It shouldn’t come as too much of shocker, but your skincare routine (or lack thereof) isn’t the only thing that can age you. Making these simple style mistakes can make you look so much older as well.
It’s tough, we get it. Modern society seems to prize youth above everything else, but dressing like Justin Bieber on his way to a Venice Beach skatepark is going to make most middle-aged dudes look even older. Conversely, clinging on to clothes that are way, way past their use-by date will also add a few years as well. So, in this guide, we’re going to check out six of the biggest style mistakes that are prematurely ageing you – and some things that you can do to keep your wardrobe looking fresher than ever.
Style mistakes you should avoid
#1: Worn and tired
Wearing stuff that is old and tired is one of the biggest style mistakes that a guy can make. However, for those aged 40 and over, the chances of having accumulated clothes that are well past their wear-by date are much greater. That worn-out band tee that reminds you of your carefree uni days? Bin it. Your so-called ‘lucky’ shirt that you met your better half in? Fraying collars and cuffs mean that it’s not so lucky anymore. All of these make you look old and tired in a very visceral and literal way.
It’s not just what you wear on the outside either. Old underwear and socks are especially sad. Buy a fresh set of the nicest underwear that your budget will allow every six months, and you’ll automatically feel 10 years younger.
#2: Size matters
It’s no secret that denim can be tricky. Obviously skinny jeans are a no-go, and those ultra-baggy skater pants that Hedi Slimane has been pushing are probably a little too trend-led for anyone over the age of 40. Shapeless bootcut jeans that sag in all the wrong places and make you look frumpy should also be avoided like the plague.
Instead, jeans which fit like a smart pair of trousers in a solid colour or simple wash make for a more dignified look. The Levi’s 501 is a great example, but if you’ve got the cash, brands such as Acne Studios, Loewe, and Nudie should also be on your radar.