Ladies, I apologize for invading your lounge but I need help. Im 44 years old, I was about 60lbs overweight (already lost 24 thanks to what Ive been through this last two weeks), and never really had much care about fashion or trends. I live and grew up in a rural (country small town) in the South U.S. It has always been blue Jeans and pull over shirts with 1980's white tennis shoes, or jean shorts and Crocs, etc.... My work wardrobe has been Khaki pants, dress shirt. I want to make a change, but not be so extreme it appears that I have gone Metro. What are some current things clothing wise I should do? First I want to do this for me so I dont look like a 44 year old trying to look 24. The added bonus will be my stbxw get the picture that I have made changes and confident to move on without her making the proper changes. Any help please. Here is your chance and you ladies are the experts. Guys, if it has worked for you, chime in.
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Re: Help with Mens Wardrobe?
Mid fifties here and work in a casual office. Summer garb for me is often a comfy silk or cotton camp shirt or Hawaiian pattern (Subtle), pleated and cuffed poly blend slacks and huarache style shoes. No Socks!!!
My husband is also 44 and grew up in Europe & I love the way he dresses & I think it fits his age but still always looks sharp and in style. Jeans are always good but the style/color can make the difference between looking in style or out of date. I prefer darker denim but a faded pair of levis & t-shirt still looks good to me!
Good for you, Hunter! Congrats on your continued weight loss!
As a female, I think jeans and khakis (or dockers) are fine -- you could work on your shirts. For summer, get some short sleeved shirts in cool fabrics (cotton only!). I'd also ditch the tennis shoes and white socks, get some rockports or something like that that's comfy but a bit more grown up looking. Or Timberlands, or boat shoes (topsiders, but with those, no socks ever...as Amp said.)
For weekends, I'd do cargo shorts and can you handle sandals? Some men can, some men cannot, but a good pair of leather sandals on a man can look very sexy and confident (but no socks with sandals EVER. NEVER NEVER NEVER.)
Also, honey...Crocs? No. Not unless you are camping and need to go take a shower.
Also, on your pullover shirts, be careful -- a nice solid color polo looks good on almost anyone, but if you get the ones with stripes, especially if you are at all overweight, you can look like you are eleven years old. (Again, just my opinion as a female, I'm sure others may differ.)
Good luck! And always, a good haircut never hurts. Sounds like you are making wonderful changes, keep it up!
In all fairness to Hunter, though, this look doesn't work on guy with a little tummy, so let's give him some other options for the time being.
Just curious, Hunter, you still around?
Actually, the picture of Mario Vitali...lose the crocs, socks, vest and murse and I think the shirt and shorts would look good.
I think button down collared shirts look good on all body types...solid/stripes/checkered depending on individual taste...I am tame with color but my h is not afraid to wear bright colors and he looks good in them! Main thing is the fit and I think in most model pics the fit is 'slim' but even a t-shirt with an unbuttoned collared shirt over it looks good w/a nice pair of jeans