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T shirts for jeans and 40+ years

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by profjmb, May 6, 2004.

  1. profjmb

    profjmb Member

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    May 2, 2004
    I assume that we older guys aren't supposed to wear the same shirts as younger guys. I don't own (anymore) stuff with lots of writing. I own some all black, all gray, all white (although don't wear those by themselves very often unless exercising).


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  2. armscye

    armscye Senior Member

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    Mar 15, 2004
    I assume the objective is to make you look as good as possible.

    Jeans and tee shirts look good on guys who are slim waisted and very fit, but if your shape is not a gym-toned "inverted vee", then any pair of jeans and any tee shirt are going to reveal your defects mercilessly.

    If you are waistline-challenged, I would suggest some artful camouflage. First, you want dark trousers and a light shirt-- since that will minimize your waist and maximize your upper body. Second, you want styles that create some illusion: double-pleated docker's type pants look "drawn in" and therefore slender. Keep your belt unobtrusive to avoid drawing the eye to your waist. Above, a horizontally striped or patterned shirt broadens the chest while diverting the eye from any pear-shape you don't want visible. One other easy trick is double flapped pockets on a shirt, which give you instant pec exaggeration.

    Contrary to popular opinion, a tucked in shirt often looks slimmer than an untucked shirt.

    And the all time best shape redefiner is the sportcoat or suit jacket-- that's why it has survived for hundreds of years. Any suit jacket builds the chest and shoulders while whittling away the waist.

    Every woman learns the art of illusion to "accent the positive while minimizing the negative." Men need to learn that same art.

  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    Don't really agree with the above advice, except for the double pocket shirt - but then again, I really love military and western inspired styles. I'm going to assume that you are in reasonable, but are not an Adonis - this seems to be a pretty good assumption for this board.

    At 40 something, t-shirts should fit you, not too tightly, but definitely not too loose. Jeans should be the same. Try a pair of Paper Denims, which are very forgiving, in the LTD or ICON fits, which are stylish without being trendy (I confess that I like the trendier GTO and LIT cuts). Do not go with khakis and definitely not pleated ones unless you want to seem 40 going on 60, or at least boring. At 40, you probably don't want a huge, attention grabbing belt buckle - try a thick leather belt with a simple square shaped square, beaten silver buckle.

    Do not tuck in your t-shirt, under any circumstances. If it needs to be tucked it, it's too big. With button down shirts, try slimmer fitting ones in more subdued colors and earth tones - stylish, but mature. Do not tuck in. If they are too long, the shirt is too big. A half tuck is moderately acceptable. BTW, tucking in a shirt usually draws the eye to the waist - not flattering for weightier gentlemen.

    Shoes: probably not sneakers (I can't believe I just wrote that.) Try Clarks desert boots or Wallabees. For God's sake do not wear those awful Mephisto or Bjorn or whatever awful *walking* shoe there is. It's sneakers or the classics with jeans.

  4. Kai

    Kai Distinguished Member

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    For a nice change, try a t-shirt made from ultra-fine lightweight merino wool. Very comfortable and cool, and a bit more style than a typical cotton t-shirt. http://www.ibexwear.com/everything.html http://www.icebreaker.co.nz/Flash.html I love to wear jeans and t-shirts. I've got a drawer full of every kind of t-shirt, including a bunch of goofy "hobby" t-shirts like these: http://www.pikamtn.com/12clothing.html Just the thing for embarrasing my kids while watching their soccer game on a Saturday.

  5. Classic

    Classic Senior Member

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    Jan 28, 2004
    While young at heart and mind, the reality is that I am at what most call "middle age" already.
    Fortunately, though it takes work on my part, I am also able to wear size 32 jeans in most makes, and when wearing t-shirts, they are almost always tucked in. I like to wear dress shirts (french cuffs) with my jeans and do so the majority of times I wear jeans. The dress shirts I tuck in. When I wear sports shirts, I like to wear them untucked, even though they are slim fitting.
    My choice of belt for jeans is one that is thick leather with a plain buckle so as to not draw too much attention to it.
    Currently the jeans I wear are RL, Wranglers, Tommy Hilfiger, GAP, Old Navy and Levi's.
    While I know that there are many who frown on the practice, I wear suit jackets with jeans regularly and have received many compliments.
    IMO, consider your body type, and wear the right clothing that helps you look your best in what ever you are wearing. Most importantly, do not try to be someone or something that you are not, and be comfortable with what and in what you are wearing.


  6. MikeF

    MikeF Senior Member

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    Aug 25, 2002
    My father wears Diesel jeans with untucked, slim-cut silk/linen blend pocket t-shirts (from Holt Renfrew) all the time, and looks good for a guy pushing 60. The bad news is that Holt Renfrew doesn't sell those t-shirts anymore. Maybe another high-end men's clothier sells something comparable?

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