooth. However, this price range can vary depending on various factors, such as the location of the dental practice, the dentist’s expertise, the materials used, the number of veneers required, and any additional treatments necessary.

Ultimately, while the cost of veneers may seem significant, it’s essential to consider the long-term benefits and their impact on your confidence and self-esteem.

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