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Is there an "old man" look?

Robert

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I mean this only in the best way--especially considering I am over 50. But I was noticing on the Sartorialist the other day that there's often featured an older gent, and the style is usually bigger, more generously cut.

Do you think there's a certain look that's appropriate after a certain age?
 

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I think the reason old men wear oversized clothes is because of a failure to buy new clothes after they begin shrinking. After a while, you have to pull your waistband up to your navel to keep your pants from dragging.
 

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I'd say anything "classic" is an old man look, and that's not meant to be derogatory

my idea of a cool old man look, which has become a bit of an SF uniform in ----->that corner:
-longwing brogues or loafers
-OCBD
-cardigan or tweed jacket
-grey flannel trews

maybe "old man" gets misused when the right term is "mature"? or is that just a euphemistic way of putting it..?
 

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Originally Posted by Robert
Do you think there's a certain look that's appropriate after a certain age?

when I was in Paris last year I saw a guy wearing skinny selvedge jeans and otherwise really "young guy" type of clothes (hip designer looking jacket, cool boots), yet he was gray haired and looked to be in his 50s. guy looked awesome.... at his age because he was in good shape and still thin, he looked more interesting and possibly even better than a peer who would be dressed more classically (jacket, shirt, tie, trouser etc).

If you can pull it off (in good shape still and generally has aged gracefully over the years), why go the "typical" route of dressing like a proper gentleman, which is a bit expected and oftentimes boring, albeit "nice and unoffensive"
 

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My beard is almost all white. My hair is mostly white. I'm an old guy.

But right now I'm wearing a pair of N&F Weirdguys in deep indigo, a pair of C&J boots, Black Fleece OCBD, LP sweater and I'll be throwing on a 10-year-old beat to shit waxed cotton Zara jacket when I go out tonight.

Hide your women.

lefty
 

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Originally Posted by Robert
an older gent, and the style is usually bigger, more generously cut.

makes me think of KitonBrioni, with an emphasis on the generous.
 

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Originally Posted by Get Smart
I'd say anything "classic" is an old man look, and that's not meant to be derogatory
I'd agree but also think the fit has a lot more to do with it. Tweed and elbow patches scream old man on paper, but slim it up and it can be fashionable. Okay, maybe not elbow patches, but that's a personal choice.
 

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I like the practicality of elbow patches (most always a form of leather), but the connotations and images it brings to mind are too much for me. So, I usually run away as much as teh triple pleatz.
 

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Baron is older than most here, at least in SW&D, but he rocks some really solid looks.
 

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Originally Posted by Get Smart
I'd say anything "classic" is an old man look, and that's not meant to be derogatory

my idea of a cool old man look, which has become a bit of an SF uniform in ----->that corner:
-longwing brogues or loafers
-OCBD
-cardigan or tweed jacket
-grey flannel trews

maybe "old man" gets misused when the right term is "mature"? or is that just a euphemistic way of putting it..?



I think it's more how you wear something rather than what you wear it. George Clooney doesn't look like an "old man" although he dresses classic.

BTW, what's OCBD?
 

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