One should not wear fahionable jeans over the age of......

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by jmatt, Sep 17, 2006.

  1. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    Don't you 20-something's think Nudie's or APC's on a 50-something would look like someone who needs to act their own age? How about the stuff from A-E, or Abercrombie? The heavily distressed stuff? Wouldn't you mock a 65 year old in heavily distressed jeans?

    I wouldn't mock a 65 year old with distressed jeans, but I would think it looked silly. Hell, I think they look silly on nearly everyone and I think the general opinion on this forum lies towards dark indigo, and natural fades.

    There's also a big difference between Nudie/APC and AE/A&F:

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  2. Arethusa

    Arethusa Senior member

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    I agree with V and Dakota. I wouldn't mock a 65 year old in distressed jeans anymore than I would a 24 year old AmJack, but I think they'll both look terrible. Style is not dictated by age.
     


  3. Get Smart

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    I plan on wearing cool jeans well into geezer-dom...but a lot of what will determine if guys can wear that stuff into their 40s+ is how they upkeep their physical shape. The well dressed older men I see in slim jeans are still in great shape and still wear under a 34" waist.
     


  4. Dakota rube

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    The well dressed older men I see in slim jeans are still in great shape and still wear under a 34" waist.
    Which, at least so far, DR can still claim. [​IMG]
     


  5. shelton

    shelton Senior member

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    OK - at what age should a man's wardrobe no longer include blue jeans. Or at least no jeans other than basic Levi or Wrangler?

    I'd say never as long as the jeans are tasteful and the rest of your outfit is quality. I though it was pretty cool when I met my friends grandparents from the NYC area and they were wearing slim APC style jeans and dressed better then the majority of people I see around here at any age.
     


  6. Dakota rube

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    grandparents ... wearing slim APC style jeans
    Speaking as a grandfather...this still is not a nice image I'll carry around for the rest of the day.
     


  7. tangerine

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    To amplify what VersaceMan illustrated, APCs are about as understated and plain as a pair of jeans can get. They are the chicken of denim; they take on the flavor of whatever you wear with them.
     


  8. Vang

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    Voted "until you're fat."
     


  9. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    I would say that there is no real age limit for wearing jeans. There are jeans that most older guys shouldn't wear, because they can't pull them off without looking like try hard idiots. I understand jmatt's sentiment. I just think that he is over generalizing about jeans. I see that he posts seldom in the Streetwear and Denim section, and I am inferring from that and from his OP that he is not comfortable with casualwear in the same way that regular posters on this forum are. jmatt, please correct me if I'm wrong. Most older people would probably look great in a pair of Rag & Bones or APCs. APC (not particularly "skinny" btw. You can wear them really skinny, but most people do not) are the chicken of denim, and Rag & Bones are more polished than most other denim brands and look equally at home with a crisp button up and a pair of chukkas as they would with sneakers and tees.
     


  10. shelton

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    Speaking as a grandfather...this still is not a nice image I'll carry around for the rest of the day.

    Well-fitting was probably a better description though I get your point.
     


  11. cultpop 0217

    cultpop 0217 I, Manface

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    I'm really surprised by the reactions.

    Don't you 20-something's think Nudie's or APC's on a 50-something would look like someone who needs to act their own age? How about the stuff from A-E, or Abercrombie? The heavily distressed stuff? Wouldn't you mock a 65 year old in heavily distressed jeans?

    That's my point. By the way - I'm 39, and I do have suits from Brioni, Canali, Corneliani, etc. But when it comes to casual or even "club" wear, I always felt the college/recent grad crowd would already think people my age were too old for the stuff you guys talk about here.

    Was I/am I wrong?

    Thanks for the replies.



    if that 50 year old had style nudies or apc would look fine.

    stuff from a&e and ambercrombie doesnt really look good on most anyway but is really aiming at kids under 25. and heavily pre distressed jeans are always going to look trendy. beat up jeans can look nice if they are genuine (like a pair of vintage levis say) but i think the difference between style and trend has been covered.

    I plan on wearing cool jeans well into geezer-dom...but a lot of what will determine if guys can wear that stuff into their 40s+ is how they upkeep their physical shape. The well dressed older men I see in slim jeans are still in great shape and still wear under a 34" waist.

    agreed. again if you are stylish and know how to dress you can wear whatever you want till you hit the grave.
     


  12. JoMak_NYC

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    Bury me in the stiffest (get it) rawest pair of japanese denim you can find!! [​IMG]
     


  13. Get Smart

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    Voted "until you're fat."


    That's the right answer.
     


  14. Brian SD

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    I'd be surprised if the recent collage grad crowd would even be acquainted with the brands we talk about here. Typically the SW/D crowd only really talks about lesser-known (in the grand scheme of things, anyway) brands. Obviously there are a million other brands lesser known than Nudie and APC, but chances are most guys in their 20s who feel they're stylish probably haven't heard of them.

    I think your assumption is wrong only in that it seems you believe edgier denim companies only make jeans that would look noticeably goofy on an older gent. Many of the brands we discuss --- though I leave out Nudie in particular since I think they are a little "loud" in their styling --- are so subtly branded and democratic in their fit that they'd look great on a man of any age. In particular, the Japanese repro brands make denim very fitting to someone who wants superb quality but without a low rise and a super tapered (or flared) leg.

    APC, Helmut Lang and Rag&Bone will definitely not make you look like you're trying to recapture your youth or anything, but it might just as well be about confidence and comfort than it is about actually looking out of place.

    IMO the only thing that can pull you out of this market that somewhat relates to age is the size of your belly.
     


  15. Augusto86

    Augusto86 Sean Penn's Mexican love child

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    I'd be surprised if the recent collage grad crowd would even be acquainted with the brands we talk about here. Typically the SW/D crowd only really talks about lesser-known (in the grand scheme of things, anyway) brands. Obviously there are a million other brands lesser known than Nudie and APC, but chances are most guys in their 20s who feel they're stylish probably haven't heard of them.

    I think your assumption is wrong only in that it seems you believe edgier denim companies only make jeans that would look noticeably goofy on an older gent. Many of the brands we discuss --- though I leave out Nudie in particular since I think they are a little "loud" in their styling --- are so subtly branded and democratic in their fit that they'd look great on a man of any age. In particular, the Japanese repro brands make denim very fitting to someone who wants superb quality but without a low rise and a super tapered (or flared) leg.

    APC, Helmut Lang and Rag&Bone will definitely not make you look like you're trying to recapture your youth or anything, but it might just as well be about confidence and comfort than it is about actually looking out of place.

    IMO the only thing that can pull you out of this market that somewhat relates to age is the size of your belly.


    Nudies are loud?
     


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