Finding your style over 60: men's style tips and a step by step wardrobe audit

Finding your style over 60: men's style tips and a step by step wardrobe audit

When it comes to style, age is irrelevant. Born in 1953, Irish actor 65-year-old Pierce Brosnan presents himself immaculately, as does 1930 born, American actor and film maker, Clint Eastwood. What’s the secret behind dressing well for a man of your age?  The secret lies in dressing for your age, to achieve a more youthful appearance.

Health and fitness is the number one secret to looking great

Regardless of your age, the healthier you are on the inside, the better you present on the outside. Before even thinking about doing a wardrobe audit, get your health and fitness in check first. A good attitude, and a friendly smile always accompanies great style.

Good grooming is the number two secret to looking great

Immaculate grooming can mean the difference between looking stylish and looking dowdy. Regular hair maintenance, clean ears, manicured nails, trimmed nasal and ear hair, well maintained foot wear and general overall good presentation spells style, confidence and someone who respects others by maintaining good cleanliness and hygiene.

Your step by step wardrobe edit

If you’re exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet and comfortable with your current clothing size, you’re ready to start your wardrobe edit.

Step 1: The right size wins the prize

A good fit always presents better than a sloppy or tight fit. If you must squeeze yourself into a shirt, or you’re wearing a jacket that is poorly cut for your body shape or too wide for your shoulders, you won’t be doing your appearance justice. It’s time to get brutal about reducing your wardrobe.

Your wardrobe clean out starts with going through all your clothes. Your first filter is to put aside any clothes that simply do not fit you, or do not fit you well. Pop these items aside in a box or bag ready to donate to a charity organisation. If you’ve stepped into a thrift shop or second-hand clothing store lately, you’ll notice that there are racks and racks of women’s clothing, and men’s second-hand clothing is often confined to about one fifth of the space. Your contribution will be welcome!

Step 2: Worn, torn or forlorn?

As you sort through your clothing (and don’t forget your accessories, shoes, socks and underwear), pop aside any items that look tired, worn beyond recognition or need repair. If you come across items of clothing you haven’t worn once over the past eight seasons (or even four seasons – be ruthless), it may be time to wish them farewell for good.  Don’t hold on to any clothing pieces that you can never bring yourself to wear. It’s time to let go.

If the items needing repair are worth holding on to, put those into a separate pile and plan a trip to your local clothing repairer or seamstress.

The rest? Put them aside in a separate box or bag, ready to take to your local waste and recycling centre. Please don’t donate them to a charity clothing organisation if they are beyond wear.

Check with your local council as to whether they recycle discarded fabrics, or if they can point you in the direction of an organisation that does. Boomerang Bags for example, recycle strong fabrics into reusable shopping bags.

Step 3: Sort by season and colour, and then one more final purge

By now, you should have already reduced your wardrobe considerably. Now its time to check you have what you need to see you through each of the seasons. Sort your clothing into seasons, and at the same time, try and keep like colours together to get a sense of the overall palette you already have. In this final sweep of your wardrobe audit, consider discarding any items of clothing that are:

  • Made predominantly of synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon: Natural fibres such as cotton, linen, wool and wool blends, and silk always work to create a better overall look than cheaper, less comfortable synthetics.

  • Dated in colour or style: regardless of your age, classic cuts, patterns and designs mostly always equate to style.

  • Without shoulder seams: any t-shirts, shirts or jackets that are shapeless across your shoulders may be worthy of discarding. Shirts with shoulder seams such as polo shirts or collared button-up shirts can help add shape by defining and widening ageing shoulders.

Step 4: Back to basics

If the size of your wardrobe is now looking grim, you’ve done well. Stylish people generally have minimal wardrobes and choose quality of fabric and tailoring over quantity. If you’ve now sorted your final wardrobe into seasons and colours, you now need to consider any clothing items you may need to invest in to address any shortfall. Here are some classic style basics to keep in mind when updating your wardrobe:

A well-cut blazer or sports jacket is your best friend

Sure, keep a formal suit dry-cleaned and ready for special occasions, but if you no longer need to meet workplace expectations you don’t need to suit up in your retirement years.

It is finally time to enjoy smart casual daily, over business attire.  A good quality blazer made predominantly of a natural fabric such as wool or linen, will stylishly see you through a whole range of occasions.

Try and avoid black as a colour choice. As we age, black can be less flattering than lighter, neutral colours. If you do want a darker colour for winter, navy is kinder on most over 60s than black. Consider investing in a blazer that suits each season ¾ one for summer, one for winter, and one for in-between seasons.

Classic trouser cuts add style

For more casual wear, fitted classic chinos are a safe option (and have been across the decades) as are any classic cut shorts or trousers. Straight leg dark denim jeans that are cut well, hug your rear and fit your waist comfortably, have never been out of style.

Shorts are trickier to achieve a stylish look in. Again, sticking with a more classic length and cut – keeping them knee length or just above the knee – will be the most flattering choice.

Importantly, effortless style does not mean matching trousers to your blazer or jacket but complementing one another.

To tuck in or not to tuck in?

If you’re maintaining a strong physique and your abdomen hasn’t expanded, you could stylishly tuck in a well-fitting shirt into your well-cut trousers. If that’s not you, then you can leave shirts untucked. A length that finishes mid-fly, is a flattering choice.

Step 6: Complement your clothing with smart footwear and accessories

Stepping out well-groomed and smartly dressed, is best finished off with well maintained footwear and accessories. If you look immaculate from head to toe, but pull out a shabby wallet, guess where an observer’s eyes travel to?!

Above all these style tips, confidence and a friendly approach will always leave a great impression. That’s real style.



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