I am Frank, married ( 56 ) and live in the Netherlands. I love "quality" in my life. "Fashion" was n't actually really my thing. But more and more I got interested. Why should I concern about my car, house and garden, art, cooking etc. ( all matters of (re)presentation ) and not matter about "quality" when it concerns "the way I present myself ?" I started to realise that fashion is also an unevitable part of "presenting" myself. I love "chesterfield" in my house as furniture ( which is certainly not average taste now ), I am now discovering what kind of fashion or fashionstyle I do like for myself. Last period I visited more and more the fashionpages on the internet and looked at the work of the designers. One conclusion so far : Men 's fashion is also interesting and worth while exploring. It was by accidence I discovered this page. Until before I did not knew it existed. I live in Europe so the Paris and Milan fashionshows are interesting to me. I love especially the "mode"(fashion) pages of GQ. but I also frequent "Become gorgeous", "Esquire" and " Lookbook". The Netherlands does not play so far a big role in the fashion world. In Europe its France and Italy. Partly this is because culture in our country does not really stimulate "individuality" and " style." The attachment to a value like "equality for all" in Holland is an important value in the Netherlands and highly appreciated - also by me. The other side of it : this seems in our country sometimes "spiritually" to be translated in " that it is good " not to distinguish yourself from others ". Apart from this it seems to be that interest for fashion is predominantly meant for women and not for men ( although it seems to change little by little). You discover this when you count on the internet the number of fashionpages dedicated to womenfashion compared to those dedicated to men 's fashion. Nothing wrong by the way with the women. But may be men should change a little by showing more interest to this domain of life. And there are interesting things to gain on the point of fashion for men. I drew two conclusions so far : 1. Men's fashion of today lost a lot of fashionattributes it had in former days. Call me old fashioned but I do prefer the richer variety of men's appearances in the past. So I try to re- introduce in my personal fashionstyle men's lost fashion items ( the hat, the stick, the tie, the pochet, boots and the cape ) One discovery so far is that - to my opinion - you cannot copy today one to one the style of former days, but that every fashion item which is re introduced needs a restyling for today 's use. 2. For men of average age ( 50 + ) there is a special challenge : Fashiontrend seems nowadays mainly focussed on a younger public. It is good to look young and sportive, also when you passed 50 years old, but how can you do that in a tasteful way ? I think you cannot take over as a whole the fashion which they design and develop for nowadays younger generation. Elements of it are interesting but I think one has to accept ( belonging to 50+ age- group) that some things really are made for a different younger age group, for instance jeans with holes in it. It is necessary for 50 plus to look at the fashion developed for the young generation and at the same time to think over what elements are possible to take over and which certainly not. Well so far my introduction. My motivation to be part of this forum is that I like to exchange ideas about fashion for men and like to give and to receive feedback. I am glad to join and if you have any question : be also my guest !