How to Dress Your Age - 50s

June 01, 2015

From our great friends at GQ magazine and Nick Carvell.. We bring you the 'How To Dress Your Age' series.. A brief guide from 20 to 60 and beyond of how to dress your age, look great and feel even better.. 

HOW TO DRESS YOUR AGE - 50's

Don't be one of those men who lets his style slide when he hits the big 5-0. You've got your look and the vast majority of your wardrobe in place - now's the time to finesse what you've learned both in the workplace and outside of it.

Firstly - and most importantly - the key to dressing in your 50s is to make sure your clothes fit right. Go through your existing arsenal and make sure all of it slips on easily - not just so you look good in them, but also so you feel comfortable whatever situation you're dressing for.

And while the more "out there" elements of casualwear might be harder to get right, that's no reason to assume the only way you'll look good is in jackets. Yes, your wardrobe should err far more on the side of style than fashion by now, but keep an eye on the catwalks - there are still plenty of items that are going to work for you. However, rather than going to the more trend-heavy brands, make the great subtle style collections from brands such as Ted Baker and Hugo Boss guide you. These will show you how to take your tailoring and make it work for multiple occasions, both casual and formal. Speaking of, it's time to invest in quality things (see our Style Rules below).

One word of advice: trainers become increasingly tricky to pull off as you verge into the latter 50s - especially those of the more brightly coloured designer variety - so make sure you invest in an enviable array of smarter shoes that are still comfortable. Loafers and monk straps in a selection of colours would be a great start, but also go for slip-on Chelsea boots, driving shoes, deck shoes and smart suede espadrilles. And if you do still require trainers, still to sleek classics in block colours, such as those from Diesel or Ted Baker.

Let's face it, you've achieved great things personally and professionally by the midlife marker, but you've still got lots more you want to do. Own it, and show every other man on the street where you're heading by keeping your style game strong.