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Old 11-03-2010, 07:17 PM
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Fashions For A 60 Year Old Guy

I'm 60 and people tell me I look like I'm in my late 40's, and the way I act (young, with young ideals and ideas), some folks can't believe I'm this old.

So what am I supposed to wear now?

I have all kinds of jeans, horizontallly striped sweaters, hoodies, neat t-shirts (Straight Dope one being my favorite). I'm partial to corduroy sport jackets worn with a t-shirt instead of a button down oxford.

The only thing I don't like to wear are those "shorts" that come down around your calves? I'm European (mostly) and I like my shorts with a 6" inseam.

I have all my hair (wear it in a Beatle cut as I have since they debuted in 64), all my teeth - some not my own, and I'm in reasonable shape.

I just don't want to be seen as "that old guy trying to look young".

So tell me: should I start to wear the waist of my pants under my armpits, with an Izod polo and a members only jacket and white shoes (with white socks)?

I get the LL Bean catalog (Can't afford much in it, but luckily I don't have to 'cause the stuff I bought from them during the "good times" is still intact and fits) and I see these guys in it, but I want to look younger than that.

What do your dads wear, if they're 60 or thereabouts?

I see stuff in the mall and tell myself, "Man! You'd look tuff in that!", but then I back off, thinking people would look at me funny. An old guy trying to look young.

I know: "Don't WORRY about it, Quasi!", right?

I would also like to hear from any Doper males my age who may or may not be having she same problem.

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Old 11-03-2010, 07:32 PM
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I think that you should wear the bottoms of your trousers rolled...

or, maybe not.
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Old 11-03-2010, 07:44 PM
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Or sandals with socks?

NOT!!!!

And neither will I wear those huge sunglasses which cover up one's regular glasses!!!!!!!

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Old 11-03-2010, 07:54 PM
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So what am I supposed to wear now?
Here ya' go!

Seriously, I think much of it depends on your lifestyle, your subculture, and so on, just as if you're younger. Around here, the wardrobes of 60 year old Italian-American men seem straight off the Sopranos, while 60 year old middle-class WASPS tend to have their own version of the preppy look (Cutter & Buck, Orvis, etc).

I see a lot of 60-something men around here that wear golf clothes all the time. About a third of the men's clothing at the nearby Stein Mart are golf shirts and pants. I'm not a fan of that look.

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:03 PM
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Wear what you want to wear, except for those occasions that require a particular set of duds.

I've been wearing "Hawaiian" shirts for the last 38 years. This started when I was in my early 30's as a science teacher, and pretty much got my students a bit off balanced when they came into my room on the second day of class. First day was tie, coat and so forth. But I had labs on the second day, and since I covered a lot of ground my students had to keep busy to stay with the class. I became the crazy science teacher who flew around the room in a blur of color; it worked very well for me.

When I retired, the floral shirts remained. I wear them almost daily, and where I exercise I am complimented for my shirt choices. Not just because the ladies like the pink flamingos romping in the hibiscus and palm fronds...sometimes they add that they like to see a man wear what he likes. I think they recognize that I'm having fun and enjoying myself without being afraid of being seen as "different"

That's about all I've got.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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Watch Rubicon. Specifically watch what Kale wears. Not so much the suits that dominate the Google image searches; his casual and day-to-day work clothes are much better.

The actor (Arliss Howard) is in his mid-50s, I believe. In the show he always has kind of a cool, faintly-euro casual wardrobe. Looks great. I hope to look that cool when I'm in my mid-50s.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:41 PM
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My dad is turning 60 in two weeks, and he still wears exactly what he has been wearing at least for the past 31 years (I suspect he dressed differently as a youngin'!)

Jeans (cheap), pocket t-shirt (cheap) and once it gets cold enough, a flannel shirt - two pockets please! (one for cigs, one for glasses)

Seriously, this is all he's ever worn.

While I was growing up he always always wore steel toed boots. Not lace-up workboots, more like cowboy boots. But not like something an actual cowboy would wear. I suspect they were just the boots he could get from Ford and he liked them.

I'm not sure when but at some point he ditched the boots when he discovered $10 velcro sneakers at Wal Mart and splurges on a new pair every couple years. This is pretty much the dorkiest thing about my dad.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:50 PM
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Well, kale looks good for his age, but I have issues with that bow-tie looking thing, GameHat. He looks like a clown priest!

Shit, Elmwood, I wouldn't wear that crap even if I were on the streets!

sunstone: After my own heart! I have half my closet dedicated to my Hawaiian shirts, but you know what? I read somewhere that women think that guys who wear them do so to cover up a short dick. Man! We have GOT to change that!

Zip: I think your dad must be a very comfortable guy!

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Old 11-03-2010, 08:58 PM
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I'm 50 and dress pretty much like ZipperJJ's dad.

Jeans or cargo shorts(not too long/above the knee), race/event t-shirt, flannel shirt or polo, running shoes.

Mix and match for weather.
I've dressed like this all my life, why change?
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:04 PM
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I'm 60 and people tell me I look like I'm in my late 40's, and the way I act (young, with young ideals and ideas), some folks can't believe I'm this old.

So what am I supposed to wear now?

I have all kinds of jeans, horizontallly striped sweaters, hoodies, neat t-shirts (Straight Dope one being my favorite). I'm partial to corduroy sport jackets worn with a t-shirt instead of a button down oxford.

The only thing I don't like to wear are those "shorts" that come down around your calves? I'm European (mostly) and I like my shorts with a 6" inseam.

I have all my hair (wear it in a Beatle cut as I have since they debuted in 64), all my teeth - some not my own, and I'm in reasonable shape.

I just don't want to be seen as "that old guy trying to look young".

So tell me: should I start to wear the waist of my pants under my armpits, with an Izod polo and a members only jacket and white shoes (with white socks)?

I get the LL Bean catalog (Can't afford much in it, but luckily I don't have to 'cause the stuff I bought from them during the "good times" is still intact and fits) and I see these guys in it, but I want to look younger than that.

What do your dads wear, if they're 60 or thereabouts?

I see stuff in the mall and tell myself, "Man! You'd look tuff in that!", but then I back off, thinking people would look at me funny. An old guy trying to look young.

I know: "Don't WORRY about it, Quasi!", right?

I would also like to hear from any Doper males my age who may or may not be having she same problem.

Thanks

Q



Wear what makes YOU happy , I am 56 and I dont give a rats ass about fashion
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:30 AM
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Well, kale looks good for his age, but I have issues with that bow-tie looking thing, GameHat. He looks like a clown priest!
I told you, ignore the google image searches!

In the actual show, he wears much more casual clothes. I still hope and plan to dress that natty when I'm in my 50s and 60s.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:33 AM
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Lederhosen.
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Old 11-04-2010, 12:49 AM
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No. Pleated. Pants. Please.
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Old 11-04-2010, 01:28 AM
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My dad's 62, and like other here, he just wear what he's always worn: jeans, T-shirts, hoodie sweatshirts, stuff like that (of course, he's still a lawyer, so you can actually catch him in a suit on occasion). He has an extensive collection of dress shirts in bizarre cuts and patterns, almost all worn outside the pants; conversely, when it's hot you can usually find him in his favorite summer uniform of sandals, cargo pants and a Yale T-shirt with the sleeves cut off. The Yale thing also means that he is perfectly capable of pulling off the preppy look on occasion, although I suspect he does it ironically.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:12 AM
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An ill fitting zoot suit should fit the bill just fine. Yes, with fedora and dame attached.
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Old 11-04-2010, 09:59 AM
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An ill fitting zoot suit should fit the bill just fine. Yes, with fedora and dame attached.
I'm with you..I'm a 1940's kind of guy myself-I favor double breasted pinstripe suites, with fedoras and loud ties.
If only I could buy a car with running boards!
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Old 11-04-2010, 03:58 PM
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Hijacking my own thread a little here:

I find it VERY uncomfortable to call guys way younger than me (in their 20's for example), "son" or young ladies "young lady".

So I don't do it.

Regarding the zoot suit answer: I have a 45 year old trench coat that once belonged to ny dad, which I cannot WAIT to wear in the Fall.

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Old 11-04-2010, 04:49 PM
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Hijacking my own thread a little here:

I find it VERY uncomfortable to call guys way younger than me (in their 20's for example), "son" or young ladies "young lady".

So I don't do it.
"Kid" works well for both.

Look, old people sound old because the speak, dress and act like they did when they were young. You were young in the 60's - it would be perfectly normal for you to address people as "man" or "sister". Believe me, nobody will think you're trying to act "young".
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:01 PM
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An onion on the belt goes with everything.
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Old 11-04-2010, 06:29 PM
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An onion on the belt goes with everything.
But that was the style AT THE TIME.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:54 PM
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I'm 58. Believe me, the only way not to look like an old guy trying to look young is to not try to look young.

Dump fashionable t-shirts. The only time to wear a t-shirt is when you're working in the yard. Stick to polo shirts.

Forget pants that fit your form. Face it, no one wants to look at your form. Loose-fitting (not baggy!) jeans and khakis are fine.

Embrace your maturity. Buy a suit. Real men look good in suits, mature men look even better, and mature men look great in a tuxedo. Trench coats are an excellent choice. Add a fedora and you're gold.
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:51 PM
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I have a t-shirt with a picture of a motel on it and the name written above the picture is "Dick's Halfway Inn".

Apparently, there's a place called Halfway in Alaska or somewhere.

But the point is, even though I think it's funny as hell, I'm too embarrassed to wear it in public!

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/f...llscoot006.jpg

Can you zoom in on it? This is me on my scooter.

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Old 11-06-2010, 10:00 AM
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I have a t-shirt with a picture of a motel on it and the name written above the picture is "Dick's Halfway Inn".

Apparently, there's a place called Halfway in Alaska or somewhere.

But the point is, even though I think it's funny as hell, I'm too embarrassed to wear it in public!

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/f...llscoot006.jpg

Can you zoom in on it? This is me on my scooter.

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That's Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn.

I'm 63. I wear jeans and a Carhartt pocket tee almost ever single day. I don't care what people think.
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Old 11-06-2010, 10:11 AM
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Quasi? They're right: you do NOT look 60.

When I saw the thread title, I thought of this story, but then I rralized it wasn't "fashions to make a 60-year-old guy". And anyways, the guy in the linked story looked more like 90.
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:38 PM
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Thanks, Sunspace, I try to keep myself young- thinking anyway, and I really believe that being a member here has helped me to do that.

Those eyes, though? Those are OLD eyes. I have been told that I have something called "hooding" and that I could have that fixed and it would not be considered cosmetic, but I don't yet have Medicare so, I can't do anything about it.

Chefguy, thanks for the clarification! That's even funnier than what I have on the shirt!
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:44 PM
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Dude. You're 60. You can wear what you want.

Go for the Lederhosen!
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Old 11-06-2010, 02:45 PM
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Thanks, Sunspace, I try to keep myself young- thinking anyway, and I really believe that being a member here has helped me to do that.

Those eyes, though? Those are OLD eyes. I have been told that I have something called "hooding" and that I could have that fixed and it would not be considered cosmetic, but I don't yet have Medicare so, I can't do anything about it.

Chefguy, thanks for the clarification! That's even funnier than what I have on the shirt!
A Google search turned up several "Dick's Halfway Inn"s: one in Puerto Vallarta; a Big Dick's Halfway Inn in Missouri, etc. Skinny Dick's is between Nenana and Fairbanks, AK
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Old 11-06-2010, 05:10 PM
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Dude. You're 60. You can wear what you want.

Go for the Lederhosen!

My friend John! Been missing you, Dude!

As soon as I can, I plan to get my passport updated and make a trip home to get some Lederhosen and some other Bavarian traditional wear.

Count on it!

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Old 11-07-2010, 12:14 AM
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When you're 60, wear whatever you damn please. I don't think the number 60 is really significant. IMO, a person is either dead or alive. If alive, enjoy it while you can.

Just adding that I'm over 60, so all that is said without a trace of snarkiness.

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Old 11-07-2010, 01:30 AM
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This is for my sweet friend Mood hopin' she ain't blue on account of she's got me for a friend!......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLJ70-jT0yM
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Old 11-08-2010, 11:21 PM
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Thanks, Quasi. I'm surprised at how good that version is, btw.
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