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