Jeans for middle-aged men

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Mr Checks, May 20, 2005.

  1. Mr Checks

    Mr Checks Senior member

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    Okay, the "10 Best" thread is about a thousand responses long, so I apologize in advance for not scouring it re: this issue...

    What would be some good jean recommendations for a medium-sized, 35-45 y.o. guy? I don't want to look old, and I don't want to look like I'm trying to hard to look younger than I am.

    If the jeans would go with tan chelsea boots, well then all the better.

    My daughter thanks you for your assistance.
    Checks
     


  2. YMark

    YMark Well-Known Member

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    I'm 45 and have a pair of Sevens, AG, and Earnest Sewn. I'm also pretty fit and work out 4 times a week. Maybe I'm kidding myself, who knows, but I don't think trying to look younger is such a bad thing if you can pull it off.
     


  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Helmut Lang Bootcuts (really a straightleg) and Rag & Bone "Trouser cut" jeans will get you indie props, as well as looking non-tragic to both your peers and your daughter.
     


  4. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    It depends on how you've kept yourself up and whether your genetics have been kind to you. If you think about guys like Johnny Depp and Tom Cruise who are 40-ish, they can wear most anything that someone in their early 20's could and look great. But if you have the problems with obesity and lack of muscle tone that come with age if you don't stay on top of it, then you've got to be more careful. Frankly, I think a lot of these people shouldn't be wearing jeans at all. They don't have the body for it.

    If you're fit, I don't see a problem. I'd just avoid some of the most extreme cuts and finishes.
     


  5. briancl

    briancl Senior member

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    one thing that i think is important when it comes to older men wearing 'hip' designer jeans is the rest of the outfit. make sure you incorporate the jeans into your wardrobe appropriately, but don't wear 'old man' clothes with 'young man' jeans. mix and match effectively and any older gentleman can pull off sevens or AG's.
     


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    T4phage Senior member

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    I would suggest the Levis LVC 501XX, maybe the 1947/66. Many from Denime, Lee's Vintage 101.
     


  7. esvoboda

    esvoboda Well-Known Member

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    I have this image of an old guy wearing a baggy Brooks buttondown, tucked, with a shiney dress belt and tasselled loafers. His gut is hanging over a pair of low-rise bootcut True Religions, well-whiskered.
     


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    I'll second what LAG says. Keep it simple. Simple washes (a one-wash rinse is fine), simple cuts. And the biggest must-do is to wear the jeans on your hips and not up by your navel [​IMG] PS - If you must go with Helmut Lang, go with the dark jeans. The stonewashed ones this season are horrid.
     


  9. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Senior member

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    Wow, 35 is middle-aged?


    RNM, 36 and still being carded for alcohol purchases. (especially when wearing Earnest Sewn Hutches)
     


  10. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    didnt folks get the memo that the "30s" are the new "20s"?

    good thing chink don't crink
     


  11. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Exactly - 40 is the new 30.

    Bradford <- 37 soon to be 38.
     


  12. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    this is good news for me.

    /andrew - just turned 36
     


  13. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Right on my Asian Brother.
     


  14. Mr Checks

    Mr Checks Senior member

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    I am glad to hear that I'm not middle-aged, which is now 50, I guess.

    I promise to try these suggestions; my daughter promises to cringe at all of them...
     


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    Helmut Lang dark jeans are alright, but the denim is nothing to write home about. Yes, the wash model is atrocious this season.

    I suggest you take a look at Hugo boss Black Label Jeans also, though some members probably will cringe at my suggestion.
     


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