How To Dress Your Age - 60s and Beyond

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 - 60's and Beyond

After 60 many men become preoccupied with trying to appear younger, whether that's through buying a sports car (approved), getting a younger partner (encouraged) or dressing like you're a teenager again (nope). Just remember: dressing to appear younger doesn't mean dressing like a younger man, it means dressing well for a man your age. And GQ is here to help show you how to dress in your 60s and many years beyond.

With any luck you'll find yourself with far more free time on your hands after 60, combined with an enviable expendable income - of course you're going to want to have a good time, and, more importantly, you're going to want to dress for it in comfort. Suits will have less importance as you head beyond your 60s, and instead you're going to want to invest in smart, multitasking separates.

However, while it's time to get casual, that doesn't mean ditching your tailoring altogether. On the contrary, a blazer and smart chinos will be your wingmen over the coming decades as they will look at home for pretty much any event you can attend. Let's face it, you may have to go for straight-cut trousers that can accommodate a fuller thighnow - and there's nothing wrong with that. The last thing you want to be doing is squeezing into anything in your wardrobe.

However never do you want to wear anything too baggy. No-one wants to look like a crumpled mess, so keep in touch with your tailor - properly fitted clothing will shave years off you.

This is also the decade to get smart about materials. In warmer months you will be less likely to throw on a pair of shorts, so invest in trousers in different fabrics that have you covered whatever the weather (linen mixes for summer, lined wool and tweeds for winter). The same goes for jackets (both half- and fully-lined), shirts and knitwear (cotton mixes for summer, cashmere and Merino wool for winter).

Oh, and while it might be time to buzz your hair off if it's thinning (no-one ever got laid because of their comb-over), that's all the more excuse to grow out your beard once again, if you ask us.

However the most important thing is not to fall into a rut. Top priority is to keep updating your wardrobe as trends change - not by trying to pull off a pair of drop-crotch joggers, but by incorporating a seasonal colour into your armoury, for example. Don't stop going to the high street or checking out what's happening on the style scene here on GQ.co.uk.

How to dress in your 60s: 5 golden rules

1) Look for structure

Unless you plan on spending every waking hour in the gym, it's time to accept the fact that you're probably going to get a little softer around the middle. With that in mind, look for casual clothes that are going to give your body that extra bit of structure. Try to wear more button-downs and polo shirts that, thanks to their seams, will both define your shoulders and make your arms look bigger (go for polos with tighter arm holes and roll up shirt sleeves to bulk up your biceps). If you want to wear a T-shirt, look for ones with baseball-style raglan sleeves (a seam that runs from under the arm to the collar) that will broaden your chest and back.

2) Neutrals are your new friend

Black can be a harsh colour on paler, more mature skin. Instead go for staples in warmer neutrals like soft grey, navy blue, brown and camel.

3) Buy flowers for your wife, not your wardrobe

Rather than rocking big, bold prints, keep the majority of your outfit sleek and simple, then add interest with small pops of pattern (a floral tie, a striped silk scarf or spotted socks, for example).

4) Don't go straight for the tuck

Unless you have a washboard stomach, it's best to keep your casual shirts, T-shirts and polos untucked. Just make sure you get the right fits to do this with: invest in an arsenal of slim fit polos and trim button-down Oxford with a curved hem that hits midway down your fly.

5) Let it go

It's an unfortunate fact of being a man that you may find you have less and less hair after you turn 60. If baldness is kicking in, don't go the combover route - take control and shave it all off. We know it's a big step, but if you're scared to do it just remember there's evidence to suggest that bald men are seen as far more masculine than their follicularly fortunate counterparts.