CHECKS AND BALANCES FOR THE MA­TURE MAN WHO’S LET­TING HIS STAN­DARDS SLIP

The Advertiser - SA Weekend - - STYLE -

Ques­tion:

What do you call a man who dresses too young for his age? An­swer: Mut­ton dressed up as ram. Ba­haha. No, make that Baa-haha. Or not.

You can thank dai­ly­mail.co.uk for that one, which fea­tured in a re­cent ar­ti­cle sug­gest­ing men aren’t much chop af­ter 37: the age they ap­par­ently stop car­ing about their ap­pear­ance.

A sur­vey of 2000 women by on­line re­tailer isme.com also re­vealed that women don’t want to see more ma­ture blokes wear­ing age-in­ap­pro­pri­ate at­tire such as hood­ies, which be­long on home­boys, not men with mort­gages.

Two thirds of the women were fash­ion po­lice who rou­tinely stopped their part­ners from pur­chas­ing a loud shirt and the like, while four out of 10 had taken away their man’s right to dress and ex­press him­self. Which is the real crime of fash­ion.

For that rea­son I am stag­ing a lit­tle in­ter­ven­tion of my own, with three hot sum­mer menswear trends and how men 37 and over can wear them. COLOURED CHI­NOS Choose a straight cropped cut and wear them with a white T-shirt or shirt, and ca­sual shoes with­out socks if you don’t want to be mis­taken for a clown at your child’s birthday party. PAS­TELS If you have a taste for gelato colours try a pink tie with a white shirt and navy suit. CHECKED SHIRTS Big­ger is bet­ter with checks and if you’re 3XL or more check out Jack Stone, at Myer. Wear it un­tucked with stone-washed jeans.

Mean­while, should you be a man out (in the shops) on good be­hav­iour, I have to in­form you that Speedo briefs were offensive to the women sur­veyed. That said, the Speedo trunks worn by Kris Smith at the re­cent Myer sea­son launch, above, were very much to the lik­ing of women in the au­di­ence. But I think that had more to do with his brawn than fash­ion-sense. [email protected]­ver­tiser.com.au

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