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At what age should a young man start dressing like an grown up?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Perdogg, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. Perdogg

    Perdogg Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2010
    My mother died and my sister asked me if she thought my nephew should wear a suit to the funeral. He is on the 13 side of 12 so I said I thought he should. He did not have a suit. I am not being critical, but it is my opinion that he should have at least a navy blue blazer and a dress shirt for evening occasions and funerals.
  2. lucidream

    lucidream Active Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    You might also look at the question from the other side - at what age does it make sense to start making notable investments in clothing. I would guess 18, based on when people reach their full height. Aside from that, there is no point not having nice clothes for children at the age of 5 and beyond, assuming you can get them for good deals or are hand-me-downs.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013
  3. TiberiasUSA

    TiberiasUSA Senior member

    Nov 12, 2012
    Condolences on the death in the family, always a tough time.

    I'd say it depends on each family. If it were a lower income family where money is tight, it might not be a smart choice to buy suits for children esp since they are going to outgrow it soon. When I was growing up I never needed a suit till I was 20.

    At the same time some kids go to many events or out to dinner where a suit would be needed, if that's the case I'd buy them one.

    I'd say around 20-21 would be when I would really invest in my kids wardrobe instead of buying them beaters. They've stopped growing, and are entering like 3rd year in college, so they shouldn't be gaining too much more partying weight and are going to start interviews in the near future
  4. Sander

    Sander Senior member

    Jul 28, 2006
    Where do you live? I think that plays an important role.
  5. Perdogg

    Perdogg Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2010
    Thank you for you condolences. When I was growing up I had a corduroy suit for Sunday school/church, I am from the South. My parents probably bought it from Sears or Penny's. I also had a Navy blue coat. I had a clip-on tie until my Junior year of High School when my father taught me how to tie a Windsor knot.

    Since the navy sports coat is so common, you can probably find one at a thrift shop for about $3.
  6. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

    Sep 15, 2012
    I'm sorry to read about your mother...damn...At 13, he's probably going to grow out of whatever she buys him pretty quickly, so I wouldn't go crazy. I'm not a big fan of navy blazers, but it's definitely an option. Realistically, he could wear dark pants and a dark sweater/shirt without seeming out of place.

    As far as the title question goes, "dressing like a grown up" has a lot to do with your environment. Some men never need a blue blazer, let alone a suit, and that's perfectly fine. I don't think that the "Styleforum approved" looks are necessarily more "grown up" than the others are. You have to be aware of your environment.
  7. El Argentino

    El Argentino Senior member

    Jun 28, 2010
    Where the Truckee waters flow
    Condolences for your mother - that's an unbelievably hard time.

    Regarding the clothing question, I didn't purchase anything worthwhile until I'd reached a comfortable weight (and height). With my own children, I don't plan on purchasing them anything non-disposable until they've reached (and maintained for a time) their adult height and weight. In my opinion if they're going to inevitably outgrow it, it severely limits how much I'd be willing to spend.

    Thrift or ebay for a child's blazer if it's an important enough issue - otherwise a dark sweater and slacks should be fine.
  8. GBR

    GBR Senior member

    Mar 15, 2006

    I really think that you are making far too much of this. The body of a 12/3 year old is still growing and developing and will not reach any form of stability until 16+ - and will even then go on changing.

    Much depends upon his social standing but it is not unreasonable for him NOT to have the clothes that you desire at this age. I rather fear that your sister is more concerned at a personal desire to see mourners in some form of uniform which she considers gives the best appearance.

    Let him come if appropriate, wear a shirt and tie and leave it at that and do not make any deal of it.

    Funeral attendance by people of any age should not be a clothes show and no one should be deterred simply because they do not own that which some people misguidedly think obligatory.
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2013
  9. Lord Mulberry

    Lord Mulberry Senior member

    May 20, 2012
    Sheffield / UK
    It's a good question. What is meant by the term "grown up" in relation to clothes? I still see men in their 70s wearing jeans and T shirts and it suits them. Personally I wear less jeans and more trousers these days because I think they suit me better. If I could get away with wearing jeans I'd probably wear them more often. Image is everything.

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