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If you browse through fashion magazines today, the chances of seeing pictures of mature men are very slim. Most models are in their 20s, sporting short jackets with slim lapels, slim suit with short legs and skinny jeans. There is very little inspiration for mature men who want to dress well in their 50’s.

Your 50’s are a great decade to dress sharp. Although there are no specific rules on how to dress well in your 50’s, there are some things you need to remember if you want to stand out in the crowd.

Whether you’re in your 50’s looking for some guidelines on how to dress your age or a man in his 40’s preparing for his future, we have put together some fresh approaches on how to dress well in your 50s. Follow these tips to keep feeling and looking better than you thought possible.

Experiment with the classics

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As you move from one decade to another, embrace the opportunities to try different styles. There is no one right look for men in their 50’s. Don’t be afraid to expand your closet when you need to.

Look through your closet for good staple pieces. You’ve got a good 20 or 30 years of accumulated clothing to work with. Chances are you’ve already got the backbone of a sharp style in there. Anything that fits well can be used to sharpen up your image.

If you have worked in the corporate world for a few decades, odds are you have a decent collection of collared shirts, which can form the backbone of a varied wardrobe. Slacks are just as comfortable as jeans, but it has that little crispness to it. Dress well in your 50’s and get those back into rotation. Wear them on regular days instead of opting for sweatpants and jeans. In fact, we recommend that you wear them as often as you wear jeans. Also, try to update your wardrobe as trends change. You wouldn’t want to fall into a rut.

Dress smart

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The older you get, the more likely are people to ignore you. Where you were valued before, now, nobody looks at you twice. Don’t let them. That old adage that says men looks better with age is true. You’ve still got it. You can dress sharp past the age of 50. Remember, style is not restricted by age.

Now that you’re older, people expect you to be a little more serious. But dressing well in your 50’s doesn’t mean you should give up on the casual style. Of course, no one is expecting you to wear a suit wherever you go. There are days when you need more relaxed, comfortable clothes. Unfortunately, the casual wear is often the downfall of mature men.

For days when you want a more casual style, wear khakis and chinos instead. They’re great alternative for jeans. Pair your khakis with a sweater or jacket. You don’t have to stick with monochromes. Feel free to wear windowpane checks, stripes and plaids. Be bold with your patterns and textures. You want to let people know that you’re confident enough to make your own style choice.

Sweatshirts and stretch pants may be comfy, but it gives off a look that says, “I’m done with life”. If you don’t want to be mistaken for a fixed-income pensioner, choose outfits that look like they took a little thought and work. Don’t be one of those men that let his style slide as he ages. Looking sharp is very important for mature men. Avoid anything that smacks of laziness. Dress well in your 50’s. Now is the perfect time to show off the wiser, older, sophisticated man you are.

Fitting is key

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As we age, our body changes in size and posture. The vast majority of your wardrobe may still be in place, but they may not fit as well as they used to in your thirties. Trying to fit into those pieces of clothing will make you look like a crumpled mess.

Now is the perfect time to find a pair of well-fitting pants. If you have several pieces of old gray slacks, you may want to contact your tailor and have them adjusted for a good fit. A good-fitting pair of pants will make you look a million times classier. Believe it or not, it can also shave years off of you.

Do not dress like a young man

Most men in their 50’s try their best to look younger. They would get a younger partner and buy a sports car. Well, if it makes you feel like a cool 50-year old man, then that’s fine with us. But what’s frustrating is that some men try to dress like a young man. Not cool!

Can you imagine George Clooney wearing a baggy pair of pants? Of course not! You see, there’s a big difference between dressing like a young man and dressing to appear young. Please steer clear from cherry red chinos, skinny jeans, undone shirt buttons and trainers, which are favored by millennials. They don’t wear well on an older man.

Stick to staple wardrobe items like straight-legged trousers, collared shrits, t-shirts and polo necks. For your shoes, choose suede. Almost every shoe style imaginable is available in suede. Plus, it has a refined yet relaxed aesthetic that will instantly bring all your outfits up a notch.

According to studies, tall men radiates authority and score hotter babes. Because of this, it’s not surprising why most men want to look taller. While you can’t alter your genetics, there are some things you can do to create the illusion of height. The good news is that dressing smarter can actually help you appear taller than you are.

If you want to add some extra height to your look, then we urge you to read on. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips on how to look taller. Use these styling tips so you’ll look cool and fashionable while adding a few extra inches to your height.

Dress monochromatically

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When shopping for pants, opt for something in dark color. Dark-colored pants will give the slimmest, most streamlined appearance. It is also a good idea to dress in all one color. For instance, you can wear a charcoal gray shirt and pants or pair a black suit with black shoes. This will draw the attention up toward your upper body, which in turn makes your look taller. Wearing different shades of the same color will also help you achieve the same effect.

If you wear clothes of different colors, this will break the body line and make you appear shorter. Always streamline your look to create the illusion of height.

Choose vertical patterns

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Stay away from clothes with horizontal lines. Not only are they unflattering, they can also make you look larger and wider. When buying textured clothing, we highly recommend that you stick to something with verticals stripes or simple monochromes. This will lengthen the silhouette and draw a person’s gaze all the way up your body and face; thus, causing the eye to take in more length that width. It’s pure illusion.

Fitting is important

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Most men tend to buy clothes that are 1 to 2 sizes bigger for them. If you are on the shorter side and you’re wearing a loose shirt, then you’ll look sloppy. It will also emphasize your petite frame. Pay attention to where your clothing sits on your body when shopping for menswear.

If you are a short guy, finding pants that fit you perfectly can be a challenge. More often than not, you’ll need to have them altered because they’re too big for you. Pants that are tailored to the right fit and length will make you look taller, stronger and more confident.

Make sure that your pants fit you perfectly. Slim fit pants are perfect for short guys because it elongates the legs and cleans up the lines. Wearing baggy or badly fitted pants will make you look shorter.  Let a trusted tailor do the job so as to make sure that you get the fit right everywhere. It may cost more, but the fit will work best for you.

Accessorize

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Many men wear accessories, but do it incorrectly. If you are on the shorter side, choosing the wrong accessories may make you appear shorter.

The key to looking taller is to avoid drawing attention below your chest. To maintain that upward sweep, we recommend wearing accessories high up on the body. This includes ties, sunglasses, hats and lapel pins. Belts and vets should be avoided because they create a very busy middle section of the body, which has a shortening effect.

Don’t forget the shoes

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Most men put too much though on their outfit, but not on their shoes. A good pair of shoes will streamline your look, draw attention purposefully and even compliment your figure.

Vertically-challenged men usually opt for shoes with thick soles, thinking that they’ll add a couple of inches to their height. While there is no denying that these types of shoes will make you look taller, most of them are downright ugly. Plus, we don’t think that they’ll cure all the woes associated with being a short man.

Skip the thick-heeled shoes and opt for sleek boots instead. Boots, when paired with slim fit jeans, will create the illusion of long, lean legs. Avoid wearing sneakers as they’ll make you look short and squat.

Try heel inserts

 

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Looking for an easy way on how to look taller? Consider heel inserts. A few years ago, there was a rumor spreading around that Tom Cruise, as well as other Hollywood men, are wearing heel inserts to get taller. Well, if it’s good enough for them, then maybe you should give them a try as well.

Heel inserts are easy to use. Simply slip them inside your shoes, preferably those with higher ankle, and it will physically increase your height by as much as 3 inches. The downside to wearing these inserts is that they are uncomfortable.

Final thoughts

You don’t have to be a six-footer to walk into a room looking like a badass. Being the best dressed person in the room will not only give you a boost in confidence, it will also give you the appearance of more height. Choose your clothes wisely and settle for clothes that are flattering for your smaller figure. If you do, people will take you more seriously and you’ll be walking taller than ever. Don’t be too bothered by your height. After all, height is nothing but a number.

Bold prints are everywhere this season. Shirts, shorts, shoes and even coats are getting the bold print treatment. From the more classic stripes and checks to the louder prints like Aztec, animal print and florals, they are all leaving a mark on your favorite men’s fashion pieces.

Fashion is all about personal expression. Today, more and more men are looking to explore the world of bold prints and trying to keep up with the trend. In fact, many of them are considering the look. But given that these prints can look big, bold and scary, they end up intimidated.

If you think bold prints aren’t for you, think again. It’s time for you to open your world a little wider to fashion and style and do away with the black and grays that have been dominating your wardrobe during the winter months.

Use these tips to help you pull off bold prints this spring.

Don’t be afraid of prints

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Prints work for both relaxed and amped up situations. It can work even on the most casual of days. You have the option to wear a graphic tee, printed chinos, dress shirt, or even Bermuda shorts. But when wearing prints, whether it be Aztec, polka dots or floral prints, you want to tone it down with a basic pair of jeans and shoes. Use neutral colors to balance out a loud combination.

Dark trousers will also look great when paired with a bright patterned shirt. If you find floral prints a big feminine, you can toughen it up by pairing a floral shirt with more masculine accessories like a blazer or jeans. You may also wear a neutral-patterned jacket to combat those April showers.

Don’t be afraid to play around with patterns and colors. Try out a few patterns to see which one will suit the location and occasion. Have fun working on your individual style.

Smart casual

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Most people are under the impression that print shirts are meant for casual attires. Oftentimes, people see it as a holiday shirt or those worn by middle-aged men. Sure, they may look a lot more casual as compared to their dress shirt counterparts, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be worn stylishly.

Floral prints, for instance, can look sophisticated, provided that you only have one item of clothing featuring this pattern. It could be a floral shirt or a jacket. Match it up with solid colored pieces like a basic pair of trousers. You want it to look pulled together and not too busy.

If you decide to wear a patterned blazer, be sure to wear a white shirt underneath to tone it down a bit. If you try to pull off mixed prints, there’s a good chance that the colors will clash and you may end up looking like a walking street light or a clown.

Suit up

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Imagine a jacket and trousers that bear the same print. That’s a sure head turner. We know it’s a bold start, but if you really want to look cutting edge, you might as well head into it full on. Keep in mind, though, that everything should be done in moderation.

If you find that you absolutely love printed suits, we recommend that you pair it with a solid colored shirt of a completely different color. This will help balance out the busyness and loudness of the suit. Neutral colors are your best option. Do this and you’ll become the most well dressed man you want to be.

Accessorize

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Bold print makes for a great statement piece. If you are looking to add a little flare to your outfit but find it a bit intimidating, accessories would be a great place to start. Ties, watches, belts, caps, socks, shoes or other accessories that feature paisley or floral prints may be what you need to make an impact. This is especially recommended if you’re just starting to dip your toes into the patterned end of the pool.

If you’re a smart dresser, you may want to start by pairing a white shirt with a patterned tie. White shirt is like a blank canvas, so you can use whatever tie you like and it will undoubtedly look good.

Introduce pattern into your wardrobe slowly, especially if you are new to wearing print. Just start small to see how it feels for you. When you feel confident enough to move towards a bolder wardrobe, then go ahead and invest in printed shirts, pants, shorts and other pieces of clothing.

Final thoughts

Bold prints make for some much needed color and vibrancy into minimal or neutral outfits. When done right, you’ll be able to stand out in the crowd. But wearing prints will only work for you if you feel confident with what you’re wearing.

Awkwardness is extremely difficult to hide. Any kind of second guessing will make you look comfortable. When wearing bold prints, the key is to wear it with a great deal of confidence. Remember, it’s how you carry your clothes that make the biggest impact.

Scarves have always been a staple in men’s clothing. This profound piece of neck wear has graced the necks of the world’s greatest warriors, artists, statements and most prolific leaders. There may not be a lot of stylish ways to wear a scarf during the earlier times, but they wore their scarves proudly. During those times, scarves were used to signify one’s rank or class status. Today, however, a scarf is seen as a functional and fashionable accessory for men.

Men’s scarves may not be as vibrant as compared to that of women, but that doesn’t mean that they should end up looking plain or dull. As such, we’re always looking for stylish ways to wear a scarf. The right scarf knotted the right way can truly elevate your outfit. In fact, it adds a strong element of style to an otherwise bland outfit. However, since most men consider wearing them effeminate, it is very seldom that we see men donning a scarf. Plus, most men are baffled on how to properly wear one.

If you’re looking to step-up in the scarf-styling game, then you came to the right place. In this article, we’ve put together 6 stylish ways to wear a scarf for men. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to being your most stylish self.

Classic drape

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If you don’t know how to properly tie a scarf, then this is the best option for you. Obviously, it doesn’t involve tying. All you need to do is to hang the scarf around your neck, making sure that both ends of the scarf are of even length. That’s it.

Since the front of your neck will be exposed, this isn’t recommended during the cold, winter months. Rather, this would make for a casual look for spring or fall. The scarf is more of an accent piece that can be used to upgrade your outfit.

The classic drape may not be the most stylish way to wear a scarf, but that doesn’t mean that it should look boring. Pair a colored scarf with neutral-colored outfits, and we can guarantee that you’ll turn heads.

Classic flip

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Drape the scarf around your neck. One end should be shorter than the other. Next, fling one end of the scarf over your shoulder and leave the other end hanging.

This style is simple, but it brings a bit of spiffiness to each outfit. The classic flip is typically worn with your scarf on the outside of your sweater or coat. Adopting this stylish way to wear a scarf will give an effortless, yet sophisticated feel to your outfit.

Once around

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To start off, drape the scarf around your neck. Make sure that one ends is longer than the other. Pick up the longer end and wrap it around your neck. Then, let it fall over your chest. This style looks just as great messy so don’t stress if one end starts to become longer than the other. For this style, a medium length scarf is recommended.

Unlike the first two styles, the once around knot will do a great job of keeping your neck warm during the cold winter months. It can easily upgrade your outfit, whether you wear a winter coat or a tee and a cardigan.

Twice around

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Drape your scarf around your neck and allow one end to be shorter than the other. Then, wrap the longer end twice around your neck and keep both ends lying in the front. This scarf style allows for a more bundled look.

For the twice around knot, you will need a longer and slightly thinner scarf. To achieve the desired result, we recommend using a scarf that is at least a foot longer than the one you usually use with the once around style. This offers a great balance between relaxed and stylish.

Ascot

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Ascot knot may sound more complicated than it really is, but it’s actually very easy to do.  Just like the other styles, drape the scarf over your neck, making sure that both ends are even in the front. Then, take both ends and tie them as if you were starting to tie your shoelace. Although you can still achieve a more formal look with a thicker scarf, the Ascot knot is better when you use a thinner material.

The Ascot is one of the most stylish ways to wear a scarf. Because of its soft, ruched appearance, it gives off a more sophisticated look. This scarf style will give any outfit a professional look within minutes.

Parisian

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Fold the scarf in half and then drape it over your shoulders. Then, pull the loose ends through the loop and pull to tighten. You need a long scarf to pull off this look. Since you’ll be doubling up the fabric, it is best to choose a scarf that is not too thick or bulky.

The Parisian knot will keep your scarf neat and stylish. This is a great option for those days when you’re out and about on a cold winter day. This style is ideal for turning casual outfits into well put together look. Appropriately masculine and polished, this easy knot is perfect for a night out.

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