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Dressing your age: Is it important?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by kayhill, Sep 10, 2013.

Is it important to dress your age?

  1. Yes, you want to try hard not to look like you tried too hard

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  2. No, fuck what anybody else thinks and do whatever makes you happy.

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  3. Depends on the situation

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  1. kayhill

    kayhill Senior member

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    Hi all,

    I read through a few posts today that made me think about whether you should dress in a way that is age-appropriate. For example, whenever I wear chinos with a shirt tucked in and a different coloured blazer, I inevitably look like a bit of an old man (I'm in my mid-to-late twenties).

    So as I do, I blogged about it: http://greedanddisgust.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/dressing-your-age.html

    Not sitting on the fence with this one: I reckon it is important to dress your age. Having said that, I would be interested to read your thoughts on the matter.
     
  2. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    I have a feeling I know who inspired this...
     
  3. GBR

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    Enlighten us, do.
     
  4. Off My Rack

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    Quote:Skip about 3-4 pages back in the WAYWRN: MC Casual Style thread. There were about 5 pages of discussion of Banana Republic lookbook outfits
     
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  5. TM79

    TM79 Senior member

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    That sounds about as exciting as a root canal with no anesthesia.
     
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  6. Off My Rack

    Off My Rack Senior member

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    Quote:Actually, I think that part of the thread is what they use for anesthesia these days. Its pretty terrible, and has very little entertainment value, just like the blog post linked above (sorry OP).
     
  7. Foxhound

    Foxhound Senior member

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    The last few days in the Australian thread.
     
  8. Fuuma

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    You little blog entry is very much about dressing your social class, with a focus on old money. Going with that I think you should wear the prisoner uniform of your mongrel ancestors.
     
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  9. Man of Wealth and Taste

    Man of Wealth and Taste Senior member

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    No way man, you're only as old as you dress!

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  10. kayhill

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    Haha, it certainly got me thinking why someone had such a strong response -- in many ways unfair and unwarranted.

    But what was interesting to me was the reason why someone might have that sort of reaction. Really, had it been a picture of a guy in a suit I doubt anyone would have criticised it. That's not to say dressing in a certain way is wrong though!

    And please don't take this the wrong way. I dress like that all the time ... and people have called me various things ranging from 'old man' to 'flight attendant' to 'retail assistant'. : (
     
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  11. cptjeff

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    I don't think there is such a thing as dressing your age. For me, there are three main axis: Casual versus formal, and good versus bad.

    I dress well, and usually a step or two above most these days in formality (excluding formal environments, which I'm in reasonably often). It doesn't make me look older. It makes me look more mature and more consequential. I still come across as a twenty something. But I come off as a young adult that's going places, rather than just another immature douchebag.
     
  12. LonerMatt

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    To me it factors a lot more into casual wear than formal - formal changing a lot less with age.
     
  13. Veremund

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    Did you mean 2 axes, or 3?
     
  14. kayhill

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    Definitely agree with that one. Everyone looks spot on in a suit that fits.

    Though I must say dressing anachronistically can be pulled off: http://instagram.com/alonso_mateo
     
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    It's important to me to make an effort to dress my age as that's how I feel most comfortable. I would never think less of someone who chooses not to.
     
  16. Ecstasy

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    Isn't it important to dress well more than anything else?

    I suppose too tight-fitting means juvenile and too loose-fitting is old? The third option is a good fit and is always the best.

    In other words, to dress your age is to dress poorly.
     
  17. cptjeff

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    Damn it, I forgot to edit that. I was playing around with that bit, and had it as two, then three, then back as two, and as you can see...
     
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  18. JubeiSpiegel

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    Fuck what anybody else thinks and do whatever makes me happy, because I can. :nodding:
     
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  20. JayH

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    Being in my early twenties most of my mates wear T shirts and hoodies for a majority of the time. I usually reserve wearing t shirts for sleeping of just around the house, i just feel more comfortable wearing a button up shirt, albeit untucked and sleeves rolled up.
     

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