When it comes to men’s style, there aren’t many garments more versatile than a leather jacket. However, as a middle-aged man, it’s important to know what looks good and what doesn’t. After all, no guy wants to look like he’s wearing a jacket from his teenage son’s wardrobe.
In today’s article, I’m breaking out how to style a leather jacket for men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s+, and show you some great outfit ideas that will help you look your best. We’ll be covering:
- 3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men
- The Leather Jacket Must Fit Correctly
- Your Leather Jacket Must Suit Your Body Type
- All Leather Jackets Are Casual
- What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?
- What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?
- Moto Racer Jacket
- Leather Biker Jacket
- What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?
- Suede Bomber Jacket
- Leather Field Jacket
- What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?
- Leather Car Coats
- Leather Blazer (Cattleman Jacket)
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3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men
Here’s the deal, gents – anyone from the age of 18 to 80 can wear a leather jacket. Guys have been rocking leather for hundreds of years and, as long as you buy the correct style for your age and body type, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel confident wearing a leather jacket at any age.
That being said, there are a few basic rules you need to follow when wearing a leather jacket – ESPECIALLY if you’re a man at risk of looking like he’s trying too hard to dress younger than his years.
Nothing too stressful, just a few recommendations I’d like to make before we get into which jacket is best for you according to your age group.
#1 The Leather Jacket Must Fit Correctly
Sounds obvious, right?
Not necessarily – you’d be surprised how many guys I see walking around in leather jackets that are too long in the sleeves or narrow in the shoulders.
Fit is important at any age, but when you’re a slightly older guy who’s trying to look stylish and well put together, it’s essential that you nail the fit of every garment you wear – leather jackets included.
That means you need to find a jacket that’s the right size for your body type and height. That means the sleeves need to be the right length, the shoulders shouldn’t be too loose OR too tight across the shoulders, and the jacket should be able to zip up without pulling across your midsection.
I know – it sounds like a lot. However, if you don’t put the time and effort into finding a jacket that fits you well, you’ll either:
- Look ridiculous wearing a jacket that doesn’t suit your body structure
- Never wear your jacket because it’s uncomfortable and awkward
To avoid this, I’d advise buying your leather jacket at a store where you can try on each garment in front of a mirror. You’ll know instantly whether or not a jacket fits you well by how it looks and feels in the changing room.
#2 Your Leather Jacket Must Suit Your Body Type
It’s no coincidence that so many guys think leather jackets should be worn exclusively by younger men.
Let’s be clear – when you’re in your late teens and early 20s, you’re in your prime. You’ve got the best body you’ll ever have, and you can get away with wearing almost anything and still look good.
As you break into your 30s, 40s, and 50s – it’s natural for a guy to gain a bit of weight around the midsection. You probably don’t play as much sport as you used to, you’re married and comfortable with your wife, and a few kids have come along, which means you just don’t have time to hit the gym like you used to.
No one’s judging you for that, gents. Trust me, we’ve all been there.
The fact is, many leather jacket styles suit slimmer builds. So it’s important to be realistic about what jacket styles suit a dad-bod and which you should avoid at all costs.
We’ll go into more detail about this later on, but in general:
- Biker Leather Jackets suit slim-waisted men
- Bomber Leather Jackets work for guys with a dad-bod
- Boxy Leather Overshirts suit larger men
#3 All Leather Jackets Are Casual
Broadly speaking, leather jackets are casual garments.
Sure, some are dressier than others – however, you’re never going to look good wearing a leather jacket over the top of a tuxedo.
Nowadays, ‘formal’ can mean a lot of different things, so there are ‘formal’ events where a leather jacket could be worn. But working out what’s appropriate and what isn’t can be a minefield – so I thought I’d give you a bit of a breakdown below:
- Smart Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
- Business Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
- Business Formal: You can wear a leather jacket while commuting, but should remove it at the office
- Black Tie: No. Never.
- White Tie: No. No. No. For the love of God, NO!
In short – light-colored, textured leather is casual. For a more formal-looking leather jacket, opt for a black, smooth leather Moto Racer jacket.
What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?
When you’re in your 30s, it can be hard to know how to dress.
You’re not 25 anymore, so the up-to-date style and fashion of younger men probably isn’t going to work for you anymore. But at the same time, many would still consider you a younger man.
This can make it hard to pick out clothing that’s suitable for your age – especially when it comes to leather jackets.
So what’s a stylish guy to do? Hazard a guess at what’s acceptable in the hopes the leather jacket he wears is appropriate for his age?
Maybe not – that’s a pretty risky move.
Instead, use your head. You’re in an in-between age, so look for in-between jackets to suit that! Your 20s mean slim-fit clothing and fashion-forward designs, while guys in their 40s might opt for classic designs in a more straight cut.
My advice? Check out the two jackets I recommend for guys in the 40s (in the next section) and adjust my advice to suit your age. That means opting for a slightly slimmer fit (after all, chances are you’re still in pretty good shape) with more details to make the garments look ‘younger’.
What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?
Guys in their 40s might find it difficult to understand what their age means for their style. After all, a 40-year-old guy isn’t old, but he’s also not young anymore.
As such, many guys around this age fall into the trap of either dressing below or beyond their years.
As such, when looking to invest in a leather jacket, the 40-year-old man should consider a few things:
- What do I want out of a leather jacket?
- Is there anything that I should avoid at all costs when shopping for a leather jacket?
- Does my body type suit leather jackets in general?
Generally speaking, a guy in his 40s can still pull off more youthful garments as long as he knows what he’s doing.
However, it’s important not to go too young – super skinny biker jackets might not be the way to go unless you’re a 20-year-old with a 28-inch waist.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the two styles of leather jacket I would recommend to any 40-year-old man:
#1 Moto Jackets
The Moto Jacket is a very minimal, sleek-looking leather jacket that’s perfect for guys breaking into middle age.
It’s symmetrical in design, doesn’t feature any bulky lapels or collars, and looks very European – as it should, seeing as it was made popular by motorcycle racers from across the pond.
In my opinion, the Moto Jacket is the perfect balance between edgy leather and sleek sophistication. You’ll commonly see these jackets made from smooth black leather with little to no detailing (like studs, embroidery, or excess pockets). For this reason, it suits the man that’s looking to adjust to his more mature years without giving up his youthful, stylish edge.
If you’re in your 40s, I would highly recommend investing in a Moto Jacket.
You can wear it with pretty much anything – from dark-wash jeans and a polo to chinos and a button-down shirt. It’s truly versatile, sophisticated, and stylish all at once.
Just make sure you get the fit right – as I mentioned earlier, these jackets look best when they’re fitted and don’t have any excess fabric bunching up around the wrists or waist.
#2 Men’s Leather Biker Jacket (Or Double Rider)
In the same vein as the Moto Racer leather jacket, the modern men’s leather biker jacket is best suited to the man that wants to transition between young and mature clothing.
Sure, many iterations of the biker jacket just aren’t suited to guys past the age of 30. Anything with an excess amount of studs or ‘fashionable’ detailing should be avoided at all costs as a mature man.
However, if you choose carefully, a Biker leather jacket can look great on a middle-aged man.
The key is to look at the details and be intentional when it comes to choosing your jacket style.
For example, many biker jackets will feature ‘rock and roll’ style details like studs, spikes, and chains. Is this something a mature man can pull off? Absolutely not! I’ll be frank… unless your name’s Alice Cooper, no man should even consider trying to wear this style of the men’s leather biker jacket.
Instead, 40-year-old guys should look for biker jackets that are sleek, well-fitted, and made from high-quality leather. Look for a jacket with:
- Slightly smaller lapel collars
- Few/no studs
- Absolutely no patchwork or colored stitching
- Gun metal sips and button poppers
What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?
The big 5-0.
Many people consider 50 to be the age when a man can really show who he really is. He’s past the point in his life where he needs to pretend to be something he’s not and follow the herd.
The same can be said for a 50-year-old’s choice of clothing – it’s time to ditch the boring suits and dad jeans and start dressing for success.
A leather jacket is a perfect way for a 50-year-old man to show that he’s still got style without looking like he’s trying too hard.
There are two main types of leather jackets I would recommend for men in their 50s:
- The Bomber Jacket
- The Field Jacket
Both of these styles are classic, stylish and will make you look great without appearing overly trendy or fashion-forward.
#1 Suede Bomber Jackets
The bomber jacket is a timeless style that has been around for decades. It was originally designed for pilots in World War II (hence the name) and has been popular ever since.
For men in their 50s, I would recommend choosing a bomber jacket that is made from suede. This adds a level of sophistication and refinement that other materials just can’t match. Sure, suede might not be as durable and tough as other forms of leather, but what it lacks in durability, it makes up for in elegance.
When it comes to choosing the right color, there are really no set rules. However, I would recommend avoiding anything too bright or garish – stick to more subdued colors like brown, navy, burgundy or shades of gray.
As for the fit, you want your bomber jacket to be snug but not too tight. There should be enough room for you to comfortably layer a sweater underneath without feeling restricted.
Depending on the style of your bomber, you may find that the base of the jacket features an elastic waistband. For guys with a larger mid-section, this can be a great option to help you look slimmer. The boxy structure of the jacket can help to hide curves, while the elasticated waist brings you in and can make your hips look smaller.
#2 Leather Field Jackets (Or Fatigue Jacket)
The leather field jacket is another classic style that has been around for many years.
While the leather field jacket might not be as popular as it once was, it’s still a great option for men in their 50s who are looking for a stylish and sophisticated leather jacket that sets them apart from other guys out there.
As the name might suggest, field jackets give off an air of adventure. They’re designed to be worn in the great outdoors and often fall in the same category as waxed cotton jackets – ideal for pairing with a pair of hardy jeans and wellington boots for a walk in the fall countryside.
While younger guys are able to pull off field jackets, I think the more refined and expensive look of a high-quality leather field jacket is best suited to mature guys. There’s something almost stately about this style of leather jacket, a style that most young guys would find hard to match with their slim-fit jeans and bulky fashion trainers.
For bigger guys, the leather field jacket can be a good option, provided you find one with a belt. Typically, a field jacket falls below the waistline – which can make larger guys look even larger as the material overhangs their gut.
As such, I’d advise looking for a leather field jacket with a belt at the waist. When fastened, this will help to bring the middle of the torso inwards and reduce the size of that dad-bod beer gut.
What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?
At the age of 60 and upwards, guys start to really lose confidence in their appearance. After all, most men in their 60s have started to experience multiple signs of aging – whether that’s wrinkles, gray hair or a little bit more around the middle.
But just because you’re not as young as you used to be, it doesn’t mean you can’t still look great. In fact, I would argue that men in their 60s are some of the best-dressed guys out there.
The fact is, a lot of guys over 60 give up and resign themselves to dressing like a grandpa. For any stylish 60-year-old, that’s a huge advantage. If you decide to keep up a good style and dress well in your 60s, chances are you’ll look better than 95% of men your age.
Knowing which leather jackets suit you at 60 is a big part of that.
For guys in their 60s, there are two types of leather jacket I would recommend:
- Leather Car Coats
- Leather Blazer (or the Cattleman)
#1 Leather Car Coats
There’s just something really sophisticated about a man in a leather car coat.
Originally, this style of jacket was developed as a compromise between shorter jacket styles and longer coat styles. They sit just below the buttocks so that they can provide more warmth than a standard waist-length jacket without getting tangled around your legs like long coats tend to.
Generally speaking, leather car coats are very simple in design. They’re usually button-up, and feature jetted pockets – so there are little to no metal zips and poppers visible on the outside of the garment.
For guys in their 60s, Leather Car Coats are the perfect way to acknowledge your age without resigning yourself to ‘old man fashion.’ In my opinion, younger guys just can’t pull these off because they look like the jacket of a man who has experience and status.
When it comes to color, opt for black or dark brown – these are the most timeless and sophisticated shades of leather that won’t make you stand out in all the wrong ways.
As for the fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored fit as opposed to a regular or boxy cut. At your age, you want to look sharp and well-dressed in clothes that fit you.
#2 Leather Blazer (Or Cattleman Jacket)
The Cattleman Blazer is probably the most controversial leather jacket style on this list. After all, not many guys look at a leather blazer and think it’s something that a stylish man should wear.
I’ve heard some guys say they should only be worn by cowboys or Goodfellas – but I beg to differ.
As an older guy, you can actually look pretty darn stylish wearing a Cattleman leather blazer – they’re minimal, tailored-looking, and suit a wide variety of outfits from casual to semi-formal.
The great thing about Cattleman blazers is that they come in a wide range of colors and styles. For example, you could go for a classic black leather blazer or something more unusual like tan or green.
Alternatively, if you want to stay on the safer side, you could always opt for a brown leather blazer – they tend to be the most versatile and easy to style.
When it comes to choosing the right fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored cut as opposed to anything baggy or boxy. And finally, regardless of which color or style you choose, make sure the jacket is well-fitted so that it doesn’t look like you’re swimming in material.
WARNING: Most tailors won’t have the tools to work with leather. That means that alterations are hard to make and can become very expensive. That’s why it’s important to shop around and find a Cattleman jacket that fits well off-the-rack.
The correct fit of a leather blazer is the same as any other blazer – it shouldn’t be too loose or tight across the shoulders or chest, and the sleeves should sit just above the wrist.
Pair with a shirt, jeans, and matching leather boots for a timeless and mature look that’s sure to set you apart from the crowd.
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: How To Style Leather Jackets For Men (According To Your Age)
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Published Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2023 16:43:03 +0000
DIY Streetwear: Customizing Classic Pieces for a Trendy Look
One of the many ways of romanticizing your life is through fashion, being able to customize your wears is even more fun. There are a thousand and one ways to add a personal touch and flair to your items of clothing, however we shall be discussing customizing your classic pieces to reflect streetwear in today’s article.
DIY, the acronym for Do It Yourself is being able to customize your clothing pieces by yourself. So this article is basically an how-to guide on DIY streetwear, customizing already-made classic pieces to reflect streetwear.
Customizing Classic Pieces for a Trendy Look
DIY Streetwear #1: Evaluating Your Wardrobe
When beginning to customize your classic clothing to represent streetwear, the first thing you might want to do is to evaluate your current wardrobe.
You can begin by asking questions like, what do I have available? What streetwear elements do I have to kickstart my DIY? All these questions are important in order to set the ball rolling, so you’d know whether to buy more clothing items or nah.
Here are some basic classic pieces you’d need to start your DIY
- Button down shirts: This piece of clothing should never be found missing in a man’s wardrobe. It’s the essentials of every classic piece and provides the perfect intersection between classic elements and streetwear.
- Long coats: Longcoats are stylish ensembles that should be present in your wardrobe no matter how small. This clothing offers one of the best layering styles for classic fashion and is a perfect outerwear when layering in the cold weather.
- Blazers: These should definitely be in the average Joe’s closet, You cannot go wrong with a perfectly fitted blazer. Whether you link them with a pair of trouser pants, jeans or any look, it comes off as stylish and trendy.
- Trouser pants: One should have a fair amount of these in a closet when starting to DIY, given that a number of altercations would be made to them. So it’s a safe bet to have quite a few.
Now here are some basic streetwear pieces you would need to start your DIY.
- Graphic T Shirts: These are the basic staples of streetwear, when starting out a DIY styling, you should never miss this in your wardrobe.
- Sneakers: Another element that creates the perfect balance between streetwear and classic fits. A pair of Air Jordans or Converse can be great to begin with.
- Hoodies: Outerwears have never been this stylish, trendy, popular and at the same time functional. Getting a hoodie is literally a must have for every stylish gentleman.
- Accessories: Streetwear accessories need to be incorporated into your wardrobe for the perfect DIY styling. You may want to get more of jewelry pieces like belt chains, wristwatches, rings and all that. Also headwears (hats, caps..) and other extra accessories like handbags, and so on. These would really help to elevate the look and provide the desired outcome.
- Palazzo pants: Not a basic streetwear element for a beginner but a palazzo pant is most imperative when styling a DIY look. The world has gone big, so has clothing items. Everyone is now wearing oversized clothes and all, not to push that into your face because it’s simply a trend, and trends tend to fall, but having this staple no matter how minimal provides the perfect alternative to regular pants and can be styled to fit into classic wear.
DIY Streetwear #2: Styling Techniques
Now let’s see how we can begin to style these staples that have been highlighted above. Note that this is absolutely practical, which means it’s according to one’s personal preference, so feel free to add your personal “flavor” to it.
The art of layering is one undeniable aspect in DIY streetwear, sounds basic but requires a deep knowledge of depth and texture to provide the perfect balance to your fits.
Here are some things to take note of when layering
- Outerwear: There are several outerwears to layer your clothing with. Make sure to find the proper balance to those varieties. For example, there’s leather jackets, longcoats, blazers and so on. For a perfect combination, pair your leather jackets with a button down collared shirt.
- Fit: In layering, fits matters. Be sure to get your fittings right to achieve that modern silhouette. One tip is not to pair baggy tops with baggy bottoms. Balance wide and loose fits with form fitting ones. For example, if you’re wearing a wide legged pants, pair them with a fitted top.
- Colors: For a more structured background, go with relatable colors and earthy tones (brown, gray). Also explore monochrome hues to bolden your silhouette.
The role of accessorizing in styling both street wear and classic clothing is underrated. Accessories bring out the best in every outfit, it is the perfect finishing detail for every clothing. In fact, an outfit is considered incomplete without proper use of accessories.
One has to however be mindful when beginning to DIY street wear using accessories as it’s a major trendsetter in the industry, and can also be wrongly done.
DIY accessorizing tips for your classic pieces;
- Accessorize your trousers: To make an alternative to belts, set up a chainbelt situation around your waist for that proper balance between classic and streetwear. This is one of the simplest forms of DIYs. You could do same for your boots and dress blazers too.
- Get your headgear game: From fedora hats, to baseball caps, to even french berets, headgear has never been this exciting. Get a couple of these accessories and pair them up with your next classic look.
- Statement Accessories: Don’t forget to pull off your detailed accessory piece. Your signet rings, hand chains, wristwatches, eyeshades and whatnot, these are all important pieces to take note of when styling your classic outfits.
In all things Moderation, so make sure to not loose yourself in too much accessories. Turns out there is something such as “too much accessorizing” so take note to not fall into that.
Ever heard of the word “custom-made” or “custom pieces”? Well, these are pieces that have been customized to the wearer’s specifications only and is not available for others to wear.
Now for DIY, customization is almost inevitable as the acronym DIY itself stands for “Do it yourself”. So yes, at some point, you would definitely need to do some little alterations in your dress items to “fit into the matrix”. But it’s really nothing much, for beginners you do not need to be extravagant.
Here are some options that would help you when trying out customization.
- Paint your Sneakers: Sounds cringe right, but yes you should give it a shot. Once again, you don’t have to do too much. You can simply get a paint artist to draw your favorite tattoo or slang or something on your footwear. This creates the perfect customization for that piece.
- Signature Blazers: You can decide to modify your blazers to fit into streetwear. One simply way to start is by lining, you could tell your personal tailor to setup structured linings or jewelry to your blazer or jackets in general for that personal customization.
- Print and patterns: Explore a variety of prints and patterns you could add to your classic pieces in order to reflect streetwear. Make sure that the prints match the overall ensemble and design.
DIY Streetwear #3: Color Coordination and Patterns
Color blocking and coordination is a basic feature to take note of when customizing your outfit. A properly paired color in your outfit provides the perfect unity to the two staples involved (streetwear and classic).
Tips on choosing colors and patterns that complement both styles.
- Go for relatively close colors (red/blue/purple or blue/yellow/green).
- Stick to Earthy Tones (brown, gray, cream).
- Monochromatic Colors (black and white) to bolden up the looks.
DIY Streetwear #5: Fit and Proportions
When starting out with DIY styling, the importance of fittings and proportions is a paramount subject to take note of. Achieving that modern silhouette demands a detailed attention to fits.
Tips on achieving a balanced look through appropriate proportions;
- Understanding your body shape (hourglass, pear, apple and so on) helps you to make informed decisions about your clothing choices.
- Your waistline should be your priority when looking to achieve the perfect silhouette. Emphasize more on belts, fitted tops, high waisted trousers.
- Your choice of footwear can greatly affect your proportions. For example, wearing a chelsea boots can make you look taller and sturdy.
- Balance wide fitting clothing items with form fitting ones. Do not make the mistake of pairing wide legged trousers with oversized t shirts. It’s either too costumey or it’s basically a fashion blunder.
Occasion-Based Streetwear Styling
One advantage of streetwear is versatility, meaning that it is able to be worn to most places if styled correctly.
There has always been a traditional method of dressing up to certain occasions. Like a tux for black tie events including corporate dinners and so on. However there are no boundaries when exploring where to wear your customized clothings to, really. Just make sure you don’t go overboard with it.
Casual outings: A graphic t-shirt, layered under an outerwear (denim jacket, leather jacket or bomber jacket) paired with a trouser pants or chinos and then finished off with a pair of sneakers
Work settings: A longcoat, layered over a turtleneck or collared shirt, paired with a customized trouser pants featuring side linings on the two legs, finished off with chelsea boots and the right accessories (signet rings, wristwatches)
Social events: A fedora hat for headgear, a pair of chinos or jeans and a white collared shirt. Footwear could be boots or sneakers.
In conclusion, the most important element to factor in after all said and done is the element of confidence. The art of owning your individuality and preference is an underrated cheat code.
Make sure to step out in style but also in confidence to properly embody these looks.
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: DIY Streetwear: Customizing Classic Pieces for a Trendy Look
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Published Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2023 14:06:00 +0000
Hoodies For Men – An Ultimate Guide (Learn Look Casual And Stylish)
Today, we’re diving deep into an item that’s been both celebrated and misunderstood – the hoodie. The word ‘casual’ might come to mind, but what if I told you that hoodies for men can be both functional and fashionable?
In this comprehensive guide, we’ll unpack the world of men’s hoodies, from the variety you can buy to their numerous benefits, and most importantly, how to style them like a pro.
Let’s get to it.
Why Wear A Men’s Hoodie?
When we think of wardrobe essentials, suits, dress shoes, and fine watches often come to mind. However, in the world of casual attire, the hoodie stands tall. Here’s why:
Versatility: Be it a morning jog or an evening coffee run, a hoodie seamlessly fits various settings. It transitions beautifully from casual to semi-casual, provided you style it right.
Comfort: Crafted predominantly from cotton and blends, the plush feel of a hoodie is unparalleled. It’s like the cashmere sweater of the casual world.
Durability: If you invest in a quality piece, it’s bound to serve you for years. I often stress the importance of quality in men’s fashion, and hoodies are no exception.
Different Styles of Hoodies for Men
- The Classic Pullover Hoodie: It’s straightforward and unpretentious. The pullover hoodie is like that reliable friend you can always count on. Style Tip: This works wonders with a pair of fitted jeans and boots. Throw on a leather jacket, and you’re set for a night out!
- The Functional Zip-Up Hoodie: Its biggest asset? Versatility. Need to layer during those uncertain weather days? The zip-up is your answer. Style Tip: Perfect for layering over a crisp polo or even a light sweater. Pair with tailored chinos and loafers for a smart-casual ensemble.
- The Streetwise Oversized Hoodie: Taking cues from urban streetwear, the oversized hoodie is for the man unafraid to make a statement. Style Tip: With this piece, it’s all about balance. Match with slim-fit trousers or joggers, and complete the look with high-top sneakers.
- The Athlete’s Performance Hoodie: This is your gym buddy. Crafted with sweat-resistant materials, it’s functional fashion at its best. Style Tip: Naturally, it pairs with athletic gear, but don’t shy away from matching it with dark jeans and sporty shoes for a post-gym outing.
The Art of Styling Hoodies for Men
- Quality is King: I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: invest in quality. A high-quality hoodie not only lasts but elevates your entire outfit. Look for sturdy stitching, premium fabric, and a silhouette that complements your frame.
- Details Make the Man: From unique drawstrings to subtle brand logos or patterns, small touches can transform a basic hoodie into a statement piece.
- Layer Like a Pro: Your hoodie isn’t just a standalone piece. It can serve as a core layering item. Think of wearing it under a trench coat or a structured blazer. Break the mold and surprise people with your sartorial choices.
The Evolution of Hoodies in Men’s Fashion
To truly appreciate hoodies for men, it’s essential to understand their evolution.
From their inception as sportswear in the 1930s to their adoption by hip-hop culture and subsequently by high fashion, the journey of the hoodie is remarkable. It’s a testament to their timeless appeal and adaptability.
Humble Beginnings in the 1930s
The roots of the hoodie can be traced back to the 1930s when it was introduced as sportswear. Designed primarily for workers in cold storage warehouses in upstate New York, its primary function was utilitarian – to protect workers from the elements.
Little did they know, this functional piece of clothing would go on to revolutionize casual wear.
The 1970s – A Cultural Icon
Fast forward to the 1970s, and the hoodie found its voice as a symbol of rebellion and identity, especially in the skate and hip-hop communities.
Artists and skaters wore them not just as a fashion statement but as a mark of belonging. The streets of New York City saw the hoodie evolve from simple sportswear to an emblem of cultural resistance.
1980s to 1990s – Mainstream Adoption
Hollywood wasn’t far behind in realizing the appeal of the hoodie. From films like “Rocky” to “Boyz n the Hood,” the garment was no longer just an item of clothing but a narrative tool symbolizing grit, determination, and sometimes, defiance.
Coupled with its growing popularity in the hip-hop world, brands took notice. Designers started to reimagine the hoodie, blending its urban roots with high-fashion sensibilities.
The 2000s – High Fashion Meets the Hoodie
As we entered the new millennium, the lines between streetwear and high fashion began to blur. Luxury brands, recognizing the hoodie’s cultural significance and versatility, began incorporating it into their collections.
The hoodie was now seen gracing runways from Paris to Milan, adorned with luxury labels and paired with everything from tailored trousers to avant-garde accessories.
Present Day – The Hoodie’s Reign Continues
Today, the hoodie stands tall as a multifaceted garment, effortlessly adapting to ever-changing fashion landscapes.
Whether it’s tech entrepreneurs donning them in board meetings or athletes wearing them off the field, the hoodie’s presence is undeniable. Its transformation from a simple protective garment to a universal style icon is nothing short of remarkable.
Pairing Hoodies with Suits
Gentlemen, bear with me for a moment. Picture this: a crisp, tailored suit paired not with a classic dress shirt, but with a sleek hoodie underneath. Sounds audacious?
Well, in the ever-evolving world of fashion, this blend of formal and casual is not just stylish, but also offers a fresh perspective on style versatility.
Why Combine Hoodies with Suits?
Breaking the Mold: Breaking norms isn’t always such a bad thing. Integrating hoodies with suits showcases your ability to experiment while staying rooted in classic fashion principles.
Comfort Meets Elegance: The combination gives you the plush comfort of a hoodie with the structured elegance of a suit, making it a top choice for long hours or transitioning from work to a casual evening.
How to Get it Right
1. Slim Fit Hoodie: The hoodie should be slim-fitting, ensuring it doesn’t bulge under the suit. Think of it as an alternative to your dress shirt. It should complement, not compete with the silhouette of the suit.
2. Neutral Colors: When trying this style for the first time, stick to neutral-colored hoodies – grays, blacks, or navies. These colors maintain a level of formality while easing into the contrasting styles.
3. Suit Selection: Opt for a modern, slim-fit suit. Traditional, boxy suits may not translate well with this style. The suit’s fabric should also be on the lighter side to accommodate the hoodie without looking bulky.
4. Footwear Matters: This is where you can add an extra layer of finesse. Leather sneakers or minimalist loafers are the way to go. They walk the fine line between casual and formal, perfectly complementing the hoodie-suit combo.
5. Accessorize Thoughtfully: Consider skipping the tie, but feel free to add pocket squares, lapel pins, or a sleek watch. These accessories can bridge the gap between the casual nature of the hoodie and the formality of the suit.
Occasions to Rock the Hoodie-Suit Combo
There’s nothing wrong with pushing fashion boundaries, but it’s essential to know when this ensemble is appropriate.
Business meetings or traditional events? Maybe not. But creative workspaces, informal dinners, or evening events with a relaxed vibe? Absolutely.
Gentlemen, hoodies for men are more than just a weekend staple. It’s an embodiment of style, comfort, and versatility. By investing in quality and understanding its varied styles, you can turn a simple hoodie into an indispensable part of your wardrobe.
Remember, it’s not about what you wear but how you wear it. Make informed choices, prioritize quality, and always wear your clothes with confidence.
Stay stylish and keep raising the standard, gents!
Hoodies For Men
When and why were hoodies first introduced?
Hoodies were first introduced in the 1930s as sportswear. They were designed by Champion to keep athletes warm and protected from the elements during outdoor sports.
How did the hoodie transition from athletic wear to mainstream fashion?
The transition began in the 1970s and 1980s when hip-hop culture in New York embraced the hoodie. Its practicality and distinct look made it a staple for urban youth, and it soon gained popularity in broader circles.
Why did the hip-hop culture gravitate towards hoodies?
The hoodie represented a mix of practicality, anonymity, and a certain rebellious edge. In the early days of hip-hop, it became synonymous with the culture’s streetwise aesthetic.
When did high fashion begin to incorporate hoodies?
The late 1990s and early 2000s saw high fashion designers and brands incorporating hoodies into their collections, elevating them from streetwear to runway-worthy pieces.
How has the design of the hoodie changed over the years?
While the basic design has remained consistent, we’ve seen variations in materials, fit (from baggy to slim-fit), and additional elements like graphics, embroidery, and brand logos.
Are hoodies still associated with rebellion or countercultures?
While the hoodie’s association with rebellion remains in some contexts, especially given its historical ties to hip-hop and skate cultures, its widespread acceptance in mainstream fashion has diluted this perception.
Are hoodies primarily a men's fashion item?
Initially more prevalent in men’s fashion, hoodies have become a unisex garment over the years. Today, they’re widely worn by both men and women, and designs cater to all genders.
Can hoodies be worn with a suit?
Absolutely. Style it right and wear it in the correct setting, and a hoodie can be a modern addition to an otherwise classic garment.
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Hoodies For Men – An Ultimate Guide (Learn Look Casual And Stylish)
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/hoodies-for-men/
Published Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2023 09:12:05 +0000
Are Men’s Neckties Obsolete? (Style Battle: Tie vs No Tie)
Look around you. How many of your colleagues are wearing neckties?
All of them?
Some of them?
Maybe none of them?
It’s tough to assess the necessity of men’s neckties in 2020 when every man works in a different environment with different uniform expectations.
How can you tell whether wearing a necktie is necessary when every workplace and social event has its own rules?
It’s a polarising topic – and it’s what I’m covering in today’s style battle: Necktie vs No Necktie.
Let’s get ready to rumble!
According to ABC News – A Gallup poll found that 67% of men never wear neckties at work. Instead, they opt for more casual business attire.
And in a post I saw over on Reddit, one user stated:
‘I will always wear a tie. I legitimately look down upon people who don’t dress for the occasion. Someone’s getting married, and they can’t put on a tie?’ – u/AManofWealthandTaste
A strong statement, to say the least.
So how is it that the majority of American men tend to stick to casual business attire but public opinion still seems to rate the necktie as a valuable addition to any man’s wardrobe?
Today we’ll find out in the ultimate showdown between the popped collar and formal necktie.
Necktie vs No Necktie: Round 1 – Attraction
Pro: Women Love Neckties
Whether it’s wearing neckties at work or to formal events – the fact remains that women love neckties in 2022.
Why? It’s all about power and status, gents. A necktie gives you a professional-looking edge that stacks you up above the average jeans and shirt-wearing man.
But don’t just take my word for it – listen to the science.
Renowned Psychologist C. Nathan DeWall at the University of Kentucky surveyed 400 women and found that a man’s social status can directly affect a woman’s attraction level to you.
Does that mean all men have to live in a mansion and drive a Rolls Royce to find a woman? Absolutely not.
It’s all about the perception of class – dress the part, and you’ll instantly give off high society vibes. Wearing a tie can be a great way to achieve that as fewer men are seen donning them in 2022.
There’s a lot of science to back up the wearing of neckties instead of casual business attire. In fact, a 2016 study by bows-and-ties.com found that 72% of women are turned on when a man wears a tie on a date.
Now, I’m not saying that ties are gonna guarantee a successful end to a date night – but it seems they definitely help your chances with over 70% of women. With a success rate like that, you’d be an idiot not to go for a necktie.
Con: Men’s Neckties Are A Turn Off
It’s well known that a well-fitting suit does for women what lingerie does for men. However, a tie doesn’t have to be part of the equation.
Some would argue that a tie can actually ruin a man’s chances of getting a second date.
Picture this: you’re meeting a date for a drink. You arrive and see her standing at the bar looking great in a pair of jeans and a nice top. She’s working that smart-casual aesthetic like a pro.
But then it hits you. You’ve got a tie on and look like you’re going to a wedding.
Big mistake – you’re gonna stand out for all the wrong reasons. You look too formal, and she’s gonna think you’re fishing for attention.
It’s important to think smart when it comes to dressing for a date. The aim is to look cool, laid back, and relaxed – wearing a necktie presents you as the complete opposite of this. Instead, opt for casual business attire, so you still look smart but don’t seem as though you’re overdoing it.
Put simply; women want a sleek and modern man – not someone who dresses like their grandfather.
Round 2 – Confidence
Pro: Neckties Make You Feel Great
It’s a fact. Confident = attractive.
What’s more confident than a man wearing a bold and powerful necktie?
Men’s neckties are a symbol of a man’s confidence in himself. When you sport neckties in 2022, you’re telling the world that you’re not afraid to be bold. Doing this will mean self-confidence will ooze through everything you do subconsciously.
If you look great, you feel great.
If you feel great, then you will naturally hold yourself with more presence and power.
Once again, the necktie shines through as an awesome tool to leverage the power of public perception. When you wear one and walk with confidence, those around you will assume you possess higher powers and greater responsibilities.
How do I know this? Mark Richardson (one of my colleagues and guest poster at Artofmanliness) found that wearing a tie every day for a year gave him:
- Increased confidence
- Greater recognition among co-workers
- More responsibility
- More opportunities
By simply allowing himself to feel more confident while wearing a necktie in 2022, Mark improved his life chances and heightened his colleagues’ perception of him.
Now that’s what I call a power tie.
Con: Neckties Oppress Self Expression
How can a man express himself when he’s dressed the same as every other guy in his office?
Losing the necktie is a far better way of presenting yourself as unique and interesting as you break away from the norm and demonstrate your confidence through the ‘art of underdressing.’
The art of underdressing doesn’t mean dressing inappropriately. Instead, it means to test acceptable work/formal attire boundaries and demonstrate your personality through a more relaxed wardrobe choice.
If you still want accessories – there’s always the option of fashionable men’s accessories like Darkknot’s lapel pins to add variety to your casual business attire.
The fact is that ties are becoming less common in the workplace and at formal social gatherings. So much so that wearing a tie can often make you stand out from the crowd and decrease your confidence. It’s hard not to feel self-conscious when all eyes are on you for being the odd one out.
Nothing looks more insecure than constantly checking and fiddling with your tie because you think people are judging you for it. Keep that in mind, gents – it might be best to lose the tie and not have to worry about people’s opinions of you.
Round 3 – Career
Pro: Men’s Neckties Improve Your Professional Appearance
In both work and personal life, a man must command respect when the need arises.
The necktie has a long-running history as a garment that men wear when they want to be respected by those around them. Regardless of whether you are the boss of a multinational company or an intern trying to kick start your career, the tie is vital to the art of ‘dressing to impress.’
Typically, the first judgments made about a man are not on his personality but on his appearance. We live in a shallow world, guys, but the fact is your appearance is the first thing people notice before they’ve even had time to greet you and shake your hand. Casual business attire can give off the wrong impression almost instantly.
So the rule in business is to dress to impress – particularly if you are going for a meeting or job interview.
Zachary Kevorkian, in a 2020 blog post “Why I Wear a Tie Every Day (Even Though I Don’t Have To)” on osmosis.org, found that:
- Wearing a tie every day makes him “feel confident and professional.”
- Wearing a tie established a certain expectation among his colleagues.
- As his relationship with his peers improved, so did his work.
- On a day to dad basis, he was getting more done and not staying up late to finish projects.
Donning a men’s necktie indicates that you hold yourself to a higher standard – you don’t want to simply meet your career expectations. Instead, you aim to exceed them.
Think about the process of a meeting or job interview. Your client or potential boss will be meeting with multiple men and will have to choose which candidate is at the top of his game. You have the option to either wear a tie (and potentially look overdressed) or to lose the tie (and potentially look underdressed).
The overdressed man shows an eagerness and willingness to strive for the very best.
The underdressed man looks like a slob who doesn’t understand how to dress appropriately.
Which of these two guys would you rather be? I think the answer’s pretty obvious, but I’ll let you decide.
Con: Neckties Make You Look Too Conservative
Businesswear isn’t a black and white topic. Depending on the company, dressing in a suit and tie can look just as inappropriate as coming to work in sweatpants.
Businesses that operate in creative industries like fashion, advertising, and media production want to find candidates that can think outside the box.
Considering that the tie is a very traditional accessory within the world of hard-headed businessmen, opting for a tie when attending an interview in a creative industry can make you seem antiquated and unapproachable.
‘Ties can be left behind, replaced by a snug, fine-gauge sweater in a block color, layered peacefully under the jacket.’ – Dmarge.com
A great point considering that many industries are becoming more open to more casual business attire.
The lesson to be learned here is that ties are not the go-to interview accessory for every job on the market. Some positions are more likely to judge you negatively for wearing a tie than see it as a sign of professionalism, so make sure you do your research and consider a necktie alternative if the occasion calls for it.
Round 4 – Physicality
Pro: Men’s Neckties Make You Look More Appealing
One of the key benefits of wearing a tie is its ability to frame and draw attention to the face.
A man’s face is his best tool for communicating with the world around him – so the more attention that is drawn to it, the better.
The tie helps with this by complimenting the jawline and literally creating an arrow that points from the waist to the face. It’s natural for people’s eyes to follow lines of interest – so having a tie that leads directly to the face is a great way of commanding the attention of those around you.
Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself!
Stand in front of the mirror wearing a tie and observe how it directs your sight upwards. Now, remove the tie. Your focus is suddenly off, right? That’s because your eyes have lost their line of attention, so struggle to find a focus point.
Additionally, ties also focus attention on the center of your body by leading the eyes away from your hips – which for our dad-bod readers will be a great tool for looking slimmer and fitter. When someone’s eyes focus on your tie, the sides of the body seen in your periphery are blurred out, improving the wearer’s perceived size.
The same goes for height – a skinnier men’s necktie can make you look taller by drawing the eye up and down the body, giving the illusion of a more elongated torso.
Basically, gents, it’s all about creating optical illusions that heighten and thin out your physique. A tie can achieve both of these things through careful styling, making it a fantastic accessory to leverage people’s perception of your physicality. Achieving this with casual business attire is trickier as there are fewer ways to create attention-grabbing lines and shapes.
Con: Men’s Neckties Damage Your Health
A 2018 study in the National Library of Medicine by Robin Luddecke called “Should you stop wearing neckties?” found that wearing a tie can result in a 7.5% drop in cerebral blood flow to the brain.
What does this mean in layman’s terms? Simple: although a 7.5% drop in blood flow doesn’t seem too drastic, it could end up causing more frequent headaches, dizziness, and nausea if you wear a tie for too long.
I don’t know about you guys, but those little inconveniences annoy the hell out of me. If losing the necktie can prevent me from reaching for the Aspirin every five minutes, then count me in.
Luddecke’s work isn’t the only flag being flown for the abolishment of neckties.
In fact, a 2003 study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology called “Effect of a tight necktie on intraocular pressure” found that wearing a tie can end up causing a backup of blood through the jugular vein, which leads to the eye.
If the pressure builds up towards the eye, medical conditions such as Glaucoma (damage to the optic nerve) and Cataracts (patches in the eye’s lens that reduce the quality of sight) become far more likely as time goes on.
It’s shocking to think that the simple act of tying your necktie in the morning has the potential to lead to both daily inconveniences and some pretty serious health conditions later in life.
I wonder how many men would consider looking ‘smart’ more important than their health and eyesight. Wouldn’t it be better to go for casual business attire and save your long term health?
Final Round – Authority
Pro: Men’s Neckties Command Respect and Symbolize Strength
Think about the sorts of people who wear neckties regularly.
- Company directors – think Kevin O’Leary or Tom Ford
- High ranking military officials – General Mark A. Milly (Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff)
- Presidents and Royalty from around the world – Prince Charles (The Prince of Wales) or Emannuel Macron (President of France)
Coincidence? Absolutely not.
All of these men need to command respect in their places of work. They’re at the top of their game and need to demonstrate a certain level of authority to stay there.
How can a men’s necktie help to achieve this? A psychological study by Stanley Milgram proved that people obey those they perceive to hold authority as a result of their looks.
The Milgram Shock Experiment – conducted in 1963 – set out to test the extent to which humans obey orders from those that look as though they hold knowledge and authority.
To do this, Milgram conducted several rounds of experiments in which participants delivered increasingly high-voltage shocks to a patient in a separate room.
Every time the participant shocked Milgram’s ‘patient’, an actor was instructed to scream in agony. Despite the screams, the majority (65%) of participants obeyed the doctor’s orders and continued to shock until the patient fell silent.
Were all of these participants blood-hungry psychopaths? No.
The reason they obeyed the doctor’s orders was simply a result of his authoritative appearance. His participants recognized a lab coat as a symbol of knowledge and power in his field, which influenced them to obey his every command.
A tie can also have this effect – it creates the perception of power and will subconsciously influence those around you to take you seriously.
Con: Authority? It’s Just A Fad
Over the course of the last century, the necktie has come to symbolize many different statuses and opinions among men.
Sure – in the 1980s, a strong-looking tie was a symbol of power and high fashion. Men who wore power ties (ties with bright patterns and bold colors) were perceived as having superior business and financial success – perfectly captured in Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman (The American Psycho).
However, if you go back another 20 years to the swinging 60s, men’s neckties were a symbol of the ‘Establishment’ and made you come across as a ‘square’. To wear a tie in the 60s meant you were too uptight to go with the flow and probably had connections to the sorts of corporations many people were protesting against at the time. The Hippy movement of the mid-1960s did not favor government officials and big businesses.
The fluctuation in necktie popularity is only too evident in today’s society. Many men are once again questioning the validity of the necktie as a power garment.
It’s argued that soon it will once again fade into obscurity leaving wearers looking strange and out of place.
As for the Milgram experiment? Sure, it’s convincing on the surface but did you know many of its participants admitted afterward that they had suspected foul play all along?
I don’t know about you but that casts a lot of doubt in my mind as to whether those men truly felt obligated to follow the doctor’s orders simply because he wore a lab coat.
Post Fight Analysis – Are Men’s Neckties Obsolete?
Both sides put up a strong fight and presented us with some pretty convincing arguments.
Having counted the points, our panel of expert analysts are pleased to announce that wearing a necktie is far more stylish and respectable than casual business attire.
The necktie will forever be a statement of authority, dignity, and respect.
Regardless of fashion trends – the necktie has stuck around for better or for worse. It might get knocked down every 20 years or so, but it always gets back up throwing punches stronger than it did before.
At the end of the day, men’s neckties will always come to represent the very best in formal wear. Whether it be at a wedding or in the office, a man looks better when he wears a necktie. Period.
In the immortal words of Mr. David Gandy – British male model and Dolce and Gabbana frontman – when asked why he wears a tie:
“I think it’s important to show respect to the event or situation you are invited to be part of”
Do the smart thing, gents. Wear a necktie with pride and show the world you’re not afraid to dress to the nines.
Some people might judge you for it but, let’s be honest, the guys in their casual business attire don’t look anywhere near as good as you do in that necktie.
Good luck, guys.
Did you know there are at least 18 ways to tie a standard necktie? Click here to check out my ultimate guide to tying a tie.
Click Here To Watch The Video – Is The Necktie Obsolete In 2022?
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By: Antonio Centeno
Title: Are Men’s Neckties Obsolete? (Style Battle: Tie vs No Tie)
Sourced From: www.realmenrealstyle.com/mens-neckties/
Published Date: Thu, 21 Sep 2023 09:09:56 +0000
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